Make your own glitter ornaments

Yes, I realize Christmas is over.

But, this post is to encourage you to go out and purchase clear ornaments that are now on clearance at most craft stores.

I was able to get them for .40 cents on December 23rd.

So, they are probably a great price now.

You will want to make these next year. They are so easy and make a perfect personalized gift. Of course, I found the idea on Pinterest!

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What you need:

Glitter

Clear Ornaments (glass or plastic)

Pledge Floor Care Finish

Step one:

Take off the silver top. Pour some of the cleaner in the ornament.

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Then swirl the cleaner around the inside of the ornament. Try to avoid bubbles. See all my pretty glitter colors? I got all 12 of those at Michael’s for half off. I only spent $6.50.

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Then pour the excess cleaner back into the jar. I was able to set my smaller ornaments in the hole to drain it.

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Next, pour a good amount of glitter inside the ornament. I used a Dixie cup to set my ornament in to make it sturdy.

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Then swirl the glitter around the ornament so that it is completely covered with glitter. You may have to add more.

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Next, pour the excess glitter back into the glitter jar. You may have to use a funnel, it just happened to be the perfect size for me so I didn’t use one.

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Once you get the excess glitter out, wipe it down a bit and put the silver top back on. Here are all the colors I did in a about an hour and a half.

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Then I got to work personalizing them with my vinyl (our favorite place to get vinyl is from Expressions Vinyl) My dad is a big WSU fan, I made that one for him. I also made a UW one for my step-dad. I forgot to take a picture of it since I did it the next day. It’s funny because I grew up watching the Cougars with my dad, so I sort of feel the need to root for them. But, since I got my degree from UW it also seems wrong. When I told my dad I was planning to go to UW, he actually said to me, ‘Good luck paying for it’. True story. ;) You can see why I would at least still root for them.

P.S. My dad was just joking about paying for it.

Although, I think it still pained him.

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I also have to explain the Seahawks one. I love my best friend. And she loves the Seahawks. She is actually pretty crafty when she wants to be, but to her credit she just doesn’t have time these days. She just went back to school and works the days she is not at school. Here is the gift that she gave to me, Caryn and Courtney this year.

Can you see what that says?

‘Big plans, ran out of time-make something cool!’

That was our gift. To all three of us. A plain jar with a taped note telling us us to make something ourselves! I love her.

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So, I decided to put the glitter in the jar she gave me and make something for her. I think it turned out cute!

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Now, go out and get those clear ornaments that are all on clearance, so that you can make your own ornaments next year!


This last part of the post is mostly for Jess. She had told me about how she had seen bloggers making wreaths out of hangers using ornaments. So, I bought some from the dollar section and saved them. I actually did look up how to make them a while ago, but I didn’t bother to go back and look at it. We were having a lazy day at home on the 23rd, so I decided to put  nine year old in charge and have the kids help her. Seemed easy enough.

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Doesn’t look too shabby. Not necessarily what I had seen in the pictures, but since the kids had made it I was going to let it be. Until this happened. 

I dropped it. Not once. But, TWICE!

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Then I was just annoyed.

So, I wrapped it up as a gift for our annual White Elephant gift exchange we do on Christmas day. It was so perfect that my mom was actually the one that got the gift because she had been over the day we had made it.

I should have taken a picture of the warped wreath.

But, I think her face says it all.

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I will let Jess show you that craft next year.

Happy New Year Everyone!

~Jenny

Linking up with…

Tip Junkie One Artsy Mama Katie’s Nesting Spot Nap Time Crafters

Post Christmas Post!

 

Hello Plum Adorable friends! Jenny and I have missed you! We have been absent from the blogging world for the good part of the past week and  a half.  Life was simply too crazy to even THINK about posting to our blog (okay, I did THINK about it and felt guilty for NOT doing it but there was NO WAY it was going to happen!). I did LOVE Jenny’s last blog about the reason for the season and was so glad she was able to take the time to get that posted!

How was your Christmas?? Was it jolly? Peaceful? Hectic? Fun? Filled with Family?

Mine was all of the above! And sadly enough, I only took 5 pictures the whole day! WHAT!? Really??

YES! ONLY 5! How am I supposed to document and preserve those memories (remember I am a scrap booker and blogger, I NEED photos!). So sad!

