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DIY : Celebrate love & Compassion with an Advent Calendar

Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

Christmas - the world says it is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ. But for me it is the time we celebrate life as such- not just Jesus - but everyone inspired by him or not. We did not have any traditions until now - but I am trying to begin some for my little girl -  She is just five - all she cares now is Santa bringing some goodies on the D-Day and baking a cake and singing happy birthday for Jesus. But it is not too early to learn some lessons on giving, loving our friends and neighbors and living a purposeful life, right!

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

I have always been attracted by the idea of Advent - something to look forward to make each day of this festive season special - each day having a purpose. It is a worthy tradition to begin with right! I loved our group discussions to find what we plan to do each day leading to Christmas. We made suggestions - argued on some and made a pact to do some giving too along with fun activities. Trust me it takes a while to get our little ones to agree up on anything.

On to the DIY part :-

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

While we were deciding on activities, I got some envelops, wood stickers and some foil transfer supply. Everything mentioned here came from Michaels - except for the decofoil transfer paper and adhesive - which the kind folks at Thermoweb sent over to try. If you can't find wood stickers,  just cut out the shapes using craft paper. Decofoil works with any of the porous material.

I started out by applying liquid foil adhesive using a brush. I recommend using a bristle brush so that brush strokes are reflected once you apply the foil. It gives a natural textured feel. 

The adhesive takes about an hour to dry and once fairly dry , cut out small strips of foil transfer paper and apply - metallic  side facing up. Rub the foil in for a few seconds and peel of the rest of the paper.

Now it is time to put the stickers on the envelope. If you are using paper cut outs use any generic glue to stick the foiled design on to the envelopes. Then write the dates on the envelop or use stamps as I have.

More detailed instructions with pictures are present in this post.

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

I filled each envelop with candy and activity for that day which is the most important part and put it up at an easily accessible place for her. Now we are waiting for tomorrow to come to start opening one by one. Yum!!!

Advent Calendar DIY with Decofoil.

 Do you have interesting Christmas traditions? Share and suggest some for my young family.

DIY : A Festive Table Runner with Decofoil

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So it is here - the most festive season of all. Until two years ago Christmas wasn't really a thing in this house but now, for my little daughter and family it is "THE THING" . It is so much a thing now, we have elaborate plans to make the most of it, from ornaments to gifts, cookies to feasts, advent to movies.

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

I am kicking off the Holiday DIY series today with a very sweet and festive addition we made to our decor adventures. It came to me as plain jane $3 burlap table runner from Target dollar spot , except it now sparkles and shines- thanks to Decofoil  products.

A fabric Table Runner
Decofoil Metallic Transfer Paper
Decofoil Liquid foil Adhesive

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

It is a sweet and simple DIY even kids would enjoy. I used a table runner - but this can easily be a pillow cover, place-mats or hand towels. You start with prepping the fabric- I didn't wash it, just did a quick iron. Next is to find an amazing stencil or if you are artistic with your hands (so very unlike me) hand draw a design on your fabric.

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

Once you have design in place it is time to cover it with liquid foil adhesive. You have to make sure you get good coverage with the adhesive, it doesn't have to be thick but not barely there kind either. If need be use a paint brush to spread the adhesive equally.

Now it is the hard part- the wait. It takes around 1 to 2 hours to dry according to package directions. I waited just a little more than an hour - impatience is a hard bitch to kill. But I was fine -

Once it adhesive is fairly dry, it is time to apply the transfer foil. I chose to use transfer foils in green and gold - traditional green,red and gold sings Merry Christmas like no other colors for me. Cut the foil a little larger than the design and apply on the adhesive.

Make sure tp apply it with color side facing  up and apply medium pressure with your fingers and slowly rub in the design on the fabric. I kept on for about a minute on each one hoping to get the foil covered as much as possible. Peel off the foil paper slowly to reveal the design.

As I progressed I knew if you have enough adhesive, you will get good coverage with very little time and effort. If you are not satisfied with the coverage, apply the glue again and repeat the process. It is that simple.

Just to add a tad bit of glamour I whipped up some pom poms and stitched to the both ends of the runner. It is difficult to keep my little ones hands off it - but it totally adds cheer.

An easy DIY to get your home ready for the festive season right? What I love more is that with a change in color and design, it could easily fit any season or occasion. I hope you love it.

Now tell me how you like it? In what other ways you would use these transfer paper? I would love to hear your ideas.

If you are my regular reader, you also know that I am Guidecentral Maker for past few months. I publish guides with Guidecentral and work on campaigns initiated by Guidecentral. They partnered me up with Thermoweb- Decofoil  to come up with guides using their products. While Decofoil team kindly sent me the products to try out, the concept, effort and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help me bring my ideas to life.

5 Elegant DIY Tablescapes for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 16, 2015

I know I jumped ahead to Christmas with last two posts. But I still have hopes and plans for Thanksgiving and it is just around the corner. Have you guys finalized on your plans? We don't have the tradition of formal Thanksgiving get together. I never started it because we don't have family nearby. But we do have informal friends-giving get- together planned. Is that even a term or something that exists only in blog land? Anyways before I share my own small DIY attempts at a tablescape and decor, here are a few inspirational ones from around the blog world.

