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DIY calligraphy coffee mug

DIY calligraphy coffee mug

“All you need is love and a cup of coffee”

Are you a coffee lover like I am? Would you like to have a new coffee mug every month? I know I do! And with each season kicking in, I automatically feel the need for an adequate and new coffee mug. I’d love to have a different mug for a different state of mind, like the ” Hello gorgeous” and “Great things will happen” mugs for the days when I need encouragement, and the “Nope” for the days when I need to send out a clear message to the universe. Also, let’s not forget the monogrammed mugs, as they make for a great littlle gifts!

And with mothers day arunf the corner, I’m sure you started thinking about diy gift ideas, didn’t you?

So with a clear addiction to pretty mugs I needed to find a way to save my budget from this craziness. And here’s where the DIY sharpie coffee mug saves the day! They are really easy to make, and the possibilities are simply endless!

easy calligraphy style diy coffee mug

So I have made the “Hello”, “Bonjour” and a monogram “M” coffee mugs as gifts for my mom and my sweet friends, and a “#bosslady” and “sip” for me. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

– white mug
– sharpie
– paper

For a more natural feel of your handwriting, try writing down your word on a paper a couple of times first. That way once you’ll start tracing on a mug, your hand will be more steady.

After writing down your word , try tracing it over to give it a more calligraphy-like feel. In real calligraphy the letters are a bit thicker on one side, so you can try imitating that.

Mug

 

Mug

Mug

Mug

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So for my self, I wanted one mug with the bosslady hashtag on one side, and a set of closed eyelashes on the other side: seriously, closed eyelashes are the easiest to paint even if you have zero artistic skills! And my second mug got a “sip” on one side and ” coffee” on the other one.

Once you’re done, leave your mugs to dry for 24 hours. I know it seems like a long time, especially they feel dry almost right away, but that’ll make them more resistant after baking.

Bake them at 300F, for 30 minutes. After that time turn the oven off, but leave your mugs in the oven so they cool down gradually.

Don’t ever put them in the dishwasher, as that will wash down the sharpie. Wash them just like a delicate porcelain, by hand, and they’ll last that way!

Mug

diy calligraphy coffee mug

So, do you know what will you write on your mug?

Winter gallery wall

winter gallery wall

I strongly believe that Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be over the top expensive nor difficult! And I think that one of the easiest ways to add interest to any room, is by simply adding some new and fresh prints to the gallery wall and transforming it in to a winter gallery wall! And I really love it when not only the textures, pillows and accessories change with seasons, but also these visuals, prints and wall decorations. And so for me Christmas decorating means not only dressing up our small Christmas tree, but also updating my gallery wall.

Honestly, visuals in the room are almost as important for me as the furniture themselves, since they can add the vibe and the atmosphere to the space like nothing else really. They can transform a boring and uninteresting wall in to a stunning and inspiring one, and best part, is that it’s so much cheaper to change prints then furniture!

But of course, since I don’t poses unlimited decorating funds, I had to find a way to make these gallery wall changes affordable, and easy.

winter gallery wall

winter gallery wall

So I came up with some simple, and mostly free ways to change your gallery wall and make a winter gallery wall like I did! Including a free to download, calligraphy style printable, ” Baby it’s cold outside” ( do you know this Christmas classic song? It’s one of my favorites!). And there’s even one surprise print in french!

You can read my step by step guide and get the printables by visiting your Hello Holiday Christmas guide! Just click on the “free printable” on the page 10! It’ll take you directly to it!

And if you’re looking for more festive ideas, simple DIY projects and decor inspirations, I’m sure you’ll find them all you need in our guide! Happy festive preparations!

DIY wrapping paper

diy wrapping paper

While I’m not always a DIY busy bee, I usually tend to get more crafty for the holidays! Of course I know that Christmas can be very busy , but for me it’s the excuse to actually slow down and craft a little more with my daughters. Because I really enjoy starting the preparation early, keeping things simple and listening to  Christmas music while doing so!

