diy

christmas ball delight – holiday gift wrapping

One aspect of the Holidays that I absolutely love, look forward to and semi-obsess over is wrapping presents. I love the giving of presents but I really love the wrapping of the presents themselves. Hey, like 90% of life is all about the presentation peeps.

So I decided to stick with the craft style paper that I have been oh so in love with for like the past three years and go from there. Krista and I had a little present wrapping party complete with some La Croix, the recent Adele performance and the smash sisters (aka Pars and Maude). It was pretty much the perfect #brassblossom afternoon. The past two years I have tried to pick a theme to draw together all of my present wrapping. Last year it was Bells and this year it was all about holiday balls. Christmas ball ornaments that is.

I took a gold (obvi) metallic marker and got to work writing each person’s name that we were giving a gift to on an ornament. I then attached those suckers to a (perfectly) craft paper wrapped gift and tied it up and down and all over with some twine (I adore twine). The result gave me that special feeling. That special feeling you got when you were just a little wee-one and you got woken up at like 3:30 am to your younger brother violently shaking you and convincing you that you both HAD to get up and sneak down to see if Santa had come. It was that good.

So without further ado, here is some (very last minute) holiday gift wrapping inspiration! Feel free to “borrow” a ball or two from your own tree to make it happen!

materials

  • Craft style gift wrapping paper (or whatever you fancy)
  • Black and white twine
  • Natural twine
  • Christmas ball ornaments
krista and my wrapping selection

krista and my wrapping selection

the necessities

the necessities

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holiday balls

holiday balls

the best pens (from paper source)

the best pens (from paper source)

getting to work

getting to work

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i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

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just a little bow action

just a little bow action

gotta throw in some color!

gotta throw in some color!

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our tree fit for some pretty presents

our 2/3 of a tree fit for some pretty presents!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas full of lots of love and holiday cheer!

taylor brass

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thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration — gilded pumpkins

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the decorating. As much as I love to plan a menu, planning the centerpiece is half the fun when friends and family gather around one dinner table.

I was so excited about the centerpiece I created for Anna’s baby shower, that I couldn’t imagine throwing the pink pumpkins in the garbage. However, pink doesn’t exactly “go” with the rest of our house, and the boy wasn’t stoked about having baby shower décor lingering in the house.

So, I repurposed them with another coat of spray paint and switched out the flowers a couple times to make them more suitable for two separate table settings.

This versatile centerpiece inspiration is fun to create, and relatively time and cost-efficient. Here’s a look at exactly what I did, but feel free to mix up the quantity, colors, etc!

materials

  • 7 medium-sized pie pumpkins
  • pumpkin carving set (the kid friendly kind will do)
  • newspaper
  • gloves
  • spray paint in 3-6 your colors of choice (I recommend at least one metallic color and then an ombre of another color depending on your color-scheme)
  • 3-5 small aluminum cans that have been opened, emptied, and rinsed out (small mason jars also work)
  • 2-dozen assorted flowers of your choice
  • 5 assorted candlesticks with a wide base on either end in varying heights
  • 20 additional mini pumpkins in white or orange

instructions

 

  1. Using the pumpkin carving set, the newspaper to cover whatever table surface you’re on, and gloves, carve 5 pumpkins, making sure the opening on the top is large enough to fit the aluminum can. Carefully scrape out all the “innards” of the pumpkin so they last as long as possible. Wipe them clean and dry when finished.
  2. Spray paint the carved pumpkins and any additional un-carved pumpkins according to you color scheme. I recommend wearing gloves and holding the pumpkin by the opening to ensure spray paint coverage. You can also leave some of the “naked” and in their original orange color. Let them dry for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the pumpkins dry, arrange your flowers into equal size bouquets for each pumpkin in the tin cans or mason jars, and fill the can or mason jar with water.
  4. Once the pumpkins are dry, ease the mason jar or can into the opening in the pumpkin.
  5. Arrange the candlesticks in the middle of the table, alternating heights as possible. I also chose to stagger mine so that there was more depth.
  6. Carefully balance the pumpkins on the candlesticks. Arrange additional pumpkins (mini and normal size) around the candlestick pumpkins. Add sparkly votives for nice dimension.
  7. Gather and enjoy!
carved and spray painted pumpkins ready for their flowers

carved and spray painted pumpkins in a range of pinks, ready for their flowers

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

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I saw these dark purple and blood red blooms at the local grocery store and was inspired to update the pumpkins one more time for Rachel’s Halloween party

