mantels inspired by you!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This is our first holiday in the new house and we are so lucky to have two fireplace mantels to decorate any way we want!! I’ve been searching for inspiration on what I should put together this year, and the big mantel construction will take place this week, but in the meantime, let me share with you some of my favorites.

This first mantel comes from Centsational Girl and she motivates me to keep looking for just the right mirror to place over the fireplace. The ornament wreath is a definite “must” for me! Her use of blue and fresh greens is gorgeous with the pure white and blue grey background.

Just a Girl turned a mantel into a warm and fuzzy display complete with warm textures and a wintergreen background. She repurposed sweater sleeves to make these unique candles and the wreath is definitely not your customary green version!

The Lettered Cottage is currently hosting its Holiday Home Linky Party and asking you to link up your holiday mantel. Luckily for us, Kevin and Layla share their own mantel and my heart flutters for the Pottery Barn mirror variation they used over the fireplace. I have those gold snowflakes and silver balls on deck, so hanging them over your mantel looks great!

Really, who needs a mantel? Not Piney Flats Style who used a shelf to display the perfect design that can be duplicated over any fireplace. The great thing about this design is the color – the bright, beautiful colors of the season stand out in every detail used.

Want to see more designs? Check out The Lettered Cottage and its Linky Party starting today!


sew: christmas tree pillows

Monday, November 29, 2010

While researching for Saturday's post, I stumbled upon an adorable tree pillow on ShelterPop. The Woodland Forest in Moss Green and Olive pillow is from Etsy designer allisajacobs and her other designs are just as unique! Since fabric has been purchased to make my own pillows, I used this design as my inspiration.

I was making this pillow from scratch so I purchased a 12"x16" pillow form and the white cotton fabric to make a cover. I pulled out my sewing guide - Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z - and followed the directions to make an envelope-backed pillow cover so that I can change the cover after different holidays. It was fairly easy!

Then I picked three print fabrics that look good together and could be used for 'trees'. Walking on the crazy edge of crafting, I just cut out three triangles without using a template and hoped for the best. I didn't worry too much about perfectly straight lines.

sharing it forward: holiday version

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend is a good time to be with family and shop those unbeatable deals. But in our house, it's been a good weekend to catch up, work a few extra hours and get ready for the holidays. I even waited in the long line at Jo-Ann's for holiday fabrics. As I prepare my projects and research what I'll be posting this week, I came across some great freebies and ideas to get you in the mood for the holidays. Enjoy!

Craftily Ever After has an 8"x10" printable of the holiday version of "Keep Calm and Carry On." Check out the 'Wise Men Still Seek Him' printable too. Print, frame and keep it near your workstation.

29 Before April 30 ... I'm working on it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When someone asks what's up with the status of wedding assignments: I'm working on it. I've been ordering rentals, getting bridesmaids dresses, deciding on invitations, attending classes, budgeting, and even counting squares on the floor to design the reception layout. With all of this fun in between work and other things that make us happy (half marathon #9 completed on Sunday!!!), I've been keeping you in the dark. I promise to be better. Really, I do.

So let me interrupt your scheduled blog browsing to make an admission: I've reached out for help. I just can't do everything and when you're guest list is pushing 600, you need to wave a white flag. So for the bridal shower invitations (again, my mom can't be left to do this on her own) and wedding invitations, I found the most beautiful options for us. Obviously, I will add my personal touch somewhere, but here is what you'll see in the coming months.

Wedding Paper Divas is hands down one of my favorite sites. In one week, I ordered, approved and received my bridal shower invitations. How cute are these?

For us creative folks, choosing a wedding invitation can be overwhelming - and expensive! But when you expand your search, Etsy is a wonderful option. I found an incredibly talented artist selling her designs on Etsy for a reasonable price. Foglio Press is only selling on Etsy at this time but you can see some of Sarah's beautiful and creative designs on her website.