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Gold Metal Toy Bin + chalkboard label | Basement playroom accessories

So, here is my first (project) post since spilling it all out there for you guys last week. And you know what? It is actually a project that has been on the docket for months after thrifting it back in the summer. $5 later, I had the perfect spot in mind for where use it. That “spot” is one of the areas I wanted to refocus my attention to, so I did!

Remember? Mission: Project – LOCK.IT.UP! Let’s finish up these half-completed/barely-started projects and move on!

Anyone remember this rusted old bin from a past #thriftscorethursday post on Insta?
metal toy bin before - This is our BlissWell, I spiffed it up and have it ready to rock & roll as toy storage in the basement play area. Today, I’m going to share with you how!
play room DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets This is our BlissAs you saw above, it needed some TLC, so here is what I did…

First, I took a damp paper towel and wiped it down to get all of the dust & cobwebs off of it. Yes, there was some serious spider business going on there and I hated every second of cleaning it even though it only took a minute.

Next, I gathered my supplies:
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metal toy bin before - diy toy bin - this is our blissThen, I scrubbed down the label area with a wet paper towel and another paper towel dabbed in goo gone. There were probably 10 or more pieces of tape & remnants of adhesive all across the front of the label, so I had to give it some good ol’ elbow grease. After that, the labor-intensive part was over!

Next, I spray-painted the bin with gold, covering all of the metal wiring, but not worrying about the label area (since it was going to get painted later). I thoroughly applied a second coat of spray paint and then let sit overnight.

Now it was time for the label section. First, I poured some chalkboard paint onto the paper plate and dipped my craft brush into it, generously covering the bottom half of the foam brush. From there, I simply applied it to the label area of the bin. I outlined the edges first and then filled in the middle with back-and-forth brush strokes.
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Next, I applied another coat & let it dry for 24 hours.
DIY toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom This is our BlissAnd since I forgot to take a photo before I wrote on it and filled it with “boy stuff”, here is the finished product!
DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 2 This is our BlissI just love the detail of the legs…definitely resembling vintage hair-pin legs…
DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom This is our Bliss DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 1 This is our BlissI stumbled upon these black and white striped canvas bins in the basket section at Michaels about 3 or 4 months ago. They were 40% off and I thought they would look good in the basement play area acting as toy storage, but I think they look GREAT on either side of the gold metal bin!
If you are new over here, then you are getting your first dose of my black, white and gold obsession. #blackwhiteandgoldalways

I’ve only shared a handful of basement posts, so now that I’m refocusing my time and attention, I’ll be sharing more from this space.

metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint diy toy bin - this is our blissDIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom kid space This is our BlissLet’s take another look at where we started and how we ended. Everyone loves a good before & after shot 😉
gold metal toy bin before This is our Bliss After metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint diy toy bin - this is our blissNot a single trace of dirt, rust, tape or spiders! I’m telling you…gold spray paint is like magic.
Before & after DIY metal toy bin gold spray paint & chalkboard paint boy stuff playroom striped baskets 2 This is our BlissAs a rule, I do love how most of my projects turn out, but I especially love this one. I find it so gratifying to take an old piece of junk and make it over into something pretty and new again. It was an awesome $5 investment! When I take the time to fix up my thrifted finds, I end up falling more in love with the finished products versus how I feel after I stumble upon a great find at HomeGoods. There is something about a DIY project – a sense of pride and ownership… a feeling of accomplishment.

Don’t get me wrong, I will still be trekking it up and down the HG aisles in pursuit of my next great <3!
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So, what do you think? Do you feel the same way after making over or creating something yourself? And I must ask, what is the last thing you used spray paint on?!

My new “about me” post will be coming up later this week, a basement progress report and a Fab Friday Finds post are still to come. Please come back again soon to see what’s going on over here!
This is our Bliss - signatureP.S. I do really appreciate your thoughts & comments from my last post. Sometimes we truly need to take a step back and refocus ourselves. I can tell you, my thoughts & focus were solely dedicated to my little man’s recovery after his surgery on Friday.

Your prayers and well wishes & sweet notes on social media meant the world to us – thank you! He is doing awesome and his “bump is all gone” and stitches are healing right up!

