December 20, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {December 20, 2014}

Wow you guys are awesome!  We had 416 fabulous links at the party last week.  Talk about it being challenging narrowing down a favorite.

This being the last party before the holidays I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a
Very Merry Christmas!

Now it's time to get 
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:
Nail Polish Bottle Transformation
SNOWMAN CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT by Let It Shine
I love the creativity in transforming these nail polish bottles into adorable Frosty Snowmen!

JEN'S PICK:
Chalkboard Distress Merry and Bright Christmas Sign using recycled wood
MERRY AND BRIGHT CHRISTMAS SIGN by Craving Some Creativity

MEGIN'S PICK:
full fire place
DIY CHALKBOARD FIREPLACE by Addison Meadows Lane

SHELLY'S PICK:
Old Wooden sled, sled shelf, wooden sleigh,  diy shelves
GRANDMA'S SLED by Scavenger Chic

KATIE'S PICK:

DIY DEER ART by Salt and Pepper Moms

ERIN'S PICK:
I love this idea! stained glass sugar cookies for Christmas!
CHRISTMAS STAINED GLASS SUGAR COOKIES by Homegrown & Healthy

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!

December 19, 2014

Festive Mini Crockpot Cover, A Potpourri Recipe, and A Holiday Message From Me To You!

Every year during the holidays I love to have festive potpourri brewing in a mini crockpot.  I love how it wafts throughout the house and it's the first thing guests smell when walking in the house.  I've used the same mini crockpot for decades but seriously, the thing is kind of ugly.  This year I got smart and took 15 minutes out of my busy schedule to make a Festive Mini Crockpot Cover!

Festive Mini Crockpot Cover

I've upgraded to a more sophisticated mini crockpot but it's usually filled with yummy goodies like baked brie during the holidays.  

Mini Potpourri Crockpot Before and After

All I needed was leftover burlap ribbon, velcro, my sewing machine and 15 minutes later voila, a festive sleeve that can be removed after the holidays!

Festive Mini Crockpot Cover Tutorial
Step 1:  I had two scrap pieces of burlap ribbon leftover from another project so I simply sewed them together to get the length I needed.
Step 2:  Fold over the raw edges so the ribbon is the same size as the crockpot and stitch.
Step 3:  Sew a band of decorative ribbon along the top edge.
Step 4:  Add velcro on each end and you're done!

Festive Mini Crockpot Sleeve

Festive Potpourri Recipe

Now it's time to crank up the Christmas music, turn the lights on the tree, brew some fresh coffee and maybe add some Baileys, put on my apron and start cooking up a storm!  This will be my last post of 2014 because this girl needs some serious chill'n, laughter, celebration, and time spent with family and friends...in "real time".  

A Holiday Message from The Interior Frugalista

May the spirit of Christmas
fill your home with joy,
your heart with love,
and your life with laughter.

Thank you so much for your kind support, encouragement, and friendship during this past year!

*** Cheers ***
I look forward to catching up with you in January!


December 14, 2014

Even the birds need some Christmas {Bird Seed Ornaments}

One of the perks of living in a mature neighborhood is having large trees. We back onto a green belt so having little creatures (and sometimes large) pay us a visit is commonplace.  One year I found a baby bunny hiding in our ferns. Another year while having a BBQ we saw a moose run through the field. We're not in the country so this big fella created quite a scene!

Besides squirrels (which I feed peanuts) flocks of birds are plentiful and every Christmas I like to leave them a special treat. This year I made Bird Seed Ornaments.  I got the idea from Jessi, the very talented blogger behind Practically Functional who recently published a book entitled 12 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments.  This is not a sponsored post nor have I been compensated for promoting it, I'm just sharing the love because I enjoyed making this project from her book.

DIY Bird Seed Ornaments hanging on spruce tree with red ribbon

There's a funny story behind this project. I made the mistake of doubling the recipe and so I ran out of cookie cutters before dough seed mixture so I poured the extra into a take-out container and left them on the counter overnight to solidify.

Bird Seed Ornaments using holiday cookie cutters

Early the next morning I woke up to the sight of a motion sensor going on and off on the panel of our security system. My heart was racing as I quietly opened the bedroom door and slowly tip toed my way down the hall. With adrenaline coursing through my veins I was ready to kick some serious intruder butt.  Then I heard a thump.  Lets just say Mr. Sexy Rexy, our feline child, will be pooping sunflower seeds for weeks!

Trekking through the deep snow with my ancient Sorel boots I hung the ornaments on our spruce trees using a piece of dowling rigged with an L hook on the end.  It was -20°C outside people!  I hope the birds appreciate the fact that I froze my butt off for them.

Bird Seed Ornaments hanging on the tree outside

How ironic that while writing this post I went into the kitchen to grab another coffee and what did I see, a little chickadee pecking at one of the ornaments.  I ran and grabbed my camera and just as I was about to hit the shutter button it flew away...honest...this isn't like one of those fishing tales!

It's been a week since hanging the ornaments and every single one of them, including the tray of seed, have been devoured.  As for Rex, I didn't check!

