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DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

 Catch these DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas LIVE on KOMO TV Monday June 24th at 4pm

4th of July Party Ideas 

DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

Are you having family or friends over to celebrate the 4th of July? Give you party a boost with some simple, no-fuss DIY ideas to make your celebration a cinch!

4th of July Party Ideas1. New-Sew Banner

A banner can set the stage for a soiree… but who has time to stitch one up? This festive fabric banner doesn’t require any sewing!

Supplies: Fabric, Craf-Tex Fusible Coasters, Fabric, ribbon, self-adhesive red felt letters, scissors, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue and Darice Felties Star Stickers. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Following package instructions, iron fabric on to the round coaster, using a press cloth.

-After it cools down, cut around circle shape with scissors. Repeat 6 times.

-Add  self-adhesive letters– we did “4th Of July.”

-Add self-adhesive stars

-Use craft glue to add ribbon for hanging

DIY 4th of July Entertaining Ideas

2. Reversible Placemat

What’s the best kind of placemat to use at a BBQ? The kind that it’s easy to clean. This reversible placemat gives you two looks and easily wipes clean.

Supplies: Heat n Bond Iron On Vinyl, 2 coordinating Fat Quarters of fabric (18″ x 22″ inches each), an iron and ironing board. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond


-Trim each piece of fabric to 18″ x 14,” standard placemat size

-Preheat iron to medium heat, no steam

-Peel vinyl from protective paper and place sticky side down on top of material, leaving at least a 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout. Place the protective paper on top of vinyl.

-Press and hold for 8 seconds and repeat until surface is laminated.

-Flip over and do on opposite side.

-Trim and enjoy

4th of July Party Ideas

3. Decorated Cups

You’ve been using plastic party cups for years– why not offer your guests the sturdier version that they can personalize? An added bonus is that they are dishwasher safe.

Supplies: Sturdy red plastic cups from One Hundred 80 Degrees, Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers, Darice Finishing Accents (gems), Trendy Tape in blue and red. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Personalize with Chalk Marker, Trendy Tape and gems! If you do personalize, carefully hand wash.

4th of July Party Ideas

4. Yarn Wrapped Candles and Coasters

Upgrade some inexpensive decor with yarn. It can give ordinary items a fresh look.

Supplies: Ella Mae (Cotton) Yarn, Glass Candleholder, Darice Cork Collection Coasters, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, scissors, patriotic metal star. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.

Directions for Candle Holder:

-Put a thin line of glue on top of glass candle holder, add yarn, continue process, wrapping around candle until candle is covered in yarn. Add star for decoration.

Directions for Coasters:

-Put  dab of glue in the center of cork coaster, continue adding glue and wrapping yarn in a circular shape until coaster is covered. Continue until all four coasters are done.

4th of July Party Ideas

5. Tic Tac Toe Set

Keep young guests occupied with this easy-peasy portable Tic Tac Toe set.

Supplies: Magnetic Board, ribbon, glass drops, circle punch, 2 sheets of patterned red, white and blue scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, magnets and Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue. Find all these supplies at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames Redmond.


-Punch out 5 circles in each piece of patterned paper

-Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to top of paper, place glass drop on top.

-Create a grid on the magnetic board using ribbon and adhering with craft glue

-When paper has dried, add a magnet on back with a dab on craft glue.

Have a fun and festive 4th!









Project Inspire{d} #19

Thanks for joining us at Project Inspire{d} where one link means visibility on 5 blogs!

Linky Party Project Inspired

Linky Party Project Inspired 

Yippee! I hope you had a good week. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

 What I’ve Been Up To:

American Crafts Glitter

 Neon Party Ideas

Life Lessons from Macklemore

 10 Life Lessons from Macklemore

Meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage Blog

Meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage

And now… onto today and some fantastic features!

My Features


Caribbean Blue Buffet by Atta Girl Says


Paint Dipped Utensils from The Winthrop Chronicles

Chalk Paint Mason Jars

Chalk Paint Mason Jars by Some Crafty 

Garage Organization

DIY Garage Organization by Decorated Chaos


PVC Pipe Succulent Planter by The Happier Homemaker

 My  Project Inspire{d) Co-Hostesses Features

DIY Cooler

Cupcakes and Crinoline: DIY Cooler Stand by Birds and Soap

DIY Master Bedroom

Arty Chicks Rule: Master Bedroom Reveal by Lilikoi Joy


Dukes and Duchess: Skinny Peach Lemonade by Shaken Together Life

Chair Makeover

Setting for Four: Desk Chair Makeover by Confessionals of a Serial D0-It-Yourselfer 

Are you on Twitter? If so, we’d love to connect with you!

