SHELF DECOR REMIX

As the holidays are wrapping up, and we get ready for the big countdown tonight, I got the urge to do a little bit of redecorating with a shelf decor remix. Now is the time when I really start to get the bug to redecorate and reorganize and start fresh for the new year so it seemed like a good time to freshen things up a bit. By adding a few more books I’ve collected from local thrift stores and incorporating some of the metallic vases I used in a holiday centerpiece I was able mix up my shelf decor just in time to ring in the new year! shelf decor remixshelf decor remix

Just a few little changes give the space a fresh new look. Although we were happy with the way they looked before, it’s always nice to switch things up and allows you to look at things in a whole new way!

How will you freshen up your home for the new year?

2013 HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GIFT

For the past few years I have opted to make homemade Christmas gifts for all of my lovely ladies! Not only does this eliminate the stress of finding that one perfect gift for so many different people, it also adds an extra special touch to my holiday gifting. Making sweet and simple holiday gifts for those that you love is a great way to give them a one-of-a-kind present they will always remember and show them just how much your care. Sticking with my love of chalkboard paint this year (and with lots of help from my super handy husband) we made some great tabletop chalkboards for friends and family so that they could add some holiday cheer to their own home, display a dinner party menu, or just leave sweet little notes in any room of the house. And one of the best parts about this project? We were able to crank out 12 charming little chalkboards in just one weekend for under $50! Can’t beat that!

Now that the holidays have passed and gifts have been given, I thought I’d sneak you a peak of our 2013 homemade Christmas gift!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

We started out with two 8′ – 2″x12″ boards we picked up from Home Depot for under $20 a piece. We planned on a making a bunch so this size worked the best for us but you could choose whatever board length and thickness works for your project.

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I have been blessed with a super handy husband so he was able to cut me six 14″ rectangles from each board. If you don’t have a saw and are unable to cut the boards yourself, just ask someone in the lumber section of Home Depot and someone will be able to help you!

Once the boards had been cut, my husband (never one to pass up the chance to use some of his power tools) decided to use his router to add some detail to the front edges of the chalkboard.

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Slide4The routed edges are a great way to add additional visual interest to your chalkboards but simple rectangles will be perfectly fine. Don’t feel the need to over complicate this project. The casual elegance of it really is what makes it so charming!

2013 Homemade Christmas GiftAfter some sanding to round out the corners and smooth out the surface, we’re ready to stain!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

I chose to use a really nice dark stain to bring out all of the cool knots in the wood but the stain color is entirely up to you!

Once the stain was dry, I taped off the edges to where I wanted the chalkboard itself to be (making sure to press down firmly to prevent the paint from bleeding on this grainy surface) and one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Flat-Black Spray Paint did the trick!

Slide7To add just a bit more detail to the chalkboards (and to use up some old hardware I had laying around) I drilled a hole in the top of the chalkboard and added these crystal drawer pulls as an accent. You could play around with these and use whatever you have laying around the house or take a trip to a thrift store or hobby shop. Use your imagination as add your own personal flair!

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The final product?

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

This fun and easy project took only a weekend and we ended up with all of these great homemade gifts for our friends and family! I was really happy with how they turned out and they ended up being a big hit!

What are some of your favorite homemade gift ideas?

NEW YEARS DECORATING IDEAS

I’m hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas full of family, fun, and lots of food! I know we sure did! As the Christmas celebrations are nearing their end, it’s time to turn our attention to the excitement of New Years! Whether your 2013 was one to remember or one you’d rather forget, now is the time that we begin to reflect on the year that was. What better way to do that than to plan a New Years Eve gathering? If you are planning a big News Years bash or just a small get together with a few friends (our personal favorite) take the opportunity to add a few festive New Years decorating touches on top of your Christmas decorations.

If you’re like me, you don’t rush to immediately rip down all of your Christmas gear on January 1st. It takes a lot of effort to decorate your home for Christmas, so what’s the big hurry to take it all down? This year, I have been coming up with a few ideas that will simply add to your already beautiful holiday décor while also giving that extra special nod to the impending year!

 

1. It’s all about the big countdown

Old clocks act as a playful nod to your New Years in your decorating! After all, isn’t that the focus of the whole evening during the countdown to midnight? Take a look around the house to dig up any old alarm clocks you may have laying around or make a trip to thrift store or department store (even target has some options for under $20) to see what you can find. These great antique alarm clocks nestled on the mantel or tucked into your table centerpiece will give the space a great vintage vibe and create the perfectly playful New Years décor.

New Years Decor

New Years Decorating

If you find yourself lacking in the extensive vintage timepiece collection (insert sarcastic tone here) you can always reference the good old timekeeper in your sweets!

2. Have a bubbly good time

Add some visual interest behind your bar or buffet table with some champagne balloon bubbles! Muted colors like gold, silver, white and blush will imitate your favorite bubbly while also staying in tune with your other holiday decorations!New Years Decorating

Or take advantage of the big Christmas decoration sales at Target right now and stock up on some champagne colored Christmas bulbs! These “bubbles” will look great scattered around your dinner table or gathered up in a glass bowl while continuing to add to your New Years theme!

3. Resolution check

It’s that time again! Many of us use this time of the year to start fresh, break bad habits, and move forward into the new year on the right foot with New Years resolutions. Pick a fun space in your house, and use up some of the Kraft paper from your holiday wrapping, to create a resolution board for your friends and family to join in on. Whether these resolutions are silly or serious, it’s a great way to add some entertaining group fun to your New Years gathering!

Whether you’re planning on enjoying a night out on the town or staying in with friends and family, we at The Spiffy Company wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

WRAP IT UP! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS

As the Christmas shopping (hopefully) is coming to an end, now is the time I start thinking about wrapping! While I have nothing against traditional wrapping paper (and Santa definitely goes that route in our house) a beautifully wrapped little box really is one of my favorite things (queue Julie Andrews!) Now, I really try not to ever judge a book by its cover, but there’s something about a specially wrapped box that feels extra special (and yes…spiffy) to me!

Kraft paper is one of my go to products right now. I could find a million uses for Kraft paper around my house but I’ll leave that post for another day. I did decide to break out my favorite brown paper for some Christmas wrapping this year and with the use of some playful ribbon and a white paint marker, I think it turned out pretty snazzy!

Kraft paperDespite the uncharacteristically warm weather today, I’m still in full blown Christmas mode and have been playing all the best holiday tunes non stop. So naturally…

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Just cut whatever size paper you need and quickly write out some lyrics to your favorite Christmas Carols. It couldn’t be easier and right away you have some beautiful custom wrapping paper!

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Holdiday Wrapping

Add a fun ribbon and it’s that easy! Super easy, super cute…what more could you ask for?! Here’s a look at some different ribbon choices and a few other ideas I came up with…

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I really like how these turned out and LOVE how simple it was! A little extra effort goes a long way and your giftees will be sure to notice the thought that went into your little box of Christmas cheer!

Here are some other ideas of creative and simple wrapping ideas…

 

 Have you done any extra special wrapping this Christmas season?