QUICK & EASY DIY: CHRISTMAS PENNANT

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Two days of 20-degree temps and ice covered streets will practically close a small town down and keep everyone inside. Which is actually really great, giving us a long three-day weekend (work was cancelled on Friday, woot woot) with no where to be. We’ve had the fire going non-stop, I made some homemade chicken tortilla soup, and we’ve had the chance to do some reading, movie-watching, house projects, and lots of lounging. I really do love these times when we’re forced to slow down. We even played outside with the dogs, and Chris pushed me down the alley on a cookie sheet. Oh ya we did. Sliding down a hill on a makeshift sled like a bunch of fools will just never get old. Ever.

So, with all this time on my hands, I had an itchin’ to do something crafty. And of course, I photographed the whole process so I could share with YOU. It’s seriously one of the quickest, easiest, cheapest projects I’ve done. And we all know those are three ingredients for the perfect DIY. So, get your materials out, roll up your sleeves, and read on.

GATHER YOUR MATERIALS:

– pair of scissors
– linen/burlap scraps
– black sharpie
– whatever twine or string you have on hand
– hot glue gun and extra sticks

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TRACE & CUT OUT YOUR FLAG
I made mine about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, so I can fold it over the twine to attach it. Once you cut it out, fold it in half, then cut out the triangle to make two points. Now, you can trace this pattern several times over your fabric. Amount will vary depending on how many letters you are making.

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DRAW YOUR LETTERS ON EACH FLAG
Once you have all your flaggies traced and cut out, you can now draw on your letters.

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ATTACH YOUR FLAGS TO YOUR TWINE
I had some sparkly cream twine I got on clearance at WalMart a couple years ago and a roll of red/white holiday twine from Paper Source that I wanted to combine together for more interest and texture. Make sure to measure how long you want your pennant, then cut your string and lay out your flags where you want them. I don’t have a photo for this part, but open up your flag, turn it upside down, lay your string on the crease, and spread some hot glue down the crease. Quickly fold over the flag and press carefully, so the fold sticks to the string.

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HANG IT UP
I decided to leave the flags undone on the bottoms rather than gluing the whole thing together, so that the layers still show and give some depth. When you’re pennant is complete, just hang on your mantle with a few tacks, and you’re done!

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FREE MOTHER’S DAY PRINTABLE!

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Hey y’all! It’s been a busy Spring season so far, with lots of traveling and full-scheduled madness for us Disches, but we are enjoying every moment and are thankful for so many fun opportunities to travel, visit friends, see new places (note the cherry blossom pic above from our recent trip to Washington D.C.), celebrate birthdays and graduations, go camping, and just enjoy the beautiful outdoors and glorious sunshine. So, I’m just stopping in to say a quick THANK YOU for reading this little blog and being even remotely interested in what we’re up to and what I’m designing.

Today, I am excited to give you a FREE PRINTABLE just in time for Mother’s Day that I’ve hand-lettered in my sketchbook and transferred digitally to make these downloadable cards. I am in love with the spectacular women in my life that God has given me as MOM and MOM-IN-LAW, and I want to celebrate them this week!

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Below, you’ll see four links that take you to PDF downloads that you can print, cut out, and give to your momma, grandma, or special lady in your life. The first three are individual foldable 4″x5.5″ cards. The last one is a PDF of three flat cards, one in each color. So you have options. Options are good. Options help people. Help yourself to as many as you want. Simply click, download, print, and give.

1. Mom Card “Pink”
2. Mom Card “Gold”
3. Mom Card “White”
4. Mom Card Set

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FREE VALENTINES DAY PRINTABLES

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My goodness. What a whirlwind of a week these last few days have been. Between my computer crashing (and to my relief, two weeks after I finally backed everything up on my new external hard drive… thank. you. Lord.), trying to scavenge the last two weeks files that I didn’t have backed up, finish a pretty big freelance job for a Denton-area company (which, by the way, was SO fun – I’ll have to share soon), and enjoying a weekend camping get-away that was MUCH needed, I am finally back on the grid and, as promised (if you follow me on Facebook), I have for you some fun little mushy Valentine’s printables just in time for V-DAY!

Now, I fully intended to have some fun and colorful hand-lettered kiddo v-day cards and had just finished and perfected the most adorable design when the crash came over my poor laptop and crushed my dreams. But like I said, thanks to my trusty hard drive, I had most of my stuff backed-up, save for the last two weeks worth of work. So, alas, I can only offer you the adult-friendly version for those of you married folk who like to slip a little risque note under the table every once-in-a-while, if you know what I mean.

