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I am not a tablescape person.
To be blunt, I suck at them.
It’s just too much thinking – there are too many things that have to be on a set table for me to also figure out what to use as a centerpiece, place cards, etc.
Now, doing one of those things solo without having to think of all the other jazz – I’m good.
Like last year – I had really cute, or really cute in my opinion anyway, also cheap, little painted pumpkins that doubled as place card holders.
And this year, I’m rocking one single element of the tablescape – the napkin and napkin ring.
Now, just let me say this is not too frou-frou. I’m not a frou-frou person and frou-frou just stresses me out. So if you were expecting a perfectly color coordinated full place setting to go along with that napkin and ring, I’m not your girl.
However, if you want pretty stone embellished napkin rings (done in under 10 minutes), then I’m totally your girl. 😉
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Remember our Aunt Rochelle?
The aunt that you wanted for yourself?
The one who sends the circus ensembles complete with matching shirts, pants, dresses, cardigans and even sunglasses.
Well, that amazing Aunt Rochelle, she also sends headbands to match every single outfit she’s ever bought for the circus.
She’s pretty much any little fashionista’s dream.
She is 100% the reason why the kid wins best dressed at preschool every year.
Well, there really isn’t an award for that, but if there was, she’d have it in the bag.
While the circus will wear, and love, every shirt, shorts, dress, sunglasses and everything else Aunt Rochelle sends, she isn’t always a fan of the headbands.
So I had a brilliant idea when I made her dress-up station.
I would also make a DIY headband holder so the circus would easily spot her headbands and in theory, want to wear them.
If you didn’t know this already, let me tell you now.
I screw up projects all the time.
All. The. Time.
Seriously, like out of 10 project ideas, maybe 3 or 4 actually become what I had envisioned in my head.
The failures go into a scrap pile.
Waiting for when they can be made into something awesome.
Except for those tassels I tried to make out of clothesline. Those went straight to the trash because they looked like ramen noodles hanging from my lamps.
I’m not even kidding. Straight up ramen noodles, except thicker.
The beginnings of this tray started last fall.
When I had this brilliant idea to mod-podge vinyl onto it.
Not so much.
But I threw the wood round in the pile of failures and last week, it suddenly clicked as to what I could do with it.
A DIY Confetti Tray.
Because really, who doesn’t need a little confetti in their lives?
Its the official symbol of summer.
I don’t care if you think its tacky or not.
All hail the pink flamingo.
I can’t get enough of this pink feathered friend of mine, therefore I am proclaiming it to be the official symbol of summer.
I fully realize I may be the only one involved in this proclamation.
I’ll own it.
It started with the DIY Flamingo Sprinkler.
My fun friend has recently shown up once more.
In the colorful screened-in porch.
On a wreath.
This project will fall into the category with the snake bowl and the snake vase for many of you.
That’s the category classified as:
Things Jenna Loves & Most People Hate
That’s perfectly fine.
Me, my snake bowl, snake vase, and the newest addition to the category, the mohawk lollipop holder will be perfectly happy together.
I knew there would be many of you that would hate it.
The Golden Snake Bowl.
That was fine with me.
Because I love it.
And even if you did hate it, you totally have to give me an A+ for creativity.
I mean, I took a rubber snake and made it into a bowl.
That has to count for something.
While I was melting snakes into bowls, I also melted one into a bud vase.
You read right – a Snake Bud Vase.
I won’t lie.
It. Was. Stellar.
Things happened this year that made my jaw drop, tears come to my eyes, left me in awe, and had me running for the cheap beer drawer.
I hope it was the same for you.
Of course, one of those moments was when Better Homes & Gardens featured our kitchen in their magazine. That was, even though its a total cliche, a dream come true.
And as amazing as that was, there were more times that were better than that.
More times that were so much more special than that.
When the kid started talking, she would answer “Sure” instead of “Yes.” Example:
Kid (screaming): “Emonade, emonade, emonade!”
Me (about to lose my sh*t): “Would you like some lemonade?!”
Kid (very nonchalantly, as if she wasn’t just screaming for it: “Sure.”
She now says “Yes” more than “Sure,” which I know is the way things are supposed to go, but it does make me just a little sad.
My point is, I’m always terrified I will forget those little things.
I’m also worried about forgetting Grunt Labor’s ways of saying I Love You, like “You’re the thin set to my tile.”
(Where does he come up with this stuff?)
And the time Will asked if this was Jesus music on the radio.
I mean, it is Garth Brooks, he’s kind of like the Jesus of country music, people.
And then there was the time Grandma told the kid (at the age of 1), “Its amazing how advanced you are. Its also unfortunate.”
Truer words were never spoken.
So, to keep up with all those sweet (and humorous) memories of our cra-cra lives, I’ve found a few ideas.
At my old house, killing snakes was at least a monthly occurrence.
There was the one time my Dad showed up, walked up the porch steps, immediately started jumping around and yelling, “JENNA, SNAKE!”
It was wrapped around a porch chair, hissing.
I killed it with a hoe.
And there was the one that liked to live inside my roof on the back of the house. Every once in a while, it would stick its head out and I could see it from the kitchen window – I could never catch him.
And then once, as I was walking down the stairs, talking to my cousin on the phone, I was met by a snake in the middle of the living room floor. I hung up, killed the snake, then called her back two minutes later.
She answered asking if I was ok. Of course, it was just a snake.
It was a nearly 100 year old farm house with lots of holes – what did you expect?
Luckily, we don’t really have any snakes to deal with around here.
Except pretty gold ones – made into a bowl.