Connecting on Twitter

Yesterday on Tuesday:

Artsy Chicks Rules:

Cupcakes and Crinoline:

Dukes and Duchesses:

Setting for Four:

And now… the party!

Party Guidelines

  We’d love for you to include the Project Inspire{d} button code in the footer, somewhere on your blog or a link back to this post  so that others can join in on the inspiration.

If you’ve been featured feel free to grab a feature button!

Posting to our party means you are giving us the right to post your project and photos and promote via social media ~ links will be pinned to our  Party Board throughout the week and can be seen here: ♥Project Inspire{d} Party Pins♥

Let’s get this party started!




Neon Party

  What’s glittery, bright and TOTALLY RAD? A Neon Party using products from the American Crafts glitter collection! 

American Crafts glitter

We all think American Crafts is AWESOME, right? They have amazing products that you can create so many different things with. I was over the moon when I received this box of goodies from them, including:

American Crafts Glitter

American Crafts Glitter Tape in Begonia, Cherry and Cricket. American Crafts Thickers in Powder. American Crafts Zazz Glitter Glue in Cricket, Orchid and Honeycomb. American Crafts Neon Glitter in Cherry, Grass, Lemon and Ocean. American Crafts This to That double-sided super sticky red tape, and American Crafts AC Cardstock in Floral Carrot, Geranium Grape, Grass, Lemon, Ocean and patterned cardstock.American Crafts Glitter

 I was so inspired by all these cool products. Being a child of the 1980’s… I felt a Neon Party coming on! First Up: a Neon Banner.

American Crafts Glitter

Neon Party Banner Directions

Supplies: Gitter cardstock, scissors, glitter tape, double sided sticky tape, hole punch.

1. Using a cardboard pennant pieces as a template, trace 8 pennant shapes out of the glitter paper and cut out.

2. Adhere to pennant shape with double sided sticky tape.

3. Make designs with the glitter tape and/or punch circles out of contrasting cardstock colors and stick to pennants. 

4. Punch wholes on top and using twine or ribbon to string up.

American Crafts Glitter

 And what’s a party without treats? 

Neon Party Treat Bag Instructions

Supplies: White treat bags, glitter tape, Thickers, circle punch, paper clip and scissors.

1. Use tape to make diagonal designs on bag. 

2. Punch out circles and adhere to bags.

3. Add thickers on top  spelling (yum, rad, sweet and cool)

5. Make tiny pennants out of glitter tape by folding a piece over and cutting out a notch.

6. Add a teeny circle from Thickers on the pennant.

American Crafts Glitter  And some festive glasses!

American Crafts Glitter

Neon Party Glasses

Supplies: Glitter cardstock and patterned cardstock, a pennant punch, small circle punch hole punch, twine or ribbons, Ball Canning  Jars in blue.

1. Punch out pennants and circles (I used 5 of each for every glass).

2. Adhere circles to pennants.

3. Punch holes and add string or ribbon. Tie on glass.

American Crafts Glitter

 American Crafts Glitter

 Thanks, American Crafts for all the glittery goodness!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 








Pinterest Party #86

Hi All! Bev here with this week’s PFF!

This week our special feature is Cassi from My Newfangledness!

My Newfangledness

Cassi has 69 Boards and 3565 pins! Let’s take a look at some of those boards!

I am really in love with Cassi’s I Hope Office and Craft Room Ideas board! I need to start one of these boards too – for my “someday” craft room!


There is lots of inspiration in Cassi’s DIY – Home Decor board!


And oh the cuteness!! Cassi’s Flowers, Bows and Ruffles Oh MY! board is just full of sweet projects!

Cassiboard 3

Now on to some pins!!

I am all kinds of in love with this $50 DIY Coffee Table! This looks so expensive – and it doesn’t look too hard to do!

Pinned by Cassi from Shanty 2 Chic

This Linen Basket at the foot of the bed is such a great idea – and it looks darling too of course! It’s perfect to store all those throw pillows from the bed in every night.

