Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thoughtful Gift Idea for the New Year

I saw this idea in the Martha Stewart magazine over a year ago, and just came across it again. I think it is such a cute and crafty little gift idea to give to a neighbor, friend, teacher, etc.

In the magazine, they used a jade plant. Jade plants are a symbol of prosperity, so it is a perfect gift for the start of a new year! I love succulents. I have one potted in my house and it is so easy to take care of and I think they just look really clean and simple placed in a great pot.

For this project, all you need is the plant (around $5), a square piece of decorative paper (I used scrapbooking paper I had laying around from other projects), a ribbon or twine, and a little note card. Super easy!

*If you are not going to put the plant in a decorative pot, I would definitely make sure the soil has some time to dry out so the paper doesn't get wet and tear*

Scrapbook paper (I don't scrapbook, but I like the paper :)

Jade Plant

Bring up two opposite corners and secure with double sided tape, fold the other two flaps up and secure with a ribbon or twine.

I think twine would be cuter, but I didn't have any.

Hole punch a card and write a little message!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Coffee Table Makeover

For some time now, I have been on the lookout for a new coffee table for our great room in the new house. I like our old one we bought from Storehouse several years back, but the scale was not right for this space. I wanted something round. Then a few months back, my mom was here, and we were "thrifting", and we came across this little beauty. The best part-----it was only $15! I am able to see the forest through the trees, so we snatched it up, threw it in the car, and I finally finished sanding, staining, painting, and sealing!

The finished table:

before: she looks rough here, but I love the shape and the legs and the large surface top


 table: $15
stain: leftover from a previous project ($0)
paint: bought a sample mistint on a rack at lowe's (.50)
sealer: spray polycrylic that I also found on sale at lowes ($3)
total for new coffee table: $18.50
I'll take it! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift Idea for Mom/Child

It is my opinion that every mother/child should own this book! It is called "Someday" by Alison Mcghee and Peter Reynolds. I look for it and read it every time I am in a bookstore, and I cry every time. I have finally decided to get a copy for Kate as a special little Christmas gift.
Here is the book: Available at http://www.amazon.com/ for $10 ($14.99 at most bookstores)

And here is where it will be displayed so we can read it often!!!:

Hope you like it as much as I do!!!

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