Let it Snow

Happy Friday everyone! We had a great Christmas celebrating with both Phillip’s family and my family. How was your Christmas?

With just days to spare, I finally managed to get one new Christmas project done. Similar to last year, I created another faux mantel of sorts by hanging sticks above my entryway bar, this time spelling out Let it Snow!Let it SnowFor all the details on creating and hanging my last faux mantle, visit the post here.

I started with sticks from my yard again and then cut them to size and scoped out my letters.

Use sticks to make wordsUsing my hot glue gun, I glued each letter (and snowflake) together.

Glue sticks together

 

These twigs also got a good coating of glue but this time I used equal parts of glue and water to make it easier to apply. Once the glue was brushed on, each letter got a generous sprinkling of Epsom salt and was then left to dry.

Cover sticks in Epsom salt

 

The letters were hung with fishing line and attached to the ceiling with clear thumb tacks.Hang with clear thumb tacksI also glued a few of the letters together to keep them facing forward.

Make snow lettersA few birds were added and the faux mantle was done for this year!

Snow art

 

Bu-bu bu-bu Bubblin!

Are you guys ready for Christmas?? I think it’s safe to say that I am not. . . I still have presents to make, in addition to wrapping. . . forget about decor because I still haven’t started on the cleaning that needs to be done before guests arrive!

I did manage to get 1 quick project in last weekend though. I’ve been working on our guest bathroom for some time and have been dreaming of ways to hang ‘bubbles’ above the shower.

Under the SeaI’ve been eyeing clear, plastic Christmas ornaments for about a year now but I never ran across any that were reasonably priced. A few weeks ago I just happened to be in Walmart and they had some for just $.88! They even come in 2 sizes!

Start with clear Christmas ornamentsTo make your own ‘bubbles’ here’s what you’ll need:

  • clear, plastic Christmas ornaments
  • fishing line
  • clear thumb tacks
  • scissors

Bubble Supplies

Start by taking off the ‘top’ of each ornament. . .
Remove the top of the ornament. . .and remove the ‘cap’ so that you just have the hanger left..

Ornamets to Bubbles

Now you’re ornament, looks more like a bubble!
Remove the capUsing a long piece of fishing line, loop the line through each of the hangers.

Bubble ClusterOooooohhhh pretty.

Using your clear thumb tacks, hang each bubble above your shower at varying heights.Hang the bubbles*Hint* Putting your step ladder actually in your shower makes this task a lot easier!

Step stool in the shower

Hang a few ornaments and it’ll start to take shape!
Bubbles in progressIn order to vary the heights, you might have some extra fishing line. No problem, just trim it off when you’re done.

Trim extra fishing line

I hung 7 ornaments total but I think I’ll look for a few more small ones to balance it out.
Hanging BubblesI know this is risky to say, but my Under the Sea bathroom might actually be finished!

Under the Sea

 

Party Stash: Santa Beard Tutorial

As I mentioned earlier this week, I made a few Santa beards for mom’s annual Christmas card and today I’m back with the quick and easy tutorial!Santa Beards!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • beards shapes cut from cardstock (more on that in a minute)
  • popsicle sticks
  • cotton balls – about 200 for 8 beards
  • school glue
  • hot glue

DIY Santa Beards

I started by purchasing a beard shape from the Silhouette store and cutting 8 beards with my Cameo. They we’re approximately 6″x6″.Make beards in Silhouette studio

To assemble the beards, put a generous amount of glue on one side of each cut-out. . .
Use lots of glue. . .and start stacking cotton balls. I found the best finished beard was produced when I started with 5 cotton balls across the mustache. Then outlined the edge of the beard and then the mouth.Glue cotton ballsFinish by filling in the center for a full, fluffy beard!

Full fluffy beardOnce the glue is dry, use your hot glue gun to attach a popsicle stick to the back.

Attach a popsicle stickMy sticks were a little weak so I decided to use 2 per beard.

Glue beards on a stick

I loved the finished product and they looked great in our Christmas card photos!Phillip & Leah Poarch
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Christmas Card Photos

Over Thanksgiving all of my siblings were home which is becoming a rare occasion so for the fist time in a long time, we took photos for mom’s Christmas card with whole family!Walter FamI made some simple Santa beards for our ‘funny’ pictures and they turned out great! Don’t worry, a tutorial is coming your way later this week.

Santa Beards!

This is my favorite.
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We also took a few sibling pics just for fun.

Siblings FamilyAnd a few of Phillip and me.

Love the beard

Ho, ho ho! Merry Christmas!Phillip & Leah Poarch

Party Stash: DIY Road Sign

Any time I throw a party, I’m always looking for something to make that event a unique affair without spending a ton of money. For my brother’s wedding shower I created this custom road sign for a grand total of. . . (wait for it) $1!Custom Road Sign from thefrontpoarch.comHere’s how you can make your own!

Gather your supplies:

  • old road sign – we all have them, stashed in our garage from an election or school event
  • 2 poster boards (I chose white) – $1
  • spray adhesive
  • box cutter or exacto knife
  • spray paint of your choice (optional)
  • sharpie

Make your own road signLay your existing sign on top of 1 piece of poster board.

Cover an existing road signUsing your knife, cut around the edge.

