Julee Ireland
January 15, 2016

Clear Your Clutter, Create New Success in 2016

Clutter_Organization_Julee_Ireland_2016_Home_New_YearClutter hinders your psyche more than you know both at work and at home. When physical items invade your space that are not needed or that are unorganized it affects you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s like an invisible force that causes stress, has a negative effect on relationships and your health and it can hinder your ability to act and think clearly blocking success in all areas of your life. With each passing year you continue to grow and change. While change is good holding onto things that no longer reflect who you have become is not a good thing because it creates negative energy. Let’s start the New Year off by clearing out the clutter and opening up your heart, home and workplace to create success! Here are some simple tips to help guide you.

Step One: Take time to walk through the different spaces in your home and office and sit for a while. Look around the space and write down the items in each room that make you feel discomfort, that clearly no longer reflect you and that you feel you can do without. If you give yourself time to sit, think and explore each space you will be surprised at what you discover on your own.

Step Two: Now that you have explored and taken notes throughout your home and office it’s time to prioritize! Make a list of the areas you wish to declutter first. Pick the space in your home or office that makes you feel the most unsettled and that’s the most disorganized.

Step Three: Before you start with your first space be realistic about setting a time frame to complete the task and start small! Begin with a drawer, cabinet or counter and create three piles. One, to give away, two, to throw away and three, items to keep.

Step Four: Remove pile one and two from your room and begin placing your third pile back into your space in an organized fashion. Don’t just toss or put things back into your cabinet or drawer because all you would be doing is creating smaller clutter. It’s important to reintroduce your items into your room in an orderly, organized manner with thought and intention behind it. And be sure to dust and clean along the way to truly revive your space and your soul at the same time.

Step Five: As you finish eliminating clutter in each area of your home or office take the time to marvel at your success. With your hand over your heart take in some deep breaths through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Ask yourself how do I feel? Do I feel calmer? Do I feel lighter? Do I feel inspired to move on? If your answer is yes to any of these then by all means carry on!

I sincerely hope by clearing out the clutter in your life it helps you to open the door to a renewed home, health, happiness and success in 2016. I would love to see your before and after photos and feature them on my blog. Please feel free to email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com along with any of your thoughts or comments. Happy New Year!

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January 15, 2016

Home Hacks to Get Organized

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Do you want to get organized and start the year off with a clean slate? Well, look no further. I have some great DIY Home Hacks that will help you do just that! The best part about these home hacks is that they are budget friendly and so simple anyone can do it!

Dreaded Dresser Drawers-Dresser drawers especially socks, under garments and t-shirts always seem to find themselves in pure chaos. I’ve got
a great solution for you! It worked for me so I’m sure will work for you. Here is Home Hack number one to reclaim your dresser drawers and start
the New Year off on the right foot! Use PVC pipe to create storage units for drawers and closet to keep your shoes, undergarments, socks, t-shirts and
anything else that will fit in them in a neat orderly fashion. You can also use PVC pipe to hold your shoes or to keep your office supplies organized!
Clean Up Your Clothing and Closet-We are all guilty of holding onto clothing that we no longer wear because we think we will wear
someday soon. The fact of the matter is that if you have not worn it in the last six months you most likely will not wear again. Rather than hold
onto things that you really don’t need I have the perfect Home Hack to help you make room for something new and retire the rest to a new home by
donating your old clothing to your charity of choice. Here’s Home Hack number two. Hang all of your clothing hangers in your closet backwards.
As you wear an item replace it on the hanger the correct way. Every six months remove any items hung backwards and donate them. I promise, if you have not
touched it in 6 months you are not going to wear it and it is just taking up space. It does the heart good to donate. You can also take your items to a
consignment shop so you can earn some money for your unwanted clothing.
Disheveled Linen Closet– Sheet sets have a way of separating themselves from their mates just like socks. I don’t know about you but it was
always a source of frustration for me trying to maintain my linen closet and keep things together and organized until I thought of a creative way to
solve the problem. Here is Home Hack number three. It is so simple and it works! You are going to love it! All you have to do is store your sheets
inside their matching pillowcase to keep everything neat and organized as a set and to save space at the same time!
Simplified Desk Drawers-Part of what makes us most productive in life and at work is having a little organization. It all starts with your desk and
desk drawers. It is really easy for your desk drawers to become a junk drawer and we don’t want that. Here is Home Hack number four to help you
start your year off headed straight toward success. And you can start by creating an orderly and efficient desk! Use old ice trays, boxes or silverware
trays to line the inside of your desk drawers and create compartments to keep all your office supplies neat and organized!
DIY on the Fly Tip by Julee Ireland-Jewelry Organization and Wall Art
It’s easy to lose jewelry and if it is not in sight you will forget that you have it and it will never get worn. Trust me. I have been guilty of this
also. Here is a great Home Hack and DIY project that you can do to create a chic wall hanging to display your jewelry as wall art, while keeping it
organized at the same time! All you have to do is use an old frame and some radiator mesh. Here’s how you make it!