So, print these out, cut ’em out, stick them in random places you know he will frequent (see some ideas below), and surprise your honey with a sweet and sexy little note. Nothing says I love you like a foxy message in his morning cup of java. Enjoy!

Click on the links below to download your free printable pdf.
White V-Day PrintablesBlack V-Day Printables

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FREE YOUR MIND – IT’S D.I.Y. TIME

Ahhh the weekend. That sweet seven-letter word that forces my shoulders to relax and my brain to stop. Two days of rest and spending my energy on extra things that I feel too guilty to tackle during the busy work week. It really is a beautiful thing, the weekend.

You know what else weekends are good for? Gettin’ crafty, y’all. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good ole’ DIY project.  I literally get excited when I see those three capital letters together. It’s like they’re calling my name, saying, “Come, come, Rebekah. Free your mind. Grab your scissors. Forget all your troubles and lose yourself in twine and spray paint.” And when it involves easy instructions, little money and effort, a lot of functionality, and BIG bang, it’s pretty much a done deal.

Here are a few links I came across recently that looked like easy projects to tackle and, in my opinion, are just straight-up great ideas. Try your hand at one of them or store them away for later. Click on the images to link up to their sources.

SPRAY PAINTED ANIMAL MAGNETS. JUST STOP.
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PAINTED WALL FRAMES. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.
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MINI SUCCULENT PARTY FAVORS. OR JUST FOR YOUR FRONT PORCH.
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TURN AN OLD TEE INTO A TANK. WITHOUT A SEWING MACHINE.
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DRAB TO FAB WITH GOLD METALLIC SPRAY PAINT.
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Tried one of these this weekend? Have another DIY project that is genious? Share in the comments section below.

FREE FATHER’S DAY PRINTABLES

Hi friends – This is your friendly reminder that Father’s Day is soon approaching (as in like 3 days), and you may be on the lookout for a last-minute card or gift idea. Well, I’m here to help! I’ve scanned the internet to find some of the most stylish Father’s Day printables out there right now, and the best thing about it – they’re all free! There are some really cute ideas out there just waiting to be used, so get ON it. Just click on each image to link to the website that it’s from in order to download your images. Just make sure to print all your cards on white card stock. Aren’t these designs so great? Click away, and enjoy!

DIY PAINTED HOUSE NUMBER + A FRONT PORCH FACELIFT

Today’s DIY painted house number project was inspired by my boring and uninviting front porch that was in need of some attention. This has been a problem for quite some time now, so yesterday, I headed on over to Wal-Mart and bought a few inexpensive plants, some cheap flower pots, and got to work. This is the easiest project you will probably ever undertake. So easy, you hardly need instructions.

SUPPLIES:
black fast-drying spray paint
silver or gold metallic marker
old cardboard
pencil
clay flower pot and/or a brick

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Spray paint your item of choice – brick and/or flowerpot – on your cardboard.
2. After it’s dry, write your numbers or words on it with pencil, then trace with your marker.
3. Display it proudly, because you’re done!

My finished painted brick house number sits on my porch table, and my painted flower pot adorns the kitchen table inside. I am seriously loving all the fresh greenery in my home.

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FUN WEEKEND LINKS

I am always amazed at the endless amount of helpful information right at my fingertips and the way the internet has provided thousands of ways to share creative ideas online. I’ve come across a few fun freebies and DIY projects that I want to leave with you this weekend. Maybe you have some free time and could use a little inspiration? I hope these links spark some ideas for you.  Click on each image to go to their sources. Have fun!

P.S. I want that red-toed, taupe-colored heel…

Resources (top to bottom): Creature Comforts, Pugly Pixel, The Embellished Nest
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DIY PAPER CHERRY BLOSSOM FLOWERS

I am so attracted to the paper flower trend that has been all over the internet lately, and I just love the concept of having floral goodness that never wilts or dies. I found a tutorial the other day that had to do with flowers made out of coffee filters, and that is what inspired this DIY project.

You probably don’t even need to make a trip to the store, because this baby requires only three materials that you most likely already own: coffee filters, a sturdy branch with lots of twigs, and a hot glue gun. And this seriously took me about 15 minutes tops.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Take a coffee filter, scrunch it up and twist the bottom a bit.
2. Wrap the bottom around a part of the branch, and glue to secure.

