New trends in cable knit

Nov 30, 2013

Now evolving from your typical winter sweaters is the cable knit. This holidays warm up with the coziness of cable knits for your living room, kitchen, stationary and more. Not only will you amp up the snuggle factor with this cold-weather inspired print, you’ll crank up the style!
Tricot Vase Jars from Liba Style $15-55. Cable Knit Letterpress Cards & Envelopes from RedBirdInk $18. Cable Knit Lampshade from Buubok $81.59. Cable Knit Serving Bowl from ReShape Studio $145.

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New Year's Eve tablescape (Giveaway)

Nov 29, 2013

2014 is coming this way pretty soon (just five weeks from now) and I'm just starting to prepare for this upcoming year. Since 2013 was a great one, we should say goodbye in a rather elegant way. And to do so, today I'm sharing with you my New Year's Eve tablescape; but besides sharing it visually, I'm sending this "New Year's Eve Tablescape in a Box" to one lucky reader which I'm going to be selecting randomly.

This year I'm saying "farewell" to 2013 with some sparkly gold accents. For this task I went to HomeGoods to buy most of my table decorations which are going to be part of the "New Year's Eve Tablescape in a Box" giveaway. Gold reminds me of the words abundance and success, and because both are things I'm hoping to accomplish during the New Year, I'm surrounding myself with this color.

Although my table's main color is gold, to keep it balanced I'm adding some browns (in the centerpiece) and natural details with the napkin decorations. As you can see the tablecloth (from HomeGoods)  has some gold accents, but because these are sublime, it can be reuse for other occasions. The napkins, also from HomeGoods, have some gold designs that go just perfect with the tablecloth and the plates. 
These plates (a #HomeGoodsHappy find) are hand decorated glass made from Turkey and the price was just to die for, only $3.99 each! 
And now for the goodies inside my "New Year's Eve Tablescape in a Box":
4 Villa Collection plates 
1 tablecloth
4 napkins
1 centerpiece gold dish (and the accents I placed inside)
4 napkins decorations (made by me)

In order to have a chance to win this giveaway, all you'll have to do is leave a comment under this post and I will randomly select one lucky reader on December 13, 2013. Good luck and and enjoy the Holidays ahead!

Disclaimer: HomeGoods kindly send me the gift card that was used to buy the items in this "New Year's Eve Tablescape in a Box" giveaway. I don't know how she does it is responsible for the shipping costs of this "New Year's Eve Tablescape in a Box" giveaway. Although the packing of these items are being done with great care, I don't know how she does it is not responsible for the mishandling of the box and its content. This giveaway is open to U.S.A. residents with a U.S.A. address.
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Thanksgiving centerpiece (#turkeytablescapes)

Nov 15, 2013

The centerpiece of a dining table always plays an important role in decoration. Depending of the season, this special spot can help set the mood of the area. If it's Spring, you can use vivid tones; but for Thanksgiving most definitively you'll find yourself using a neutral palette where maybe browns and golds are your main colors.
This year Jo-Ann send out a fun theme to some bloggers (I was one of them) to be used as the main inspiration for the Thanksgiving tablescape. Today I'm sharing my ideas for the theme #TurkeyTableScapes that involves some items you might already have around your home.
My first project will be painting with some food coloring and Mod Podge (both available at Jo-Ann) some used sauce jars I've been putting away.

The method is very simple; combine on each jar 1 tbs of Mod Podge and 1/2 tbs of water plus 7-10 drops of food coloring. If you still have the lids, cover and mix by shaking the jars. Wait until everything inside seems to be covered with the mix and there are no weird streaks of the coloring. Then empty the solution and dispose of it. Let the jars rest upside down over newspaper for around 10 mins (note: I waited around an hour and almost all the color came off, so I had to do it all again). On a baking tray place some wax paper and the jars open side up (make sure the rims are clean). Then put this tray on a preheated oven at 250°F for 45 mins. Take them out carefully and wait until they are cool.

Because I was aiming for a neutral palette I used brown and green food colorings on my jars.
Another easy project that will complement my #TurkeyTableScapes is a turkey made out of cork. At Jo-Ann I bought a pack of 4 inch cork squares and drew on one of them the silhouette of a turkey. You can download it here but remember to re-size it to fix your cork. With an X-acto, I carefully cut the form of the bird and then did a small aperture so I can pass some twine. Later I hang it on one of my jars for an added touch.

For my last craft I took one of the small jars and filled it 3/4 parts with mini pine-cones (I bought a nice box of them at  Jo-Ann). I then inserted an unscented votive candle an carefully added more pine-cones to the sides to cover the metal part.

To finish my tablescape I just played with the arrangement of the jars, and decorated them with dry maple leaves and spray painted mini pumpkins.

I really enjoyed making this centerpiece and playing with the natural colors and textures of each of the items I selected.

You can give these jars so many uses. Maybe place the utensils on one of the tallest jars or even your beautiful napkins. The possibilities are endless.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. But before you go to have your "gabble-gobble" feast, remember to visit Jo-Ann's craft catalog which is so full of great ideas for the Holidays. Also, don't forget to print your coupon from Jo-Ann valid until November 30, 2013 for all those last minute project materials.

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Woodland themed birthday

Nov 11, 2013

For this acorns I bought some Kisses chocolate, a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, Nilla cookies (in mini size) and some Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Milk Chocolate to glue the parts together.
This past weekend I celebrated my youngest child first birthday. I've always been of the thinking that the first birthday should be different and unique. So after searching far and wide, I decided to make this celebration with the gnome and woodland theme. Pinterest was a great place to get some ideas and as you'll see from my acorns, I visited some great websites to get some of my snacks in in order.

Pops of red made a huge difference in this woodland themed birthday. 
I already owned some of the items I used for this decoration: the clear vases, the wood pieces, cake stand, flowers and dried branches. One of the vases I placed some red apples to add color to the table. On the vase where I placed the dried branches (left side) I used some mini pine-cones to hold them in the center. I had a clear vase with a neutral gray color based (on the right side) which I used for placing a real orchid for and some more mini pine-cones.
As you'll see I try varying the heights of the elements I placed and also the used of red as the main color to revive the browns arounds. The center piece of this table was the girl's cake which I let in white so it could stand out. I adorned it with another gnome (in white also so I could appear to pop out of the cake) and a bunting I did with some scrapbook paper and dried branches.

To eliminate the emptiness or blackness of the background, I cut two banners (the exact size) from brown paper and drew halved butterflies. Then I cut this drawings with an X-acto resulting in a 3D butterfly image. You'll notice I did them in different sizes and forms on both this photos and the second one.

The red acorn vigilant gnome (from Target), cardboard deer (from HomeGoods) and  hedgehog (also from Target) were the small details that I considered made this table more appealing to young eyes. Also the pop of reds here and there (with the Kisses, straws, plates, balloons etc) made this even a happier setting for all the guests resulting at the end in a very happy celebration to be remember for years to come.

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HGTV Furniture Collection new pieces on High Point Market

Nov 10, 2013

This past October, HGTV Home Furniture Collection brought a pop of color into the High Point Market. Their striking and colorful aniline pieces (a translucent dye mostly used in high end musical instruments) allows the natural grain pattern to show through. This collection, inspired in mid-century modern styling and crafted with maple veneer, is a splash of beautiful and brilliance comfort that brings your decorating vision to life.

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