Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homemade Simmering Potpourri

Hey friends! I found a great project you can make right at home with aging fruit you have on hand--don't throw it away, turn it into this lovely simmering potpourri! A perfect little gift for the season! It's almost to easy to make! Here's how mine went...

Ingredients:
1 apple
1 orange
4-5 whole cinnamon sticks
sprinkle of cloves or 1 tsp. whole cloves if you have it (nutmeg may be used as well)

Instructions:
Dry fruit slices in oven at 250 for about 3 hours if you don't have a dehydrator. I don't and this turned out just fine. Start checking on fruit at about 2 1/2 hours to make sure it's not burning. Let it cool before packaging into bags. I think I'll add a little note for the recipient explaining how to use it. To fill your home with delicious holiday scent, simmer in 2-3 cups water on stove top in small pot. Add more water as it gets low).
This amount filled 2 nice sized, tall plastic bags, which I decorated with a little stamped tag, fabric bow and a bit of faux winter foliage.
I especially love sharing ideas like this...ones that are very inexpensive or even free and so simple to make. I don't like throwing away things when I can use them for something else. So it was a real pleasure to turn this otherwise wasted fruit into a charming little gift for friends or neighbors! I hope you enjoyed it too! Wishing you a very creative and blessed day!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Twitterpated Christmas

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the weekend so far! It's been crazy around here and I've been neglecting my blogging buddies--please forgive me! I'm so sorry and I intend to get around all my favorite blogs today to see what you lovely peeps are up to! Today I'm sharing this project I made for the twelve and final Take The Challenge with Mou-December is the season of gift giving. The challenge this month is to create any small handmade gift using your mixed media stash. I sure hope you'll join in too! There are 2 awesome Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® prizes to giveaway at random and there is not a lot of competition--I'm trying to help change that because Mou's challenges rock my world and I want everyone to come play with me cuz' it's just so much fun!!! :D I've also joined in a mixed media challenge blog that is new to me called The Mirror Crack'd-Challenge #04: Recycle/Upcycle or Christmas Gift. I'm also entering my birdhouse into the Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, A Vintage Journey-Challenge #20 Birds of a Feather. Tim is a constant inspiration to me and his style influences mine in a big way. This mixed media project is an example of that. Lastly, I'm entering it into the Frilly and Funkie Challenge- A Vintage Holiday. There are so many gorgeous creations by the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog design team! It's most definitely worth taking a moment to check out!
Ok, so it all started with a toilet paper roll.Yep, that's right--all this inspiration from a lil ol' tp roll! I also used 1 pinecone from my daily walk to lay the rooftop. This was such a fun project and I took plenty o' pics along the way in case you might get inspired enough to want to make a cute little birdhouse of your own.
Just gather up a toilet paper roll, some old cardboard, a pinecone, a few favorite textural elements and you are well on your way to a handmade decoration that will have everyone chirping!
First, I adhered the textured mulberry paper to the toilet paper roll with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium and a paint brush. Also add a coat over the top to seal. *Note-this is where you would want to punch or cut an opening for a window or door and a small hole for a perch. I didn't because I'm a total ding bat and apparently love to make things more difficult than they need to be. I digress....
Second, I painted the circle base white with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso.
Third, I sprayed the cardboard roof, base and house structure (tp roll) with IrRESISTable texture spray in Desert Sand. Thanks to the fabulous Kimberly Crawford for sending me this super cool stuff!! I looove it!!
While all that was drying, I added some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle to the pine tree bristles for a "snowy" effect.
Next, I thatched my pinecone roof! This part was fun! I almost felt as if I were actually building something, lol! I definitely recommend using a hot glue gun for this part and for the actual gluing together of the pieces. With a little care, it will enrich the integrity of this decoration for years of enjoyment.
Now I went back to the base, adding Gelatos® in Pistachio, Green Tea and Spearmint and blending with my finger.
After hot gluing the "house" part to the base, I began building some interest on the ground. I placed some of the pine tree bristles and pinecone scraps, real dried leaves and grass around the base. I noticed that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glass Bead Glitter Gel worked equally as well, if not better to create the effect of snow because now my snow is more chunky and sparkly too!
Now I'm ready to finish decorating the roof with the snow-covered pine tree needles, winter berries and more "snow", aka- Glass Bead Glitter Gel. See how I cut the top of the tp roll to fit the rooftop? It's nothing more than 2 snips of your scissors to form a point at the top. Super easy.
Now, it is here, at the most inopportune moment, that I realize I haven't put a entrance or exit on my house!!~ ....poor little birdie! So I painstakingly cut out a little "window" and a tiny hole for the "perch". I stuck a little piece of a wood branch into the hole and decorated around the window with dried leaves and a bit more Gesso. Then I added the white snowflake above the window but it still needed something....more red! This is supposed to be a Christmas decoration, after all, right? I decided to add 3 bright red mini roses to the centers of the 4  dark red berry clusters on the roof. This created some unity with the vintage ornament and enamel button reading Holiday Traditions at the base. All in all, I think it turned out pretty cute! Here are a couple close-ups of the finale....
Woah! That was one pic-heavy post!! If you're still with me and haven't gone cross-eyed, YAY!!! And THANKS for coming to visit me. It makes my heart SO happy!!! Wishing you and yours a wonderfully blessed weekend my friend!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Vintage Burlap Tree Ornaments

