April 15, 2016

DIY on the FLY No Sew Easter Tutu Basket

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I had so much fun teaching everyone how to make an adorable no sew tutu Easter basket on the Sudio 10 Tampa show that I thought I would share it on my blog. It’s so easy and inexpensive that you won’t believe it! What I love most about it is that the tutu is removable so your darling little one can wear it for hours of dance and imaginary playtime.  You can watch the tutorial on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/rDBgYeiuw2g

Supplies: Basket, Tulle, ribbon, silk flowers Hot glue gun, Spray paint (optional), Scissors
Step One: Spray paint your basket your desired color (optional).
Step Two: Cut your 5/8” ribbon your desired length making sure to add extra ribbon to the total length to tie the tutu when around the basket and a waistline when finish. Cut your tulle in assorted colors into 20” x 1.5” strips.
Step Three: Double your strips and loop them around your ribbon.
Step Four: Glue a flower onto a clothespin an place it at the center of your tutu.
Step Five: Tie your darling tutu around your basket and fill with goodies. You have just made a darling Easter basket with a removable tutu for your little one to enjoy and play with!

I would love to see your creations so feel free to email your contact information and photographs to me at juleeireland@gmail.com I would also love to hear your comments or ideas. If you like my video please subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow me on my social media.

Have fun! xo

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April 3, 2016

DIY on the FLY Spring Tablescape

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So, everyone knows that I can not cook but it’s no secret I LOVE to build, craft, create and design a great tablescape.  With Easter just around the corner thought I would whip up something whimsical, festive and fun for my dining room table.  I made some adorable table decor using jars that I found at Michaels Craft Stores, some candle stick holders and quirky Easterish figurines that I found stuffed in a cabinet in my home. I really love the way they turned out! Hello…Adorable! They are so easy to make that you are not going to believe it! I have the full video tutorial on my YouTube channel here if you want to watch how I created my entire tablescape. https://youtu.be/HrDjrFIoOKw I have also posted the supply list and directions below if you want to bypass the video. Here’s how you do it!

Supplies: Assorted glass jars with lids, candle stick holders in desired heights, ceramic, paper or plastic seasonal figurines, animals, knobs etc. to decorate your lids, Hot glue gun, Spray paint in desired color, assorted candy, nuts etc. to fill your jars with.
Step One: Spray paint the jar lids, your desired decoration toppers for your lids and your candle stick bases in your desired color(s) and let dry.
Step Two: Use your hot glue gun to glue your jars to the candle stick bases and the decoration toppers to the center of your lids.
Step Three: Fill your jars with your desired candy or nuts and display.
Step Four: Create a display using your jars on your table or give them as a unique homemade gift to someone special.

I would love to see your version of a Spring tablescape so feel free to email me your photographs and contact information to be considered for my blog and social media. I would love nothing more that than to brag about you and your creative talent! If you like my YouTube video please subscribe to my channel and I would love for you to follow me on social media.

Have fun and enjoy! xo

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February 16, 2016

DIY on the FLY Box of Roses

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In honor of the month of February, Valentine’s Day and the celebration of Love especially for the love of beautiful roses; I thought I would share with you my latest video and a DIY on the FLY box of roses craft project.  This is so easy anyone can make it and the real beauty is that you can make this any time of the year for yourself, as a gift or as a centerpiece for any holiday, event or life celebration.  Be sure to check out my YouTube channel and my new web series DIY on the FLY  that’s produced by Sky Princess Studios at www.youtube.com/c/juleeireland and please like, share and subscribe. Each week I post new DIY on the FLY video tutorials with great projects that are always chic, easy, super fun and  budget friendly to make for your home and lifestyle.

