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DIY Nut Bowls by ConfettiStyle-4

Sometimes I think my creativity is a curse because I rarely can look at an item and think it’s perfect the way it is.  More times than not I look at something and imagine how I could make it better, cuter or more decorative.

Take these small wood bowls I saw at HomeGoods.  I thought about all the different food items that could be served in these bowls and even thought about how cute they’d be on a vanity holding jewelry.  They were adorable just like they were  but I imagined them being even cuter.

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DIY Wall Art by ConfettiStyle1

My mother was a school teacher for 27 years and every summer, a couple of weeks before school started, I’d go to the classroom to help her decorate the bulletin boards.  I loved going to her classroom and getting it ready for the first day of school and always love to write on the chalkboard and look at the old school map that hung on one wall.   The map seemed larger than life and I remember loving how it was hung, from two wood rods and a rope.

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The other day I came across a piece of wall art that was hung in a similar way and it brought back memories.  I decided I needed my own version of vintage school map style artwork in my home and so I created one.  Instead of using an image for my art piece, I decided to create a wall quote instead.

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To create this piece I headed to Hobby Lobby and picked up two pieces of  their 36″ x 1″ x 1/4″ pine wood pieces and a 11″ x 14″ canvas.

 Once home I cut the wood pieces in half so that I’d have four 18″ long pieces and then stained them with Minwax stain sheets.

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Next I cut the canvas off of the frame so that I’d have a loose piece of canvas.  To create a clean edge, I measured 1/2″ in on each side of my canvas, folded the edge under and secured it with stitch witchery.

Then I got busy hand lettering my quote using a SharpieAlways Believe That Something Wonderful Is About To Happen!

Once I was done hand-lettering I glued the top and bottom edge of the canvas between two pieces of wood.

The piece now hangs as part of an eclectic gallery wall arrangement.

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I love how this project turned out and the memories that it reminds me of.

Shelly

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Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend has been a good one so far and that you’ll savor and enjoy today!

When I’m feeling inspired I can’t help but share it with you so today I’m popping in to share a few things that inspired me this week.

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These adorable and easy to DIY wood gift tags which might work with my holiday decor theme.

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If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I headed back to Home Depot this week to finish making this wood cart, designed by blogger Anna White.

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 Now I need to UpStyle it and this image has me thinking about side details and pretty casters.

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This gorgeous chandelier had me at STUNNING!

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After I saw these multi-colored pom poms, I wanted to  make some multi-colored pom poms!

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This quote is nothing but inspiring!

Next week is going to be a crazy one.  I got called back for more jury duty questioning, for a big case here in Atlanta and I have my fingers crossed that I don’t get picked.  In anticipation of a busy week, I’ve completed two design plans early, I’ve written all my blog post for the week ( I’ve got some good ones for  you) and a new stack of magazines is ready to accompany me to the court house!

Shelly

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.  The hubs and I spent the weekend in Alabama at his high school reunion.  He had a great time seeing and catching up with people he hadn’t seen in years.  I also had a great time hearing stories about him from his high school days and learning about all the tricks he played on his freinds.  I can definitely say that while he has gotten older, he still has the heart and spirit of a kid.

Anyway, I’ve been busy all day getting caught up on work, emails and projects so I’m hitting the send button on this post a bit late.

Today I wanted to share a fun little project I created using Wallternatives wall decals.  During the Haven conference in July,  I got a first hand look at Wallternatives wall decals and immediately my mind starting pondering all the ways I could decoratve with them.

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When it comes to entertaining, creating beautiful tablescapes and place settings is an essential part of the decor.  You table decor can be elaborate and over-the-top or simple and classic, and the best part is that there are so many beautiful place settings you can make by hand with a few basic crafting supplies.  Here’s a round-up of inspiration photos and the steps to DIY these looks for yourself.

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No. 1  Dollie Name Card

When it comes to crafting, I don’t think dollies get the credit they deserve.  Paper dollies come in different shapes and colors and can easily be turned into a vintage inspired name tag that can adorn the center of the plate. If you’re using glass plates, place the dollie under the plate and it can stay there throughout the dinner service.

Get the Look:  

Paper Dollies (this site has a great selection of colors and shapes)
 (to create a keepsake paper favor, I recommend using a vintage cloth dollie instead of paper)
Ultra Fine Sharpie Pen

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No. 2  Gold Rimmed Plate & Napkin Ring

Turning a clear glass plate into an elegant serving piece is as easy as gluing gold beads around the rim.  And to compliment the plate, how about making a gold ball napkin ring?

Get the Look:

Gold Beads  (use E6000 glue to secure the beads to the plate rim (E6000 is not food safe so only use for the plates for decor or as a layering plate)
Plastic Belt Buckles (look for vintage buckles at flea markets or you can find them on Etsy)

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No. 3  Clip Board Menu Card & Place Card

I love this idea not only because I love clipboards but because it is just too darn cute.  Pick up clipboards at the dollar store, spray paint them to accent your table and clip on the menu and a name card.  If you want to use the clipboard as a party favor, I recommend adding a monogrammed pencil that can go with it.