If you want the recipe for these tastey treats that the birds, and your cat, will be sure to enjoy press the picture below to link to Jessi's book.  She has loads of easy peasy Christmas Ornament ideas - a few of which I still plan to make.

December 13, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {December 13, 2014}

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:

BUNDLED BOTTLE CAP SNOWMEN by Crafty Lumberjacks
I think these felt and bottle cap snowmen are so adorable but the glitter took them to perfect!

JEN'S PICK:
snowman cups
PERSONALIZED SNOWMAN MUGS by Almost Supermom

MEGIN'S PICK:
SONY DSC  
RUSTIC PINECONE AND WOOD CHRISTMAS GARLANDS by Dwelling Happiness

SHELLY'S PICK:
IMG_4661b
CORK CHRISTMAS CARD TREES by Love Create Celebrate

KATIE'S PICK:
ChristmasCountdownCaseBeer1
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CASE by Bohemian Junktion

ERIN'S PICK:
chalkboard sugar cookies wilton fondant
HOLIDAY CHALKBOARD SUGAR COOKIES by A Turtle's Life For Me

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!

December 11, 2014

Bringing A Little Sparkle {DIY Holiday Canvas and Printable}

After we put up the Christmas Tree the watercolor prints hanging on the wall looked lost.  Normally they hang above an antique radio cabinet (which we moved to another room during the holidays).  I had nothing festive to hang in it's place.  Too lazy to bundle up in my winter woolies and head over to Homesense (my Go To Source for home décor) I headed downstairs to the workshop with a hot cup of coffee to create a DIY Holiday Canvas.

DIY Holiday Canvas with a little sparkle

Let me back track here a bit. Before heading downstairs I went into my office and created a graphic using PicMonkey. Press the graphic below to download the free printable.

DIY Holiday Canvas Free Printable

This was such a spur of the moment project that I forgot to take photos of each step.  It's pretty simple really so I've provided a written tutorial.

STEP 1
I picked up a 16 x 20 art canvas at the Dollar Store several weeks ago for another project that I ended up not using it for. Using acrylic craft paint in Holiday Red I gave the canvas two coats of paint. You can see in the photo that I did random paint strokes to achieve an uneven finish.
STEP 2
Print the graphic.  I used the Poster setting on my printer so it would print on two sheets of paper to get the size I wanted.

STEP 3
Slip a piece of graphite or carbon paper behind the graphic and trace.

STEP 4
Using thinned White acrylic craft paint and art brushes I painted in the graphic.

STEP 5
Using painters tape along the outer edge and another strip the width of the tape I created a border and painted it with the same white acrylic craft paint.

STEP 6
I brushed Modge Podge onto the ornaments, border, bow, and made a swipe at the tree base and sprinkled White Glitter.

DIY Holiday Canvas

STEP 7
I had some self-adhesive silver beads from the Dollar Store leftover from another project and attached them to the word SPARKLE.

After hanging up the sign it still didn't look long enough so I attached some glittered silver bells at different lengths with white ribbon and stapled them onto the back of the canvas.

DIY Holiday Canvas with silver bells

Easy peasy Holiday Art Canvas!

DIY Holiday Canvas with a little sparkle

This is the sightline from our hallway.  Love how I don't have to enter the room to enjoy it's fun message!


DIY Art Canvas to add sparkle to our living room

December 10, 2014

Holiday Flatware Pouches {Easy Peasy DIY}

This year Mr. Frugalista and I are hosting the Christmas Feast.  Thinking ahead about creating a festive tablescape I decided to make these easy peasy DIY Holiday Flatware Pouches.  I made three different styles and after making my choice I put the rest for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Three sets of DIY holiday flatware pouches

Everything I used for the pouches were purchased at Michaels on clearance...Happy Dance!

I couldn't decide if I wanted to go with traditional red, glittery cream and gold, or a more natural color scheme so I made one of each.

Creme burlap and gold glitter chevron ribbon holiday flatware pouches View 1

I really liked the glittery gold chevron ribbon and it went so well with the gold placements I already had on hand.

Creme burlap and glittery gold chevron holiday flatware pouches View 2

I'm a sucker for holly so I made these ones using a more open weave natural burlap ribbon.

DIY natural burlap, holiday ribbon, and holly flatware pouches View 1

I fused a tighter weave burlap ribbon onto Heat n Bond paper with an iron. Then I drew out some holly leaves using a black paint pen and cut them out. I removed the Heat n Bond backing from each leaf and fused them onto the pouches. Note: Insert a piece of paper inside the pouches so the glue won't adhese the front backs together). Then I sewed some cute red wooden beads and ta da!  I really liked these but they weren't the winner.

DIY natural burlap, holiday ribbon, holly flatware pouches View 2

I'm a sucker for all things red and so the winning pouches to adorn my Christmas Tablescape were these...

DIY Red striped holiday flatware pouches View 1

Simple yet have that punch of red that goes so well with my holiday decorating scheme!

Red striped holiday flatware pouches View 2

For a tutorial on how to make flatware pouches press HERE.

Which ones would have been your choice?


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