Now, let’s make craft magic happen! Here’s how you make a gorgeous box of roses…

Supplies: box, plastic liner, disposable plastic container that will fit into your box or Saran wrap to line your box, wet floral foam, floral tape (optional), spray paint or wrapping paper to decorate your box (optional), ribbon (optional), scissors, blue painters masking tape for stripes (optional), flowers (various varieties of roses and peonies work beautifully).
Step One: Use your masking tape to mask off a design for your box. Such as: Stripes. (this is optional) Next, use your spray paint to paint your box in your desired color. Option Two: Use decorative wrapping paper, old sheet music or photos to wrap or create a collage with ModPodge on the exterior of your box.
Step Two: Line your box with your plastic liner, container or plastic wrap.
Step Three: Cut your wet floral foam to fit inside your box. When your floral foam is cut to fit; saturate it well with water and put it into your box. Optional: Use your floral tape to create a 1” grid on top of the box as a guide to insert your roses into the center of each square.
Step Four: Cut your roses at a 45 degree angle so that they are the correct height to fit just over the top of your box. Insert your cut roses into your wet floral foam or into the open areas on your tape grid.
Step Five: Add a Ribbon band, bow or handwritten message of Love and Voila! You’ve just created a lovely box of Roses!

Lastly, be sure to email me photos of your own creative box of roses so that I can post them on both of my blogs. I would love to brag about you! Email your photos to: juleeireland@gmail.com for consideration.

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October 19, 2015

DIY Halloween Spookdorable Spider Candle Holders–As seen on Good Day Columbus Fox 28

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Candles are an important design element used with Halloween decor to help set the spooky tone for a spooktacular Halloween night. I love to scatter candles throughout my home and garden to achieve the perfect mood lighting.  Here’s a fun project to create your own adorable spooky spider candle holders. They will look great sprinkled throughout your home, as a display on your front porch or to use as individual table place setting candle for an event or Halloween meal. They are simple, cost less than three dollars to make and I promise the kids will love them!

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Supplies: Mini pumpkin, black pipe cleaners, hot glue gun, small candle. (Optional: spray paint or acrylic craft paint in black or purple)

 

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Step One: Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin a little larger in circumference than your candle and carve out the insides of your pumpkin. (Optional: you can paint your pumpkin black or purple if you like and let it dry before going to step two.)

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Step Two: Take your pipe cleaners and bend eight of them to look like spider legs. Make sure they are all the same size in length.

Step Three: Use your hot glue gun to glue four legs on each side and insert your candle! It’s that simple! These adorable pumpkin spiders also make a great table place setting card holder.

 

 

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You can also spray paint your pumpkins black of purple and paint or glue googly eyes on them.  Have fun and I would love to see how your spider candle holders turned out so please email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com so I can share your DIY creations with everyone on my blog and social media.

 

 

 

 

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October 14, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Party & Craft Ideas

The month of October brings with it the official start of the Holiday Season and one of my favorite things in the entire world, decorating! I thought I would share with you some fun, simple and super Spooktacular Home Decorating DIY on the FLY tips using pumpkins. Let the holiday festivities begin!

pumpkin_beveragesPumpkins can be used for much more than lighting your doorstep on Halloween. They also make great containers for floral arrangements, food displays and beverages at your next party. Here’s how you put your pumpkin to work to entertain your guests.

Supplies: Large Pumpkin, Plastic Bowl or Vase, Floral Arrangement or Food, Beverages & Ice, Carving Knife, Large Spoon to gut your pumpkin.

Step One: Select your container and a pumpkin that is larger than your container.

Step Two: Cut your pumpkin top off so that it is at least an inch taller than your container. Make sure your pumpkin is also similar in width and height to your container. Next, carve the insides out of your pumpkin with your spoon and place your container inside.

Step Three: Place flowers in the pumpkin with a vase, or food or beverages and ice in the pumpkin with the bowl. Now you are ready to display, dazzle and serve!

If you want to take it a step further, you can always decorate or paint a face on your pumpkin. Have fun creating and serving up pure pumpkin delight to all of your guests!

