Just click here to go to Old Time Pottery for the full details on making your own painted plaid rug. I write a blog post over there once a month and trust me y’all…..you don’t want to miss this one! Make one of these for your kitchen, kids room, bathroom, any room in your home. A touch of plaid is great anywhere.
Click here to print the weekly menu planner. (Uses OL7000WX labels from OnlineLabels.)
Click here to print the weekly menu sheet with shopping list.
My entire weekly menu planner system will fit nicely into a binder in your kitchen. Add the weekly planner labels and weekly menu sheets to full size sheet protectors. The recipe cards can be added to 4 x 6 index card holders that will also go great in a binder. You will have an organized recipe area in no time at all.
Save money with a weekly menu planner system by planning your meals around the items that are already in your kitchen. I love to think of what I can make with things I have on hand or produce that needs to be used up. BONUS: This saves food waste as well. I am off to plan a few more weeks’ worth of menu. I am wondering how low I can get my grocery bill in January. How about you? Do you meal plan? Print my system for a new twist on your existing planning system. Even if you are new to menu planning my system is super easy to use and will change your life. That nightly battle of what to cook for dinner is gone…for good!
- Wash plate well with rubbing alcohol.
- Print image you want to use on just plain paper and tape to the front of your clear plate.
- Trace image on the back of your plate with a gold sharpie marker. Fill in with marker as well.
- Paint with DecoArt mutli surface paint on the back of your plate right over the top of your sharpie marker. You will need at least two coats of paint on your plate.
- I recommend adding Americana Decoupage Outdoor formula to the back of your plate (2 coats) to help protect your design.
My steam mop review included lots of floor cleaning in my striped socks. Don’t judge y’all a girl has to stay warm. But seriously, I gave the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP a workout for y’all and it is everything you would expect from a name like Swiffer. The extra boost of steam really helps to power away the dirt and grime. I am going to say this beats the regular Swiffer mop by a mile. This one is quick, easy to use, and leaves you with wonderfully clean floors (woot!). Floors that are clean enough to have guests over….which is what I did.
If y’all are prepping for a party, be sure to print my holiday party cleaning checklist as well. A Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP will help you complete your checklist quickly then you can get onto the important part of your dinner party….the decor! I started with some vintage china and a table setting. Then I added in a centerpiece and decor that went with these plates.
I have a piece of muslin on the entire table then a white square tablecloth over the top of that. The table runner is an old piece of wood with a collection of snowy items sitting on top. Start with a few of my waterless snow globes in mason jars to add some fun.
Add in some pine cones, mini trees, and of course some loose snow sprinkled all around the centerpiece and the table itself. Bring the winter wonderland to your guests.
This is a dinner party for 6 but you could expand this fun theme to a party for any number of people. Grab your snow and get started on a fun themed dinner party this weekend. We had a blast and I am sure your guests will too. Now that the party is over, it is time to break out the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST again. It never ends does it y’all?
- Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit
- Flour Sack Towels (prewashed)
- Silhouette Cameo Machine
- Fabric Medium
- Acrylic Paint
First, use your Silhouette to design and cut your stencil for your towel. The kit comes with special vinyl specific for this purpose. I must say I was very impressed with the quality of the stencil vinyl in this kit. I used stock images off of the internet and my Silhouette software to trace the image. The kit also comes with a download card from the Silhouette store where you can download exclusive fabric ink designs for free.
The kit also comes with a full set of instructions and pictures. Everything was very easy to follow right from inside the kit. Here is my vinyl after it was cut with the Silhouette.
Just remove the areas of your stencil with your hands or the hook that comes with the kit.
Then, apply the transfer tape to your design. I actually used my gift card to press the tape down and eliminate air bubbles.
Remove the vinyl liner and apply the entire thing to your towel. Again, I used the gift card to burnish down the vinyl.
Carefully remove your transfer tape and you are left with your stencil.
The kit comes with a sponge and a foam brush. The directions indicate that the sponge will give more of a distressed look so I went with it. I applied the black ink to my design.
Allow your project to dry completely before removing the vinyl stencil.
You can work on another project in the meantime. Using the same steps, I made this towel with a row of jars. Mix your acrylic paint and fabric medium according to the directions on the fabric medium bottle.
Once dry, just remove your stencil to reveal the magic underneath. Be sure to iron your design to heat set it before using or washing.
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DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Supplies needed:
- Burlap (you will need two of these pieces to get 4 placemats)
- DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic in white
- Stencil Brush
DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Instructions:
I then pulled away about 3 strings from each side to create a frayed edge. If you are worried about your place mat continuing to fray, you can use fray check all around the edges of your finished product.
Then count in from one edge about 8 strings and start pulling strings out. You can literally just pull a middle string easily.
