Holiday Sparkle

Craftivity Designs | 29 November 2012 | 2 Comments so far
In my home I don't have a fireplace or traditional mantel area to decorate for different seasons/holidays. As a substitute, I use a tall cabinet in my kitchen since it is an area that you notice when first walking into my home. Prior to changing it for the upcoming holidays this area included a homemade chalkboard with one of my favorite verses on it, a cardboard letter "E", red glass vases, fake flowers/petals, and a fleur-de-lis print.  Below is a picture of how this area normally looks:

My inspiration for this area came after recently visiting "Feather your Nest" in Lexington, KY and purchasing the sparkly deer picture.  I knew from there that I wanted this area to be full of glitter and glass in holiday colors.  To change up the space I started with the chalkboard which I used to add a verse from Isaiah.  I then started adding the sparkly elements such as the deer picture, glittery snowflakes, bows, icicles, candle, silver bells, metal tree, and flowers. To add in some red and green elements, I added in pieces of red glass which were already being used in other areas of my home and I also added two large green glass jars that were used in Lora's wedding (read about how Lora reused these items from her wedding here).  To give the area some height, I placed the items on the left side on top of red and white books.  After moving things around and trying variations I came up with a placement I liked.  I love how my kitchen chandelier picks up on the glitter elements and gives them a great glimmer! What are you doing to decorate your home for the holidays?

Close up of the chalkboard created using a poster frame and chalkboard vinyl:

Close up of the right side:

Close up of the left side:

Hope you are enjoying preparing for the holidays!


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DIY Advent Calendar with Tutorial

Craftivity Designs | 27 November 2012 | 5 Comments so far

One of my goals this holiday season was to create a meaningful Advent Calendar to complete as a family. I was initially inspired by this pin.
As a child, I received a special ornament each year for Christmas, and Mike and I have continued that tradition with our little boy. So, I loved the idea of opening one ornament each day to hang on the tree.

I did add my own little twist to the idea. Each bag has a tag attached that includes a daily scripture reading and instead of hanging all 25 bags in a row, we are hanging them directly on the tree. This will make finding the right bag for each day of Advent a bit of a game too!

Check out the supplies and tutorial below! I already had most of the items in my crafting stash, so it only cost me $4 to put this cute calendar together. I chose to laminate my tags because I plan to reuse this year after year, but you could just print the tags and use them without laminating as well.

·         Fabric Sharpie (here) – already owned
·         25 3”x5” Muslin Bags (here) – $4
·         Scripture Verse Printable (here) - FREE
·         Cardstock – already owned
·         Laminate – already owned
·         Scissors – already owned
·         Hole Punch – already owned 
           TOTAL COST = $4

Use a piece of cardstock to keep the ink from bleeding through to the back of the Muslin Bag. Write each number,1-25, onto a bag.

Download and print the tags (here), cut along the outer dashed lines. Fold along the center dashed line.

   Laminate, then cut out each tag, leaving an edge with the sealed laminate. Punch a hole in the tag and attach to each ornament bag.  

All that is left is hanging them on the tree! We haven't got our tree yet, so I'll show you them in action next week, after we get our Christmas Tree decorated (update: see the tree here).

And just in case you missed the links above, feel free to download the Scripture Tags Printable.

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FREE Printables and 20% Off in Etsy Shop

Craftivity Designs | 23 November 2012 | Be the first to comment
The holidays are quickly approaching and the 2012 Holiday Shopping season has begun! 

Craftivity Designs would like to offer 20% off items in our Etsy shop from now through this upcoming Monday, Nov. 26th (Cyber Monday) at midnight. 

To take advantage of this holiday special:
     1. Visit our Etsy shop here and select the item(s) you would like to purchase
     2. At checkout click on "apply shop coupon code" (located on the right side of the screen)
     3. Enter HOLIDAY20POFF in the box
     4. Hit APPLY and the discount will now be reflected in the total.
This discount applies to both PDF's and Prints. 

To get the holiday spirit started, we would like to give all our readers 3 FREE Printables! 
Follow the links below to access your FREE Holiday Subway Art designed by Craftivity Designs.

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Give Thanks!

Craftivity Designs | 22 November 2012 | Be the first to comment

Happy Thanksgiving from Craftivity Designs! Be sure to check out the blog tomorrow for a special Black Friday surprise complete with a free gift!

What are you thankful for this year?

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Wedding Keepsake to Window Treatment

Craftivity Designs | 20 November 2012 | Be the first to comment
For our wedding we used vintage Green & Blue Glass Bottles as the centerpiece at each table. They were filled with flowers and candles, sitting atop hand sewn squares of toile fabric.

