How To Make A DIY Chandelier {Embroidery Hoop Craft}

Ever wondered how you could make a chandelier for your office or craft space? Using embroidery hoops I made this lovely chandelier as one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook. I didn’t use a lighting kit, but you easily could!

How To Make A Chandelier,  An Easy Embroidery Hoop Craft | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

Kim Byers Featured in JoAnn Spring 2014 LookBook

Have you  flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

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And did you see my petal piped cupcakes? Don’t miss them. They’re super easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Craft Room Organization Tips

I’ve been working on organizing my craft room. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely seen a few pics of my freshly painted space, my new photography softboxes, and these lovely jars.

This project is part of a campaign with Blueprint Social and Plaid, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! 

Craft Room Organization Ideas | Kim Byers

I like to keep my space very bright and clear because I’m always flipping holiday crafts, parties and home projects. I tend to use black, white, silver and clear a lot in my studio décor so that whatever I’m working on doesn’t clash terribly with the space. It’s just a visual thing that helps me. This said, I love color. And because I have so many craft and party supplies, I tend to organize by color. And this new Mod Podge Sheer is the perfect embellishment for all my clear jars and white containers.

Most of these items sit behind closed doors, but it helps me to quickly see what I have when it’s time to get crafty!

Organizing Your Craft Room | Kim Byers

5 Tips and Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your craft room floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my craft room, I’ve organized mine by candies, tools, embellishments, surfaces, gift wrap, etc. and then by color.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy (aka clear and stackable when possible) – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t h when little people are helping you tidy up!

And for this project, I labeled with COLOR! These podgeable facet cut shapes are darling in clear, but I have so much candy, ribbon, etc., that using them to organize my colors was a no-brainer.

You’ll need:

  • Podgeable Facet Cut Shapes
  • Mod Podge Sheer
  • Brush
  • Baker’s Twine

Make: Brush the desired color onto the back of the facets, allow to dry for 20 minutes and repeat until desired shade (these have two coats), string with baker’s twine and hang!

Craft Room Organization Tips | Kim Byers

Connect with Plaid and learn more about using Mod Podge Sheer:

You can find Mod Podge Sheer Colors, Facet Shapes and Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge in Michaels or on PlaidOnline.com. And all these pretty candies are available at Candy Galaxy.

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countdown to Halloween pallet sign {it’s all about the candy}

Halloween is coming and my kiddos are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art.

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I saw an idea from Laura at the Corner House on I Heart Naptime last year and I swore I’d make a version for my kiddos. And this year it happened, except I decided to go economical and use a free pallet from my husband’s office. {grin}

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 To make your own Halloween countdown pallet you’ll need:

  • Pallet
  • Orange and white craft paint
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Block number and letter stencils
  • Nails (hangers for letters)
  • Planks (cut into squares and drilled in the same spot for the nail)
  • Candy Corn template

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Now for the easy do it yourself steps:

Space plan – I suggest you “layout” the design before you use a drop of paint. I used strips of paper and a Sharpie.

Measure – Determine the size of your number (date) blocks. Mine were 3×3 inches, but it will vary with the size of the pallet.

Cut - You’ll need 14 blocks (0-3 for the left and 0-9 for the right)

Spray paint – Paint the number blocks with two coats of flat black paint

Stencil – Measure the center point for each word and start stenciling

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My boys love changing the numbers each day and I love to see the excitement on their faces as we get closer to all that candy! I may or may not pick out all my favorites while they’re sleeping… {wink}

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And you see these cute pumpkins?! I’ll be posting about these and a few more pumpkin ideas in my next post. Stay tuned!

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rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel {HGTV’s Holiday House blogger challenge}

Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel for HGTV Holiday Home | Created by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

I’m so thrilled to finally share that I was blessed with the opportunity to design a Christmas mantel for this year’s HGTV Holiday HouseI have to tell you, when I got the news, I was like a little kid. I mean HGTV. Yay! But then the Holiday House. Oh my! My knees went wiggly. {grin}

 

This was a blogger challenge sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (you may remember, I was JoAnn’s craft influencer earlier this year and made a few Creativity Made Simple videos with them) and HGTV. They asked myself and four other amazing bloggers to get crafty and create a Christmas mantel for a rustic home. We could do anything we wanted!

 

I had a million ideas, but the real challenge was that this was all in July. Yep. I took down my patriotic decorations for the weekend and recreated my idea of a winter wonderland in our living room. My kiddos were running around me in swimsuits and eating popsicles and I was listening to Christmas music. What?! No judging. I had to get in the spirit! {wink}

 

I created six easy DIY ideas for my mantel:
  1. JOY letters wrapped in icicle white wool,
  2. To The World ball, to complete the statement,
  3. kraft Christmas gift boxes embellished with pinecones and wool,
  4. burlap ruffle ribbon garland,
  5. cabin snow globe, and
  6. spoon trees. (Yes! You read that right.)

