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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Throw a Winning Holiday Party

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Every year my college roommate Jen and I have our annual Holiday Soiree. It’s always the first Saturday of December and I like to think I’ve got it down to a T now that we done it more than a few time. We have it at my house and since Jen knows way more people that I do, the place always gets packed, which I love.

My job is to make the living room and dining room over the top with a tree and decorations and Jen’s is to plan and execute most of the food. Here are some tips to make the night go easier.

  • Have a designated area for the coats that is smoke free and pet free. After a certain age, most people don’t want to smell like they were in a bar all night and just because you live life with cat/dog hair all over your clothes doesn’t mean other want to. They will appreciate this extra effort, believe me.
  • If you’re serving wine or champagne, use real glasses, I can’t stress the added delight of actually using real glass or stemware to drink it out of. Yes, some might get broken but that’s why you invest in inexpensive ones that won’t be a big deal if they get broken. I picked up a couple of boxes of 12 for $9.99 each at Ross and I only pull them out for this party. I mean, we’re not in college anymore, capiche?

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

DIY Corner - How to Make Barbie Bust Topped Jars

I’ve been a tad obsessed with two things the past few weeks – the Dollar Tree and Pinterest. The DIY Craft category on Pinterest is just loaded with good stuff to try and tips to getting the most out of your craft projects.

And the Dollar Tree … need I elaborate? I’ve probably made about 10 trips to about 5 different stores since Thanksgiving and on one trip I saw these Barbie busts in the toy section that I just had to buy. I didn’t know what I would make with them but I knew I’d think of something.

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Then I started seeing more of these, these and these and thought I’ll make those at some point but I bet a Barbie busts would look fab on top of the two glass jars I just picked up at the Dollar Tree!

I knew I already had the glue, paint and embellishments in my crafting box, so all I needed was the time and I had it now between Christmas and New Years. Yes!

So how did they turn out? Click after the jump to see. This is a picture-heavy post!

 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

How to Create Cone Christmas Trees for Under $5

Recently I was cleaning out my shopping bag section in the kitchen and while I only keep the really nice thick-papered shopping bags I get, it was time to purge. But purging is really hard when you really like the bag. Take this Lime Crime bag I actually tweeted about here a few months back. I love it but what do I do with it? It’s paper so it’s not really practical for grocery shopping but I didn’t want to get rid of it either. So I stuff it back where it was with some others I couldn’t seem to purge, between the wall and stove.

Enter Pinterest… 

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Ms. Darla loves the new Christmas Tree Cone!

 

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Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY Corner - How to Recreate the Lilico Leather Flower Sandals from Sophia Webster

How many times have you lusted after a gorgeous pair of shoes only to finally have a peep at the price tag and see that to have them will cost you one or two paychecks? For most of us, it’s just not a reality. But for some reason when I saw Sophia Webster Lilico Leather Flower Sandals, I immediately thought, “I can make these!” It’s not something I normally say to myself when looking at a pair of shoes but for some reason, that’s what popped into my head.

So I took on the challenge of recreating a pair of couture shoes that cost $595 for under $100. Here is the step-by-step on how I made them. 

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