Get the Look:

Small Clipboard with open clip, Small Clipboard with closed clip (I buy almost all my clipboards from thrift stores so keep an eye out for them when shopping)
Personalized Pencils (better quality), (cheap price)

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No. 4  Striped Plates

This is a really fun and easy way to add a pop of color to your party table. All it takes is a little acrylic paint (you choose the colors) and you’ll have place settings that pop.

Get the Look:

Clear Glass Plate  (in order to serve food off the plate, you’ll be painting the underside of the plate so make sure the surface is smooth)
Frog Tape (if you really want to get crafty use their Shape Tapes)
Acrylic Paint–you can pick from high-gloss, metallic, pearlized, glitter or satin finishes  (this paint is even dishwasher safe)

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No. 5  Decoupage Plates

Decoupaging your own plates is a great way to create inexpensive decorative plates.  Just about any paper embellishment can be adhered to the plate surface, to fit with any entertaining theme you have going.

Get the Look:

Ceramic Plates ( check thrift stores, especially if you’re OK with a mis-matched look)
Decal or Paper Embellishment (you can also find these at Michaels or JoAnn Fabric)
Decoupage Glue (this is water-based, non-toxic, food safe and top rack dishwasher safe)

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No. 6 Chalkboard Plates

This is one place setting idea that you will be able to use over and over again and mix with any decor theme throughout the year. Painting plates with chalkboard paint is super easy and a great way to personalize your table.

Get the Look:

Plates (this project definitely calls for thrift store plates since the entire plate will be covered up–you don’t need anything fancy)
Chalkboard Paint ( I like to use paint in a can but you can also use chalkboard spray paint) (tips on applying chalkboard paint)

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No. 7 Personalized Plates

I love all things personalized and this place setting is right up my alley, especially for a holiday party, special celebration or even a New Years shindig.  If you have good penmanship you can create this look by hand using paint or a sharpie, or for a more temporary fix you can get crafty with your Circut machine or use craft stickers.

Get the Look:

Solid Colored Plates (as long as the plate has a solid colored center you can use it)
Alphabet Stickers (the options are endless) or your Circut Explore

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No. 8 Painted Plates

Ok, you could go out and buy plates in different colors and save yourself some work but DIYing is much more fun.  I love the idea of combining plates in different colors to create a bold color theme for your table.  You can use a single color family or vary each place setting for a more colorful table.

Get the Look:

Clear Glass Plates (paint your dinner plate one color and the salad plate another, and paint the backs of the plates so the food surface is usable)
If you want to add a metallic rim, use a Sharpie to color in the rim before painting the rest of the plate
Glass Paint (dishwasher safe)

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No. 9 Glittered Charger Plates

How many times have you passed up scratched plastic charger plates at Goodwill?  Me, about a thousand.  The next time I see some of these I will definitely be getting them so I can DIY a set of beautiful glittered chargers.

Get the Look:

Plastic Charger Plates (if you can’t find any at the thrift store, Michaels carries them so look for a sale)
Glittered Paint (paint the backs of the plate and you’ll need to seal them with an acrylic sealer to make them hand-washable)
You can also use a glittered spray paint (I’ve heard this stuff is not easy to work with)
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decoupage loose glitter onto the plate (mix glitter with decoupage glue and paint onto plate)  If you do this you’ll definitely want to seal with a sealer to prevent having glitter everywhere

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I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get crafty and have a party!

So, which of these DIY party place settings is your favorite.

Shelly

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Happy Friday!  Just a few things to inspire your creativity!

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I love the styling of the shoe closet!  Such a great way to display the pieces you have and create wearable combos at the same time.

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Love this idea for Up-Styling a piece of Ikea furniture!

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Since my handbags are in constant rotation, I just might have to try making one of these for myself.

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 If you’re looking an inexpensive, easy and chic placemat, look not further than the scrapbook aisle at your local craft store for 12 ” x 12″ glittered scrapbook paper.

Here are a few links I know you’ll enjoy!

How to Shop Smart for Antiques

Why Couples Fight at Ikea (oh so true)

Are you doing what it takes to be enormously successful and truly happy?

Even if you’re not a food blogger you’ll find this information on making money with your blog interesting.

Shelly

See you back here Monday with a look at Christmas trends 2014! ( 5 months and counting)

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As I continue to unwind from the Haven conference and get back into my routine, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite inspiration Pinterest pins.  Just like most of you, I look to Pinterest for creative and DIY inspiration, design ideas and lots of other things.  Pinterest always delivers and always inspires a project idea or two.  I hope you’re inspired by these pins.

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Handmade Leather Case

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DIY Canvas Art

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DIY Bentwood Chair

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Lace Dollie Light

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Plaster Flower Votives

Shelly

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Hi there!  I’m waking up in a daze this morning after spending the last few days at the Haven conference.  My head in spinning with all the things I learned and all of the creative ideas I need to flush out. And most of all my heart is full of joy from the new friendships and bonds I created.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share the highlight of Haven with you as well as my top takeaways from the conference.  In the meantime, here’s a peek at a few DIY and craft projects I’m creating.

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A little something to help keep my handbag organized #fabriccrafts

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A chair update for my office  #upholstery

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My stationery caddy #woodworkingdiy

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A cute cocktail tray #papercrafting

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 and personalized tags #crafting

I’ll be sharing the completed projects over the next two weeks so stay tuned.

Shelly

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