Tissue Paper Flowers and Painted Frames Food Table Decor

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop

I still have one more thing from Valentine’s week to share before February is over and that is some decorations I did for a conference at church. I always feel very happy when I am able to use my passions to help and bless others, even if it is just in a creating some decorations. Since it was Valentine’s Day and all, I went with more of a girly theme. This type of decor would be great for a wedding. I made a ton of tissue paper flowers and cut out leaves from cardstock, found some frames at a thrift store and spray painted them white, and then learned a few lessons from trying to put this together.

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop
Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop

I knew I wouldn’t be able to put nails in the wall, so I tried gluing/tying the frames together to stand upright while leaning on a wall. While that kind of worked, they were so fragile I was afraid it might fall and I didn’t want it to fall on a person or food. Fortunately we had a pallet in our garage I could attach them too that. If I had given myself more time before putting it all together I would have done something to create more contrast between the pallet and the frames/sign, but I am still happy with how it turned out.

Tissue Paper Flowers and Frames Food Table Back Drop
The decorations are now waiting to be used at a bridal shower and whatever survives I hope to reuse in some fun way. I love that decorations can be inexpensive and yet look so wonderful!
-Jess

Rustic Arrow Theme Baby Shower

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

Last month was a very full month for me. It was full of so many amazing events, one of which was a baby shower I hosted for my friend. I have always been so blessed to meet and become friends with such incredible people in all the places the military moves us. There really are great people everywhere. It might take time to find them sometimes, but they are there.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

I found out my friend wasn’t having a baby shower and knew immediately I wanted to throw one for her. Every child is a gift, so I wanted to at least have a celebration party or something if gifts were a concern. You know, like one last big party before her little boy arrives. I was inspired by some lovely ladies I follow on instagram to do an arrow theme. Some moms reference their children to being their arrows based on Psalm127:3-4 so I was going with that.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

This will be my friends third arrow :) I had wanted to do a little bit more with the arrow theme, but I just didn’t have enough time. I’ve learned by now to just let things go and enjoy instead of stressing out until the very last minute over little details probably no one else will really notice anyways. So I cut out arrows and sewed them together through the middle and used things from all over my house to decorate with. Hooray for arrows!

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

The tablecloth is actually a piece of fabric I had in my stash. The chalkboard is one my hubby made for me to use for the mini sessions I did (and I also used it at a craft show I did last month as well). It’s come in real handy! He made it from old fence boards. Then I sanded the middle some and painted on the chalkboard area. It’s a bit bumpy but it works.

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I hung lights all over like crazy too and it got me super excited for decorating for Christmas. I love twinkle lights! I kept the food simple and added different dishes and bowls I had for some variety to the table.

Rustic Baby Shower for Boy

In our living room, I added a big banner on some craft paper (well, it was technically gift wrap paper) with her sons name on it and taped up pictures from their family/maternity session I photographed. I will share pics of those soon.

We had a fun night and I didn’t even make them play any games! I did try a craft, but I should have tried to make the bracelet myself first because it did not go well at all. But it gave us some good laughs and was funny watching us all trying to figure it out. 
I hope all my US readers had a good Thanksgiving! I should be having some Christmas type posts up soon. In fact, I just made our front door wreath tonight. We are keeping things simple and purposeful this year. It’s going well so far. Have a good week and be a good friend :)
-Jess

Oh, and I forgot I wanted to share the invite I made. We just did a facebook invite so I didn’t need to print this out, but I made the left side with the Studio app. I love that app! It’s free and just AMAZING. Seriously. Then I put it with a pic in PSE real quick. Simple and just right.

Woodland Creature Photobooth DIY and Free Animal Mask Template

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Woodland Creature Photobooth

You guys, I seriously had so much fun prepping for this post. OshKosh challenged us bloggers to create a photobooth idea to share. I immediately thought of a winter forest and all the fun creatures in it. It could easily fit into a holiday party theme or even just a family get together. Most people love taking fun photos! My six year old really got a kick out of picking out her look and seeing her pictures when we did this.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Let’s start with what you will need. For the background, I used kraft paper, white paint, paint brush, pencil, tape, and black sharpie. Cut out a piece of kraft paper to the size you want. Tape it down to a hard surface. Draw on simple birch tree like shapes with your pencil. Then paint in the trees with white paint.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Once dry, mark black lines on the trees to look like bark. This took me hardly any time at all to create.

