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DIY: Winter Hat Ornament

These winter hat ornaments are the cutest and they are super easy to make. With just a few simple craft items and 15 minutes you can make an adorable winter hat ornament to put on your Christmas tree or give as a gift.

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You will need:

A skein of yarn

A cardboard tube (paper towel, toilet paper or wrapping paper)

Scissors

Cottonballs

 

Craft Prep:

First, take the cardboard roll and fold it a bit for easier cutting. Cut a section of tube about 3/4″ thick.

Measure and cut approximately 40 strands of yarn 14″ inch long.

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How to assemble:

Fold a strand of yarn in half inserting it through the cardboard ring.

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Take the two ends and feed them through the loop creating a slip-knot.

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Pull the yarn snug.

Repeat this process around the entire cardboard ring, aligning all the the slip-knots along the top.

Once you have completed the circle invert the yarn strands to make the hat cuff. Stuff the loose ends back through the tube.

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To create the top of the hat take a piece of yarn  and tie all of the loose ends together.

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Trim the ends to create the Pom Pom top.

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To hold the hats shape, stuff the inside of the hat with 2-3 cotton balls.

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Finish off the hat with a string for hanging.

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Christmas Color Palettes

Christmas is inching its way closer and it’s almost time to start decorating (if you haven’t started already!). There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays with so many color palettes to choose from. I usually gravitate to the traditional red and green, but I found so many cute collections this year that put a twist on traditional.

Check out these wonderful palettes and try something new!

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Here is a subtle and elegant palette with items from Crate and Barrel. Make your house into a winter wonderland that can stay up well after Christmas is over!

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Go gold and glam! West Elm has a great selection of gold holiday décor this year. It’s very sophisticated and modern. Another look that can stay up well past New Year’s.

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Muted mistletoe is almost traditional but just a little less saturated. This palette works well with natural elements such as pinecones and evergreen. This collection of Christmas items is from Target. I’m such a sucker for plaid and holly!

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Traditional kicked up a notch. This intense color palette works great with patterns such as plaids, polka dots and stripes. Pier 1 has a fantastic selection of whimsical and minty Christmas decorations this year. It’s refreshing and fun!

Whatever color palette you decide to use this Christmas season, have fun with it and make it your own — that’s what it’s all about! 🙂

 

 

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Home is Where the Heart Is: Gallery Wall

I’ve always wanted a gallery wall. They’re pretty, they’re popular and they seem like a lot of work! The thought of collecting enough stuff, arranging it just so and hanging every piece with precision would likely send me into a panic attack. It seemed like a really hard project to tackle but I was determined to have one in my new house.

What should I have in my gallery wall? I didn’t want random items with no real meaning. I decided against family pics; they get outdated too fast and I’m horrible at getting picture developed. I wanted something with meaning. Something that would make me smile when I walked past. I did a little soul searching and decided that my “home” makes me happy. I love the city I live in, Milwaukee. It’s full of beautiful architecture, next to a wonderful lake. I was born here, raised here and now raise my own family here. I decided to do a small collection of items in honor of my hometown. It took me awhile to “collect” everything (I can be picky) but I was pleased with the grouping. The group consisted of 2 instagram pics I took of downtown Milwaukee, an illustration of the Milwaukee skyline done by a local artist, a handmade metal cutout of Wisconsin with a Magnetic heart and a wood carved letter “M”.

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Now to layout an arrangement. I decided to put it in my front hallway. It was a good location that I would pass multiple times a day. So I went to work, trying different layouts until I was pleased with the outcome. I placed the items on the floor and moved them around into different arrangements.

Attempt #1:

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Attempt #2:

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I decided on this layout. I thought it was a good balance of color and texture and would fit the wall nicely.

Attempt #3: the final

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Of course, I picked a wall that needed some TLC – patching and painting. (*My favorite*) I picked out a paint color and got to work.

img_0297I chose Granite Boulder by Behr Paint. I love Behr paint. It covers well and cleans well.

After spending a whole Sunday afternoon taping, trimming and rolling, I had a finished product! Here are before and after pictures.

Before:

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The finished gallery wall! I’m so glad I decided to tackle this project. It makes me smile every time I walk past it. 😄

After:

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Fall Décor Trend: Copper

The leaves are turning colors and everyone’s drinking pumpkin spice lattes — it must be FALL! Fall decorating is one of my favorite parts of the season. The warm autumn color palette and natural elements can really transform your space and celebrate the season.

This year’s must-have: Copper!

It’s warm, it’s inviting and it’s all the rage. Copper kicks the traditional autumn color palette up a notch with its metallic brightness and warm undertones. You can add copper to your space without totally breaking the bank and here are some of my favorites:

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William Sonoma’s Fall Botanical Tabletop with Hammered Copper Charger and Goblets

Tip: Add a couple copper accent pieces to your existing dinnerware. A copper charger under a stack of plate at a setting or add a set of super popular Moscow Mule mugs. A couple of small additions can really transform a Fall tablescape.

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KitchenAid ® Copper Metallic Series Stand Mixer

This is a little more of a splurge but how can you resist!? The KitchenAid® Copper Metallic Series Stand Mixer is so pretty it has to stay on the kitchen counter. Stuffing this mixer in a cabinet would be sacrilege!

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Adesso Amber Glass Shade Table Lamp

Adesso’s amber glass shade table lamp could be a great addition to a desk, end table or accent table. The base is made of grained white marble (another one of my favorite trends!). For around $100, it’s a no-brainer!

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Crate & Barrel’s Martin Copper Beverage Tub with Orb Copper Shaker

Can you say Moscow Mule? Copper is a huge trend in barware! Put your favorite drinks on ice with a copper beverage tub or add a set of Moscow Mule mugs to your back bar.