With this post, I do enter the blogosphere. It’s a little scary, but so exciting! Starting a blog has been a dream of mine for a long time, but I just could never find the time with four little ones. I know there are moms who can manage that, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I just couldn’t pull it off. My youngest is finally old enough for me to have a little extra time on my hands, so here it is!
My husband and I recently moved, leaving behind our 2,000 square foot house to live (temporarily) in a 1,000 square foot, 30+ year old, dilapidated trailer. We have been gradually fixing it up and making it livable, and I will be sharing that process with you throughout this blog. It has been an exercise in creativity, making the best of what I have, and finding treasures in unexpected places. I have adopted this as my theme:
This sign was made for me by a very good friend; you can contact her here for a quote.
To read more of my story…read this.
I don’t usually do much decorating for Christmas, because a) we’re usually out of town on Christmas, b) the aforementioned little ones have kept me too busy, and c) I’ve never fully finished decorating any house we’ve lived in, so I never quite made it to the Christmas decorations. I have this sickness where, when I see something I like, I convince myself that I can make it myself. I have about 3,429 projects going (at least in my head) at any given time. It’s a problem, which will probably drive my husband to an early grave.
That being said, this year, since we’re in the trailer, I wanted to do just a few little things to spruce it up a bit. I found and fell in love with some candles from Hobby Lobby, but not with the price tag at $12.99. Since I do live in a trailer, it would be safe to surmise that $12.99 for a simple candle is a little out of my price range. So, once again, I convinced myself that I could do it myself, but this time, I’m glad I did.
I would like to share this little DIY trick, which is the easiest DIY project EVER, seriously. (All opinions are the author’s own and do not represent the values of all blogosphere DIYers everywhere…just felt like I might need to throw a disclaimer in there after making such a huge claim). You’ll need pillar candles (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $2 and $3, but I’m sure you could find them cheaper somewhere), gold craft paint (which runs anywhere from .77 to 1.50, and you WILL use it again, trust me!), and a pencil with a new eraser (needs to be flat).
See, I even made you a nice little guide, just in case you don’t know what a pencil is (one should never assume). I kid, but seriously, this project is so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to call it a DIY project.
So next, just pour a small amount of paint into a flat dish or paper plate (whatever you have on hand; just make sure you wash your plate right away as the paint dries fast). Dip your eraser into the gold paint (don’t overload or it will get gloppy), and dot away at the candle. Don’t worry about getting your “confetti” dots perfect…it’s not even possible, and it will still look great. Concentrate most of your dots near the bottom, and taper off once you reach about 2/3 of the way up the candle. Let it dry, and voila! You have a much cheaper version of a really cute candle, perfect for your Christmas décor or to use throughout the year.
Now to incorporate them into my Christmas décor. I have been loving wood slices and found one at Hobby Lobby for $4 (with their 40% off coupon). Then I fell in love with these adorable $3 dollar deer salt and pepper shakers from Walmart (in the seasonal section), and threw it all together with some greenery (also from Walmart) and a few other things I had on hand, and here is the final product, my wood slice tablescape: