Saturday, January 26, 2013

{Project} Valentine Yarn Wreath

I think I first saw these cool yarn wreaths back in July on Pinterest or Etsy.  Then on my first (and last) trip to Goodwill last year, I found a straw wreath for $1.99.  I figured, one day I will make my own wreath.  That day came last night.  After a trip to Michaels for some yarn and felt, I was set to go.

For about two hours while watching a boring tv show, I was able to wind the yarn around and completely cover the wreath.  I should be folding laundry or something, but nah--

I used my Big Shot to cut some felt flowers.  I really should buy more flower dies as this is my only real flower set for the Big Shot.

Using a glue gun, I adhered the felt flowers together and then glued them directly on the wreath.

It's almost finished...

I added some mini light pink rhinestone all over for some added sparkle.

Finally, I hung it with some leftover Christmas ribbon.

I might have spent less than $8 on this one.  If I would do it again, I'd probably get the foam wreaths so it's not so bumpy like the straw ones.  And if you do have the straw ones, I read that you should leave the plastic wrapping on it so the yarn doesn't get snagged as much.

Happy Valentine's Wreath Making!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{Project} Gift Wrap Elfa Organizer

January must be THE month to get organized.  I've noticed it around the blogging world and all the January retail sales geared for organizing.  Must be a New Year's Goal thing, which as much a planner that I am, I don't really make New Year resolutions for myself.  I did organize the pantry, but this post is not about that.  I did, however, organize my bin of gift wraps last fall and hoping others would find this post useful to them.  Here's how it all went down...

Not so long ago, when it's time to look for a gift bag, I had to dig in my bin of bags and tissue...

Which is behind a stack of heavy srapping projects...

So when I saw Jen's posts over @ iHeartOrganizing, I found my solution.  And she had two, here's the other one.   I headed over The Container Store last October or maybe September during their shelving sale.  I showed them a pic from Jen's blog and their crew was excited for my over-the-door organizing project.  Ta-da, let's take a closer look...

Starting from the bottom, I used the large deep basket as the base for the rolls of gift wraps and extra bags.  The upper part was the wall rack media system.  The gift wrap rolls could go through the media rack.  It could also hold my white ceramic pots from Ikea that had some gift tags, ribbon scraps, and washi tape.

I also hung some tissue paper on the media rack...

Next was another deep basket for more gift bags...

The next 4 upper shelves were the shallow baskets to use for folded tissue and treat bags...

Another for curling ribbon and rolls of crepe paper...

And finally, little holiday bags, containers and other extras that were in that bin...

For all those birthday gifts, baby showers and holidays throughout the year, it's been very useful not having to dig for these wrapping essentials.  It's also been very handy for my last minute prep teaching Sunday School, haha.  They're always asking for yarn, which I don't have but I got curling ribbon!  

And I love my punch holders, too.  I think they're towel racks from Ikea.  They don't have the same black ones anymore and I regret not buying more back then :(

By the way, did you know The Container Store is having an Elfa sale right now?  Yup, they're 30% off, yey!  That's how I got started on the pantry project :)  

Yup, I shut the door just to stare at its full glory, lol!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Oh Hello, 2013!

To welcome the New Year, we had a small gathering at our home on New Year's Eve.  I printed some free printables from Pick.Print.Party. via Catch My Party and bought a couple of things from Party City to set up for our NYE get together.

food tent cards were from Paper & Pigtails
Miss Meringue Cookies
I can only find these at Albertsons
Cream Puffs from Walmart
Oreo Cookies
dip marshmallows in warm water
then dip the damp marshmallows in sprinkles

Pepperidge Farm
Pirouette French Vanilla CrèMe Filled Rolled Wafers
Snowman Donuts
mini white donuts, brown sprinkles and orange gobstoppers
Snow Balls from World Market
Truffles from Sam's Club
Cheesecake from Walmart
water labels from Pick.Print.Party.
stamped gold flowers,
punched them with a 1" circle punch,
adhered silver rhinestones on the top,
then wrapped ribbons around the caps
party horns and blowouts from Party City
Sparkling Cider & Sparkling Grape Juice
from Sam's Club
paper straws from Very Jane
hung some bead necklaces on the chandelier
and a gold ornament in the middle

As the year 2012 ended, we went to the edge of our neighborhood to watch the synchronized fireworks show on the Las Vegas Strip to welcome year 2013.  Thank you Lord for all the blessings and challenges of 2012 and we look forward to what the new year has in store for us.

Happy New Year to all!