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red wine also inspired the color scheme…and the creative process 🙂

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

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Here are a few more gilded pumpkin inspiration photos Taylor recently pinned to our Brass Blossom Pinterest (check it out!)
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Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

cheers krista

 

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weekend love it – summer love, letters & luxuries

July was truly a spectacular month. If my life were a country song (in like the sappiest way possible), the theme of the song would be about love (like every country song…). We spent the month of July enjoying the Northwest on a wedding tour and cannot be more thankful than to have been a part of that love. We have also enjoyed our fair share of amazing indulgences (cue the “dad bod”) to go along with all that love…here is a look!

1. northwest wedding tour continued. The boy and I were again lucky enough to be invited to another amazing wedding, this time in McCall, Idaho. And while I completely think that the Wood River Valley is the only place in Idaho worth noting, McCall and it’s people are quite spectacular as well.

Krista’s “sister-in-law” (otherwise known as Chase’s sister) married the love of her life in the most amazing, heartfelt wedding full of a constant stream of simultaneous laughter and tears with a side of the most amazing grilled cheese (I literally ate my weight in cheese). Literally every moment was amazing, but I’ll just give you a sneak peak as Krista spent almost the entire week celebrating their love so deserves the spotlight! Cheers to a life full of love, laughter and happy tears to the Brennans!

big idaho sky

big idaho sky

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

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the boys :)

the boys 🙂

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duckkkkksss!!

go duckkkkksss!!

picturesque

picturesque

so much love

so much love for the boy, 70’s cocaine jumpsuits and idaho

lake view

lake view

2. pretty letters. I have always truly enjoyed handwriting and beautifully written letters and words. So I was ecstatic when I was asked to help out with a few chalkboards for the wedding in McCall. I love pretty words, pretty letters and making pretty things for pretty people!

there is no greater sign than an idaho sign

there is no greater sign than an idaho sign (& coffee)

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backwards but the idea is still the same...cheers to the brennans!

backwards but the idea is still the same…cheers to the brennans!

and to top it off...the cutest card i found in mccall

and to top it off…the cutest card i found in mccall

3. new eats & treats. The Warfield recently joined the ranks of Ketchum restaurants. And right now it seems to be sitting pretty high. Warfield definitely hit the mark on a place to go for good food, good drinks and an ahhhhmazing deck. And the service and overall atmosphere was actually incredible for a newly opened restaurant. Go right this second and enjoy the deck and some nommies. You won’t regret it!

love me some brick and gold accents

love me some brick and gold accents

this door handle makes me swoon

this door handle makes me swoon

topo map menus

topo map menus

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the best cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the best, not-too-sweet, cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the veg burger

the veg burger

krista's poutine

krista’s poutine

brussels forever!

brussels forever!

the best deck around

the best deck around

4. i heart lulu x seven billion. A few weeks ago I was very nicely asked by the local Lululemon store to participate in an event. A few other local women who also participate in Crossfit (and are all total badasses) and I were brought into the store to give our opinions, ideas and suggestions for Lululemon gear for Crossfit. We talked about nipping out, some boob chaffing and all those fun things that happen when you work out. And then we were given gift cards to purchase some new Lulu swag! I know, like my dream come true!! Lululemon and Crossfit all wrapped up into one?! Pretty much best night ever.

And now I wasn’t sure anything could top the brainstorming event but the pants I got actually are the MOST amazing pants ever (Street to Studio Pant II…I also sized up for a bit of a looser fit). If you didn’t know by now I would wear yoga pants everyday of my life, for the rest of my life if it were socially acceptable. And guess what!? These pants make it socially acceptable. They can definitely be termed more of a “lifestyle” item and I literally wear them everywhere. A must buy! Even goats love them…

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mecca

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the pants i got...not the best angle but just wait!

the pants i got…not the best angle but just wait!

pretty much the cutest shirt ever...thinking about running back by for it

pretty much the cutest shirt ever…thinking about running back by for it

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

5. we were liars (semi-spoiler alert). I started reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart in late December and literally pummelled through the first half of the book. (Side note: The fact that the female author goes by E. Lockhart makes her super cool in my book. Total throw back to female authors not being able to be published under feminine names.) Then the boy’s accident happened and reading was the last thing from my mind. I attempted to pick up the book in February but the storyline of the main character having a traumatic brain injury just hit a bit too close to heart.