Woodland Creature Photobooth
(Note: Forgot the fox’s whiskers in this picture)

For the masks, you will need the templates, which can be downloaded here. You will need the cardstock (size 8 x 11.5) colors listed below, scissors, a glue stick, and elastic thread (you can find it with the notions in the sewing section).
Rabbit: 1 white, 1 light pink
Bear: 1 black
Deer: 1 brown, 1 tan
Fox: 1 orange, 1 white

Cut out your templates and trace on back of cardstock paper. Cut out traced pieces.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Glue inner ear pieces on top of outer ear pieces. Then glue ears/antlers underneath of mask. Glue on fox whiskers on top as shown. Using a glue stick is easy and makes for quick drying.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Then cut out a 8.5″ piece of elastic thread for each mask. Make a small hole on both sides of masks. I used a nail to do this, but you could use all kinds of things.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Tie on elastic and they are ready.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

When putting together your photobooth, consider who is coming when picking out props. You want things people will have fun using. I added some props that were taped on sticks, some hair accessories, bow tie, scarf, and silly glasses to name a few. It’s worth going through your own stuff to see what you can add in.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

Place props in a basket near where the photobooth will be. Add some lights to look like they are hanging in the trees in the back if you want as well.

Woodland Creature Photobooth

If it will be happening during the day, try to find a well lit area near a window for beautiful natural light. If at night, just make sure there are enough lights on for cameras to get good shots. We took ours as the sun was setting, so we had some natural light and tungsten lighting to get enough light because I really didn’t want to use my flash unless necessary. But most people would probably be using cell phones for taking pics. Tape the backdrop at a height where you think most guests will be. If only adults, you could put it higher so they can just stand. I put ours lower and added a bench for us grown ups to sit on. Not that miss E really got in any of the photos anyways :) She was having none of that haha. Here are some pictures we took:

Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth
Woodland Creature Photobooth

It was funny to watch and participate in the photobooth. Laughter is such a good thing! Thank you OshKosh for the challenge this month!!! I also want to congratulate Alisia for winning the $50 gift card. Have fun shopping! Don’t forget to check out all the awesome clothing that OshKosh B’gosh has out right now for the holidays. In fact both the girls are rocking OshKosh clothes in these pics. You can check OshKosh out in stores (find a location near you) or online in their holiday shop to see baby winter clothes  and kids winter clothes.

For Girls:
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Embellished tees are perfect for playtime and all-day wear. Sequins, bling and bows make these tees super stylish!
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OshKosh B’gosh has darling dresses that are soft and easy-to wear. Pair them with a cardigan to keep her cozy and complete her spot on look.
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Dress up her outfits with sparkly ballet flats with comfortable tights.
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Let her make a statement with OshKosh B’gosh bangles, ribbon necklaces and headbands galore.  

For Boys:
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Button-front plaid shirts are perfect for all occasions! Pair them with corduroys, khakis or jeans for an easy outfit.
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He’ll have fans all over the neighborhood after he carols in the handsome combo of fleece-lined jeans and a denim shirt.
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A cable knit sweater vest is perfect for dressing up his holiday outfits. He’ll look picture perfect.


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OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

OshKosh B’gosh Sponsored Back to School Party and Giveaway Winner Announced

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are My own. I share it like it is. Please see below for additional disclosure.
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
Along with the giveaway c/o OshKosh B’gosh, we also had a back to school party with a bunch of stuff they sent us. The girls and I were so excited about this. Especially miss J. She got to have a bunch of her friends all in one place at once! But before we get into the party details I wanted to say congratulations to Carolsue who won the giveaway!!! Yay!!! Enjoy :)

 OshKosh B’gosh sent me a big ole box full of party goodies to get the planning started. There were canvas lunch bags, canvas totes, crayons, fabric markers, coloring pages, rulers, chalkboard, chalk, and even some giftcards to share with MY friends. I wanted the party to have a school theme (of course), so I got some black posterboard to write on with chalk for a chalkboard look. I made some paper airplanes to hang above the food table too. I prepared the inside for the food part and the outside for the crafting area.