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Supplies:
Old Frame, Hot Glue Gun, Radiator Mesh, Fabric, Sharpie pen, Scissors, Picture Frame Hanging Kit, Paint and Four Door Knobs
(optional)
Step One: Take apart your frame and remove the glass and backing. Paint your frame your desired color or leave it with its current finish.
Step Two: Lay your glass on top of your radiator mesh and trace an outline with your sharpie pen. Cut along your traced line with your scissors.
Step Three: Use your frame back as a template on top of your fabric and use your Sharpie pen to trace and outline. Cut along your traced line with
your scissors.
Step Four: Use your hot glue gun to glue your fabric to your backing.
Step Five: Use your hot glue gun to glue your radiator mesh to the inside back of the frame.
Step Six: Install your fabric frame backing to your frame behind your mesh. Optional: Install your four doorknobs spaced evenly across the bottom
of your frame.
Step Seven: Install your picture frame hanging kit if your frame is not already equipped with picture frame hooks. You are now ready to hang and
organize your jewelry on your wall as wall art!

Now that you are organized and off to a great start to the New Year, I would love to see the results! For consideration, please email photos and your contact information to: juleeireland@gmail.com  I can’t wait to post them on my blog and brag about you on my social media.

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December 21, 2015

DIY on the FLY Holiday Snow Globes

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I Love the Holidays especially when it comes to making handmade decorations or gifts for my home, family and friends. My daughter has been collecting snow globes from around the world since she was small and we love to display them during the holidays and throughout the year. They are inexpensive and easier than you think to make. This is also a really fun project to do together with your kids, grand kids and teens! Here’s how you make your own snow globe. Have fun and email me photos of your creations to juleeireland@gmail.com. I would love to post them on my blog, social media and share them with the world. Now let’s make craft magic happen!

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Supplies:
1. Mason jar or old jar that you wish to recycle. I have used pickle jars, pasta sauce or jam jars so look in your refrigerator or cabinets
before running out and buying something new.
2. Miniature embellishments or mini ornaments. (Michaels Craft Stores has a nice selection. You can also find them at most craft or hobby
stores.)
3. Packaged snowflakes. (Michaels, Joanne Fabrics or most craft stores.)
4. (Optional) Spray Paint in desired color to paint your lid.
5. Hot glue gun.
Step One: (Optional) Use your spray paint to paint your lid.
Step Two: When your lid is dry begin placing your miniature embellishments onto the inside of your lid to create a festive scene that you are
happy with.
Step Three: When you are happy with your scene use your hot glue gun to glue your miniature embellishments in place.
Step Four: Sprinkle your snowflakes onto the bottom of the lid around your holiday scene. Put the glass jar over the lid and tighten until it
is completely closed. Voila! You have just created a beautiful snow globe!
Step Five: (Optional) You can add water to your snow globe if you like. I personally like them without the water just as much.
Note: If you are making these with small children substitute the glue gun for Elmers glue and let dry before adding the snowflakes.
These are so charming and delightful and they make a truly wonderful gift for friends, family or teachers. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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December 18, 2015

It’s a Glam Thing Lifestyle & DIY Expert YouTube Series Sneak Peak

Watch, Subcribe and Like It’s a Glam Thing and Julee Ireland YouTube channels for the latest trends in Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and DIY videos!