Hi friends! I'm trying to gear up for the holidays and today I made some vintage inspired tree shaped tags/ornaments to add to the tops of my vintage wrapped Christmas gifts that I'll be giving this year. I saw some great pinspiration for them here! I'm also entering these into the MoxieFab Challenge Blog- Tree-Mendous Trees! and the Try It On Tuesday Challenge Blog- Handmade/Homemade gift or decorations.
These are made from a recycled cardboard box cut into a basic tree shape and covered in burlap, then decorated with all sorts of buttons, charms, wood, metal, brads, sequins, lace trim, cheesecloth....all from my embellishment stash--these were so much fun to make! I hope you like them too!~
I made 5 trees in all keeping with the natural, white and mint color theme. For the tree trunks, I broke apart a couple popsicle sticks and layered an old cut up measuring tape along side the sticks for an old vintage-like feel.
I adhered the burlap to the cardboard base with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft GEL MEDIUM and added GESSO to areas of the trees and bits of the metal accent pieces for a bit of a worn look. I used the Metallic Mint Gelatos®  to color the burlap heart.

Here's a few close-ups of the old fashioned fun!
What do you think? Maybe you are inspired to clean out your stash and make some fun vintage decorations too! Whatever you do, make it a creative and very blessed day my friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Blessing Buckets

Hi friends! I hope your weekend has been a wonderful one! Today I've whipped some simple and sweet Christmas favors just like the Thanksgiving pails I made a couple days ago, only this time, they do have the Christmas theme, so I can enter them into the Tombow Altered Christmas Gift Challenge hosted by Debbie Fisher, yay! Her challenge was to alter a dollar store item and these little white pails are 3 for $1 at my Dollar Tree--perfect! When my friend Kathy said she was calling my Thanksgiving favors "blessing buckets" I thought, that's really cute, hehe! So I'm stealing it from her and calling these my Christmas blessing buckets!
I did pretty much the same thing on these that I did for the turkey day pails, only I changed up the flowers and ribbon for festive holiday colors. I wanted to add holly leaves but I didn't have any *insert sad face here* so instead I added a spiral stamen and mini pinecone to each one. Again, I took a few pics showing the process for those who may want to make a few blessing buckets of their own.

Like I mentioned, the white buckets are from the Dollar Tree as well as the white doilies. I stamped the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamps Peace On Earth set. The Tombow MONO Adhesive Dots are used to hold the ribbon and lace in "bow" form and also for the mini pom pom trim along the base of each bucket. The mini pom pom trim, gingham ribbon, lace, flowers and spiral stamens are all from my favorite, Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I am a former designer for RRR and and of course, I love to promote them whenever possible--the current RRR challenge #106 is Winter Holiday and Ribbon Theme. I sure hope you can play along too--the more, the merrier! Also throwing these into the current Pile It On Challenge #45- Special Occasion.
 Add a bit of adhesive here....
And here, to make the bow shapes, then layer the ribbon over the lace
I used my Tombow MONO Liquid Glue to adhere the little sentiments to each bucket. This glue is the bomb dot com! I love it and just an fyi, it's on sale right now for a mere $2.56, nice! 
And finally, a close up of the finished centers
If I didn't make these sound easy, forgive me because they are!! They don't have to be just like mine--play around til you get the look you like. I've found that when you begin to layer ribbon upon lace and flowers upon ribbon, it's hard to go wrong--it always seems to look so pretty! Thanks so much for stopping by and listening to my rambles. And if you make something like these, please be sure to let me know because I'd hate to miss them! Wishing you a creative and very blessed day my friends!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Easy Peasy "Blessing Buckets"