But I recently picked up the book running out the door on the way to the pool since I had forgotten to download a book. And I loved the rest of the story. There is a reason this book is a “New York Times Bestseller.” It’s a quick read with a twist of an ending. I highly recommend it and if I say more I will spoil it…

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6. sunday night impromptu “family” dinner. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of wonderful and I desperately needed a relaxing weekend. On Sunday, my Brass Blossom Boyfriend and I went to a Barre class, hung out at the pool and then parted ways only to enjoy a very spontaneous, “family” dinner with the boys and black dogs later in the evening. We had amazing food (with only slightly burnt corn….Cha-seee), a few drinks and a whole lot of laughs playing cornhole (P.S. #thebrassblossom came soooo close to beating the boys in cornhole…we will get them next time!). Summers are definitely for impromptu dinners like these on back porches listening to country music.

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

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i just love summer nights

i just love summer nights

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

7. i only like pugs. This shirt and card pretty much sum up my life.

 

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Cheers to a week full of recharging!

taylor brass

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“pop-up” fishing birthday – silver creek brown drake hatch

silver creek, idaho

silver creek – idaho

Our dear friend Abbey recently had a birthday. Since her birthday fell right around Memorial Day it was difficult to find a day to gather the troops. But we knew we had to celebrate Abbey, despite her being quite reluctant. Abbey is one of those friends that you know you can always count on. Not only does Abbey always have her shit together but she is also fun, outdoorsy, domestic and one of the most caring women that I know. She is one of those friends that goes over to your house when you’ve been gone for three weeks to clean our your fridge (and the ensuing mold) and your bathrooms before you come home. Now that is one upstanding friend.

So after extensive consideration we concluded that it would be best to have her birthday coincide with one of the biggest events (according to most local fishermen/women) of the year: the Brown Drake hatch on Silver Creek. It just so happens that during “the hatch” most of our friends are already gathered in the relative vicinity of Silver Creek and Abbey happens to be one of those bad-ass girls that can throw a fly (is that even a saying?) right along with the boys. So it was perfect.

Thus, Abbey’s “pop-up” birthday was born. The place and time were relatively unknown until the day before when the bugs started getting frisky. All in all the idea for a “pop-up” birthday was fantastic. It just took a bit of going with the flow, creativity and lots of communication on where to be and when but fun was had by all.

Last year we celebrated “the hatch” with a night of glamping on Silver Creek and this year I (unfortunately Krista got a death sickness) took it just a bit further with a ton of food, pretty table and good company. There is no reason why a picnic doesn’t need a chalkboard and flowers.

Cheers to an amazing night on Silver Creek!

decor

Silver Creek happens to be one of those places that really doesn’t need accessories. The views are breathtaking and everything is incredibly green right now. Also a sunset worthy of capturing each evening makes any place truly magical. That being said, I couldn’t resist just a few pretty things to add to the picnic. A party is not a party without at least either something gold, a balloon, a chalkboard or flowers…

  • diy “happy birthday” chalkboard made from a mirror
  • freshly picked lilacs courtesy of Rachel
  • a pretty table cloth
not that this view needs much accessorizing

this view doesn’t need much accessorizing

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

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menu

I originally wanted to keep things light and simple as I knew we would have to pack everything to the Creek. I made a few salads and dessert and asked a few others to bring appetizers. Initially I was worried we might not have enough food but we ended up having a feast! Everyone was encouraged to eat as much as possible to avoid packing up everything again…

  • green salad with red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan and ranch dressing
  • red quinoa salad with goat cheese, onions and green olives
  • a huge appetizer spread including a plethora of cheeses (there is never enough cheese)
  • rainbow rice krispie treats
  • assorted desserts
green salad - fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

green salad – fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

quinoa salad - red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

quinoa salad – red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

the appetizer spread

the appetizer spread

rainbown "fishie" rice krispies

rainbown “fishie” rice krispies

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the company

Like always we had amazing company to help celebrate Abbey’s birthday. Happy Birthday Abbey! We were also accompanied by several BILLION brown drakes, a few fish and a couple of dirty dogs!

happy birthday abbey!

happy birthday abbey!

