Thursday, March 29, 2012

Slip Covered Haggadahs

If you know how to cover a book with a paper book cover, you can make these elegant slip-covered Haggadah covers.
Over the years, our Haggadahs have become dog-earred and wine stained. This simple cover gives them a fresh, new look.

Choose colored paper to match your tablecloth or table decor. (I found mine at the craft store). Cut the paper to cover the Haggadah leaving about an inch or so to fold in and tuck into the front and back. I added a coordinating ribbon down the center spine and a white round sticker to keep it closed flat. I added a label with our family's name and the date which I printed out on my computer.

Not only are these pretty, it makes the Passover Seder that much more personalized.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Matzah" Napkin Rings

If you're hosting a Seder this year, here's a fun idea to add to your Passover table.
These paper napkin rings are colored xerox copies made from real matzah. Here's how they're made:


• Use a nice flat piece of matzah (like Manischewitz)
• Take one piece to your local copy print shop (I used Staples)
• Make as many colored copies as you’ll need, depending on how many guests you are having
• Wipe matzah crumbs off copy machine!!
• Cut colored copy into strips approximately two inches wide by six inches long
• Roll into a “ring”, using doubled back tape to keep it in place
• Slip a rolled napkin into each ring

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Make Your Own Seder Plate

Passover is only two weeks away. (How did that happen—wasn't it just Purim)?!

If you're hosting a Seder at your house and want to try something new for a Seder plate you can easily put one together with dishes and platters found at stores you might not expect to find items for a Seder plate! Here's what I mean...

The Seder plate below was put together with small bowls I found at Pier One Imports for only $1.50 each and they are sitting on a white platter from Crate and Barrel ($11.95). At $20.95 this is so affordable, you can probably put together several of these plates to use on a long table if you are having a lot of guests.

You can’t go wrong with classic white! Not only does white go with everything but the simple clean look gives a fresh feel to the Seder table.

Here's another look...
I used small green Capiz bowls which have a beautiful, shimmery finish like the inside of a sea shell and makes for an elegant Seder plate. These bowls are from Crate and Barrel and they were $2.95 each. They are sitting on a white square Capiz Shell place mat ($16.95). For a total of $34.65 it’s still an affordable Seder plate.

There are so many other dishes that could also work for a Seder plate—small plates shaped like leaves would be lovely, or maybe little square tapas plates. If you live near a Chinatown or an Oriental kitchen supply store, pretty small dishes used for soy and dipping sauces would be ideal.

Remember, any shape can be used…as the key to a kosher Seder plate is the placement of each dish. 

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Framed Decorative Paper as Art

My most recent project is staging a condo for sale. The walls have been painted neutral colors and there isn't much furniture in the rooms, so it tends to look a bit sterile and bland. Here is my solution for brightening up the space in a very inexpensive way that I've used time and time again.
These are ready-made frames inserted with scrapbook paper. I bought all four frames in a pack on sale for $12.99. (They even came with the mats.) I found the papers at my local scrapbook store for about $1.00 each.
For less than $20, I have colorful artwork to brighten up bland walls in an empty condo! Stay tuned for before and after pictures of the condo...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Mantel

Spring has sprung in the Northeast! Every day there's something new--pansies at our garden center, crocuses pushing up through the soil. I don't always have luck with plants indoors, but I decided to make an exception and create a Spring Decorated Mantel.
My inspiration for the mantel stemmed from all things spring: bulbs pushing up through the soil, that beautiful, fresh, new green color, birds chirping and flowering trees. So I used all three in my mantel decor.

I found these little guys at the dollar store.
Nothing a coat of white paint can't fix. The adorable nest is from Michael's.
I love colored glass...green especially.
Although I usually try to use fresh flowers, our trees won't be flowering for another month or so.
I used silk blossoms and hot-glued them to real branches from my yard. By using real branches and stones in the glass container, the blossoms look much more realistic.

Happy Spring! 
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Heart Themed Birthday Party

After her brother turned two early in February, I asked Moussia what theme she would like for her upcoming birthday. Without missing a beat she answered "Hearts!" (Little did she know Valentine's Day was in a week and I could find heart-shaped items on clearance!) 
The first things I found were heart-shaped boxes. I dumped out the candy (not kosher and made with high fructose corn syrup) and covered the tops with pretty patterned papers from the craft store.
I filled them with cute heart shaped bubbles, stickers, toys and kosher candy.
Cupcakes are SO yesterday! Instead we went with push-up cake pops. The empty push-up containers were ordered from Shop Sweet Lulu.
The base for the push-up pops is a Styrofoam block covered with gift wrap and each pop was stuck into a hole created with a pencil.
 The push-up cake pops were a big hit at the party!


Paper hearts were strung with thread and hung from the ceiling...
Every party guest went home with a heart shaped favor box.
Moussia is already planning her five-year-old birthday party!
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Starburst Mirror

Run. Don't walk to your nearest Home Depot and snatch this mirror!!
I walked into Home Depot looking for paint chips for a staging project I am working on and I saw this in the Martha Stewart decorating section. I fumbled in my purse to grab my camera and I was so excited I dropped the camera onto the floor! (It was fine). There were three mirrors left--now there are only two because one went into my cart...

The Martha Stewart Living mirror looks a lot like this Susan Kassler mirror (below) that she designed for Ballard Designs that retails for $99.00.

But this mirror is only $34.97 and it's just as beautiful.
The great thing about Starburst mirrors is how they add instant glamour to any room. I put mine on the wall over the bed that's been crying out for something for quite some time, but this mirror would also look great over a mantle or above the sofa.
Curious about the diamond/ribbon wall? Read about it here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thrift Shop Lamps

I am working on a guest room redesign and needed two matching lamps to top two nightstands. The budget on this project is very small so I've been scanning thrift shops and discount stores to find my materials.
When I saw these Ginger Jar lamps for $6.37 I grabbed them! They needed a new color, the brassy colored base needed toning down and they didn't come with shades but you can't go wrong for six bucks!
The first step was to spray the lamps with a quick coat of primer. The shiny surface needed to be primed in order for the paint to adhere to the surface.
Next came the paint...the orange color works with the curtain panels I chose for the room.
For the bases, I brushed on Martha Stewart's Gold Metallic craft paint. It has a beautiful gold sheen, not brassy at all.
I found shades at Walmart for $10 each. The shape and size worked with the lamp bases and the textured fabric was perfectly fine but I thought it would be fun to do something a little more exciting with them...
... so while I was shopping at Wal-Mart I also picked up three colors of yarn. I was inspired by this Ombre lamp shade that I found on Pinterest (from Mandi at Vintage Revivals).  It's so easy--just keep wrapping the yarn around the shade using a bit of glue from a hot glue gun to keep the yarn in place. (I found that this works better using as little glue as possible).
Ombre (which is color that is shaded or graduated in tone) is so hot right now in home design! I've seen the same idea used in painted chests of drawers, and even walls painted with an Ombre treatment.
This is not the permanent home for the lamps--I'm still finishing up the guest room so I put them in my son's room to show you how they turned out. Quite a transformation, right?

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