Pinned by Cassi from BHG

Now that I’ve got all those fabulous knits from Fabric Weekend, I’m on the hunt for cute patterns! I am loving this Mismatched Maxi Skirt!

Pinned by Cassi from iCandy Handmade

This piece of gorgeousness from the Lolly Jane girls makes my heart go pitter patter. I would love shelving like this in my craft room!

How to build shelving

Pinned by Cassi from Lolly Jane

These adorable Giant Floor Pillows have been on my to-do list for a long time! I think I need to move them up and get some made this summer!

Pinned by Cassi from Moda Bake Shop

If you need a last minute Father’s Day idea – this Super Dad printable set is so cute! Your kids could help you put it together too!

Pinned by Cassi from Lil Luna

SUCH great pins Cassi!! Thanks for linking up to the Pinterest Master List!

Feel free to snag a button!


Have you joined the Pinterest Master List yet? We would love to have you! And, who knows, maybe you will be our next feature!

Meet Simply Fresh Vintage

Hello! Welcome to Guest Post Fun. This week, meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage.

Thank you, Malia, for giving me the opportunity to share a bit about myself and my blog. Hello Yesterday on Tuesday readers! My name is Lani … short for Leilani … and I blog at Simply Fresh Vintage. My blog is pretty brand-spankin’ new … so new, in fact, that I haven’t quite grown out of my newborn onesies yet! But I’ve been having a blast getting to know so many new friends and faces and enjoying incredible talent in home decor, gardening, cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing, crafting, and so much more.

Meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage Blog
I’ve been married 32 years to my best friend in the whole world. We are the proud parents of five … boy-girl-boy-girl-boy … all “A’s.” We are also blessed with a son-in-law and a grandson. In 2011 my husband and I and our three youngest made a bi-coastal move from central California to central Virginia. Our two oldest stayed in California. My husband is an automotive mechanic by trade and retired from his job right before we moved. I’ve been a homemaker for the last 26 years, doing part-time administrative jobs here and there, volunteering at our church and serving on the board of my daughters gymnastics parents club. What a privilege it has been to be able to stay home and raise my children. We were a homeschooling family for many, many years and loved every minute of it. Our move to Virginia ended our homeschool adventure. Our three youngest are now attending a wonderful Christian school, with our middle son graduating from high school this year and heading to Liberty University in the Fall. Simply Fresh Vintage was born on the one-year anniversary of the purchase of our home in Virginia. Finding the “perfect” home was quite an experience. You can read all about it in my post “A Very Good Place to Start.” Sunnyside Manor God so richly blessed us with this beautiful house. It was truly a gift from Him, because without His working in all the details, we would have never been able to purchase it. The very first day I walked in to see this beauty, my first thought was that it would be a perfect house to blog about. We have fondly named it “Sunnyside Manor,” not because it sits on acres and acres of land (we only have one) but because it is bright, bright yellow and to us it is huge! And it has a nice ring to it :) Our New House I’ve put together a 3-part series of posts introducing our house. You can find them all here …

Sunnyside Manor … Part 1 … featuring the exterior and basement Sunnyside Manor … Part 2 … featuring the upper level Sunnyside Manor … Part 3 … featuring the main level

When we made our big move, we brought only the bare essentials with us. We really wanted to start all over. The title of the blog is really a reflection of where we want to be with the decor of our home.

Keep it simple. Make it fresh. Pepper it with some vintage not only for style, but as a way to remember our heritage and our upbringing.

It’s taken us a good year to really get to know the house and for the house to get to know us … know what I mean? Now that we are settled in, we are starting to make changes … a little bit of paint on the walls, some furniture re-do’s, some fun Pinterest remakes, a whole lot of landscaping and gardening … ah yes, we’re finally putting our fingerprint on it.

One of my favorite posts is about a re-do of a vintage dresser that belonged to my husband and his older brother. You can read about it HERE.