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December 17, 2015

Sky Princess Studios and IAGT DIY Expert & TV Personality Julee Ireland Launch YouTube Series

Turn and old clock into festive holiday home decor!

Westlake Village, CA – Sky Princess Studios and award winning producer, Jenna Winters, announced today the launch of DIY Expert, Television Personality & Author, Julee Ireland’s weekly DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Instructional Video Series. Each week Julee will demonstrate simple lifestyle do-it-yourself projects from her own home that cost fewer than twenty-five dollars to make derived from her book series or from things that simply inspire her everyday. With over twenty-five years of design and DIY craft experience, she teaches viewers how to tap into their own creativity to make craft magic happen!

When Jenna was asked what captivated her most about producing the DIY on the FLY YouTube Channel Series, Jenna responded, “I love Julee’s unique approach to crafting and her fun-loving personality. She is down to earth, funny and really teaches what she preaches. With the camera rolling she amazes me with her ability to think on her feet and take something she finds in her refrigerator or garage and literally transform it into something beautiful to display in your home in just a few minutes. It really is DIY on the Fly! I never know what craft project she is going to whip up next so she keeps me on my toes.”

Julee uses her experience and creativity to inspire others to turn unused items otherwise tucked away in cabinets, closets or the garage that are left collecting dust into something new. Her series will cover everything from do-it-yourself home décor, gifts, parties, tablescapes, kids crafts, weddings and so much more! The weekly series will keep you entertained while learning how to craft simple budget-friendly projects from the comfort of your own home.

When we asked Julee what inspired her to write her books and launch her own You Tube channel, she said, “When I was a young girl my family did not have a lot of money so I learned early on to use my imagination and hands to make things. It truly was my greatest gift because if I wanted new clothes for my Barbie doll for instance, I didn’t have money to buy them. I had to make them. It was in those moments that I discovered my passion for designing, creating, and crafting anything I could conceive. It’s so gratifying to take a vision formed in your head and bring it to life. I believe everyone has the ability to create something beautiful; they just need someone to open up their heart, mind, and spirit to discover what lives within them. I am also really passionate about people. I want to use my talents to reach the masses and inspire others to put down their phones and tablets for a minute and use their imagination. Crafting is so much fun and it teaches you to think-outside-the-box. My book series and YouTube channel are opening the door for me to achieve my bigger dream of inspiring others!”

For more information contact Jenna Winters, Sky Princess Studios, Producer @ jenna@skyprincessstudios.com or Lisa Cocuzza, Public Relations @ 818-795-6449 / lisa@itsaglamthing.com. Visit Julee Ireland on You Tube to view her channel or visit her websites to learn more @ www.juleeirelanddeisgn.com , www.juleeireland.com and www.itsaglamthing.com . Visit Amazon.com to purchase DIY on the FLY Under $25: Monogram Home, in paperback or the kindle version

About Julee Ireland:

Julee Ireland is a true “jack-of-all-trades”. She is a Mom, Designer, TV Personality, Author, Lifestyle and DIY Craft Expert. She began her career as a fashion designer, making custom clothing for celebrities, athletes and notables including Bill Gates! Julee eventually transitioned into a renowned interior designer working for several of the largest homebuilders in the US. In 2009, she created and successfully launched her own Julee Ireland greeting card business along with the Julee Ireland organic bath, body, soap and candle brand. Julee is also the creator of the Kym Douglas Beauty Bib, featured on television’s Ellen show.

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December 16, 2015

Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

I love the holiday season like most because I get to decorate every inch of my home inside and out, wear pretty dresses and give gifts to others! I put a lot of thought into gift giving and I am always on the hunt for the most unique gifts that help to simplify life or bring hours of enjoyment to the person on the receiving end.  I had the pleasure of sharing some great gifts on the Good Things Utah show with Michelle Money. Here are some of my favorite holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone on your list!