Thanksgiving - Inspirational Tablescapes

If you are color crazy like me, I am sure this one will be treat to your eyes too. The beauty of it is that it is quite simple and easy to put together. That is something I love about A Bubbly Life blog too. The way she uses colors and put them together is incredibly beautiful. I love that it is perfectly suitable to a family get together or a meal together for your favorite friends.

Thanksgiving - Inspirational Tablescapes

The above tablescape is glamour and elegance put together. It has the traditional colors that marks this beautiful season, the candles that adds warmth , flowers and greenery that makes it meaningful. In other words, PERFECT !

Thanksgiving - Inspirational Tablescapes

I am a fan of anything and everything Amy of Homey Oh My does. This beautiful neutral table is no different. I know, it is a bit too neutral and modern for the traditional ones out there, but even they can not deny that the table is impeccably put together.

Thanksgiving - Inspirational Tablescapes

Julie Banner's blog is relatively new to me, but I could not take this tablescape out of my mind from the moment I saw it. Do you see it is a 5 minute decor with things most probably you already have in hand. If you are a busy bee, this is your table.

Thanksgiving - Inspirational Tablescapes

Colors have always been my thing, and that is why I love this moment so much. It is simple, organic yet budget friendly and put together in minutes. Just to add a twist, I switched traditional vase for a cabbage (it tastes as yummy as it looks). Only thing to do there is to carve out the center to fit in a small glass. Then I placed the glass inside and filled water half way through.

I am drawing inpirations from all these wonderful spaces and ideas and many more. What are you planning for the great Thanks Day? What are your traditions and inspirations? Suggest me some since I am only getting started for my young family. 

2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange Link Party

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Welcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Hey All, how is your holiday preparations progressing? I know most homes don't put out their tree and decor until after thanksgiving, me too. But this year has been different with this wonderful opportunity I had to participate in this huge exchange game. Come, see all these wonderful creations and let's all get inspired this season!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared? We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let's all get inspired this season!

Ornament Exchange Link Party

The Hosts of the Exchange

Ornament Exchange Hosts

We want to say a huge "Thank You" to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcementon their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! 

Ornament Exchange Helpers

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.
DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha's House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama's Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it - Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me
We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

An InLinkz Link-up


Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Glitter and Glue Christmas Ornaments
I have been absent from this space for a while now. I can give you long version of the story or short. But today is not the day for long version because there is much more interesting, exciting and useful things happening here. So I hereby state the short version which basically tells you the absence was because of some minor disasters and major hiccups. Did I leave you hanging for information? I am so sorry. Please stay on for a while.

Moving on to more important stuff now,

Welcome to the third day of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we want to share our creations and special finds with you! Over 14 days, a group of ladies will be sharing our ornament tutorials or shopping trips to give you lots of holiday inspiration early and in advance.


I was partnered with the lovely Jillian from I am a Homemaker blog, Jillian shares simple, cost effective yet beautiful projects on her blog, and if you spend a while at her sweet blog you will know she is the girl next door you and me are familiar with.

Now on to what I made for Jillian and her family - She didn't have a lot of guidelines for me , only that her tree this year is inspired by her blue couch - that basically dictates decor of her living room - So blue it is this time. I made two sets of ornaments just because I wanted to ( I am a very lovely friend in that way :-))- besides it was fun.

Please find the simple steps here.

What you Need :

Clear Click Open Ornaments (Most craft stores carry them, Mine is from Michaels)
Mod Podge
Small Craft Mirrors (Found here )

The first I made were using the clear Ornaments. Open the plastic halves and apply a layer of Mod Podge, once you have good coverage then sprinkle the glitter dust covering the whole area. Now wait a few minutes and shake off the excess glitter. Let it dry and cure for an hour or two. Since Mod Podge dries clear, you will not have glue marks. I glued on a pretty ribbon I found at Michael s to have an extra detail and secure the ornament . That's it. Simple right!

DIY Glitter and Glue Christmas Ornaments

DIY Glitter and Glue Christmas Ornaments

The second set was made with mirrors, I love the idea of some mirrored surfaces on the tree, especially with the lights glowing. Here I stenciled and drew some trees and flowers on them with glue and sprinkled plenty of glitter on them. Let it dry and shake off the excess. The same method as the previous.

DIY Glitter and Glue Christmas Ornaments

There you have it. I hope Jillian and family enjoy it as much as I loved making them.

I am not alone today bringing you inspiration and ideas, check out what these wonderful ladies have in store for you.

Ornament Exchange2015 by My Pinterventures

To see all the inspirational posts in the series please visit My Pintervetures.

So have you started thinking about your plans for this years tree yet? Let me know if you are going DIY way or have already layed eyes on pretty stuff out there?


Friday, August 14, 2015

Ok, first things first, a certain little one is celebrating her birthday this weekend at This Design Journal abode. We are celebrating at one of her favorite places CHUCK E CHEESE , where there is a birthday party package option, but that hasn't deterred us from adding some of our own DIY touches . For starters we painted some DIY Favor Bags - together and that is what I am sharing here today .

So onto the project -


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In-spite of loving almost all types of DIYs and customizations, it is the simplest of the ones that catch my attention and it is the simplest of ones that I love to do for myself too. Since it is the season when the students and kids are in full fledged "Back-To- School mode, I have one such project apt for the season.

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