You all are the best! xo


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How to: DIY Oversized [Fall] Word Art

My obsession continues. My love for word art is deep. I took a shot at creating my own version of an oversized word art piece to use in my fall entryway versus buying a ridiculously expensive one. I’ve made smaller pieces before, but I wanted a BIG one this time around! A statement piece…

Do you know how much money a 24″x36″ framed piece of anything costs?! or a even a canvas?! Way more than I wanted to throw down. Especially since its all about fall. I mean, I would have loved to order a custom something or other for above my entryway table, but the truth is… my entryway mirror will probably end up going right back in its spot after this season is over. Unless I decide to make a new piece for each season or holiday to put in the frame! I could totally do that. #dontgetaheadofyourself
How to DIY oversized word ART -Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissI decided to create a DIY version and ended up spending less than $20! Yep – 20 bucks.

Supplies:

24″x36″ frame
MS Word or other document creation software
Flash Drive (to save your file & take to copy/print shop)
24″x36″ black & white print
3-Inch Flat Corner Brace (4-Pack)
Rub ‘n Buff Wax

Fullscreen capture 9172015 84159 PMSo let’s start from the beginning. A couple of weeks ago, I found large, 24″x36″ frames on mega sale at Michaels for $14.99, regularly priced $49.99. Such a steal! I bought one white and one grayish-brown. After calling my local FedEx/Kinko’s to check to make sure they could print that size, I sat down to work on my piece.
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I came up with a list of fall-related words and typed them out in MS Word with one space in between each word or group of words. I then started playing around with the fonts and point size of each word or phrase until it was sized just right and I was happy with how it looked. I ended up moving some of the words onto different lines in order to make the sizing work out. I wanted to take up as much of the full line as I could without the words being too small or the phrase running over to the next line. Each font is sized differently as well. I get download my fonts from dafont.com.

[Some of the fonts I used in this piece were: Bernardo Moda, Jenna Sue, Fascii Scraggly BRK, Architect’s Hand, AR DELANEY. You can enter these into the search box on the site and then download the file to your computer. They will be automatically added to the drop down list of fonts in MS Word.]

Next, I saved it as a PDF file, loaded it onto my flash drive and headed down the street to FedEx/Kinkos. I asked them to print my piece in black and white on a 24″x36″ sheet of paper. It cost me $4.67 to do it.
fedex receipt*[Important step!: you must save your .doc file as a .pdf because of the specialty fonts. If your copy / print shop does not have the exact same fonts on their computers, then they won’t show up. I didn’t know this when I went in to have another piece printed awhile back. They didn’t clue me in on the pdf secret. They told me I needed to go back home and load all of the different font files onto my flash drive so they could download them to their computer. so that is what I did! uggghhh]

Next, after opening up the back of the frame and slipping my piece of paper inside, I realized I needed to trim about 1/4″ off the side and top so it laid flat and didn’t bubble underneath the plexiglass. Once it was smoothed out, I fastened the back on and admired my work.
It was missing something though.

I ran upstairs to check my craft & décor stash for some flat corner braces. I was pretty sure I had an extra package left after making these frames. It was just what my new frame needed. Mine were silver, so I used a little Rub ‘n Buff Wax in Antique Gold on them before attaching to the frame.
DIY oversized word art - flat corner braces - This is our BlissAfter a couple minutes to let the wax set, I placed the “L” on the corner, then drilled in each of the 4 screws into the predrilled holes, until I was all the way through the surface of the frame. I did this on each of the 4 corners.
DIY oversized word art - flat corner braces 1 - This is our BlissVoila! Large & in charge DIY Fall word art! I love.
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fall decor - fall entry way - fall vignette - open framed gourd - DIY fall word art - this is our blissI especially love how my little thrifted gold open frame outlines “mom’s pumpkin cookies”. Such a warm and special memory of making and decorating pumpkin cookies with my mom and sister growing up (and eating too much cream cheese frosting along with the chocolate chips & candy corn that made up the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin 🙂 )!
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This was so unbelievable easy to make. I promise…if you can open up and type in Microsoft Word, then you can do this! If you don’t feel like making your own and like mine, get it below!:
Free fall word art printable - fall printable - fall decor - word art - wall decor - fall decorating - This is our BlissGet your Free PDF here:  FALL Word Art
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - This is our BlissI think it would be really cute to do something similar in a kid’s room or playroom with funny & cute kid phrases!
How to DIY Oversized Fall Word art - DIY wall decor - word art - This is our BlissWant more fall inspiration?! Visit my Fall Entryway post to see the rest of the shots!

