Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple, Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table Setting

Hey, y'all!  Today I'm so excited be part of a huge Thanksgiving Dishes & Table Setting Blog Hop!  
27 Last Minute Thanksgiving Dishes & Table Settings pitterandglink.com
Y'all probably know by now that I don't cook that often.  (Hence why you've never seen a recipe other than a scrub recipe on Pitter and Glink.)  So, of course, I'm sharing an easy Thanksgiving table setting.  It's nothing too fancy, but it's elegant and has a touch of glitter.  You wouldn't expect any less, right?  So here it is!
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
Several items that I used to create my table setting came from the dollar store.
Dollar store dishes make a lovely table setting for Thanksgiving.  pitterandglink.com
The gold plastic charger, white plate, and drinking glass all came from the dollar store.  Some dollar stores have clear glass plates.  Mine did not, so I purchased one from Hobby Lobby when glass items were half off.  It cost me about $1.50, but I went to Target right after that, and I saw clear glass plates for $1.  Such is life.
Spray paint and glitter a dollar store leaf for pretty Thanksgiving decor. pitterandglink.com
The glittery leaf was another dollar store find.  It came in a pack of fall-colored leaves.  I simply spray painted it gold and glittered it with sparkle Mod Podge and extra find gold glitter.
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
The gold metallic napkins were purchased at TJ Maxx, and they, like most of the other pieces of the place setting, can be used for many different holidays.
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
I found the cute little acorn at Hobby Lobby.  It was 50% off.  I think this acorn is the cherry on top of the table setting!
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
I combined all the items I purchased with items that I already had on hand, such as the silverware and placemat, and arranged them in a simple, elegant way.
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
I placed a few small pumpkins on the table, along with a candle and vase I already had.
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
I love that everything I used is pretty neutral, but the gold and little glittered leaf jazz it up.
A Simple, Inexpensive & Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting pitterandglink.com
If you wanted your table setting to be more dramatic, you could embellish your glass plate by adding gold or orange polka dots to the back.  You could also use the acorns as place cards by writing names on them with a gold paint pen.  Or you could simply leave the place setting as is, and you would still impress your guests on Thanksgiving day.
Need more Thanksgiving inspiration?
Check out these Thanksgiving dishes and other table settings from my talented blogger friends.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Handmade Deer Snow Globe Ornament

Hey, y'all!  A few weeks ago, a blog friend contacted me about participating in a handmade ornament blog hop.  I jumped at the chance because I love Christmas crafting, and making ornaments is one of my favorite Christmas crafts.  After getting some dollar store inspiration, I whipped up a deer snow globe ornament that I want to share with y'all today.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
And if you'll hang around until the end of the post, you can see lots more inspiration with links to over thirty other handmade ornaments from some very talented bloggers!
Over Thirty Handmade Christmas Ornaments from Talented Bloggers pitterandglink.com
But for now, back to my handmade ornament.  I love vintage ornaments, and I thought it would be fun to try to recreate that vintage Christmassy look when making my ornament.  I've seen a couple of people make snow globes and cloches out of plastic cups and glass candle holders, so I decided to try to make a snow globe ornament myself.  I found the material for the perfect "globe" at the dollar store.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
Plastic wine glasses!  That's right, y'all.  The glass part is perfect for a cloche or snow globe look.
All you have to do is separate the bottom of the plastic glass from the top.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
Drill a hole in the stem part of the glass.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
Thread an eye pin through the hole and create a loop at the top.  The cloche or globe part of the ornament is then complete, but I needed something pretty to go inside the globe.  I decided to create a little woodland deer scene.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
I found a jar in my craft stash that was a just a little larger than the bottom of my new plastic cloche.  I traced it on a recycled box and cut it out.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
I painted the circle with several coats of white paint.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
I coated the circle with sparkle Mod Podge and sprinkled different types of snowy glitter on top.  I actually did a couple of layers of this to make sure I had LOTS of glitter.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
I used hot glue to attach two tiny bottle brush trees and a tiny fawn to the glittered circle.  I made sure to sprinkle glitter on top of the hot glue to help camouflage it.  I also put a little sparkle Mod Podge and snowy glitter on the trees as well and glued a small piece of trim around the deer's neck to give him a little tiny scarf.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
I sprinkled extra glitter on the entire scene, deer and all, and I used hot glue to attach the plastic cloche to the base that I created.  Then I used hot glue to attach tinselly trim around the bottom of the ornament.
Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
And because I always think more is more, I used hot glue to attach a few pieces of trim and a big bow to the top of the ornament.
I LOVE how my ornament turned out.  It looks great hung on a tree or displayed on my dollar store cupcake stand.
A beautiful vintage-inspired handmade snow globe ornament from pitterandglink.com.
Who would guess that this lovely vintage-looking ornament started its life as a plastic dollar store wine glass?!

