Halloween Decor & Easy Ribbon Banner

One thing I have really missed sharing the last few months is my different holiday displays.  In our old apartment I had a shelf in our living room that I changed out with each holiday and/or season.  It was the perfect set up, it hung right by the front door so everyone could see it and it added just enough holiday flare to the room without having to go overboard on the decorations every other month.

When we moved I finally had space in my home for one piece of furniture that I had been wanting forever… a piano!  My grandmother left me her piano but I have never had a place to put it before.  I am so happy to finally have it in my home and for the chance I get to sit and play every so often.  It has also provided the perfect new spot for my holiday set ups.  It is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door.

_DSC0754Things are looking spooky and SPARKLY around here.  Just because Halloween is all about scary ghosts and things like death doesn’t mean your decorations can’t be fabulous, right? Or would that be fa-boo-lous?  :) I tempered the bright orange, green, and purple by mixing in a lot of white pieces.  You might also notice the DIY Spooky Candles hiding in the back.

Spooky and Sparkly Halloween DecorationsSpooky and Sparkly Halloween DecorationsI created the ribbon banner hanging over my window frame and it was such an easy craft!  And totally changeable for any holiday or color scheme.  I started by gathering a bunch of fabric scraps, ribbons, and raiding the left over bins at the fabric store.

_DSC0069Using a fabric cutter I cut out strips 1 inch wide and 7 inches long.  This was probably the most tedious part because I cut out a lot of fabric strips.  And if you want a really long banner you’ll need A LOT of pieces.  You can also cut your pieces a little wider so they’ll take up more space along the banner.

_DSC0177Then the easy part, tying the pieces onto another ribbon or some twine.  I taped one end of a piece of twine onto my coffee table and then just randomly tied the strips along it.

_DSC0209And kept going until the banner was full with lots of colors.  If you have lots of fabric scraps this is an easy way to use them up!  I found the little web and spider at the Dollar Tree and hung it from the center of the banner.  Honestly, lots of the decor came from the Dollar Tree.  The purple flowers, the green sign, the glittery pumpkins, all $1!  Can’t beat it!

Easy Ribbon Banner TutorialEasy Ribbon Banner Tutorial and Halloween Decorations


And now in totally unrelated news, I have FINALLY started an Instragram for Darling Doodles.  I’ve had a personal one for years but I’ve always kept it private.  So now I have a separate account set up to share behind the scenes, glimpses into my home and life, and there will probably a picture or two of some very cute kiddos.  I would love if you would hop on over and follow me @darlingdoodlesdesign.  Another reason you might want to follow?  Later this week I’ll be doing a giveaway on Instagram and let’s just say there is chocolate involved.  And it is good.

Fourth of July Holiday Shelf

I’m so excited for my favorite holiday (it’s tied with Christmas) and can’t wait to see all the red, white, and blue popping up everywhere.  I love Independence Day!  Give me parades, fireworks, and goosebumps during our national anthem and I am one happy girl.  I’m getting in the patriotic spirit around our house by changing out my holiday shelf to reflect my American pride.

_DSC0584It’s a pretty simple array of some old books, candles wrapped in twine, a lantern, and two mason jar flower arrangements.   I happened to have a red “S” for our last name and it works on the shelf, but I’d really love to find a “U” and an “A” to add as well.  I also used the banner that was already hanging up from my Nautical Summer Shelf, and just changed out the teal colors for red and white.


The flower arrangements were really easy to make.  I found a package of 3 flags for $1 at the dollar spot in Target and the white flowers are from the Dollar Tree.  They look perfect in a mason jar with some brown paper shred.

_DSC0591I created two prints to put in the frames underneath but alas, my printer ran out of ink just when I went to print them out!  I had some cute scrapbook paper on hand though and it works just great.  But thanks to the magic of Photoshop here is how it would have looked:

_DSC0603And just because my printer ran out of ink doesn’t mean you can’t use the prints!

Download the PDF

Printable Patriotic Subway Art

Hope these help you get in the independence day spirit!


Easter Table and DIY Egg Place Cards

Yes, you read that title right.  I’m sharing an Easter post with you today.  “But wait Brie,” you are thinking to yourself.  “Easter has already happened?  Don’t you know that you should now be showing us Mother’s Day ideas or end of the school year gifts?  What kind of a blogger are you?”