What are your DIY secrets for creating large, oversized art? Please do share!
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Safari-style Soiree source list + 2 FREE party printables!

Throwing a birthday party for your little one this summer?! Simon’s Safari-style party was so fun to put together – a total mix of DIY projects +  purchased décor. Check out the sources below for everything you saw here.
Simon's 1st bday invite -This is our Bliss[DIY invite using picmonkey – tutorial coming soon]
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DIY bunting: chipboard triangles in packs with pre-cut holes (at Michaels), chalkboard letter stickers and my favorite jute twine, mini command hooks
animal print latex balloons
zebra print tissue pom-pom

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DIY Jungle “vines”:  these leaves, hole-punched and strung on jute twine (again!) with knots in between each leaf & hung by same hooks as mentioned above.
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - party table set-up This is our BlissThe table: [black & white striped bowl (Ross) held “pretzel twigs” | wooden logs bowl (Ross) held Cheetos as “Tiger Tails” | wooden serving bowl held veggie straws “Jungle vines” | wood server | white ruffle bowl (no longer available Crate & Barrel) held fruit “Monkey munchies” | DIY striped runner (using this fabric) | jungle stems (can also find similar stems at Michaels & Hobby Lobby – I even used these faux exotic stems in my guestroom!) ]

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wood taper candleholders (thrifted)
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Safari Jungle party food labels printable!
napkins: zebra + leopard

These place card holders were seriously the best find ever. Mine were purchased (set of 6 in blue) for Henry’s 1st birthday party on clearance for a few dollars at Michaels and are unfortunately no longer available. I have used them so many times! They can be painted over and over again to fit your party’s theme. Besides, $9.99 for a dozen in silver is a great buy – mine are plastic!  Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - safari animal cookies - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss

Cookies: frosted sugar cookies by A Sweet Touch by Sara T.  Animal crackers were also served as “party animals”!
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The zebra print poster was an enlarged 16″x20″ image created in picmonkey, similar to the invite! I hung them with the same twine (that I always use!) and more clear command hooks.
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 The Watering Hole printable!Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - DIY chipboard crown - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissWelcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - DIY I am ONE chipboard crown -This is our BlissDIY Highchair sign: chipboard crown (Michaels) | gold foam stickers (Target $1 spot) | chalk letter stickers | animal print ribbon (michaels) | twine
It was taped underneath his highchair tray to hold it in place.

hand-painted Jungle book themed canvas banner - This is our BlissAnd for the mother of all DIY projects, my dear dad painted this incredible canvas banner for us to hang as party décor, too. I just love it! You can see more of his artwork in his etsy shop. Check it out!
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C A K E  T I M E !
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Embroidered “1” animal print tie with mini crown by the fabulous Embroider Moore!

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And there you have it – all of the details for my little blue-eyed babe’s birthday party. I tried to gather everything I bought / previously had / made & include it in this post, but if there is something I missed and you want more information, please leave a comment below!

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Looking for more birthday party inspiration?
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Check out Henry’s golf-themed 1st birthday party post here.
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I really do have fun with these little parties – I just can’t help myself! The next one is coming up in just over a month – eeek!

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Simon’s Safari-style Soiree [1st bday party deets]

Although we celebrated our littlest guy’s 1st birthday party a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to share some of the safari-style goodies and a few shots of the birthday boy himself. I am still pinching myself that a whole year has passed since he was born. I know this isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last time I say, where did the time go? I mean, come on!
Simon's 1st bday invite -This is our BlissA first birthday party is such a special celebration of all of the big milestones of the year, as well as the sweet little moments that you never want to fade from your memory. Things can be tough at times, especially in the beginning, getting used to something, or rather someone, new. But each day that goes by, it gets a bit easier, and then eventually busier, sillier and then crazy all over again! Simon’s party was no exception – a fun-filled day and night celebrating with our family and friends, with lots of little ones in attendance, too!

