2013 archive

Your Favorite Posts of 2013

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and is looking forward to ringing in the new year!  We had quite the whirlwind last week.  Christmas was at my home for the first time ever and I never realized or appreciated how much work went in to hosting the big day.  Now I know.  :)    My birthday was two days later and my parents were kind enough to watch the kids for us so that my husband and I could spend some time together, just the two of us.  He said we could do whatever I wanted, so of course I chose to go to the Restoration Hardware outlet!!

Restoration-Hardware-OutletI didn’t buy anything but had fun looking.  And I did spot the cutest puppy leaving the store – a Goldendoodle!  It looked like a soft stuffed animal.

 

Looking back at 2013 I realize it was a big year for me.  I started Tidbits&Twine in March of this year and it was a big step for me.  Putting myself out there pushes me out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad that I did it!  I’ve had so much fun with the blog and getting to know my readers and I’m grateful for each and every one of you.

So what did you like on the site this year?  Well, by far the most popular post was the DIY Inexpensive Fall Wreath and Fancy Bow.  The post showed how I just use one wreath for each season and simply wire different elements on to it to create a new look.  (Click on the text links or picture to see the original posts.)

Tidbits&Twine Fall Wreath

Included in the post were step-by-step instructions for making a fancy bow and that turned out to be by biggest Pin of the year, getting over 85K pins in just a couple of months!

Tidbits&Twine How to Make a Fancy Bow

 

I then posted an update to the wreath for Christmas by simply removing the fall floral stems and replacing them with holiday ones.

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Tips for mixing patterns was also quite popular.  While mixing patterns can be daunting, the result creates a look unique to your home!

10 Tips for Mixing Patterns

 

I made a Mason Jar Manicure Set & Lantern for my daughter’s preschool teachers and shared the information on the site.  The sets contained everything they’d need for an at-home manicure, plus an electric candle so that they could use the jar as a lantern when done.

Tidbits&Twiine Mason Jar Manicure Kit and Lantern

 

You also liked seeing other creative and decorative uses for mason jars because the truth is, mason jars are so practical!  I love these jars used as lemonade drinking glasses!

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{via Pinterest}

 

Finding new uses for everyday items is always an interesting topic because it provides lots of new decorating ideas.  I have a lot of birdcages in my home (some functional, some not!) and so shared these 12 ideas for decorating with birdcages.

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After finding a box of picture frames I had tucked away and forgotten about, I also shared ideas for how to reuse picture frames….for purposes other than pictures!

16 Ways to Reuse Picture Frames

 

It seems that the idea of decorating your kitchen was also quite popular this year and I shared some of my ideas on how to make your kitchen look decorated, but practical.

How to Decorate a Kitchen

 

Styling tips were also common topics, including how to decorate a mantel and how to style a bookshelf.  How to Decorate a Mantel included tips for creating layers and maintaining a triangle of movement.

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How to Style a Bookshelf Like a Pro included tips for creating a decorative look to your bookshelf.

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Finally, exploring How to Disguise a Flat Screen TV was popular on the blog this year.

7 Ways to Disguise Your TV - Tidbits&Twine

 

Of the seven ways listed, I ended up creating a gallery wall to “hide” my TV.

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Thank you all for making 2013 a great year.  Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year.  See you in 2014!
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Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas!

I’ll be taking some time off to celebrate the holidays with my family but wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas!  Tomorrow I’ll be busy seeing what Santa brought the kids, opening toys (and inevitably searching for batteries), and eating lots of holiday treats.  I hope you too will be enjoying the day with friends and family and I’ll see you after the holiday.

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{My daughter and her Mr. Christmas Good Night Light}

 

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6 Fun Holiday Sheet Music Projects

I never give sheet music a second thought…until the holidays roll around!  Somehow, sheet music and the holidays seem to go hand-in-hand and this season, I’ve seen so many beautiful projects that incorporate sheet music.

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Once upon a time, I used to play the piano and somewhere tucked away in my garage, I have my old music books.  I always think that one day I’ll take lessons again so I’m not quite ready to tear apart my music books and use them for decoration.  No matter, though, because you can print gorgeous sheet music from your home computer!  Details below.

 

6 Fun Holiday Uses for Sheet Music

 

 

1. Sheet Music Vase

I was recently browsing the latest Pottery Barn catalog when I spotted this vase on the dresser.

Sheet Music Vase 

It’s fun, festive and within my limited skill set!  {Because I’m not really a crafty person, just a crafty-wannabe…}  I already had a glass vase at home, so I simply taped some sheet music around the vase and finished it off with a bit of twine!  You don’t even have to own any sheet music to do this project because you can print it from your home computer.  Check out the great {FREE} images available from Angie at Knick of Time, like the one I used below!

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2. Sheet Music Garland/Banner

Who wouldn’t want a little joy in their life?  Nest of Bliss has a great tutorial for creating a sheet music banner that includes printing letters on it and embellishing the edges with glitter!  You can read Brandi’s full tutorial {here}.

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You could also create a paper chain garland to decorate your Christmas tree and this project is something you could do with the kids.

 

3. Sheet Music Wreath

Timeless and elegant, sheet music wreaths add a sense of sophistication and holiday charm.  This rosette wreath from Anthology on Main is spectacular!

 

I also love this cone wreath from Rita at Rose Flower 48.

 

4. Sheet Music Ornaments

There are so many different ornament styles that can be created using sheet music.  These are two of my favorites:

A clear glass ornament and some strips of sheet music and you can make this adorable decoration for your tree.

 

The Heirloom Shoppe sells these adorable ornaments on Etsy.

 

5. Sheet Music Trees

I’m always drawn to natural, paper trees for holiday decorating.  Aren’t these beautiful?!  Click on the image source to view details and tutorials.

 

 

 

6.  Sheet Music Gift Tags & Wrapping Paper

There’s something beautiful about the simplicity of sheet music as wrapping paper and gift tags.

 

 

 

You can find tons of other sheet music projects on Pinterest, so if you have any sheet music lying around, I’m sure you can find a use for it.  But remember, even if you don’t have any sheet music, you can always print it from your home computer.  Angie at Knick of Time has a great selection to choose from!

 

 

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