A pop of fun for my book Shelves

I gave my little book shelf a face lift by adding craft paper with polka dots of course!

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This is what it looked like before.

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I found two different papers I liked in my craft closet so I hung both to get an idea of what looked best.  I thought I would like the white polka dots because the shelf is kind of dark and I thought it would lighten it up a bit.  After hanging them side by side I decided the black polka dots actually brightened it up a bit.

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I didn’t want to do anything permanent because I’m constantly wanting to change things around in my house. The paper I found at Target on clearance around Christmas time. These are the items I used for the project:
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After taking all these pictures I decided to add some more books to the bottom shelf.

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One of my kiddos already broke my 5 sad, sad!!!  That’s why I don’t spend a lot of money on my things! Thankfully my 5 was about $3.00  I must run back to Ben Franklin to get another one.  I might try glueing it first though!

Tips:

*When styling a book shelf I usually check out Pinterest first.  Even if you don’t have the same accessories you can get ideas on lay out and how they put things together.

* I usually start with my books and spread them around.

* Then I add layer with my accessories

* Take your time and leave it one way for a while to see if you like it.

It’s defiantly not perfect, but I loved how it turned out. My seams didn’t line up the way I wanted them to and the paper didn’t lay perfect, but its good enough for me. It gave my shelves the pop of fun I was looking for.

How do you style your shelves? Do you have any helpful hints I can use?

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Easter Brunch

Every year for Easter we do a big brunch with the family.  My family rotates who hosts and this year it’s at my aunts.  Which will be so nice to go and enjoy and not have to stress out about all those things you stress out about when you host.  But, a little crazy part of me wishes I was hosting so I could set my table for a Easter brunch!  So, I thought it would be fun to set up my table how I would want it to look anyway.  With Heidi’s help of course!  We made some tissue paper and coffee filter flowers to add to the table decorations, and I love how it turned out.  The best part is I only had to do 4 place settings not the 40 that we usually have when we all get together.

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I’m all about using what you got and getting a little creative with it.  The table runner with the white polka dots is craft paper.  I used sheet moss for under the flowers on the plates. On top of that is the  coffee filter flowers the tutorial we used is here.  The tiny pink tissue paper flowers we made has q-tips in the centers and we hot glued them to the branches.  The tutorial for those flowers are here.  Heidi and I had so much fun getting together to make the flowers.  They were really cheap to make and it adds a lot to the decorations.

So there you go, yes I’m a little nuts but thats what makes me, me!  I think I’ll keep it like this for a while because it make me smile whenever I walk into my dinning room.

Love,

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Banner for a Friend

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My friend asked me the other day if I would mind making a banner for a memorial she was getting ready for, and of course I said yes!  Banners are one of my favorite things to make.  They’re so easy to pull together and I usually have enough stuff lying around my craft room to pull one together.

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Her only requests were that she wanted it to be simple and black and white.  So I gathered up some supplies and had some fun.

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 These are the two ideas I came up with and let her pick.  Drum roll please… and she decided on the first one!

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I just traced an old banner I had and cut it out.

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I wanted to add a little extra texture so I rubbed chalk along the outside.

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Then I just took a chalk marker and wrote the letters free hand.

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Here is the finished product. She wanted it hung on the palette board I had and it all came together nicely.  It says Richard remembered.

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The memorial was a beautiful tribute and so were the decorations, she did a really good job.  I wish I had more pictures to show you of all the decorations.  You can kind of see the table center pieces in the background of this picture.  She did wood rounds and added cute touches on the top, every table was a little different.

Thanks for stopping by,

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