Here is how we celebrated safari-style…
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The bunting was a quick & easy DIY. Well, I guess it was DIY, but I didn’t do a whole lot, at least this time around. Remember back to the buntings I made for Henry’s 1st birthday party and his 2nd ABC & 123 birthday party, too? Well, this time I bought the chipboard triangles in packs with pre-cut holes (at Michaels), then I added the chalkboard letter stickers and strung them on my favorite jute twine. I did far less work since I didn’t cut out the triangles, punch the holes or stencil + paint the letters. These birthday / welcome banners have hung in the very same spot with mini command hooks on the window trim and acted as a backdrop for the food & dessert tables.
The “vines” alongside the bunting were these leaves, hole-punched and strung on twine (with knots in between each leaf) and hung by a command hook from the nook ceiling.Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - diy food labels - This is our Bliss Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - Pretzel twigs - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - food table - gold labels - This is our Bliss Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party decorations - DIY party decorations - jungle vines -This is our Bliss Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - safari animal cookies - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss

Aren’t those cookies the cutest?! If you are local, check out A Sweet Touch by Sara T. They are not only adorable, but the almond flavor is to die for! My version of cookies are animal crackers – party animals, rather 😉
DIY food labels were printed & then popped into old placecard holders after a couple coats of gold spray paint. Party label printables coming in a follow-up post!
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The black & white framed word art was printed off the computer on cardstock.
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party favors - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissI strung small stuffed animals with Velcro hands on some twine across my formal living room window so each child could pick out one to take home along with a treat bag with their name on it. The bags were filled with an animal mask, animal stickers and these super cute animal sunglasses!
animal print sunglasses party favors - this is our blissA few more DIY’s below and a closer look at the gold touches…
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My dear dad painted this incredible canvas banner for us to hang as party décor, too. I asked him if he would mind painting a small jungle animal of some sort and this is what he came up with. He is so talented and sweet!
hand-painted Jungle book themed canvas banner - This is our Blissand now for the King of the Jungle in action…
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and I can’t forget about my other monkey who had an absolute ball that day…
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - party animal masks - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissAnd to think he is turning 3 in July…my oh my.
The kids played. We all ate & drank. It was undoubtedly a super safari-stylin’ start to our Memorial Day weekend. 🙂
Welcome to the Jungle - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - birthday boy - tie bib - DIY party decorations - This is our BlissONE last shot of my one year-old. That crooked little smile gets me every.single.time.

Now, I am off to tend to my basement punch list. I thought these lists were supposed to get smaller & smaller as you cross things off, but for some reason, this dang basement one is doing the opposite. Gearing up for a full day tomorrow to return the pendant lights (yes, the ones I shared on IG…I will dish more on the lights soon, but they just weren’t quite what I wanted), pick out door handles & closet door knobs and hopefully find a custom glass shop to do the shower door & the bar shelves. Oh and order the carpet. Woo hoo!

See you right back here for the rest of the party sources & DIY details soon!
*updatedSafari-style source list + printables !

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Basement Bar Mood Board [Rustic Industrial Glam]

The basement is moving right along, quite quickly, I might add. Almost too fast for me! I feel like this project is a crazy, twisted 4 room challenge, but in the same timeframe as I completed the ONE room challenge! There aren’t really 4 rooms, per se, but I consider there to be several (or 4) division of spaces…the family / TV room, bar area, kid play area and the bathroom. It will be interesting to see how difficult it is to keep the feel cohesive, given that it kind of is one open space.

Today, I am sharing a mood board I designed for the bar area. It is really just an extension off of the back of the couch / seating area in what we are calling the family room. Since we have a walk-out basement, we tiled the entryway to the backyard and this is where our “bar” will be.  We just finished up with the final approvals for the custom cabinetry and will be selecting our granite slab next week. Yes, granite! We have laminate countertops in our kitchen, so I am thrilled to have this new look downstairs!