And when my daughter Lili was two years old, we started making wrapping paper together. It’s not perfect, shiny and detailed like the store-bought one. Honestly it’s a bit messy and rather imperfect. But we have so much fun making it! And now, when Lili is almost five, and Rose is approaching three, I have not one, but two little helpers to help me with my Christmas preparations!

diy wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

Also, I really love the Scandinavian Xmas vibes, with its nature inspired simplicity. So every year I make these simple stamps that we use to stamp white paper with. I find the result adorable, and my kids have a blast stamping along!

And I think that making a hand-made wrapping paper teaches kids a lot about the real joy of giving! I think that thanks to our little craft they actually look forward to give their gifts to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and they can’t wait to see the looks on their faces and to tell that it’s not only them who helped wrapping the gifts, but it’s also them who made the wrapping paper itself!

This potato stamp wrapping paper is a great and simple winter activity for kids, while the effect is both practical and festive! And now you can wrap all your gifts without spending extra money on wrapping paper!

You can find the full tutorial here, in our Hello Holiday Guide, among other simple festive DIY ideas!

Happy wrapping!

<em>Photos of me in this post where captured by <a href=”http://www.donnagriffith.com/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

Easy DIY advent calendar

This easy DIY advent calendar is a great way of adding some festive cheer to your everyday! Come grab a free printable to make your own easy advent calendar

I always wanted to make my own advent calendar. I loved the idea of counting down to Christmas with kids, of building up the excitement and adding a bit of magic do dark and cold winter mornings. But I couldn’t imagine myself sewing up 24 little bags or buying a ton of small and useless toys. I needed an easy DIY advent calendar idea. So when I figured out how to make this easy advent calendar, I new I needed to share it with you!

Because I really think that counting down to Christmas, one day at a time, is one of the best joys of childhood, and one of the pleasures of motherhood. And looking at my kids exited faces in the morning is what I love the most during the holiday season!

And now, it’s not surprising that getting the advent calendar out off the living room coffee table, is one of our very favorite family traditions! Every day of December, in the early morning, my two daughters will be getting up all exited and will wake me up, begging to finally go downstairs and see the advent calendar. Some days they’ll find candy (just don’t tell them it’s their Halloween leftover candy!) and some days they’ll find stickers, temporary tattoos, or tiny little figurines.

Honestly I don’t think it really matters what they find , as the magic lays in anticipation and surprise! And so, thanks to the advent calendar, the excitement for Xmas builds up gradually. And their huge smiles brighten my dark December mornings, as we go downstairs to count the days left until Xmas!

So this year I made this printable that you too can use to make your own easy DIY advent calendar!

easy DIY advent calendar , and a free printable

You can find the full detailed tutorial as well as the printable to download at home, in our Hello Holiday Guide, here!

And I think that for kids the magic of Christmas lays in the little things, in time they spend with family and in the excitement and preparation! So don’t worry if you don’t have time to do all the Christmas activities from Pinterest, and bake all the cookies and prepare Elf on the shelf, because sometimes what kids will remember the most are the little family rituals like this one. Happy holidays!

<em>Photos in this post where captured by <a href=”http://www.donnagriffith.com/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

How to start your first garden

It’s been a while since I wanted to start a garden, a real one, with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries. I was imagining getting up in the morning and picking up fresh fruits with my daughters for breakfast.

Starting a veggie garden was easier than I though !
Starting a veggie garden was easier than I thought!

 

I know, I’m imagining a tv commercial, but I can’t help it, I still want us to get fresh produce from our garden! There was just two problems: squirrels living in my garden and a groundhog living in my neighbor’s garden. Apparently the squirrels are usually eating the tomatoes and the groundhog loves lettuce.

So we decided to build a raised bed, because it gets the job of stealing our food more difficult. And planting in a raised bed is easier on your back ( big point for me!). Also, by planting in a raised bed you don’t need to consider the quality of your soil because you basically put whatever type of soil you need inside.

