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25 Days of Christmas: Let It Snow Chalkboard

I love having chalkboards around the house to add a little festive spirit to the room. I picked up a old painting with a beautiful frame at a thrift store several years ago. The goal was to replace the painting with a chalkboard for the master bedroom. When we moved into this house I decided it was finally time to finish the project, just in time for the holidays!

I love having a little extra something on the wall above our bed that I can change up for special holidays or when I am feeling a little creative.

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In case you have the urge to make a custom chalkboard yourself here are a few tips!

1. You can have most Lowe’s or Home Depot stores cut wood to the size you want.

2. I like using spray paint since it is quicker and easier to apply evenly.

3. Use black primer first. It will help the chalkboard paint stick to the wood better.

4. Once the pain is dry take a piece of chalk and cover the entire chalk board, then erase it.

5. Remove the painting or glass and make sure to secure the wood so that it doesn’t pop out when you change up the design.

6. Find a way to hang it that is easy to get up and down. If you make it difficult, you may find yourself unmotivated to change it.

Enjoy!

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25 Days of Christmas: Free Printable

I know I said yesterday that today would be all about Christmas music but everyone here seems to be coming down with bad head colds which meant lots of snuggles today. Instead I decided to share one of my favorite printables and offer it for free during the month of December. Just head over and like My Crafting Attic’s Facebook page. Then click on the just for fans tab to download this printable for free!

I love this it is more for winter and therefore can be kept up longer, even longer now that we are in Canada!

Winter Printable

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25 Days of Christmas: Burlap Wreath

Welcome back! Thanks for joining me on day 2 of my 25 Days of Christmas mini series dedicated to everything Christmas. Yesterday I talked about our Elf(ves) On The Shelf and shared our schedule of all the mischief #sammyandsophiameyer plan to get into.

It’s been quite chaotic around here trying to catch up so I am grateful for the reason to sit down for a few minutes and share my next project, a burlap wreath tutorial. I’ve never made a wreath before so this was a fun little project that I think ended up turning out great. It was also fairly inexpensive and easy to do, about one hour total.

Materials:
FloraCraft Wire Wreath
Cloth Wire

Burlap – I used 4″ by 7 yards
Yarn – Any kind and color is fine
Sewing needle – One with a wider hole makes threading it easier
Hot glue

Steps

My mom and I did some brainstorming and decided it would be easier to thread the burlap with yarn using a needle and then scrunch it together. I quickly realized it was easier and quicker to fold the burlap a few times and push the needle through. This limited the number of times I needed to pull the yarn through which saved a lot of time. I also had to go back and redo about half of it because I got too lax with the spacing and the scrunch wasn’t tight enough. For a larger wreath you can space the threading out more. There is no right or wrong, just your preference.

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Once it was scrunched to fit the FloraCraft Wire Wreath I turned it over and used Cloth Wire to secure the burlap to the wreath. I made sure to secure the burlap well on the inside and outside rim of the wreath. Then using hot glue I secured some gold embellishments I found at Canadian Tire.

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I am so excited with the final project and how it looks on the wall in the kids play room.

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Tomorrow I will be sharing some of my favorite Christmas music!

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25 Days of Christmas: Elf On The Shelf

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and following my 25 Days of Christmas mini series. I am so excited to spend the next 25 days sharing some new crafts, family traditions, and tasty treats. Today is all about the popular tradition of The Elf On The Shelf.

I have been waiting for this day for a few years now. Before I had kids and even before this tradition became so popular my mom had heard about The Elf On The Shelf. It took her weeks to find one in the store. Since then I have been pinning ideas and coming up with a few of my own in anticipation of today. At 3 1/2 I figured Parker was old enough to understand and join in the fun. And Caity is happy doing whatever her brother is doing.

Follow Mary Meyer’s board Elf On The Shelf on Pinterest.
I wanted to find fun but easy scenes for Sammy and Sophia this year and wanted to make it easy on us to set them up each night so I put together this calendar to help!