Take a peek at the look I am going to try to achieve. I am hoping this so-called Rustic Industrial Glam look will be easy to pull off because I have been eyeing some really great décor finds this past week. #letthefunbegin

stacked stone || granite || gray porcelain tile || wine lattice || glass shelves || gold ampersand || marquee arrow || “let’s pop bottles” print || pendant light || wood butler’s tray || bar glasses || gold polka dot cocktail glass || gold double old-fashioned glasses || artificial grass || ice bucket

We have already purchased very similar stacked stone to use up the wall at the back of a small nook in this bar space and I am currently hunting for glass shelves to hang on the stone wall. To be honest, I actually think I am most excited about all of the little gems I have been collecting to accessorize the shelves I don’t even own yet! pretty standard for me, though. I just can’t pass up a good find…especially with all of the amazing shelves and bookcases I have been going ga-ga over on Pinterest.
See my board solely dedicated to shelf & bookcase styling here!

Did you miss my basement bar inspiration photos? Check it out if you want to see where I crafted up some of my vision from.

The other fantastic part about decorating the basement will be digging out all sorts of frames, books, etc. that I’ve been hoarding bought in the past without knowing where they would end up. Well, I have a whole new level of our house that is calling out for help! Who knows? I may even have side tables, bookcases, chairs…the list could go on and on!

In other #TIOBbasementproject news, the tile is completely installed in the bathroom and I went with very similar choices as in my basement bathroom mood board. And I am still dreaming ours will be as lovely as any of these, too. The vanity is getting set tomorrow, shower fixtures and plumbing later this week and then, I guess that means I get to start decorating & styling – woo hoo!!

1st birthday party details and more on the basement still to come this week. I hope you aren’t getting tired of this project yet…we are just getting to the good stuff 🙂 Thank you for being here today!

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Think again Thursday #1 [mini brass owl planter]

Today, I am kicking off a new Thursday series where I will share project ideas for using various items in new and different ways. On occasion, I get a semi-creative idea for how to use something for other than its intended purpose. When I have one of these “moments”, I will post about it here! I am by no means an expert on creativity, upcycling or repurposing, but I believe if you are drawn to something, but don’t know if and how you would use it, sometimes the best thing to do is take it home and let your creative juices marinate for awhile. It is easier to think outside the box when you are not forced to do so, like in the aisles of HomeGoods or Target. I have found myself doing this very thing and rarely does an idea form right then and there. Take your time and something totally unique and cool might come from it! You might surprise yourself.

If you follow me on instagram, you saw my very first #shelfie posted yesterday. A big first, I know 🙂 The little vignette I created on the shelf included a framed picture of our oldest in the tub, a small framed DIY art piece and a little brass owl. I asked if anyone could guess where it was from. No, not HomeGoods and no, not Target. Although both great guesses, I found this gold gem at none other than the Dollar Tree! The best part, aside from the fact it was $1, is that it is actually a mini coin bank! DIY coin bank turned brass owl planter - bathroom update - bathroom decor - this is our bliss 1

 I picked it up a few months ago and had it sitting on my desk. While shopping my house for items to use to decorate the upstairs guest / little guys’ bathroom, I spotted it and had an ah-ha moment. I went out later that day to run some errands and swung through Michaels to see if I could find a few artificial stems to place inside the opening. I found a 3-pack and headed home.

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All I had to do was trim down the stems with wire cutters in order to achieve the look I was going for. It was as simple as that!

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Up on the shelf he went.

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The rest of the bathroom update is still to come! Oh and sorry for the wonky lighting. I am still working on how to photograph in a room with zero natural light. Please hang with me as I learn.
What have you repurposed lately? I would love to hear what awesome “outside the box” ideas you came up with, so please share in the comments below!

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DIY gold acrylic tray - jewelry catchall - This is our Bliss

DIY Gold Detail Acrylic Tray

Vacation has been wonderful, but the idea of being home is sounding pretty great! Aside from the severe drop in temperature, I am looking forward to getting back – back to our own beds and our normal daily routine. This trip has definitely been a nice reset button for me and a little break from the winter blues. Today, we’ve already had our coffee, taken our morning walk and are heading off to the pool to swim and have lunch shortly. It doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

Speaking of being back in our own beds, last week I shared a glimpse of the room I am staying in at my parents’ house down here and how I made a few tweaks to the bedside area. Their set-up is great and I have actually had some excellent sleep, which is always an added bonus when you are away from home! Today, I am going to share a quick tutorial for the DIY gold detail acrylic tray I made to use as a catchall for my jewelry after taking it off at the end of the day. It was quick, easy and gold. Need I say more?!

