Tag Archives: Holidays

What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? Add Elegance to a Dollar Store Nest & Eggs

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What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? Add Elegance to a Dollar Store Nest & Eggs

What do You do with $2.00 and 20 minutes? There are a lot of zippy answers to that question I am sure but really I am a blogger all about celebrating, creating and decorating so my answer, “I upcycled some dollar store finds.”

I wish I had taken a still shot of the cheap looking nests.  They were cute but they looked cheap and were too bright for my taste.  When the boys were little I might have left them as is but I knew I could upcycle the eggs and nests in no time.  This is an image of what they look like after a little paint and some German glass glitter.

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So, I might have mentioned that I have a youTube channel.  My son created it for me.  I have a quick how-to video of this upcycle on it.  I took dollar store Easter baskets and glass glittered the eggs and added some paint to soften the blue nest. It really is that simple.  Spend two bucks. Take everything out of the nest.  Paint the nest.  German glass glitter the eggs.  Once everything is dry reassemble the nests.  I put mine on top of champagne colored glass candleholders in a seasonal vignette.

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Check out my youTube channel at Trishcreates to see exactly how-to!

Cheers,

Tricia

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Throwback Thursday: A Golden Easter Egg

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Throwback Thursday: A Golden Easter Egg

Happy Throwback Thursday!  I have a blog about the Golden Easter Egg.  When the boys were little we read a lovely pop-up book about Easter eggs and all of these lovely springtime animals were on the egg hunt. The golden Easter egg was the prized egg.  Long lovely story short we created a golden Easter egg tradition in our home. At the time we created the tradition there were no ready made golden Easter eggs on the market.  Now they are everywhere but back then not so much.  This is an easy craft with elegant results.  Better than the plastic golden eggs of now.

The egg in the images is actually a porcelain egg that I spray painted with metallic gold paint.  My girlfriend told me she picked up a dozen of plastic craftable eggs in a carton  at Walmart for like $2.00.  These would be perfect to work with as they are created to take paint and you won’t have to worry about breaking the golden egg.

Because the egg is so special I also created a golden egg cup for it to stand in for Easter brunch.  I spray painted the egg cup with the same metallic paint and added some metallic ribbon and a little felt embellishment.  So sweet.

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So, the golden egg was painted and laid in the grass or a more difficult hiding spot as the boys got older.  Whomever found the golden egg won the coveted golden egg.

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Enjoy!

Trish

P.S.  Every year I touch up the Golden Easter egg and egg cup as necessary

April Fool’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

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April Fool’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Yup!  Here is a great April Fool’s.  When my oldest was playing spring baseball during his kindergarten year it was my turn to bring the post game snack.  It is supposed to be a healthy snack but since I am me and it was April Fool’s Day I decided to bring a snack that looked healthy but was actually not.

That plate of spaghetti covered in meatballs is really cupcakes smothered in piped frosting, strawberry jam, Ferraror Roche chocolates and white chocolate shavings.  The idea (and in this case I darn near followed the instructions verbatim) was from Hello! Cupcake.  Great idea!  I am glad I was lucky enough to have the perfect excuse to have a little fun!  Copy my copy of Hello Cupcake or check out the book for the exact recipe and directions.

Now get cracking April Fool’s is only a few days away.

Cheers,

Trish

Glitter Easter Egg Banner

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Glitter Easter Egg Banner

Hi.  Hey, I think I mentioned that I was going to share my burlap Easter banner that was published in Somerset Studios’: Holidays & Celebrations but I seem to have misplaced it.  I took it to a creative event and can’t remember where I put it for safe keeping.  Note to self, stop putting things in a “safe spot.” I have another great Easter Banner to share with you.  It is a true Banner in a Blitz.  It took no time at all.

In any case It’s getting to be that time, you know, the time to decorate your home with a few holiday pieces.  To that end, I created this super fast, super easy glitter Easter egg banner.  It can’t much simpler than this.

It took a sum total of 15 (maybe 20) minutes to make.  First I purchased a sleeve of glittered Easter eggs from Target.  The eggs cost $5 bucks.  When I got home I strung skinny metallic gold ribbon through each egg.   Then I glued the glitter eggs together to so they wouldn’t separate while hanging.  Then I cut out flag shape or long triangle shape pastel scrapbook paper to use as the layering piece between the glitter eggs and the gold letters.  I used metallic gold letters I purchased from Target at the same time I picked up the eggs.  Of course, you may make this banner more elaborate if you would like by cutting and glittering your own letters or adding more layers between the eggs and the letters.  But you can’t beat the impact of this banner.

Here the banner is hanging above my dining room table.  I keep the star garland and the silver ball chain up almost all year and just add a seasonal banner to them.  Sometimes this layered look works better than other times.

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Happy Easter decorating!

