All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

All you need is LOVE...and a DOG.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone... It's Christmas Eve and I have a few more things to do before santa comes. I finally finished all my christmas shopping, but I've still got some desserts to make for our Christmas dinner. I just wanted to share a few photos of what Christmas looks like at our house. 

I made a colorful holiday inspired wreath for my front door with items all purchased at the dollar store. I found an empty cake stand/punch bowl I wasn't using so I filled it up with leftover ribbon and ornaments.

This mini semi truck driven by santa is one of my favorite Christmas decorations.

You can tell we don't do just red & green in our house for Christmas...we do bright and colorful. Bentley looks so cute in his "Ho, Ho" bandanna.

This year I wrapped my gifts with this really cool Typography inspired wrapping paper by French Bull and tons of colorful wired ribbon.

I also printed these super cute gift tags online from {Eat Drink Chic}.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your families. 

Happy Holidays

Kc, Alex & Bentley


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Decoupage Reindeer

I made this super cute decoupage reindeer with some holiday inspired scrapbook paper, gold glitter and mod podge. I had fun doing this project but it was time consuming and challenging. The hardest part was getting the paper to lay smoothly around all the nooks and crannies of the antler's and reindeer body.

I purchased a paper mache reindeer from Beverly's in Rocklin. One of the best craft stores in Sacramento. 

I used 3 sheets of holiday inspired scrapbook paper to decoupage my reindeer. I ripped the paper into pieces and applied a liberal coating of decoupage to the back of the paper. After I covered the entire reindeer with the paper, I applied a generous coating of mod podge and let it dry. I then applied another light coating of mod podge and sprinkled gold glitter onto the reindeer. Most of the glitter will stick to the wet mod podge but some of it will fall off. After the glitter and mod podge have dried, I covered the entire reindeer with one more coat of mod podge to seal everything into place.

 *If you try to do this I suggest you do it on top of newspaper or somewhere where you can clean up all the excess glitter. 

This is the finished reindeer.

I also made an easy runner for the ottoman in our living room from some wired ribbon and fake snow like material I picked up at the dollar store.  I formed the ribbon into a ruffle and then hot glued it to the edge of the material. 

This is the final product. I love this picture that Alex took with the Reindeer perched on the ottoman with a candle burning and my fiber optic snowman glowing in the background.

Happy Holidays

Kc Jo


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter Wonderland Christmas Trees

I am so excited to share one of the many Christmas crafts I've completed over the past two weeks. This project was so fun, inexpensive and easy enough that it could be done with kids. 

I got the inspiration for this project from a blog called Creative in Chicago. She made these super cute cone trees out of cardboard and cotton balls and a little bling...too cute! Here is a link to the original post, and below is a picture of her finished tree.

I originally only planned to make one tree but after I completed the first one, I was addicted and wanted to make a few more. 

I bought 2 bags of cotton balls from the dollar store and pulled them apart into 2 pieces. I did this because the cotton balls were too big and fluffy on the tree form. I then shaped the pieces with my fingers into round circle like shapes.

 I made my tree forms from cardboard we had in the garage held in place with masking tape. I then hot glued the cotton balls to the cone shape. I found it was easier to pre-shape a bunch of cotton and then do a 1 to 2 inch strip of hot glue and then place several cotton pieces at a time.

I made 3 trees... 2 small and 1 large. The great thing about this project is that you can make 1 or a whole forest. I then decided to give each one of my trees a little personality. I used a combination of mini christmas tree lights, adhesive glitter dots and red felt ribbon. I used hot glue to make sure my ribbon and lights stayed in place.

The finished trees are absolutely adorable. They looked kinda naked just sitting on my table, so I used a sequenced mini tree skirt as a base for a whimsical holiday centerpiece. 

I hope this inspires you to make something wonderful. 

Kc Jo


Thursday, November 22, 2012

DIY Dog Collar

Anybody who knows me, knows that I love my dog... Bentley. He is a constant source of comedy, comfort and inspiration. I like to think that he has his own sense of style that goes with his personality. I noticed that his collar was looking a little worn out, so I decided to make him a new one.

I did my usual research and found this very helpful video on you tube. My first attempt was using fabric and fusible interfacing. I chose a funky retro print fabric because I thought it would look cool against Bentley's dark fur. The fabric collar came out ok, but lacked the structure of a traditional collar.