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  Elmers Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner
Gold leaf paint pen
Vellum scrapbook paper
scissors
ruler or measuring tape
Martha Stewart Decoupage gold trim

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clear acrylic frame

acrylic frame - DIY gold detail acrylic tray - This is our BlissInstructions:

1 – Start by cutting your paper to fit inside the acrylic frame. My frame was a 5″ x 7″ so I measured my paper, made a couple of pencil marks and then made the cuts.

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2 – Run 3 strips of the tape on the inside of the frame.
3 – press your paper down so it adheres to the bottom of the tray.
4 – Take the tape runner and make 3 – 4 little dabs on each side of the tray, spaced about an inch or so apart. I made the marks just big enough so it wouldn’t show above or below the gold trim once I wrapped it around the edge.

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6 – Take the gold leaf pain pen and run it along the top edge of the tray for a bit more gold detail. Once it is dry, you can put it right to use!
A few minute later, I set it on the bedside table and filled it with my gems! It is just the right size to hold a few bracelets, watch and my rings and not take up to much room on the nightstand.

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Please note!

If I were to make this tray again, I would probably look for another method for sticking the trim on… you can see the tape marks from the inside of the tray looking out and it isn’t quite holding the gold trim very well. It is meant to be decoupaged on, but I didn’t want to decoupage on the acrylic for fear of seeing brush strokes, etc. Next time, I will leave the trim off or experiment with other adhesives! lesson learned 🙂 I just might be making one of these for our master bedroom or our soon-to-be-revamped guestroom.

Once I return home, I hope to have my project posts [and a few progress ones, too] flowing. I am almost done with my ugly green chair, so the guestroom should be in full-swing makeover mode very soon!
Have a great Monday and please stop back again to see what I have been up to back in Illinois!

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Holiday Gift Wrapping {The Necessities}

Hello out there! Can you believe we are exactly 3 weeks out from Christmas Day?! If you are traveling for the holidays this year like us, then your countdown for hitting the road may be even shorter! There is always so much to do this time of the year, but I am really trying to keep a smile on my face and enjoy the days with my boys. We are pretty much homebodies except for when we HAVE to go out. Henry is still in his MDO program on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we do get together with friends for an occasional playdate, but for the most part, we are home playing and hanging out. Bundling up 2 little ones is definitely more of a task than it was last year with just Henry. I get through the week with my double-C’s – coffee and Christmas music, that is. Other than the normal day-to-day stuff, we do have a few adult holiday get-togethers in the mix. One holiday party down and 2 more to go! Oh and one of my dearest childhood friends is getting married next weekend back in Iowa, so we have a wedding this season too! #bringitondecember

Speaking of holiday par-tays, check out my hostess gift guide from earlier this week if you missed it. I just may have added a few of those items to my own personal wish list this year. Now on to today’s post…Since most of us are in high-holiday-shopping-mode (I am toggling between a few retail websites and my blog’s dashboard as we speak 🙂 ) I thought it made sense to share a some holiday gift wrapping necessities I have been scoping out. Unfortunately, these boxes that have been arriving daily on my doorstep are not going to wrap themselves! So if you are like me and need to get on it, here is some gear to get you going!

 Holiday gift wrapping favorites

Brown Kraft paper | Red Stripe | HO HO HO | red & black | Kraft Stripe | gold chevron | plaid

Holiday gift wrapping embellishments - pretty things for your gifts and packages - ribbon and twine

twine | gold foil stickers | red tulle | festive washi tape | gold bows | red white bakers twine | metallic sharpies | gold bells | scalloped tags | gold washi tape

Holiday gift wrapping supplies and storage - wrapping essentialsgold scissors | acrylic tape dispenser | gold dot boxes | supply storage

I am sort of into the “kraft paper” and twine look this year, but naturally <3 to add a bit of gold and glam. And the scissors, btw, are obviously not an essential, but I have a pair and they are actually kind of heavy duty, but oh so chic at the same time. Another thing to note, if you spend $50 on holiday merchandise, you get a free $10 Target gift card! That includes lights, ornaments, etc., not just wrapping supplies.