Vintage Dresser You’ll also very quickly figure out that one of my biggest passions is quilting. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to make quilts. I recently finished a postage stamp quilt for our guest room that I started last summer. Well, actually, I started it back in January of 2011, before the move. But you know how moves go … things get packed away sometimes for a very long time. Now it’s all done and rests at the foot of our guest bed. You can read all about it in my post Never Too Late For the Party. Postage Stamp Collage I would be absolutely honored if you would stop on by the blog and say Howdy! If you leave a note, I promise to write back. I love spending time chatting with my readers. And, of course, you can follow me on all the major social media locales …

Facebook ... Simply Fresh Vintage Twitter...Simply Fresh Vintage Pinterest ... Simply Fresh Vintage Google+ ... Simply Fresh Vintage

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Thank you so much, Malia, for letting me spend a few moments with your readers. I’m truly honored!

Project Inspire{d} Weekly Link Party #18

 Hello! Thanks for joining us at Project Inspire{d}…

Linky Party Project Inspired

I hope you all had a great weekend and feel refreshed to dive into this week.

Linky Party Project Inspired

Remember, the PI celebration starts each Monday at 5 pm pacific, 8 pm eastern.

 What I’ve Been Up to this Week…

Iced Blueberry Doughnuts

 I made some yummy Iced Blueberry Doughnuts to celebrate National Doughnut Day…

DIY Doughnuts

 And then I decided that since doughnuts areSO AWESOME they deserve a round-up! Here are 25 Doughnut Recipes.

Strawberry Muffins

We met the lovely Jane from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner… check out her amazing recipes and photography!

5 Father's Day Gifts

 Then for all us procrastinators… I shared 5 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids. Yes, Dad’s Day is next weekend. And speaking of that… all my picks this week are Father-themed!

 My Features this Week:

mason jar BBQ sauce 1

 Mason Jar BBQ Sauce by Shaken Together Life

Father's Day Plague

Father’s Day Plaque from Just Us Four


Manly Gift Basket from Tried and Twisted


Turtle Cookies by Hooplapalooza

My Co-Hostesses Features:


 Artsy Chicks Rule chose Plumbing Pipe Bench by DIO

Manly Bulletin Board -- The Silly Pearl_thumb[3]

Dukes and Duchesses chose Manly Bulletin Board by  The Silly Pearl


Setting for Four chose this Gold and White Table Makeover by Lilikoi Joy

DIY Outoor Projects

Cupcakes and Crinoline chose 16 Outdoor DIY Tutorials by Second Chance to Dream

 Let’s Connect on Pinterest!

Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday

Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule

Randi from Dukes and Duchesses

Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Heather from Setting for Four

Party Guidelines

  We’d love for you to include the Project Inspire{d} button code in the footer, somewhere on your blog or a link back to this post  so that others can join in on the inspiration.

If you’ve been featured feel free to grab a feature button!

Posting to our party means you are giving us the right to post your project and photos and promote via social media ~ links will be pinned to our  Party Board throughout the week and can be seen here: ♥Project Inspire{d} Party Pins♥

Let’s get this party started!


Pinterest Party #85

Hello, friends!
Michele here with this week’s PFF. 
And with this week’s feature, I’m thinking PFF might need to stand for Pinterest Friends Forever
instead of Pinterest Feature Friday!
I love this girl’s style! Not to mention her blog name…

Meet Laura from The Turquoise Home! Laura is currently rocking Pinterest with 59 boards and 2255 pins.
Here are just a few of the 59 boards that caught my eye!
I’m always at a loss of what to do with my entryway. Its small and not very pretty. I know I’ll be spending more time in Laura’s Entryway board looking for ideas!
 A girl after my own heart! 48 glorious pins all dedicated to Organizing
 Before summer makes it too unbearable to attempt much, how about some projects for the great Outdoors?
An entire board dedicated to Wood Projects? Sign.Me.Up! 
 And, finally, a board we should all have: How To. I love looking at other people’s how to boards!
There is always something I haven’t seen before and need on my own how to list.
Ready for some pins?
I’m all about some summer salads! And in jars? Even better!
Pinned by Laura from Green Plate Rule
My boys would flip out for a hideaway like this! In fact, I would probably hang out there, too. 
Pinned by Laura from The Handmade Home
 This vintage bicycle print is a real stunner. Wouldn’t it look great framed in an office?
Pinned by Laura from Carl Christensen
This printable mini chalkboard bunting is the cutest! Perfect for a cake topper for any party or occasion!
The Turquoise Home
Pinned by Laura from Yellow Bliss Road
I just saw this drink dispenser at World Market over the weekend and have been drooling over it ever since! 
Pinned by Laura from World Market
I’m always on the lookout for a good floor cleaner for our laminate wood floors. And a homemade cleaner?
Even better! I’ll be giving this one a try soon. 
Pinned by Laura from Nature’s Nurture
Laura, you definitely have a new Pinterest follower here!
Love your pins and style! Thanks so much for linking up to the party.
Be sure to grabbed a featured button!