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

Thankfully, we have a few folding tables that we were able to add outside for all the kids. They each had a spot with their tote and lunch bag to color on. Mason jars with greenery from the yard and flowers from the store lined the middle of the tables. Vintage linens were hung up around the edges to help keep the hot Louisiana sun out. It was still crazy hot though. So if you see a kid not looking too thrilled in a pic, it’s not that they weren’t having fun. The heat was, well, hot. They all loved their projects and their mommas have told me they are still using them :)

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
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Miss J wore her “Art Class is My Favorite” shirt c/o OshKosh for the party. We love their tees for sure. So original and one of a kind. The graphic tees are made with 100% cotton and are really great for layering and transitioning from warm to cold weather. And the layered look is super cute I think ;)
You can dress little ones for success in OshKosh original tees for only $7 and $8 online and in-stores (find a location here). Each original tee design is hand-drawn and created by OshKosh designers. They come in a variety of colors and fun styles. 
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
And, while on the subject of clothing, don’t forget the $10/$12 doorbuster jeans that you can get online and in stores!!!! Check out their denim shop here.

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

After they were done crafting, we went inside to eat yummy food and let them play. The table in the pics just had the non refrigerated food on it, but it was attacked by hungry youngens when everything was set out and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a picture of it then :)

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

A big thank you to OshKosh B’gosh for sponsoring this party and giveaway. My friends (Amy of Butterfly Angels Quilting, Dorothy, and Ashley) say thank you as well for their special gift! 
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party 

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A Vintage Birthday

Birthday Vintage Style

Miss E had her birthday a few days after miss J. She turned 2. And then decided to grow up a lot. We had to move her to a big girl bed because she would no longer not climb out of her crib. She started picking up a few words a day. And she just began to grow up, if that makes sense. It was like she fully crossed into toddlerhood. Funny how it just seems to happen sometimes. No progression. Just happens in an instant. We just had a family birthday party for her, but miss J helped me make it special with some decorations.

Birthday Vintage Style
Birthday Vintage Style

We used things that we had around the house. Vintage lace adorned the wall with some gold tissue paper pom poms that I had from a current wall decorating. I took the yellow pom pom flowers off of our photo chalkboard and put them in a vintage vase. The place mats were a fabulous thrifted find that I have later plans for and the tablecloth is a vintage one that I scored off of Ebay years ago.

Birthday Vintage Style
Birthday Vintage Style

I made a two layer chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. Yum. We love cake around here. Big sis found the pink crown in the dress up bin and thought it would be good to use instead of the hats I had. I agreed. A crown for the birthday princess was perfect.

Birthday Vintage Style
Birthday Vintage Style

Miss E didn’t really get the candle thing at all though. It was kind of funny. Even after trying to show her, she just didn’t care. Oh well. Maybe next year.

Birthday Vintage Style
Birthday Vintage Style

We filled our tummies with sugar and our hearts with love in celebration for this precious little girl. She’s my goofy one and always gets me to smile. Happy and blessed to have both of my sweet girls!
-Jess

Birthday Vintage Style

Custom Vinyl Balloons DIY

Vinyl on Balloons

Silhouette is having a sale right now that I’m a little late sharing. Sorry! (go here today to get a HUGE discount on the Cameo and Portrait Vinyl Combo….but make sure to use code HAPPY when checking out for the discount to show up). So they sent me some strawberry vinyl to play around with.  I had the idea of putting some vinyl on balloons before so I put it to the test. I’m pleased to say that this is something that works, but there are some things to be aware of.

Vinyl on Balloons

First of all, I used my Silhouette machine to cut out two things: a phrase and a heart. I got both graphics from the online shop. Then miss E and I went to a party store and got some plain balloons. I stuck the vinyl on them in the car because I had originally planned to go stick them on my hubby’s car. But it was too windy to try and do pics of them, so they came home with me. I do not recommend trying to put them on the balloons in a car! It was a bit difficult trying to hold it down and get it on without much room :) But, it worked. And if you don’t push the vinyl down when putting it on, you can take it off if it gets messed up. Just be careful. They didn’t pop on me, but I think if you pulled it off fast it might make the balloon pop.