AND if that wasn’t bad enough…. I only took 1  photo of our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy, for the past 10 days! I KNOW!!! I failed! I was supposed to blog and give an Elf on the Shelf Part 3 post (as per our previous agreement in this stunningly clever titled post here.) So sad to say this is my only and last photo of Buddy before he journeyed back to the North Pole until next Thanksgiving (that is when he shows up at our house!).

 

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At least it was a cute photo! Buddy added hearts to the roof of the kid’s gingerbread house while they slept! (Notice the hearts in white icing on the roof and the icing in buddies hands!) The last day he was with us, he was sitting on the front door ledge, ready to head home! (NO, I didn’t get a photo of that either!) Next year, it will be better! It will be EPIC! I will take pictures daily and will be more creative too! (See, now you have something to look forward to ALL year. The anticipation is already burning you up huh?!)

Honestly, I thought about trying to re-create all the things we did but that just seemed too fake and honestly (the real reason I didn’t do it) much too time consuming!

We had a great couple weeks working up to Christmas, very busy but so fun! Christmas parties, class parties, office parties, birthday parties, including our own little man, Cole who is a strapping 7 year old now!!  Our weekends and evenings were so packed that I didn’t do my Christmas shopping until literally 3 days before Christmas and I NEVER do that! Have you and I met? I am overly organized and overly planned on all most things! I thought it might end up being fun, getting out there and making it all happen in the hours before Christmas….um not so much!! They didn’t have half of what I was “planning” on getting or needed. But in the end, it all worked out!

We got to be part of a beautiful candlelight service on Christmas Eve (and this year both kids stayed with us rather going to childcare and both kids got to hold their own candle, they are growing up so fast!) We have been blessed with an amazing church family and Christmas was a perfect time to remember that blessing in our lives!

Christmas day was busy and fun and perfect! We got to see both sides of the family (that live in the area) and got to spend time just talking and catching up with our loved ones! We went to 3 different houses for visiting and food! The kids think it is the best thing ever! (And so do we!)

I LOVE this season! Sad to see it ending so soon! Can you believe we are starting a new year in just days?!

Jenny and I realized that we didn’t get to share a bunch of our Christmas ideas with you yet! So we are still deciding if we should just roll them out until the New Year or wait til next Christmas…decisions…decisions!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Here is one of the 5 (seriously, ONLY 5 pictures!!) that I took on Christmas Day!

 

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Oh how I love these two!! Best kids EVER!! (All you moms out there are totally disagreeing because your kids are THE best, I know!)

 

And since I couldn’t send one to all of you through snail mail, here is our beautiful Christmas card that my amazing co-blogger created for me!

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~JESS

Let us remember the reason we are celebrating

 

Take a moment to watch the sweet video below. I can’t promise that you won’t be teary eyed after you do.  

In all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, our wish for you is that you would take the time to remember why and who we are celebrating. Before you watch the video read this short story below. I would have loved to do this when I was a teacher.

The “W” in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful
experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
season for a six year old. For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early,
found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I
waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the
holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than fun,
commercial entertainment – songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was slightly taken aback by it’s bold title.
Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy
mittens, red sweaters, and bright snow caps upon their heads. Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C. Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.”

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside down -totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”. The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”. Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities. For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear: “CHRISTWAS LOVE”

And, I believe, He still is.
Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

~Jenny & Jess

Pin’talicious Monday-ugly (festive) christmas sweaters & fun family christmas photos

We had our annual ugly Christmas sweater contest at church yesterday. Actually we’ve started calling it the ‘ugly/festive’ Christmas sweater contest. You know, so we don’t offend those that actually wear them. On purpose. 

Our pastor also showed us some pretty funny family photos as well. And because the last couple of weeks have been a little hectic for me, and probably for most of you, I thought I would continue on with the theme of ‘festive’ sweaters and fun family photos. I think we could all use a good laugh right about now.

Originally I had seen a few of these on Pinterest, but then I noticed that a lot of them had been coming from the site Awkward Family Photos. And because my hubby and I were laughing so hard I thought I would share quite a few with you.

Let’s start with the Christmas sweaters.

Here’s a pretty one.

When you take off the sweater you can wear the sock on your foot?

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Sing the title below to the Tommy Boy tune from here

‘Big sweater with a little head.’

Good to know the color is super on red.

BIG sweater

 

WOW.

Big santa belly

 

I think the next two are definitely festive.

Yes, that is a goat that she is holding.

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Here we have ‘cool guy’. The pants complete the outfit.

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Let’s look at a few single portraits.

Well, mostly single.

Unless you have another shot of yourself inside your head. 

