Quick and Easy Holiday Hostess Gifts

December 1st, 2015

We’re all hitting up holiday parties this time of year, and instead of the same ol’ hostess gifts, here are a few fun ideas using items that I found at Michaels!

It doesn’t get much easier than a potted plant. I found this pretty cream ceramic pot at Michaels as well as the lovely striped ribbon. Even the joyful tag was from a paper pad. I picked up the beautiful succulent at a local nursery for $4. This gift took about a minute to put together and who can say no to a pretty plant (I might be keeping this instead of giving it away!)?

Michaels had so many cool holiday items this year, including these snowflake measuring cups. Add a little ribbon and a tag and you have the perfect hostess gift for the hostess who loves to bake.

I love bringing baked goods as hostess gifts, and its a great way to gift that beautiful cake plate that I’ve been eyeing. This glass plate from Michaels was a steal of a deal especially with my 50% off coupon! I made my favorite Christmas cookies – Mexican Wedding Cookies to go on top.

I’ve collected quite a few of these ceramic mason jars. I use them for EVERYTHING, so why not a hostess gift? A few old timey candy canes, some ribbon and a small pine branch and you have a lovely gift. This idea would be great for a teacher gift too – just add a giftcard to Michaels!

I also found these adorable red (and blue) tart pans at Michaels and made a small cherry tart. Definitely a show stopper for your next party.

All the Michaels Makers are showing their favorite “Christmas Hacks” check them out below… and be sure to check out Michaels for so many great holiday items.

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Mini Album featuring Market Street

August 7th, 2014


Clique Kits contacted me about a month ago and told me that their new August 2014 kit was going to feature the Market Street Collection that I designed for My Mind’s Eye, and that they wanted to do a spotlight of me (I’ll link to that when its live). They were also gracious enough to send me a kit of my own to play with. What a great excuse to get some crafting done!


This kit is just full of gorgeousness. I love all of the “raw” items that they paired with my papers and embellishements. The burlap letters, cork shapes, wood textures, gold doilies etc. are just the perfect addition to my Market Street line. I especially love the mini flair, the wood hearts with gold pain, and the burlap bows!theprojectgirl-travel-mini-album-detail

I knew I wanted to create a mini scrapbook (it will look perfect sitting on my office shelves), and it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my photos of the trip I took to london in June of this year. theprojectgirl-travel-mini-album-detail2

Here’s the full album:

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Construction Update – Pantry Cabinets

February 22nd, 2014

So so much to post about! I have a million flagged photos in my iphoto and I get anxiety just thinking about how long it will take me to process them all and post. Things have been moving so quickly, I haven’t been able to keep up. And I wish I could take even more pictures but I’ve been mostly at home taking care of kids, working, and trying to finalize lighting/finishes etc.

At this point the easiest way to do updates is to go by project. So lets start with the pantry space. You can see my inspiration and previous plans on my pantry inspiration post. Between that post, and the actual build, I went through a handful of design changes to accommodate various appliances, and scenarios. Initially I planned a microwave and fridge on the left-side of the space, but ended up putting in a broom closet – you know, for brooms and vacuums. So the microwave spot got pushed to the right-side. I also planned a “command-central” hutch, but then decided to put that in the mud room (I added a mudroom at the last minute instead of a mud hallway). So the command central went into the mud room, and I designed an open shelf dish hutch in that space instead.

Okay lets get started… A few weeks ago the floor was grouted and cabinets moved into the pantry space.



Mr. Project installed them all that evening, and started on the countertop. We decided a wood butcher block in here – they really are a great work-horse countertop as long as you avoid standing water. Even then, keep them oiled up good and there should be no problem. Budget shoppers that we are, we purchased the IKEA beech wood ones, though our store didn’t have enough and we had to order one online and wait for it to be delivered.

Two of the countertops had to be joined for this long span. There’s a bit of a lip showing in this picture, but Mr. Project will make it all work and look fabulous.

Once all the countertops were installed, Mr. Project started on the hutch. He built the drawer unit, each shelving row separately, and the face frame offsite, and then assembled them in place.


Here they are all stacked, with the face frame waiting below.


After the hutch was assembled, Mr. Project installed the cabinet box that will house the microwave and a steam oven next to it.


On the other side of the cab we planned for open shelving with corbels. Lots of corbels. I’ve talked about corbels before and how expensive they can be. We decided to DIY our corbels again (you can read about this process on my DIY Corbels post), so we called around a few CNC places to get pricing, and found a local one to cut these for us:


I have a bunch of pictures that they sent me for another post just on more DIY corbels, but I’ll save those for another day. Basically I designed a super simple corbel pattern in Adobe Illustrator, and emailed the .eps file to the cutters. Then a few days later we picked up 96 of these babies. They used a 3/4″ mdf material and then we glued two of them together to create a thicker corbel. For this wall we used 24 single corbels to make 12 doubled up ones. Before painting, Mr. Project spackled and sanded the seam to make them look seamless.


Oh I forgot to mention the t&g paneling. Mr. Project installed it on this entire wall (except behind the big cabinet in the middle), to add a finished look to the space. Even though he wasn’t too keen on taking the time to install it, it’s one of his favorite features now.

This is the wall all finished up!


And a view of the sink/window side. I love having a window in this room!


The next day, the painters came through an primed the kitchen, and primed/painted the pantry. I love seeing the shelving through the open door from the kitchen.


Here’s a good shot of the painted shelving.


And then later that night, Mr. Project painted the lower cabinets with turquoise conversion varnish.


And the upper cabinets with a white conversion varnish.


It turned out so so pretty! I cannot wait to see all the doors and drawers painted and in place.


Here’s a close-up of the varnish color – this image is pretty close to the real color, maybe a little light.


It is so much fun to see it start to come together. Now I just want to move in so bad and be able to use the space, and enjoy the beauty of it.

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