Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays everyone!! What an amazing holiday season! It’s been jam packed and I feel like I’ve been going non stop but I love every second of it! My hope was to get a little Christmas tour going awhile ago but cloudy days and early sunsets made it almost impossible to get any shots and then time got the best of me. Believe it or not my decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving which has now become a tradition of mine.  I am not a colorful Christmas type of person, my colors consist of silver and gold. I kept the tree silver, white, and green for a second year. We also hosted Christmas this year. I love to cook so I was excited to host everyone at our house but we also decided to redo 3 rooms right before the day…what were we thinking! We gave the hall bath a makeover, the guest room got all new crown and base molding as well as casings around the windows/doors and the kitchen got a much needed paint job. Everything turned out great and now we can finally sit down and enjoy it all! I’ll of course be sharing all the details but for now let’s still enjoy a little of Christmas! 

A little entry table fun.


I had attempted a Christmas craft by spraying these styrofoam balls with fake snow but when I forgot about them outside and then it rained they were ruined so I just threw them in the basket as is haha.








The living room…






Oh and just about the best smelling pine candle ever! Your entire house will smell like you’ve got a real tree! 


My favorite part of this tree is how when it’s lit at night the twinkling lights reflect off of the windows to the left and right.



The above photo proves you can’t have 3 cats and a tree skirt! 

For Christmas day we connected two tables since there were 10 of us and I went with a simple tablescape.  For dinner I made prime rib with a roasted garlic rub and a horse radish sauce, a mix of veggies that were roasted (carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower), and hasselback potatoes. I sautéed garlic and then threw in about 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and brushed the oil on the potatoes before tossing them in the oven…so good!  My dad also brought his lasagna. There was so much food, let’s just say after all the appetizers and dinner I’m not sure how anyone had any room for dessert! 






And a daylight shot of the outside.



DSC_0374I have to admit, the bright red on the wreaths outside has me thinking I might add some more in the house next year.  Hope you all enjoyed this holiday season and thank you so much for stopping by! 

{DIY} Tassel Bracelet

It’s Monday! I am excited for absolutely no reason what so ever. The good news is that I’ve got a really fun craft for you guys to try out.  As part of the Dare to DIY series: Give Handmade I’ve made a great bracelet for you to make and give as a gift! Now if you’ve been following me for awhile then you know that I am no stranger to making bracelets on here.

Like THIS Chan Luu


THIS Leather Wrap Bracelet



THIS Jump Ring Bracelet

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Well today I am going to show you another fun piece of arm candy you can easily put together and give to a girlfriend who loves jewelry!

DIY Tassel Bracelet

Tassels are all the rage right now so when I thought about what I wanted my bracelet to look like there was no question it would have a tassel! I started with a few pieces: A Leather Wrap (mine was purchased in Hong Kong when I had visited years ago but you can find something similar at any craft store), Jump Rings, and any Colored Thread to your liking.


You’ll also need something to help close your wrap up. All of these supplies can be found at Michaels or any craft store! 

The first thing you’re going to do is start off with wrapping your thread about 15 times around two fingers.


Next, you’ll open a jump ring and fit the loop into the ring and then close it.


Then, with another piece of thread just wrap it around the top right under the jump ring a few times until it is nice and tight.  You’ll want to tighten that by making a knot.  I double knotted.


To finish off your tassel just grab a good sharp pair of scissors and cut the closed loop at the bottom and make sure all your thread is even.


BOOM…you’ve got yourself a tassel.

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All I did next was take a bunch of the gold jump rings (14 to be exact) and put them on the leather wrap. Next I placed the tassel on and then another 14 jump rings.


I just added my clamps on the end to be able to close the bracelet and then added it to my collection! 


Are you feeling the tassel craze right now?

Head on over to Maybe Matilda to check out some more awesome bloggers and their great ideas for handmade gifts for this holiday season!  

Posts of Christmas Past

Hello beautiful people! I hope everyones December has been off to a good start! Does anyone else feel like the past few months have been flying by? I mean Christmas is only 21 days away!! Crazy! But with that in mind it got me thinking about past Christmas projects and I thought I would do a little round up for anyone who’s in the middle of decking their halls and are looking for some inspiration! Just click on the number below the photo to bring you to the post! 


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I’m hoping to get a few more crafts done this season so stay tuned! 

A DIY Christmas I Made2Style

Are you DIYing any holiday decor? I’d love to hear about it! 




{Dare To DIY} Entertain

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your holiday was full of delicious food, great company, and good shopping! This 5 day weekend has been jam packed over here! From Thanksgiving to prepping and priming our bathroom to putting up our tree and all the Christmas decor I feel like I haven’t had a second to breath and today I’m right back to work.  The countdown to the holiday break has already started! 

Today I’m here to share my super easy centerpiece I used for the Thanksgiving table as part of the Dare to DIY series! My parents host Thanksgiving every year and there is always a pretty big turnout.  This year there were roughly 25 of us.  With a chef for a father and a family that loves to cook and bake you can only imagine how much food we have! Everyone likes to bring something to the gathering and as much as I love to cook/bake, I leave that up to all of them.  My job for Thanksgiving every year is to set the table. You can click here and here to see how I’ve set the table in the past.  

Since there are so many of us I’m not about to go out and buy all new plates and chargers each year so I always use what we have and just play around with the middle.  This year I decided to make a fun centerpiece with some single wine crates.  I had one from my cousins wine theme wedding shower, you can check that out here.  I grabbed some pine cones, pumpkins and floral pieces from Michaels to help put it all together along with some candle holders.


I wanted the crate to have a richer color so I added a little stain to it to darken it up.


 I just dipped an old rag into the stain and rubbed it on and them wiped off any excess.


 Next I started placing my pieces inside.