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Or your favorite doll to the side of your head.

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Or. Actually I don’t know what to say about this one.

Is that the same man or two or three different men?

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I think she is still using that pencil to this day.

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Here are some fun family pictures.

He must have been trying to escape the studio.

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And it looks like these kids will never escape.

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Um. I’m not sure what is worse. The jeans? Lying on top of each other?  Or lying on top of each other in a public park? You decide.

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Is that bacon?

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This little girl wished the three boys above were her brothers.

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It’s a good thing that little girl didn’t look behind her.

I don’t think she would be smiling anymore.

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I guess there wasn’t enough room on the couch?

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There definitely was not enough room on this couch.

You need to look hard for this one. :)

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So Romantic.

This one is for my friend Caryn. Remember the last picture from here?

At least it’s not just you Caryn!

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This one made me laugh mainly because that could very easily be one of my children.

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Let’s end with a few more Christmas pictures.

The girl in the front is in the Christmas spirit wouldn’t ya say? 

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You can’t blame him. They probably told him to just keep smiling.

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So, does someone spend timing making all of these for one picture?

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My how the times have changed.

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There. That’s better.
Love the ‘text’ on this card.

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I hope you all have a calm and relaxed week before Christmas.

Sort of like this guy. So casual.

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~Jenny

Hey guys! This is Jess, totally highjacking Jenny’s blog post! When she told me about today’s post and that she found a lot of her pictures on Awkward Family Photos, I HAD to add something. I actually have a friend whose family is featured on Awkward Family Photos! Her name is Sarah and this picture just cracks me up! SO for your viewing pleasure, here is my friend Sarah’s awkward family photo!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels and A Free Printable!

 

So you all know that Jenny and I are both just a teeny, tiny, itsy bitsy bit addicted to Pinterest and maybe a teeny tiny bit addicted to crafting and creating right? Well Pinterest was a life saver for me this Christmas! I was trying to figure out something homemade that I could do for all the people that we want to spread some Christmas joy and appreciation to and I could NOT come up with anything original this year!

Here is what I did last year: Hershey’s Nuggets (chocolate candy) wrapped in scrapbook paper and stuffed into pretzel bags with cute tags. They were fun, easy, cheap and I thought they were pretty cute. (I totally stole the idea from my great friend, Char, that is what we did BP- Before Pinterest!) 

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I had NO idea what to do this year! And we have  A LOT of people we like to give a tiny blessing to- Teachers, Sunday school teachers, Awanas teachers, Tae Kwan Do Teachers, church office volunteers, etc…. you get the picture, A LOT of people who pour into our family on a regular basis that I would just like to thank and give a small gift to without going broke!

Luckily, this year I had been storing up some ideas on Pinterest and quickly was able to find my inspiration!!!

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Chocolate covered pretzels!! SO pretty, so easy to find the ingredients for, so cheap, and who are we kidding?! SO YUMMY! (Unless you are my husband, who can’t STAND pretzels or Jenny’s husband who doesn’t get the whole sweet/salty mix, he wants you to pick a side- sort of like either Team Edward or Team Jacob! (What?! I have NO idea who those people are! Winking smile )

So back to my GREAT gift idea…. and truly they did turn out SO great! They were just as easy as I thought they would be, and really cute too. So I thought I would share my steps with you so you can try your hand at these bad boys!

Here are ALL the ingredients you’ll need:

Pretzel Rods

Bakers Chocolate to melt (semi-sweet was my favorite! One box-8 squares will do 20 pretzels for me!)

White Chocolate (I like Bakers or Ghiradelli’s)  (to drizzle over the top, totally optional)

Sprinkles, M&Ms, nuts, whatever tickles your fancy to decorate your pretzels

Cookie Sheet

Wax Paper

Pretzel Bags (Wal-Mart had them for $1.79/20)

Our adorable FREE PRINTABLE TAG!!

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I totally melt all my chocolate in the microwave! It is the easiest way to do it! Go for 30 second intervals and stir in between. I think it only took me a total of 2 1/2 minutes (but make sure you don’t just set your microwave for 2 minutes and walk off, do the 30 seconds at a time or you might scorch your chocolate and that is NO good!)

