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?

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

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Gold Rush

You may have noticed. . . but I’ve been on a gold kick lately. . . .

Like this Remote Caddy Upgrade,

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lots of things in our Master Bedroom Reno,

Jewelry Display from thefrontpoarch.com Master Reno 3 Master Reno 2 and this DIY Mustache Wreath.Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comI haven’t always been a fan of gold but the more I use it, the more I love it.

I love these Dipped Branches,

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail I LOVE my golden pumpkin, Fall Painted Pumpkin this Circle Garland has a special place in my heart, Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnailand of course I’m still swooning over the Tassel Garland I jut made.
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DIY Tassel Garland

Have you guys seen these beautiful tassel garlands that have been floating around Pinterest for months now? I have to say, I’m in love. I’ve been itching for an excuse to make one and I finally broke down last weekend and made one.

DIY Tassel Garland front thefrontpoarch.comHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • tissue paper – 1 sheet makes 1 tassel
  • scissors and/or and exacto knife
  • cardboard (to cut on)
  • glue gun
  • straight edge – I used an envelope, a ruler would be better
  • string/yarn

Supplies for Tassel GarlandStart by separating out 1 sheet of tissue paper, fold it half one length wise and width wise. Grab your exacto knife and straight edge. . .

Tissue paper, exacto knife and straight edge. . . and cut 1/2″ strips in your tissue paper.

Cut the tissue paperWork your way across until the entire piece is cut into strips. I did this both with the knife and scissors and I have to say, scissors make the process much easier and faster. You’ll probably get more precise lines with the exacto knife but it does take a good bit longer.

Cutting tissue paperWhen you get done, unfold your tissue paper so that it looks like a giant centipede.

(Before you do this, plug your glue gun in so it will be ready.)

Open Tissue PaperNow start rolling.

Do your best to keep the roll as tight as possible but know that it will still look great if it gets a little loose.

Roll Tissue PaperWhile you’re rolling, you’ll notice that the tassels start to twist together. Stop every few inches and untwist them, otherwise you’ll have a tangled mess at the end.

Untangle tissue paper

Now that the whole thing is rolled up, begin twisting the center part, twist until the 2 sides kind of fold over to make the tassel.

Twist the two halvesFit your tassel over your string or yarn and then grab your glue gun. Add a small drop in the middle of the fold and press and hold until the glue is set.

Glue onto stringNow, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, ‘1 sheet of tissue paper?? That doesn’t seem like it would make a very big tassel.’ You (and me) would be wrong. I made my first tassel a ‘double tassel’ and this is what it looked like.

Only use 1 sheet of tissue paperIt was HUGE.

So let me save you the hassle, 1 sheet is enough and in fact, you may even want a half sheet.

Attach all of your tassels to your string and you’re all set!

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Paint those Pumpkins

Can you believe that Halloween is next week? Say what!? I know, I’m still putting my fall decorations out. . .

Speaking of which, I finally bought some pumpkins last weekend and today one of them got a little face lift.Paint those pumpkins - thefrontpoarch.comI started with this beauty and grabbed my current favorite can of spray paint: gold.

PumpkinIt got a generous coat on one side and then I set to work on the monogram.

Gold PumpkinI painted a P for Poarch although you could go for P for pumpkin as well.

Paint your own pumpkinsThe finished product went on my porch with some other fall decor and there you have it!

Fall Painted Pumpkin

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Make your own: Dipped Branches

Remember that one time I got some sticks from my yard and turned them into a faux mantle and then they got recycled again into driftwood art?

Well I’m at it again with these custom dipped branches.How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.com

I started with several branches that I picked up from around my yard.

Branches from the yardThey got trimmed and cut down to size and then separated into 2 piles based on size.

Trimmed BranchesNext, I chose my paint colors; purple, green and gold. I haven’t told you this yet but I’ve dreaming of painting my living room in a peacock color scheme and I know these will fit it well when I do. They’ll also probably make an appearance at the upcoming bridal shower.

I set up my paint station again, just like I did for my dipped votives and set to work.

Painting StationIf you’re doing this at home, as a part of your paint station you’re going to need a place to hang the drying branches. I have a wire shelf just above my laundry area which I used to hang my branches on.

Start by tying a piece of fishing line (or string) on the ‘top’ part of each branch. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be tight enough not to slip off. If you have a lot of bark like I did, this won’t be a problem!

Tie fishing line on branch

If you have spray paint, towards the ‘bottom’ part of each branch, tape off where you want the dip line for the first color. 
Taping off BranchesThen paint away! I found it less messy to hold the stick vertically and spray downward toward drop cloth.

Branch spray painted goldImmediately hang the branch to dry and repeat with the remaining branches. I chose to work with one color at a time, first I did gold (which took 2 coats). . .

Gold Dipped Branches

. . . and then purple and green. For branches that you’re actually going to dip into a paint can/bucket, you don’t need to tape off a ‘dip’ line, just dunk away! You’ll notice that on my purple dipped branches I did use tape because my purple paint can wasn’t very tall so I used a brush to help me out on the first layer. First coat - dipped branchesAfter the paint dried for 24 hours, I dipped a 2nd and on some even a 3rd layer of paint and just like that they were done.

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I’m still looking for an appropriate container for the larger branches to call home but until then I’ll just enjoy these beauties.

How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.comWhat fun things have you made out of material found in the great outdoors?

 

How to: Gold Circle Garland

I have the great honor of throwing a wedding shower for my brother and soon-to-be SIL next month and the preparations have already begun! One of the things I’m dreaming up in my head is a backdrop behind the food table so we can have beautiful photos of the day. The backdrop began to take on some real form this week with this custom gold circle garland.How to- Gold Circle Garland from Leah @ The Front Poarch

I decided to go for gold to act almost as a neutral and provide a little bit of shimmer and I am not disappointed, I love how it turned out!

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Here’s how I did it: I found some wrapping paper that I really loved at Hobby Lobby so I rolled it out and laid my Silhouette cutting mat (12×24″) on top.Fit wrapping paper to Silhouette mat

Lucky for me, since the wrapping paper was marked with 1″ guide lines, I was able to cut a perfect rectangle.Wrapping paper on Silhouette matIn Silhouette Studio, I chose a circle that was about 1.8″ square and then in the replicate window I used the fill page option.

Creating circles in Silhouette StudioOnce the cutting was done, I was immediately in love!

Gold CirclesPretty gold circles. . .

Silhouette cut gold circlesI cut 8 pieces of fishing line that were about 8′ feet long which gave me about 6′ to add the circles on and plenty of room to tie the circles to the photo backdrop (which has yet to come together). Starting from the bottom of each piece of fishing line, I glued 1 circle pair and then worked my way up, leaving about 1′ between circles and putting 6-7 circles on each line.

(Sorry for the blurry photo, my resident photographer wasn’t home.)

Put glue one circle, place fishing line in the glue, place another circle on top. Repeat.

Glue circles togetherI let the garland dry overnight there you have it!

Circle Garland

More shower decor is coming soon!

How to- Gold Circle Garland from Leah @ The Front Poarch