Tag Archives: diy

DIY Personalized Stationary

We know it has been a while since you have heard from us, and boy have we all dropped the ball a bit! Truth be told, we have all had to take a little time away from the blog but have been busily engrossed in work, moves, travel to far away places…and a baby! Yes, the past three months have flown by for me personally since my daughter was born. I could write several blog posts on the past twelve weeks, but today’s has very little to do with my new status as a mommy.

Throughout my pregnancy and after I have been blessed to have amazing support from family and friends. Whether nearby or far away our home has been showered with beautiful gifts and cards of support. Somehow, despite the chaos of becoming a new mom, I managed to turn around Thank You cards within a week’s window.

What I never seemed to have time to do was go to the store to find new sets of Thank You stationary, so I needed to come up with another solution!

Enter the fabulous world of Etsy and Target!

On my numerous trips to Target to pick up Thank You cards I noticed a value pack box of blank note cards in fabulous colors! I loved the variety of colors and the fact that I could make one purchase and then not have to visit the aisle for a bit.

While the cards were so beautiful, they needed a little something to spice them up a bit and create a more personalized touch. I looked on Etsy and found a number of vendors that create personalized rubber stamps. Working with one such vendor, I had a stamp created with my name and a decorative “F” for my last name’s first initial and voila I had the perfect addition to my blank note cards.

To this day, I use this combination weekly. Whether for a last-minute Thank You card or a “I’m thinking of you” note to a friend, it is a handy way to create your own personalized stationary using just a few simple purchases.

Do you have a DIY you use for your Thank You notes? If so, we want to hear!

Organizing Your Wine Collection

Wine Organization 2

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, it seems that when you hit your 30s, you begin acquiring a wine collection. A bottle of wine has become a standard option for housewarming presents, hostess gifts, and holiday presents. Wine tasting is a popular choice for summertime activities, including birthday celebrations and wedding weekend events—and it’s nearly impossible to come away from a tasting without a bottle or three.

Before you know it, you are acquiring more bottles than you can keep up with, and if you are like my husband and me (a couple without a dedicated storage piece for wine), your collection starts looking like this…

Wine Organization 1

For us, finding the right furnishing for our homes has taken quite a bit of time. We have not yet found the right piece to house our growing wine collection, but we have decided we want to take our time instead of making a major impulse purchase.

For us our wine bottles typically remind of us a special occasion, a certain friend, or a milestone in our life, and whenever we open a bottle (especially the good stuff), we like to take a quick moment to reminisce back on the origin of our bottle.

Typically a quick scan of the label will job our memories on the history of our bottle, but as our collection has morphed into a few zones of our house, I decided I wanted to find a way to organize the bottles and also ensure I was remembering why they were so special.

Today, we are sharing a few simple DIY options that will allow you tag your bottles.

Gift Tagging

Gift tags can be a great option for tagging your wine. My lovely fellow Triple Knot-ers gifted me these adorable gift tags, and they are the perfect option to slip over the neck of your wine bottle with a little note inside on where and from whom you received the bottle from.

Wine Organization 2

Gift tags come in all shapes and sizes, and can be incredibly cost-effective (Paper Source vs. dollar bins at Target). Feeling extra crafty? Consider using a paper punch and some jute or ribbon to make your own gift tag.

Computer Gift Log

Maybe you are less of a visual person, or you really don’t have a wine storage system that allows you to display cute gift tags. Consider purchasing simple circle stickers, which you can number and add to the bottom of your bottle. You can create a corresponding Wine Gift Log on your computer that links the bottle’s number to a brief overview of where the bottle came from.

Wine Organization 3

Wine Connoisseurs? This is a great solution for those of you who have expensive and rare bottles of wine, where you may want to track more information (i.e. the purchase price, the variety, winery and bottle year).

Wine Organization 5

Wine Label-Making

A handy label maker is another nice option when it comes to organizing your wine bottles. It’s a quick option, that you can stick right on to your bottle, and is great for those that don’t have the best handwriting.

