baker’s twine eggs

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

Easter is just a little more than a week away, and it’s time to start decorating those eggs!  Of course, my girls love to dye and paint them…but I’m not crazy about the mess those supplies can sometimes make.

This idea for decorating eggs is mess-free, except for maybe some sticky fingers from the glue.

You will need baker’s twine, scissors, and tacky glue…AND of course, the eggs.

bakers twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

To start, put some glue on one end of the egg and begin wrapping the baker’s twine around the egg in a circular fashion.

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

Continue wrapping the twine around the egg until it is covered…this is where those fingers may become sticky.

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

You can make several of these using various colors to create a fun display for those Easter festivities!

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

baker's twine eggs | polka dots and picket fences

So grab some twine and start wrapping those eggs…

washi wednesday

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

It’s washi wednesday, and you know what that means…I’m sharing another way to use washi tape!  I love this product soooo much…I can’t resist buying all the fun designs and patterns!

This idea actually came about because I was being lazy…

So here’s the scenario…I was baking a double batch of my homemade granola bars (click here for that recipe…yum!).  When it came time to slice and package them like I typically do with waxed paper and baker’s twine, I just didn’t want to walk downstairs to get more twine.  I told you I was being lazy, right?  I had some washi tape on the desk in my kitchen, and I figured ‘why not!’

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

That’s right…I grabbed some of that washi tape, and I used it to secure the waxed paper around each individual granola bar.

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

Much easier than tying that twine, and so pretty and colorful!

washi wednesday | polka dots and picket fences

So good ideas come to those who are lazy…not the sort of advice I will pass along to my daughters, but in this instance it worked.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

hop over for a mimosa

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

The day that everyone celebrates by drinking green beer (also known as St. Patrick’s Day) has passed, and my thoughts have turned to spring and Easter.  In my home, that means adding some festive touches to the decor.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I enjoy browsing (and shopping) the dollar spot at Target.  I mean, who can resist some of those great finds priced at $1, $3, or $5 price points!

Recently, I spotted some great items for spring decorating…gold speckled egg garlands, paper straws, porcelain bunnies, and wooden bunny garlands.  After loading up my cart and paying, I headed home to put these items to use!

I decided to use them to style my bar cart for an Easter morning mimosa…

Hop over for a Mimosa

First, I adorned the edge of my bar cart with the two garlands.  I intertwined the gold speckled egg one (aren’t those colors just beautiful) with the more simplistic wooden bunny one (I just love those white pompoms between the bunnies).  I love how they look together!

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

And those paper straws I mentioned…how cute are those bunny shapes attached to them!  They even have little pompom tails!  I know most people don’t use a straw to drink a mimosa, but they make a darling addition to the bar cart.

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

My other Target find was the small egg tree…the eggs have a similar gold speckled look as the egg garland.  It adds some whimsy to the top of the cart, mixed in with glasses, napkins, and the all-important mimosa!

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

A few more decorative touches to the bottom of the cart…a white porcelain bunny and a grape hyacinth plant, along with bar cart necessities of glasses, appetizer plates, and napkins.

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fence

mimosa bar cart | polka dots and picket fences

With a few simple additions (love those Target dollar spot finds), my bar cart is ready for spring!  So hop over for a mimosa…


Sources…

Target–egg garland, egg tree, bunny garland, bunny paper straws, white porcelain bunny

Party City–blue turquoise napkins

Fresh Market–grape hyacinth plant, Mimosa

 

 

living room refresh

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I’m so ready for spring!  Not that we’ve had a horrible winter here in northwest Ohio…in fact, it’s been fairly mild with very little snow and higher than average temperatures.  However, there’s something about the spring season that recharges and invigorates me.  That invigoration usually leads me to a house project…

I have a few rooms in our home that I would like to refresh…the first one being our living room.  When we purchased the tan sofas a few years ago, my thought was that I could change out different accessory pieces from time to time.  That way the room would always stay fresh and updated with seasonal or trendy colors.

Since the main colors of my living room are tan and blue, this Instagram post caught my attention recently.  I loved the pop of bright pink mixed with the other two colors…this picture became my inspiration for refreshing our living room!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I started by looking for new throw pillows for the sofas.  Not as easy as you might think…I had to really look to find the right shade of pink.  With three girls in the house, my husband is more than tired of the color pink.  I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a pastel pink.  I was thrilled when I found these oversized patterned pillows, and I paired them with cream-colored fur pillows and blue print pillows.

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

Grace said it was going to be too many pillows on the sofas.  Well, I think I’ve taught my husband well over the years…his response was “you can never have too many throw pillows.”  I think he was just trying to make me happy!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

You may have already spotted another pop of pink that I added to the room…the floral arrangement on the coffee table.  I purchased this wood container before the holidays, and I’ve used it for so many displays already.  I love the crisp look of the pink peonies against the white wood!

