Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas designer garland using all items I found at At Home.This post is sponsored by At Home and all opinions are mine.
I grabbed a few garlands at At Home and that is one of the keys to getting a designer garland, use more than one. I chose the 9’ Berry and Pinecone garland and then a simple 9’ Canadian Pine garland. Before fluffing the branches out, twist them together. You’ll want to find your center point and then fold it in half.Above my window in the kitchen, I have two screws that I just leave in year-round. I used my center point and found the center of my window and then I just looped the garland around my screws and then it hung evenly on both sides of the window. I do that for my front door garland as well. Once I have it hung I begin to pull out each branch to make it a fuller garland.I start with the ribbons next. At Home has such a great choice of ribbons and all of them match other decor so that it can coordinate with whatever ornaments and picks you choose. I chose two types of ribbons. I chose a green mesh that has a hint of sparkle in it but it still looks rustic and then I chose a woven red ribbon. They were each 4” wide and make the perfect swag. I take the ribbon and then take a wired branch from my garland and wrap that around the ribbon. It bunches it together and then I do that about every 12-15”.Next, use your floral picks. For this Christmas designer garland, I found some pinecone picks to match the cones in the Berry and Pinecone garland and some glittered berry picks. I pulled them apart so that for every pick I’d get about 2-3 pieces. Don’t be afraid to do that when you’re creating your garland. You don’t want things in one area and then the rest of your garland missing out. You’re easily able to hide the messy parts with the garland. You’re able to just take a branch and manipulate it to how you want it and hide any messes.Now I grabbed these heart and pinecone hanging ornaments. I chose to hang a few from the side but since they have such a great design to just hang, I chose to put others towards the top and have them hang over the window rather than inside the garland. They have such a free shape so I didn’t want to force what they decided to do.Now for the final touch. I found these great winter homes that light up but they’re meant to just sit on a mantle and not hang. They have two holes in the sides of the houses so I threaded some floral wires through those holes and twisted them in the back. I then put them near the corners of the garland and twisted it around the middle of the garlands so I’d get a good secure hold.
Making a Christmas designer garland is so much easier than you think. With At Home you’re able to get all your decorations at a great price and achieve this look in less than 30 minutes. To find your nearest At Home store, click here. At Home does not offer shipping yet so you’ll need to find a local store.
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Have you ever tried to clean your tile grout using Borax? I’m going to show you how easy and
effective it is. Have you ever used 20 Mule Team® Borax for your cleaning needs? I have always used it to clean my tile grout and it’s such a great booster. For this post I’m going to show you how easy it is to clean tile grout with Borax.I grabbed some 20 Mule Team® Borax from my local grocery store, Lee’s in the “additives” section of the laundry aisle, and just mixed it with some baking soda. Follow the recipe below to create your paste and get scrubbing.
Once I mixed the mixture up into a thick paste, I slathered it onto the grout lines between my tile and let it sit for a minute or two. If your paste starts to become non-pliable, just add more water to continue with a paste consistency.After it sat for a minute, I began to scrub with a non-important toothbrush. The dirt lifts up almost immediately. 20 Mule Team® Borax is such a great booster and it helps in the cleaning process and makes it a little bit faster. Not only can you clean your tile grout – it can help you remove mattress odors and even help you clean your silverware. So many options with Borax.As you can see the paste should last you almost your whole floor. You can reuse the dirty paste if you’d like or just mix up a new batch. I used a lot of paste and you don’t have to use this much if you don’t want. When I chose this tile and grout, I was not thinking clearly. I didn’t think how dirty it would become just after a short while. We’ve lived in our house for almost 10 years and I’ve had the tile professionally cleaned with no result ever coming into comparison for the Borax method. It does take a bit of elbow grease but the fact that the grout is now the same color it was 10 years ago is a miracle all in of itself. I won’t clean my grout any other way now. Even though it is commonly used in the laundry room, there are so many other ways to use Borax. I especially like to use it to help clean my cast iron sink. What are some of the ways you plan on using Borax to help you in your home?
