February 24, 2015 in CHRISTMAS
There are a lot of things to love about the holiday season (like time with family and friends or delicious food), but one of my favorite things about Christmas is the decorations. I love the glittery silver and gold and the soft glow of candles and of course Christmas lights! Christmas Marquee lights are all the rage […]
There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully decorated home with dazzling lights to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, nothing can be more aggravating than that annual chore of hanging the lights, wrestling that old ladder and untangling strand after strand of lights. Sure, a lot of folks actually look forward to taking […]
It’s that time of the year again to start welcoming your guests into your holiday home. When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you simply cannot forget your front porch. Because the front porch is the first thing that your guests will see, you want to make sure that it offers a festive touch with […]
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February 23, 2015 in DIY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Christmas lights have a lot more to offer than being put on your Christmas tree once a year. What is it about Christmas lights that creates an ambiance that is so warm and welcoming? When you walk into a room they give off an air of magical wonderment. String lights create an atmosphere that we just can’t help but want to be in and around.
DIY LED Light Canvases – If you an extra pair of LED lights and would like to use them throughout the year, not just at Christmas, then this DIY is perfect. It’s easy to do, but the effect is super cool. This canvas would transform any room from dull to fabulous in minutes!
DIY Fairy Light Jars – This simple DIY is a great little craft project to start in the festive season to get your home ready for Christmas. Place these jars on the mantle piece and your room will instantly become festive!
Christmas Light Star – The best part is that it only costs a few dollars to build it, and if you have some old Christmas lights lying around unused in the basement (who doesn’t) it can be built for under $10 in materials.
DIY Pixie Dust Lights – These tinkerbell inspired lights would be perfect for a little girls bedroom, or a big girls for that matter. They would add a touch of magic and charm to any room with little effort. They are super easy to make, so what are you waiting for?
DIY Cotton Candy Fairy Lights – This DIY is a cute idea for any type of girly occasion, from baby showers to birthdays, a room filled with these is a room ready for a party.
Geometric String Lights – With a free printable template this tutorial couldn’t be easier. It’s origami inspired project that will keep little ones entertained for a while. They would look pretty in any room any time of year!
Yarn Wrapped Twinkle Lights Are My Fave - Amelia wanted some cheap and colorful lights for her babies nursery, but couldn’t find any she liked, so made her own instead. Here she shares her great tutorial which is surprisingly easy!
Wine Bottle Light – If you have drank a unique or special bottle of wine, this crafting project is a brilliant way to remember the occasion and keep it in your home for longer! It’s simple, easy but the results are both beautiful and surprising!
Christmas lights are often kept in a box until Christmas Time, but wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to use them all year round? What are things you can do with christmas lights?
February 13, 2015 in Valentines
Christmas lights alone are really beautiful. There is something whimsical and romantic about them. This Valentines I decided to make these Rosebud Fairy Lights. These are a cost effective way to create a romantic ambiance.
With just a few simple items you can create a beautifully romantic set of lights sure to set the tone for a memorable Valentine’s day with your special someone. They only cost me the price of the ribbon which was about $1.50. I already owned the fairy lights and the floral tape.
1. Turn the end of the ribbon in just a tiny bit, 1/8 – 1/4 inch. Then turn once more, enough to surround one light.
2. Keep wrapping the ribbon around the light, holding it tight at the base of the bulb. I folded the bottom wire in on itself one or two time to keep it tight at the bottom, but give more volume on top.
Wrap the ribbon 3 times around the light (or as many as you think looks nice). Cut the ribbon.
3. Rip or cut off a small piece of floral tape, 2 – 3 inches. Wrap the tape tightly around the base of the light and the wound ribbon. This hold it in place. Bend the top wire to shape as you wish.
December 29, 2014 in CHRISTMAS
Christmas is over. No more long days in your pyjamas, watching The Holiday and browsing the sales online.
It’s time to get back to work! It’s enough to strike terror into even the most enthusiastic employee. So now what? How do you break down this self-imposed wall and return to reality? Especially when you feel like you’ve just rediscovered that Father Christmas doesn’t exist?
Nothing is more demotivating than working without having a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture you may well end up spending a lot of time on urgent unimportant matters rather than tasks that positively impact the big picture. Never word a goal with vague terms like “some” or “a little bit”, or “more”. Be specific! If you want to lose 8 pounds and reach a weight of 175, specify those exact numbers. If you want to save $200 this month, be exact. Your brain can help you accomplish almost anything if it knows precisely what you are aiming for.
Plan something for after work so that you have something to look forward to. Monday is probably just the start of a hard week ahead, so you deserve an exciting event at the end of the day to motivate you while you work. If you feel that you’d be too exhausted for a night out, consider doing something at home; something relaxing. Taking a long bath while indulging in soothing music and a homemade aromatherapy session should lessen the stress you are facing at work or after a long weekend, partying.
Success is very stimulating. Work hard enough to achieve successful results and see how motivated you are to achieve further successes as you excel in your performance. Work hard, aim to overachieve your goals and ride the momentum of each success to achieve further successes. Remind yourself that once your vision is clear and you have a set of well-defined, reasonable objectives and milestones to reach, the secret of success is hard work, creativity and perseverance. Aim to ride the wave of each success to further the next success and channel the positive energy to achieving similar superlative performance in your next task or project. It is not always that you can ride the wave of euphoria that arises from a sound success story so make sure you leverage and take advantage of these bursts of energy and motivation to the extent possible.
Reward yourself as you achieve your objectives and/or reach specific important milestones. Plan ahead what forms this reward will take and what tasks/projects/results will be rewarded. This will give you something to look forward to, extra drive to get there and a surge of excitement and enthusiasm when you do attain your desired goals.
