Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Tree Forest

I love Christmas trees – they are so festive!  We did our own little forest this year on top of our antique cabinet.  Some are store bought and others are home-made.  All are wonderful!



Mr. Manly Man even made one!  He went with a more traditional look – it took him a long time but he did a darn good job. 



I did the red one with the great silver garland




Our youngest daughter completed the black one with the lime green snowflakes.  The cone with the reindeer is just a sheet of scrapbook paper. 

Here’s a couple of the store bought ones that I adore:



The silver one is absolutely gorgeous – all the swirls.



And this one is just plain fun!  Bright green glitter and little branches going everywhere!  It's a tree that's having a bad hair day!


What’s not to love?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vintage Bulbs

So by now you’ve all seen my Christmas light bulb projects, glittered and frosted.  There were a few extra goodies in that box of old light bulbs, something I’d not seen before.  Older light bulbs with ridges.   There were around 10 or 12 of these pretty little things.



They ended up in a small hurricane along with a few smaller bulbs that were in the same box.




I love decorating with stuff I find around the house, plus the price was right! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ski Bunny Fingernails

It’s time to get a little girly.   It’s Christmas fingernail time!   Over the summer I found Sally Hansen nail polish strips.  Sometimes I want something a little more than just one color – a little more sparkle or even a pattern.  I think they are marketed for a gal a bit younger than I and some of them are a little too bold/wild for my taste. However, I found this great patterned one at Target over the weekend. It’s called Ski Bunny. To me it looks more like poinsettias. 


I know, only three fingers?  My pinky on my left hand is really short - I couldn't get it in the shot.



When I’ve previously used these, they lasted for about 10 days – I hope these do the same because I’ve got a very busy week ahead!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Vintage Ornaments

I’m kind of on a vintage kick this year for my Christmas decorations.  Not everything is old but all of it is fabulous!   Today, I’m sharing fabulous vintage ornaments!  I must say - I can hardly wait to find more - I adore the hunt!




At the November Bottoms Up flea market I found several great vintage Christmas ornaments, each were $1.00 or less – what a bargain!  Someday I hope to be able to add some of the ornaments from my grandparents to my collection. (Mom - that's a direct hint!)  I’d  been eying this great silver display thingy for the last few years – this year I decided it was time for it to come home.  I think it's going to be used year round - I can just see it with some wonderful glittery hearts - but that still a way off, for now back to Christmas!



I found several different styles of ornaments, ridged, swirled, striped and my favorite the frosted bells.   I love them!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Jingle Bell Trees


My mom was down over the weekend – we were in Kansas City all day Friday (two thumbs up for the West Bottoms) and got lots of Christmas shopping done.  Saturday we hung out and did the Wal-Mart thing and Sunday – I talked her into some crafties.

We started by making some glitter frosted Christmas light bulbs.  Then we moved on to jingle bell trees.

 

We used the springs from and old chair cushion I salvaged over the summer.  We strung bright red jingle bells onto the springs




and used a dab of hot glue to keep them from sliding. 



 Next we stars out of scrapbook paper and glued them to the top of the springs. 



I think she had fun crafting and she did a good job.  It’s the first time she’s done crafty thing with me.  


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Glitter Christmas Light Bulbs take 2

Earlier I shared with you my technique for making glittered Christmas light bulbs.   As promised – here are the results of the one’s that we used white glitter on.  

We used red, green and white bulbs for this project and some gorgeous white medium glitter.  The white glitter didn’t cover the bulbs completely – they look frosted.  




Theses frosted bulbs became the centerpiece for our dining room table.  



I put inexpensive red Styrofoam beads in the bottom of a hurricane and topped them off with the frosted bulbs.  I purchased the peppermint place mat from Pier 1 and I’ve had the hurricane for several years.  I love how this turned out – it looks great and didn’t break the bank!




Just a quick follow up to answer a couple of questions:   I don't know what would happen if you were to put these back on the light strings and light them up.  I don't even know if these are "good" lights - they had been in a box since we moved into our home 13 years ago

 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Glittered Christmas Light Bulbs

When we moved into our house 13 years ago, the old owner left several items behind: lots of furniture, Halloween decorations and a box of old style Christmas light bulbs.  Several months ago I pinned some great glitter bulbs over on Pinterest and when I saw that box of miscellaneous old bulbs I decided to make them.  Even my two teenage daughters got involved. 



We started with a layer of waxed paper on the table, mod podge, and glitter.  I started with blue and white glitter, then my youngest got out the purples – good call on her part!

We simply painted the bulbs with mod podge



sprinkled them with glitter



and set them on a sheet of waxed paper to dry



I also used some glitter snowflake stickers and just randomly placed them on some white bulbs. 







They look great with the blue glittered bulbs. 



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Grapevine Christmas Tree

I started my Christmas projects and shopping the other day!  I know, it's not even Thanksgiving, but our Thanksgiving will be very low key this year and I am totally ready for the Christmas Season!

