Quick Thanksgiving Day Place Cards {Haystacks}

Hi, there!!  I was trolling around on the Internet and came across this cool tutorial for some Haystack Place Cards from The Twinery.  They looked so cute and so easy, I decided to try them myself right then and there!  I had all of the items needed, so I said to myself, "Why not?"

They will be a cute addition to any Thanksgiving table spread!!


Here are the directions from The Twinery, with some input from me on what I tweaked...  Have fun!

Recipe for creating these Hay Bundle Place Cards:
2 sheets of Card Stock (each measure 4.5″ x 12″)
Adhesive (double sided tape or adhesive runner works best)
Baker’s Twine  - we used our twine in MarigoldCappuccino and Mandarin
Mini Gift Tags
Bone Folder (used to create the score lines)

To create each hay bundle, you’ll just need two 4.5″ x 12″ pieces of card stock.  {I additionally used card stock that measured 4.25" x 11".  I just picked from what I had on hand!!}

Then, you’ll just need to score two lines down the center of the card stock – leaving about a 1 inch gap between the two lines to create the “center” of the hay bundle.  {I scored it at 1.75" and 2.75" for the 4.5" x 12" papers; and, at 1.5" and 2.5" for the 4.25" x 11" papers I used.}

You’ll then cut about 1/4″ slits on either side of the “center” of the hay bundle until you reach the center of it.   {You could always use those fringy scissors, too!}

Please see The Twinery's diagram below for easy instructions…
Then just roll the fringed card stock into a tube, secure the end with tape or glue.  {I used a bit of hot glue.} 

Wrap baker’s twine around the center (middle) of the hay bundle.  {Though I LOVE LOVE LOVE 
The Twinery, I just used some baker's twine that I found in the scrapbook aisle at Michael's.  Yes, I already had this, too.}

Attach a small name tag with twine to the center.  {I used a 1" hole punch, and then wrote names in the circle.}

That's it!!

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall Subway Art {Free Printable}

Hey!!  I made this printable for you all!  It has all of the words that me and my family think of for the season...

Here is the link to download it for yourself!!


{CLOSED} / WASHI TAPE GIVEAWAY!! {ended November 30th}

It's time for yet another fun giveaway!!  This time it is is generous samples from my Washi Tape Collection seen in THIS post!!

There are approximately 80+ samples of washi!!  Wow!!  I know!  Super cool, huh?  The samples are about 10-12 or more inches length; and, each color family is wrapped around a plastic, hole punched Project Life by Becky Higgins designer divider.

Here are the essentials:

  • The giveaway starts November 21, 2013 and ends on November 30, 2013.
  • The winner will be randomly chosen.
  • The winner will be notified by email and also posted here on Solace Amid the Chaos.
  • If the winner does not respond in 48 hours, then another one will be randomly chosen.
  • This giveaway is for both USA and international entries.

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    {Tag} Fall Favorites

    So, I watch a lot of YouTube videos (and actually have a YouTube Channel of my own).  I love videos on makeup, organizing, planners, and more.  They do a lot of 'tag' videos on YouTube, so that viewers can get to know the person doing the videos.

    I thought it would be fun to do another tag post on my blog, so you could get to know me a little better! :)

    I ♥ Fall Tag Questions:

    1. Fall Favorite Lip Product?
         Urban Decay 24/7 Lipliner in Gash
    2. Fall Favorite Nail Polish?
         Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips in Stripe-tease

    3. Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?
         Salted Caramel Frappuccino, sometimes half-caf, soy milk, whipped cream and extra caramel on
         the bottom.

    4. Favorite Fall Candle?
         Unfortunately, none.  We are mostly an allergy-ridden family. :(

    5. Favorite Fall Scarf or Accessory?
         Scarves make me hot.  So, I don't wear them too much.  I love my fuzzy Crocs, though!

    6. Haunted House, Haunted Hay Ride or Haunted Corn Maze?
         None!  I don't like anything haunted.  I love going to the pumpkin patch!

    7. What is your Favorite Thing about Fall?
         Not being hot all day.  The rain.  Snuggles.

    8. What's your least favorite thing about Fall?
         The time change.  The bulky clothes.

    I 'tag' all of you because I'd love to know what your Fall Favorites are!  Just copy and paste the questions into a blog post or comment, and add your own answers...

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Fall Initial {Wreath}: Tutorial

    I made this wreath in, maybe, 45 minutes to an 1 hour.  We were going to dinner at a new family's home and I wanted to bring them something more than the lavender plant we got for them.  So, I had a grapevine wreath I found at the Dollar Tree and went to work!

    Supplies Needed:
    (1) Grapevine Wreath
    Brown Velvet Ribbon (or any that you have on hand)
    A Variety of Artificial Fall Flowers (I used 1 large flower, 3 medium flowers, 5-6 small flowers, some yellow tiny flowers to fill in areas) and some random leaves pulled off of the stems
    Hot Glue Gun
    Hot Glue sticks
    (1) Medium Sized wooden letter (I used an 'S' and painted it orange to match the flowers)

    First, I painted the letter orange, and set it aside to dry, while I finished the wreath.  I used one quick light coat and then painted another regular coat on top of that.