Vinyl on Balloons

My daughter says these are for Valentines Day, and well I do suppose they look very Valentinesy. But remember my original plan? Yes. For love. I think this would be cute for a photo prop for doing the first 12 months of an infants life, engagement pics, birthday balloons, etc. Here is the problem though. These kind of balloons loose air pretty fast. They shrink, but the vinyl does not. See pic below.

Vinyl on Balloons

This is what it looked like after 7 hours. So if you want to do this, Don’t put the vinyl on until close to the time you need it. And take your time putting it on. Maybe even enlist some help (you know, someone hold it still while you put it on). I think I will make some number ones for my girls birthdays. If you were to do this, what event would you make them for?
-Jess

Birthday Party Time at the Farm

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Now for the final birthday post :) So, for those who haven’t read the other posts, both of my daughters had birthdays this summer. In fact, their birthdays are only four days apart. Since my youngest turned one and we were going to be visiting family in Virginia, I decided to just have on big party for them both.

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It was so big because, well, we both have a lot of  family there and we also wanted to invite friends. It was kind of like a big reunion in a way.

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I wanted to have it at a place that would accomodate everyone and found a wonderful farm to use. They let you rent a spot and include a lot of fun farm activities.

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It was a hot day but so much fun!

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I used burlap in a lot of the decor since the sit down part was in a barn. I made table runners, a thank you banner for the favor bag bucket, and a big happy birthday sign with burlap.

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For a simple streamer, I just tied on strips of fabric to a thick twine. The ceiling had all kinds of nails for hanging stuff on, so it was super easy to put up. I also added some to miss E’s high chair.

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They already had all the lights up and all. I also bought random flowers from a local grocery store and spread them out in mason jars. That was it on decorations. Simple and quick!

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Miss E was so good and hung out in her stroller at the beginning while everything was put together.

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I tried to get a picture with them, but miss J wasn’t really into it. She wanted to be playing with her friends :)

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I aslo tried to get a pic of them together, but then miss E didn’t want anything to do with pictures. Oh well. We’ll take what we an get. (I did make their dresses too. See more info on that here.)

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For the smash cake, I just used the leftover batter and made a two layer cake and covered it in pink frosting (I just tinted regular buttercream frosting).

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And then I made a bunch of cupcakes (talked about all of that here).

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I was glad they held up as good as they did in the heat.

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We did stick the ones with the cream cheese frosting in a fridge though. The others wouldn’t fit.

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Since miss J was really the one who would be able to do candles, we just let her do it.

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I can’t believe I have a 5 year old now!

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This was her first sweet thing like this ever.

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She dug in! But she didn’t eat too much. She doesn’t seem to have such a sweet tooth like her big sis does.

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I think one of miss J’s favorite things was the petting farm.

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She loved the chicken coop especially.

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Here she was making a nest for them ;)

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They also had pony rides for the kids. So much fun!

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And one of my favorite things were the peacocks roaming around. They came in at the end checking things out. I’m so glad we were able to have this for them, especially miss J. Her past few birthdays have been away from family so she was so excited about this!

On another note, it seems like the hurricane isn’t going to be so bad for us in this part of Louisiana. I just keep looking though because you just never know with these things. They still have school cancelled, so we shall see. We are praying for all of you who are really having to deal with the mess from it.
-Jess

Laura & Joe’s Baby Shower: Pinks and Yellows

I want to say a big thank you real quick to all who have offered their information on our soon to be new living area. I’m catching up on my emails too :)

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So this past weekend was our last big event here in Jacksonville. We threw a surprise baby shower for friends of ours and boy (or should I say girl?), was it fun!!!! They are a Coast Guard family with no family here, so of course we had to do something. Just like some of you ladies said when you wrote me, us military families have to stick together!

Yellow Bow Invitations

I created some fun invitations for the shower. Simple but cute.

I bought two types of flowers and spread them out everywhere because our house is pretty much packed up except for the furniture and some necessities. Some paper doilies cut in half also graced the shelves.