Create a beautiful snow globe ornament from a dollar store plastic wine glass! pitterandglink.com
And now for the lots more handmade ornament inspiration!  Check out all of these fabulous ideas from my bloggy friends.


I don't know about y'all, but I'm totally inspired now and ready to create LOTS of new ornaments for my Christmas tree.  Now to find some extra time in the day...  ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards with Shutterfly

Today's post is sponsored by Shutterfly, but all opinions are 100% mine. #ShutterflyHoliday
Hey, y'all!  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is two weeks away, and Christmas will be here before we know it?!  Whether we can believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about serious stuff like what type of holiday cards we're going to send out.  I view holiday cards as a little representation of your family's style that you get to send out to all your relatives and friends, so it's important to choose the right card.  This holiday season, Shutterfly has you covered with AWESOME holiday cards to choose from.  I am in love with the ones I selected that Shutterfly sent me.
Shutterfly has some stunning cards to choose from this year, making it hard for me to make my final decision.  Y'all know I love glitter though, so I chose the beautiful Glistening Season Card by Petite Lemon, a flat stationery card.  The cool thing about Shutterfly's flat stationery cards is that once you choose your card, you can choose your own photo layout option, which can utilize one, two, three, four, or more photos.  Not only that, you can also choose the trim of your cards: round, bracket, scallop or ticket.  I wanted to try something a little different than a plain rectangular card, so I love the ticket trim of my cards.
There are several other options for these cards.  You can choose your sentiment, different color options, designs & layout options for the back of your card, and signature card stock or pearl shimmer card stock.  Each choice you make further personalizes your card to perfectly represent your family.
Once you pick out your cards, Shutterfly has lots of matching "accessories" for your cards like address labels, stickers, and personalized postage.  I love that these give recipients of the cards a little peek of the awesomeness that's inside the envelop before they even open it.
Also, if you're planning a holiday party, you can choose party invitations to match your cards.  The ones I chose match perfectly, and I especially love the bracket trim I selected for the invitation.
The party invitations have fun options to choose from, and since my address labels and personalized postage coordinate with the my holiday cards, they coordinate with my party invitations as well.  
I've been holding myself back from sending out my cards, but you better believe when December finally arrives, I'm putting these beauties in the mail!  If you want to be as excited as I am about sending out your holiday cards, check out Shutterfly's selection, and don't forget to pick out a few other matching stationery "accessories" to truly represent your family.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mini Notepads: A DIY Gift Idea

Hey, y'all!  Since the holidays are right around the corner, I have joined my Silhouette Challenge friends to share nineteen great DIY gift ideas with you today that can be made with the help of your trusty Silhouette.  I'm sharing some DIY Mini Notepads that would be great gifts for teachers or coworkers.  And the best part is that they're really easy to make.
DIY Mini Notepads with Free Silhouette Cut File via pitterandglink.com
The very first step to making your own DIY mini notepads is to download the free notepad cover cut file I created for you.  You can download the file HERE.
DIY Mini Notepads with Free Silhouette Cut File via pitterandglink.com
After you download the file, open it in your Silhouette program.  There are two notepad cover styles in the file.  You can cut both of them or one or multiples of different ones, and you can resize them to whatever dimensions you'd like.  You can even ungroup the pieces of the cover and customize them a little by putting your own design on the top of the cover.
DIY Mini Notepads with Free Silhouette Cut File via pitterandglink.com
When you have the notepad covers like you want them, cut them from card stock or Silhouette chipboard with your machine.
DIY Mini Notepads with Free Silhouette Cut File via pitterandglink.com
Fold the covers on the perforated lines.  Then cut blank paper a little smaller than the size of the back of the notepad cover.  (I cut my paper a quarter inch smaller than the back of the notepad cover.)  Make sure you don't cut it too small, though, or you won't have room to punch holes in the blank paper, which is the next step.  Place your stack of blank paper in the notebook cover and center it.  Trace the holes on the cover onto the blank paper.  Use a hole punch to punch all the blank pages.
DIY Mini Notepads with Free Silhouette Cut File via pitterandglink.com
After the holes are punched, put the blank pages back into the notepad cover.  Line up the holes and thread twine through them and tie in a bow.  (You could also use scrapbook brads if you wanted to get even fancier.)  If you'd like, you can embellish the top of the cover with washi tape and maybe even wrap a pencil with the same washi tape to create a matching set.
DIY Mini Notepads: A Handmade Gift Idea.  Get the free notepad cover cut file at pitterandglink.com.
These little notebooks are so cute and easy to make.  The longest part of the process is cutting the blank pages, but that can be done more quickly with a different paper cutter.  (You know the type that's like a paper guillotine?)
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover

Hey, y'all!  I have a makeover to share with y'all today that I've actually had complete for a while.  I took final project pics at least a month ago, but I didn't like them, so I haven't posted the project.  (I'm so critical of myself.)  Yesterday I had a chance to take some new pics, and even thought I'm still not completely satisfied with them, I'm FINALLY sharing my South Carolina End Table Makeover today.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
A few months ago I was at my local Habitat Restore, and I stumbled upon a table with a cracked marble top that was being sold for $5.  I couldn't pass up that deal because I knew the marble could be easily removed.  In fact after I purchased the table, I told the cashier that he could keep the marble because I didn't want to have to carry it to my car.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
This is what the piece looked like once I got it home.  It definitely needed a good cleaning.  After I cleaned it well, I spray painted it.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I followed my usual spray paint process: a coat of Kilz spray primer, followed by sanding with 220 grit sandpaper, followed by a few coats of white spray paint.  I then distressed the table and waxed it.  The table was much improved, but it still had a big gaping rectangle in the middle.  I decided that since the table only cost me $5, I could afford to do something a little crazy with it.  I cut a piece of wood the size of the table top and stained it dark.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
Then it was time for my bit of craziness.  I'm proud to be a South Carolinian, so I thought it would be fun for the table top to pay homage to that.  Yep, that's right.  I decided to essentially create a large sign for my table top.  I used PicMonkey to design a graphic the size of my table following my "How to Create Large Custom-Sized Graphics in PicMonkey" tutorial.  I printed the graphic using my "How to Print Large Graphics with Microsoft Word" tutorial and taped the image together.  I originally planned to transfer the graphic using the same technique I used to create my Vintage Quote Sign, but I wasn't able to.  Why?  The penciled transfer wouldn't show up on my dark wood table top.  (I didn't think to try a chalk transfer like I did with my Thanksgiving Pallet Art.)  So I scratched that transfer method and turned to my trusty Silhouette.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I recreated the graphic in my Silhouette program.  Since the image was larger than my Silhouette can cut, I used the cut tool to cut the graphic into smaller pieces.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I used transfer paper to transfer the vinyl onto the new dark-stained wood table top.  I sealed the edges of all the vinyl with Mod Podge to make sure that my paint didn't seep under the vinyl.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I then painted the entire sign white.  (Can we pause for a minute to appreciate what a neat crafter I am? *sarcasm*)
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
After the white paint dried, I used painters tape to create stripes.  I painted the stripes an aqua color.  While the paint was still wet, I removed the tape and the vinyl.  (I have found that keeps the paint from peeling.)  I then distressed the sign by sanding and aged it by rubbing a small amount of stain all over the table top.  I sealed the entire top with Polyurethane.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I love how it turned out!  I love that so much about South Carolina is on the table top: the outline of the state, the palmetto tree, the state motto, and the year the state was established.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
And I love the distressed white paint finish on the rest of the table.  It's a nice complement to the table top.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
This $5 thrift store table is now such a fun, quirky piece...that's really hard to photograph without a glare.
SC State Pride Thrift Store End Table Makeover pitterandglink.com
I actually hate covering up the table top with accessories so much that I've considered removing the middle, hanging it on the wall, and replacing the table top.  But then I wouldn't have a quirky end table, right?  ;)