I've been picking up tree cones, bells, trinkets, scrapbook paper and lots of other Christmas themed craft items for the last several weeks.  One of my finds was a grapevine cone at 40% off from Hobby Lobby.  Plus HL had 50% off all Christmas the last few times I've been there!  I scored some great stuff. 


My first project was the grapevine cone.  I used tiny red bead garland and some shiny silver balls and made this cute little tree. I used hot glue here and there to attach the garland to the tree and then randomly hot glued the silver balls onto the tree.   Total decorating time was around 45 minutes and total cost was less than $10.00.



Not only have I been on the ball with Christmas crafts - I have also been on the ball with Christmas shopping.  I have all my nieces and nephews done and the one big item for each of our girls is also complete.   You have no idea how stress free the season will be for me!  I still get to find some more special items for my girls and hubby but the hard part is done. 


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Simple Fall Decorating

If you haven't noticed, I'm on a pumpkin kick this fall.  It's not my norm.  I usually just get 4 decent pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns and call it good.  This year I went a little overboard.  I made ribbon embellished mini pumpkins, a mini pumpkin wreath and some mini pumpkins with bling.   I also purchased some great mini gourds, some pumpkin pie size pumpkins and a few larger ones.   I figure some of this will last all the way to Thanksgiving.    Even better - it's easy and pretty cheap. 

My youngest daughter decided to arrange the pumpkins and gourds. 



The older daughter said I need to do candy corn candles that she saw over on Pinterest when she was looking over my shoulder the other day.  I found the small glass handle holder at Wally World in the crafty section. 



  We decided where it should go and grabbed a couple of pumpkins and set them up on an end table. 



Not too shabby for a couple of teenagers!



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mini Pumpkins - Take Two

I think I may have a problem – I’m obsessed with mini pumpkins this fall.  I’ve made some with ribbon and I even made a wreath.   This time I think I need a little sparkle.



I got out the crafty rhinestones and tacky glue and went to town. 

I started out with just randomly placing them on the mini pumpkin



And then did one with a little more structure



then moved on to an “X”




It took just around an hour to finish them all up.  I added them to the mix of the mini pumpkins I gussied up with the ribbon. 





It’s a pretty inexpensive way to add a little fall to the house. 



Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Wreath

I wanted to do a quick outdoor fall decoration and had seen some really cute pumpkin wreaths at Hobby Lobby.  They were just a wee bit to expensive for my taste so I grabbed a couple of bags of mini pumpkins from the grocery and headed home.



I got a wire hanger from the hall closet and bent it into a circle – it’s easier said than done.  Especially with a heavier gage wire. 

Next I poked the hanger through the mini pumpkins – it took ten pumpkins.  Then I secured the hanger to itself and took it outside.  It hangs outside the front door to welcome friends and family.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mini Pumpkins


I picked up a bag of mini pumpkins and some small gourds last weekend. I also grabbed some cute Halloween ribbon from the bulk bin.  I put the gourds and a few pumpkins in an old crock bowl and I decided to dress up a few others. 



I simply cut the ribbon to fit around the pumpkins and used pins to keep them in place.



Quick and simple, my kind of craft!




Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Fall is in the air, school is in full swing, fall festivals are going on and I’m more than ready for the first freeze.  I realized the other day that I currently have no fall scented bath and body products.  Living in small town USA limits the options on where to purchase / find what you’re looking for, that’s why I made my own. 



I’ve made my own salt scrub before, this time I’m thinking pumpkin spice sugar scrub, a nice fall scent. 

I started with 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.   



Next I added ½ cup of regular vegetable oil.  I don’t recommend olive oil for this one; I don’t like the smell when mixed with the spice.  You can also use   sunflower oil or safflower oil - I used the vegetable oil because it's what I had on hand.


Just mix this up really well, get out all of the lumps. 



I store it in a plastic container by the tub, as I’m a little too clumsy for oil and glass in the bathroom.  Trust me, it wouldn’t be pretty. 



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cousins and a Rainbow Dog

This weekend was absolutely amazing!  Six cousins all together having fun.  Ages – 19, 15, 13, 13, 6 and 5.   The 15 year old and one of the 13 year olds belong to me – the others are my nephew and nieces.  Considering I live 200 miles from my family, having all the cousins together at my house is rare, I wish we could do it more often.  

We did all sorts of projects – glow in the dark jars, jar lid bracelets, easy hair coloring (it washes right out), fingernails painted. Secrets were told, games were played, movies were watched, dances were danced, stories told, ice cream was eaten, and the goofs were goofy. 



I’ll share some of our projects later this week – for now I’ll leave you with a project that I don’t recommend unless you have a dog who loves you very very much. 




I’m not sure whose idea this was but they had a ball!  The kids used watercolor pastels and “made Parker pretty”.   To color him they just dipped watercolor pastels in cool water and colored him.  He sat there, didn’t growl or nip at anyone.   He’s such a good boy! 

NOTE:  The pastels wash out with warm water and some regular body wash.  The dog shampoo did not get the colors out but Dial body wash took it right out.