Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year. Starting this blog has been an amazing journey and I would like to thank everyone who has read my posts and featured me. As well as those who have been supportive with comments, kind words, and shares.

I am thankful everyday that God has given me on this earth and the people he has provided to be part of my life.

I would also like to give a special thank you to my boyfriend Matt, whom has indured my complaints about computer issues and who has helped with many aspects of this blog.

TexMexCrafting has a lot of special suprises in store soon so stick around...

Many Thanks,
Amanda

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Wrapped Christmas Vases




As I’m writing this post I'm listening to Christmas music; it’s never too early right?  I love using the dollar tree hurricane vases and in this tutorial I am using them again. I will show you how to make these easy and fun burlap wrapped Christmas vases. I made these to donate to a craft fair that my mom’s church had to raise money for a new building.


Below is what you will need for this project:
-1 hurricane vase
-Burlap ribbon purchased from Michael's
-Small ornament
-Twine
-Scissors
-Multi purpose adhesive spray
-Ornaments to place inside






Here is a close up of the spray adhesive that I used.  I purchased it at Walmart. 









The first step is to measure and cut the burlap ribbon to fit around the vase. 


Then lay the burlap ribbon out flat and spray it with the adhesive spray on the non-decorated side. Make sure you cover your table/surface with newspaper so you do not do any damage. The adhesive spray is very sticky if you get it on your hands you can use hand sanitizer to help get it off.  


My favorite technique is to lay the vase at the end of the ribbon and simply roll the vase (like a rolling pin). This will insure the ribbon is straight. 


I used twine to tie on the star ornament.  I filled the vases with gold and silver ornaments. These would look great on a fireplace mantle or as a table centerpiece. 


“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 
 Calvin Coolidge

Make it Spicy and Merry!
Amanda

Friday, November 21, 2014

Simple Concepts: Fall decorating for the bathroom (or any room)


I really enjoy home décor. I’ve often pondered the idea of going back to school and becoming an interior designer.  Although I think of myself as a lifetime learner, I do not think another degree is in my cards at this stage of life. So I will live vicariously through this blog.  I’ve decided to add a section to the blog called “simple concepts”. This section/posts will be geared toward simple decorating ideas.

For this session of simple concepts, I give you a tour of my guest bathroom and share some of my fall decorating ideas.

White pumpkin+ Owl = Owl perch

Owls are quickly becoming a fall favorite. I found this little owl in the 75% off section in an after Halloween sale. I sprinkled some moss on top a pumpkin to give it an earthy feel and thus the perch was created.

Fall leaves + Mirror = Lovely

 This vine of leaves is another dollar tree find.  I lined the edge of my mirror with them and really liked the outcome.

Light bulb vase + Lavender = fragrant décor


So I can’t take credit for this idea. My favorite restaurant Whiskey Cake has these on their tables and I always admired them. They use rosemary and it is a lot more fragrant then lavender (which is what I used).  I actually grow both in my garden so I plan on switch between the two.  I've had mine lavender in my bathroom for about 10 days and it still looks green and fresh. 

Hope you enjoyed this month’s simple concepts. 

Make it Spicy and Simple,
Amanda
   



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Wreath

This week I created some crafts to donate to my mother's church fair. This wreath is one of the items they auctioned off along with my ornament vases. In total my crafts helped raise $88.00 for their new building fund.  It's always a good feeling to give back and I'm glad they went to a good home. 

Wreath making, in my opinion, is 90% design and 10% skill. For this wreath my inspiration was a "white Christmas".  Everything on the wreath besides the greenery is white.  


Wreath planning...


While in the planning process I like to move things around on the wreath to see how everything looks and make sure that the wreath is balanced.

Dissecting the wreath: The two ornaments at the bottom are actually from the dollar tree but look very elegant in my opinion. Everything else was purchased from Micheal's.


Hope you find a good way to give back this holiday. 

 “Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....” 
 Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Make it Spicy and Holly,
Amanda 



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Canton First Monday Trade Days




Howdy from Texas! Last week my partner in crime, aka my mom and I ventured out to Canton First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Trade Days is a HUGE flea market that has handmade crafts, antiques, craft supplies, décor, floral arrangements, artwork and alot more. We go several times a year and it’s a great place to pick up unique gifts, project pieces, and home décor. Whenever we take someone new, they always get hooked and return. My favorite section is the antique/ garage sale area. You never know what you're going to find there. It’s always exciting to recycle or upcycle someone elses trash and make something beautiful out of it. I got so many great things this time so I figured I’d share some pictures from our trip and some of my “finds”. 


The garage sale section is located in the fields and has a lot of farm fresh finds. 



I love antique lanterns and this blue one was calling my name. 


My mom and I. 

I think I got all my decorating and crafting genes from my mom, and the patients from my dad. My mothers lack in patients is probably why she’s not a good crafter, lol.  I remember when I was younger, I used to sit on the floor and make jewelry and my mom would commend my ability to work on a project for hours on end. Together my mom and I make a great pair.


They have several vendors that specialize in wrapping paper and boxes. I got three vintage looking rolls of wrapping paper for Christmas which I cannot wait to use.


I found a new vendor that sells artificial flowers for $1 each or a dozen for $10. My mom got a bunch for the holidays and I can't wait to see what she does with them, she has the best design sense. 


I got this "Home Sweet Home" creamer container for $1. 


This cookbook was $1 and had some pretty interesting receipes in it. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it but I may use the pages for a thanksgiving craft. 

This is a fun one... There is a vendor there called "build a cross". They have a bunch of wood letters, crosses, and shapes that you can use for projects. It costs $10 to fill a bag or the letters are .50 each. I got some letters to use for the holidays and they also had wooden ornaments which are pretty cool.


Tips for your first trip to Canton Trade Days:
-Bring comfortable clothes- The place is huge!!

-Bring cash although a lot of vendor do take credit. Parking is usually paid w/ cash

-Bring a wagon, push cart, or you can rent one. You will need something to push all your goodies around in.

-Bring water to hydrate, especially if you go in the summer.

-Click here to get to FMTD's website.









While your there... If you love fiesta dishware I suggest you got to Canton Dish Barn. They have a great selection of Fiesta ware as well as pieces that have slight imperfections that sell for 75% off or more. 



If you love flea markets and crafts I highly recommend you check out First Monday Trade Days. They say everything is bigger in Texas and when it comes to this, they ain't lying.

Make it Spicy,
Amanda


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tree Branch Painted Pumpkin



Hello Nov-em-ber. I’m excited and sad to see October go. It’s finally getting cold here in Texas, which means we are closer to Thanksgiving. I saw a lot of amazing painted pumpkins this fall. I decided to make my own version. I’ve been really into tree branches recently so I decided to incorporate that into my design.

 What you’ll need to recreate this: 
-White pumpkin (the size can vary)
-Metallic silver sharpe
-Silver thumb tacks
-Paper floral embellishments

 I found a tree branch design online that I wanted to imitate. I (with help from my boyfriend) drew the tree design onto the pumpkin. Because metallic is harder to see, I went over the design several times.

Tip: Because the pumpkins moist skin the marker would stop working from time to time. I scribbled on a piece of paper and it would start to disperse ink and I would start drawing again. I then attached the flowers by thumb tacking them onto the pumpkin. Voila!

Now you have a pumpkin that you can use all fall long.



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