    Next, I glued the largest flower on first, then the 3 medium flowers around it.  Then, I put the smaller flowers at the ends and used the leaves and the filler flowers to cover any holes, etc.

    I added buttons to the middles of the 2 smaller flowers on the ends of the grouping.  Then, I glued the letter on the flower grouping where I thought it looked best.

    Next, I made a simple bow out of some brown velvet ribbon.  Thanks to Craft Dot Cupcake on YouTube for the tutorial!!   I glued it to the top of the wreath because I didn't think that it would look good as a dangling wreath.  So, the bow at the top would suffice.

    That's it!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Let me know if you've made any cute fall wreaths!!

    Monster Patch Jeans

    I have seen a TON of different versions of these monster patch jeans.  Since it it Halloween season, I thought it would be a cute idea to make them for my son.  Lo and behold, he had a pair of holey jeans!!  (And, always the right knee...)  Here is how I made them, and I don't sew! :)

    Supplies Needed:
    A pair of Holey Jeans
    White Felt
    Red Felt
    Navy Thread
    A needle
    Pinking Sheers

    1.  Cut away as many pieces of string from the hole as you want.
    2.  Cut a red felt piece slightly larger than the hole you are working with.
    3.  Cut teeth with pinking sheers, in the shape you'd like.  (I did them pointy.)
    4.  Cut triangles (or circles, or ovals) with pinking sheers for the eyes.
    5.  Put the teeth on top of the red piece of felt, towards to top of the hole.  (Here, I used a bit of fabric glue to hold the teeth on while I sewed the patch on.)  Put on the inside of the jeans and adjust to where you'd like the patch.
    6.  Use a needle and navy thread to sew around the hole, making the thread as noticeable as you can.  That is the beauty of this project: you HAVE to sew messily!!
    7.  Put the eye shapes above the mouth and sew them on the jeans with an 'X' pattern.

    That's it!!  Easy as pie!  Let me know if you've tried this type of project or not.  I'm curious to see yours!!

    Thanks for stopping by!


    Washi Tape Collection {Tag}

    So, this 'tag' has been going all over YouTube, and I thought it would be fun to do on my blog.  I tag all of you!!!  If you want, please leave the link to your Washi Tape Collection {Tag} in the comments!  I'd love to see yours!

    So, in a YouTube tag, you have to answer the questions that are provided and you record your answers.  Well, since this isn't YouTube, I am taking pictures relating to each question, then explaining the picture/answering the question.

    Here we go:

    1~SHOW US YOUR WASHI TAPE COLLECTION (61 tapes + growing)!
        Most of these are either Scotch brand Washi Tape (from Staples, Target, Office Depot, etc.), Target
        brand Washi Tape, or tapes from Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, etc.)

         I have 3 favorite washis of all time + recent favorites combined (or, at least of all 40 years of MY
         existence) :)!!  They are all from Hobby Lobby (I am not sure the name, but you can look for them
         in the Kid's coloring book section, in the Paper Crafting section, or in the tiny business supplies
         section).  The top one is a bunch of different crosses; the middle one is of cupcakes; and, the
         bottom one is OWLS!!  Love those little owls...

         Well, this little green ans sunglasses Scotch brand Washi Tape is my least favorite.  It's cute, but
         tough to write on, and just too green...

         I really have only bought washi tape from the Scotch brand, or Target, or Hobby Lobby /
         Micheal's / Joann.  So, the most expensive would be like a $4.99 grouping of three tapes...

         I store my washi tapes on a spool holder I got from Hobby Lobby.  It cost $14.99, but you can use
         their 40% off coupon to get it cheaper.  I sort them by colors, and still have room for more!!

         This is the front of my planner: October / Halloween Theme!!!

    Again, I tag all of you.  If you have a blog post about washi, then leave the URL in the comments.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    30 Days of Lists: Days 15 ~ 30

    I know I am pretty late on the rest of my September 2013 30 Days of Lists.  My motivation has just been in the toilet recently, and am hoping to get back.  So, here is the last of my entries.

    Thanks for stopping by...

    30 Days of Lists: Days 8 ~ 14

    So, this 30 Days of Lists project I am participating in this month is more difficult to keep up with than expected!  I initially really like the concept and the idea that I would be "journaling" everyday for a month.  But, at times, it has felt like a chore to me.  But it is still a lot of fun when I hunker down and write my lists.

    So, here are the prompts for days 8 through 14:

    Day 8:

    Day 9:

    Day 10:

    Day 11:

    Day 12:

    Day 13:

    Day 14:

    Onward to week three!!

    Thanks for stopping by...