web analytics
Lavender Eggshell Candles
blueberry coffee cake
Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Lavender Eggshell Candles

Lavender Eggshell Candles

Decorate your Easter table with these lavender scented eggshell candles. 

Lavender Eggshell Candles

I feel like time has been slipping away these last few weeks. I thought Easter was still further away along with my trip back to Utah. Little did I realize that it’s shortly arriving and I am in no way ready for either events. This year we’ve decided to host our Easter celebration in our home instead of my mothers. This sudden change in plans has me a little frazzled since I have a trip to plan immediately after. I also still have a few more Easter kits to put together for the pre-egg hunting craft day. It seems my to-do list is growing by the day but I’m working on it..constant Starbucks trips seem to help keep calm. But of course when doesn’t Starbucks make everything better?

Eggshell Candles

While thinking about our Easter celebration I’ve been compiling a list of what I’d like our tablescape to look like. So far I’ve gathered a moss table runner and plan to add bright flowers down the center. I also plan to make more of these lavender eggshell candles to display in ceramic eggcups. Have you seen the eggshell candles you can buy in stores? I’ve always wanted to make my own at home. They seemed relatively easy and luckily they were. These candles are made with soy candle wax, dyed with food coloring, and scented with lavender essential oil.

Lavender Eggshell Candles DIYSupplies (yields 5 eggshell candles)

eggs

small knife or spoon

purple food coloring, water, and vinegar

1 cup soy candle wax flakes

candle wicks + adhesive

lavender essential oil

Step one: use a small knife or spoon to lightly tap the top of the egg. Gently peel off the broken eggshell, wash eggs thoroughly, dry upside down.

Step two: dye eggs by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp vinegar, and 3-5 drops of food coloring. Allow eggs to dry upside down.

Step three: place candle wicks in the center of the eggshell with an adhesive (I used glue dots).

Step four: melt soy candle wax in microwave or in double boiler. Once wax is completely melted stir in 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

Step five: use egg carton to hold eggs in place. Carefully pour wax into the eggs, make sure wick is centered as much as possible. Allow 2-3 hours for wax to harden. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

How to make eggshell candles

Thanks for stopping by!

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

This post is brought to you by DecoArt.

Gold leaf succulent planter with Americana chalky finish paint. 

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Have you notice how succulents are everywhere these days? I jumped on the succulent bandwagon last Summer with my ikea box turned Succulent Planter and I’m still loving these pretty little plants.

Ikea Hack - Succulent Planter

Ok so I kinda, sort of killed my last set of succulents after forgetting to water them…for a very long time. I’m starting over with a new planter that I made using Americana chalky finish paint and gold leaf sheets. You guys I am SO excited about this new paint line from DecoArt. It goes on smooth and a little goes a long way. I can not wait to try it on a few furniture pieces that need a major face lift. The line is now available at Home Depot and will soon be available at Michael’s as well.

Americana Chalky Finish Paint

Another thing I’m currently crushing on is gold leaf…I love love love it! Especially paired with white.

Supplies:

Americana chalky finish paint in Everlasting

Gold leaf sheets

Gold leaf adhesive

brush

gloves

acrylic sealant

How to gold leafAfter applying two coats of paint paint onto the terra cotta planter I used a brush to apply the gold leaf adhesive. You can use painters tape to create a straight line or shapes with the gold leaf. I wanted a random application and to do so I applied the adhesive in various heights. Note: a little goes a long way with the adhesive, you want a thin application that will dry easily.

DIY gold planter

Allow the adhesive to dry for 10-20 minutes or until it becomes tacky. Apply a sheet of gold leaf and gently rub it onto the planter. Use a gold leaf brush to press the gold leaf down and brush away any excess.