  1.  Max Mirani Move Mobile Closet is the perfect gift for the Jet Setter in the family!
    The Move Mobile Closet is a carry-on approved suitcase that serves as your complete mobile wardrobe. It has an adjustable shelf system that neatly
    stores shirts, pants, skirts and more. It has special pockets for undergarments, ties, and accessories with a separate toiletry, shoe and garment bag that
    zips-out and goes straight from your suitcase to your closet. The Move Mobile Closet is 2 carry-on’s in one. The entire wardrobe system ingeniously
    zips-out to become a separate shoulder tote leaving the shell empty for packing spontaneous purchases. This patented feature nearly doubles the
    capacity of the suitcase in seconds and gives you two carry-on’s in one.
    The eye-catching suitcase comes in several sizes, styles and colors with a 4-stage telescopic handle and four 360° swivel wheels making the MOVE
    ultra-maneuverable in the narrowest of airplane aisles. The lightweight and durable shell is created using German-made 100% Pure Polycarbonate
    resins, the same material used to make bulletproof glass. The Move Mobile Closet truly brings new meaning to the words “living out of a suitcase,”
    and has quickly become a favorite accessory of business travelers, professionals, and celebrities. Price starts at $150 for briefcases and up.
    Available at: www.maxmirani.com
  2. Instax Share Smartphone Wireless Printer is the perfect gift for teens and photography enthusiast!
    Polaroid cameras are still all the rage and now you can create and print perfect Polaroid photos right from your smart phone! Just download the Instax
    Share app to your phone, load the Fuji Instax Film into your printer and you are ready to go. It works with an android or iPhone and offers added
    features to spruce up your photos such as filters, design templates and date time stamps. This mini printer is easy to use and allows you to print the
    perfect photo to capture and document all of life’s special moments. This little printer packs hours of enjoyment! Price range from $140 and up.
    Instax Share Smartphone Printer
    Available at: Michaels.com and most major retailers

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  1. Peter Pauper Press Coloring Books and Pencils are the perfect stress relieving gift for Mom and Dad!
    Who says coloring is just for kids? The latest trend to hit the store shelves is adult coloring books. Peter Pauper Press has introduced their “Not Just
    For Kids” line of coloring books. Studies reveal that coloring books are a great stress reliever and the perfect way to get away from our phones,
    tablets and computers to get back to basics! So pick up a crayon, colored pencil or marker and allow yourself to be transported back to the carefree,
    relaxed feeling of childhood play. Price range $7.99 and up.
    Available at: www.peterpauperpress.com and retailers across the country
  2. Hover Board is the latest trend and makes the Perfect Gift for the Entire Family!
    The future of personal transportation has now arrived! The Hover Board has quickly become the latest craze for people of all ages. This eco-friendly
    electric vehicle is the newest mode of transportation that boasts up to 10 m.p.h. and can go up to 12 miles on a single charge depending on the brand
    or model that you purchase. If you can ride a bike, ski or skate then you can master the Hover Board. The Hover Board is something the whole
    family can enjoy together and it’s also the perfect way to ride around campus or town. Prices range from $300 and up.
    Available at: www.theproductconnection.com
  3. What would any holiday or event be without a little good old fashioned humor?  I love to laugh and have a good time so when I discovered the selfie-elfie                                                                                                                                                                                       I had to have it! I can’t wait to give this to my family as a group gift at Christmas.  I plan on taking it with me on our travels and getting lots of selfie’s! Price: $12.99                                                                                                                                                        Available at: Amazon.com

Make your own unique handmade gift! DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray is the perfect gift for your girlfriend!
It is easier than you think to make this beautiful handmade gift! You can use new or vintage items the choice is yours. Get creative and don’t be
afraid to mix color, texture and shape. I love to use plates or candlesticks that I find at the dollar store, thrift stores, neighborhood garage sales or by
sifting through my own cabinets. You can make something beautiful to give as a gift without spending a lot of money.

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DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland - Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

 

DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

Supplies: Three plates (glass, china or plastic) or two plates and one small bowl in varied sizes, shapes and color
that appeal to you. Two small candlesticks that coordinate with your plates or your plates and bowl. Heavy-duty
glue gun.

Step One: Start by putting your largest plate on the bottom and use your glue gun to glue one candlestick in the
middle of the bottom side of your plate.