Garden

Building a raised bed :

Now, if you’d like to know if it’s difficult to make a raised bed, I’ll tell you that it looks quite easy! And my husband says it really is, especially if you have the right tools and someone to help you. Well, if it would be me trying to make one, I don’t think it would take only a few hours.

Supplies:

  • Wood for the sides. We recycled old 6 in. cedar siding for it’s mold resistance, but you can do it with 2×8 or 2×12 lumber of hemlock. Pine and spruce are not recommended.
  • some extra 2×4 for the corners, or corner brackets
  • geotextile fabric
  • earth, a lot of earth

Tools:

First, decide what dimensions you need and start cutting your lumber. Keep the bed width below 4 foot to avoid stepping inside to maintain it. Cut small pieces of 2×4 to hold the corners.

Build a raised bed

Build a raised bed

 

The recycled planks required a bit more assembling… and pre-drilling to avoid cracking. We used 2 screws per plank at each joint and corner.

Build a raised bed

Build a raised bed

Once everything is assembled, you can stain it for the look, but we decided not to.

Build a raised bed

To prevent tree roots and grass from traveling up your soil and competing with your vegetables, lay a geotextile fabric at the bottom of your box.

Build a raised bed

Building is done! Now just fill it with rich soil that is at least 25% compost.

Starting seeds and planting:

Instead of spending money on little degradable pots, I think it’s better to use an old egg container. All you need to do is to pierce the bottom of every egg hole ( for draining ) and then just put some rich soil and a seed. Water every day, and keep in a sunny spot. Seedlings need at least 6 hours of direct light a day!

Best way to start your own seeds, and the cheapest one too!
Best way to start your own seeds, and the cheapest one too!

The best time to plant outside is when the temperature gets warm, and there is no danger of frost (that might kill your seedling).

Also, don’t plant veggies that grow high next to veggies that stay low ( like tomatoes and strawberries) because they might hide the sun from each other.

And make sure that you have good quality, rich soil! Check with your local garden store if they deliver large quantities of garden soil, they might have a much better price then a hardware store that sells soil in bags!

Making garden markers:

Garden markers

Get some wooden planks and paint them. Or let your kids do so. If they can’t spell, they could try drawing the plant that you’re growing (although it might be unrecognizable 😉 ). So the safest way to know what you’ve planted and where is to actually write it.

Start a garden

Of course now, my little helper is asking me all the time if the cucumbers and tomatoes are ready, and every day after breakfast we need to check if the groundhog ate our lettuce. No, he did not. But we will add a net, just to make sure!

Start a garden

Are you thinking about starting a vegetable garden? If you already did, why are your tips and tricks to keep the pests off?

Amazing no-sew headband tutorial

No-sew headband

I admit, this title is very enthusiastic, but it’s only because this no-sew headband was so easy to make it really made my day. Since I cut my bangs, I’m mostly annoyed with it, and I just hope for my hair to grow faster. I guess that I didn’t mind having hair in my eyes all the time when I was younger, but now I just don’t feel like suffering for beauty. I might have matured, or I got lazy ;).

And guess what – it’s not that easy to find pretty, but age appropriate headbands when you’re 30! Without flowers and ribbons I mean. And comfortable. Of course there is Etsy, but by the time my headband would be shipped, my hair would probably grow. And then I run across this idea somewhere on Pinterst. I also decided to use a sharpie to paint little black dots. All together it took me not more than 5 minutes!

No-sew headband

What you’ll need :
white tank-top
black sharpie
tape
scissors

No-sew headband

Place our t-shirt on flat surface, and measure a thick stripe. To hold your material still you can use regular tape like I did. Draw the lines of your headband (they should be straight, but don’t need to be perfect). Add the dots, on both sides. Cut it out.

No-sew headband

Now fold it in to 8 ( or eternity).

No-sew headband

Fold again.

No-sew headband

Put two extremities together. And voila!

No-sew headband

Now can you tell that I love my new headband? I really do. It’s so comfortable! And it cost me nothing!

No-sew headband

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