How to gildingApply an acrylic sealant to ensure the gold leaf doesn’t peel. Easy, right? I love the white and gold paired with the succulents. Now let’s hope these make it longer than my last succulents. :)

Succulent Gold Leaf Planter

 Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Magnetic Frames (Cut It Out Frames Giveaway)

DIY Frame Wall Collage for girls room

Hey crafty friends! I’ve been working on a room makeover for my daughter over the last few months, by converting her toddler room into a “big girl” room as she requested. It took awhile to settle on a theme and colors but we eventually decided to keep the purple painted walls and add pink and turquoise decor. I struggled with figuring out what to cover her walls with, especially since she has a high ceiling. The two walls without a window are fairly large and appeared empty prior to our makeover. On one of walls I created a frame collage with magnetic frames above her dresser, providing enough decor to help fill up the bare space. I created the wall frame collage with unfinished Cut It Out frames by decorating them to fit the theme we were going for.

DIY Frame Wall Collage for girls room
If you’re not familiar with Cut It Out Frames they’re a decorative frame company that offers unfinished frames, allowing you to paint them in any color you’d like. I love that a can of spray paint can transform their frames to fit any color scheme and decorative style. When I received the frames from Cut It Out I had a hard time narrowing down where I wanted to use them in our home. I’ve wanted to create a frame collage in the hallway for years but I figured I should focus on one room at a time. Anyone else like that? I have a hard time finishing a room before thinking about working on another area. So while we were working on my daughters room I figured we could use the frames in there instead. Her favorite colors are pink and purple so I knew painting the frames pink was the way to go. She loves bright, vivid colors and this was perfect for what I had in mind.

Cut-it-Out-Frames

To paint the frames I applied 2-3 light coats of Krylon spray paint in Mambo Pink, allowing each coat to dry in between. Once the frames were painted I used decorated metal sheets to create a fun DIY organization frame collage. I purchased the metal sheets at Hobby Lobby and used tin snips to cut them. I marked the metal sheets to the size I needed and the tin snips cut right through the metal. I advise you to use safety gloves and protective eye gear to avoid any injuries.

how to make a jewelry frame DIYOnce I had the metal sheets trimmed to size I added them to the back of the frames with the metal closures and begin decorating them. For the 11×14 frame I created a magnetic board to use for keeping notes and pictures on as she gets older. I’m also a tab bit obsessed with the felt flower magnet on the board.

How to make a magnetic frame tutorial

I’ve always liked the decorative metal jewelry frames, so even though she doesn’t have hanging earrings yet I thought it would be fun to add to her wall collage. She can also use it as a magnet board until she’s old enough to display dangling earrings from.

DIY Jewelry Frame tutorialFor the top frame I applied cardstock onto the frame backing and hot glued a white decorative letter on top.

How to create magnetic frames

Want to create your gallery wall or jewelry frames? Cut It Out frames is offering one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate to help you get started! To enter use the rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18+. Giveaway ends

Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}

Fall Thanksgiving Tablescape

This post is brought to you by Collective Bias and their client.
Happy Monday, my friends! On Saturday I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends and today I’m sharing all the party details, from table decor to our main course.

Fall Thanksgiving TablescapeI recently had the opportunity to try the new Land O’ Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter kits and I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends to test them out. We made an easy skillet lasagna recipe adapted from the Land O’ Lakes website.

I never pass up an opportunity to create a tablescape, this small gathering was no exception. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create gold Thanksgiving inspired table settings and decor. My favorite were these DIY napkin rings made with Christmas floral picks. Wait a minute..I’m sharing a Thanksgiving idea before Halloween using Christmas decor? You bet I am! Even though the floral picks were part of the Christmas decor I couldn’t help think they’d work beautifully in a Fall tablescape.

DIY Thanksgiving Napkin RingsMy idea of the perfect Fall table was to fill it with metallic gold pumpkins and accents. I used a fake 50 cent pumpkin I thrifted and spray painted it with gold spray paint. I then took two small (real) pumpkins and painted those as well. I love how simple they are but make a big impact on the burlap table runner. I also used gold votive holders, gold glittered pinecones, and a gold Christmas garland as a filler.