You can find all the easy how to steps on HGTV’s Made + Remade and you can shop all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

And if you’re not crafting Christmas right now, I’d love for you to hop over anyway. You can view all five designs and vote for your favorite between now and October 14. And if you feel like leaving a little comment love over there, I’d really appreciate that too! {Love you guys! You all are what keep me going each day!}

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create the perfect study spot

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Now that school is starting up all across the country we moms are looking for creative ways to get the kids to do their homework or study for a test without us having to ask… like a million times. {smirk}

For our family, it’s all about creating the perfect study spot. Something that is uniquely your child. Everyone learns differently and the key is finding what they consider comfortable. Some kids want a desk with all the organization. And some kids want to snuggle up and work off their lap. I’ve collected ideas for both!

Take my oldest, he fell in LOVE with this waffle chair during a recent visit to Target so I chose to use it as a starting point for boys and went a more classic route for girls. Again though, it’s all about the individual child. Some boys will want a desk and some girls will prefer a lap desk.

So here we go!

Study spot ideas for the organized girl:

  1. Polka dot desk accessories from PB Teen
  2. Wire lamp (I suggest using a day light bulb, dim light and studying equals sleeping in my house) from Target
  3. Insulated chevron mug from Target (perfect for coffee if they’re old enough OR hot chocolate!!!)
  4. White Braxton desk (with lots of storage) from Target
  5. Chevron desk chair from Target
  6. Cork monogram initial (for all her pictures and notes) from Target

Study spot ideas for the laid back boy:

  1. Waffle chair from Target
  2. Camo lap desk with built in storage from PB Teen
  3. Mini cooler from PB Teen
  4. Music wall decal from Amazon

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5 tips for a well organized pantry

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Home Depot & Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! #pmedia #AllAccessOrganizers

I love an organized pantry. LOVE! Unfortunately I’ve not been loving mine for a while now.  I considered sharing a “before” picture of my pantry with you, but honestly I was embarrassed. Yep. It was that bad. See. I’m a baker so I have tons of baking supplies. You know. Sprinkles. Cookie cutters. Cake pans. Candies. Chocolate. And on and on. And it was in disarray.

Well… I guess I can hang my head and show you a bit of what it looked like…

Pantry Organization - Before

What?! I’m NOT sharing a big picture of my shame… {smirk}. This is all my pride can take. You get it though right. It was a mess.

So here’s the deal. I know better. You get something out, you put it back. We tell our kids this exact thing all the time. Right! Well, now I’m going to lay my excuse on you. I’ve been working on this big project (can’t wait to share it with you) and my pantry has gotten a bit out of control. So I really needed to take the control back. When I’m organized my projects just flow better and are done sooner. So here we go.

My five top tips for organizing your pantry:

  1. Empty the space – trust me. I know it’s a pain, but it’s amazing how energized to organize {grin} you are when you’re looking at a empty canvas.
  2. Separate by type or use – while all your things are out on your kitchen floor, take the time to organize them either by what they are, or the item’s use. For my baking pantry I’ve organized mine by candies, sprinkles, tools, chocolates, cupcake tins, etc.
  3. Keep heavy items low and light items high – I’m not short, but I’m not tall and I certainly don’t want to pull something heavy out on my head. Which, I have to admit was exactly what I’ve been doing. My cake pans, individually, are not heavy, but when you put them all in a basket (that they don’t fit in) and then try to pull out just what you need, or pull the whole thing out… well… it can be hazardous to your health!
  4. Use containers that make staying organized easy – what I mean by this is, purchase containers that make it easy to “store–use–return” without much work. You might say, what’s the big deal… unstack the containers, pull out the container you need, pop the lid, store your items. Okay, so let’s get honest with each other. You and I both know that more often than not you will leave the ONE item that you needed to store on top of the stack telling yourself you’ll put it away when you have other things that need to be put away too. {knowing glare} You think I’m being judgemental. No ladies. I’m not. This is what I do myself and I know I’m not alone!
  5. Label – I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty, but I don’t have the time. Actually, I label because it forces me to consciously think “I’m misplacing this.” Nine out of 10 times, when I have labels I put things where they belong the first time. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when little people are helping you tidy up!

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Okay, so I shared that my cake pans are a death trap. Just teetering above my head ready to fall. And actually they have a few times…

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And this is how they look now! On the floor, per tip #3, and organized by size so I know exactly what I have at a glance.

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Now, beyond my five tips, let me share with you my new favorite storage tub for my pantry. Rubbermaid just came out with these new All Access™ Organizers available at Home Depot. Want to know why I like them so much? THEY OPEN FROM THE FRONT!