Cut poster to sizeSpray the sign with adhesive and then very carefully attach your posterboard. You’ll probably on get one shot so make it count!

Use spray adhesive to attach poster

Now flip the sign over and repeat this process for the other side.
Cover the other side

Now you have a beautiful blank slate!

I chose to add a little color to the corners of my sign so I taped off a strip and gave it a few coats of spray paint.

Add custom colors

Adding a custom colorOnce the green was dry, I taped of the corner and painted it gold.

Add custom letteringYou’re almost done, now take your sharpie and add your lettering of choice.

Use a sharpie to write

All done! Stick it in the yard and guests are sure to feel welcome!
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Party Stash: Custom Display Cards

With the holidays just around the corner,  I am amping up my party stash. What’s a party stash you ask?? It’s the collection of all things awesome that lives hidden deep within my craft room which I use for decor, parties or other celebrations. (Or, as my brother would say: crap.)

A few years ago I made these DIY Place Card Holders which I use all. the. time. Decorating, holidays, parties, baby showers, wedding showers, etc. I typically just use a small piece of cardstock but I thought some new cards were in order for the recent shower that I threw for my brother and sister-in-law.DIY Display CardsI purchased a few arrows from the Silhouette Studio store and chose a few other embellishments then printed them on some thick gold wrapping paper I had in my stash.

Silhouette Aarow DesignI chose purple and green cardstock squares (also from my stash) and glued a white paper square on each one for labeling.

Display Cards

I mixed and matched the embellishments onto the squares and glued them in place. Easy and simple!
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White Out

I’ve been swooning over white room palettes on Pinterest lately.

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They’re just so clean and crisp. . .and they seem so bright and cheery.

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And yet every time I convince myself that I want a room to be white. . . I can’t ever quite follow through.

House Tour New CouchI love color. Like, really really really, not afraid to paint my hallway teal, love color.

And  yet, I want to love white too.

Hallway Reveal 6I often long for a room that is neutral among my sea of bold color, but then I wonder, will it stick out like a sore thumb?? Will it seem out of place?

We had a white couch which caused me to immediately paint my living room because I couldn’t stand the neutral-ness of a white couch and tan wall. And then we sold that couch less than a year later, I just couldn’t hack it.

House Tour Old CouchThe Nester wrote a great post on going white slowly in their previous home and it worked wonderfully, but I’m still nervous.

Our kitchen is quasi white but again, the thought of painting my walls white is not appealing.

Kitchen - September 2013I also often think, ‘If only I had hardwood/laminate flooring, then I would be happy with going white.’ This could be true, as in I’m over compensating with color on the walls so as to draw your eye away from our hideous flooring but I don’t know that new flooring will cause a complete change of heart.

What do you think? Is there a trend that you love but just aren’t sure that you’ll love it in your home?

Have you ‘gone white’ and loved it? Hated it?

Let’s Tie the Knot

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of throwing my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law a wedding shower in Waco, near our home town. It was a wonderful day that I cannot not adequately describe in words so prepare for picture overload!Let's Tie the KnotShower DecorFood DisplayWedding ShowerHostessesWedding Shower GiftsOpening GiftsGift Table Gift DisplayBride & Groom

Love you guys! Can’t wait to celebrate your big day in January!

Wood-Burning 101

We are back from a heart-filling, exhausting weekend celebrating the upcoming marriage of my little brother and his beautiful fiance. My family and I threw them a shower in our home town on Saturday and in so many ways we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from our friends and friends that feel like family. It was a sweet time of reminiscing on old memories and making new ones.

But enough of the sappy stuff and onto the decor! I’ll have a full recap later in the week (I forgot to dump the photos on my computer when we got back. . . oops!) but until then, here’s another little preview.

Let's tie the knot

Let’s tie the knot, what do ya’ say??

My mom has owned a wood burner for years and has always offered to let me borrow it so when I started dreaming up ideas for the shower I took her up on the offer! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I love taking sticks from my yard and giving them a new life ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ). This project is no exception, only this time my ‘sticks’ were quite a bit larger and as per usual, had a good, crusty bark.
Logs
The hubs helped me slice them into 2″ thick slices and then I set to work with the wood burner.

Sliced wood logThis post is aptly named because as you might have gathered, this was my first pass with the wood burner and although I’m no pro, I did learn a few things along the way.

This is the wood burner I took and never gave back borrowed from my mom and similar to a hot glue gun, it was fully heated after about 10min.

Tip #1: do this OUTSIDE. 1) if you do it indoors you could burn your house down and, 2) if you do it indoors it will SMELL like you’re burning your house down.

Wood burning toolTip #2: sketch out your drawings BEFORE you start burning. I chose to do this on a separate piece of paper but I’ve also read that you can draw directly on the wood with pencil and then burn over it.Wood burning plans

Tip #3: the tortoise wins the race. In other words, be prepared to slllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwllllllyyy burn each letter/design. Trust me, easy does it.Wood Burning from thefrontpoarch.comTip #4: if your wood is uneven (like mine) it might be easier to do a quick ‘outline’ with your burner and then go back and slowly burn it. This worked well for me since I had so many letters!

Wood burning - take it slow!

After about 30 minutes, I had this masterpiece!
DIY Wood Burning

Wood burned log

4 Awesome Tips for Beginning Wood Burners