by laura janning

Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Tutorials. Show all posts

Winters in The House...Home Decor Ideas

January 12, 2015

I don't know about you, but I always find that I need to fill the seasonal decor transition between Christmas and Spring with something....anything.  It would actually depress me to take the Christmas stuff down and have nothing around to look at. As if these cold temperatures aren't depressing enough.

So throughout the house I have decorated with stuff that I have had for years, stuff I made, stuff from my closet, and stuff that I took out of the Christmas bin. All lovely reminders of winter, without spending a dime. 
This pine cone wreath that I made ~15 years ago hangs in the kitchen window.

I am in Love....With My Wood Plank Ceiling

December 16, 2014

I interrupt the slew of fabulous Christmas ideas, gorgeous home tours and recipes for yummy holiday treats to bring you .........my new wood planked and beamed family room ceiling. 

100 DIY Holiday Projects....and 4 of My Favorite

December 1, 2014

December...... The month that my kids have waited for 11 months and 5 days to get here. The month that my vacuum never seems to take a break from sucking up all the fallen tree needles and....the month that we celebrate his birth. I decided to kick off the month with a gift for you. Well, how about 100 gifts. 

Today it's all about getting your holiday mojo on and sharing 100 holiday projects, treats and holiday decor from 25 festive bloggers. Yours truly included. 

Here's four of my favorite holiday ideas that I wanted to share with you.

Fall Door Ideas....and a rhyme

October 30, 2014

I am sure most of you have heard the rhyme, particularly  if you trick or treated in a time where an xray was not needed to scan your candy before you ate it.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.

May Roundup- Craft Room Reveal, Summer Mantel, 'No Name' Summer Dessert

June 2, 2014

Happy June. Hope you had a fabulous month. I am hoping that if it's anything like May, it won't fly by. Why do summer months have to do that anyways?
Did you notice my new header?  Ha. After 2 1/2 years of blogging, I finally came up with a tag line.  Live, Laugh & Decorate. I think it totally represents me and my blog. 

Earlier in the month I was out in the garden sharing my Wisteria Wreath. PS- My wisteria is still going gang busters out in the garden. I know many mentioned that they wish they had it, but it is so evasive.

Summer is in full swing ...well on the mantel it is at least. How about you...are you ready for summer? Some of you have asked about the buoys that I used. They are old wooden ones that had the original orange color on them, that belong to my husband's grandfather. 

 My lego anxiety has been cured with our new lego table that we put in the game room. I am thrilled that all the legos now can be found in one spot, but have you ever stepped on a lego with bare feet... boy it hurts!

I did a little baking and came up with this 'No Name' summer dessert. You guys rocked the suggestions and here's a few that you came up with......
Lazy Daisies
Nanner Surprise
Banana Cream Tarts
Vanilla Cloud Cups
Sunshine Pie
Banana Dream Cloud
Sunshine Cups

and my pal at Bliss Ranch submitted these original names.... although I seem a theme here
Bitsy Bites of Bliss.
Banana Bliss Bites.
Vanilla Bliss Bites.
Simple Bliss Bites

Since summer started with the kiddos at home, the only time I can really sneek up to the Craft room without kids in tow, is at night.
Regardless, day or night....I love my new space.

Did you see how my garden has evolved over the years here. Hint...It didn't always look like this!  I also hope that you entered the $100 Visa gift card giveaway. If not, head on over, smell the roses before June 22nd and enter to win!

Have a fabulous June!

PS- don't forget to join the Elements of Summer Tour going on this week. I will have you over on Friday but don't miss out on the other tours going on all week.

Grateful for~
all our precious animals around Top This Top That

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DIY Cake Plate....From a Toothbrush Holder

May 14, 2014

Don't think for a moment that this post is about those gorgeous pink cupcakes with cute little flowers on them......cause it's not.

 Or how your kids can make a big mess with that frosting and it how stains ....but a little Shout seems to get it clean.

And it's not about this pretty plate with the beautiful trim and embossed design that....I picked up for $1.50.

Nope, it's none of those things. It's all about the pedestal that it sits on.

And would you believe long before it was holding cupcakes, it was holding....... toothbrushes!

Yup, the toothbrushes can't believe it either!

When's the last time you recycled something?

PS. To see another cake plate I made with a candle holder, click here.

Grateful for~
to see kids with pink frosting all over them!


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Easy Burlap Candle Rings {repost}

September 14, 2013

Tell me, have I gone to far? Is it just too much?

