Sadly, it completely sold out before I could order it. But thanks to Target and some vintage ornaments, I discovered I could easily make a similar one myself - and for under $10! I found the tinsel covered wreath in the Dollar Spot at Target. At only $3, it was a true bargain!
I love that the tinsel was a combination of silver and gold strands - it gives it more of a vintage-look, don't you think? And the wreath form is already covered with the tinsel - all ready for some decoration!
All I needed to complete the look were some mercury glass ornaments. There are many reproductions out there, but if you want true vintage (and there really is nothing quite as beautiful), you can find them very inexpensively at yard sales and thrift shops - especially if you look in the off-season. I bought a bag of all the ones seen on my wreath for only $5!
If you can't find vintage, Target also has tubes of adorable mini ornaments - 16 for $1!
To attach the ornaments, you will need some thin jewelry wire - just thread a piece through the ring cap and twist a few times to secure.
You can then use the wire to easily secure the ornaments to the wreath. Personally, I like to gild the lily, but you could certainly add fewer ornaments and it would still be lovely.
Although I was really disappointed to miss out on the Anthro wreath, I think I may even like mine a little bit better. :-)
I don't know about you, but I just love paper straws. And they seem to be available everywhere right now...and in so many pretty colors and patterns!
Well, I have a ton of them left over from previous parties and I have been trying to come up with something fun to do with them. Then I remembered making these as a kid...straw garlands!
If you want to make some, they are sooooo easy! You will, of course, need some paper straws in your favorite colors and patterns (there are so many choices out there - striped, dotted, floral, chevron, etc...). I find mine primarily on Etsy, but almost every party and craft store carries them these days.
You will also need some string (I like this gold metallic beading thread) and some beads (I chose these because they reminded me of tiny Christmas ornaments)...
All you have to do is cut your straws into similar length pieces. I just eyeballed it. The smaller the size, the more your garland will be able to curve tightly. You also might want to try varying the lengths for added interest. Alternate straw pieces and beads to make a pattern that you like. HINT: Make sure your bead diameter is bigger than the opening of your straw or else the beads will not act as separators.
Settle down in front of the TV and in no time, you'll have a pretty, paper straw garland! These are fun to make with the kiddies, too!
With the holidays fast approaching, I find myself dreaming about pretty table settings, linens, and centerpieces. I love to use cloth napkins on my table, but they are generally expensive and a major pain to keep clean and pressed. When I came across these simple, inexpensive cotton dishcloths at Target, I immediately envisioned them as delicate, pastel napkins...
At just $3.99 for a pack of four, the price was right! In just a few hours this past weekend, I managed to dye a ton of these beauties (it's so simple and very addicting!).
If you want to make some for your own holiday table, here's what you'll need:
-RIT Dye (I used the liquid, but the powder works just as well)
-a large plastic bucket
-table salt (approx. 1 cup per dye lot)
-rubber gloves (very important!)
Directions: Decide how many colors you want and divide up your cloths accordingly. I made at least four cloths in each color. I may have over-done it, but it was so much fun - I just couldn't stop! Fill your bucket with very hot water and stir in about a cup of salt (this will help "set" your dye). Instead of following the package instructions for the dye and water amounts, I just added a few drops of the liquid dye to my water. You can always add more, but to achieve the very pale, pastel tones, just add a little to start. Make sure to thoroughly wet your cloths first and then quickly submerge them in the dye bath and swish them around for a few seconds. The longer you leave them in, the darker they will be.
Now, if you want to make a darker shade of the same color (i.e., light pink and dark pink), just add a few more drops of the dye. Rinse the dyed cloths in cold water until the water runs clear. They can then be tossed in the washer and dryer according to the wash instructions. Tip: If you are dyeing different colors like I did, be sure to thoroughly rinse your bucket out in-between each color.
The best thing about these, is that for about $1 a piece, you can have a custom-colored napkin! And if they get really badly stained with lipstick and red wine, you can always toss them and make some more.
I am thinking of wrapping mine with some vintage millinery flowers...
Today I am so happy to share a peek at Annie Sloan's lovely new book, Room Recipes for Style and Colour. This book is especially close to my heart, as I have been using Annie Sloan's beautiful chalk paint for many years. In fact, I was literally just using it to finish a dresser last week!
Room Recipes for Style and Colour combines Annie Sloan's incredible sense of color with her talent for creating the prettiest of interiors.
One of the things I love most about this book is that it works for everyone - no matter what your decorating style happens to be. Chapters cover a myriad of design styles - from modern retro and neoclassical to bohemian and vintage floral.