25 Days of Elves Calendar - 2015

You can follow our elves along on Instagram with the hashtag #sammyandsophiameyer!

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Quick & Inexpensive Fall Table

Even though I still have about 20 boxes of decorations to unpack we were thrilled to have our first guests over for dinner. A good friend from graduate school lives in upstate NY and visits Ottawa frequently. We decided to invite them over for an early Canadian Thanksgiving and catch up a little. I found a few yummy recipes from Good House Keeping (see below) that we decided to give a try. They ended up being a little more difficult than expected but Rob is a great cook and everything turned out amazing.

While he was prepping the food I decided to take a challenge Jen from iHeartOrganizing recently gave us and attempt to throw together a festive table setting. I am no design expert but enjoy learning through practice and trial and error. Since a lot of our decor is still packed I had to get creative with what I could find and my goal was to spend less than $15. It took about 20 minutes to put this together using what I could find around the house. I ended up buying paper napkins, mini pumpkins, and a floral arrangement putting me at about $20 CAD.

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The table and chairs are a recent purchase from IKEA, Mockelby table ($699 CAD/USD) and INGOLF chairs ($59.99 CAD/$49.99 USD). It was the first time we were able to use the set and I just love it. The table is a great size for 4-6 adults and 2 kids at each end. There was plenty of room for all of the food without getting in the way. The table is heavy and sturdy which I also appreciate with littles around.

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When I think of fall I think of bright yellows and oranges mixed with deep purples and greens. While we were shopping at the store for our dinner menu I found this beautiful bouquet. We also picked out a few small pumpkins. I just love the white ones. A little different and great for kids to doodle on for a little extra personalization. If you have a large party coming you can also tags each pumpkin with names for a subtle seating chart.

Underneath are a variety of lace dollies I have collected over the years at thrift and antique stores. I just layered different sizes and shapes on top one another until it looks complete. This was the first time I was able to use them and was so excited with how well they worked on the table.

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I picked up the napkins at And That this past weekend when we were in NY for $3.99/pack of 75. I always have mason jars around for baking or a spin on drinking glasses. The lids were from a co op purchase I did a few years ago for Parker’s first birthday party.

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I managed to locate a few things to help decorate the buffet. It’s unnecessary but in my opinion always a nice touch to write out the menu for a dinner party. White boards are easy to make with an old frame, piece of light colored paper and a white board marker.

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As I mentioned a little earlier we decided to try a few new recipes from Good House Keeping. We couldn’t find any squash and forgot to buy the sherry vinegar but we made it work! I definitly recommend these recipes.

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Cider-Glazed Pork & Apples  |  Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette  |  Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

The food was amazing, company was fun, and we had a wonderful evening entertaining our first of hopefully many guests over the next few years.

Caity’s ONEderland Birthday Party

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I knew quite awhile ago I wanted to throw a ONEderland tea party for Caity’s 1st birthday. Instead of traditional tea we wanted to have a variety of iced teas for guests to enjoy. Knowing that we would be living in a hotel at the time I promised Rob that I would keep Caity’s birthday party low key. I had every intention of following through on that promise but… as always I ended up getting a little carried away. Pinterest was a perfect source of inspiration and I kept adding more and more items to my DIY list. I managed to make everything in the hotel room the week before her party, even sugar cookies!

I had fun decorating the entry way making several hotel guests stop and ask what they were for. Some guessed a poker game 🙂

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For each of their birthdays I find a book that guests can sign that has something to do with the theme. Of course this birthday called for Alice in Wonderland!

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I fell in love with these adorable napkins from Amazon and decided to use them as inspiration for the color scheme. Yes, I had a theme and color scheme for her party. The napkins were pricey so I only bought 1 pack and then found paper products at Oriental Trading (plates  |  cups  |  knives  |  spoons  |  forks  |  napkins) to compliment the color scheme.

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Tea cups and saucers from our local thrift store was an inexpensive and fun way to hold utensils. I used the additional pieces to make a tea cup tower and secured them together with E6000.

