Luck of the Irish

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I’m not Irish – but I sure love Shamrock shakes & a nice cold pint of Guinness. So happy St. Patrick’s day, friends! I’ve got my green on, and I’m ready to eat some Irish soda bread.
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And if you happen to need some last minute St. Patty’s day decor – why not cut a lucky four leaf clover out of some gold card stock & stick it in a frame? You’ll get an inexpensive good luck charm to last you through all the parties & corned beef you can handle.

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Have a great day!

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Tissue Paper + Gold Barcart Banner

Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday. Ours was busy, filled with family & friends, and wonderful as always. Despite feeling a bit sad when the Christmas excitement comes to an end, I love the week between Christmas and New Years (which I am always so fortunate to have off with my husband, since we’re both in education). We are always so productive – in between visiting family and spending time with friends. It’s a great time to organize, clear the clutter, and refresh for a nice new start in the new year.

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Do you have wild & exciting plans for NYE? Are you having a celebration of your own? Maybe you’ve got a barcart that needs some dressing up – in which case this little DIY is just for you!

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My wonderful husband gave me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas! I can’t even express how excited I am to figure out everything I can do with this baby. As a little “tester”, I used it to make these letters out of gold mirror cardstock. When it started ‘cutting’, I yelled for my husband to come and see how awesome it was! I know I’m super late to the Silhouette party, but boy am I happy to be here now!

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Anyway, you can cut the letters any old way, if you don’t have a Silhouette. Then I folded a sheet of tissue paper in half and taped the letters onto the paper.

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I then cut the garland into strips, and taped some pretty white & gold baker’s twine (from the dollar spot at target!) into the center of each strip.

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Now my bar cart is all dressed up and ready to party!

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I’m also obsessed with some of the other items on my cart right now (still lots of holiday stuff, I won’t take that down until after NYE) -like these awesome fox glasses from Paper Source (another Christmas gift from my amazing husband, though neither of us can tell you what they say).

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They match my fox-topped cocktail shaker bought on sale at Target last week.

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Our bar cart is stocked to the max with wine (holiday gifts from friends, coworkers, etc.) and two random bottles of tequila that we will probably never drink.

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But who knows. Things might get crazy. Cheers! 🙂

‘Tis the Season to Sparkle!

In case you haven’t noticed (based on this, this, & this), I have been on a bit of a gold kick lately. There is something about Christmas that just makes me scream out for shimmery, glitzy, metallic gold. It is actually rather odd, because the rest of the year I would say I am more of a silver girl. But once the local radio station starts playing 24 hour Christmas music, and the houses on our street begin to light up like landing strips with all of the Christmas lights, the inner diva/jersey girl/lover-of-all-things-sparkly in me takes over and it is gold-gold-gold all the way!

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So today I see you, gold, and raise you one jar of… glitter!

Playing with Crafting with glitter is probably one of the messiest most enjoyable pastimes. Upon getting the ‘glitter itch’, I grabbed a couple plain white candles, some glue, and a big jar of glitter.

In an attempt to tame the glitter & keep it where I intended it to be, I taped off the tops & bottoms of my candles, then lathered them up in glue & rolled them in a big pile of gold glitter.

It was like being a child again.

Yes, it made a bit of a mess. But after the glue dried, the glitter-fied candles have held up remarkably well. A quick spritz with hairspray would help to keep everything in place, too, but I haven’t found that necessary yet.

Oh, and the project didn’t cost anything, since I already had the candles & the glitter!

How have you added some sparkle to your holiday decorating?

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A Silver and Gold Thanksgiving Table

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is nearly here! I’m looking forward to spending the holiday with my family. Since I am not faced with the task of cleaning, cooking & decorating for guests, I daydreamed today about a lovely Thanksgiving table in silver, gold & autumn hues. It’s much easier to imagine & browse my favorite home decor online stores (the 21st century version of window shopping?) than to actually pull the whole event together, I am sure!

Inspiration for a Silver & Gold Thanksgiving Table:

Clockwise, from left: 1) Metallic Diamond Printed Napkin Set – $25 for set of 4 (sale price) from West Elm. 2) Hand-stamped vintage serving spoons – $24 for two from Blithe Vintage on Etsy. 3) Pumpkin Place-Card Holders – $14.99 for set of 4 (sale price) from Williams-Sonoma. 4) Twisted Gold Tumbler – $16.00 from Anthropologie. 5) Gold Wishbone Napkin Rings – $39.50 for set of 4 from Pottery Barn.

So, what about you? Planning your own Thanksgiving feast, or letting friends or family do all the work & just enjoying the eats?
P.S. If you’ve been following my chronicles of wedding projects – just taking a little break, there is a lot more to come!