Annie discusses each design style in depth and gives practical and detailed advice for achieving a similar look in one's own home. The novice decorator will also be pleased to find instruction on basic design principles such as shape, pattern, color selection, and scale.
And did I mention what a pretty book it is??? It's just brimming with stunning photographs of gorgeous rooms and interiors!
Now, I am delighted to tell you that CICO Books has generously offered me a copy of Room Recipes for Style and Colour to giveaway! To enter to win, simply follow me on Facebook or Instagram (if you don't already) and "like" my FB or IG post mentioning the book. I will pick a winner at random next Monday, November 17th, so be sure to check back!
Room Recipes for Style and Colour by Annie Sloan and Felix Sloan with photography by Christopher Drake (the photo of the pink floral bed above is by Mark Lohman) is published by CICO Books rrp: £25.
As you know, every year I eschew the typical Halloween colors in favor of my own pastel palette. Lucky for me, nature invented the mini white pumpkin - although, I think they may technically be squash. :-) In the past, I have dusted them in pale pink hues and painted them in pretty, chalky pastels. This year, I decided to glam them up a bit with some gold glitter and fresh flowers.
To make this super simple centerpiece, I purchased nine little white pumpkins (squash!) from my local farmer's market. I washed them thoroughly in warm, soapy water with a little bleach (this helps keep them fresh longer). Once they were completely dry, I carefully painted each stem with elmer's glue and sprinkled them liberally with vintage gold glitter, shaking off the excess. I decided to just glitter the stems because I like to keep the pumpkins somewhat natural.
When they had dried completely, I stacked them on a creamy white pedestal cake stand...
Next, I interspersed the pumpkins with springs of pale blue Hydrangea. (Hint: if you want the centerpiece to really last, insert the Hydrangea stems into small florist water tubes (available at any craft or floral supply shop) and just hide them behind the pumpkins).
I think I've mentioned before that half-birthdays are a pretty big deal in our family. I guess we just love any excuse to celebrate...and eat cake! This year, I cheated a bit and bought a mini vanilla bundt cake at Whole Foods. It was so cute and just the perfect size for a "half" birthday. I whipped up some pink icing to drizzle over the top and decorated it with a variety of colorful sprinkles...
To add to the festive feel, I added some pastel confetti,
mini party hats,
and a sweet little birdie garland...
If you personally don't embrace the whole "half-birthday" thing (although you really should!), this mini party would be great for just a regular old birthday as well. :-)
I love Autumn - the colorful leaves, the crisp air, and the squirrels running around in a wild frenzy in search of their winter bounty. It's definitely getting colder though and last night I had to turn on the heat for the first time this season. The dark mornings and early sunsets make my whole family want to just curl up on the sofa with piles of cozy blankets and drink warm, yummy things. Hence, the hot chocolate bar. We make so much hot chocolate (or "cocoa" as we called it growing up) during the colder months, that I thought it deserved it's very own place in the kitchen...
So, I rounded up my favorite hot chocolate mix (Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Cocoa - I just add hot milk - never water!), mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and some crushed peppermint candies...
The more mix-ins, the better!
Then I just set out some mugs, paper coffee cups (perfect when you are on the run!), and spoons and I had a very simple (and pretty) hot chocolate bar right on my kitchen counter. Needless to say, it's been very popular!
Today I am so excited to participate in the blog book tour for Hans Blomquist's newest book, In Detail. A renowned stylist and art director, Hans Blomquist is a master at creating beautiful, dramatic interiors.
In Detail focuses on just that - how even the smallest of details can serve as a catalyst for an entire design scheme. While the book is absolutely stunning (not surprising given that both Debi Treloar and Hans Blomquist were the photographers), it is far more than just another pretty book filled with pretty images. Hans gives wonderful, in-depth advice on how to use simple objects and collections to create beautiful interiors reminiscent of still-life paintings...
Hans discusses how he derives his own design inspiration from simple activities such as a walk through a field or along the beach. It might be a flower, a color, or even a texture that inspires him. And Hans thoughtfully divides up the book into separate sections based on these inspirations. I was especially delighted by his chapter on utilizing vintage textiles.
Hans has an enviable collection of French antique linen sheets that he uses for everything from upholstering furniture to dressing gorgeous beds...
Hans also talks about the art of collecting - something for which he obviously possesses great talent. His collection of ribbons and threads are but one example...
And did I mention the swoon-worthy millinery flowers?