Now that you have all of these great holiday wrapping supply ideas, be on the lookout for a round-up of some super creative holiday gift wrapping & packaging ideas I have been eyeing, as well as a couple DIY projects by yours truly.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here again soon!

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How to Create A Modern & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape {the simple way}

Hey there! Cold weather…blah. Feeling cooped up (already), but am enjoying warm fires and cozy blankets while snuggling my boys. That never gets old 🙂 I am back today with some tips and how-to details, and of course the sources, for my Black & White & Gold Thanksgiving Tablescape I shared with you earlier this week. I will break down the simple steps I took to create this look so you can do the same if you are hosting Thanksgiving or any other holiday this year. To be perfectly honest, I am not even hosting this year, but since it was my first upcoming Thanksgiving as a new blogger, I had to join in on all of the decorating fun!!

Modern Thanksgiving Tablescape--Black white & gold---modern with natural touches

The items you set your table with do not have to be super fancy or expensive. I will show you how I used everyday pieces, most of which I already had, to set mine. Read on for the scoop – tips, where to purchase & MORE!

How to create a modern & elegant thanksgiving table1 – Find your inspiration & decide on a look & / or color scheme {Pinterest & blogs are great resources :)}

I knew I wanted to do something simple and elegant for my Thanksgiving table, so black and white seemed like the route to go. I pulled inspiration from the black and white striped table runner I made last year and took it from there. Classic patterns, neutral colors and pops of metallic sums up my style, so decided to use this as the basis for my table. Gold was my main accent, but I chose to mix and match the metals for extra glam and a slightly more modern look! After I made and hung my Burlap “Give Thanks” Banner, I knew I wanted to incorporate a few natural elements on my table to play off of the burlap – acorns, mini pumpkins, pinecones and leaves. The leaves received the golden touch, as do most things I come into contact with, but more on that later.

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2 – Start with pieces you already own.

Scour your kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry and other storage places to pull out the things you have – very basic pieces are great because they will work well with other things. You may not even remember you own some of the things you find! I wanted this table to be pretty, but did not want to spend a fortune. Many of the staple items on the table were things we received as wedding gifts and use them regularly. Keeping things simple by using what you have is the best place to begin!

I started with the following:

 black & white striped table runner {I plan to post a tutorial on this sometime soon!}
gold plate chargers
 white circular dinner plates
black side plates
water glasses (Homegoods) & wine glasses
everyday silverware (similar)
cake stand (similar)
wine carafe – used for water (similar)
fall décor – faux pinecones, acorns, white pumpkins, leaves {DIY gold leaf namecards tutorial coming soon}
brass candleholders & taper candles
picture frame (Homegoods)
burlap ribbon (look familiar?)

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3 – Find items on sale post-season or after a holiday to use for the next year or next holiday.

I scooped up some great deals earlier this month right after Halloween and was able to use a couple of things on my table, but I also stashed a ton for next fall and Halloween at crazy low prices. The chipboard I mention below was only thirty nine cents.

Unfortunately, my table wasn’t complete using only what I had on hand, so I determined what was missing and bought the rest.

New items:

cloth napkins (website says “not sold in stores”, but I found them & on sale)
mercury glass votive holders (mine was a pack of 6)
leaf chipboard (similar) {DIY tutorial coming soon}

metallic linen napkins from Target

4 – Create something to make it personal.

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You can see from the photos, I added a few DIY pieces to my table – Gold leaf namecards, a “Thankful” book and super simple faux chalkboard art. Celebrating Thanksgiving by gathering around the table with the ones you love is a wonderful and oftentimes, rare occasion. Creating a little something to add to the table, gives a warm welcome and that extra special touch. It could be something as simple as hand-writing each guest’s name on a piece of cardstock, paper punch a hole through it and then use a piece of ribbon or twine to wrap it around your silverware. Easy peasy!

Apply any of these 4 tips and I promise you can put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table without breaking the bank. Decorating is more fun when you shop your own house anyways!

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget, I will be sharing the tutorials for my 3 simple Thanksgiving Table DIY projects later this week, so stay tuned.

Happy Hump Day!