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Once your chocolate is all melted, tip the bowl on its side to let the chocolate all gather on the side to roll your chocolate in. You can put as much on as you like! Place them on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. If you are decorating with sprinkles, you can start once all your pretzels are dipped. But if you are using M&Ms, you’ll want to let your chocolate harden a bit or your M&Ms will just slide right off! DSC_5030

Once they are decorated, put them in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour to help the chocolate harden. I then melt my white chocolate (you’ll only need a couple squares of it) and drizzle it over, then place the pretzels back in the fridge for another 1/2 hour before packaging in your pretzel bags.

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The pretzels below I brought to our Women’s Christmas Party!

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And then my FABULOUS friend and blogging partner in crime, Jenny, made me some beautiful tags to go along with my pretzels that I wanted to give away as gifts and she then made it into a FREE PRINTABLE for all of you!!!

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And I must apologize for the quality of the above picture! I was literally getting ready to leave and deliver a bunch of these when I realized I hadn’t taken a final picture so I grabbed a couple, threw them on the counter and snapped a picture! (Always oh so prepared and organized I tell ya! )

Here are Jenny’s adorable tags that you can now download and add to YOUR pretzel gifts!! (just click on the picture below!)

 

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~JESS

Indoor S’mores Gift Basket {Free printable}

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for someone on your list this Indoor S’mores Gift Basket may be the answer. Depending on what you already have on hand it should only cost between $10-$12.

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Here is what you will need.

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1. 8 cups of Golden Grahams Cereal

2. 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

3. 6 cups of marshmallows

4. 3 Cookie Bags plus a larger storage bag.

5. Basket (Dollar Store)

6. Cellophane (Dollar Store)

7. Ribbon (I got mine at the Dollar Store)

8. Indoor S’mores Printable Recipe (click here)

 

Package it up…

Put the 8 cups of Golden Grahams in the larger storage bag.

Put the chocolate chips in one of the cookie bags.

Put 3 cups each of the marshmallows in the other two cookie bags.

Put your big bag of Golden Grahams in the basket first. Then center the chocolate chips and put the two marshmallow bags on either side of the chips. Cut a piece of cellophane to fit around your basket, tie it with a cute ribbon and add the recipe. 

 

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These are so easy to make.

Don’t you think they look delicious? They are. Trust me.

And the only ingredients the person receiving the basket will need is

corn syrup, butter and vanilla. You could add them if you’d like,

but most likely they will already have them on hand.

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It’s a perfect homemade gift for almost anyone on your list.

Click on the picture below if you’d like to download the recipe.

 

Indoor Smores Printable

 

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~Jenny

Elf On The Shelf Part 2

 

I have to first tell you that my hubby (remember him, Mr. Plum Adorable Tyler) is totally razzing me right now for naming my post “Elf on the Shelf Part 2”. I think his exact words were, “WOW, that is super creative babe! You really have the creative juices flowing tonight!” So yes, I do admit it, the creative juices are not really flowing, my title is lame, but I just don’t have the brain power to come up with anything clever!

So moving on…….

I introduced all of you to our new family friend, Buddy the Elf right after Thanksgiving. I was super exited to read some of your comments and to find out about all the fun things your family does with your own Elves! We have been having a great time with Buddy!

To be totally honest my 5 and almost 7 year old are not really buying the whole deal that he is Santa’s helper elf come to check up on them for Christmas. My 5 year old, Kaylee, just had the following conversation with Tyler the other day…

Tyler- “Kaylee you better watch out (She was trying to sneak up on him and tickle him) Buddy is watching and he’ll tell Santa if you aren’t being nice”

Kaylee- “Nope, he won’t, he can’t even talk”

Tyler- “Why not?”

Kaylee- “He’s a stuffed toy Dad!”

Tyler- “If he is just a stuffed toy, how does he get around the house each night?”

Kaylee- “You and Mom move him!” (and off she goes! Can’t get anything past that girl!)

And honestly, we are totally fine with that. We have never really pushed Santa a lot and are totally fine with enlightening our kids if they ever ask if he is real. But for now, it is fun to see them get excited and we are having a blast with Buddy! (Ummmm….maybe we parents (or really me) are having more fun than the kids!)

So I wanted to just share a few highlights of Buddy’s adventures in our home so far! There are still 12 more days to go!!

 

Just like his name sake, this Buddy REALLY enjoys his maple syrup.

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We found him joyriding on my hanging ornaments!!

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I think he has a thing for M&Ms too! Although, Kaylee said she thought he was just looking for a blanket and the M&M bag was about his size. (She can play along when she wants to!)

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He decided to try some health food to counteract the syrup and M&Ms!

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I am pretty sure he can see everything from his perch on the Christmas Tree!!