Lately, I’ve been lusting.
Lusting after this malachite fabric.
I’ve kind of been dreaming and scheming to make that fabric into curtains for the living room.
But I just can’t bite the bullet yet.
But I do love malachite.
And as I was walking through the craft store the other day, plotting to make a pink and white marbled tray, I changed my mind.
Which happens often.
I would make a faux malachite tray.
And I did.
Apparently, this week is a tape themed week. That’s cool – tape is cheap. And cheap crafts are the best crafts. So bouncing off of the Duck Tape Fringed pillow, here are seven super simple, super cute, (and super cheap!) electrical tape crafts!
I found a new obsession.
I know. I find a new obsession at least once a week, but I’m ADD – work with me here.
This week’s new obsession?
Duck Tape Fringe.
Especially this Duck Tape Fringe Pillow.
There are two fears I often have when using stencils:
1. The project will look cheap.
2. I will end up using too much paint and screw up the stencil pattern.
I’m happy to say that this latest stenciled project doesn’t look cheap and I didn’t screw up the stencil pattern.
Jenna for the win…
Or maybe the stencils.
I am in love with this new little chic vignette that, yes, is stenciled, but doesn’t really look stenciled.
I used the new Tulip for Your Home stencils and supplies to make this little gem.
What makes DIY projects and crafts even better?
When they are EASY DIY Projects and EASY crafts and……..when they cost LESS THAN $10!
Can I get an amen?!
The MacGuyver of tape is back, y’all.
First we had the electrical tape lampshade, then we had the duck tape gold trimmed curtains, and there was the Kate Spade photo frame made with electrical tape, and the bookcase makeover with duck tape….
Obviously I should have bought stock in electrical and duck tape a while back.
Today, I present to you, the DIY Sunburst Ceiling Medallion….made from Duck Tape.
File this post under:
“The Most Bizarre Things I Have Ever Seen”
The fact that I am even writing a post where the title contains the words candy, angels, tampons, and cavemen is just mind-blowing to me.
Saturday night after a long day of hitting up the 127 yard sale (the world’s longest yard sale), I’m sitting on my couch drinking a cheap beer, catching up on social media gossip, when a photo and text message from my cousin, Elle, comes through.
And I nearly spit out my beer.
This is the image of my cousin I saw on my phone screen:
I can’t imagine a childhood without cows.
Without a garden with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.
Without hot summer days where sweat beads up on your forehead just by stepping on the porch.
Without a river to jump in.
Without a 4th of July Parade that you only shut down once.
Or without tractors.
Or a horse named Charley (literally) that bucked you off.
Or a hammock that you fell out of multiple times and rolled down a hill.
I can’t imagine childhood without a Grannie who made you milkshakes after you fell off the hammock or a Pap who immediately got rid of the horse after it bucked you off.
I can’t imagine growing up without the smell of cow patties.
And I ain’t talkin’ about a hamburger.
I can’t imagine living anywhere else except The South.
Is there anyone else out there that just feels the need to add a little bling everywhere?
A little gold here, a little glitter there?
It just makes everything a little more fun and pretty.
When I made over the porch recently, I realized that these mason jars didn’t quite fit with the fun, colorful vibe going on out there. I wanted to keep them though to use as lanterns for extra lighting at night.
My solution: Bling ‘Em Out.
Now, I have sparkly glitter mason jars.
I have been dying, no really, I mean dying for a fiddle leaf fig.
For a long time.
When I finally found one in town, it was $150. It was a huge fiddle leaf fig, but really I can’t pay $150 for something I might potentially kill.
Ya feel me?
And then I found one at Home Depot for $17. Granted, it was smaller, but not too small. I ordered that bad boy as fast as I could punch in that card number.
When I got it, I realized it needed a prettier home than just its black plastic run-of-the-mill pot.
It needed a painted basket for a home.
You guys know I have a love for just about everything Kate Spade.
It all started with this Kate Spade inspired lamp.
These placemats and this party wreath also channel a bit of Kate.
And then Mama bought me this Kate Spade serving set* for mother’s day and I nearly peed my pants.
I saw this black and white Kate Spade photo frame* around Christmas and almost put it on my wish list, but then I realized I could easily do a Kate Spade Knock-Off on this picture frame.
You guys know I love my tape projects.
Not washi tape, but duck tape.
And electrical tape.
When another blogger saw my gold trimmed duck tape curtains & electrical tape lampshade, she said I was the “MacGuyver of gorgeous ways to use tape!”
My year was made.
She had no clue that Macgyver was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I may or may not have had a crush on him.
I may or may not still have a crush on him.
No doubt, I’ll sport that comparison with pride.
So, when Hometalk emailed me last week and asked if I would curate a duct tape projects board just for them, who was I to say no?
You know when you have one of those projects where you start off and you’re like, “This is gonna be great,” halfway through you’re like, “Ummm…..I don’t know about this….” and in the end it all works out?
I’m pretty sure I go through that every. single. time. I start a project.
EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
With this Jackie Kennedy Inspired Vanity Case for the latest installment of the Summer Style Soiree, I couldn’t decide if the paint was going to work or not. Halfway through, I called my friend Lindsay and was like, “Yea, I’m gonna need that fabric for this case.”
And then it worked just fine with the paint.
If you didn’t already figure it out, there are two things I hoard – trays and chairs.
I simply cannot pass up a tray or a chair with good bones – as long as its the right price, of course.
My body just won’t let me do it – I can’t control it.
Its a sickness.
A good kind of sickness.
This was the case with my latest tray makeover.