Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jingle Bell Swag and a Little Angel Ornament


Finally finished another Pottery Barn Jingle Bell Swag knockoff.  In case you haven’t seen them yet, here’s the one from Pottery Barn:



I love these!  If you’d like to make one, HERE'S THE TUTORIAL that I did last year.  And I’m still trying to figure out how to make a stupid bow!  This bow looks “a little” better than the one from last year, but I’m still not happy with it.  I’ve tried one million different tutorials, but if there’s anyone out there with a step by step “bow tutorial for dummies” that’s easy to follow, please give me a holler!  




And here’s a little wire angel ornament that I’ve been making for the last few years:




I will be making a bunch of these this year for Christmas gifts for my co-workers and neighbors. 

Here’s the one I posted about last year:




These are so simple to make.  If you’d like a tutorial for these, just let me know.  I’d be more than happy to provide one.    Well, guess that’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned because I’m sure I’ll be making something else…lol…

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Even More DIY Ornaments


Are you getting tired of seeing my ornaments yet? 


These are just some miniature glass ornaments that I picked up at the thrift store.  They were too plain on their own, so I jazzed them up in fishnet stockings (not really stockings…it’s the mesh bag that my turkey came in…lol) and then I added some lace and wire.  






More book page ornaments with some bling added to them.  I originally made these to hang in my kitchen window but after throwing them on the tree for their photo shoot, I sort of like them there.





And another recent thrift store purchase:


Isn’t she pretty?  She stands about 9 1/2 inches tall and winds up to play “Joy To The World”. 


Well, that’s all I’ve got for now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to finish a few more things before Christmas gets here!  Catch ya later!


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Snowmen Melt My Heart!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brrr…It’s Too Cold To Craft!


Well, I didn’t get any crafting done yesterday.  I went upstairs to my craft room to work on a few things and it was 48 degrees up there!  No thank you!  It’s officially time to shut the upstairs off for the winter.  (Don’t you just love old houses with no heating?)

So what’s a girl to do?

Give up crafting for the winter?  I think not!  Spend thousands of dollars for a new heating system?  Not in the budget this year. 

I turned my dining room into a temporary craft room.  Gotta love those baker’s racks!  So now when you eat at my table, you’ll have to look at my glue sticks…lol… 

Wanna see?






I went through and labeled everything so I could find things a little easier:







And here I got a little “label happy”:


OOPS!  I smeared the dry erase marker  :)

While this isn’t everything from the craft room, it is enough to keep me going.  (and if I need anything else I’ll send the young un’ upstairs to get it for me…lol)


Ahhh!  Now I’m downstairs where the wood stove is burning.  Nice and toasty…Much better!

Just goes to show that where there’s a will…there’s a way!  Now I must get back to my crafting…catch ya later!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How do you display the Christmas Cards that you receive?

Phew!  I finally got a day off from work.  This has been a very looong week. 

With what little time I had left before bed, I used to search the net for different ways to display Christmas cards.  Every year, we do the same thing.  We’ll drape the doorway with garland and hang the cards from the garland.  This year, I want something different.  Well, my search didn’t find me much, but I did think that this idea was cute:


Source:  Country Living Magazine


How do you display your Christmas cards? 


And you know how it goes when you’re searching the net for something in particular.  You’ll come up on something else that you’ll add to your project list. (or is it just me and my ADHD?)   Like this:



Source:  Country Living Magazine


And this:


Source:  Real Simple  (Now wouldn’t that pine cone tree look pretty painted white like this wreath with some glittery “snow” sprinkled on it?)


So, now, not only am I looking for ways to display my cards, but I also need to find a million pine cones. 


And I’ve also been digging through the kids’ baby pictures because I’ve been wanting to try and make something similar to these:


Source:  Pottery Barn



OK…back to the original topic…How do you display all of those Christmas cards that you receive?  I would love to see some clever ideas! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010



Music sheet this, music sheet that…everywhere you turn in blogland, there’s music sheets.  If you’re tired of music sheet crafts, you might want to skip this post…lol…

Have you seen the latest Pottery Barn Catalog yet?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE their “Songbird Tree”.  It’s so pretty and romantic!  I love the glittery music notes, the glittery oval photo frames, the “Happy Holidays” garland, the little bitty birdcages.  I loved it so much that I ordered everything on that tree.  Yeah right!  I wish I could…lol…  But it did inspire me to make some new ornaments for our Christmas tree, with a “musical theme” of course.  I am nowhere near finished,  but I couldn’t wait to share them with you all. 

I tried to get a picture of the music note ornaments separately but they kept showing up gold for some reason. 

Here’s how I made those:  I printed out some music notes from MS Word.  Transferred them to cardboard.  Cut them out.  Glued and glittered both sides.  I still need to add the ribbon holders.  These are not as sturdy as Pottery Barns I’m sure, but after gluing and glittering both sides, it does get quite stiff.  I think these would also be cute with some aged sheet music mod podged on them instead of the glitter.  I may have to try that and see how they turn out. 




