Friday, December 20, 2013

Last Minute Ornaments

I needed a few more little decorations to finish off my decorating for this year and decided to just make more of the paper ornaments I made at our latest Crafty Girls day. I just taped a few to the ceiling in our dining room.



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Here are the steps:


Using a paper punch (I got this one at Michael's.  Use a coupon, it's expensive - about $24!) You can also use a circle cutter or just a drinking glass as a pattern.




You need six circles for each ornament.  I liked using 3 each of 2 colors.


Fold each circle in half - be careful that your pattern is going the same direction for each circle.





Start gluing them together, one by one.  I alternated the patterns.





When you've glued the sixth one to the adjacent circle, place your string on the final surface to be glued.




Voila!  Simple, cute and inexpensive ornament!




Sunday, December 8, 2013

Crafty Girls #5 - Holiday Ornaments


Beautiful day outside - pretty darn chilly though.  Perfect day for getting together with friends and enjoying the conversations, the connections, the camaraderie, and of course, the yummy goodies!

I can't believe that we've been doing this for awhile now.  It's a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and we've kept it casual and fluid.  I don't think anyone feels obligated to attend - if it fits into their calendars, they come.  The group is different every time for just this reason, which is kinda cool.  I'm grateful for these Sundays because I miss these people.  I don't see them often enough.



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So, the plan for today was to just bring stuff to make ornaments.  We ended up sharing and helping and stealing ideas from one another.  I think we all walked away with more ideas than we came with!

Stephanie made these adorable wooden block ornaments.  With some patterned paper, ModPodge, sandpaper and some patience, she finished up a couple of them before we called it a day.


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Crystal made a glass ornament with a picture inside.  We were all fascinated as we watched her put it together.  The frosted berries inside and on top finished it off perfectly!



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Wendy brought a bunch of corks and made reindeer.  She also made a candy cane, a tree and a dog.  With Pinterest close at hand, it was easy to find new ideas!

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I wanted to make a few paper ornaments.  I bought a REALLY COOL punch that is so much fun to use.  So with some paper, twine and glue, I had a few more ornaments by the end of the day.  I also tried another ornament I had seen on Pinterest.  With directions only in French, I was grateful for the pictures.  It was a tad frustrating, but I was able to make two.

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I think one of the things I enjoy most about our time together, is that we all stumble through our projects at some point, and we know that we'll get words of encouragement, suggestions or help from one another.  Awesome!

It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season!




Friday, November 29, 2013

Puff Pastry Appetizer

I found this new recipe and had to share!  It is from one of my favorite blogs, Glorious Treats.  It is easy and yummy!!!


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The recipe is simple and the ingredients are easy to locate at your local supermarket.  It's made with Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry, sliced turkey, provalone, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and pesto!  It was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I'd pass it on!  Recipe can be found here.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

All You Need is Love... and Clothespins!

I was in need of some cute Christmas gifts for friends.  So, like every other crafter on the planet, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.  I love Pinterest, but I also know that pictures are pinned and repinned and repinned again and sometimes it's hard to find the original website or blogpost that perhaps has all the directions.  (This is also one of my pet peeves about some blogs so I will not do it to my readers - all of the projects that I post I have done myself.  I think it's important to have gone through the steps of a project or recipe and note what things were confusing to me or what worked really well.)  Alas, I digress.

I found this great decorative item that didn't look too difficult to make, so since my daughter was coming over to make some Christmas gifts of her own, it was the perfect time to try my project as well.


Here is the result:


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I have to give credit where credit is due.  I knew that I wanted "love" on the clothespins, but I was struggling with the words at the top.  "Remember"?  "Important Things"?  Being  the Beatles fan that she is, she suggested the above.  Perfecto!!  What about a Christmas theme?  A new baby theme?  A new house theme?  The possibilities are endless!

Check out the Directions page (here) to see how to make your own clipboard!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Repurposing Succulents

Well, it was finally time to bring the pumpkin in off the porch and plant all the little succulents that I used for the decorating project (click here for link to post).  My first thought was to plant them in the garden but when we were out and about today in Pasadena, I saw some beautiful planters filled with succulents.  It would take my little clippings ten years to get that big, but then on second thought, I remembered the centerpiece at the Signature Room restaurant at the top of the 95th in Chicago (we had our 30th anniversary dinner there earlier this year).  I took a picture of the little guys because I really thought they were cool.

My version is not half as stylish, but I think it'll work for the time being.  I'm thinking about taking them to work and putting them on my windowsill.  Cute little buggers!  Directions are here.


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Here are the pics from the Signature Room...

 
Notice the little potted succulents on the tables?

Maybe some day my little plant will grow up to look like this!


Of course my daughter has to goof around in public.... at a fancy restaurant... sheesh.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ornament Wreath

UPDATE: These wreaths have been a total hit!!  I have made about six of them.  The original website where I found the idea asked readers to submit pictures of their wreaths, and several of mine were mentioned.  You can see that blog here.  Here is a picture of my latest wreath that I made for my boss.  I like the way the ribbon and bow turned out.  I used whatever color of ornaments were left at Walmart yesterday morning.  Not much selection, but I like the result.  Please read original post below the picture.



I needed to do something crafty today.  Christmas is coming and that always makes me want to make handmade stuff.  I don't know how I did all the knitting last year - stockings, afghans, etc.  I don't have half that ambition this year!!

I saw this great wreath on Live Love DIY and had to replicate it.  You can find the blog post and directions here.  Her wreath is gorgeous!  My first try turned out okay.  The supplies cost about $25 - $30 - ornaments from Dollar Tree, a few from Target (the bronze ones), an "extruded" foam wreath (I couldn't find the one she used at Michael's) and some ribbon.  One hour and one hot glue burn later and I had a pretty cool wreath for my dining room!  I have posted my "in progress" pictures here.

Fa-la-la-la-la!

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I couldn't resist making a few more - this time I used Walmart ornaments!  They had a great selection!  I love the ornaments in a pile too!!

























Sunday, November 10, 2013

Crafty Girls #4 - Making Wreaths

We had some major craftiness going on today - it was our long-awaited Crafty Girls day.  We all wanted to make something festive, so we made wreaths!  After a few minutes of catching up with each other and enjoying the snacks, we dove in and got to work. Everyone had a different idea and all of the wreaths turned out beautifully!  We're hoping to get together once more before Christmas - gift making maybe?  Ornament exchange?  Time will tell!

We had some beautiful grapevine weaths...


 
...and some pretty wire framed wreaths.


Check out how it all came together....


Come on in, plop your stuff down and grab something to eat before we begin

The beginning of my wire/burlap wreath.  I'd never done this before so it was a bit challenging.  I ended up using zip ties rather than pipe cleaners and adding the ribbon to fill it in.

Different colors of mesh were used to make Wendy's beautiful sparkler!  She'd done a few others, so she led us through the process.

Extra wide burlap was used to make this unique wreath.  Kimber hopes to change out the decorations from season to season.  Behind her, Emily works on her grapevine wreath with red and green accents and BELLS!

Crystal's grapevine wreath looked amazing with the black and white wired ribbon.

Noelle used adhesive burlap and gold accents for her two wreaths.

It's always a celebration when you're with friends!