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DIY Thanksgiving Bunting

Hello! I am stopping in quickly tonight to share a little DIY Thanksgiving décor craft with you. I don’t typically publish posts on Sundays, but realized I promised this one at the end of last week! So let’s get to it…

Do you remember when I said I picked up a ton of cute things at Michaels right after Halloween at 80% off? Well, one of the items was a roll of black burlap and it was only $1.99!

Black burlap from Michaels Craft Store

Prior to this project, I was a burlap rookie. I had never used it for anything, but continue to see it used everywhere. Well, I technically used some when I tied some pom pom burlap ribbon on our cornstalks and a lantern on my Fall Front Porch, but not actual burlap – just to be clear 🙂

After finding the black burlap, I thought it would be cute to make a DIY Thanksgiving bunting with it. I initially thought I would use my Silhouette Cameo  (I totally heart this thing) & make some gold vinyl letters and adhere them to the burlap, but got home & found some black polka dot craft / wrapping paper I had picked up from Homegoods and decided to use it on top of the burlap instead.


Here is what I did

I opened up a MS Word document and decided on a font, “AR CENA” and typed out “GIVE THANKS” spacing each letter out so there were 2 letters per page, centered in the middle in landscape layout. Next, I went to the toolbar and clicked “insert” and selected triangle. I added one to the page and then right-clicked & chose “send behind text”. After that, I positioned the letter where I wanted it in the triangle. Then, I right-clicked again and selected “copy” and then pasted a duplicate triangle next to the original. I positioned the new triangle around the next letter and repeated these steps for the remaining letters.

Here is a screenshot in case it doesn’t make sense.

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Now that each letter was properly positioned in a triangle, I saved the document and prepared the craft paper since that is what I printed on.

I rolled out the paper and laid a piece of regular copy paper (8.5″ x 11″) down and cut around it. I did this 5 times since there are 10 letters and 2 per page..

This step was a little tricky… I tried to smooth the paper out until it was flat (without the curled edges from being on a wrapping paper roll) so I could insert them into the printer paper tray. A couple of times the edge was curled a little too much still that my printer didn’t read that there was paper in the tray. Once I figured that out, I was good to go! I printed out all of the letters and then cut around the triangles with scissors.

DIY Thanksgiving bunting DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paperThen, I laid the triangles out on a piece of cut burlap and I cut around each one leaving about 3/4  – 1 inch of burlap showing around the edges.

After that, I flipped over the letters and applied a thin line of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (found at Michaels or any other craft store or purchase online here) around the perimeter of the triangle and then centered the paper on top of the burlap and set aside to let dry. I waited about 30 minutes before the creating the holes for the twine to go through.

Next, I took a screwdriver and pushed through the back of the burlap to make 2 small holes to weave my Sisal Twine through. I also <3 this stuff and have used the same roll for a TON of projects.

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After I made both holes in each piece, I started threading them on, starting with E and ending with G. I left plenty of extra twine on the ends since I didn’t know how much I would need to hang.

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*Note: when pushing the screwdriver through, make sure to be as far down from the top as possible, as it is easy for the burlap to come unwoven and then you are left with an unclosed hold. Lesson learned 🙂

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper

Now it is time to hang. I always use clear 3M hooks to hang signs & banners with. They hold up well and are easily removable when it is time to come down. Total bonus.

I pressed the sticky backing of the hook to the trim, tied the left end of the twine into a loop and once it was positioned where I wanted it, I tied the right side off and looped it over the hook on the opposite side (in this case, the top of the trim since I hung at an angle.)

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Here it is hung across the window in our kitchen behind the table.

DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paper DIY Thanksgiving bunting with black burlap & wrapping paperI have hung several banners in this spot because it is a large, open area and you can see it from the front door when you walk in. It’s a focal point of the kitchen, as the window overlooks the backyard and neighborhood from the 2nd level since our house sits on a hill.

There you go! DIY Thanksgiving Bunting completed & hung!

Total project time was approximately 1.5 hours. The tedious parts were designing the letters / arranging the triangles on the computer and then cutting out the paper and bunting.

What do you think? Are you into burlap? What have you made with it? Please do share your thoughts & any project ideas you have!

Later this week, I will be sharing a Thanksgiving tablescape with several simple décor ideas & of course some DIY details as well! Please come back to see more and hang out here again!

Goodnight!

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