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Fall is officially here.

I hate to even say it but I turned the heat on in my car yesterday and was not excited about it.

I am not big into fall décor but decided this year I would try add a little into my home decorating especially since I finally got my hands on the new Maggie Holmes “Gather” paper collection and have fallen in love.

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If you follow me on Instagram you have seen this gallery wall a few times and might recognize the white deer head that use to sit inside a blank frame.  Today we are going to give that little deer a makeover.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:  Pattern Paper | Frame | Deer | Adhesive | Paint

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Once you have all your supplies gathered grab your paint brush and paint your frame and deer mount. I decided to paint both of mine white .  Set your deer and frame aside to dry and grab the inside picture board from your frame.

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Next we will attach the pattern paper to the inside picture board. Using the roller adhesive cover the edges of the frame and a few spots in the middle . This step will hold our paper to the matt board .  Attach the paper to the matt board making sure you line the paper straight.

Once your frame and deer are dry insert the pattern paper matt board back into your frame.  Once your fame is back together it’s time to add your deer. I used a foam double side adhesive square to attach my deer to my paper. Make sure you know where you want  your deer before adding the adhesive as you only get on chance or you might rip your paper !!!!

deerpaperframe1-copyI love how the pattern paper added a new texture to my deer head and wall . And the best part this project can be done within an hour !!! The best kind of DIY .

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I realized the other day how much I love sending out happy mail packages to  friends to brighten their day. The other day the lady at the post office called me by name when I walked up to her window.  So either I go to the post office often or they just remembered my name.

I thought it would be fun to send a few surprise packages to a couple of my friends with a few of my favorite things. Have you ever been to one of those parties. I have always wanted to throw one, so instead I decided to send a couple favorite things happy mail style.

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Inside my package I included a few of my favorite things : HARVEST SNAPS  snacks , notebooks, pencils , my favorite gold metal office clips and a pair of pink sunglasses.  All daily necessities.

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Have you guys tried HARVEST SNAPS before ??? They are my favorite go to snack. You will thank me later !!!!

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Once I got all my favorite items collected, I bundled everything into a gold polka dot canvas bag and found a box to ship my package in.

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I love using kraft boxes when sending happy mail packages.

I  had a few paint containers next me me while I was packaging  so I decided to add a little color to my box . Using small paint brushes I added little strokes of paint on the top of the box.  I love how it makes the package look extra fun.

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What would you include in your favorite happy mail package to a friend ??

This post is sponsored by HARVEST SNAPS. All  opinions and projects are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep this blog rocking. 

 

  • September 17, 2016 - 5:50 pm

    elisa ingram - i love this! where do you find those pink sunglasses? i’m totally inspired to do my own happy mail now!ReplyCancel

This summer has been full of traveling and road-trips . To help prevent any lost luggage during my travels I made a few cute and easy DIY luggage tags using Maggie Holmes BLOOM collection paper. So easy you could make one too !!!

luggagetag1At the top of one of the bloom collection 12×12 paper was a cute pink blank form design that was perfect to use for a luggage tag. Using my scissors I cut the design out from out from the 12×12 paper.

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Using my typewriter, I type in the information and filled in the form.  If you don’t have a typewriter you can always use a black pen.

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Once I had all my information typed in the form I flipped the paper over to create a front side. Using flowers and embellishments I layered together and created a “if lost deliver to ” design.

Next, I pulled out my laminator and sealed my tag giving it extra protection and durability .

I love using these gold glittered circles for hole covers. Just place the stickers where you want your hole to be, use a hole bunch and create your hole. Super easy and I love how it adds a little sparkle to the tag.  iflost

Once my gold glittered holes were punches I grabbed a ribbon to attach to my suitcase. I always use bright colors making it easy to spot when at the airport baggage claim.

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After traveling all summer my tag is still in tack and I love how it adds a little cuteness to my suitcase.

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When I found out  I was going to be going to be in Palm Springs for a short vacation after teaching a craft workshop in San Diego ( more on that soon )  the one place I wanted to visit was Salvation Mountain . I honestly did not know much history of the mountain. After seeing  many  photos on social I knew I too wanted to see it in person and learn more about the famous painted mountain.

My mom and I  drove a little over an hour  from our resort in Palm Springs. I wanted to arrive during the sunset hour so I could capture some photos without the intense sun.

Salvation Mountain is located in the middle of a small community near Slab city just miles from the Salton Sea.  On our way I did some google research on the area and the Salton Sea.  As we drove next to The Salton sea almost the entire trip I learned it is one of the largest inland seas. The sea is 45 miles long and 25 miles wide.

As we got closer to the mountain I was getting worried our GPS was getting us lost. We traveled down a gravel road to the mountain making a few turns . We pulled into a very small community with housing sitting on a road right next to the mountain. There in the distance we spotted the colorful mountain, the excitement of being there began.

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When we arrived, there was only a couple other girls visiting whom left shortly after we arrived. We had the entire mountain to ourselves for about 30 minutes.

It was more then I ever expected.

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Salvation Mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with his simple but powerful message “God Is Love ” .

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Throughout the mountain many messages and  scriptures were created including the Lords Prayer, John 3:16 , and the sinners prayer.

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The mountain is 50 foot in height and 150 foot breadth and is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint ..

salvatoinmountian22From it’s Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of “Love” is everywhere.

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At the bottom of the mountain were trucks and cars fully painted with scripture verses and paintings .

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If you ever have the opportunity to drive to Salvation Mountain,  do it !!!! It is completely breath taking and worth the drive.

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  • September 8, 2016 - 9:38 pm

    Elisabeth C - I’ve seen a few pictures from here and although we went to Palm Springs a few years ago we didn’t make it there…..seeing your pictures truly makes me want to go back and experience Salvation Mountain..it’s beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

    • September 11, 2016 - 1:10 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - I would highly recommend it !!!! It truly was amazing .ReplyCancel

Let’s kick off this Friday with some exciting crafty news !!!

I am so excited to finally announce that the next BE CRAFTY workshop will be in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with my dear friend Ashley from Under The Sycamore.   Ashley and I are so excited to host another craft workshop just for Mothers + Daughters .  We had so much fun last year we couldn’t wait to do it again.

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WHERE: On the lawn at The Restore House  Broken Arrow, OK

TIME: Session 1: 10am-12pm /  Session 2:  1-3pm

Drinks and Treats will be provided during the workshop sessions.

REGISTTRATION:  HERE

Workshop will be for girls ages 5 +

Let’s Get Crafty: 

During the 2 hour craft time both Mother and Daughter will make 3 inspiring craft projects.

1. Learn the basics of weaving as we create a woven art masterpiece to hang on your wall.

2. Using a variety of paint colors we will paint and crate a DIY clipboard with added paper pad, pencil  and embellishments.

3. Get ready to accessorize as we learn to make 2-3 custom buttons to attach to your backpack or wear on your shirt.

*All supplies are included in workshop registration , we just ask that you bring your own  pair of scissors on the day of the event.

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Registration opens TODAY and here are a few details you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to one mom & one daughter
  • There will be two workshops in one day (if you have more than one daughter this is a way you could come with at least 2 girls)
  •  Drinks and Treats will be provided
  • A surprise swag bag will be handed out at the end of the workshop

These workshops typically sell out within 24 hours. Though we are doing two sessions, workshop seats go fast so call your Mom BFF’s and get registered before they are sell out.

 

 

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