I got to make these fun glittered champagne bottles for my Golden Birthday Party and for my friend, Adriana’s Bachelorette Party Weekend. Let me tell you they were super easy and they turned out awesome!!
Today is my third wedding anniversary and the gift theme is leather! Not wanting to be cliche about expensive and meaningless gifts I thought it would be fun to stay with the traditional wedding gift themes that were handmade or custom ordered. I’m sharing my year one gift with y’all! The traditional first anniversary gift theme is paper, I searched high and low for the best idea for a thoughtful gift to give to my husband that was’t too feminine or cheesy. I decided on maps cut into hearts of the places ‘We met, He proposed, & We Married.’ Travis and I met at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, he proposed to me in Riviera Maya, Mexico and we got married in Lucea, Jamaica! The ability to use three completely different maps is what really drew me to this project.
It is Christmas in July, right? I wanted to share these stockings I made a couple of years ago for my hubby, myself and our cats – and now that we have two new Scottie puppies I want them to have stockings as well! I went ahead and took step by step photos this time so that anyone else can make their own stockings too. I loved the elf stocking shape and could not find stockings in the store that I liked or where reasonably priced so I decided ‘Why not try to make my own?’
I recently made this fun summer wreath that takes no time at all to make!
This year has been amazing. As many of you may know, we started out 4 years ago as a blog called, “Connoisseur of Creativity.” We loved that blog and will always remember where and how we began, but we decided with the new year that we needed a new name, new look and we needed to really start turning our dreams into reality. Texas Craft House was born in January and we hit the ground running – we are crafting more, blogging more, doing craft booths, opened an Etsy account, and started teaching craft classes at a local art and craft studio. This was a wonderful opportunity and we had so much fun teaching our first class on how to make Elisabeth’s very popular Americana wreath.
It’s been pouring here in Fort Worth, Texas. Tropical Storm Bill made it through our area dropping 4″ – 6″ of rain through the DFW metroplex. Rainy days make for the perfect craft days. I turned an old lampshade into something fresh and new with a no sew way to apply fabric. You only need 3 materials, all of which I already had, and some time set aside to make this lovely little ruffled lamp shade.
I already made my own nautical themed shower curtain- which you can see here. So now I wanted to make some accessories to go in my bathroom. I was able to make this anchor trash can for under $10 just by using things I already had around the house! I bought a package of rope for $9.27 (after tax) at Lowes.
So my Aunt absolutely loves the Fourth of July. Every year it’s a big extravaganza at her house on Independence Day. Everyone gathers around and spends the entire day outside…. Then at night we set off fireworks. Problem is, bugs eat us alive!! I wanted to make a practical gift for her that she could keep out for decoration and help with the bug problem. So here are the mason jars I turned into citronella candles and painted like the American flag.
I’ve been wanting to get an embroidery machine for quite some time now. This year for my birthday my mom took me out and let me pick one out! To my surprise it wasn’t as easy as walking into a store and picking out the one I wanted. Turns out, I had no idea what I wanted and I actually needed to do a decent amount of research before deciding on one. We spent a couple of days over several weeks visiting sewing centers before I decided on the Husqvarna Viking Ruby Royale embroidery machine. I bought my machine from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, in the Viking Sewing Center and I like to call her Ruby, original I know 😉
So lately the nautical theme has really taken off- everywhere you look you can see anchors in home decor and fashion.