DIY Christmas Village

Do you have some Christmas village houses that need a little updating?  Or maybe you found some at your local thrift store.  Here’s a fun and simple project to help your village match your decor.

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Spray Paint.  I used 3 different colors. (buy at any craft store)
  • Mini Christmas trees and wreathes (I bought these at Michaels craft)
  • Spray Snow (from Michaels.  I have also seen it on amazon).
  • Hot glue

 

Step one:

Cover your houses with spray paint.  It may need a few coats.  I also spray painted my mini white tree with pink paint.

Step two:

After the spray paint is dry, use some acrylic paint to enhance details like the doors or window frames.

Step three:

Hot glue the wreathes or other decorates you want to include

Step four:

Add the spray snow.  This is fun!  The only problem is that it doesn’t dry like paint.  It stays kind of foamy.  I think I will need to reapply this snow each year when I get my village out.

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Happy Day! A New Dress has Launched

We are so excited to introduce the “Tan Dot Dress”.  It’s a combination of 2 of our previous best selling tutu dresses (the purple rain and the tan stripe).

Mesh, those 2 together, and you get the Taylor Joelle Tan Dot Dress.

It’s on sale now for 15% off and free shipping using code “dotdotdot”

And don’t forget to snag the matching bow tie (also 15% off).

Available HERE

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Halloween Mantel

Wan’t a SUPER cheap and easy Halloween mantel idea?  We whipped these scary pictures out fast.  My 4 year old helped me design them.  I don’t know my way around most editing programs, but picmonkey makes it fool proof.  My kids use this program all the time.  Now, I am sounding like a commercial haha.  This is not a sponsored post.  I just love the site!

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We used dollar store frames for this project (and I was short one frame so Cooper hasn’t made it up on the mantel yet, but we are working on it!)

To use:

  • Visit picmonkey.com
  • Click on “edit” (top right) and upload your photo.
  • On the far right hand side you will see a row of icons.  Click on the cat.
  • Select which “monster” you want to create, and picmonkey will give you steps on how to create that monster.

 

Painted Pumpkins

Looking for a fun an easy Halloween craft?  I had a great time with my mom, @drdi  painting pumpkins this week!

We used craft store pumpkins because they are cheap and we can bring them out every year!

This project was inspired by the tutorial on The House that Lars Built blog.

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Materials:

  • Fake craft store pumpkins (or real pumpkins if that’s what you prefer)
  • Bulls-eye primer spray paint (we love this primer, it helps the paint go on so easily)  With this primer, you will only need one coat of paint.
  • Sharpie (to draw face details)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Printable stencils from The House that Lars Built Tutorial (we didn’t use the stencils, but I am sure they would be fantastic).

Directions:

  • Cover the pumpkins with the bulls eye spray paint primer (do this outside).   It takes about 10-15 min to dry.  Then we turn it over and pain the bottom.
  • Paint the pumpkin your desired color.  We mixed paint colors with white to make pastels.
  • Let try (or use a hair dryer.
  • Add face details using a pencil first, then sharpie.   We used paint for lips and cheeks.

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The Perfect Pinafore!

This Monday we launch our newest Taylor Joelle shape.  The pinafore!  This pinafore is made of super soft corduroy (almost has a velvet feel to it).  It’s thick and lined, and the straps are adjustable.

We love this piece and are excited to see how everyone styles it!

Our launch happens Monday morning at 9am MST.  If you join our facebook group, you can get early access (7am MST) and a 15% off promo code.

Retail is $29 shipped (only $24.65 with the code).

 

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Pom Poms and Puffs for Kids Fashion

Pom poms and puffballs are everywhere in fashion right now and we are sort of loving it!   Here’s a lineup of some of our favorite and affordable pom pom fashion trends for kids!

Zara metallic pom pom shoes!  Aren’t these incredible?  They go perfectly with this Zara  headband.

 

Max the Monster Purse from jcrew

This fun comfy baby sweatshirt from hm

 

Gap metallic toddler shoes, with removable puff?  Yes please!

 

I tried to get a little crafty and create a DIY monster puff clip.  You can get these puffs at the craft store or amazon.  Add a felt circle and an alligator clip to the back.  Then simple glue some googly eyes to the front.  This makes a great festive hair or shoe clip.

 

 

Working from Home

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I thought I would share with you all something that I do (in addition to Taylor Joelle) to earn money from home.  I’ve got a pretty sweet online teaching gig!

I teach English to Chinese students from the comfort of my own home.  The company is called VIPkid, and the headquarters are in Beijing, China. You teach English to kids between the ages of 4-12.  Classes are one-on-one and conducted online through the VIPKID portal. You DO need a bachelors degree to apply, but a teaching certificate is NOT required.

Here’s my feedback:

Pros

  • Working from home
  • Lessons are already prepared for me
  • Pay is great (about $20 per hour)
  • Very little (if any) prep work
  • I set my own hours and can work as little or as much as I want
  • The kids are adorable!!

Cons

  • Early teaching hours (you need to be in Beijing time).  Although this really is my only option since I have little ones at home. I guess it’s considered a pro as well.   I usually teach from about 5-7:30am and then sometimes on weekend evenings.
  • Interview process is a little rigorous (lots of busy work).  However, I finished the process pretty quickly.  I applied and was teaching less than a week after I applied.

Questions?

Feel free to comment with any questions.  I’d love to help you through the process.

Apply Here: VIPkid Application

Crushed Velvet for the Holiday

We are prepping for the holiday season!  And we’re excited to show you our new crushed velvet dress!  It will be perfect for holiday parties, and pictures.  This dress will also come in navy (pics coming soon).

So, stay tuned, because next month (October) we will be launching this Taylor Joelle dress

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Dress – Taylor Joelle

Shoes –  Forever 21

Here’s a few other velvet trends we love!

Top Pictures: Asos

Shoes: Called to Surf