Sealed With a Kiss

V is so excited for his class Valentine’s day party.  We’re packaging up pencils, Hershey Kisses, and Tootsie Rolls for each classmate.  And each bag is ‘sealed’ with a kiss.


He has been talking about seals for the past month or so, so it seemed perfect for this little punny sticker.  If you like it, you can print your own set.


I printed mine on a full sticker sheet, then used a paper cutter to separate each.  I left the personalized notes out for these photos, but here’s the matching card.


Happy early Valentine’s day!  Do you have any special plans?

Broken Hearted

As we’re all aware, Valentine’s day is just over a week away.  While I love the opportunity to show a little extra love to my special men, I’m not so into red and hearts.  Instead, Ev and I partnered up to make a two toned heart pillow.  He chose the paint colors and I did the rest.


Using scrap paper, I made a half heart template and lightly traced it on my fabric with a pencil.  Using a yard stick, I made a line across to separate the triangular base from the top.


Martha Stewart craft paints claim to be good on fabric, so that’s what I used to fill in.  If I weren’t stuck inside due to crazy cold, snowy weather, I would have used fabric.


I’d rather have a lovey design with year round colors, so Ev did a good job with his choices.  Dude knows how to pick ’em.

Here are two more fun heart pillows you could make to add some love to your house:

DIY geometric heart pillow:

Gold pleather heart pillow: Yay for more modern versions of an old favorite.

Where do you stand on Valentine’s day and the decor that usually goes with it?

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour: Cozy and Colorful

If you’re coming from Iron and Twine, welcome to the party! Blogger Stylin Home Tour Christmas Button So many wonderful ladies have shared their fantastic tours already.  Check out the first three days here:

Roeshel – DIY Showoff
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home
Jesse – Scout and Nimble
Angela – Number Fifty-three
Gwen – The Makerista
Brittany – Brittany Makes
Anneke – This, That, & Life
Cassie – Primitive & Proper
Caitlin – Desert Domicile
Sarah – The Thriftress
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color
Jamie – C.R.A.F.T.
Lucy – Craftberry Bush
Michelle – Decor and the Dog
Whitney – The Curtis Casa
Kristin – Bliss at Home
Summer – Simple Stylings
With so many talented women and amazing ideas, I feel like a slacker.  But, here’s our Christmas home tour.  How ’bout we start in the family room.  Because the fireplace is in here, it got the most attention.

Christmas-Home-Tour-Family-Room Our mantel is decked out in bright colors, including a short strand of the felt garland I made. Christmas-Home-Tour-Mantel-Detail The merry & bright art is something I sketched out and painted on a piece of black foam from the Dollar Tree. Christmas-Home-Tour-Merry-and-Bright-Art For the past four years, I’ve made silhouette ornaments of each family member.  And in years past, I’ve hung those ornaments on stands to place on a shelf.  This year, the silhouettes mark each stocking, including a custom paint color. Christmas-Home-Tour-Boys-Stocking-Detail Our deep green chevron coffee table adds more pattern and color.  When paired with red plaid scarf pillows, it’s a slight twist on traditional red and green. Christmas-Home-Tour-Scarf-Pillow-and-Mantel Original scarf tassels are a fun touch, too. Christmas-Home-Tour-Scarf-Pillow Next to the fireplace is slightly less colorful and more glam. Christmas-Home-Tour-Bar-Nook Lots of gold, white, some black, and a bit of blue.  Ben’s first deer has a glitter star.  You know, to girl him up a little. Christmas-Home-Tour-Bar-and-Wood-Stack On the other side of the room I sewed plaid flannel pillow covers.  Nothing says cozy like flannel, I always say. Christmas-Home-Tour-Couch-Pillows This buffalo check is great all year, too. Zipper-Tutorial-Finished-Pillow In our less finished (okay, not even close) living room, I decorated the entertainment center.  Though we have plans to build doors to hide the ugly electronics and cords. Christmas-Home-Tour-Entertainment-Center Gold on navy Holy Night song lyrics are Christmas-y, without screaming Christmas. Christmas-Home-Tour-Stars-Print Below is a wintery scene, complete with bottle brush trees, a hedgehog family, and squirrel. Christmas-Home-Tour-Winter-Terrarium The dining room decor is much simpler.  Our tree is in the corner. Christmas-Home-Tour-Dining-Room-and-Living Large jingle bells hang from the chairs. Christmas-Home-Tour-Dining-Room And another snowy scene sits on the table.  A cheap acrylic frame from Michael’s holds Epsom salt, trees, and mini birds. Christmas-Home-Tour-Dining-Winter-Scene And a bokeh tree, because I can’t help myself. Christmas-Home-Tour-Bokah-Tree Thanks for stopping in!  Pop over to Cuckoo 4 Design.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour.

Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl
Michelle – Iron and Twine
Amanda – Our Humble Abode
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples & Tangles
Traci – Beneath My Heart
Jen – The Chronicles of Home
Jennifer – Tatertots and Jello
Kristin – Hunted Interior
Eileen – A Creative Day
Gabbi – Retro Ranch Reno
Lakeitha – Lakeitha Duncan
Kristen – KFD Designs
Jessica – Dear Emmeline
Sarah – Royal Marigold
Carmel – Our Fifth House

It Felt Nice

This Christmas, our theme is school, per V’s request.  He started kindergarten this fall and absolutely loves it, so it made sense when he wanted to carry it to Christmas.  Hobby Lobby had everything we needed to deck our tree.  Wooden letters and colorful felt.  I bought 8 different colored sheets of felt.  Then, cut them in thirds, lengthwise and then into 1/2 inch ish strips.


With my sewing machine, I stitched on long chain, keeping the pieces close to centered.


When I ran out of pieces, the garland was roughly 30 feet long.  Not bad for two bucks worth of felt!


We wrapped it around the tree, then hung our painted letters.  A few silver ball ornaments, last year’s cubes, and all the silhouette ornaments I’ve made of the boys.

And here she is, a school themed Christmas tree.


V and I talked about our Christmas theme in October, so it was funny to see a similar tree in Martha Stewart Living this month.


Colorful, letters, and painted wooden cubes.  Have you started holiday decorating?  Do you have a theme each year?  If so, what’s your theme this year?

Foam Plus Paint Equals Stamped Runner

Part of our Thanksgiving table setting is a gold plus stamped runner.  It didn’t take long to make and cost about 5 bucks.


I bought three yards of 32 inch wide white muslin, normally $1.99 per yard, but I had a 50% off coupon.  Only 3 dollars for fabric.  Then I folded the fabric lengthwise, right sides together and stitched along a short and long side.


Next, I flipped it right side out and ironed it flat.  Once flat (with the seams pressed), I sewed all four edges, leaving a 1 inch seam.  For a little detail, I made a plus sign from a foam take out container to make a stamp.  Because the foam is so thin, I taped a crayon to the back to serve as a handle.


I tested out dipping and brushing paint on using a scrap of fabric.   I actually preferred the brush strokes, so I stamped it on the runner.  Martha Stewart craft paints also work on fabric, so it was about two bucks for the paint.


And we can use this runner year round because it isn’t a specific theme.


I love super simple holiday projects.  Usually things are crazy and it’s nice to have something fun and useful.  Did you make holiday decor for your table?