Have you joined the Pinterest Master List yet?
We would love to have you! And, who knows, maybe you will be our next feature!

Project Inspire{d} Linky Party Week #17

Linky Party Project Inspired

Hello and thanks for joining me for my first Project Inspired{d} Linky Party! It feels great to be here with some of my favorite bloggers to co-host this party.

Linky Party Project Inspired

The celebration starts each Monday at 5 pm pacific, 8 pm eastern!

 What I’ve Been Up to this Week…

 I got to share some fun DIY Letter Decor Ideas including these cardboard letters AND

DIY Letter Decor

this GIANT Scrabble Tile Letter:

DIY Scrabble Tile Art

And I put together this very easy Father’s Day Gift {Father’s Day Candy & Kisses} with some FREE Father’s Day printables from Yesterday on Tuesday and Printabelle {love her!}

Father's Day Gift

My Features this Week


Chevron Painting Techniques

How to Hand Paint Chevron by Kim from Colors Mixed Together


Decking Out the Deck for Summer by The Happy Housie

 chocolate shortbread-001


Chocolate Shortbread Recipe from Twigg Studios


 DIY Bookshelf {From a Drawer to a Shelf} by Addison Meadows Lane

 Project Inspire{d} Co-Hostess Picks:



Mary Beth from Cupcakes and CrinolineOutdoor Farmhouse Table by Vintage Charm Restored. 

DIY French Letter Tray

Nancy from Artsy Chicks RuleDIY French Cottage Tray by Upcycled Treasures

Painted Deck Reveal

 Randi from Dukes and Duchesses: Painted Deck Reveal by Sweet Parrish Place


   Heather from Setting for FourRustic Chic Master Bedroom Reveal by AKA Designs

It’s Google+ Week:

I’d love to connect with you on Google+. Here’s my Google+ account, I will add you back. Here’s where you can find  my co-hostesses: MaryBeth from Cupcakes and Crinoline, Randi from Dukes and Duchesses, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule and Heather from Setting for Four.

 We’d love for you to include the Project Inspire{d} button code in the footer, somewhere on your blog or a link back to this post  so that others can join in on the inspiration.

If you’ve been featured feel free to grab a feature button!

Posting to our party means you are giving us the right to post your project and photos and promote via social media ~ links will be pinned to our  Party Board throughout the week and can be seen here: ♥Project Inspire{d} Party Pins♥

Let’s get this party started!

Crafty Soiree #144: Colorful Crafts

Hello Friends! Well this is a bit of a sad day for me. It’s my last Crafty Soiree. I have so enjoyed throwing this fun party with my friend Katie from Katie’s Nesting Spot. We’ve partied our way through a whopping 144 weeks of creativity! Thank you for joining us and for sharing your projects and recipes. Starting Monday, I’ll be joining Project Inspired{d} with Cupcakes and Crinoline, Setting for Four, Dukes and Duchesses, and Artsy Chicks Rule. I’ll be slipping into the spot left by Madigan Made. 


Now onto this week’s features:

Milk and Cookies Birthday Party

Milk and Cookies Birthday Party by Making Home Base

 Chicken Wire Memory Board

Chicken Wire Memory Board by Blissful Roots

Strawberry Pie Recipe Strawberry Pie Recipe by The Turquoise Home

DIY Paper Plate Puppets

Paper Plate Froggy Puppets from The Craft Train 

How to make flower clips

DIY Flower Clips by Mother’s Niche 

   Thank you so much for linking up!

 I’d love to see what else you’re been working on…

Crafty Soiree Party Guidelines

1.  Link up to four of your creative projects (No Etsy stores or other linky parties pretty please).  

2.  Add your link to the specific posts not the main URL.

3.  Add a “Crafty Soiree” button to your blog or posts.

4.  Please comment on the post linked up in front of you.  All partygoers love meeting new friends… don’t just stop there…if you see something that catches your fancy– stop by and say hi!

5.  Your hostesses would love it if you’d follow us. You can find Katie here


Let’s get this party started!