Silver, Gold, & Mercury Glass Christmas Decor

November 18th, 2014

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In addition to home decor (my favorite place to get lighting), Joss & Main sells fabulous holiday decor. These gold, silver, and mercury glass items are some of my favorites right now. One thing to note about Joss & Main is that their sales end after a few days, and the products don’t necessarily return to their shop. So you really have to grab it while you can!

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Riley Blake Quilt Market Designer Blog Tour – Jen Allyson for My Minds Eye

November 15th, 2014

Welcome everyone who joining me as part of the Riley Blake Designer Blog Tour! The previous post wasFancy Pants Designs, and tomorrow’s post will be withZoe Pearn!

I’m Jen Allyson, I design for My Mind’s Eye, and I have this blog where I showcase all my creative projects including, crafting, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, holiday, home decor, and home projects.

At Quilt Market, my new line, Lost & Found Love, was debuted! I still haven’t gotten my samples of the fabric, but I was able to stop by the Riley Blake offices and see these gorgeous bolts. The colors are just stunning in person, and I love how the pinks are very coral, bright, and fresh.


This lovely heart quilt was also prepped and ready for quilt market, and I just love how it turned out especially that rich red doily border. You can get this quilt for FREE on the Riley Blake Designs Blog, and over there you’ll be able to see a little bit more of this pretty line.


My inspiration for this line was old ephemera, tatting & crochet, and fancy traditional damasks. I adore how it turned out, and I love having a sweet valentine’s line of fabric.

Because Christmas is just around the corner, I want to share my Lost & Found Christmas line with you as well.

I have 5 awesome project tutorials on my blog showing off the style and diversity of this line. Click the images below to get to all the tutorials:

Scrappy Star Table Runner – Lost & Found Christmas


Fancy Christmas Apron Tutorial – Lost & Found Christmas


DIY Fabric Loop Christmas Trees


DIY Advent Banner Tutorial – Lost & Found Christmas


DIY Patchwork Table Runner with Lost & Found Christmas


Thanks for visiting my blog and following along on this blog tour! For more updates on projects and giveaways, be sure to follow me on my Facebook & Instagram feeds!

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips – Dream Tree Challenge

November 14th, 2014

2 weeks ago I unveiled my 2014 Michaels Dream Tree, and today I’m going to share some of my tips for decorating Christmas trees. Here’s my finished tree in all it’s glittery glory: 


So how did I get there?

TIP 1: Use Mixed Greenery Garlands

When dealing with a fake tree you need some greenery variation to bring added depth, color, and texture to your tree. My preferred method is to pick up some mixed greenery garlands and weave them through the branches of the tree.

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Here you can see the bare tree on the left, and then on the right I’ve tucked the garland in and around branches positioning the branches and pine cones (part of the garland) so that they stand out, but also appear natural. I ended up weaving 4 garlands through the tree.

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Here’s a close up of how the garland branches integrate with the tree.

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Here you can see the top of the tree. I started my first garland at the top and made it so that several of the garland branches were positioned vertically and extended the height of the tree by a few inches. It also makes the top just a little bit more full.

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TIP 2: Use picks to add visual size

Once the garland is integrated, I move onto picks. I love love love using picks to decorate trees. They ad some sparkle, fullness, and interest. At Michaels, they have picks in several different areas of the store. My favorite picks are in the floral department. I only use a few of theses because they are larger.

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I found these gorgeous frosted sage-looking bush picks in another area of the store. I ended up cutting some of the stems off to make them go a little bit further in the tree.

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And my favorite picks of all are the little glitter picks. The color on these were perfect, a warm white gold color. I also love how in the tree they look like clusters of mini glitted pine cones. Glitter picks are always a good way to bring some bling and texture to your tree.

michaels dream tree challenge

After all the picks are placed just so, I tucked some wide cream ribbon in and around some of the branches. Then I moved onto ornaments.

TIP 3: Use ornaments with a variety of textures

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