Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Wine Tags: Fancy Pants Designs

It's over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go - for Thanksgiving, that is.  We are making a few side dishes to take along and, of course, I also wanted to bring a little hostess gift.

The one of the left is for Mom.  She is certainly fabulous!  The one on the right, I am saving for a Christmas party.  While I was making one wine tag, I figured I might as well make another. 

These tags are easy to make. I cut each tag 3 inches wide by 10 inches long. I scored the tag 2.5 inches from the top to make the fold. I used a circle punch for the wine bottle hole. All paper and embellishments are from Fancy Pants Designs, the cute new Fall and Winter lines. 

For the holiday bottle of cheer, I used a patterned paper frame and filled the inside with subway art style paper from the Timbergrove collection. I'm thinking a bottle of red would be perfect for curling up in front of the fireplace on a cold night. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  To all my US friends: wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Train Table

For Christmas last year, I wanted to get my son a train table but quickly discovered that nice ones were quite expensive. 

After looking around, we thought it would be easy enough to make our own. And it was.  We decided to make a versatile table with a chalkboard top for drawing and writing when it wasn't used for trains. 

The total cost for this table was less than $15, which gave us plenty of money leftover for wood tracks, trains and accessories.

We happened to have this table base, which we had purchased at a yard sale for $5.  It has a wood insert (not shown) to make a table. The trouble was that there wasn't enough room inside the confines of the table for a figure 8 train track.

With some basic woodworking skills, we were able to make a table to fit on top of the base. We made it a rectangle, measuring approximately 40 x 48 inches. 

After we put together the tabletop, we gave it a couple of coats of chalkboard paint and we were ready for the train set. 

We purchased the Figure 8 Train Track at Target. It is the Circo brand and is interchangeable with other brands of wood track. The trains and accessories are a mixture of Thomas, Brio and Circo. 

The table and trains are hands down my son's favorite toy.

If you have any questions about how to make the table, feel free to post questions in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Paper Crafted Christmas Ornaments: Fancy Pants

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  It's so chilly here too. Really has me in the mood for the holidays. I decided to the Christmas line from Fancy Pants Designs and make some tree ornaments.

I don't have a tree up yet, so I took a quick snap on a young pine outside. 

I have a tutorial on how to make these ornaments up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog. Would love for you to take a peek!

Have a wonderful weekend.