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Create a swanky and romantic feel with a wall of candles

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Design & Decorating | 6 comments

I love the glow of color and warmth that candles create.  I don’t, however, have the luxury of placing many candles around my home (fire and 1 year olds don’t mix very well).   By placing them on the wall I am able to enjoy candlelight and create a focal point on a wall that was very plain before.  I have framed art and mirrors on the rest of the walls in my living room and wanted to have something different on this space, especially since there are quite a few objects on the sofa table a few feet in front of this wall.

 

 

I purchased these votive holders at CB2, which is a sister company of Crate & Barrel; it has a more modern approach and less expensive merchandise.  I bought a few extra of the glass votive holders, to replace any that may break.  The votives I get at JoAnn Fabrics, but you can find them fairly easily other places.  The key with this is to get votives that have clear plastic that holds the wax, instead of metal.  This gives a cleaner look and when the candles are lit and the wax melts clear it gives a great see-through effect.

And this is where you get to practice those math skills you never thought you would use!  Figure out how many rows of votives you want across and high.  Then calculate how much space you want in between the rows and add that up.   If you want the candle display centered, measure the distance of the whole wall and subtract the total width of the rows.  Divide that by 2 and that is how far in from 1 side of the wall you will want to start your candle display.  Figure out how far from the ceiling you want the top of your votives.

I used painter’s tape (I use it for everything, even to reclose food packaging…it’s my duct tape).  Tape around the perimeter of your planned candle display.  Then mark how far in between you want the rows and place the tape accordingly.

Figure out the distance where nail holes from one votive to the votive above or below it will be and mark the tape.  Use small finishing nails and make sure they are angled up – with the same angle and distance sticking out from the wall.

This makes a great look day:

….or night:

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All Things Easter

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

Spring is awesome.  I am thrilled to have my windows open, hear the birds chirping, and see Cadbury Mini-eggs on the grocery shelves.  The only downfalls to this season are my dog tracks in mass amounts of mud and I realize I have limited time to attempt my annual summer weight loss plan (dang Cadbury!).  However, the budding trees and blooming flowers inspire me to make colorful Easter decor and treats.  Here are a few that are easy to make!

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….after my daughter crawls around on the floor tomorrow she is going to be full of glitter!  Take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on (I should take my own advice).  See “DIY & Craft Projects” for directions.

Stained Glass Hardboiled Eggs:

Easy and cool….with or without the shell.  Hardboil eggs and then crack them up, but don’t peel the shell.  Set them in water with a fair amount of food coloring added.

Once you take them out of the dye they will look like this:

 Or you can peel them to get this effect:

 

Stained Glass Potato Salad:    See the “Recipes” page or type ‘easy low-fat potato salad’ in “Search This Site” at the top of this website.

Easter Bunny Cake:

This is actually super easy!  Make 1 round cake (1/2 of a boxed cake mix).  Cut it in half and ‘glue’ it together with a little frosting.  Use a Snow Ball for the tail and spaghetti for whiskers.  Decorate with candy and paper ears.

 

 

Flowers in Candy: Wrap the stems of flowers with wet paper towel, cover it with a plastic sandwich bag, and tie or tape it shut.  This will keep enough water on the flowers to last a day or so (enough time to use this idea for an Easter meal centerpiece).  Place the flowers and candy in a vase!  ***you can do this at other holidays too

 

Bird’s Next Treats: 

  • Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Mix in 4 cups of chow mein noodles (or a combo of these and Cheerios).  Form them into little nests.
  • Place shredded coconut in a bag with green food coloring and shake it up.  Add it to the center of the ‘nests’.
  • Fill with candy

 Easter Cake Pops:

 

 

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How to Glitter Eggs (or any item)

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on.

  1. What you’ll need:  modge podge, a cheap paintbrush, glitter, and plastic eggs (or whatever item you are glittering)
  2. Brush the glue onto the egg…yes, this is messy.
  3. Sprinkle glitter all over the egg…yes, this is messy too.  You’ll probably need to rinse your hands off after each egg, so you can work on the next one.
  4. Let them dry overnight.  Set up around a centerpiece, in a glass bowl, or hang them on a tree!

 To see some glittery washable glassware Click Here

For sparkly DIY votives Click Here

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