Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Plastic Dreidels for Grown-Ups

What can you do with a large bag of plastic dreidels?
Use them as vase fillers to hold your flowers in place! This is a super quick and easy idea to try if you are hosting a Chanukah party or dinner this holiday season.
It’s so simple; I didn't even show you a step by step. Just pour the plastic dreidels in a glass container, add water (I used distilled water because it’s really clear) and finish with the flowers of your choice.
 You can purchase the plastic dreidels here, the Star of David tablecloth is from Target ($14.99!), flowers are from Whole Foods market.  I already has the glass cylinder vase but I've seen similar vases at Walmart.

This post was linked to:  http://theletteredcottage.net/tablescapes-for-christmas/

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chanukah Gift Guide: 20 under $20

I am pleased to present to you the first annual Design Megillah 20 under 20 holiday shopping guide! Chanukah is less than four weeks away and if you plan on giving gifts, this is the place to find them.

I love to shop--if I can’t shop for myself, I’ll shop for others. I complied twenty items under twenty dollars (can you say 'affordable'?!). And the best part (drum-roll, please...) is that everything can be ordered online so you can shop in your PJs, whenever!

I turned my favorite stores inside-out looking for affordable gifts that fit my requirement for great design. These gifts are the perfect way to make a big impact without re-financing your mortgage. Hopefully there is something for everyone! And if they don’t love it, well, you can always send it my way…
1. Carved Wood Serving Platter
target.com  $20.00
2. Aton Bowls
anthropologie.com   $8.00 each
3. Custom Round Rubber Stamp Monogram
glitterpuff@etsy.com  $19.99
4. Stainless Steel Bowl
ikea.com   $19.99
5. Bell Jar
crateandbarrel.com   $19.95
6. Iron Door Stop or Paperweight
cspost.com   $18.00
7. Tumblers
westelm.com   $8.00 each
8. Burts Bee Exclusive Gift Set
target.com $20.00
9. Geography Glass
cspost.com   $12.00 each
10. Market Umbrella
muji.com   $15.95
11. Metal Baskets
cspost.com   $11.00-$19.00
12. Leaf Door Stop
moma.org    $14.00
13. Salad Spoons
frenchbull.com   $15.00
14. Shagreen Round Box
cspost.com   $20.00
15. Kosher Pomegrante Preserves
shopthejewishmuseum.org   $6.95
16. Train Set
potterybarnkids.com   $12.00
17. Black & Sand tote
swoozies.com   $19.95
18. Quartz Metal Alarm Clock
target.com   $17.89
19. Natural Birch Bark Vase
mygardengate on etsy.com   $15.95
20. Square Vases
potterybarn.com   bowl: $19.00  bud: $12.00

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Table

I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and my favorite part of the holiday is the table décor. I love to use contrasts in decorating—sleek and modern against distressed antiques, dark colors with light, shiny surfaces against rough. So, this year, I decided to go with the contrast of the glitz of gold with raw burlap.
The gold cut paper on the candle covers add shimmer while the burlap adds rough texture. I found the burlap at my hardware store. It was sold in the garden department since it is used for wrapping shrubs during the cold winter months.   
The gold plate chargers are from the dollar store.
I had some preserved leaves leftover from another project and used those for placecard/napkins rings.
The centerpiece was put together with items from the supermarket (artichoke, pears and chrysanthemums). The bittersweet berries grow wild all over Connecticut and the fern houseplant was taken from another room and was incorporated into the centerpiece. 

I am excited to be a guest blogger over at Lady Mama...check out the mitzvah chart:
http://ladymamale.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-mitzvah-chart-with-guest-blogger.html

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Candleholder Covers for the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is only one week away so it's time to start planning my table decor as well as the menu. Although it's too early to cook, it's not to early to make the decorations.

When I saw this nifty Martha Stewart decorative paper punch at Michaels I knew it would be perfect to create candle covers for the table. I first tried it using thin paper and it didn't work very well but with scrapbooking paper (which is closer to card stock) it works perfectly. The key is to precut the paper into strips, then feed it into the paper punch. 
After all my strips were done I wrapped the glass votives in pale pink tissue paper using a spray mount to stick the tissue to the glass. The last step was to wrap the punched paper strips around the glass votive and tape in place with double sided tape.
These will be perfect on the Thanksgiving table!

This was linked to the Shabby Nest 
and Just A Girl, Handmade Holiday

Monday, November 14, 2011

Love is Sweet

I’ve always loved weddings and all the events associated with them…bridal showers, engagement parties, etc. I even wrote a book entitled Jewish Weddings to indulge this obsession.

So when friends asked me to “decorate” the candy table for their son’s L' Chaim, or engagement party I of course, said yes! 
I asked them to choose a color for the table as a jumping off point—we went with a classic Tiffany blue. I started with the candy, choosing mostly blues to unify the color scheme. We used glass containers I had on hand and borrowed the rest from friends. To add a custom look, I wrapped each canister with a silky blue ribbon and added a label with the type of candy written on it.

Next, came the pom poms…I found the Martha Stewart white tissue pom poms on sale and loved the wedding-like look it added to the ambiance of the table.
Here is the tiered dessert stand I showed you yesterday made from plastic flower pot saucers. The bottom tiers worked well to hold larger items like the candy pretzels. 
I took the first letters of the bride and groom names (Rachel and Matt) and put together this centerpiece with wood letters from Michael’s Crafts…a wood heart painted blue finishes the piece.
The candy table was a big hit at a wonderful party--I can't wait for the wedding!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tiered Dessert Stand

After ten days of no power and four more of no internet we are finally back to normal. Yeesh.

Our friends are throwing a L’Chaim, or engagement party for their son and his fiancé. I was excited when they asked me to “decorate” the candy table. 
 
  The first thing I made to display some of the candy was this four-leveled stand. 

It’s made from plastic saucers I found at Lowe’s, sold in the garden department. They are actually made for placing under a flower pot to protect floors and tables from water damage. 
I used four saucers—from a 6-inch for the top, to a 14-inch for the bottom. I like these particular saucers because they are much thicker and studier than most. 
I wandered around Lowe’s and ended up in the plumbing department where I found cylinder shaped PVC pieces to use for the stems between each saucer. They were 2 ½ inches long so I glued two together to make them 5 inches high.

Next, I wrapped them in white paper. 
Stop back on Monday to see how great this will look filled with candy and check out the entire table ready for the party!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Waxed Leaves

 If you are wondering why I've been MIA, here's why:
A freak snowstorm hit Connecticut Saturday night.  We still have leaves on the trees, (it was only October)! and the weight of the snow knocked the trees down onto power lines. I am writing this post from the library in a neighboring town since our town has NO power and there is no end in sight.

Fall is still my favorite season here in New England and it always seems to come and go too quickly for me. I wrote this post right before the storm, so I decided to share it with you.

I wanted to hold on to some of the beauty of fall—colored leaves. I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest and decided to try it myself. 
First I gathered leaves from our yard and let them dry indoors for 24 hours.
Next, I found some used candles and put them in an old pot over low heat to melt. 
After the candles melted, I dipped each leaf into the warm wax and let it dry on parchment paper.  
I found that after they dried, I could “double-dip” for a thicker coating of wax.
I can’t wait to incorporate them into my Thanksgiving table decor!

This post was linked to Todays Creative Blog , Creative Jewish Mom and
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