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I love to decorate and I love Halloween but personally I have never been into anything to creepy or scary. Here’s a fun way to greet your guests with pumpkins at your doorstep without sending them scurrying away before you have a chance to say hello. Let’s make a friendly pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Supplies: Three Pumpkins (Large, Medium, Small), Two Small Broomsticks or Two Branches, Black Acrylic Paint, Hat, Scarf, leaves or raffia to wrap around the neck, Hot Glue Gun (Industrial Strength Glue), Knife or Drill to create holes for the arms

Step One: Glue your pumpkins together with your hot glue gun. Start with your large pumpkin on the bottom, your medium pumpkin in the center and your small pumpkin on top.

Step Two: Use your paint to create two eyes, a nose and a mouth. You can make a snowman, pumpkin or scarecrow face.

Step Three: Creating arms for your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Carefully use a knife or drill to make a hole in each side of your middle or medium sized pumpkin to fit your broomstick handles or branches. Put a little hot glue on the end of each broomstick or branch before inserting them into each hole to secure them firmly in place. Tie a scarf, raffia or silk leaves around in the middle of the base of the small and medium size pumpkins to create a neck. Lastly, add a hat on top. You can use a top hat, cowboy hat or any hat that you like. To dress it up a bit more add a plaid shirt or cape to your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow.

Have fun decorating your pumpkin snowman or scarecrow. Don’t be afraid to find your inner Design Diva and add your personal touch to make it your own and reflect your home. I would love to see your pumpkin creations and share them on my social media. Email your photos to me at juleeireland@gmail.com Enjoy this Spooktacular start to your holiday season!

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July 3, 2015

DIY on the FLy™- July 4th Decorating Ideas

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Happy Independence Day! This is one of my favorite holidays because it’s summertime, the backyard BBQ’s are fabulous and it’s the day when our nation proudly displays the red, white and blue colors of our American flag to honor our freedom.  The firework displays are kind of fun too!  I wanted to share with you a few simple, last minute and inexpensive DIY on the FLY™ ideas to make your own backyard BBQ or party festive and memorable for you and your guests.

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A Starry Lawnscape

Want to wow your guests and excite the kids? Create a starry lawn scene with a simple cardboard template and a little spray paint.

1.  Use an old cardboard box your pencil and ruler to draw a star.  You can make several in different sizes. Don’t worry about making perfect stars. Perfection is in the imperfection!

2.  Use your scissors or a box cutter to cut the center out of each star giving you a finished template.

3.  Lay your template flat on your lawn positioned where you want it. Next take your spray paint and spray paint the inside of the template your desired color of Red, White or Blue.

4.  Scatter your stars mixing sizes and colors to create a fun landscape and conversation piece for your party!

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Mason Jar, Handkerchief and Silverware Service

Here is a simple, fun, festive way to serve a cup, silverware and napkin all in one that won’t break the bank!

1. Use old mason or glass jars left over from canned goods or purchase new ones.  You can find them at Michael’s craft stores, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond

2.  Next you will need some red, white and blue handkerchiefs which you can also find at Michael’s craft store, Joanne fabrics or online.

3.  Take your plastic or metal silverware and put it on a handkerchief and stuff inside the glass.

4.  You can display them on trays in the center of a table, or put several down the center of long tables or at the end of your food display. Get creative and have fun with it!

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Handkerchief Table Cloth or Runner

This is such a fun and simple tablecloth or table runner to make! The best part is it can be used year-round for all your backyard parties or BBQ’s!

1.  Purchase red, white and blue handkerchief’s from your local craft or fabric store.

2.  Measure the length of your table to figure out how many squares you will need to give you at least a 6″ to 8″ drop around your table.

3.  Sew the squares together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you do not know how to sew you can always use fabric glue with a 1/4″ overlap. (If you decide to use fabric glue, be sure to allow for proper drying time.)

4.  Display your new table cloth or table runner proudly!

Now that you have the perfect Red, White and Blue Backyard BBQ and Party theme; sit back and celebrate your family, friends, fireworks and most importantly, how blessed we all are to be free and to live in this great country.