3. Repeat several times until you have the desired amount of “blossoms” on your branch.
4. Give yourself a pat on that back, because you’re done!

My branch was tall and sturdy enough that I could just nestle it against the wall by my couch, but you may need some kind of large vase to put it in, depending on where you want to display it in your house. You could even attach it to the wall like a piece of art or hang it above a baby’s crib for a pretty mobile. Oooh I love that idea.

You can do a large scale version (like mine), or a smaller version with a bunch of small twigs in a vase. I went ahead and made myself a little twig-flower to show you how easy this really is. These would also make really pretty, inexpensive, and easy decorations for a wedding, bridal shower, or any special occasion, don’t you think? Oh, the possibilities.

Coffee filters… who knew?

DIY CHICKEN WIRE PENDANT LAMP

Want to see what happens when I have a couple of spare hours, a garage full of gardening materials, an old throw-away lamp shade, and a constant urge to play interior decorator? Goodness, somebody STOP me.

You may have seen these types of lamps floating around the internet lately:

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I am really loving the industrial style of these lights and think they make a great statement in a room. Well, last weekend, I thought I’d give a shot at my own version when I came across a package of chicken wire in the garage that is supposedly for a gardening project my husband is working on… “But honey, you have it all wrong… making a lamp shade out of netting used for chicken coops is PERFECTLY normal. PERFECTLY. NORMAL.” 

Well then, let’s get to it, shall we? Here are some basic instructions that are, well, more like guidelines

Supplies you will need: chicken wire, an old lampshade, scissors or wire cutters, a lamp kit, and a light bulb (I have yet to find the right bulb for exposed lighting… but I know they’re out there.)

So what’s the verdict? Not the fairest lamp shade of them all. It could definitely use some more attention AND some type of burlap or twine wrapped around the white cord; however, it’s still a fun little afternoon project if you have the supplies and the time. Here are a couple examples of DIY pendants using a wire basket instead of the chicken wire – a much simpler and prettier approach:

Ashley Ann Photography DIY Pendant Light

The Virginia House DIY Pendant Light

Any thoughts or suggestions? I’d love to hear you bright ideas.

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GOOD EATS: SALMON CAKES RECIPE

I love to cook, and I have to say there is something artistic about putting together a beautiful and tasty dish, don’t you think? Today my friends, we will be spending a little time in the kitchen, so grab a recipe card and a pen, and read on.

Chris and I are on the Paleo bandwagon, and if you don’t know what that is, it’s a glorified term for eating real, clean, unprocessed food. There are a lot of different views on the Paleo Diet (a.k.a. primal blueprint, caveman diet, etc.), but we like to just stick to the basic principles of what we can eat (meat, veggies, some fruit, lots of good fat, nuts and seeds, raw dairy, and little starch) and remembering what is bad for our bodies (grains, flour, sugar, lots of starches, legumes, and anything processed). BUT I’d hate to get on a soapbox and scaaaaare you away, so let’s just stick to this Paleo-friendly dish.

The other day, I modified a delish recipe from this blog and am excited to share it with you. It’s great for dinner over a bed of chopped purple cabbage OR for breakfast with an over-medium egg on top. I’ve tried it both ways and HELLO it was good.

Thanks to Mr. Disch for hand-modeling (Why he laughs at me for photographing my food is beyond me!). But really, who could argue how perfect this morning light is for photographing my breakfast??

INGREDIENTS:

14-oz. can of wild-caught salmon
1 Tbs. fat (coconut oil is my preferred choice)
1 Tbs. dijon mustard
1 Tbs. tangy hot sauce
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup diced onions
1/2 cup shredded sweet potatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and set aside.
2. Heat skillet to medium heat, and add fat.
3. With your hands, press mixture into patties about 1/2-inch thick.
4. Cook on skillet for about 4 minutes on each side.
5. Top with a few cilantro leaves, a squeeze of lime, and some hot sauce, and serve (for lunch/dinner on a bed of chopped cabbage or (for breakfast) with an over-medium egg on top.

Makes 5 large cakes.

** And for the record, we just picked up a package of Nestle break-and-bake cookies that we will DEVOUR tonight while vegging in front of a movie… Call me a walking contradiction, but hey, the Disches gotta LIVE IT UP sometimes!!!