Black and Gold Christmas Decor

Christmas decor on console table | Decor FixTIS’ THE SEASON
Happy Black (and gold) Friday, friends. Today I’m sharing my entry way all decked out for the season in my favorite color combo.

Are any of you braving the crowds and shopping today? It’s not really my thing. I’ve done it before, and it pretty much sends me into panic attack mode. If I could ever master the art of shopping online, I’d never shop in stores again. For real.

My “crazy Christmas lady” comes out in the fact that I decorate at least a week before Thanksgiving. (I’m sure I have some fellow “Christmas crazies” who probably beat me.)

I’ve been in Christmas mode for a while, but somehow the day after Thanksgiving makes it socially acceptable to flaunt it like Buddy the Elf high on syrup. Prior to that you open yourself up to judgement and eye rolls from those who feel badly for Thanksgiving. (C’mon, like it really has feelings?)

Console table Christmas decor |Decor Fix
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Console table Christmas decor |Decor Fix

It started with my black and gold lamp (from Target) that has a permanent spot there. I added the “O Night Divine” canvas from Lindsay Letters as the focal point, and layered the gold himmeli wreath I made last year on top. The little silver bottle brush tree was a gift, and I found the larger one at Hobby Lobby. The white village is a DIY that I created for Glitter Guide. (More details soon!)

Some of my favorite projects start at the dollar store. I love changing up every year, so I never spend much on new decorations.

You’d be surprised what you can find for just a few bucks from dollar store that make great DIY supplies or filler decor. (Remember my Christmas plaques? Still one my fav DIY’s ever.) I bought 12 glitter star ornaments at $1 a piece and glued them together before I hung them from the ceiling.

I love this little scene in our entryway, and the twinkle stars make a nice visual when Gemma and I sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”…which is no less than 100 times a day.

I’ll be back next week with a fun DIY for a wreath alternative. Thanks for spending a bit of your time here today…I’m thankful for you:)

*Remember you can get FREE shipping on anything in the Lindsay Letters Shop by entering: DECORFIXSHIP. Check this abstract piece that would be gorgeous year round.

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DIY Fabric Mobile

DIY fabric baby mobile

If you’ve even spent 5 minutes looking for a baby mobile for your nursery, you know the situation is not good. Your options are either terribly tacky box store mobiles or the oh-so-cute ones that cost a million dollars.

Yes, one miiilllion dolllarss. (Insert Dr. Evil voice, pinky to lips.)

A couple years ago, I DIY’d a mobile for my daughter’s room, but it ended up nearly sending my hormonal preggo self over the edge.

Earlier this week I shared the design for my client Chrissy’s nursery, and part of that plan was this DIY mobile. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I decided to try again at the DIY mobile game just for the sweet mama I was working with.

(Oh, yes. I craft for my clients. I’m thinking of calling this service DIFMH…”Do It For Me, Heather” Projects.)

I love this mobile for a couple reasons. It reminds me of the fabric banner  I made a few years ago that ended up in Olive’s nursery. Secondly, you can so easily incorporate your nursery colors with this project. You could even get real crazy and mix a bunch of patterns together.

I saw a picture of a similar mobile (ironically not used in a baby’s room) in HGTV Magazine, and thought the idea was GENIUS. There weren’t DIY instructions, so I gambled and tried to recreate the mobile the best I could.

This was waaaaaay easier than the mobile I ended making a couple years ago.  If I gave this a DIY rating, it would be “G” for “Go Do It”. (Wow, two acronyms in one post. Let’s not make it a thing…)

DIY fabric mobile suppliesDIY fabric mobile DIY FABRIC MOBILE

-hanging wire basket (I purchased mine from World Market.)
-fabric (I used 1/2 yard each of three different mint fabrics.)
-1 yard white chord trim
-white spray paint
-hot glue gun

1. Detach individual baskets from the hook and chain on the hanging wire basket.

2. Spray paint baskets and chain white. (*If you can find a white basket, this would be preferred. Once you assemble the mobile, some of the white paint chips off due to the amount of handling required to make this.)

3. Cut strips of fabric 14 inches long and 1 inch wide. (I just traced the width of the ruler as a guide for my strips.)

4. Tie strips of fabric to the bottom of the smallest basket, focusing on filling the center.

5. Hot glue strips of fabric to the rim of the smallest basket. Then hot glue strips of fabric around the mid sized basket.

6. Attach the mid size basket back on the chain. Attach the small basket underneath this. (*I chose not to use the large basket for this mobile.)

7. Cut chord trim the length of the perimeter of the top basket. Wrap and hot glue to the basket. Seal the two ends together with hot glue.

8. Trim ribbon length. *I found this easiest by hanging the whole thing on a rod in my laundry room. I used the ruler as my guide for each cut, and trimmed the ribbon on the top rung to 10 inches. I trimmed the middle tier to 11 inches and then left the bottom tier of fabric at the original 14 inches.DIY fabric mobile

I hung the minty fabric mobile up in Gemma’s nursery, so I could shoot a couple pics before mailing it to California. Honestly it makes Gemma’s bird house mobile look like a wanna-be-has-been. “Minty” kind of stole the show.

Sorry, kid. Mama was just a newbie mobile maker when you came around.

DIY Faux Zebra Rug

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Don’t worry vegans…no animals were harmed in the production of this rug.

Before I saw them popping up all over Pinterest, I first saw a gold zebra hide rug on One Kings Lane.

I swooned.

I craved.

I noticed the $739 price tag and hung my head in defeat.

BUT a few weeks later I came across this post on Home Depot’s blog about a DIY faux zebra rug that looked amazing and cost less than the tax on the OKL rug.  JACKPOT.

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I made this large rug for a client’s baby shower and nursery for only $54!!

Granted, it did take some sweat equity.

I geared up for a night of painting and planted myself and my supplies in front of the TV for a Real Housewives marathon. (Don’t judge me…I am fully aware that the entire franchise of shows is total rubbish. But it’s entertaining rubbish…And I watch them ALL.)[Read More]

DIY Ribbon Table Runner

DIY Ribbon Table Runner
I keep a stock pile of ribbon on hand for no particular reason. All sizes, colors, and patterns are welcome to hang in my stash. Ribbon is one of those craft supplies that calls to you from the shelves in the store. Even if you don’t need any at the moment, you can usually convince yourself that you will eventually. (Is that just me?)

This weekend I taught a little craft workshop at West Elm St. Louis. We made ribbon table runners that are perfect for an outdoor party or special occasions. I saw this picture on Pinterest where one had been used on long tables for wedding decor. The different ribbon colors looked gorgeous together,  and different colors could easily be personalized to match your tableware or theme for a party. This is a project that even the rookie crafter could tackle. It costs about $20 to make a table runner large enough for a 72 inch table. If making for a smaller table, the cost would be less since you wouldn’t need as much ribbon.
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