God Bless America!

 

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April 27, 2015

DIY on the fly-tip of the week

My DIY on the Fly™ under $25 tip of the week! (as demonstrated on Sonoran Living ABC15)
How to create an amazing last minute centerpiece using stemware, glasses, mugs, candle holders, glass bowls and vases right out of your kitchen cabinets!
See more at: http://juleeireland.itsaglamthing.com/#sthash.XE2JDbHa.dpuf
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DIY under $25 Table Centerpiece

DIY on the Fly™ under $25-How to create amazing last minute centerpiece using stemware, glasses, mugs, candle holders, glass bowls, vases and more right out of your kitchen cabinets!

Step 1: Assemble a variety or glassware from the list above in varied shapes and sizes.

Step 2: purchase seasonal flowers at your local market or cut flowers, fruits, veggies and succulents straight from your garden.

Step 3: Group 3 or more of varied pieces in varied heights together creating a triangle shape or a look that is appealing to your eye. Remember, to consider the height. Keep your tallest pieces below eye level if you are sitting at your table so your guests can see over your centerpiece while dining.

Step 4: Fill with water, add a drop of food coloring to create desired color and add your desired fresh cut flowers, fruit, vegetables or combination thereof. Turn Wine glasses upside down and place candle votive on top to create mood lighting. Repeat to desired taste throughout your room and on your table.
Prepare to amaze your guests with your creative, charming, and affordable centerpieces!

– See more at: http://juleeireland.itsaglamthing.com/#sthash.XE2JDbHa.dpuf

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April 27, 2015

Spring/Summer Dinner Party Tips with Julee Ireland on Sonoran Living

How to throw a Spring/Summer dinner party like a Pro without breaking the bank!

Julee Ireland and Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living ABC15

Julee Ireland and Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living ABC15

Every party starts with a theme, guest list, and most importantly an invitation. So I would like to cordially invite you to my Sonoran Living Live Dinner Party segment with an All Access VIP Pass. Be sure to check this DIY invitation out at Papyrusonline.com How cute are they? Perfect for a sweet 16 or milestone event or birthday party. Do you agree?

An invitation is so important because it sets the tone for your party and gives your guests a glimpse of what lies ahead: so have fun with designing the perfect party invitation and learning more about the other fabulous products that I found to make planning your next party a huge hit!

Papyrus now offers DIY printable invitations!

  1. A variety of designs to choose from for every occasion.
  2. Simple and easy to design yourself online. Select your design. Select your font and font color. Type in the details of your party. Select the quantity, print process and your envelope. Preview your design and place your order!
  3. Affordable and first class all the way! A fraction of what a custom designed invitation normally costs.
  4. Your papyrus DIY printable invitations are sent directly to your doorstep within 5 to 7 business days for most vendors. Check with Papyrus custom invitations department for exact lead times.

Sold in sets of 25…Prices start at around $3.50 each

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.papyrusonline.com

It’s not just the invitation, guest list, and decor that makes a great dinner party; it’s also the food and entertainment.  What could be better than combining food with entertainment through an interactive experience? Personally as a designer, I can figure out a way to make something look beautiful but when it comes to cooking my family and friends will tell you that I need all the help that I can get! That’s why I LOVE these simple Award Winning DIY Dinner Party Pack Kits that make cooking and entertaining a snap! Simply Genius!!
Style and Entertaining DIY Dinner Party Pack Kits.

  1. Now, you don’t have to be a master chef to create a masterful meal. Each Style & Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit comes complete with an easy to follow step-by-step guide that includes recipes, ingredients, decor, music and wine pairing suggestions.
  2. Spice up a healthy life! Each kit contains organic herbs, spices, whole grains, beans, dried fruits and nuts to complete each recipe.
  3. Supports buy fresh and local with a grocery list for ingredients that makes gathering your cooking supplies fast and easy.
  4. Learn the fundamentals of selecting the perfect wine to serve with your meal.
  5. Find your inner celebrity chef by learning celebrity inspired cooking techniques.
  6. Set a stylish table scene with votive candles, menu cards, napkins and more included in each kit!
  7. Makes a great gift or fun evening to create together with your family or friends.