Mike and I {note: more credit goes to him} collected these bottles from yard sales, flea markets and peddlers malls for the entire year leading up to our wedding. Afterwards, we had about 50-75 bottles on our hand, but they had so much meaning to us – what could we do with them?

Well they’ve been sitting in plastic totes for the last 5.5 years. Most of them have made it through two moves and whatever re-organizing we’ve done in our home without breaking.
Mike can tell you, I LOVE to throw things away. So it’s a miracle they made it this long - waiting to be used in a project. But they meant something to us, and they are pretty, so I was determined to keep them… and eventually… use them!

I especially like the look of them in front of windows, or anywhere there is natural light. The light shines through the glass, brightens them and makes them so much lovelier – like they looked with candles on our Wedding Day.

So, as of late, we’ve been working on our sunroom. It is adjacent to our dining room and has a nice big window. The window is actually on a slanted wall, so I’ve never really even considered blinds or curtains, as they would not hang correctly.

On a trip to Ikea we came across the DIGNITET Curtain Wire Set and decided that might be a way we could hang our glass bottles across the top of the window in our Sunroom. It would act in lieu of a traditional window treatment, as well as let the sunlight shine in through the glass bottles.

We love this unique window treatment, and it reminds us of our Wedding Day too!

The supplies were simple:
RIKTIG Hook/Clips (here)
Jute Twine

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Hidden Treasure

Craftivity Designs | 15 November 2012 | Be the first to comment
I love a good visit to Lexington, KY! I get to catch up with friends and I love stopping by their great vintage and antique stores! On a recent visit to Lexington, Lora and I visited a local antique shop called "Feather your Nest." Included below are pictures of items that caught our eye as great pieces to use to decorate your home . While I didn't purchase any of the items below, I did go home with one treasure that I will show you in a future post. Happy treasure hunting!

Glass domes are great for showcasing special items and even small plants.

A beautiful painting to use in your home for winter time.  Great piece for a winter mantel display.

I love the map here as it reminds me of the ones my teachers used in school.  This would be great in a kids room, play room, or even in an office or home school area.

Old suitcases are great for adding character to a room.  You can even use them in place of a nightstand  or other small side table.

Industrial items are very popular and add a vintage flair to rooms.  These table top drawers would be great in a home office.

This was a cute banner to use in your Christmas decor.  I love vintage Christmas decorations!

This picture is dark but it is actually of a hanging mason jar set.  Add some lights and you have a great hanging light. This would be cute for an outdoor patio area.

What vintage finds have you found recently?  

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Take Your Porch from Halloween to Thanksgiving

Craftivity Designs | 13 November 2012 | Be the first to comment
There is just something so lovely about having real pumpkins and gourds out on your porch for fall. This year I set out to collect a variety of shapes, sizes & colors with a goal to decorate a few, inspired by all the DIY Pumpkin decorating ideas floating around on Pinterest & Blogs. 

We love Halloween at our house, but I wanted our porch to easily transition into Thanksgiving d├ęcor too. 

For my Halloween porch: I grabbed some Black Contact Paper (here) and my Cricut to cut out the word BOO for two of my pumpkins. 

For my Thanksgiving porch: I converted one of the BOO pumpkins into a Turkey and switched out the wording on the other from BOO to GIVE THANKS.

A simple, quick way to transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving!

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Just a Bug

Craftivity Designs | 09 November 2012 | Be the first to comment
For my son’s 1st Halloween we decided to go with the traditional pumpkin costume. Here he is, looking cute, and hanging out in the pumpkin patch.

For Halloween #2, we decided to get a little more creative and expand beyond the iconic Halloween costumes. I have been calling him “Bug” for a while now… I’m not really sure why I started calling him that… or when it started exactly… but anyhow – it’s Mommy’s nickname for him right now.

I headed to Etsy & Pinterest for some Inspiration, but found that Bug costumes tend to be a little girly - Ladybug, Bumble Bee and Butterfly.

The Caterpillar costumes were more gender neutral and I considered that option, but I also knew if he was any of those, we’d be calling him a “Caterpillar” or a “Bee” instead of just a Bug.
So I built myself an inspiration board for a Baby Bug Costume on Polyvore -- playing with stripes and polka dots. 

My husband and I both agreed on the spots, and off we “flew” to get our little Bug’s costume together.

I was more than pleased with the final result, and it was so easy to DIY! Hope you like it!

Antennae – Silver Pipe Cleaners + Blue Pom-Poms + Glue Dots
Bug Eyes – Styrofoam Ball + Adhesive Felt + Googly Eyes
Body – Hoodie + Adhesive Felt
Wings – Wire Hangers + White Tights following this tutorial:

- Lora

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