Well, ok, not all of it’s music themed.  This is a tissue paper flower that I made by cutting up an old sewing pattern.  I added a big rounded button to the center.  I’m sure you remember how to make these from kindergarten.  We used to make them from toilet paper when I was little.

paper flower

I’m not sure if tissue paper would be safe on a lit tree or not, (would they?)  but I thought that I would make a bunch of these and use them on top of gifts.  Or maybe make a big bouquet of them and add some really pretty ribbon and use it as a topper.  OOOH…I think that would be really pretty.


For the music scrolls, I went to MS word & shrunk some Christmas sheet music that I found HERE to about the size of a pack of cigarettes (do you like how I measure things…lol…).  I was able to fit all four on one page.  I Printed them out on Kraft paper, tore them out & glittered the edges.  While those were drying, I made the scroll part.  I used more Kraft paper cut a little larger than the music, rolled the ends onto wooden skewers, and added round wooden beads to the ends.  I wanted a “layered” look, so I tore some strips of coffee stained paper and glued them on.  When the sheet music parts were dry, I mod podged them on top of the coffee stained paper.  Then I took some craft wire and made the coiled holders.  I love how they turned out but I think I’ll just use twine instead of the wire.  Which would you use?




And last but certainly not least…my favorite…the stars:



stars2 groupshot2

I used a tutorial from Ladies Home Journal, but it’s pretty self explanatory.  Cut out the larger star from corrugated cardboard, cut the smaller one from sheet music, add a twine bow and a ribbon hanger (I haven’t got those made yet).  I think these are so stinkin’ cute!  I’m going to try some different shapes as well.  Maybe some hearts, ovals, birdies, etc, etc, etc. 

The best part of all of these ornaments is:  They were all FREE!  I would be willing to bet that every crafter out there has these supplies on hand already.  Can’t beat that!

Well, I guess if I want to get these made before Christmas gets here, I’d better hop off of here and get busy!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch ya later!


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oversized Twig Reindeer


(This is a repost of one of last years Christmas projects.)


Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors hosts a weekly themed link-up party.  This week is sticks/twigs/branches.  After leaving a comment saying that we had an awful wind storm and that I had all kinds of twigs and branches laying in my yard and I needed to find something creative to do with them, I remembered what my hubby and I made last year.  DUH!!  How could I forget about our oversized twig reindeer that we made. 


Inspired by the Oversized twig reindeer from Pottery Barn:



This is our oversized twig reindeer:



Now, back to what I’ll do with all of the branches in our yard.  This year, I think I’ll make some of the miniature versions to place around the house.  Maybe I could post a little tutorial in a few days on how to make these.

Well, gotta get to work.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch ya later!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Faux Snowballs Tutorial

Looking for quick and inexpensive holiday craft projects?  Here’s one:


Faux Snowballs



Faux Snowballs:

wax paper


styrofoam balls

joint compound & putty knife

mod podge & glitter


First, lay out your wax paper somewhere for your snowballs to dry.  Roll your styrofoam balls on a hard surface to condense them a little.  Not too hard, we don’t want to squish them.  Now slip your gloves on and smear on the joint compound with your putty knife.  If you get “peaks” that’s ok.  It makes them look a little more realistic I think.  When you have them covered like you like them, sit them on the wax paper to dry.  This will take a while.  When they are completely dry, you can sand down some of the peaks if you’d like.  Next step is the fun part.   Brush on a coat of mod podge and then sprinkle with glitter.  And you’re all done!


These would make cute little ornaments if you had the smaller styrofoam balls. 


Here’s a couple more pics of the ones I made:




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Thanks for stopping by…and I hope you’ll try these!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An Amazing Before and After


Well, an amazing “cleaning” before and after…lol… 

Just wanted to take a little break to share this with you:

Today my mom asked me if I’d be interested in a tea server set? (I guess that’s what you call it) that a friend had just given her.  She said she just didn’t have anywhere to put it and thought I might would like to have it to set out in my dining room.  Normally, I’d tell her no, because I just have too much stuff laying around as it is, but something told me to say yes this time.  I told her to bring it on down and I’d check it out.   Even as tarnished as it was, I thought it was very pretty.  After reading the partial sticker on the bottom that said “Solid Bra”  I kind of figured it meant solid brass…lol.  So after searching the internet to find out how to clean brass, I tried 3 things:  Worcestershire sauce, tobasco sauce, and ketchup.  Out of the 3, the Worcestershire sauce worked the best. 


This picture shows best how tarnished all of the pieces were:









And even though I’m not finished yet, I wanted to show you some afters:




I doubt that it’s an antique or anything, but Isn’t it pretty?  Look at that design on there!  I can’t wait to get it all finished!  Ok, break is over…must get off of here and finish up.

Catch ya later!

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