(Note: you can also put your plate down and begin by gluing your candlestick in the middle of the top of your plate. Both ways work.)

Step Two: Glue your middle size plate to the top of the candlestick. Now you should have two tiers to your
jewelry/serving tray.

Step Three: Glue your second candlestick to the middle of your plate and then glue your small plate or bowl to
the top of the candlestick to complete your third tier.

Step Four: (Optional) You can glue a small knob or a cut wooden dowel to the center of the top of your small
plate or bowl to use as a ring holder or as a handle to easily rotate your multi-use tiered jewelry and or serving
tray in a circle.

Have fun and send me photos of your creations so that I can post them on my blog! Happy Holidays!!

Julee

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October 26, 2015

Halloween Kids Crafts and Party Must Haves

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HOW CAN KIDS DECORATE PUMPKINS SAFELY?

Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knife, are not exactly made for kids. That’s why you will fall in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or birthday party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for adults. Now, head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kit!

WHAT IS A FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME?

Planning the perfect party always begins with the perfect party theme. Most everyone loves Halloween and dressings up in a costume, but some are not into the horror aspect of it and would rather decorate with bright colorful colors or happy jack-o-lanterns. The bright colored Spritz Day of the Dead Party Themed Plates, Napkins, Cups and more are fun. You also can’t beat the price! They start at $1.00 and go up to $2.50. Get yours before they are sold out and enjoy the party!

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WHAT IS A CURRENT PARTY TREND?

Thank goodness for cameras! They help us to preserve our memories in photographs and when it comes to Halloween and our children, family, and friends we want to capture every one of life’s moments. Everyone enjoys the current party trend of using photo props and photo backgrounds so naturally. You will not be able to resist the Spritz Photo Prop Kit. From Batman, to Frankenstein to Dracula lips, this photo prop kit will have everyone howling with laughter as you snap photos at your party. Price $5.00

HOW CAN YOU CREATE A COSTUME FOR JUST UNDER A FEW DOLLARS?

Playing dress up is not just for kids when it comes to Halloween. Adults also love to go all out when putting together a creative costume, which sometimes includes face paint, and it’s not always easy to do face painting on your self. Just about any of your local mass retailers carry Temporary Face Tattoos that are quick and easy to use. Use clothing from your own closet along with the Temporary Face tattoos to create a complete costume look! For the spider face, you can wear all black or for the deer you can outfit yourself in brown. The real icing on the cake is the price, at only $3.00. Now you can get creative and join in on all of the Halloween fun without spending a lot of money.

WHAT IS A FUN “DIY ON THE FLY” HALLOWEEN CRAFT PROJECT?

Just like there’s more than one-way to skin a cat, there is also more than one-way to carve a pumpkin, or NOT! Here’s a simple, fun and inexpensive way to repurpose your kids old crayons and create festive pumpkin decor for your home or as a table centerpiece without having to use a carving knife.

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Supplies: White Pumpkin, Tacky Glue, Crayons, Blow Dryer

Step One: Take the outside wrapper off of your crayons and cut the crayons in half.

Step Two: Glue your crayons on top of your pumpkin using your tacky glue.

Step Three: When the glue is dry use your blow dryer to melt the crayons creating a colorful pumpkin!

With Halloween fast approaching have fun making crafts with your kids and enjoy planning the perfect party! I hope some of these products and ideas inspire you.  I would love to see and post your Halloween craft and party decor photos so please email them to me along with your full name, city and state to: juleeireland@gmail.com

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October 22, 2015

Fun DIY Halloween Pumpkin Party Decorations

IMG_2459Pumpkins really have multiple uses and they are not just for carving into jack-o-lanterns. They can also be used to serve your food in for a party, as an ice chest to chill wine or sparkling cider for the kids, an individual bowl to serve pumpkin soup in or how about using them to display a spooky floral centerpiece in? Yes, all of these work and create the perfect festive Halloween decor for your home or party. Here’s how you do it yourself.

