Bachelorette Survival Bucket

As you all know my sister had her Bachelorette party last week. I had seen a “barf bucket” on Pinterest and while I didn’t think the name was very cute or a fun gift to give someone I knew I wanted to give my sister something small since I will also be celebrating with her while we are in Punta Cana. I went to Hobby Lobby to get a few things for the evening and happened to see a black bucket in the summer section and immediately came up with an idea. The Bachelorette Survival Bucket, which can be tailored to the bachelorette’s taste. I happened to have some rhinestones and little hearts left over from my days of making phone cases so I glued those onto the bucket using E6000 glue. For the writing on the bucket I just used the liquid chalk markers that I got for the chalkboard we would be using that night and let it dry for a couple of hours. I got shredded paper for the bottom of the bucket and then bought small things she would need throughout the night.

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Basket contents:

  • Listerine Strips
  • glitter hair ties
  • makeup wipes
  • travel size Tylenol extra strength
  • travel size Tums
  • monogrammed tissues with her new last initial
  • sleep mask
  • her favorite candies
  • 4 cans Red Bull silver edition (her current favorite)

You can literally just go to Walmart/CVS and pick up small goodies that you know the Bride will need throughout the night! We were all very happy that I included the makeup remover since some of us forgot ours and no one wants to go to bed with makeup on!

Since this week is all about weddings check out the destination wedding thank you cards I made as well!

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DIY Thank You Cards

In case you need a reminder my sister’s wedding is less than 2 weeks away! She put together welcome bags for everyone for when they check into the hotel and she needed to make thank you cards to put with the bags. Me being the anxious person that I am I came up with a rough draft of a thank you card that I have to say I am pretty pleased with. We are meeting Thursday night to make changes and of course to fix the colors since I just made a quick guess when I made it.

Thank you cards are a huge part of weddings whether they are destination or not. I used picmonkey to create this which is available to everyone for FREE. I left hers very simple since it is a smaller destination wedding, but the possibilities with this card are endless and you can also upgrade on picmonkey to Royale and get even more cool features. I haven’t bit the bullet and bought it just yet, but I think I may need to if I want to keep making cards!

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I made the card using a 4×6 layout, but you could make it any size. We plan on printing these ourselves on card stock and then more than likely attaching them to the welcome bags with some ribbon. These are super simple to make, but if you have any questions or would like to see some ideas please feel free to email me at amelahouris@gmail.com!

 

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Cupid’s Wreath

I know I said I keep an eye out next week, BUT I just couldn’t wait to show you this cute wreath I made! I recently found this wreath on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make one ASAP. I know it’s only January, but every year I feel like Valentine’s Day gets looked over. While I liked Mrs. Polly Roger’s original wreath that she made, it felt a little busy to me and I also wanted to incorporate my favorite color. The best part of this wreath is that everything is from the Dollar Tree! I already had my mod podge and glitter, but you can buy good ole white glue and red glitter at Dollar Tree as well.

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Start by brushing glue on all of the clothespins (keep the clothespins on the cardboard it comes on!) You only need to glitter one side of the clothespins so go crazy with that glitter! While that is drying you can cut the inside of the pie plate out, you will only need the outer rim. You are going to take the felt hearts off the rings that they are attached to. You can keep the rings for other projects on Mrs. Polly Roger’s, but I didn’t have a need for them. I used 18 felt hearts to go around the pie tin. Once the clothespins are dry you can then start pinning your felt hearts around the pie tin, making sure to cover the tin. Then you can take either red or pink large table scatter and use a little hot glue to hide the holes at the bottom of the felt hearts. Then with your hot glue gun you can glue the smaller table scatter hearts to the tops of the clothespins.

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When all’s said and done this wreath cost me $5 to make and I can actually make another one bringing the price down to $2.50! I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day this year and this is seriously helping me get in the mood. Every year we always keep Valentine’s Day low key and this year is no exception, we will be in Punta Cana the week before for my sister’s wedding, but decorations help me really enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank.