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no words for this...apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

no words for this…apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

cuties

cuties

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two of my favorite boys around

two of my favorite boys around

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right of passage - tori dutifully eating a brown drake

right of passage – tori dutifully eating a brown drake

love bugs (no pun intended)

love bugs (no pun intended)

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<3

And here is to all the bug friends that joined us!

brown drake friends

brown drake friends

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the one and only "butt selfie" i will ever take

the one and only “butt selfie” i will ever take

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until next year!

until next year!

taylor brass

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diy ribbon chandelier

When we had our game dinner to mark Casey’s return and reconnect with close friends, Taylor, Abbey and I pursued a romantic feel for the table décor to counteract the manliness of the game meat at hand. Nothing says “feminine” to me more than silk ribbons, and I remembered several ribbon altars and wedding aspects I’d seen recently, like these:

from style me pretty

from style me pretty — more organic look

ribbon altar

more uniform look, but I love the mix of colors, and note the different lengths

While I didn’t need anything to this scale, it struck me as an economical and environmentally conscious alternative to floral altar equivalents. So, I made one stop at the craft store for two simple items and set to work.

This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever taken the time to craft, and while it’s been accused of being a little “gypsy” looking, whatever that means, I think it’s simple, elegant, and a great addition to any table or party setting.

materials

 

  • wood dowel, at least 1/2″ thick and 2.5 ft. long
  • spool of ribbon (you’ll probably need about 20 yards to make the version I show here) in colors and thickness of your choice — I chose gray/silver 1″ ribbon
  • scissors
  • hook, nail, or pushpin for hanging

instructions

 

1. Determine the length of ribbon you need — as my ribbon chandelier was just going over a table, I cut approximately yard-length pieces

2. Cut about 20 pieces of ribbon, depending on thickness. It’s ok if they’re not the exact same length.

3. Tie the pieces of ribbon onto the dowel at the far end of one piece of ribbon in a double knot. You can either alternate which side (shiny or matte) shows on one side in a random pattern, or you can display one side consistently.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon that’s slightly longer than the dowel to either side of the dowel for hanging.

5. Hang from a hook, nail, whatever’s easiest!

large spool of ribbon

large spool of ribbon

a double knot detail on the dowel

a double knot detail on the dowel

more ribbon to hang it

more ribbon to hang it

ribbon chandelier

lit up for dinner

lit up for dinner

 

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it...I assure you, it was fine!

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it…I assure you, it was fine!

be sure to trim it so it doesn't catch fire!

be sure to trim it so it doesn’t catch fire!

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I'll go for a bright spectrum or ombre...

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I’ll go for a bright spectrum or ombre…

The possibilities are endless for this project in terms of color, scale, length, you name it! Get crazy with it!

cheers krista

 

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diy wooden banner

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, but one of the reasons I love the boy is that he generally goes along with my crazy visions. One evening in December when he was building a fire and I was supervising (obviously), I told him that I wanted to make a piece of firewood into a banner. I really had no idea what power tools would be required to make this transformation necessary, but I had full faith the boy could make it happen.

And he did. He used a nice saw of sorts and cut me perfectly smooth disks of fire wood. I had originally planned to paint on the disks until the boy offered his creative genius and said they would look super cool with wood burned letters. And lo and behold I happen to have a wood burner! It must have been creative fate.

While this banner takes some commitment (and possibly a creative minion who is good with power tools), it happens to be one of my favorite DIYs. I made a “happy birthday” banner for Krista’s birthday and then another “i love you pobre” for the boy for Valentine’s Day that now hangs in our room. Here is a look!

materials

  • a nice piece of wood with the diameter you desire for your disks
  • a wood burner
  • twine for hanging
  • a chop saw (according to the boy) or other tool to cut the disks
  • a drill for drilling holes to hang the disks by
the boy crafting

the boy crafting ❤

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perfectly cut wooden disks

perfectly cut wooden disks

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a finished wood burned letter "h"

a finished wood burned letter “h”

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happy birthday banner

happy birthday banner hung by balloons

i love you banner

i love you banner

"love"

“love”

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awkward posing… 

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diy place mats

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

When I hosted a birthday gathering for Taylor last year (which was before our blog started, a.k.a. no photos), I knew I needed to add some pops of color to my very boring and very neutral table situation. I thought about just laying some paper down from my favorite paper shop, Willow Papery, but I didn’t want to be wasteful. So, I decided to laminate them. And, I know just how much Taylor loves all things laminated.

