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Style Files: Simple Valentine’s Day Decor Idea

23 Jan

As Valentine’s Day draws near, I’m finding it harder and harder to resist adding little splashes of pink and red to every corner of the house. While I’ve definitely toned it down from my other holiday displays, I did add a little flavor of love to the window above our kitchen sink.

My latest project was recycling these old apothecary jars (which aren’t the cutest, I’ll admit) by adding a different candy to each one.

I was really surprised by the variety of Valentine candy offered at Wal-Mart, so I had plenty to choose from.

I placed a picture of Husband and I in a pink frame beside these candies for a cute little touch of love!



Style Files: A ‘Love’ For Decorating

9 Jan

You know that empty feeling you get once all the Christmas decorations are put away? Your house still looks the same as it does 11 months out of the year, but it feels like everything is so sparse. Well, I hate that feeling.

So, I decided to cheer up the entryway by getting a jump start on my Valentine’s decorating. Now, Husband and I don’t make that big a fuss about Valentine’s Day, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to decorate with my favorite color – pink. Or, as a true steel magnolia would put it – blush and bashful. So I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and there was no shortage of supplies in my hallowed hue.

I decided to make a Valentine’s swag to replace the Christmas and fall wreaths that I’ve hung over the entryway mirror for the past few months. It took me all of 20 minutes to make, and I’ve completely fallen in love with the result.

How to Make a Valentine’s Swag

Step 1: You’ll need a dried grapevine swag (or wreath).

Step 2: Purchase one large center flower, two smaller flowers for the sides, and some tiny floral sprays for accents. I chose a large hydrangea for the center and 2 ranunculus for the side flowers. Ranunculus are some of my favorite flowers – they were in all the bouquets at our wedding.

Step 3: Begin by hot gluing the tiny sprays at the center of the swag. Then, add the large center flower followed by the two side flowers.

Step 4:Finally, add a few leaves in there to provide some contrast and make the swag look more natural.

Step 5 (optional): I chose to hang a small silver pendant with an inscription about love on it. I used some 3/4 inch wire-edged ribbon and tied it to the bottom of the circle in the center of the swag.

Finally, I took a few vases I’d saved from past Valentine’s when Husband sent flowers and filled them with some fragrant roses. They are a cheerful greeting each time we enter the house!

Style Files: Making a Scripture Memory Board

31 Dec

Tomorrow marks the first day of 2012. A new year. A fresh start. Endless possibilities. I don’t know what this new year will bring, but I do know that I’m going to start it on the right foot. That’s why I’m joining Project Scripture.

In order to get started, though, I needed a scripture memory board. Using Mrs. Hargrave’s board as inspiration, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby yesterday to get my supplies. $8 and 5 minutes later, I had my memory board. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: I needed a cute picture frame that could sit on my bathroom counter. I figured that was the best place to ensure that I would read it every day, and because I don’t have a TON of counter space, I chose to go with a smaller 5×7 frame. The frame I chose has an antique white finish with light pink filigree accents. It’s very feminine, but that’s exactly the look I wanted.

Step 2: I picked out a nice burlap fabric and purchased 1/8 yard (the smallest amount Hobby Lobby will let you purchase).

Step 3: Cut a piece of burlap to fit in the frame, then use the dry erase marker to write your verse each week.

If you’re interested in joining us, please do! I’ll keep you updated on my progress each week.

Style Files: DIY Christmas Ornament

12 Dec

I’m so excited to share my latest project. A friend and I had a Pinterest night last night, where we each brought a project we’ve been wanting to complete and drank hot chocolate as we crafted. It was such a fun idea for a girls’ night, and I plan on having another one soon. Now, for my project.

I had previously seen this cute little idea on Pinterest, and I’ve been waiting to give it a try. The only supplies you need are:

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Print out of wedding invitation and/or what ever it is you want to put inside the ornament ( I also used the sheet music for Jingle Bells)
  • Pencil
Step 1: Begin by slicing the invitation line by line into thing strips.
Step 2: Then, carefully remove the top of the glass ornament.
Step 3: Curl each strip carefully around the pencil, and slide the paper off the end of the pencil without letting it uncoil (see video below).
Step 4: Repeat step 3 until all the strips have been added. You might also use the tip of the pencil to adjust the strips inside the ornament if there are certain words you want showing.
Step 5: Replace the top and find the perfect spot on your tree! See more pictures below the video.

Style Files: Create Your Own Christmas Card Holder

7 Dec

I love running to the mailbox this time of year and eagerly sifting through the catalogs, coupons, and junk mail for the thick envelopes with festive stamps that cannot be mistaken – Christmas cards! I shred through the envelopes and indulge in reading season’s greetings from friends and family while snuggled under a blanket. I can’t tell you why I love them so much, but I do.

Once I’ve read them, and oohed and aahed over the pictures of children that have somehow grown another year older in what seems like the blink of an eye, I always struggle with where to put them. I purchased one of those little trees that is meant to display them a few years ago, but I’ve been disappointed in its ability to hold the cards and it is difficult to see them all at once.

I decided I was going to fix that this year with an inspired idea that came to me while standing in the middle of a Hobby Lobby, and I was pretty pleased with the results! Now it’s time to wait by the mailbox…

I took one long piece of thick, wire-edged Christmas ribbon and duct-taped it to the back of our coat closet door.

Then, I sewed jingle bells on the bottom of the ribbon to add weight and keep the ribbon from swaying.

Finally, I took miniature pine cones and hot glued them onto small clothes pins. Just add cards, and voila!

Style Files: An Easy DIY Christmas Wreath

5 Dec

It’s that time of year when a decorating addict like me can really let her hair down. Chestnuts are roasting, silver bells are ringing, and it’s time to deck the halls! While I promised not to go overboard with decorations this year since we’ve spent enough fixing this place up, I’m lucky that Husband loves Christmas as much as I do. So, I have done a few things for the house like this simple wreath. And you know me, I found a way to do it for just a few bucks.

I saw this wreath at Hobby Lobby for $50. It was the look I wanted to recreate, but not the price I wanted to pay for it. I just love how festive cranberries are!

Hanging just below the wreath was this garland of cranberries for $15. I purchased it along with a dried grapevine wreath for $4.99.

With a little hot glue and some elbow grease, I was able to recreate the wreath for less than half the price! Simply cut groupings of cranberries from the garland using wire cutters. Then, bend them to curve along with the wreath. Hot glue, and you're done.

Read more about a simple fall wreath I made just a few weeks ago!

Style Files: How to Make a Simple Fall Wreath

22 Nov


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to squeeze in one more DIY craft project before the holiday arrived – a fall wreath.

This wreath, which was made with spare parts from the fall clearance section at Hobby Lobby, takes less than 1 hour to make and costs around $25, so I thought I’d share the how-to here:

Step 1: Begin with a dried grapevine wreath.

Step 2: Cut the leaves from a fall garland of your choice. For the size of wreath that I chose, 30 large oak leaves were plenty. Hot glue the leaves onto the wreath.

Step 3: Attach fall-colored berries on the left and right sides of what will be the center of the wreath using hot glue.

Step 4: Add a complementary accent to the wreath to accentuate what will become the centerpiece. I chose 2 plumes of bronze bird feathers that made a nice contrast with the bright colors of the leaves and berries. Then, place 2 leaves over the bases of the feathers.

Step 5: The final step is to add 2 large acorns (or whatever fall element you'd like) to the center of the wreath, and you're done!

Now, you just have to choose where you want to hang it! Because I already have a wreath for the front door, I chose to hang this one over the mirror in our entryway. A simple over-the-door hanger works well (although I need to paint this one brown).