Hello my friends and a very happy Friday to you! I hope you have plans to enjoy this weekend by doing whatever it is you love to do!! Ok, so the project I'm sharing today was actually supposed to be for the current Tombow challenge, however I misread the theme, which was to "alter a dollar store item into a lovely gift for Christmas". Well, I seemingly missed the "for Christmas" part and since I am hosting Thanksgiving Day dinner, my mind was on making individual guest favors for my table so therefore, my project isn't for Christmas....Oops! Oh well, at least I have my favors complete and I still get to showcase how fabulous Tombow adhesives work for so many different things! I've decided to enter my little "blessing buckets" (Thanks to my buddy, and quite possibly yours, Kathy C for the name idea!) into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create challenge #96- Anything Goes with optional Holiday Thanks
Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge #19- For All That You Do, Thank You! (my hoarded items are the white pails, mini roses and leaves, all of which I've had in my stash for at least 2 years)
Without further ado, here they are...
Do you like them? I hope my guests will! I've made 12 of them and they came together very easily~ . And since I didn't realize my mistake til they were done, I took photos along the way. So in case someone wants to try something similar, here's what I used to make each:
1 mini tin pail-white
2 strips satin ribbon-burnt orange
2 strips patterned grosgrain ribbon
3 mini roses-2 orange, 1 cream
2 leaves-brown
3 pieces of natural twine
1 black mini clothespin
1 spiral stamen-white
1 doily-white
Tombow MONO Dots Adhesive
Tombow MONO Liquid Glue
candy (3 pieces each pail)
The mini pails are 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree and they are super versatile! I use them often for many different occasions. The ribbon and Wild Orchid roses, spiral stamens and leaves are from my one-stop ribbon shop, Really Reasonable Ribbon.
 I folded each strip like so and used the Tombow MONO Dots Adhesive to put each together.
Tombow MONO Liquid Glue is probably the adhesive I use the most often. It works on practically everything and it sticks SO well! In fact, this bottle is almost gone and it's really good timing because right now the Tombow MONO Liquid Glue is on sale for only $2.56! Time to stock up, whoo hoo!!
That's all for me! Thanks for spending some time with me today! I hope that you might come away with a bit of inspiration to make something today too! Don't forget to have a creative and very blessed day!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

With Best Christmas Wishes

Hi friends! I hope you are having a positive and productive week! Hang on, Friday's almost here! Today I decided that I better get started on ideas for my 2014 Christmas cards and I found some really beautiful inspiration from the design team over at the Crafty Secrets blog. They have a monthly Linky Party and November's theme is Christmas (or if you prefer, Anything Goes).  I always love to make some of my holiday cards with Crafty Secrets vintage images because they are so charming and sweet...like these lovely winter birds perched in a window sill eating crumbs. Aren't they pretty...
This card was very simple to make. I just dry embossed the base of a David Tutera kraft card with deco edge and the white stripe and frame around the birds with an Anna Griffin folder. I then positioned half a torn and scrunched up paper doily on opposite corners around the framed image and tied some very cheerful Christmas plaid ribbon and a small silver bird charm to the white cardstock stripe. So easy! Thanks for stopping by my friends! Have a creative and very blessed day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team Project 1

Hello friends and thank you for stopping by to see me. I am very excited to share my first Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Designer project and post with you today! Due to a technical error, this didn't get posted last month as it should have, so I've been asked if it may be featured today(so if you've seen this before, that's why)But there's a catch...I can only post a little bit of it here and you have to hit the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog to see it in all its glory! So here's that sneak peek of my mixed media canvas...
That's all I can show you here, eeek! :) Now, if you wish to see the entire piece and perhaps even drop me some love, please pop over to the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog! I hope you'll enjoy it and be inspired by it as much as I have enjoyed making and sharing it! Thanks so very much for visiting me, it's means a lot to me. Have a very creative and blessed day my friends!