Michaels Makers Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

Dream Tree Challenge Creative| happy together
This past week I have been very busy decorating a Christmas tree. Say what? Yes, decorating a Christmas tree. It’s that time of the year for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and I was able to be a part of it this year. I was sent a 7ft pre-lit tree to decorate in my own way.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I have never gone and bought much for tree decorations before. I would always just check out the clearance section after Christmas and slowly add to our collection, so I did feel a little bit intimidated about putting together a whole finished decorated tree. I walked around the whole store to gain inspiration from many sections, not just the Christmas area. I ended up sticking with things that were more on the kid friendly side as in nothing is glass (well, I think three owls are, but that is it).

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I even made a bunch of ornaments! I didn’t end up using everything I had originally bought for the tree, but most went together quite well.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
I used paper straws to make starburst ornaments and filled plastic clear ball ornaments with little bottle trees/glitter and some with paper shredding. I also stamped clay circles, found pretty little circle fans in the gift wrapping section to add, tied on canvas tags (similar burlap tags here) from the scrapbooking section, and found some jingle bells, owls, and large silver twig ornaments to add to the mix. (I will be sharing some tutorials later this month for some of the diy ornaments and will link back in this post.) I used two types of garlands as well. One was a pretty wintry one with pinecones and a snowy look (I used 3). The other were these pretty beaded strands(I used 4). They didn’t have enough of the beaded strands in the same color, so I alternated from silver to white to silver to white. I’m glad it came out nice anyways! I found this real pretty glittery kind of burlap like ribbon that I used on the top of the tree. It didn’t have wire in the sides, so I had to play around with it to give it some shape. I wrapped wire around the strands to bring it in at a few places. This helped show off the ornaments more as you could still see them pretty well. Then I made loops to create a bow look to go on the top.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
For the tree skirt, I cut rectangular pieces from a roll of craft paper (also found in gift wrapping section). Then I folded them so one half was a few inches shorter than the other side and rolled them up in a cone like way. I taped the pointed end together and stuck them under the tree. It’s a nice option if you don’t have a lot to spend on a tree skirt or are a person who changes their mind on decorations a lot because this can just be recycled after Christmas and a new skirt can be done the next year.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together This is a good view of the garland I used on the tree. I added a strand to this faux fireplace my husband made me.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
He did such a good job!!!! I really wanted a place to hang stockings this year, so he indulged my request and came up with this. Now I just need to add some stockings.

Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
(Learn how to make the above pom-pom crochet blanket here)
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Dream Tree Reveal | happy together
Even though it was bit strange decorating some for Christmas, it is nice to have this done already. I hope this tree inspires you and helps spark your own creativity. Stop by Michaels blog, The Glue String, to see the full dream tree challenge and all the awesome trees that the other Michaels Makers put together.  Also check out Michaels’ Make it Merry inspiration book for all kinds of holiday tips and projects. And if you are looking for a new tree, be sure to head into Michaels Nov. 2 through Nov. 8 for the Make It Merry Tree Event  – 50% off all trees 6 ft. or taller!!!

-Jess

Tree event creative | happy together

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A Fall Backyard Dinner

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
Every other week we hang out with our small group from church. We rotate houses and this past week it was at ours. Now, it’s usually plastic forks and paper plates kind of a meal, but I had been wanting to go all out one time when the weather was starting to cool down. And it really didn’t take much at all! The only things I bought for this was $4 clearance flowers from the grocery store, $4 of candles, and $2 for napkins. Everything else was stuff I already had. We just brought our kitchen table outside to fit all the adults.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I had put up the lights a while ago after they had been sitting in our garage for months. I got them from Target. I put them up with no light bulbs in them, then once the wires were in place, I rescrewed the bulbs back in. The bulbs break super easy and I wasn’t taking any chances! The box states to expect them to last three months if put outside so I will update how well they last. They will be up for three months next month and are all still shining bright.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
If you noticed, I am slowly repainting all of our kitchen chairs. I hope to share their complete makeover along with our kitchen table makeover soon.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I painted a 6′ by 3′ piece of plywood with chalkboard paint to have for special occasions and for the kids to write on. (and I totally copied a chalk art I saw on Pinterest. I needed an idea quick and chalkboard ideas do not come quickly to me lol).

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
I wanted my candles to look drippy, so I let them burn a bit before the event. Mason jars and vintage vases held all of the flowers. I added some greenery from our yard (bushes with berries, leaves and branches from trees, and a random vine growing in side yard). I love using things that are just there already. The yellow wheat was from a previous project I had.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
The ironing board became a stand for drinks and I added a thankful sign that I made many years ago.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
We used just about every single plate, bowl, cup, and spoon we had! It made for a fun eclectic look. This table was covered in fabric from my stash. It’s a bit too weathered and needed to be covered up. Those yellow glasses were an awesome thrift store find a while back. I hope to find more and add to my mismatch cup collection.

A Fall Backyard Dinner | happy together
We had such a good time! I might have to do this a few more times before it gets too cold. Especially when my husband does all the cooking for me ;)

-Jess

DIY Fall Desktop Calendar

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together This month’s Cricut Design Space Star challenge was for us to create items for organization/celebrations. My team went with “Falling for Fall” for our theme. I created two projects to enter this time again with this desktop calendar falling into the organization category. I have been seeing small desktop calendars growing in popularity and wanted to create my own. I logged into Cricut Design Space™ and started creating.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Using cardstock paper, I made each months square equal 5″x5″ which I felt was a good size. Then I picked out a shape/picture for each month. September got a leaf, October got a pumpkin, and November got a turkey. I simply glued these on with a glue stick. The month numbers are big enough that they can still be striked through with a pen or even covered with a small sticker to show that day has passed. I used a piece of wood from our garage for the stand and simply cut a small slit in the top center for the paper to stand in. It would be cute to use a piece of a log for this as well.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together It’s a very inexpensive  project, but looks so nice and professional. I think it would also make a great gift. It would be fun coming up with different things for each month of the year.