I realized that the majority of the items were going to get lost in the crate just like these pine cones so in order to lift them I added some styrofoam I had laying around from a package I received and them covered it with the burlap.



At this point my creative juices started flowing so I don’t have any pictures but I just messed around with placing in the pumpkins and pine cones and then stuck in the flowers/leaves around all of it. Here’s what it looked like when I was finished!


My awesome cousins wife ended up getting me 2 smaller crates so I made 2 more without the candles.  And here is the table!





You can head on over to Decor and the Dog to check out some more ways to entertain with holiday season! Thanks for stopping by!

{Dare To DIY} Be Thankful

So every year right around the holidays some of my favorite bloggers get together and host a little series called Dare To DIY and I swear I get way too excited for this! So the start of the series begins today and the dare this week is “Be Thankful.” In the past I did this project and last year I made this banner.  My idea for this year was to make something that wasn’t just for the holiday but rather something I can keep up all year long.  I came up with making a print to frame that says Always Be Thankful. I could have just printed the saying and framed it but that would be too simple. Instead I grabbed my gold leaf pen and some sheets of gold and got to working! The fonts used here are Emerald Isle and Allura.


 I printed the text on cardstock and created a 5×7 border that I could cut around to fit in the frame. Next I used my gold leaf glue pen and traced around the letters.


Then I took the sheet and placed it right on top and with a small paint brush I tapped and brushed the paper onto the letters. 



I purposely printed in that gold yellow color because I knew the gold leaf wouldn’t catch all around so where there are open spaces the color is still almost similar.  It would look a bit ridiculous if I had printed in black! I just love the shimmer that comes off of the print! 


I just cut the print out on the lines I had on it and popped it in the frame.  

Gold Leafing Print

Looking for some more ways to show your thankful? Check out these awesome ladies below!

Decor and the Dog

Maybe Matilda

Shift Ctrl Art 

Newly Woodwards

{Mani Monday} Halloween Nails

It’s the most terrifying time of the year!! Halloween is fast approaching and I can’t wait! As a teacher I love seeing the adorable and hilarious costumes the students come in with but of course I also love dressing up myself.  This year I decided to be a deer for the holiday.  I posted a picture on my Instagram of my makeup after I tried it out. Here’s another sneak peek ;)


I still haven’t completely figured out the costume portion yet although I did DIY the ears and antlers using a headband.  Hopefully I can pull it all together the day of. Now for those who aren’t too big on getting dressed up there is always the alternative of giving yourself some fun Halloween nails! I am no stranger to nail art, in fact I almost find it impossible to paint my nails without adding some kind of flare to them! I’ve even started a hashtag on Instagram for all my nail creations, #M2SNails.  Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve done!


 I also had some fun with some Halloween nails! 



Now you should know that I was never ever good at doing my own nails..honestly I was terrible! I had polish all over the place and I had no patience to let my nails dry so they always ended up getting ruined! Now with that said I loved having my nails done so I always went to the salon until I was tired of spending the money.  Regular manicures were a waste since I use my hands so much so I always went with gel manicures which cost more.  I decided that like everything else if I put my mind to it I could do it.  Sure enough after practicing enough I started getting the hang of it. I got myself a gel manicure kit and a UV light and now I give myself my own manis! The one tool that I have found to be the most helpful when doing any type of nail art is my dotting tool.  I purchased it at Sally’s but you can easily find one on Amazon. In the first Halloween nail picture I used only the dotting tool and did all the images free hand. For the second set of nails I dipped a straw in red nail polish and then blew through it to get that splattered effect! I made sure to tape around my nails so the clean-up wasn’t so bad.

So I challenge you to give it a try and have some fun with your nails! I thought I would share some really fun Halloween inspiration nail looks! Unfortunately, the majority of these pictures just lead me to a site featuring them and not the direct link but I tried to include as many that were watermarked as I could…just click the photo to bring you to the original artist! 

Cute Polish



Totally The Bomb


Jennie Stamp


Lady Luck Beauty Blog





If you don’t think you’re brave enough to try on your own you can always show your manicurist and have them try! 

Do you think you’ll Halloween up your nails? 

Fall Wreath 2014

The time has come once again to pretty up the door! I’m not sure where this need to make a new wreath every year has come from but I’ll take it! I love the idea of trying to one up myself each year and I think I may have done just that! For the past few years my wreaths all had burlap incorporated in them, until this year. I almost don’t believe it myself! Here’s a look at the past wreaths I’ve made:


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 Can we take a moment to look at wreath #1? That was my first wreath.  Clearly I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make a wreath! That poor thing is so naked! 

This year I decided that I wanted the wreath to have some different texture and that burlap wasn’t going to play a roll in it since every wreath I’ve made used burlap. I was recently making a tree on one of my bulletin boards at work by taking strips of craft paper and twisting it to created a crinkled effect.  That method is what sparked the idea for the wreath.  I ended up googling it and sure enough found tons of inspiration of wreaths that use craft paper. After hitting up Michael’s to get the goods I got to work.

I used brown craft paper but if you can’t get a hold of any you can always use brown paper bags found at your local grocery store.


Using pins to hold the paper into place I cut long strips and wrapped the entire wreath. 


Next I cut smaller strips (long enough to wrap around the form), twisted them, and then pinned it in place.



I continued this until the entire wreath form was covered.

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Now, I could have just stopped there but what fun would that be? I grabbed my hot glue gun and started layering all the floral pieces.



And that’s as far as I got with the “in process” photos because once I really got into it I forgot to pick up the camera to take the pictures! But that’s ok because the final product is all you really need!



I didn’t want to make it too orangey and red so I kept it neutral with a little pop of orange. 

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 I’m incredibly happy with how it came out!

Craft Paper Wreath

It’s a good thing we have so many doors because I’ve got quite a collection going here ;)