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It has been a busy few weeks for Buddy! Make sure to check in for Elf on the Shelf Part 3, coming soon! (I know the name just grabs you right!? Winking smile 

~JESS

Pin’talicious Monday- Christmas and Burlap

 

You would think that the Pinterest addiction would have worn off by now right?! Wellll…..not so much! The problem is that there are always so many new and fun ideas cropping up on Pinterest!

And this week, our Pin’talicous inspiration is all about Christmas and all about burlap! Why? Because there are so many stinkin’ cute ideas out there with burlap! And Burlap is easy to work with and usually pretty cheap!

This first burlap inspiration started it all for me! I fell in L O V E with this tree skirt!! And did I mention it is NO SEW??!!!! Holla! For us non-sewers out there, it is music to our ears! I just love how rustic yet gorgeous those colors are!

 

 

And this stocking, makes me want to learn to sew. Because let’s face it, I am pretty sure this one is NOT going to be a NO SEW!

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I kind of have a thing for little Christmas trees. Ask Jenny, she can tell you! And this one made me want to run out for some burlap and get to crafting! It is just so simple and sweet!

 

 

And you need a beautiful wreath for your door since it is Christmas after all! (Don’t ask where my wreath is, the hubby’s motorcycle is in the way and I haven’t been able to get it out!) Ummmmm… it has rosettes too!! Be still my heart!!!!

 

 

You just might recognize these beautiful burlap creations!! One of my absolute FAVORITE from this Christmas ( I have a red “Let It Snow” one on my couch now!) I was so excited when I came across this on Pinterest on someone’s page who I didn’t even know!  Look familiar??!!!

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I also found this adorable Burlap Advent Calendar! So cute!! I think I might have to have sewing skills for this one too! (Maybe Jenny’s cute sister Emily can sew for me!)

 

 

And my last FAVORITE find this week that I MUST share actually isn’t burlap but it felt inspired by the tree skirt so I HAD to include it because it is going on my Christmas list FOR SURE!!!

Isn’t that gorgeous!!!!??? And do you see why the tree skirt reminded me of it? Sigh……maybe I could find one on Etsy?! (fingers totally crossed!)

So what are you inspired by  lately? Find anything cute in Burlap??

~JESS

Decorating tips & a free Printable

So, I have another good friend. Her name is Courtney.

She has an amazing eye when it comes to decorating.

She arranged this beauty below for me.

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Whenever we go to her house she always has these amazing displays of cuteness. A few years ago our friend Caryn (remember her from yesterdays post-maybe it’s that last picture from the post that is still haunting you) anyway, she walked up to one of Courtney’s displays and says, ‘Now, where can I buy one of these ‘sets’.  We were all anxiously awaiting her reply. But, instead she just laughed and said, ‘There are no ‘sets’. I mostly use things I already have and then change them up every season.’

She makes it seem so easy.

Since then we’ve told her that she should really start creating‘sets’ and selling them. I even came up with a name. ‘Sets By Courtney’.

Original. I know.

But, every time we said the name out loud it sounded like something else. Her husband was one of the first to ask, ‘What did you say?’

Ok, so we’ll work on the name.

Today I am going to show you what she did with my ‘stuff’ I’ve collected over the years. Most of it is Christmas decorations, but I also got out glasses, vases and other things for her to work with. 

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Courtney’s Decorating Tips

1. I always try to use what I have on hand.

2. Create different heights. It makes it more visually appealing.

3. Use cloth napkins or extra fabric. They make great coverings to set your decorations on.

4. I love working with foliage and flowers. They can cover up something you want to hide, plus it just makes it look pretty!

5. I have Christmas, fall, and spring leaves. I change them out every season even if I don’t change the decor around them. It just gives things a whole new look.

6. I like to have things with some kind of texture, it just seems to make the display ‘pop’.

7. I like to “nest” things together rather than spreading them all out.

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Now that you have some tips I will show you her magic.

I’ve always wanted to do a ‘white’ display, but it always made me nervous with the kids. I decided this was my year. I went through my decorations and started setting aside all of my silver and white things. Here is Courtney gettin’ to work.

I have such cute friends.

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I had some green fabric that this cute sister left at my house. (You snooze you lose sis.) Courtney set the fabric down first. See how my picture frame is sitting up? She put a box under the fabric to give it some height. The tall silver candle holder and the one in the glass jar are both hers, but pretty much everything else is mine.