Cricut | I made it contest

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest. 

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

 

Michaels Makers: Fall Market Challenge

MM Fall Market
Fall is in the air this time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, sweaters come out of storage, and decorations of pumpkins, hay, leaves and more start appearing. In fact, you would even see some of those fall decorations at our front door now. The Michaels Makers Challenge for the month of September is: Fall Market Challenge. The goal was to create some type of fall home decor/entertaining projects. I set out to decorate our front door.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I took my girls to Michaels and we walked around for about an hour searching for the perfect fall decor to adorn the entrance to our house. I knew I wanted some pumpkins and was excited to go with black and white ones. I like the elegance of the colors and it’s a change from what I normally do. I also found some yellow dyed wheat that I added to a mason jar. Then for trimmings, there was this pretty vine garland as well as burlap ribbon with black stripes on it. Our doorway is really narrow, so I only placed these on one side so the entry would not be blocked. I used some wood from our stash to create height differences among the pumpkins.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
The burlap, yellow wheat, and vine garland also had an appearance on the door. And since I love lights, I added these fun flickering ones. The lights make me think of falls up in Williamsburg growing up.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Instead of a wreath this fall I opted for a basket filled with a fall arrangement. I picked out two bunches of leaves and more  yellow wheat to fill up a basket. (In case you didn’t know yet, yellow if my favorite color.) I figured the above basket would be good to hang on a door since the back was on the flatter side and the chalkboard tag would be perfect to write “welcome” on.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I simply added the bumnches into the basket to fill it up. I spread out the leaves and then added the wheat. I wrote welcome on the chalkboard with chalk and then hung the basket onto the door with the burlap ribbon.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Now we wait patiently for the weather to feel like fall in Louisiana. If you would like to see more autumn inspiration, checkout Michaels’ Fall Market Lookbook, browse their fall ideas pinterest board, or see Michaels’ Fall Project Page. And if you don’t have a Michaels nearby, you can always Shop Michaels Online.


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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY

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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You know how there are “cat ladies” out there? I think I might become a “plant lady” one of these days. I have fallen in love with plants and almost always buy one when I go to a store with a garden center. I especially love buying the “hanging in there” plants on clearance and loving them back to health. I get a good deal and feel great that I could nurture it back into its beautiful self. That being said, I needed a place to start holding some of my plants. The upcycled drawer plant stand has fixed that problem.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together It all started with these three dresser drawers from roadside trash I salvaged. I really  wanted to turn them into something. After thinking of what I could make using my very limited wood working/power tooling skills, I knew that a plant stand would the perfect project.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together So to make this stand you will need a dresser drawer. Make sure it is sturdy. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to hold up.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You will need some Americana Chalky Finish paint and the ultra-matte varnish. I chose that varnish to be the finish because I plan on having this outside one day and it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use. I hope to try the wax one day though. I used carbon and everlasting for the paint colors, but check out all the colors and see the ways you can mix them to get all kinds of pretty shades. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Grab a paint or foam brush too.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Clean up your drawer and remove any hardware from it. Sand if there are any uneven spots you don’t want splintering, but other than that NO SANDING NEEDED. Amazing. No sanding. My favorite part. Once all clean and dry, start painting. I used a regular brush and it went on so nice. Instructions say to do more lighter coats as opposed to doing fewer heavy coats. So I started with a very thin coat of paint. I painted the inside carbon and the outside everlasting. I only needed two coats to get the coverage I liked even with it being light coats. This was actually my first time ever using a chalky finish paint and I fell in love. I will no longer paint furniture with any other type of paint. It was just too easy. It went on great, dried so fast, and feels so smooth once dry. And remember that no sanding part? Yeah. That’s a big bonus too. Then, when all your paint is dry, paint on a thin coat of the varnish. I did one more coat after just to have extra coverage. It went on great as well and it says it can also be applied over acrylic paints too fyi.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together For the bottom of the stand, I went the super simple way and bought a folding tray table for $8.99 (from Target). You can find these at many places though. If you can’t find one in the color you want, paint this as well. I lucked out finding it in black, but after having a failed attempt at trying to make legs for this stand with some scraps we had in the garage, I didn’t mind taking a short cut.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together
I first used some wood glue to attach the stand to the drawer bottom. I placed weights on top to help add pressure while it dried. Then I used our drill and added a few screws here and there. Make sure to use a screw that isn’t too long so it won’t come out through the top of the drawer. The drawer I used had this wood area in the middle that I put the screws through, but if yours doesn’t you can always drill them in from the top (meaning go through the drawer into the stand as opposed to going through the stand into the drawer).

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Put back on the hardware if you like or add new ones. If you didn’t want any hardware at all, I would suggest using a wood filler or wood plugs/wood filler before you paint the drawer.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Place in a sunny spot and fill with plants. I even plan on using this for other things, like holding products at craft shows and such. I think it will come in quite handy.

-Jess

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