Fiesta Wedding Invitations

A girlfriend is getting married so I offered to design the invitations.   I was excited the second I heard she was having a Fiesta Themed wedding.    This is what I came up with.
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There is a little symbolism to the design – enough that I teared up while drawing out the sketch.  The two birds looking at each other are the bride and groom of course.  The two little birds in flight at the top holding ribbons symbolize their two daughters, they are holding a skull which is from the “Día de Muertos” tradition to honor the dead.  The skull is in honor of the brides mom looking over them as she is not on this earth anymore.
And yes writing this gives me a tear.

I wish the happy couple a lifetime of Joy!

DIY Advent Calendar

Easy to make DIY advent calendar,  and I have included a pdf to print out if you want one just like this.


Advent_Calendar-1-3-30 Pack of wilton party favor tins (I got them at Michaels – used a 40% off coupon cost was $12)
-Printed Images to cut out  (PDF of my artwork)
-2 inch Circle cutter  (you could cut them by hand but I just happened to have the right size cutter on hand)
-Magnets,  I used some magnetic XYRON tape I had on hand but you could just any kind of magnet that has adhesive on it.

The tins have plastic circles for lids that pop out, just pop in the images and pop back in the plastic to hold the images up.

I found most of my fillers at the Dollar Store, and some of the stickers on clearance at Michaels.

Patio Table-Top Redo With Pallet Wood

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retty simpe-  tear apart a pallet,  cut the wood to fit the frame,  sand and then play…
I played with arcylic paint white washing,  walnut stain,  my homemade stain recipe here,  and kept some natural.  I will post a tutorial on the freezer paper transfer but for now this was the site I used for inspiration.   Make sure to finish the wood with a outside use coating.

ECO- Refurbish Dresser Drawers

I have recently discovered this amazing technique with staining wood.   It essentially oxidizes the wood to give it that Patina look.  The best part about it is there are no toxic chemicals involved.   I will get to the recipe soon because  if I told you now you wouldn’t believe me and you would probably click onward.

Let’s start with the piece that convinced me I was on to something…..

I have been looking for something to go in the dining room for linens and things.  I found this dresser at goodwill for $20  It was in pretty good shape just needed a little love.
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I brought it home sanded it down and ended up with this gorgeous pine piece of furniture.
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Was going to try a walnut stain but then thought I would change it up and try out this stain I had read about, it sounded crazy but I thought what the heck I’ll just re-sand it if it doesn’t work out.

Now we get to the crazy part…..ready for the recipe?

  • Glass Quart Jar
  • Steel Wool
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Black Tea
  • White vinegar

I honestly don’t remember exactly how much of each I put it as it was a total experiment but roughly:  1 cup steel wool, the coffee grounds from my morning 2 cups, three earl grey tea bags, and enough white vinegar to reach the top.   And then I let it sit for what turned into 5 days.    

Using a rag you just wipe it on the wood,  the more coats the darker it gets.  Keep in mind it is a chemical reaction and will continue to change over the next 48 hours or so.

Drum Roll………

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I finished it with a water based sealant and a trip to the local hardware store for drawer pulls.   I love it! kat