I wasn't super happy with my first collar attempt so I decided to make another one. This time I purchased a yard of black nylon webbing to give the collar the structure missing from the first collar. I also found a super cute mustache ribbon to use as an accent. The best thing is that I was able to purchase all the supplies for this project for less than $5.00...I never go to the craft store without a coupon!

It took me about 30 minutes to make the collar because I took my time sewing the ribbon onto the  nylon. I wanted to make sure that my sewing was as clean as possible. I used Bentley's existing collar as a guide for size. I am so happy with the collar and I think Bentley likes it too. 

I took some pictures of Bentley modeling his new collar. 

It must be so exhausting being this cute.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fabric Covered Storage Bin

If there is one thing I love more than crafting it's being organized. Almost every night before bed Alex reads his In Touch magazine. If you are unfamiliar with the magazine it's published and distributed by Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries, it's basically a christian readers digest full of stories and daily devotionals. 

Anyways...Alex has a pile on his nightstand that constantly fall all over the floor and I can't stand clutter next to the bed. His nightstand is very small and narrow with no drawers but it does have a small shelf at the bottom. For a while now I've been looking for a storage bin to hold all his magazines. I got lucky at the dollar store and scored the below bin for a $1. The bin it self isn't very attractive but it's nothing that a little fabric and hot glue can't fix.

I found this awesome retro inspired car print at Hancock's fabrics in a duck canvas. It wasn't on sale, but it was too cute to pass up. I purchased a half a yard to be on the safe side and I also had a 50% off coupon. I love my coupon's...especially on craft stuff. 

I decided to trace the shape of the bin onto the backside of my fabric with pencil. I then folded my fabric in half and cut out two pieces. One for the inside of the bin and one for the out side. I then took my iron and pressed a small hem around the entire strip of both pieces fabric, once the hem was complete I started hot glueing. This was not difficult, just time consuming and I had to be careful not to burn my self.

I think it took me about 30 to 45 mins to complete the inside and outside. I also had some leftover fabric that I hot glued to the bottom and I used a piece of black felt to cover the insert that fits into the bottom of the bin.

The magazines fit perfectly inside the bin and it looks neat and tidy at the bottom of Alex's nightstand. I can't show you the nigh stand right now because it's under construction. I can't wait to show you his nigh stand....I'm decoupaging it with a roll of vintage inspired newspaper wrapping paper. 

Overall this project was very easy and inexpensive. I plan on making more of these in the future.

Kc Jo


Thursday, November 1, 2012

53 Days until Christmas

Today I stumbled upon this great site Land of Nod, tons of great gift and home decor ideas. The site is mainly geared towards the little people in our lives...but I could definitely see myself using some of their storage ideas.

I found a great holiday video "A Colorful Christmas" on their site that really inspired me to start thinking about how I'm going to decorate my tree this year. I hope this inspires you too. 

Kc Jo 

{ I love the bright colors of the Confetti Tree Skirt }

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Decoupage Pumpkins

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It reminds us that the holidays are just around the corner...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is an exciting time of year for me because I am constantly inspired to create something new for my home.

You can't go anywhere right now without seeing pumpkins. I love pumpkins, especially "Pumpkin Pie". I thought about buying some pumpkins for my porch and hand painting them like these featured on Alisa Burke's blog. But after some careful consideration I  decided to go with something non-perishable. Real pumpkins are great, but they eventually go bad and have to be thrown away.

I was at my local dollar store and found some foam carvable pumpkins for $1 each. I purchased 3 of the pumpkins and decided to create a Fall inspired table centerpiece. This way I can have my Halloween pumpkins and something cute for Thanksgiving.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with the pumpkins so I raided my house for anything that could be used for this project. I use this technique a lot to save money and it's also very inspiring because sometimes you find things that shouldn't go together, but they do.

{scrapbook paper}
{candle holders}
{mod podge}
{burlap & fabric}
{tissue paper}
{stick on letters}
{self adhesive rhinestones}
{mat board}
{table runner}
{fake leaves}

I played around with my items until I came up with this mock up.

I used and old table runner I already had that I folded in half and covered it with the chocolate and turquoise fabric. I know this seems weird...but my home is very colorful and traditional fall colors don't really mesh well. 