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The books were one of my own inventions. For some reason when I think of a tea party I think of stacks of books. I bought a long piece of builders grade wood at Lowes and had them cut it down into 12 inch(ish) pieces. Then I painted them and tried to free hand the font on each of the books. The kids new play room is going to be Disney themed so I thought this would be something fun that can be used after the party was over.

I found the tea pot when we were in Disney this past summer. I can’t believe it was the ONLY piece of Alice in Wonderland merchandise I could find :/

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I knew I wanted to make large colorful flowers to help fill in the back drop. We were in Jo Ann Fabrics and there were paper flower kits from Martha Stewart on clearance. They ended up working perfectly. The directions were horrible and I had no idea what to do but I lucked out and found a tutorial on YouTube with detailed instructions.

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I used unfinished frames from Michaels to display some popular quotes from Alice in Wonderland I made in Photoshop. I had them printed at Costco along with a photo of Caity and Alice we took in Disney and her birthday chalkboard. There prices are very reasonable and they have quick turnaround.

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I also made two collages of photos of Caity from the last year. The first were her monthly photo chalkboards. I found this wooden pallet at Michaels for a decent price. All I had to do was add some paint and use painters tape to secure the photos. Painters tape was great at holding the photos in place for the party and removing them without damaging the pallet after it was over.

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The second was a project I had on my list for awhile. I love when old frames are repurposed and used to display photos. I took an Instagram photo of her every month for the last year and had them printed at Costco. I’ve had the frame for years just waiting to be used but I think I paid around $5 for it. All together this project cost under $10 which is great seeing as though this would probably be $50 at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

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Since we were throwing her party in one of the hotels conference rooms I had to sketch out my idea for the whole room. I ended up making a few changes but couldn’t have been more pleased with the way it all came together. I had planned to buy lattice to help created the table backdrop but while we were in LBI on vacation Rob suggested we just use a few links for Caity’s baby gate. It worked PERFECTLY. Most people didn’t even catch on that is what it was.

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I found the large red flower and bottle at Michaels in addition to the large iron key. The yellow clock is from Amazon and will be used in her room.

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I found a print of my favorite quote from the movie in an adorable Etsy shop called, AliceInWonderlandDsg. I also found Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Winnie The Pooh in her shop for the kids playroom. Her work is absolutely amazing.

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As a final touch my mom helped me line the table with blue tulle I found at Jo Ann Fabrics.

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We decided on a variety of light finger foods for everyone to enjoy. Wegmans had an amazing selection and really good prices. The food was delicious and their presentation was impressive.

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I had a lot of fun putting together the dessert table. I gave decorating sugar cookies a try. They certainly didn’t come out perfect but I am pretty impressed with myself and there wasn’t a single one left so they must have been yummy. I also made Rice Krispies paint brushes using Popsicle sticks and some icing. We ordered the cupcakes from Wegmans and they were amazing. I had them give the effect of roses some painted white, red, and then a mix. Since it wasn’t anything extravagant they were their normal cupcake price of $12.50/dozen. I just added playing cards for extra effect.

The wonderful smash cake was made by a friend who went above and beyond. It came out exactly how I was hoping it would and was the perfect addition to her theme.

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We had a drink station with a variety of iced teas and water.

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My parents were sweet enough to bring my old high chair that I also sat in for my first birthday party. I made a matching fabric scrap garland and used Photoshop to create the ONE playing cards.

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I like to try and find unique favors for the kids. Since they are a little too young to enjoy playing cards I found a card game assortment pack at Oriental Trading with Old Maid, Go Fish, and Hearts. I put a few in each bag and used the Avery square labels for the bags. I also used these to dress up the drinking cups a little.

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A momma in one of my groups made a life size Instagram frame that I thought was too perfect so I decided to put together a little photo booth for some fun shots. My Dad had the same idea and made a life size Queen of Hearts playing card too.

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We put together a few activities and crafts to keep the kiddos entertained. There was a bean bag toss and then a craft station to decorate your own crowns and top hats.

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Everyone had a great time, especially the birthday girl!

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