You can be a bit more limited in what you can write (and may have to reduce the font size of your label), in order to get the label to fit on the bottom of the bottle. Another alternative is to add your label to the backside of the bottle.

Wine Organization 4

Whether your wine is going into that spare closet in the guest room, or a fancy built-in wine fridge, it’s always nice to take a moment and remember how a particular bottle joined your collection (not to mention, send a quick Thank You email or Text to the gift giver). Finding a convenient way to tag your wine bottles is a great, way to stay organized as your collection increases.

Do you have a way that you keep your wine collection organized? If so, we would love to hear your ideas.

Signature 3 (Mar 2016)

DIY Heart-Shaped String Art

DIY_Heart_String_Art_-_Pinterest

As many of you readers know, I’m on a major 2016 mission to add seasonal décor to our home, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I wanted to think about something simple that I could add to prep for the holiday. While I love the concept of Valentine’s Day, my husband and I tend to be quite low-key when it comes to celebrating the day. We might have a nice dinner together at home, find a local activity, or give a small gift — nothing too elaborate. I wanted our home décor to match that sentiment and focused on adding a few simple things to our common room areas.

While perusing Etsy, I came across the concept of a heart-shaped string art project and the sometimes-over-zealous DIYer inside of me was like, “Let’s give it a spin!”

Typically, I tend to read a few other blogs or craft sites to get the step-by-step directions, but this time, I decided I would just wing it!

The first stop was my local craft store, where I picked up:

  • An unpainted wooden plaque (Tip: Make sure you consider matching the thickness of your plaque to match your nails)
  • A package of ½ inch nails
  • Cotton Floss

Once home, I supplemented my newly purchased supplies with a few things I have in my craft stash. These include:

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • A piece of cardstock
  • A small hammer
  • Ruler
  • Scissors + Tape

The first step was to get my unfinished wood plaque painted. Since this was my first try, I kept my plaque rather small, so painting a few coats of white acrylic was not going to take too long.

DIY Valentine's String Art 1

While the paint coats were drying, I made a quick stencil with my cardstock. Obviously if you have a pre-made stencil your heart shape will be perfect, but I was able to make a fairly-decent one from free-hand cutting.

I carefully outlined the heart on my newly-painted white plaque, and then started marking off even notch marks with my ruler.

Next it was time to hammer in my nails. As you all have probably come to know…I LOVE white and gold. As such, it was no surprise that I wanted gold nails, and I was lucky to find these adorable brass nails (similar here).

DIY Valentine's String Art 2

I found this to be one of the more tedious parts of the project, so I broke up the steps by switching off between measuring and adding the nails.

DIY Valentine's String Art 3

After a bit of time, I had my entire heart shape outlined in brass nails.

DIY Valentine's String Art 4

And it was finally time for the fun part! The string that I chose for this project was DMC Cotton Floss (see here) in a metallic gold finish (no surprise, huh?). I find this material worked quite well for the project, and most craft stores have this product in a huge variety of colors. If you’re looking for a more rustic look, then a thin jute string may also be a good alternative.

I tied the cotton floss on the base of my heart and slowly started working my way around the frame of the heart, looping the string around each nail before moving on to the next.

DIY Valentine's String Art 5

Once the outline was complete, I tied off the string, and then started a new knot (on a new nail). Next I continued to string my cotton floss randomly amongst all the nails.

TIP: Definitely consider tying off your string every 10 nails or so. You’ll find it becomes more challenging to keep the string tight, the more nails you loop.

Before long, I started to see the shape of the heart come together.

The one challenge that I did have was determining when it was time to stop stringing. I consulted my phone and looked at finished pieces on Google to get a sense of what I wanted my finished project to look like.

In all, I’m quite happy with the completed décor piece. I added it to a decorative tray that we have on a little bar area of our family room for the Valentine’s season. I love it so much that I may consider finding  a permanent home for this piece as part of our year-round home décor.

DIY Valentine's String Art 6

Happy Valentine’s Day readers!