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Supplies: White or Orange Pumpkin, Carving knife, Spoon. (Optional: You can pray paint or use acrylic paint to paint your pumpkin your desired color.)

pumpkin_centerpiece_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_1To make a spooky floral centerpiece select a pumpkin that is the same height and wider than your vase. Next, carve an opening at the top of your pumpkin that slightly wider than your vase and gut your pumpkin. Arrange your floral centerpiece in the vase and place in your pumpkin! What a unique, yet simple floral table centerpiece!

To create a pumpkin soup bowl select small pumpkins, carve an opening at the top and then gut your pumpkin. When you are ready to serve your soup just pour it right into each pumpkin bowl, put the cut top with stem back onto your pumpkin and present your soup to your guests!

pumpkin_centerpiece_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_3To serve up your food, such as chips or salad, or to use as an ice chest, select a pumpkin that is larger than the bowl or beverages you wish to put into the pumpkin to keep chilled. Simply carve an opening at the top of your pumpkin that slightly wider than your bowl and gut your pumpkin so that your bowl will rest comfortably inside. Place your bowl and food inside your pumpkin and display for your guests! To use as an ice chest select a larger pumpkin and follow the same steps above, add ice, your beverages and you are ready to go!

I hope you have fun making these simply DIY projects and enjoy every bewitching hour of planning your perfect spooky party for Halloween 2015.  I would love to see your creations and post and share them on my blog and social media so be sure to email your photos with your full name, city and state to me at: juleeireland@gmail.com

Happy Haunting!

 

 

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October 21, 2015

DIY on the FLY Halloween Pumpkin Crafts

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I love to search for items at the dollar store or dollar bins to use for crafting. Believe it or not there is a lot that you can do with a pair of socks including making these darling sock pumpkins! This is a great craft project to make with your kids, family or friends to create fun Halloween decor for your home. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money either! I always find seasonal socks at stores in the dollar bins and you can too!

sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_2Supplies: Mini pumpkin, pipe cleaners, one pair of adult seasonal socks, scissors, felt square in desired color.

 

 

 

 

 

sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_irelandStep One: Cut the top of your sock off by cutting straight to the center of the heel and follow the heel line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_5Step Two: Turn your sock inside out and use a pipe cleaner to wrap tightly around the toe part of the sock. When it is secure cut off the excess.

 

 

 

 

 

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Step Three: Turn right side out and place your pumpkin inside. Pull the sock up tightly around the stem and use a few pipe cleaners to tightly secure your sock. I usually build the stem with pipe cleaners and add some curves for whimsy. Use your felt square to cut out a simple leaf and use a small piece of pipe cleaner to attach it to your pumpkin stem. That’s it! Enjoy this fun and simple sock pumpkin decor.

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_fly_4Halloween is all about ambience. Candles are an important design element used with Halloween decor to help set the spooky tone for a spooktacular night. I love to scatter candles throughout my home and in my garden to achieve the perfect mood lighting. Here’s a fun project to create your own 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 candles for an event or for a Halloween meal. They are super simple and cost less than three dollars to make!

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

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_flyStep 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_fly_3Step Three: Stick four legs on each side directly into the pumpkin.  To secure it further you can use your hot glue gun. When your spider legs are in place insert your candle in the center and you are ready to enjoy this spookdorable candle holder! It’s that simple! These darling pumpkin spiders also make a great place setting card holder.

 

 

 

 

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Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to, but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knife, are not exactly made for kids. That’s why you will fall in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or birthday party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for adults. Now, head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kit!

All the supplies used in these projects were purchased from Michaels Craft Stores and Target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 13, 2015

Celebrity Wedding Trends

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Julee Ireland with Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living Live ABC “CELEBRITY WEDDING TRENDS”

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique
Traditional wedding gowns are falling to the wayside as celebrities and brides opt for comfort, price and a more personalized style for their big day! Here’s the Trend.  Three and Two piece wedding gowns with removable skirts!  Wear a more formal, long skirt for your walk down the aisle and drop your skirt to reveal  a knee-length dress underneath so you can easily head straight for your reception!  You can also purchase a three-piece ensemble with a bodice, long skirt and then change into a short sassy skirt for your reception.  How fun is that?  Or maybe you want to pair your bodice top with a pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots for a barn or outdoor wedding? Whatever you decide to do just make it your own. Anything goes these days. Dare to be different and shine in your own personal style. After all, it’s your special day, so kick up your heels and hang on for the ride of your life! Price Range: Starting at $200 plus, there is Something for every brides budget.