She took this ribbon that I have had for years and layered it in my Dollar Store glass jars. Then she added some ornaments and foilage. She played around with it for awhile and came up with this. Who would have thought to add ribbon as a filler. She is so good.

 

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She also helped me decorate last year as well. I displayed the same print as above only this year I changed the picture and the colors. I guess it’s sort of a tradition now that it’s been two years in a row.

I made the ‘BELIEVE’ blocks myself. Lucky for you I created the printable for you to make your own as well. Scroll to the end if you’d like to print them. I thought it might be too much ‘believe’, but my daughter, Abby, insisted that it looked good and it was all part of the theme. So, I kept it. 

 

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Once you print out the blocks of ‘BELIEVE’ you will see tiny snowflakes on them. I like to add small dots of glitter glue or Stickles to make them stand out even more. Can you see them? I’ve actually seen this glitter glue at Walmart for only .99 cents. Love it. 

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Now on to the warm colors in our family room. The only thing I think I bought this year in this display is that gold bucket at Michael’s on Black Friday. I knew she would snatch that right up to decorate with. See, I’m learning.

 

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I love how she turned my glass container upside down, put ornaments under it and uses the bottom to display the snowflake. The rest of the stuff around it is just decorations that are in the dollar section at Michaels. Courtney just has a way of placing it in a way that makes it seem like it came in a ‘set’.

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This is another one of my wood signs I made.

Complete with gold glittered snowflakes of course.

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Here is the other side. More Christmas wonderland.

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The JOY blocks are also a set of my wood signs.

They were a hit at the craft fair this weekend.

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Doesn’t it make you want her to come over and decorate with your stuff? I think she needs to create these displays for a living. Or at least start creating ‘sets’ to sell.

Let me know if you have a better name for her ‘sets’.

I’ll let you know when she puts them on the market.

Thanks Court for making my house so pretty. And thanks to your cute daughter Finley for playing with Carson while we you worked.

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If you would like to make your own wood blocks click on the picture below to download the printable. You can find 2 inch wood blocks at most craft stores. I painted mine white, sanded the edges and have been using them all year long by changing out the word.  

 

 

~Jenny

Frosted Glass bottles = winter wonderland

 

For a good laugh you will have to read to the end. It is pretty funny.

I have this good friend. Her name is Caryn. 

She is my other crafty partner in crime.

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She is always coming up with fun projects. Now that I have this blog to share ideas I have been on her case to take pictures as she makes her cute things. I finally got her to do it. You will love how easy these are to make. 

You can tell Caryn is also a ‘blogaholic’ because she sent me directions as if she was a professional blogger herself. I know she secretly wants to be. 

I’m so happy that I can fulfill your dreams Caryn. You are welcome.  

Take it away Car

Ok if I must…

I got the inspiration for these bottles and display from…

http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2010/12/wine-bottleschristmas-display_14.html

 

1) Empty Bottles

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2) Prime and paint…You do not need to remove labels (even if know-it-all hubby insists that it’s going to show and you don’t know how to craft.)

I love when I’m right…I say that as if that’s not always the case…:)

I think I did 1 prime and 2 paint coats.

3) Sprinkle generous amount of Epsom salt on newspaper.

4) Spray adhesive all over base of bottle rotating as you spray.

5) Roll the bottle in salt and/or apply by hand the parts the salt doesn’t reach.

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6) Let dry.

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7) Decorate and enjoy! (Then roll your eyes when know-it-all hubby says ‘It actually looks pretty good!’)

 

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blog2If you don’t want a large display like this, using these cute single bottles in a little corner would be fun too!

Cost:

Bottles…depends on how fine your tastes are :)
Paint/Primer and Adhesive most of you crafters will have.
Pack of 16 mini ornament balls at Target Dollar Spot- $1
Epsom Salt – $3 for that huge bag
Sticks – Stolen from my mom and dad’s yard.

I followed this tutorial to make the icy branches

http://viv-spot.blogspot.com/2011/11/make-your-own-frosted-icy-branches.html

 

I already had the pinecones and tea light holders.

So, really this project only cost $4?!!

Satisfaction of creating something yourself…

It’s worth all the mess and time..right?!

~Caryn

Yes, yes it is Caryn!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful display.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

~

Now to show you a craft picture FAIL.

We really did get a good laugh out of this picture.

That’s Caryn’s dog Libby. She’s a good girl.

She doesn’t understand why we love to craft.

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Have a good day…

~Jenny