Pomp And Circumstance

Countdown To Christmas – DIY Gift Series – Put A Monogram On It!

Posted in Countdown to Christmas, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on December 19, 2012

WARNING – IF YOU ARE RELATED TO ME, OR ARE ONE OF MY FRIENDS/ACQUAINTANCES/LONG LOST THIRD COUSINS TWICE REMOVED, DO NOT READ THIS POST, AND ESPECIALLY DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURES. NOBODY LIKES A SPOILED SURPRISE.

One of my favorite ways to personalize gifts is to add a monogram. In fact, you may have noticed that we P&C ladies are having a love affair with monogramming. It’s simple, easy, and in my opinion, totally amaze-balls.

Here’s a tray, that quite frankly I liked already, that I monogrammed for some very special friends for Christmas (which is only 6 days away by-the-by – YIKES!).

Before:

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Step 1: Tape off your area to be painted, and sand away! You don’t have to completely sand off the finish, just scuff it up enough that paint will stick.  
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Step 2: Add a monogram! I centered my “B” and affixed it to the tray by rolling blue tape. I then added the first layer of paint, focusing my strokes outward from the B.

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Step 3: Layer, layer, layer! I removed my B, and added subsequent layers of paint until I was satisfied with the color, carefully tracing around the B each time. Be sure to let each layer dry before adding the next. 
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And there she lies in all her glory! Now you see it…
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Now you don’t….
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Need more inexpensive, quick and easy DIY gift ideas? Don’t forget to check out some of our other ideas here and here!

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Countdown To Christmas – DIY Gift Series – Part 2!

Posted in Before and After, Countdown to Christmas, D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Pomp on December 13, 2012

WARNING – IF YOU ARE RELATED TO ME, OR ARE ONE OF MY FRIENDS/ACQUAINTANCES/LONG LOST THIRD COUSINS TWICE REMOVED, DO NOT READ THIS POST, AND ESPECIALLY DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURES. NOBODY LIKES A SPOILED SURPRISE.

If you haven’t checked out the first installment of this series, check it out here. It was easy peasy, and the results were FABULOUS! (I don’t know if you know, but the word “fabulous” was supposed to be read how Jim Carrey says it in the Grinch – and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s FABULOUS! See what I did there?).

This weeks DIY is just as easy, so stay tuned my fine feathered friends!  Speaking of feathers, did you see this news story about a baby that had a feather inside of her neck? WEIRD.

I digress…

I picked up this set of wood coasters at Target for $6:

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Pretty great already in my opinion. Simple, but great. So to add a little bit of interest (and fun – which is always good to add), I decided to color block these suckers with some neon coral. BAM!

Step 1: Tape off the desired area.

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Step 2: Sand the entire area you want to paint.

IMG_0015Step 3: Paint!  You want to do your strokes from the tape inward on each side for the first full layer, that way you minimize the chance of paint getting under the tape. Allow each layer to dry before adding another, and just keep adding layers until you are satisfied with the color!

IMG_0022Then remove your tape and voile! Check ’em out!

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Countdown To Christmas – A DIY Gift Series!

Posted in Before and After, Countdown to Christmas, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on December 6, 2012

WARNING – IF YOU ARE RELATED TO ME, OR ARE ONE OF MY FRIENDS/ACQUAINTANCES/LONG LOST THIRD COUSINS TWICE REMOVED, DO NOT READ THIS POST, AND ESPECIALLY DO NOT LOOK AT THE PICTURES. NOBODY LIKES A SPOILED SURPRISE.

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite holiday. And I mean FAVORITE. I Countdown every year until the day after Halloween, which is when I get to start listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, and get serious about my gift shopping. As the hubs would tell you, my shopping list is probably overkill pretty extensive. It’s not that I feel pressure to get gifts for a ton of people, it’s more that I like to use the opportunity of Christmas to show people that they are thought of and cared for. That being said, it can get a little expensive, and a sisters gotta stick to her budget at Christmastime – otherwise a sister will be in deep doodoo when January’s credit card bill hits the mailbox.

So this year I decided to start a new series titled “Countdown to Christmas” where I can share with you some of the ways I’ve found to give thoughtful, stylish, not super expensive gifts. These DIY’s are super friendly and simple, and even the most amateurish DIY’er will have an easy peasy time with these guys. This first one is literally the easiest DIY you could ever do. Ever. I’m serious.

One thing I always keep in mind when shopping is that if I see something and think “wow, that would be so cool if just this little thing were different” – I buy it, and make that thing different. The most obvious and easy thing to change is the color. So when I saw these beauties on sale at Target for like $8, I jumped on it. I wish I would have jumped on it twice and bought two sets, because I was really happy with the final product, and wish I had a second set to keep for myself.

IMG_9906Well hello you handsome little devil, you look so playful and happy chic, and you know what? You’d be even more awesome if you were gold.

What you’ll need: An object, in this case doggie bookends (but lets face it, any awesome shaped thing will do), gold spray paint, drop cloth or paper to protect your work surface.

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Then go to town! The secret with spray paint is to do a few thin layers, allowing for drying time in between. If you layer too thick the paint will start to drip – bummer town.

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Once you’ve done a few coats on the top and have let it dry completely, flip it over and come at it from the other side, that way you know you didn’t miss any spots that may be hiding on the seedy underbelly of the object.

And voile!  Check out how cute these little guys turned out!

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Look at that gilded tushy!