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

And what’s a room without some blankets and throws!  I just love this pink herringbone-print throw with the pompom trim!  Makes me want to curl up with a book…

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

One other addition to the room is the bright pink storage ottoman.  It is a great versatile piece…I can store board games inside it and it provides extra seating, if necessary.

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

I just love how it all came together!  The pops of pink give it new energy for spring.  With these small changes, I feel like it’s a brand new room!

Now it’s time for me to think about those other house projects…

living room refresh | polka dots and picket fences

Sources and links are listed below…

washi wednesday–envelope bookmarks

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

And welcome to March…we’ve almost made it through another winter (can you tell that I don’t especially enjoy the cold weather)!

Today I’m sharing another idea to create something using washi tape…a bookmark!

washi | polka dots and picket fences

Obviously, you will need washi tape for this project.  It might be the time of year, with rainbows and pots of gold on my mind, but I chose this assortment of colors.  Any coordinating mixture of colors and patterns will work, or you could even use the same roll of tape for your entire bookmark.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

You will also need an envelope and scissors.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

First, draw a straight line across the corner of the envelope.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Cut off the corner.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Then, adhere short strips of washi tape across the envelope corner…be creative!

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Once the envelope corner is covered in washi tape, turn it over and trim off the extra tape.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Do the same process on the other side of the envelope.

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

And there you have it…a fun and colorful bookmark!

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

washi tape | polka dots and picket fences

Happy reading!

washi wednesday—heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

Looking for a quick and simple valentine craft?  This one is perfect…no painting or glueing (i.e. no mess).  Even the young ones could make these!

You will need posterboard, washi tape, heart templates, scissors, magnets, and a hot glue gun.  I searched online for printable heart shapes, and traced them onto card stock to use as patterns.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

First, trace the heart pattern onto posterboard.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

Next, turn the piece of posterboard over so that the heart tracing is facing down.  Then, choose some coordinating washi tape designs, and begin adhering strips of it to the back of the tracing.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

You can put the washi tape across the posterboard horizontally…or for a fun twist, place it at a diagonal.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

Once the backside is covered with the washi tape, turn it over and cut out the heart.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

The final step is to glue a magnet on the back using a hot glue gun.

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

These are so fun to make because no two are like.  Each one is unique, and they add a festive Valentine’s Day touch to any magnet board!

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

polka dots and picket fences | washi tape heart magnets

Here’s hoping your wednesday is filled with some washi tape crafting!

crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

What do you get when you combine an afternoon of crafting, food, and friendship?  Well, a CRAFTERNOON, of course!

And that’s exactly what happened at my home last Friday…I hosted my first ever CRAFTERNOON.

When the guests arrived, the table was already set for the “craft” part of the CRAFTERNOON.  We created red heart button canvases, so all the supplies were ready and waiting…12 x 12 canvases, paint brushes, black paint, painter’s tape, red buttons, tacky glue, rulers, heart patterns, and pencils.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

And what’s crafting without some sweet inspiration…in the form of chocolate hearts!

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

We started the craft by placing strips of painter’s tape 1 1/2 inches apart on the canvas.  Then, black paint was used to create the stripes.  Two coats of paint should be enough so that it doesn’t look streaky.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

Once the canvases were painted, we set them aside to dry.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

While the paint dried, the guests enjoyed a light lunch of soup, salad, and muffins.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

Some of the canvases were still a bit wet, so I had a simple “bonus” craft to do while the paint continued to dry.  It involved one of my favorite products…washi tape!  I’ll share more on that tomorrow.  Be sure to check my blog post tomorrow for my “washi wednesday” heart magnet idea…

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

Now back to the original craft…once the paint was dry, we pulled off the painter’s tape and admired the black and white striped canvas.

The next step was to trace the heart pattern on top of the stripes.  I placed my heart in the center of the canvas for the sample that I made, but you could really put it anywhere.  One of the guests placed hers in the lower right corner, which I really loved!  I think she was planning to add some wording at the top.  Can’t wait to see how it turned out…

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

After tracing the heart, the next step was to use the tacky glue and go over the pencil tracing.  This provides an outline for all those red buttons.  Then, we began placing the buttons on the glue.  Don’t worry if the buttons don’t cover all of the glue…it dries clear.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

The final step of the craft is to glue red buttons on the canvas to fill in the heart outline.  As you have less and less space to fill in, you have to be strategic with how you place the various sized buttons in order to cover the canvas.