Have you wanted to get the Fixer Upper sytle in your home but don’t know where to start?
World Market is a great resource to get the farmhouse look.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.
Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?
Fixer Upper is one of my all time favorite HGTV shows. Learn how easy it is to create this Fixer Upper style sign for your kitchen using your Cricut.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.
First, begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black, to begin with, and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.
The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great on your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Make these DIY Christmas Ornaments using your Cricut Explore or use a simple holiday paper punch. Add it to clear ornaments and you have your very own customized Christmas ornaments.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I love Christmas and I love decorating for Christmas. Unfortunately this year I won’t be doing any of it. We’re off to the islands and we can’t wait. I do, however, have this mini red tree that I put up so I decided to make some DIY Christmas ornaments so that we can have an easy peasy Christmas. When we get home after the new year, the kids will have some presents underneath this tiny tree to come home too. I’m just glad it will be a little bit decorated.Supplies:
I began by cutting out the adhesive foil using my Cricut Explore (or if you don’t have one, just use a small paper punch). I double cut my shapes because I wanted to be sure that I had a good, clean release with the vinyl.
I next took each tree and folded the wire in half. I took off the tops of the ornament and used my tweezers to hold onto the tree. I dipped the wire into some hot glue and pushed it into the hole in the ornament. I held onto the tree for about 60 seconds so that it would hold straight once I let go.I used a small funnel to get the snow paper into the ornament. I had to use my tweezers to help push through the paper because it was all different sizes and so I made a huge mess. I chose this snow paper because of the iridescence. I then placed the top of the ornament back on and held onto it while I prepared my foil.I peeled the backing off my adhesive foil and placed three snowflakes on each ornament. I’ll probably end up putting some ribbon on the orbs to add some dimension. I made this paper Christmas Village using grey and red paper and then placed the adhesive foil snowflakes to add an ornamental detail. To get more ornament inspiration, visit these other bloggers and see what they made! Marry Christmas!
*This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for your support.I’m happy to be joining in with other bloggers to share with you our #FallCricutChallenge using some of Cricut’s newest products. I decided to make a DIY paper leaf wreath using my Cricut Explore and it turned out better than I could ever imagine.I used the metallic pearl paper and cut leaves like crazy. You can get the cut file here and it includes three leaves. If you don’t have Cricut Access yet, get it. It is so worth it. You have access to their amazing shapes and fonts to use at your leisure. I like this program because you’re not limited to a certain amount each month and you can use what you need and it’ll be worth it because you may just have to use it once. I started by separating my shapes and then I sporadically started gluing them on my wreath base. I started with the larger leaves first so that I could get some coverage. Had I really thought ahead, I would have spray painted my wreath form prior to putting on the paper leaves. Once you have it all filled in to your satisfaction, add some paper wheat stalks and make sure they stick out kind of crazy because the crazier, the better. Grab the cut file here.
I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!
There are many things that I use my reusable stencil masks for but I’ve never shown an in-depth tutorial on how to use them and most of all, how to clean them. This is the method I’ve been using for years and it gives me the opportunity to use stencils I’ve had since 2013 to this day. There aren’t that many products in the scrapbook industry that can do that.To make your vinyl sign, you’ll need the following:
I had this old board lying around that was painted a distressed black. I needed it to be cleaned up so I just took some flat black paint and sprayed it over the top. I use Huggies baby wipes to clean my stencils, just seems to be a lot more effective than the thinner ones.After my surface is prepped with the bottom color which will eventually be the color of my text, go ahead and add the stencils to make your design or your saying. Now you’ll want to apply your paint that you want your sign to actually be. For this sign I chose a creamy white so that the black font will stand out. While your paint is still wet, remove the stencil and place back on the plastic carrier sheet. Go ahead and just start wiping off the paint. There may be some around the edges and as long as it’s minimal, it shouldn’t be a problem. I like to use a safety-pin or a vinyl weeder tool for removing the reusable vinyl. To avoid bleeds, use a roller or brayed and push the stencil down nice and tight. I clearly skipped that step. Now when I say it shouldn’t be a problem, of course its a problem for me. I decided to go along with the look and take my Huggies wipes and try to rub out some of the paint to look more distressed. I also added some scrapbook embellishments on the sides to add some character.I decided to make this sign for a lovely young lady that is apart of the youth in my church. She was just recently diagnosed with cancer and if I can make her feel positive every time she looks at this sign, I’ve done my job. There are so many times when we feel useless or we can’t sympathize with someone who is sick but I think that if we can serve them in any way, that’s the best we can do. We’ll never truly know what they’re feeling unless we’ve experienced it for ourselves so be there with a listening ear and an open heart.
