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!
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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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How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I recently finished making this super soft and fluffy crocheted blanket and want to share how I did it. I made it so fast and was so pleased with the end result. I have seen afghans with pom-poms on them and had been wanting to create one that would fit in with my living room.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
It currently resides on this amazing chair I purchased while in visiting Virginia. And yes. I stuffed it (along with 4 other chairs) into our van to make the trek back to Louisiana. It was a good deal and I had been looking for a chair like this forever with no luck. What can I say?

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
This how to is a bit general, as you can make it any size you want and all. I ended up using around 16 skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Yarn from Michaels. No matter what yarn you use, pick a thick and chunky kind. There are many brands that make this type of yarn. I also used my really big plastic crochet hook. It doesn’t have the size on it, but I would say it’s around the size P. You will also need scissors, a yarn needle, and a sewing machine.

To make the blanket, you start by making the first row of chain (ch) stitches. Make this length the approximate size you desire the blanket to be. Note: The yarn will have some stretch, so pull on it to see if it will stretch much further than your desired width. If it does, make the row shorter. Then start the second row one ch away from the hook. Do double crochet stitches (dc) across. At the end of the second row, {ch 2 and turn. DC on the front loop only of the second stitch in. Continue to dc in the front loop only across.} Then repeat from { to } until it is the length you want it.

After the final row, single stitch (sc) around the edges on the blanket 3 to 4 times. This helps keep the blanket from stretching a lot on the edges. Tip: When stitching around edge, do 3 sc on the corners for a smoother edge. Knot loose ends together where you started/stopped yarn  and weave in using your yarn needle. Weave beginning and ending yarn ends in as well (I also knot them around some of the yarn in the stitches for extra hold).

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
For the pom-poms, I made them the good old fashion way. On my hand. I just wrapped the yarn around my open/flat hand until it was the thickness I desired. Then I tied a piece of yarn around the middle. To keep these from coming apart, I sewed down the middle using a sewing machine. I was scared to sew them on the sewing machine, but it went well. I took my time and used a sewing needle for jeans as well as put the machine stitch setting on a large stitch. I kind of had to flatten the pom out a bit to fit it under the sewing foot, but they still turned out puffy. After the poms are sewn, cut off the ends and trim to achieve desired look.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I ended up making 18 poms, 9 for each side. Make as many as you like. You could do this on all four sides, but all the blankets I looked at online just had them on two sides. I kind of spaced them out to my liking and then cut a piece of yarn and sewed them each in place using the yarn needle. I made sure they were really secure and then triple knotted the ends. Trim any excess strings.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
My girls have already gotten their hands on this blanket many times and it’s holding up really well. I plan to wash it as needed, according to the yarns instructions. I will probably even hand wash it to be on the safe side. I love the extra detail it adds to our living area and it will also be a great photo prop. Now we wait for it to actually cool down so we can snuggle under it and drink hot chocolate. Come on fall!

-Jess

Driftwood Sailboat DIY

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together This simple diy is the first of a few projects you will see me blog about for the Cricut Design Space Star Contest that has begun this month. A bunch of us bloggers are on different teams and have a different challenge each month. We get to create using our Cricut Explore and share as many projects as we want for a chance to win prizes. This month we had to choose between paper or home decor and then pick a unique theme for it. My team went with home decor and we chose beach as our theme. Guess what? During this time, they are also giving away a Cricut Explore machine every day until the end of July!!! I will share more details at the end of the post about that, but here is the quick how to for this little driftwood sailboat with quote.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together You will need a few things: a piece of dried out driftwood, fabric for the sail, a stick to hold up the sail, glue (I used a hot glue gun), ribbon, iron on vinyl of your choice, iron, scissors, and of course an Explore machine. I started by cutting out a 90 degree triangle for the sail. I used a vintage linen so it had this pretty edging on the side.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I went and created the quote in Design Space. I used one of my favorite fonts, Channel, and then searched the image library for “flourish” and found that little squiggly at the bottom. I measured my fabric triangle to determine how to place my words. Then I got my Explore all set up, put the vinyl on the mat, and started the cutting process. Since this is an iron on, make sure to choose the “mirror image” option before cutting.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I pulled off the vinyl, leaving the words behind. I placed the quote where I wanted and placed a thin cloth on top. Then I ironed it in place according to directions.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Next I glued on three pieces of ribbon to be glued onto the stick. I wrapped them around the stick and glued them in place.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I glued the stick on the large piece of driftwood. I used hot glue, but I would really suggest something stronger or even drilling a hole and gluing it into that. But, this is decoration for my house and will be high on a shelf, so the hot glue is good enough for me. After the glue dried, I glued down the outer corner of the sail onto the driftwood. And that is it.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together imadeit

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See what my teammates created :)

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

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.