There is no denying it, I love to create! As long as I can remember, I have always gravitated towards art. Paper and pencil, markers, chalk, canvas, computer, you name it, I’ve used it as a creative outlet. This blog is a prime example. Not traditional art mind you, but art constructed with feelings and words. I wanted to share with you today my creations. They are a melt of my art and my love for home decor. Attached to this blog, I have a small shop. It’s a little piece of me, my art and my step to share my creations with the world (because my house can only hold so much!). Here are a couple of the prints available to purchase. I’m so honored to be able to share them and continue to improve and grow my craft. Enjoy!
Christmas cards will be showing up in the mail before you know it! Even in today’s technological age, there is something so wholesome and nostalgic in receiving a tangible greeting. The stamp, the pretty envelope, the message – it’s still one of the great thrills of the season. I love receiving Christmas cards, but have always struggled with how to display them. They are all so pretty and thoughtful; how could I just toss them aside? I usually resort to taping them up around the house, but by the end of the season half the cards have fallen down. So, I decided to challenge myself this week and tackle a DIY project with a thrift store find: A Christmas Card Holder. The holder was the perfect answer to my Christmas card dilemma. I’ll show you what I did and how you can make one for around $10-$15!
1 oversized frame
a tube of acrylic paint
a piece of medium grit sandpaper
hot glue gun (3-4 glue sticks)
8-10 yards of ribbon (in a variety of styles and widths)
5-10 clothes pins
I stopped at my local thrift store to pick up a frame. I wanted the frame to be large enough to display a handful of cards, have some unique detail and cheap enough not to break the bank. I found this picture for $5 and thought it would work perfectly!
Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.
Using a sponge brush apply two coats of acrylic paint (the color of your choice), waiting in between coats for it to dry.
After the frame is completely dry. Lightly sand with some medium grit sandpaper to create a weathered feel and reveal some of the frame detail.
Once the frame is painted, it was time to attach the ribbons.
Cut the ribbon into stripes the width of the frame.
Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the frame making sure the ribbon is taut enough it will not sag. Work your way down the frame from the top to bottom, mixing up the ribbon styles as you go.
Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.
Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄
I couldn’t wait to share my #FridayFavorite this week, Farmhouse Candle Company soy warmer melts. I picked up a couple of scents to try in my electric warmer and I was not disappointed! If you want the yummy smell of Fall I highly recommend the Pumpkin Cupcake. It’s the perfect blend of vanilla and pumpkin without being overly sweet. I’ve burned through almost the whole pack in a week. It seems I just can’t get enough of it. I also picked up Stress Relief melts which I’m saving for the upcoming stressful holiday season. I’m sure I’ll need them!
Farmhouse Candle Company, based in Fort Atkinson, WI also sells jar candles and warmers. All of their products are made with soy wax which is free of stabilizers and dyes. And the best part of it all, a portion of each sale is donated to the Lewy Body Dementia Association to help fund research for a cure on behalf of the owner’s mother who passed this last June.
I highly recommend products from Farmhouse Candle Company . I love to support local and grassroot companies with a great mission. That’s why they are this week’s #FridayFavorite.
Welcome! I’m Melissa, creator of House Fenway. A blog to celebrate my life loves: family, food, home décor and the creative spirit. I’m so glad you’re here and thanks for stopping by!