Cheers,

Trish

Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

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Surf’s Up! A Friend For Shamrock Skull

So after I made the Skull Shamrock piece and hung it on the wall I thought it would be great to create a companion piece.  I thought a St. Patrick’s Day piece would be great.  I could put the art up seasonally together and take them down together.  I just wasn’t sure what the piece was going to be…another graphic piece…a shamrock? a favorite Irish proverb or saying? something witty? what?

Then as happens so often, the companion fell in my lap.  My older boy was required to clean out his drawers as they were stuffed.  He dumped a pile of t-shirts on my bed that were too small.  Guess what was in that pile?  A skull t-shirt.  wow!  yippee!  so fun!  Clearly we went through a phase (maybe we still are?) of skull t-shirts–must have been or is a trend.  I am now addicted!  I secretly am keeping my open for skull t-shirts that I can cut up and hang on my wall.

Here is the Shamrock Skull’s companion.  Cool!  If I can find another it will be a triptych.  I will hang it for not only St. Patty’s Day but also Dia De Los Muertos.  So fun!

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Yipppeee!  Love it when everything falls into place!

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Cheers!

Trish

 

 

Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag: St Patrick’s Day Ginormous Tag

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Hope your wearing your green!

When I think of tags I most often think of small pieces of art. I know that often I use tags to learn or teach a new technique or when I want to create a piece of art that, in theory, will be less time consuming than if I were creating a journal page, a canvas or a banner.

However in this case, I created a ginormous tag–okay maybe not ginormous, but the tag is 71/2 inches tall without the pretty green ribbon.

A while back, as in a few years ago, I purchased some ephemera in a packet that was backed with a cool tag with a scalloped top. I put the tag in my tag bin (yes I have a bin o’tags). For this project since it was St. Patrick’s Day and all about good fun I decided to alter the ginormous tag.

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I was inspired by the lush, ubiquitous green fields of Ireland.

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But then I decided I liked the back side of the tag better. It was more cohesive and the green glittered “IRISH” letters stood out better.  I also transferred a magazine image of three “pints” of beer.  I thought that was very appropriate.

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If you haven’t transferred an image yet–fear not!  It’s as easy as 1,2,3.  First you locate and image and trim it up (or not); then you smear some gel medium ( I use Golden’s Gel Medium) onto the image.  Then, you place the image, image side down onto the paper or in this case tag that you want to transfer the image to.  Then you do something else for about an hour while you are waiting for the gel medium to dry and the transfer to take place.  In this case I glittered letters.

Then as a final step you squirt water onto the gel medium and rub the paper away.  I will do a time lapse video of such so that you can see it.  Super easy.  Super fun.  You just need a little courage because even though it seems highly implausible, it will work.

After the beers transferred, I decided that the tag needed something different than I was planning.  I liked the door knocker(which I acquired while shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea a few weeks back) at the top of the tag–Super cool–super tarnished brass piece fit perfectly under the scalloped edges of the top of the tag.  I wanted to tie the brass into the tag more.  So I added gold embossing.  I had been working on Tim Holtz’s March 12 Tags of 2015 “enameled” tag and still had the embossing powder on my desk.  So I stamped script over the entire tag and embossed it gold.  I like the tie into the brass knocker and the idea of Leprechaun’s pots of gold.

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Now what?  I didn’t like the lettering laid out as planned.  So I bunched it up and added a quick “posy” of stick pins.  Covered the gluey part with a lovely brass shield and a bit of ribbon that matched the tie top ribbon.  Glued down a green striped grosgrain ribbon and called it a focal point.  I love the whole embellishment.  Rich, stylish, silly and pretty (just how I like my men-j).

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Now, that the letters were bunched up I had to decide how to finish the tag.  I let the tag hang on my wall for a few days (sometimes quick art aint so quick). I was putting up my shamrock garland when I came across the perfect sized little shamrock.  I attached it to the tag and called it done and done.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slainte,

Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday-St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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Thanks to Facebook we are well aware that we have some pretty great stuff in our old files and archives.  Here is a celebration I created during my days running Royal Tart. It’s heavy on green as any St. Patrick’s Day can be, but I added a wee bit o’ the sophistication and zany with the green zebra place mats. This is one of those tablescapes that can be adult in feel or family fun in feel depending on what you want to serve in those long tall beer glasses–lucky charms or beer–of course.

It may feel like I am sharing this a bit early (or if you are an organized sort, not so much) but I wanted to give you time to get your creative juices flowing and your table setting style put together; you have about three weeks. Go! Slante!

Trish

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“Be Mine” Valentine Banner

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“Be Mine” Valentine Banner

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!  Here is a vertical Valentine’s banner (say that ten times fast!).  I designed and created it a few years ago for a book club Sweatheart’s dinner party.  If you need to make a quick banner for Valentine’s Day look no further than old book paper, glitter, embellishments and some old keys.  Easy and cute without being cutsey.