Okay… this is just genius. Think about it. No more unstacking them to get that one thing out, or in. This new design will actually help you stay organized because you won’t have the excuse that the box you need is way on the bottom. Yep. I use that excuse too. {grin}

Another thing. I like to store fabrics and craft papers in tubs in my basement. Well, I like to see what is inside without opening it, but I need the color tubs so that the sun doesn’t fade them. Now I have the best of both worlds! I can see in and I just place the color side to the window!

The All Access™ Organizers are also perfect for closets, playrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere you need some storage. For example, my oldest tried to snitch my small tub for his LEGO collection. I won on the tug-of-war, but had to promise to go back and get more.

Want to know more about Rubbermaid All Access™ Organizers and where to find a local Home Depot, join them on Facebook: Home Depot and Rubbermaid and ask the experts!

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10 chalkboard crafts for back to school

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Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

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DIY family center for back to school

Make a DIY Family Center

Do you have a family center in your home? A central spot for all the homework, book bags, permission slips, chore charts? I’m starting to get the family organized for back to school and one of my biggest priorities this year is to make a family center.

I really want to make my own. There are some pretty “kits” out there, but I want to manage specific things and none of those kits work just right.

So I’ve rounded up the items that I plan to use to build our family center. A place for all that paper… all those homework sheets… all the teacher letters… this past year got way out of control. And for a woman that doesn’t like clutter on her fridge… there was too much clutter on my fridge! A few pieces of art from the kids, lovely… a million sheets of paper, not so much.

  1. Clock to keep you on time from IKEA
  2. Teal month calendar view from Pottery Barn
  3. Shaped cork board from Kohl’s
  4. Magnetic board from IKEA
  5. Chevron magnets from Pickwick to Pemberley
  6. Affirmation wall décor (this one from Courtney Warren Create is a note card, but there are others in vinyl on Etsy like the ones from Inspirations By Amanda)
  7. Child chore chart from Christina Williams on Etsy
  8. Colorful open trays from The Container Store
  9. Colorful pull drawers (for those like me that want to hide the mess!) from The Container Store
  10. Rail from IKEA
  11. Galvanized buckets from IKEA
  12. S Hooks from IKEA
  13. Wire organization bins from Pottery Barn

I’ll be building my new family center over the next few weeks and I’ll share once done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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diy chevron ruffle wreath

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Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

And a bit of exciting news. I’m now contributing to Parade magazine! Woo Hoo!

Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

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bucket list {diy chalkboard tutorial}

Want to make a bucket list this summer?! You’ll love this DIY Chalkboard Canvas idea from my friend Jenny of The Southern Institute! Not only will you make a list, but it will be adorable hanging on your wall all summer with her tutorial. Here are all the details in her own words. And it’s her little boy cute!  ~ Kim

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With the dog days of summer upon us, it seems fitting to be thinking about all of the fun things that we want to do over the next few months. Maybe you’ve seen everyone posting their Summer Bucket Lists lately? I know I have, and it inspired me to come up with a cute way for our family to keep track of our Summer Bucket List goals.

The kids and I sat down and they came up with a list of things that they really wanted to do. Some of them were pretty easy (like “Draw”), and “Play Outside” actually made the list twice. A few of them are going to take a little bit of planning on my part, but that’s what makes a bucket list so much fun right?

This chalkboard canvas is a super easy project that can be made into a fun group project by having the canvases prepped and painted ahead of time. Here are the easy how to steps:

The first thing you’ll want to do is give your canvas two coats of chalkboard paint (I used Martha Stewart’s multi-surface chalkboard paint), allowing an hour between coats for drying. Since you’re starting with a black canvas it will cover very nicely! If you can’t get your hands on a black canvas and you end up with a white one, I would still suggest starting with two coats. If you feel like it hasn’t covered well enough, then give it another coat… that should do the trick.

Now you’re ready to stencil! Doesn’t that look so nice?

I’m using a couple different kinds of stencils that I have on hand. One is a cardboard stencil from Handmade Charlotte and the other is an adhesive stencil from Martha Stewart. I just chose a couple of designs that I thought would be fun for our Summer Bucket List and started painting…

Have fun decorating your canvas. With all of the great stencils that are out right now it’s easy to come up with something that fits your family’s style. Add as much or as little as you want! I tend to like to keep things simple, so I don’t like to add too much. I do love that little anchor with the bubbles coming up off of it though, don’t you? It makes me think of being out on the water.

Don’t forget to prime your chalkboard before you use it. You do this simply by scribbling all over with some chalk and then wiping it off.

All that’s left to do is to fill in the blanks! Have fun thinking of things that you might not ordinarily do during the non-summer months. For us Mammoth Cave is a fun day trip idea. None of us have been there and it’s only a little over an hour from our home. What an adventure!

Summer Bucket List Canvas from http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

What do you think you’ll put on your Summer Bucket List? Have you already made one? I’d love to know what adventures await your family this summer.

Don’t forget to stop by The Southern Institute for more creative ideas for projects that can be done all year round! ~ Jenny

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