What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? I plan on making some Valentine’s Day treats next week so keep a look out for those!

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DIY Ornament Wreath

Last year after Christmas I had an idea in my mind of the crafts I wanted to make for the next holiday, this saved me major moola as I was able to buy a lot of things on clearance that I knew I would need. Of course waiting for things to go on clearance means you don’t always get exactly what you want. As most of you know, if you follow me on instagram, I am recently obsessed with gold. Last Christmas I made a coffee filter wreath with gold accents and I think that’s where it all started. In my dream world the ornament wreath for our door would be all different shades of gold, but alas those ornaments were long gone so instead I got brightly colored pinks, greens and blues. This is by far the easiest & cheapest craft I’ve done recently. Hobby Lobby currently has all of their Christmas items on sale for 50% off so you should be able to still keep this inexpensive AND get the colors you want!

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I took a wire hanger from my husbands closet and used pliers to pull it apart. From there I hot glued to tops on all of the ornaments to make sure that they didn’t fall off the wreath once placed. Once all your tops have been hot glued you can start sliding the ornaments on the hanger whatever way you like. I tried alternating colors but as you can see once they all bunch up a lot of the similar colors look like they were placed right next to each other. I used about 40 ornaments to make this, I bought 2 25 count cylinders of ornaments because other projects I saw said I would need about 80. I think it depends on your hanger. Looking at my wreath in the house I thought it was going to be way too small, but once I placed it on our door I was happily surprised. Once you have all your ornaments on your wreath you can take your pliers and twist the end around again. I had Mr. H help me with this part and the hook part actually broke off so he had to really be creative. He made it work and saved me the step of putting on a bow to hide the part that doesn’t have ornaments!

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This is a seriously quick and easy way to add some holiday cheer to your house, inside or out! I would love to see the wreaths that you all come up with this year. I have so many fun and festive things coming up on the blog so keep checking back for more cheerful ideas!

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Fall Bucket List

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Why yes, I am writing this post with my Cider Lane candle burning next to me (fall obsession numero uno) I have been going crazy these past couple weeks writing every little thing down on a post-it that I can think of that I want to do this fall. Here’s my ever growing Fall Bucket List:

  • make caramel apples (all homemade)
  • pumpkin picking
  • pumpkin carve-off
  • apple picking
  • bake an apple pie
  • go to the Topsfield Fair
  • build haunted gingerbread houses
  • make crockpot apple sauce
  • visit the Big E
  • Visit Maine Lighthouse Day
  • Go to Newport Mansions Food Festival
  • See the Return of Pumpkin People
  • make caramel corn

Let me know what’s on your bucket list this fall, especially if it’s something I missed!

Pinterest Project – Pallet Table

Here it is August and I’m just now bringing you this awesome pallet table, BUT in my defense we did start the project in June and finish in July. I’m just a slow poster! Last fall when we were cleaning up outside and putting all of our summer stuff away a terrible tragedy occurred (and oddly enough, not for the first time). Our glass table shattered into a million pieces. I didn’t worry about it too much since we weren’t going to be using it anytime soon anyways and I already been inspired by this post to try making my own table for the next summer. Well Mr. H being the best husband ever came home one day with TONS of pallets for me to choose from. I was pretty excited and decided that any table we made had to be pretty big as we are always hosting outdoor BBQ’s for everyone during the summer. After all was said and done we had this beauty!

 

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We used 4 pallets for this & I decided that I didn’t want to leave the pallets natural so I stained them in the color “Ebony” and let me tell you how horrible it was getting all the nooks and crannies! I HIGHLY suggest staining before you put anything together as it will make it easier to maneuver the pallet to get the harder to reach spots. You don’t have to stain the table but to me it just looked more pulled together. We bought 4 wheels from Home Depot (they said they could hold up to 100 lbs I believe) We wanted the table to be easy to move since we are hoping to bring this with us once we move into a new house. To connect the pallets together we used a 2ft 2×4 and screwed it into both pallets seamlessly. We weren’t very scientific when it came time to figure out how tall to make the table, we literally stood by another table and measured my leg! We used 6 4×4′s for the legs as we wanted to make sure the table was stable and wouldn’t wobble at all. Home Depot will cut the 4×4′s for you if you have your height figured out before you go and buy them which is great if you don’t have a chop saw to use at home.