Well the answer is that I’m a keeping-it-real-blogger and here’s the truth, I just did not have the time to set up a decorated Easter table weeks ago, take pictures, and then take it all down just to set it up again later.  It’s a good thing I managed to get it up for Easter at all!  But I was really pleased with the way it turned out and hey, Easter is one of those things that comes around every single year so if you like an idea you can always pin it for next year!

In all seriousness this past weekend was an absolutely beautiful holiday and we spent it with our dearest friends and loved every minute of it.  A perfect Easter.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsSince we were hosting dinner and had invited several of our friends over, I wanted to make the meal a little more special than normal.  I started by coming up with a color scheme for my table- green, yellow, white, and black.  And then I got to work making some cute little place cards for each person.

Supplies needed: two shades of green scrapbook paper, toothpicks, ribbon, double sided tape, and Styrofoam eggs.  (I found my eggs at the Dollar Tree.)  Here’s the how to:

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards#1- Cut two strips of paper 2 inches tall and 6 inches long.

#2- Cut each strip into little triangles, varying them in size and width.  This is your grass.

#3- Using some double sided tape make your grass into a circle so it looks like a little crown.

#4- With more tape wrap the second piece of grass around the first.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards#5- Tie a ribbon around the grass and bend the edges in random places to give it a more natural grass look.

#6- Using a toothpick and some additional paper make a little pennant.

#7- Stick the end of the toothpick into the top of the Styrofoam egg.

And done!  Cute little place cards!  If you don’t have Styrofoam eggs you could write on plastic eggs with a marker instead.  Then you could also slip a little piece of candy into the plastic egg for each guest as well.  Another fun variation.  Here’s how they looked on the table and how it all came together.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsEaster Table Settings with DIY Egg PlacecardsI’m pretty proud of the fact that the only things I had to buy for the table were the eggs and the yellow napkins.  Everything else I already had on hand!   Creating a color coordinated table is probably easier than you think.  I simply went through each room of my house and looked for any items in green, yellow, white, or black.  Separate these items may look random, but when grouped and arranged together they don’t look random at all.  Even items that don’t really say “Easter” work as long as they match.  Shopping your own home can be easy and definitely the most budget friendly way to create a centerpiece.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards

Hopefully you don’t mind seeing a holiday project after the holiday has passed!  And hopefully you had just as wonderful an Easter as well.

Easter Table Settings with DIY Egg Placecards


And now just one more thing… I thought I’d share something kind of fun that happened this week, one of my posts was used in this week’s issue of Woman’s World Magazine!  Remember these dish cloth pillows?  Well now you’ll also find them on page 39 of WWM!  It may be a little tiny piece in a magazine, but I was pretty excited to see my  name in print.  One thing to check off my bucket list!

Woman's World Magazine Feature

Spring & Easter Holiday Shelf….Finally!

A couple of weeks ago reader Mary left me a comment letting me know that she missed my holiday shelf posts and well now Mary, this post is for you!!  I really appreciate when people leave feedback like that because sometimes as a blogger I don’t really know which posts people like over others.  So thank you Mary!

It is true that I have been slacking in the holiday shelf department.  My home has been sadly holiday-decorating-less for the last several months.  For some reason I am just feeling extra busy lately (may have something to do with a crawling 10 month old who is into everything and doesn’t like to nap) and so I set up my shelf to be neutral and haven’t touched it in months.  Here is how it has been looking:

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating IdeasA simple paper banner, some flowers in a milk bottle, lantern, bird, little box…nice and neutral items that blend in with my every day decor.  The best part though were these fun little prints I made for the frames underneath.  Oh Boston, Mass…you have my heart.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating Ideas

I’ve been thinking of creating prints like this for different cities & states and adding them to my Etsy shop.  What do you all think?  Would anybody be interested in something like this?

After reading Mary’s comment I decided that she was right and that I could find 5 minutes in my day to change out this shelf.  And honestly, that is really about all it took.   I made a few quick changes and wham…the shelf is now ready for Easter!  Good thing, since it is only a couple of weeks away.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating IdeasTo make the easy switch I added a new paper banner (the same one I saved from last year), some pink flowers and a new ribbon around the milk bottle, a nest in front of the bird, some ceramic bunnies, a bright bottle in place of the lantern, and some white eggs in the box.

Spring & Easter Holiday Decorating Ideas

I also changed out the frames, using my Go Blooming Crazy Print in one and then I quickly changed the text in the other to make it say Spring has Sprung.