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

The CRAFTERNOON ended with a sweet treat for everyone…

polka dots and picket fences | crafternoon

I think I enjoyed the afternoon as much as the guests did, so much so that I’m planning another one for early spring.  I’ll share more details (date, cost, craft) soon…

bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

Who remembers “Beaches”…the classic chick-flick from the late 80’s starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey?  What a tear-jerker it was, AND I wasn’t even a mother then!  Even though it always chokes me up every time I watch it, I love that movie.

So when I saw that they were doing a remake of it, I couldn’t wait to see it and see how they would portray the characters and the storyline.  And with it being a chick-flick, I decided to invite a few girlfriends over to watch the movie together.

Bubbly, Balloons & Beaches

If you know me, you know how I love to decorate for any event!  I had been wanting to try my hand at making a balloon garland for a while…there’s just something pretty and feminine about clusters of balloons decorating a table.

So for the Balloons…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

I used the following supplies…chicken wire (I used a 5 foot section), string, glue dots, balloons in your color scheme (pinks, blues, gold, and white in this case), greenery, and scissors.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

To start, I attached the end of the chicken wire to my curtain rod with string…I wanted the balloon garland to flow down the window onto my food table.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

Then, I inflated balloons and began attaching them to the wire by tying them with the string.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

I continued to add more and more balloons to fill in the spaces…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

At a certain point, it became difficult to attach balloons to the wire BUT there was open space showing.  That’s where the glue dots came in handy!  I placed glue dots in various spots on balloons and placed the balloons in the open spaces.  The glue dots were strong enough to hold the balloons in place without tying them to the chicken wire AND the balloons filled in the open spaces.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

Another great “filler” for those open spaces is some greenery…and it adds another element to the balloon garland, also.

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And so after a few hours of inflating and tying balloons, I had a balloon garland…

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And now for the Bubbly…

LaCroix, Prosecco, and raspberry martinis were on the drink menu, along with a few appetizers and some mini cupcakes!

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

polka dots and picket fences | bubbly, balloons & beaches

And then it was time for Beaches…

Did any of you watch the remake with Idina Menzel and Nia Long?  I’m usually not a fan of remakes and sequels…it’s never easy to live up the original.  A couple of my friends had not seen the first Beaches movie, so it was fun to see them experience it…although, they were not expecting it to be sad.  No worries…I had tissues on hand for the tears!

What a fun night it was with friends enjoying bubbly, balloons, and Beaches!

 

 

 

holiday card display

How many holiday cards have you received from friends and family?  We had a few trickle in the first week or so of December, but the mailbox has been filled with them each day for the past week.  We love opening them and reading the latest updates from everyone, and of course looking at those that contain photos!

But what do you do with them after you’ve read them?

Here’s an idea that has worked well at my house…

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We have three sets of double doors in our living room and dining room.  I hung wreaths using red striped ribbon in each of the doors.  I attached a long piece of the ribbon to the top, and let it hang to the bottom of the door.

As we began receiving cards this month, I attached them to the ribbon with clothespins and clips.

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I used such a whimsical assortment of clothespins to clip the cards to the ribbon…holiday colors, tree-shaped, Santa, colorful patterns, and fun messages.

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I’m beginning to run out of space on the ribbon, so I started clipping the cards to the wreaths.

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My family loves coming come and looking to see who sent cards to us that day!

I love displaying them this way…we can enjoy seeing them throughout the holiday season, instead of being stacked together in a basket.

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Happy holidays to all!

I’m taking the next few weeks to enjoy time with my family.  I’ll be “off line” until January 2017.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’ll be sharing our holiday happenings on Instagram, in case you want to “follow” me there.

 

 

 

 

christmas countdown

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the advent season…the countdown to Christmas Day!

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed creating my own version of an advent calendar for my daughters.  Click here to see what I did last year.  I’ve done the same display of items for the past few years, so I decided to change it up a bit.

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Remember this vintage white picket fence that I used for a mantle display during Halloween…well, I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for those 24 days of surprises.

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I simply wrapped the small surprises (I can’t tell you for sure what’s inside each one…don’t want to give it away, but MAYBE some Starbucks gift cards, hot cocoa packets, bath bombs, hair clips, mini coloring books, etc) in red wrapping paper and brown kraft paper.  Some of the items required a brown paper bag, instead of wrapping paper.

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I used solid red and red striped ribbon, as well as natural jute, to tie the packages to the fence.  I added these fun pompoms and the numbered tags to each surprise.

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So we start with number one tomorrow…

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…and continue counting down until Christmas Day!

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This display is on the landing of our stairs, so my girls can find their advent surprise as they go downstairs for breakfast each morning.

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And so the anticipation begins…