Are you bringing home a preemie baby from the NICU anytime soon? Here are some of the essential items I’ve needed to bring my premature babies home. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
So I have had my share of premature babies, too many one person can handle. I have found that being prepared is most helpful for when you finally get to bring them home from the NICU. I’ve compiled a list of things that are so helpful to make that transition from hospital to home so much easier.
1. Diaper Genie – The design has changed recently and it’s much more user friendly. You don’t need to twist any bags any more or even touch the thing! We share a room with our micro-preemie so having some sort of bin was essential, this just happens to be a luxury bin and it keeps me by the baby rather than running diapers to the trash outside. I grabbed mine from Target because what can’t we find at Target? It also helps because he is on oxygen and I can’t be running everywhere hooking him up to a new tank just to run a diaper out.2. A smart pulse oximeter monitor – So our son has had the most complications as far as lung issues and so having a monitor that we could rely on was very important to me. They can be a bit pricey but they include 3 sizes of socks so the monitor grows with them. It has been a game changer in how we react to my sons needs. I’ve been able to look at his oxygen rate and determine if a breathing treatment has been successful or if a trip to the ER is necessary. *I’m not a medical professional. For me, it’s always been better to overreact than having to worry.
3. Leather Moccasins – or any soft soled shoe that will make walking and crawling a breeze. They stay on their little feet while they are on the go and having some natural movement in the feet while learning to walk is something that will make them learn that much faster.4. Good Bottles – Your child may have been prescribed a certain bottle or nipple requirement in the NICU but coming home and having them grow, they need to adapt. I have found that with the Playtex Nursers, they make a tired mom grateful for Drop-In Liners. I still wash the bottles obviously, but if I find that infamous one that’s been under the bed for months, I can just throw away the liner and I’ve got a whole new bottle. For us, Malakai ate much better with the Dr Brown bottles in the beginning. They have a preemie flow nipple and it allowed him to eat at a slower pace so he didn’t use up all his energy. Once he was older and able to figure things out, I preferred the Playtex because of the easy clean up.
5. A Snuggle/Travel Bed – In the NICU they have snugglers for the babies and it can be intimidating for them to come home to a wide open crib. These give the children the same type of comfort while in their own new bed and you can even travel with it. 6. Black and White Mobile – My son had ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) surgery on Christmas day. That was a rough day but thankfully I can still help strengthen his eyesight by giving him stimulating things to look at. He has restricted peripheral vision that he can never get back but this at least helps him to focus more and strengthen his retinas.7. A Smart Changing Pad – This is where life gets fancy. A new company has these changing pads that can record your weight, tell you how much they ate, weigh the diapers, etc. It’s all kept track in their app and to use the app you don’t even need to have the changing pad, it’s just an added bonus of not having to constantly go into the doc, especially during RSV season, and do weight checks. Those can now happen over the phone.
8. Love and Attention – Most of all, this is what these babies need. They’ve been in the hospital and all they want is their family. The nurses, no doubt, try to make up for this but it’s really about being present and learning about your child’s needs. No one knows them better than you and it’s important to be there every time you can.So have you had a preemie? Let me know what your go-to product was and check out the features of the new Diaper Genie here.