I used the the candle holder and glass cylinder to elevate the pumpkins and to give it some height. I covered the glass cylinder with burlap using double sided adhesive tape.

I wrapped the small candle holder with the orange tissue paper and adhered leaves to it using hot glue. I then placed the remaining leaves to fill in the gaps.

I used a scrap piece of mat board and the stick on letters to create the "Be Thankful" message. After I completed the mock up I decided the black was too dark and I added some fun scrapbook paper to make the letter's pop.

Once I planned out my design is was time to decoupage my pumpkins. This was relatively easy...but time consuming. I cut each page of scrapbook paper into strips and then adhered them to the pumpkins using Mod Podge and a paint brush. This was difficult at times because the pumpkins have curves.

I also added some rhinestones to the blue pumpkin and the be thankful. You can never go wrong with a little bling.

I love the final product... It's everything I wanted it to be and more. 

I hope this project inspires you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Rag Wreath

I've been so inspired lately by the change in the season. I love the cooler days and comfort food that comes with the holidays, and I especially love all the fun holiday inspired crafts. I've been seeing a lot of wreath ideas on Pinterest lately and I just had to make one. I decided to make a rag wreath...very simple, inexpensive and fun to make. 

 I purchased this foam ring from Target of all places in the $1 bins located near the front of the store. I always check that area because you never know what you might find. I recently found a great roll of faux newspaper wrapping paper that I'm using for decoupage project.

I have a lot scraps of fabric leftover from  my sewing projects that I never throw away, because you never know when you might need to use them. By saving the scraps I saved my self money and time by not having to make a trip to the fabric store.  I know they don't really look like they go together, but I thought the green would be a nice contrast to the yellow and would pick up those tiny hints of green throughout the yellow paisley patterned fabric. 

I cut the fabric into strips about 11 to 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. If you try to recreate this project your strips will vary in length depending on the size of the wreath you are making etc. After cutting several strips of fabric I got to work. I just tied the strips around the foam circle with a double knot at the end. You just keep adding strips to the foam ring until it's full.

I think total time for this wreath was about an hour and a half. The wreath turned out really cute, but it was missing something.  I had some leftover burlap and twine so I made a "FALL" inspired pennant flag that I hot glued in place. I hung the finished wreath on my front door using a no damage self adhesive hook. 

It makes me so happy to come home and see my fall inspired rag wreath hanging on my door.

{ I also forgot to mention that I edited my photo's using a really cool website pic monkey }

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

5 minute mouse pad makeover

This has to be the easiest makeover I have ever done. 

ugly mouse pad

cut a piece of oil cloth to fit the size of your mouse pad

then use spray adhesive to adhere the oil cloth to the mouse pad

I'm super happy with how this turned out. It just makes the desk look more fun and I can't wait to start using my new mouse pad. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Picture Perfect

This post is dedicated to one of the most important people in my life "my mom", a.k.a PJ or Nana Pam. My mom lives in Choctaw, OK with my older sister Kay Lynn & her family. I miss my mom dearly even though I talk to her every day. 

I have several old photos of my mom and wasn't sure how or where to display them. I decided on 2 photos that were already framed, but the frames needed a serious makeover. I removed the pictures from the glass and found a hidden treasure behind one of the photos. A picture of my mom and my sister taken in 1968. The photo was damaged and had obvious signs of age, but I decided to frame it any way. 

Alex is amazing at photo shop and convinced me he could brighten up the photo and hide the torn corners. I was skeptical at first but he assured me he could work his magic, and he did. The updated photo is stunning. I feel like this picture really captures my mom's beauty and how happy she was to be a new mom.

Now that I had a beautiful photo I needed an awesome frame to showcase it. I just happened to stop at a random estate sale and found an antique gold frame for $1.00. I'm not a huge fan of anything gold, but I figured it could be painted. The below shot is the only picture I took of the frame before painting it. 

I've been obsessed with anything Turquoise lately and decided that would be a great color for the frame. I used a combination of  watered down white and turquoise acrylic paint. I wanted the paint to high light the ornate design of the frame and to not take anything away from the photo. I didn't cover the entire frame with the paint and decided to leave some of the gold peeking through. I think this gave the frame an aged patina look. 

This frame is now hanging in my bedroom and I adore it. I look at everyday when I wake up and it gives me a sense of peace so I can face the day ahead. 

I love you Mom.