December 2, 2016

Painted Ornaments

It wouldn't be the Christmas season without some fun crafty projects.  These adorable ornaments are making me all heart eyes. 


These are so easy to make. They are perfect for my little tree I got at Walmart. I also think they would be cute tied on a Christmas package. That's my favorite idea.

What you need:



Acrylic Paint

Bulbs (Hobby Lobby)

Bakers Twine



These are so simple. Fill the bulb about half way with paint and shake.


Once you have covered the whole thing. Stand up to let the rest of the paint drip back into the bottle. 


Be sure to let it sit awhile. If you don't then the paint will collect in the bottom and you will be able to see it.


The possibilities are endless with colors.


I love love love the way they look on my little Christmas tree.


If you make them please share a picture on Instagram and tag me in it. I would love to see what you come up with.

November 30, 2016

December Swap

HELLO!!! Can you believe it's already the most magical time of year? It's just crazy to me. I wanted to keep it simple and sweet this months since I know how crazy life is during this time of year. Also, please note that the shipping deadline is a little shorter than normal. I want people to be able to send their packages off with plenty of time so that everyone can get something before Christmas. Everyone loves a good mug. So get the cutest mug you can find and be sure to get one for yourself too. Merry Christmas Friends. Thank you so much for your continued support. 


The Details:

The spending minimum is $10. You are more than welcome to spend more which I think most of us do, but please spend wisely. One GOOD useful item is better than a bunch of smaller items that might not be as useful. I hope that makes sense. So just keep that in mind when your shopping and putting together your package. Also, PLEASE be mindful when you are packing your items for shipping. Package them well so nothing is broken.

   Once you have signed up send your $2 to graceyloudesigns@yahoo.com through PayPal. Please check the box "I'm sending money to friends and family" Signups will stay open until the 3rd. On the 4th, I will send an email out to everyone who signed up requesting your shipping info. I will start emailing partners out on December 5th if I do not have your shipping info by this day you will NOT be able to participate. If you have paid I will refund your money at the end of the month. The shipping deadline this month is December 14th.

Pottery Barn Inspired Holiday Pillows

I love a good pillow. Who am I kidding? I am a pillow hoarder. I saw some darling pillows recently on Pottery Barn and Ballard Design. I told myself that I was going to attempt to make them, and if it didn't turn out that I would buy them. Well, I am here today to show you how they turned out.


This is the one from Pottery Barn that retails for $49.00. EEK right... For a Holiday pillow. 


I love the frayed edges. 


Here is mine. I am going to walk you through how I did it. It was SO easy that there is no need for a full picture tutorial.

What you need:

* 20 inches of nice Flannel. ( I got mine at Joanns for $4.00 it was on sale)

* Cutting Mat

* Ruler

*Rotary Cutter

* 20x20 down filled pillow insert



How to:

I straightened the edges of my fabric with my ruler. WAIT FOR IT.... I put my pillow in the  center of my fabric. Folded the edges around the pillow. and pinned it. You want the ends to overlap to create an envelope so that you can get the pillow in and out. So all the edges are raw. and then you sew a straight seam 1 inch in on both sides. SO EASY. I love how this turned out so much. I like it BETTER than the Pottery Barn one. 

This pillow is from Ballard Design and Retails for $59.00


Here is mine



How to make this one.

This one is a little harder than the first, but if you can sew a straight line you can do this.

* 2 1/2 Yards of Pom Poms


Follow the tutorial listed above. There are so many out there that I didn't think mine would be any different. But before you do that. Attach the pom-poms to the front piece.


The biggest impact of these pillow covers is the inserts. If you want any cover to look good and not frumpy you need to have a good insert. I like to use down filled ones. They are fluffy and stand up really nicely giving you the more expensive look. I don't break the bank on inserts. I shop Tjmaxx clearance section for them. I may not like cover that comes on them, but the pillow is worth the $10 bucks. I never spend over that for one. 



The total for these two pillows with one insert, because I already had one. Was $22. Can you believe it?




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