DIY Metallic Gold Pumpkin This was my first time using Land O Lakes seasoned butters and they were perfect for our dinner party. I created a skillet lasagna with the Italian Herb butter, found at Walmart. Cooking with them was simple, I melted the butter then sauteed my meat into it. The butters give the meat flavor with out having to add a long list of seasonings. We also tried the lemon pepper butter with chicken and shrimp, it’s definitely a new favorite around here!

Saute Express Recipe

Thanksgiving Inspired Gold Table Decor {Dinner Party}

Ingredients

  1. 2 1/2 cups bowtie pasta
  2. 2 Land O Lakes Italian Herb Saute Express Squares.
  3. 1 lb lean ground beef
  4. 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  5. 1 tsp chopped basil
  6. 1 carrot, chopped or peeled into strips.
  7. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  9. Pinch of salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, set aside.
  2. Melt Saute Express butter in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown ground beef in skillet (do not drain).
  3. Add diced tomatoes (not drained) spinach, basil, carrot, salt and pepper into skillet. Cook 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta; stir until well mixed.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and continue cooking without stirring for 2-3 minutes.
http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/10/thanksgiving-inspired-gold-table-decor-dinner-party.html

Skillet LasagnaI was impressed with how easy the butters are to cook with. The only changes I might make next time to the recipe is to add more cheese on top, maybe another can of diced tomatoes and reserve a portion of the dish for the kids without the basil. They did however like the spinach and the carrots mixed in. I might even add zucchini in there next time as well. Overall the butter added a nice flavor and made dinner so much easier.

So here’s a little blogger insight ..it’s pretty difficult to keep a straight face trying to photograph your friends eating. They’re used to me documenting everything but we might have had way more outtakes then decent pictures to share. They kept laughing which then made me laugh and the camera shake. It’s always a great time having them over!

Dinner PartyFor more recipe ideas using Land O Lakes saute express starters visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanksgiving Gold Table Settings

Thanks for stopping by!

The Little Mermaid Party

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

This post is brought to you by Collective Bias and Disney.
Creating a memorable party doesn’t have to cost a fortune or a lot of preparation. Today I’m sharing easy parties ideas for The Little Mermaid party we had this week. It’s filled with easy crafts, recipes, and party decor!

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

If we’re friends on instagram you know that we LOVE all things Disney and that I enjoy creating Disney themed parties for the kids. When it was only my son and daughter we used to have special themed nights that my son would decide on. I would create a fun tablescape and dinner to match the theme. After the little guy was born we became so busy that we stopped our themed family nights. It’s something that I miss and want to start up again. Creating The Little Mermaid party for my daughter made me realize how much fun it was and that we should make it a regular occurrence. My plan is to have the kids take turns picking a theme once a month and I’ll create a simple tablescape with food that fits the theme. I’ll definitely share our themed family night details with you!

Turquoise Table Little Mermaid Decorations

This party I’m sharing today is filled with easy Little Mermaid crafts and food ideas. The tablescape was my favorite! I used $1 jars from Michaels filled with aqua rocks and added Little Mermaid toys inside. The turquoise flowers are beautiful! I love the glitter and different shades of turquoise. To keep things simple I used colorful paper plates and silverware. This is an easy way to keep things cost effective and makes for a quick clean up.

Beach Cupcakes with chocolate seashells

We often make “beach cupcakes” during the summer and during our ocean theme week a few years. To make them I added crushed graham cracks on one side and chocolate seashells on the other. The kids love them and they’re perfect for an “Under the Sea” party!

The Little Mermaid Party Food Ideas

We also made oyster cookies with pearls inside. Also known as the most common little mermaid party food. :) They’re just too fun! To make them I used two Pepperidge Farms lemon cookies, frosting, and pearl sixlets. I’m definitely making these again on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid!