So there you go, it is possible to decorate your home for a holiday in just a few minutes, I’m living proof!  I’ll try to remember this when Easter is over and my shelf is just waiting for a new look.  No promises though.  :)

And in not really related news, that 10 month old I was talking about?  She’s pretty much the most adorable thing in the world.   I appreciate you sticking with me even though my blogging has slowed down a little.  But when you look at this face can you blame me for wanting to spend more time with her rather than on my computer?!

Savannah 10 Months Pics



A Wreath for All Holidays

I love seeing cute holiday wreaths greeting me whenever I walk up to a door.  There is something so cheerful and welcoming about them.  But I’ve never really had wreaths to hang on my own door, and the main reason was lack of storage.  Wreaths aren’t exactly the easiest things to store if you live in an apartment like I do with the world’s smallest closet.  *Note I said closet.  As in singular…one.  My life is hard people.  :)

But after seeing so many fun Valentine’s Day wreaths on Pinterest I decided to make one anyway.  And somewhere along the process I came up with an idea to make a wreath that could be used not only for Valentine’s Day, but for every holiday.  Let me show you what I mean.  I started with a Styrofoam wreath form, some yarn, lots of felt, hot glue, and baker’s twine.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe base of the wreath is covered in the grey/white yarn.  I wanted to make sure I chose a neutral color that would look good with any other color and the grey and white also adds enough interest that it isn’t boring.  Wrapping the wreath in yarn isn’t difficult, but it does take some time.  That’s what Netflix is for.  The ends are secured with some hot glue.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysNow to decorate the wreath I made different banners for different holidays that can easily be removed and then reused.  I had planned on cutting out shapes in felt for each one, but then I found some of these packages at Michaels.  Most of the work done for me?  Yes please!  I only found some for Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day, so I cut out some felt flags for the Easter/Spring version.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysUsing a small hole punch, I put two holes in the top of each little piece and strung them onto some baker’s twine.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidays Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysI learned that it is important to do two holes because otherwise the pieces won’t hang correctly.  They’ll turn to the side instead of facing the front.  I took a picture of the St. Patrick’s Day banner to show you what I mean. Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe circle on the left has two holes, the circle on the right has just one.

I made sure to leave plenty of string on the ends of each banner so that all I have to do is tie it around the wreath in a bow.   Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThe wreath is hanging on my front door by some wire I also wrapped around it and to hide the wire I tied a ribbon around it that matched the banners.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysPretty cute wreath, right?  And so easy to change for each holiday!  All I have to do is untie the baker’s twine and the ribbon at the top, and then add the next holiday’s banner and bow.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysHere’s the one for Easter and/or Spring.  The flower bunch on the side is also tied on with twine.  I hot glued some flowers to a piece of felt and then used the hole punch in that felt as well.  Easy peasy.

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidaysThese are the only banners I have made so far, but I have plans to keep making them for the 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and maybe just some general fall or summer ones too.  I’m so excited to finally have a cute wreath on my door to welcome anyone who stops by!

Creating one wreath that can easily be used for all holidays


DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Baskets- For Him!

If you ask me, I think we gals have the market cornered on Valentine’s Day gifts.  Flowers, sparkly jewelry, chocolates, lovey-dovey notes, cutesy stuffed animals, and dressing fancy (meaning uncomfortable) to eat at fancy (meaning expensive) restaurants.  Not a whole lot of fun for the man in your life!  So I’ve put together a list of 10 gift basket ideas that your fella might actually enjoy receiving this holiday.  Some of these ideas were originally shared as Father Day/Anniversary/etc. gifts but with just a little tweaking they’ll be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Rootbeer & BBQ Gift Basket- Meat, sauces, & soda?  Nothing wrong with that!

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Sock it to Him Gift Basket- Is your man always on his feet?  Give them some rest.

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Sweet Candy Gift Basket- Sweets for your sweetie.  Awww.

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Couch Potato Gift Basket- what man doesn’t want to be given permission to be a couch potato for the day?!


Manly Money Gift Basket- tasty snacks and cash….yes please!

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

A Scent-sible Gift Basket- Okay, this one may be a little for you too.  A man who smells good is the best!

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Suite Retreat Gift Basket- woot woot.  This one gets romantic!

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Football Gift Basket- Football season will be over by the time we hit Valentine’s Day, so consider changing this one to basketball or baseball, or just their favorite sports team.

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Baskets- for him

Hopefully these have helped spark some ideas for the guy in your life!  If all else fails you can always just be waiting holding a steak in one hand and ice cream in the other.  Pretty sure that would do the trick too.