DIY Dinner Kit for 8 $49.95  DIY Romantic Dinner for Two Kit $29.95

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.styleandentertaining.com


Now that the invitation has been sent and the menu is decided we need to think about setting the perfect table scape to compliment your dinner party. Like most working moms I don’t have a lot of extra time so I am always seeking out simple solutions for everday living. Simply Baked makes baking and setting a beautiful table a breeze!
Simply Baked!

  1. Simply Baked tableware can go straight from the oven to your table. Yes, you can bake and serve directly in their beautifully decorative cups, bowls and more!
  2. Simply Baked is available in a variety of pretty patterns, designs, sizes and colors. They have something for everyone and every party scene!
  3. They have festive accessories such as straws, spoons, appetizer trays, plates and sticks, cake stands and more making it quick and easy to serve your guests with style!
  4. Allows you to have fun and get creative! Simply Baked is not just for baked goods. Use their decorative cups to create individual fresh veggie cups or to serve candy, nuts or fresh fruit. The ideas and possibilities are endless!
  5. They offer simple premade party packs in a variety of coordinating party themes making planning your next dinner party stress-free!

Prices start at $3.50. Party Packs start at $199

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.simplybaked.us

Now that the invitation, food, entertainment and serve ware is in order we need to add a little ambiance and I have the perfect solution!
Di Potter Wine and Champagne Shades

1.   Create a custom chic look for any party or event with Di Potter translucent Wine and Champagne shades.
2.  Over 32 different fabulous themes and patterns available in a variety of trending color combinations.
3.  Made of paper and easy to assemble.
4.  Reusable and Made in the USA
5.  Made for use with any traditional Wine or Champagne glass and a flameless candle.
6.  Di Potter also makes beautiful paper candle bands, placemats and charger plates to further enhance your table scape.
7.  Simple, Affordable and Unique making you the hostess who is sure to be the talk of the town.
Price $22.99 for a set of 6

For more information and to place an order visit:  www.thepapertable.com

DIY on the Fly™ under $25-How to create amazing last minute centerpiece using stemware, glasses, mugs, candle holders, glass bowls, vases and more right out of your kitchen cabinets!

Step 1: Assemble a variety or glassware from the list above in varied shapes and sizes.

Step 2: purchase seasonal flowers at your local market or cut flowers, fruits, veggies and succulents straight from your garden.

Step 3: Group 3 or more of varied pieces in varied heights together creating a triangle shape or a look that is appealing to your eye. Remember, to consider the height. Keep your tallest pieces below eye level if you are sitting at your table so your guests can see over your centerpiece while dining.

Step 4: Fill with water, add a drop of food coloring to create desired color and add your desired fresh cut flowers, fruit, vegetables or combination thereof. Turn Wine glasses upside down and place candle votive on top to create mood lighting. Repeat to desired taste throughout your room and on your table.

Prepare to amaze your guests with your creative, charming, and affordable centerpieces!

For more information and design tips visit Julee Ireland’s blogs at: www.itsaglamthing.com or www.juleeirelanddesign.com

DIY Dinner Party Tips on Sonoran Living ABC15

DIY Dinner Party Tips on Sonoran Living ABC15

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February 5, 2015

Party Perfect Cocktail Hour

I LOVE this concept for a wedding, party or celebration. A nice eclectic mix of the old with the new…it’s simply chic and charming with every detail from the lighting to the linen bar and ottomans to the punch of hot pink as the accent color that is carried throughout the design. Hmmm…this makes me what to start planning my next party!

Photo Credit: Stylemepretty.com

Photo Credit: Stylemepretty.com

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