Torn between all the beautiful paper available, I also opted to make the place mats double sided for optimal use. This is a great gift idea, and you can easily theme these place mats to holidays, seasons and other occasions.

If you’re not feeling like using a paper cutter, also check Layla Grace place mats. They are adorable!

This project takes about 45 minutes total (if you make eight double sided place mats like I did).

materials
  • large pieces of paper (at least 11×17) of your choice — check out a local stationery store, or grab some cute wrapping paper
  • paper cutter
  • ruler or yard stick
  • pen or pencil
  • laminator (or a local office store like FedEx Kinko’s, or if you’re in Ketchum, Business as Usual)
instructions
  1. Cut the paper into however many place mats you want using the ruler or yard stick, pen or pencil, and a paper cutter. I recommend at least eight.
  2. Laminate with a thick laminate. Many places have a pre-cut 11×17 sleeve, which made the process go much faster.
  3. Enjoy! They are easy to clean and store.
reversible!

reversible!

I use this a versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

I use this versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

I can't decide which one I like more!

I can’t decide which one I like more!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

cheers krista
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diy 52 reasons ‘i love you’ cards

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When the boy and I celebrated five years of our “best-friendship” we were seniors in college ready to depart into the so called “real world.” Like I mentioned in our Idaho adventure of Getting Lost on the Lost, we have always attempted, or rather been forced to as broke college students, to focus our gifts and day around anything that doesn’t require oodles of money. So for our five years the boy and I brought a picnic to the gorgeous Sweet Cheeks Winery to enjoy a drink or two, the sunshine and exchange gifts.

The boy gifted me one of the more precious and thoughtful gifts that I have ever received. He gave me five, one for each year, mason jars and cards in increasing sizes. Each mason jar held a riddle about the two of us which was completed in the cards with pictures and other fun surprises. I still have the jars and cards sitting on my bookcase.

For the boy I made a card as well as “52 reasons I love you” cards. And naturally, I laminated them all. Anything that is laminated or labeled holds a sweet spot in my heart.

materials

  • a new deck of 52 playing cards (of course I picked camo)
  • labels that will fit over the value side (I trimmed them a bit after printing)
  • a printer & a computer
  • a binder ring
  • a hole punch

instructions

  1. Using Microsoft Word, choose the “Label Wizard” under templates. You can then choose your desired label size.
  2. Using the template you just created, type out 52 reasons that you love the gift receiver. I used various camouflage colors. You can make them as sappy, serious or funny as desired (examples below).
  3. Once complete, print out the labels.
  4. Attach the individual labels over the value (i.e. Spade, Heart, Diamond and Club) side of the card. Trim the labels as needed.
  5. Using a hole punch, make a hole into the same corner of each card. I chose to laminate the individual cards and then cut them out prior to creating the holes. I also kept my cards in order.
  6. Use the binder ring to hold all of the cards together, and gift away!
camo cards make this gift even more manly

camo cards make this gift even more manly

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I saved the best for last

I saved the best for last

laminated cards! sure to last a life time.

laminated cards – sure to last a life time.

binder ring to hold them all together

binder ring to keep the cards together

the front of the boy's five year card

the front of the boy’s five year card

too good not to share - the card I semi-homemade this year

too good not to share — the card I semi-homemade this year

There are quite a few tutorials online and all over Pinterest demonstrating this diy. And for good reason, as you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like. One of the best parts about this gift is that it is fun to read through the cards every so often and it serves as a small reminder of your love at that moment.

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diy framed chalkboard

When Krista and Chase threw their Not-So-Grown-Up Housewarming Party I knew that I wanted to bring something to ‘warm’ their home. My initial thought was obviously to bring “Green Chile and Cheddar Cheese Cornbread.” But even though cheesy cornbread is a great gift for any occasion in my opinion, (and I even used extra cheddar cheese just for Krista) I decided to also make something a bit more sentimental.