It is important to keep things in perspective and always remind yourself of why you work. Beside the pay, it is often about realizing your potential, feeling alive and useful, feeling connected, making a difference in the world, expressing creativity, expanding your skills and abilities, helping others and contributing to the community. List the reasons you entered the field you are in and when times are tough remind yourself of why you do the work you do. Also remind yourself that work is work and that you have a life outside of work to look forward to, enjoy and make a difference in.
It is very easy to lose yourself at work and forget what awaits you outside of the work arena. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential both for your general motivation level and your overall wellbeing. Make sure you take the time to do the things you like to do outside of work whether it be connecting with friends and family, exercising, reading, taking courses, shopping or other hobbies and activities that channel your creativity and energy. Having something to look forward to after work will see you through moments of drudgery at work when your motivation and energy levels are not as high as they could be and will also make you more productive at work.
Negativity is a contagious affliction that drains you of energy, slows you down, saps your enthusiasm and blinds you to the reasons you work. Avoid negative feelings at all costs and concentrate on the positive. To do this, listen to motivational tapes, to music that particularly inspires you, read motivational books, talk to inspired or inspiring people, surround yourself with positive stimuli and concentrate on the reasons you work. Find things to laugh at as long as you are not laughing at your peers and count your blessings at every opportunity. Focus on positives regardless of how small or inconsequential they are whether it be a positive remark from a boss or peer, accomplishing your day’s goals earlier than usual, overachieving on a small deliverable, working well with people, a looming vacation, completing a difficult task or any other positive stimulus.
Are you ready to get back to work?
December 22, 2014 in CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
It always seems like such a shame to spend so much money on gift wrap, only to have it tossed after a single frenzied morning of opening presents. If you don’t want to store wrapping paper for the next appropriate holiday or birthday, get creative with these leftover wrapping paper ideas. Make the most of your Christmas trimmings this year with these these ideas for reusing gift wrap and gift wrap tubes.
2. Envelope Liner: Deck out envelopes for the entire year with extra wrapping paper. Now, not only will the recipients love the sentiment of a handwritten card, but they’ll also fall for the details of the package. (via Ashley Lurcott)
3. Photo Booth: Seriously, who doesn’t love a photo session?! Why not put that extra wrap to good use instead of in a bin and get it up on the wall so you can have a backdrop for photo shoots everyday/at your next shindig. (via Brit + Co)
4. Confetti: Pop the bubbly and the confetti. No need to spend additional money on the festive paper shreds, just cut up leftover wrapping and you’re good to spend that extra cash on more champagne (via One Good Thing by Jillee)
6. Tray Liners: Hor d’oeuvres are tasty and beautiful, but why not step up the cocktail party game and make the finger food look even better with some wrapping paper accessorizing? (via Thoughtfully Simple)
10. Mini Garland: Garland goes a long way when it comes to decorating a space, so if you don’t have a lot of wall room there’s no need to worry because you can always make a tiny version (via Brit + Co)
13. Gift Tags: Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you’re completely done giving gifts. Prepare for upcoming birthdays and weddings with these wrapping paper accented tags. (via Brit + Co)
Are you planning on repurposing your extra wrapping paper after the holidays? Let us know in the comments what you’ll be making.
December 18, 2014 in CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Reclaimed wood is a beautiful and inexpensive way to bring rustic charm into your home during the holidays. These DIY Rustic Wood Candle Holders have a sculptural look and they make quite an impression. Add your own personal touch to seasonal decor with this simple, nature-loving idea. They were so easy to make I decided to make sets of them as gifts.
1. First I selected logs, then I cleaned each log with a slightly damp cloth to lift the dirt and dust. Make sure they clear of mold, moss and critters. You can do this by picking a branch and leaving it for a few days in a cool and dark place to dry it out, or you can place it near a fireplace or vent for a few days to dry it out. We went to a local Christmas Tree Lot and they gave us them for free!
2. Use the 1 1/2” spade bit and drill to about 1” deep.
3. Tape off the candle and spray paint the bottom. Let dry and take off tape.
Optional: Put a strip of glue and sprinkle glitter at the top of the spray paint.
Optional: You can seal the wood with a wood sealer or polyurethane if you are worried about the wood splitting or separating.
4. Place tea light candles in the holes, ensuring there’s enough space to be able to take the tea lights out once they are consumed.
Now you can enjoy your new rustic candle holder!
Bring some of the outdoors in with these DIY Rustic Wood Candle Holders. This craft can make a great center or mantle piece, and you can dress it up with holly or pine to add more holiday flair.
If you have some smaller pieces of wood, check out my DIY on Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments!
December 17, 2014 in CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
I think that we can all agree that the best Christmas decorations are the homemade ones. So I decided to make this DIY Wooden Christmas Light Star – huge wooden stars made from 69 cent yardsticks and wrapped in Christmas lights. It’s quick, cheap and easy, and will last you and your family through many holiday seasons. The best part is that it only costs a few dollars to build it, and if you have some old Christmas lights lying around unused in the basement (who doesn’t) it can be built for under $10 in materials.
5 Wooden Yard Sticks – I got mine from Joanns
Strand of Lights – I used a strand of 50
Large Binder Clips (Not Pictured)
1. I started out by using tape to arrange the wood sticks into a star.
2. One end at a time, take off the tape and bind the two sticks together with Gorilla glue. Clasp together with a large binder clip and let dry for at least an hour. I let mine dry overnight.
3. Take off all the clasps
4. OPTIONAL - Paint the star. I used a white paint and just painted it lightly so you could still see some of the wood through it. Let dry.
5. Add the lights. I started at the top and just went down the star wrapping around the ends. I have also seen people wrap the lights around the sticks which look really cool. Just a little more work
I highly recommend trying your hand at one of these stars!