I absolutely love the table and it has worked great for the cookouts we’ve had so far! People we’re a little concerned about things falling through, but suprisingly nothing did! Mr. H and I both agree that we should cut a hole in the middle for an umbrella but alas I think that may be for next summer as my mind is already on fall projects! It’s hard to keep my mind on summer when everyone is posting about fall, as much as I love fall (it’s my favorite season ever, along with everyone else it seems) I think I’m going to wait until at least September to say it has arrived. I will let August be summer………for now.

I know this wasn’t super detailed so let me know if you have any questions, but truly this project is super easy and can be modified to fit anyone’s needs!

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 I’m linking up with HelloJaxon this week to share what I have been obsessing over lately

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001. I just need to start off by saying how much I HATED gold before this past week (or two). I have always been a sterling silver girl and every now and then someone would give me something gold and rave about how beautiful it was with my skin tone and blah blah blah, but I didn’t care! I just absolutely despised gold, but then I needed a phone case and the J. Crew factory happened to have a gold glitter phone case on sale for $5. I CAN’T SAY NO TO A 5 DOLLAR PHONE CASE. Plus it was the only one they had so I got it and decided that it might grow on me. Well grow on me it did! I am now obsessed with gold and want it in everything. You’ll notice that everything included in my obsessions this week is GOLD. 002. This next obsession has always been something that I liked, but for some reason this week it has reached an all time high. CHEVRON. I mean obviously I want it to be gold chevron, but pretty much any chevron makes me happy. I also love the ombre canvases that I found which would look FAB in our bedroom (maybe I’ll add that to the ever growing list of things I want to make) Also how cute is that pillow! I’ve been holding off on decorating any more of the house since we are planning on moving and I think it would be a waste of time and money on stuff that may not go with the new house. BUT our bedroom seriously needs something done to it before we find a new house. 

003. Speaking of pillows, I discovered the amazing Michelle Dwight and of course as soon as I saw she had a pillow in gold I knew I had to have it! I’m still trying to convince hubby that we need this pillow, but I’m sure I can win him over. Her pillows are seriously great and I love all the sayings on them. I seriously want to order all of them.

Hope you all liked my obsessions this week & link up your own so I can see what you’re obsessing over too!

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In the Kitchen – Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Usually for Christmas Eve we have dinner at my house, but this year due to downsizing our house before we move my sister volunteered to have it at her house. This was her first time ever doing it and it was a huge success and a wonderful evening. Mr. H and I went over first thing in the morning to help out as much as possible so I volunteered to make breakfast for everyone. Of course I decided that I wanted to make breakfast for all of us the day before so I didn’t have very much planned. Thankfully I hopped on Pinterest and knew I had a few things that I could try. I made a cinnamon roll casserole that was absolutely delicious. There are definitely a few things I’d like to tweak on the recipe the next time I make it but really you can do whatever you like to this and it will still taste fantastic! Mr. H already said that he wants sliced apples on it next time.

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Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or baking spray
  • 2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2  teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I did not measure this out, I just poured some over the rolls)
  • Icing from cinnamon rolls
Directions:
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan.
  • Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; place pieces over butter in dish.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in cream, cinnamon and vanilla until well blended; gently pour over roll pieces.
  • Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  • Place icing in microwave 15-30 seconds until warm enough to pour over rolls. (REMEMBER TO TAKE METAL TOPS OFF, I almost forgot)
  • Pour icing over rolls, serve & enjoy!

 

I hope you all had a lovely holiday & a happy New Year! Follow me on Pinterest & pick what I make next!