Decorating our bare shelves

Then there were the table decorations.

Lots of tissue balls hung on a line of clear fishing wire. I found the pretty pink hounds-tooth kind from Hobby Lobby.

The table cloth was actually a piece of fabric I had scooped up at a yard sale about three years ago. It was perfect! I put some scrapbook paper on the wall too.

Where "Mom" sat

For the Mom to be’s chair, I placed a sign and a pendant banner (which was just tissue paper triangles glued onto string). No one could take her nice comfy seat.

There were lots of yummy foods to eat,

sweet drinks,

and lots of gifts!

I made a few things for the soon to be here little girl. I had the octopus already to go (pattern here),

and I gave her some of the crochet hair bows I had and made some new felt bow hair clips.

Burp cloths and bibs are always good too :)

And of course, the little ones just had to help her open all of her gifts.

I even talked them into letting me take some pictures of them. I never had many pictures of my pregnancy and always regret that, so I am always more than happy to take pictures for my friends and family for special times and events in their lives. Below are some of my favorites.

3 It Is

My daughter went and turned 3 this past week! Most say, wow, time has flown, I can’t believe it. But, I think she should be five years or something by now! lol. She’s fun :)

Blowing out the candles
I chose to do an outer space theme for her. She has really been into astronauts, Wall-E, and space lately. She had other likes as well, but this one seemed liked the most fun.
Let me tell you, she loved her party decorations and all!
Outer Space Hello Kitty Cake
The cake was inspired by this FLickr find (the moon rocks are Astronaut Freeze Dried Icecream!) I repainted a space ship from Hobby Lobby and the Hello Kitty was completely made by me. We didn’t have a computer at that time, so I needed something easy to draw.

We hung paper stars from the ceiling with fishing line

Pink Solar System

and painted a pink solar system.

We had a lot of fun and

Everyone enjoyed the cake
lots of yummy food :)
Happy Birthday to my big girl!

Glass Dessert Stands How To

Glass Dessert Stands

I made these with the intention of putting cupcakes on them, but I didn’t see any nice premade ones at the store. So, I bought some mix and all. Of course, I didn’t have any cupcake liners when I got home! So I just cut up the cake showing you could put something besides a cupcake on them. I know the idea isn’t new, but I have never seen anyone decorate the glasses or put things underneath of it like this. I wanted to share that with you. Here is a brief how to that will help you get going if you would like to make something of the sort yourself. It’s a great way to add a lot of personalization to your dinner table or party.



What you need:

Gathering Supplies

-Glasses (I bought mine from the dollar store)

-Anything and everything to decorate with (I just used stuff I had, plus some accessories I bought from the dollar store)

-Felt (or you could use a doily, fabric, cork, etc) for the bottom

-Optional: Grip things (also from dollar store; they help keep it in place)

-Hot glue gun

How to do it:

(First are general instructions, then what I did to each further down)

1. Gather your supplies. I started with the basics and then added as my creative juices began to flow. I’m one of those who needs to see it in front of me to put it together. I cannot just picture it in my mind usually.

2. Cut out felt circles to cover the grips if using them. Glue the pieces together. Decorate the felt in any way you like.

Making the bottoms

3. Glue the middle scene onto the middle of the felt. Make sure the glass will fit over it fine.

My creative processing

4. Decorate the glass with paint, ribbons, trim, etc.

The Woodsy Dessert Holder (for my husband)

Woodsy Dessert Stand

I glued the mushrooms, moss, pine cone, and heart pick onto a lid from a jelly jar. I added a paper ribbon around it for embellishment. The string, ticket, and W were embellishments from scrapbook packages from Michael’s. I also added paint dots to the glass and the felt.

The Girly Frills Dessert Holder (for my daughter)

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I tied ribbons around the neck and glued a vintage bunny figurine with scrapbook embellishments onto it. I sewed around the edge of the felt and added some glitter as well.

The Sewing Dessert Holder (for me; could you guess?)

Sewing Dessert Stand

I glued on buttons and embroidered on the felt. The middle just has some old thread spools I have with a vintage ric rac paper cover behind them. I glued on ric rac and pom pom trim to the glass.