Pull enough strings so that your ribbon will fit through the burlap. In my case it was around 8 strings.
Start threading through your ribbon. I went 5 strings and then repeated — in and out of my place mat all the way down the burlap.
Now it is time to add why we are all gathered together on Thanksgiving. I spelled “THANKFUL” down the side of each of my place mats with the stencil and white paint.
You could of course add different words to each of your place mats. I loved the thankful sentiment so I kept all four of mine consistent.
After your paint has dried, iron your placemats and they are ready to add to your Thanksgiving table!
I was given supplies and compensated for portions of this post through design teams. All opinions and projects are my own.
Anyone for a glass of sweet green tea? I hope you enjoyed my kitchen organization dilemma and can use my ideas in your own home.
For more of my kitchen organizing including inside the cabinets check out the posts here, here, and here.
Boy it doesn’t look like much there does it? It was right out of the 1970s and was in need of a new home. I first painted the entire thing with an off white paint from DecoArt. The lid received a coat of the same color paint just a very light coat. Then it was time to paint that decorative detail on the front.
I printed out an extra large copy of the PB version and grabbed my graphite paper. I traced the PB image right onto the front of my canister using the graphite paper. No it is not perfect but the lines are close enough for me to paint in a facsimile of the original.
I play around with blues and blacks until I landed on a paint color I loved. I then started filling in the lines I made on my canister with paint. I kept my picture of the original version close at hand and tried to mimic the brush strokes. The writing at the very bottom was hardest of all. I actually traced the letters with a blue fine line marker before painting them.
I am using my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister to store the dog’s treats. Stay tuned tomorrow as I show you where this one ended up and the changes I have made in my kitchen organization.
I am a member of the DecoArt core blogger program and I have been compensated for my participation. However the project and opinions are all my own.
I used gray for the feet and eyes. The eyes are a bit ombre also. I love my new napkin holder! I am thinking of adding more of this color to my kitchen so y’all stay tuned!
I poured over my own copy of Seductive Tables for Two and developed a plan for my own romantic meal. You see through the book I began to realize that a romantic meal can be anywhere at anytime. It is really a book for every season and all times of the day. I decided on breakfast because at a minimum we can get up early and enjoy a little alone time. I went shopping for essentials like fruit, yogurt, and apple fritters (yes they are essential).
I then started building my table. I decided to go with a vintage theme. Moll’s book inspired me to look beyond just “table clothes” and to look at fabric in a different light. I used a few pieces I had plus a few pieces I found while at a thrift store. Some of you might recognize a few of these linens from an instagram picture. I layered on a vintage table cloth, what appears to be a pieced quilt top, and what is actually a baby blanket. It was a wonderful layered look that gave my table softness.
Speaking of tables, I did not want to set this up on my large dining table. Seductive Tables for Two also had a list of alternate table ideas for your romantic meals. This is actually two of those wood TV trays pushed together. It is the perfect size for a breakfast for two. Just having the small table makes the meal feel more intimate. Plus because the meal is not in our normal dining area it made everything feel more special.
Next up was decorating the table. I took a cue from these vintage plates that I never ever use. I adore them but they never seem to fit any occasion. The floral design is perfect for a romantic vintage tablescape. I took inspiration off of them for the rest of the table.
Just one of the things I learned from Seductive Tables for Two is to add unexpected and small elements to your table to add interest. I brought in a variety of vintage keys to scatter on the table. Plus who can have a romantic meal without a pair of lovebirds?
I also added a natural element after reading through the book. Moll suggests adding flowers either from the store or your yard. I thought there was really no way I could find something in my yard in January. But Seductive Tables for Two convinced me to look at all natural elements in my yard. I was skeptical but I went out before heading to the store for flowers. To my surprise, I found some lovely branches, lavender, and a couple of early blooming buttercups. My natural centerpiece was complete for zero dollars.
Moll’s book also suggested some mood lighting for your meal. I really did not want to go typical and set out candles. So I came up with the idea of using an old oil lamp to set the romantic mood of our tablescape. It worked out perfectly plus kept with my vintage vibe.
We enjoyed our fruit and yogurt parfaits in mason jars to keep going with our vintage theme. They were simply plain yogurt layered with bananas, strawberries, my homemade strawberry freezer jam, and some homemade granola on top. It was a lovely breakfast for just the two of us. A time to be alone, relax, and enjoy each other. I will be keeping my Seductive Tables for Two book handy to inspire even more of these romantic adventures. Any season, any where, a romantic moment can happen given the right preparation.
Want to learn more about Moll Anderson? She has upcoming appearances on Access Hollywood and a radio show is on XM Talk 168 every Saturday at 5:00 pm EST. You can also follow Moll on twitter and facebook.