Because sometimes I feel like I need Burlap intervention. 
Really, no joke.
 And instead of a fiscal cliff, I feel like I am on a Burlap Cliff,  ready to dive into a huge burlap pit!
I mean, I really didn't mean for all this obsession to happen ... it just did.
 And kinda by accident actually. See, it all started when I ordered too much of this
And started doing this,
with these

And it just happened... like that

For my  easiest burlap wreath tutorial click here  and here and fall burlap wreath tutorial click here. The tutorial will give you more detail on how to make the candle wraps.

Grateful for~
The weekend

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

May 3, 2013

When I went to school back in the day, the extent of teacher appreciation was putting a shiny red apple on the teachers desk and ..... staying out of trouble.   
Today appreciation is shown for our dear teachers, the one's that tirelessly give their heart and soul into educating our children, in a variety of creative ways.
 I am on the PTO at my son's school and was the first to raise my hand to help coordinate Teacher Appreciation week this year. In addition to a kickoff breakfast and a lunch during the week, we are passing out a few goodies along the way to show how much we appreciate our teachers and staff.
 Keep in mind, small school, small budget.

 "Thanks for Making This Year So Sweet". 
We attached a Target giftcard to a candy bar with the 
thanks tag on top.

"Thanks for being the highlight of our year!"
For this one we took paint chip cards, affixed a label and a 
couple of Sharpie highlighters.

"Thanks for planting the seeds of knowledge"
Because every teacher loves to garden on their weekends..... right???
We stuffed these cute little painted clay pots with garden gloves, both purchased at the Dollar Store.  We also included a variety of seed packets.
The pots were wrapped in a plastic bag, tied with some jute and attached with this cute tag that we printed on cardstock.
I think they will love all of these ideas just as much as
 we love them! 
And to all you teachers out there, I applaud you for all of the hard work and dedication that you give each day to our kids.
Grateful for~

PS-  If you looking for more ideas I have collected a whole bunch more here .
PPS- Some of these ideas would be perfect for Mothers Day too!

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Clearly.... I am not Irish

February 21, 2013

Well that'll be the last time I have a few Irish spirits and then head on up to the craft room to work on an Irish Craft....

Because clearly..... I am not Irish.

I mean come on, what was I thinking??? I guess listening to "Danny Boy" or "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" on my ipod does not count as membership into the Irish Hertiage Club. 
Perhaps if I were thinking, then my homage to the Irish tradition for St. Partick's Day would better resemble that of a feathery shamrock that I was going to hang on the front door, and not look like a confused fluffy, green shaped alien that may even scare the kids.
 But as luck would have it, and with a few of those chocolate coins, a simple snip with the scissors and magically a Shamrock began to appear, just as my non-Irish eyes had envisioned.
So I say to all you Irish men, woman and Leprechans around the globe that may or may not visit this non-Irish household this St.Pattys Day....

Top of the morning to you. And the rest of the day to yourself.
irish translation:Mora na maidine dhuit. Agus cuid eile an lae dhuit fein.
Look who's non-Irish eyes are smiling now!

Grateful for~
Gold coins made of chocolate that make everything better.

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A Late Bloomer and My Tissue Paper Flowers

February 5, 2013

There, I said it. I am a late bloomer..... but my reasons have nothing to with puberty. You see, a late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual.  
Take for instance Maya Angelou. Did you know she was in her 60's when her poetry and books became popular. And there is Mozart, who composed his groundbreaking Concerto No.9 when he was 21.

Claude Monet got discovered for his creations in his 40's. And although Dr.Seuss wrote his first book "And To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street" in his thirty's he didn't start writing successfully until his later 40's.
 Vincent van Gogh didn't start painting until his late 20's. 
And then there's my tissue paper flowers that I did not attempt to make until my mid 40's.

Clearly my skills in  tissue paper flower making came a bit later then usual.
So to celebrate this moment and in case you are a late bloomer too, I wanted to share this easy tutorial with you. 
  • 10 sheets of tissue paper
  • String or thin ribbon - length depends on how long you want to hang or suspend your flower.
  • Scissors

Step 1: Take your 10 sheets of tissue paper and fold back and forth like an accordian. Carefully press down each seam  and create flat folds. The flatter the better.

Step 2: Take your scissors and cut each of the tips in a v like cut creating a point. You can also use a rounded tip cut.
Step 3: Tie your string or thin ribbon in the center of your folded paper. It is key that the string is pulled tight.
Step 4: Begin on one side and carefully lift up each sheet of paper towards the center of the flower. You want to be gentle with this step or your flower paper will tear. 
Step 5: When one side is complete, follow this same process on the other side going the other direction until all sheets have been lifted towards the center.
Step 6: Sit back and rejoice that there is one more person on this planet who can make tissue paper flowers. 
Now if only I can get the training wheels off my bicycle!
Any other late bloomers out there?

Grateful for~
Knowing that there is always hope regardless of your age!

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