I decorated our entry way/living room with this easy streamer backdrop, balloons, and netting from the craft store. Balloons and streamers are classic party items, they’re also as inexpensive as it gets. You can’t beat dollar decor!   Little Mermaid Party At the end of the party we surprised them with exciting news…we’re going to Disneyland in a few weeks! The best part about the surprise is that we have tickets to Mickey’s Halloween party, which we’ve never been to. Let the Disneyland countdown begin!

Party ideas for kids

Connect with Disney on Facebook and Twitter and for more parties ideas visit the Under the Sea pinterest board

The Little Mermaid Party Decorations

Rope Hurricane Vase {Nate Berkus Inspired}

Nautical Decor

Happy Friday, my friends! Did you have an awesome Fourth of July? We had a great time celebrating with family. Today I have a home decor tutorial to share with you and I couldn’t be more excited about how easy it is to make. This Nate Berkus inspired rope hurricane vase is perfect for a nautical themed mantle and only costs $3 to make!

Nautical Decor
We all know about my love for Target right? In the last few years their home decor has become quite impressive, especially the Threshold line..swoon! When they started carrying the Nate Berkus line I was a little hesitant since it’s typically not my style, but I do like his newer items. Especially the rope hurricane vases! I’ve been keeping my eye out for months waiting to see if they would go on clearance because at $19.99 and $24.99 a piece I really don’t have a need for them..I just want them. Instead of waiting for a possible price reduction I decided to make my own.

You guys these are SO easy to make, I can’t believe I didn’t make them sooner! No offense Target or Nate, but you can totally DIY this candle vase. I’ve had the supplies for about a month and finally got around to making them last weekend.

Supplies:

Vase from Dollar Tree

Rope from Hobby Lobby $1.50 (50% off sale)

Hot glue

Twill

Gold Nails

The twill was maybe 50 cents at Jo-Anns and I have enough for 3-4 vases, the rope comes in a spool from the ribbon aisle at Hobby Lobby, and the nails were $1.19 at Jo-Ann’s for 24. When you break it down it comes out to under $3 to make one vase. It’s definitely a budget-friendly home decor project!

sisal rope vase

To make the vase start by gluing the twill to the bottom of the vase. Make sure that the front of the twill is flipped on the bottom like in the picture. The rope will later hide the twill and make it appear as if the twill is wrapped around the rope. Does that make sense?

Wrap the rope around the vase using a thin line of glue along the way (you don’t want the glue to seep through the rope).

Before you finish the last rope section flip over the twill and glue it to the vase, making sure there’s room for the rope. Then glue the last piece of rope down to hide the glued twill.

Trim the nails with wire cutters (be VERY careful with this step as the piece can sometimes fly in the air after it’s been snipped). Glue the nail head to the twill and you’re done!

DIY Rope Vase

I’m so happy with the way they turned out!

DIY Rope Hurricane Vase

Thanks for stopping by!

Beach Inspired Mason Jar Craft

mason jar craft

This post is brought to you by DecoArt.
Happy Monday my friends! Today I’m sharing my first project as part of the DecoArt Core Blogger program. Every month I get to create a project using DecoArt products to share with you and on the DecoArt blog. My first project is a beach mason jar lantern! This beach inspired mason jar craft is perfect for a beach wedding, Summer tablescape, or mantle.

Mason Jar Craft

Everyone Summer I’m inspired to decorate my home with small touches of beach decor. A few years back I added handmade beach decor in one of our bathrooms that I occasionally still bring out. Back then I made a broken seashell candle and frame that inspired these beachy mason jars. When I found this faux broken seashell/rock vase filler at Michaels I knew it would pair beautifully with mason jars.

Supplies:
Mason jar
Americana Decou-Page
Broken seashells or faux rock vase filler
Brush
Twine
painters tape (optional)

mason jar craft

I made two versions of this craft, one fully covered with the broken seashells and one partially covered. To make the partially covered jar I used painters tape to section off the part that I wanted exposed. This isn’t necessary but it helped make sure I had an even line.

mason jar craft

To make the jars apply a generous amount of decoupage glue on the mason jar, working in sections. Allow glue to fully dry before turning to another section or else the rocks will slide off. It takes about 20-30 minutes for each side to dry. Another tip is to make sure you have a single layer of the shells so that they adhere to the jar well.

