Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cork Ornaments

Are you ready for Christmas?  I'm always ready.  I just love the way everything looks and feels with all the Christmas decorations out and displayed.

I have been making cork ornaments for several years now, but for some reason, I've never shared them.  It's one of my favorite gifts to give around the holidays when you need something small.

I have candy canes, trees and wreaths.

The trees are definitely my favorite.

I will be selling my ornaments at the Lodi Street Faire on October 5.

Linking to:
Imparting Grace, A Delightsome Life, Artsy-Fartsy Mama
What's Cooking Love?, Katherine's Corner, Living Well Spending Less
A Handful of Everything,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tea Light Candle Holder

My favorite Christmas project so far this year has been my wood tea light holders.  I love the way they turned out, but I also love that they were completely free!  Everything I needed, I already had in my garage.

I used leftover 4x4 blocks from when we built our new fence a couple years ago.  I drilled the holes using a 1 1/2 inch drill bit (like this) for the tea lights, then stained the block of wood with a dark ebony stain.

When the stain was dry, I painted two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.

I printed the words onto a piece of paper, then traced over them with a ballpoint pen.  I pressed just hard enough to see an outline of the letters in my wood.  Then I used a tiny paintbrush and filled it in.

I don't have a very steady hand, so I was really disappointed with my paint job.  However, a little distressing takes care of all the painting outside the lines.  It also took care of all the paint marks when I dropped my brush!

I let everything dry, then started sanding away with my sanding block.  I love how soft this paint is after you distress it.  So soft and smooth.  My girls kept "petting" the wood because they loved the way it felt.

I think this will make perfect hostess gifts this season.

Linking to:
Elizabeth & Co., A Bowl Full of Lemons, Coastal Charm
Blackberry Vine

Monday, November 25, 2013

Wooden Christmas Signs

The Plumgrove Boutique was this past weekend and it was so much fun.  I can't believe how many people came to shop.  There was an endless stream of customers.

So, I'm really happy that I made the extra effort last week to finish up these little wooden Christmas signs.  They were so easy to make and I had a lot of fun painting them. 

I used an old 1x6 I found in my garage.  I stained it with Minwax in Ebony (my favorite because it is such a dark color), painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, and then used regular acrylic craft paint to paint on the words.

After the paint dried I used my sanding block to distress it, added a couple eye hooks and twine and it was good to go.

The only thing left to do is decide which one is my favorite!

Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch, DIY Showoff, Keeping it Simple
Making the World Cuter, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First Christmas Project of the Season

The weekend before Thanksgiving was my annual boutique and it was awesome this year! Good Day Sacramento came early on Friday morning and did a couple segments with our group. It was fun to hear so many people say that they stopped by because they saw us on TV that morning. Especially when they came looking for something specific.
Even though I love “boutique week,” it’s always a relief when it’s done because I can start working on something for myself without being under a deadline.

Every year I say I’m going to make some Christmas stockings and I finally did it. I used bits and pieces of a couple different tutorials from Diary of a Quilter and Fabric Worm. They turned out better than I expected, although I still need to work on sewing while turning. I just can’t seem to keep it even.

I think the tree and the sequins stockings are my favorite.  I will definitely be making more before Christmas is here.

Linking To:
Reasons to Skip the Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts
Blackberry Vine, Coastal Charm

Monday, January 9, 2012

Snowman Blanket

My first post of 2012.  I say it every year, and hopefully I'll follow through this year, but I plan on updating my blog more than once a month.  The time just keeps getting away from me.  This is the year.  Hopefully.

So my first finished project of the year is a blanket I started five years ago.  Yes, five years ago.  I was pregnant with Madison and when I got too big to sit on the floor and stitch everything together, I put it in a bag and it sat in my closet until we moved.  Well, we moved three more times after that and it just kept getting transferred from one closet to the next.

Another resolution this year is to actually finish all my half started projects and using up supplies that I already have.  So, that's where this blanket comes in.  I picked it up again a week before Christmas hoping to finish it in time to wrap up in it while we were opening presents, but it didn't happen.  However, it's done and that's all that matters.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Glitter Ornament Tutorial

Have you seen all the glitter ornaments around blogland lately?  I have and I’ve fallen in love with them. 


As soon as I figured out how to make them, I ran to Michaels for all my supplies and got to work.  I made two dozen the first night.  They are so easy, so fast and they’ll make excellent hostess gifts for all my Christmas parties this year.

Here is what you’ll need:

Pledge Floor Care with Future Shine (this stuff will last forever)
Clear glass ornaments
Envelope – to use as a funnel.  Cut in half and then snip off one corner
Extra Fine Glitter
Two small containers – one for the extra glitter and one for the extra Pledge


1.  Pop out all the metal hooks from the ornaments


2.  Squirt a little bit of the Pledge into the ornament and swirl it around.  Try not to shake it so there won’t be a lot of bubbles.


3.  After the inside of the ornament is completely coated in Pledge pour it into one of your containers.


4.  Pour your glitter into the ornament.


5.  Cover the opening of the ornament with your finger and shake the glitter so that everything is covered.


6.  Pour excess glitter into the 2nd container.


7.  Pop your hooks back on and you’re done!


Linking to:
Fingerprints on the Fridge, Kojo Designs, My Romantic Home, Sassy Sites
Tatertots and Jello, Tidy Mom, Whipperberry, A Vision to Remember
Funky Junk Interiors, Be Different Act Normal, I Heart Naptime, C.R.A.F.T.,
The DIY Showoff, Created By Cori, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch
The Girl Creative, Skip to my Lou, Keeping it Simple, Embellishing Life
Sugar Bee Crafts, Serenity You

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wine Cork Christmas Trees

I am always on the look-out for wine cork projects.  As soon as I saw 4EyesandEars’ cork trees, I knew I had to make one.  The only problem?  It takes 72 corks plus 4 for the trunk.  I can’t drink that much wine in an entire year (I’m more of a tequila girl myself).  Luckily, my mom goes to art and wine shows all the time.  She has started collecting the left over corks from all the vendors.  It was one of her rare creative moments. 
I love how it turned out! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Christmas Cards

I know its early, but if I don't start now, it will never get done. I have almost all of my Christmas cards done. I used my favorite Papertrey Ink stamps and made four different designs.