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Almond Tree Wedding Boutique Two-piece gown

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique
5355 East High Street Suite 129 Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: (602) 606-9565
www.almondtreeweddings.com

Renee Pawele (pronounced Pavell)
Toss away the bridal veil and make way for a Royal affair!  Here’s the Trend.  Crowns, tiaras, headbands and jewels!  Everyone is a princess and Renee Pawele of Renee Pawele Bride makes the most decadent jewels I have ever seen! She draws inspiration from the world around her and each individual bride so every piece she designs is unique. There is nothing cookie cutter about her!  With Renee Pawele you are purchasing an heirloom piece that can be worn again after your wedding day as well as handed down to the next generation.  She has made custom pieces for celebrities including the reining Miss USA who wore her custom jewels the evening she was crowned!  You can find Renee once a month at Kleinfields the original Say Yes to the Dress bridal boutique in New York City, at bridal boutique trunk shows around the country or online at www.reneepawelebride.com.  Price Range: $200 to $500

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Renee Pawele Bride
Available for purchase via trunk shows or online (949)723-0121
www.reneepawelebride.com

Lux Wedding Florist
Just like the trend of tossing aside the Traditional wedding gown we are seeing a trend towards wedding floral decor with a blend of anything that’s out of the ordinary! Really nothing is off-limits for any bride today!  Here’s the Trend. The Pantone color of the year Marsala is big and ordinary Roses are out! It’s all about an eclectic mix with succulents, berries, exotic flowers in rich deep tones paired with pastel blues and soft pink hues.  Interesting containers are also in.  Think outside-the-box when it comes to bridal bouquets, floral centerpieces and boutineers. Price Range: Something for every brides budget

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Lux Wedding Florist

Lux Wedding Florist
2050 South 16th Street, Suite 107 Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 707-6295
www.luxweddingflorist.com

Super Star Nail Lacquer
Celebrities and brides alike want every little detail from their head to their toes be perfect on their wedding day. That includes your hair, makeup and nails! Here’s the Trend.  Pastel colored nails are walking down the aisle adding a bridal pop of color. I love Superstar Nail Lacquer and its color line!  Ariana Pierce started Superstar Nail Lacquer at the tender age of 17. She was inspired to create a culture for women that would help them to recognize that their nails were just as important as their style. She has over 32 richly formulated nail lacquers designed to make you feel like a celebrity. Super Star Nail Lacquer is chip resistant, long-lasting, quick drying and formaldehyde-free.  Price: $12.00
Super Star Nail Lacquer
Avialable for purchase Online
www.superstarnaillacquer.com

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DIY on the FLY by Julee Ireland Wedding Place Card and Wedding Favor

DIY on the Fly Wedding Place Card by Julee Ireland

Seating your guests in style sets the tone for the celebration that’s ahead.  Here’s a few double duty DIY ideas for seating place cards that also make great wedding party favors at the same time.

Mini Terrarium

1. Start by purchasing a mini glass container that you like.  I found a few at Michael’s craft stores that I liked.

2. Add gravel, moss or sand depending on the container that you choose.

3.  Purchase floral stems of succulents or other small-scale flower stems that you like.

4.  Add the filler first.  If you are using a container you may want to use a glue gun to secure your gravel or moss to the inside of the glass container.

5.  If you are using the bulb as pictured. Pour some fine grain sand into the bulb filling it to your desired look.

6.  Cut your succulents or small flowers from your stems and depending on the container you use either glue them in place or stuff them into the bulb dropping them down into the sand.  (I used a pencil to help position my succulent stems where I wanted them into my bulb).

7.  Add your place card tag with your guest name or guest name and table number.

Voila!  There are many ways to display your place cards.  I personally love putting them at each place setting in the center of a plate or right above a napkin.  Enjoy your special day and leave your guests with a unique wedding favor gift that will keep on giving.

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