Once the mason jars were covered I tied twine around the mouth of the jar and added a tea light inside.

Beach Mason Jar Lantern Craft

I have to say that I was really impressed with how well the American decoupage glue held the shells in place. Plus I like that it’s see through so you can see glimmers of light peeking through the shells.

mason jar craft

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up here

Disclosure: As part of the DecoArt Core Blogger program I have received compensation and products to create this project.

Flower Pillow Cover {HGTV Fabric}

Flower pillow tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

I recently received some of the new HGTV Fabric available at Jo-Ann to review and the first thing I thought of was how perfect the yellow and grey fabric matched my current home decor. Since I’m currently working on updating my front porch I knew adding bright, colorful pillow covers would be easy to do. With the grey and yellow fabric I made a flower pillow cover to coordinate with my porch makeover. It’s still a work in process but I hope to finish this weekend and show it to you next week!   Flower pillow tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

HGTV and Jo-Ann have partnered together to offer trendy indoor and outdoor home decor fabrics, available only at Jo-Ann stores. There are currently 74 exclusive designs available online and instore. Keep reading for a special coupon at the bottom of the post!

I received two different patterns of the HGTV fabric and coordinating trim. I have an idea for my son’s room with a geometric pattern fabric that I can’t wait to try. For my bench pillow I used the light grey floral print and I think it fits perfectly for what I had in mind.

To make an envelope pillow cover you will need:

My pillow form is 17 inches so I cut a total of three pieces of fabric

-one 17 inches (the front of the pillow)

-one piece 21 inches cut in half

I was so excited to make make the pillow that I forgot to take pictures of every step. I hope I can explain this as easy as possible, please feel free to email me if I confuse you at all! :)

I took my long piece of fabric (the 21 inches) and cut it in half. I sewed a half inch seam where I cut the pieces in half on one side of each piece. This will be the seam on the envelope closure.

envelope pillow cover tutorial

I then placed my 17 inch fabric right side up and my two smaller pieces right side down, overlapping each other by a few inches (the hemmed seams are in the middle of the pillow). The picture on the right above shows what it should look like before adding the third piece right side down, that will overlap the piece on the top. I pinned it together and sewed around the entire perimeter. This is really basic sewing here, all you need to do is sew a “square” and you’re done.

Since the “long piece” was cut into two and then aligned with the 17 inch piece, it creates an envelope closure on the back of the pillow case. This makes it easy to wash or replace your pillow covers.

envelope pillow cover tutorial

So here’s a little secret about the ribbon flower on the front of the pillow…it’s removable!

To make the yellow ribbon flower I ruffled 4 yards of 2 inch wide ribbon. I then wrapped the ribbon around to create a flower design and hot glued onto a round piece of felt along the way. I made a button using the HGTV fabric and a button making kit you can find at Jo-Ann. So I bet you’re wondering how it’s removable, huh? Well I actually safety pinned the felt on the back of the flower to the front of my fabric cover. You’re probably thinking what? Why? Well, at first I wasn’t sure if I would like the flower on the front so I didn’t want to sew it straight onto the pillow cover. Then I ran out of ribbon and the store is out of stock in the color I need. I would like to add two more yards of ribbon to create a bigger flower. I figured it’ll be easy for me to add more felt and ribbon to it if I need to.

Flower Pillow Tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

HGTV Fabric

Want to make your own flower pillows with the new HGTV fabric? Well here’s a coupon to use for your next shopping trip to Jo-Ann. But you’ll have to be quick because the coupon expires on the 4th. To make things even sweeter Jo-Ann is currently offering their HGTV fabric at 50% off AND you can use the coupon on top of the sale!

Flower Pillow Tutorial apumpkinandaprincess.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up here

Disclaimer: Jo-Ann stores provided me with the HGTV fabric to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.