So I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and crafting outside with the pups. The end result was a gold framed chalkboard with a quick inspirational quote to tie it all together. And what is best of all is that unlike the cornbread that was finished off the next morning by the hungover boy, that this gift will last and can hopefully ‘warm’ their next home!

diy framed chalkboard

diy framed chalkboard

materials

  • picture frame with glass
  • spray paint (if painting the frame)
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • masking tape
  • chalk/chalk pen

instructions

  1. Pick a frame, preferably with glass already in it so you don’t have to size a piece of glass. You will be painting directly over the glass, so the picture inside doesn’t matter.  I picked mine up from a local consignment store.
  2. If you are redoing the frame, place masking tape around the glass up to the frame. The frame was already slightly gold but I touched it up with a little gold spray paint that I had at home.
  3. Once dry, pull up masking tape. Distress frame as desired. I ran a few pieces of sandpaper over the frame to rough it up a bit.
  4. Tape around the glass on the frame. Make sure to tape all the way around the frame so the chalkboard paint doesn’t get onto the frame.
  5. Spray chalkboard paint directly onto the glass. There was no need to sand down the glass.
  6. Apply additional coats as needed once dry. I applied approximately three coats.
  7. Once dry, pull up masking tape.
  8. Prep the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk over entire surface. The chalkboard spray paint that I used indicated that it needed 24 hours to dry. I had about 4 hours for the whole project so I let the frame sit in the sun, and it dried perfectly fine without waiting a night.
  9. Use a wet cloth to erase the chalk you used to prep the board.
  10. Write or draw something on your new chalkboard!
the original frame - i left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

the original frame – I left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

touched-up frame

touched-up frame

taped off prior to the chalkboard spray paint

taped off for the chalkboard spray paint

chalkboard spray paint - my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint – my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use - it is my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use!

ready for the second/third coats

ready for the second/third coats

finished, drying product

finished, drying product

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

prepping the chalkboard

prepping the chalkboard

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with - thanks abbey!

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with – thanks abbey!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

taylor brass

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cork board photo displays

brightening up the bedroom!

brightening up the bedroom!

We recently moved into a new rental — just the two of us — so I was very excited to bring some personal decorative touches to the place.

We are on a very tight budget, but I wanted to bring in Chase’s photography somehow. If you haven’t seen his photos, you should. They’re beautiful. It’s so great to finally see them printed!

I wanted a more natural and reasonable alternative to the standard frame. I love the color, look, and even the smell of cork, and I found these packs of perfect squares at Target. They come with mounting squares, so the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can do with them.

I played around with the idea of using various thumb tacks, ribbons, etc. to hold photos in. However, I wanted the photos to speak for themselves, and I didn’t want to damage them by piercing them with a tack.

So, I very fittingly decided on using fishing line and leaving the boards and photos as they came. Here’s how I did it:

materials

 

  • square cork boards (you can find them at Target for a very reasonable price)
  • several high resolution photographs in varying sizes
  • mid-weight fishing line
  • scissors
  • double stick tape
  • hammer and nails

instructions

 

  1. Print the photos — this is one situation when I do not recommend shopping local. Use an online service. My printing tab was way too expensive. Keep in mind the aesthetic you want. Do you want all black and whites? All 8x10s? (Those fit perfectly on the squares.) Or maybe a bunch of square Instagram-esque shots?
  2. Lay out the cork squares on the ground or on a  table, and arrange the photos as you think you may like them. I recommend focusing on grids or lines of boards that complement each other.
  3. Wrap the cork squares with fishing line — the smaller the photos you’ll be putting on, the more you’ll need to weave the line around.
  4. For 8×10 photos for example, tightly wrap the fishing line around each corner. Start by laying the line on the top of one corner. Loop the line underneath the two corners below, and then tie the line in a  triple not along the last corner. For the smaller photos, I started with the 8×10 wrap, and then did an additional one like you would a gift.
  5. Hang them! We were lazy and eyeballed it, which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend, especially if you’re aiming for a grid shape. We were able to use two very small nails to keep them in place — they’re very light weight. Use the double-sided tape as needed, although I haven’t had to yet.
a couple packages full of square cork board from Target

a couple packages full of square cork board from Target

use a mid-weight fishing line

use a mid-weight fishing line

arranging the photos to see how they might look

arranging the photos to see how they might look

loop the line around each corner

loop the line around each corner

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play with different arrangements

play with different arrangements

4x6s work well with 5x7s in the square format

4x6s work well with 5x7s in the square format

I added some extras to a fun frame a friend gave to me

I added some extras to a fun frame a friend gave to me

the finished product

the finished product

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cheers krista

 

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