Coffee Filter Wreath

Apparently I am one of the last people in the blogosphere to find out about using coffee filters to make wreaths, but boy am I glad I finally stumbled upon them! I’ve seen all the different kinds of mesh wreaths you can make and I will admit that I am a little frightened when it comes to trying to make those. I wanted to start off small, with something easy & you literally cannot get easier than this project. The finished product of this project is so beautiful you’ll want to make one for everyone on your Christmas list. I followed the directions I found on Recaptured Charm.

 

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You’ll need:
200 coffee filters
Foam wreath form
Glue gun & glue
Ribbon
Ornaments/any decorations

Scissors

 

You want to fold the coffee filter in half and then run it through your hands scrunching it up. After that I folded it into threes and created a small triangle on the bottom to place some hot glue on. You want to start placing the filters on the inside of the wreath and work your way around. At first I started placing them very close together & then I eventually got bored and started spacing them out more. Pick a space and stick with it to make your wreath look more uniform (I loved the way it looked packed close together & wish I stuck with this) You don’t need to place coffee filters on the back of the wreath since you want it to lay flat against the door. Once you are done putting all the coffee filters on the wreath you can take scissors and trim the filters since some will be further out than others. Once you are done with that you can add your ornaments and decorations however you want. Lately I have been really into gold, which is strange for me because I usually hate it & we don’t own anything gold, so I decided to go with all gold decorations. Mr. H also insisted we get nutcrackers so of course my nutcracker has gold glitter all over it! Needless to say Mr. H wasn’t very happy with that choice.

 

There are a couple of different ways to hang your wreath, most people suggest putting the ribbon on before you glue on the coffee filters but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use so I waited until I was done. I just took some ribbon I had from Dollar Tree and hot glued it to the back. If you add enough and make sure it dries 100% you shouldn’t have a problem with it falling off (at least I haven’t…..yet). Also sidenote: these cannot go outside! I just hung mine outside to get a good picture because our house has NO natural light, the wreath lives happily cornered on our bar.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday & I am very happy to be back! I can’t wait until my next project. Follow me on Pinterest & pick what I make next!

Pinterest Project – Pallet Garden

The long awaited second Pinterest Project is finally here! Let me tell ya, this one is a doozy. Plus it wasn’t because I’ve been lazy that this took so long to post, this has been a very dragged out project that unfortunately sent Mr. H to the doctors and ended with stitches and x-rays! I have been wanting a garden ever since we moved in here and had a yard, but it’s always been one of those things that we plan on doing & it just never happens. I did all my research and emailed Mr. H and finally a couple weekends ago we set out to make this pallet garden. We already had about 4 pallets in our backyard thanks to having pellets delivered in the winter for heat so that wasn’t an issue. Unfortunately the pallets had seen better days and were very hard to take apart. We used 2 pallets and cut them into 3 pieces each, Mr. H was trying to pry the boards off the pallets when the hammer head shattered and actually shot into his chest. He didn’t think anything of it at the time and just bandaged himself up and continued to work. Fast forward to a couple days later & he can actually feel the hammer piece inside of him. Sure enough the hammer was still inside his chest so they ended up cutting him open to try and take the piece out. Long story short, the hammer piece is still in there and will forever stay. We finally finished the garden last night & I can finally post this amazing garden creation!

You will have 6 pieces of pallet in total after cutting them, nail 2 pieces together to make the front and back of the garden. Using one piece for the ends nail the edges together creating your pallet garden. We also used rope to quarter off each plant, I wanted to start off small and only plant a couple things since I haven’t had much luck in the past with plants. Our garden has been doing amazing, but we have a visitor who apparently decided everything looked very tasty and started digging everything up. I managed to save almost everything and in turn we put this netting around the whole garden along with some lights on the edges & one inside.

I was inspired to make this garden by looking at Crafting Creatures post about their garden, although I didn’t do everything exactly the same & we also just eyeballed everything.

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