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Not the best images but you get the idea.
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Cheers,
Tricia

Eat Your Heart Out Celebration

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This post is a throwback to a blog post form Valentine’s week 2009.  It’s a great party idea but also a bit nostalgic for the 2009s (in case you are feeling nostalgic).  I hope you enjoy the dark humor of this celebration.

This is a fabulous, really fun party for the foodies in your life or for the singles or the long married because it is all about strong full flavored foods. Think garlic, onions, peppers, coffee, red wine, booze, and all those other ingredients you can’t enjoy if you have to worry about your breath.

Invitations: Send a dark red rose invitation. Nothing says special like an invitation received in the mail (if this is a last minute feast you may call or send an electronic invitation). On the invitation ask your guests to dress in attire befitting a sophisticated dinner party-for some that may be black tie, for others cocktail dresses and if your crowd is a jeans crowd then ask them to wear some red and black with their jeans (I am thinking red heels).

Set the Scene/Tablescape: When designing this Celebration Royal Tart was inspired by the fabulous dinner party scenes a la Lipstick Jungle or Sex in the City. This Celebration is wonderful as a sophisticated gathering of dark smoky colors and pretty china. You can use your existing dishes or purchase a pretty set from Royal Tart. We chose black and parchment dishes in different patterns mixed with a beautiful dinner plate rimmed in red with delicate black roses. Set the table with red cloth napkins, a red table runner, lush, open red roses and candles and you have the makings for a stylish, sophisticated Valentine’s Feast without placing a single heart anywhere. Of course you should light the fire, turn down the lights, chill a bottle of bubbly and turn on some crooners like Nat King Cole or Harry Connick. For a more rock-n-roll vibe put on a little Bruce Springsteen-he sings about a pink Cadillac and a tunnel of love-now that’s hot; again while setting the scene keep in mind sophisticated beautiful people.

The Menu:

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Cocktail

Dirty Vodka Martini

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Appetizers

Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bread

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

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Dinner

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

Oven Finished Filet

Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic 2 Ways

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Finale

Mocha Chocolate Fondue

Pound Cake

Coconut Macaroons

Gourmet Marshmallows

Biscotti or other Italian Cookies

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Hot Passion Coffee Drink

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Party Favors: Give your guests a Valentine of mints-Altoids would be appropriate for a strong flavored meal. Plus the tins are red and white—again Valentine’s like without the heart.

Have a great Valentines Party!

Cheers,

Trish

Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

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Trish’s Tuesday Tag Valentine’s Day

Hi.  Happy Valentine’s (week).  Hey, so today I want to walk you through my Valentine’s Day tag creations.  I created not one but nine tags as I was just so inspired, my creative juices were flowing.  I was inspired by none other than the amazing Tim Holtz.  On his blog he hosts a 12 Tags of the Year.  He posted his February 2015 Tag earlier this month.  Check out his step by step instructions on his blog post: http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-february/

So as I collected my supplies I quickly realized that I had a lot of “left-over” ephemera, stickers, scrapbook paper and embellishments.  So I decided to create a stash tag.  And since I was saving my $$ for the Rose Bowl Flea Market on February 8 (more on that fabulous adventure next week), I decided no new purchases; though I think Tim Holtz’s metal arrows are awesome.

I began my first tag using mostly stickers and really liked the outcome.  I noticed I had a ton (maybe a bit of an overstatement) of stickers and decided to continue with tags.  Hence the nine tags.  I probably could have kept going but really.  So after I stuck all my stickers on my two sizes of tags (#5 & #8) I added some scrapbook and book paper.  Covered everything with a coat of Mod Podge and let them dry. See my 9 beauties below before any highlighting or lowlighting.

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As you can see some of the colors are a little strong.  I followed Tim Holtz’s step by step instructions and added some “white” paint.  His steps are easy to follow.  I followed his steps until he started adding ephemera pretty closely.  Sometimes, I don’t follow steps very closely but this time I did.  Back to the unifying “white” paint.  I used Distress Paint in “Antique Linen.” I liked the softer “white” as my tags were already stickered in “old” papers/stickers.

Once the tags were softened with Antique Linen I highlighted the tags with Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I began adding my ephemera.  Below are the tags with the ephemera laid out but not yet attached.

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I attached (Thanks Jen Cushman for always “attaching”)  the ephemera using hot glue, Tombo adhesive, and metal wire.  And finally, I used the shipping twine that was originally on the small tags.  I wanted to de-emphasize the top of the tag as the tags themselves were so interesting and sort of strong and masculine.  I did age the twine with scattered straw.  And when I thought they were all done I decided to edge the tags.  I added some ColorBox Terracotta ink and some Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the tags.

These fast and easy tags added to the Valentine’s Day holiday decorating theme that I inadvertently started.  My Valentine’s decorations this year are red and black, with a dash of book paper.  I have a final three that I liked best–but really I am pleased with all of my tag designs.   I love the results!

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Cheers,

Trish

P.S. I forgot to share all the supplies I used.  Below is a picture of the supplies minus the stickers and book paper.

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