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Post Holiday Thoughts

Post Holiday Thoughts

How was your holiday? It was a very different one for me. Simple, less hectic and laid back. Actually, I had no choice but to pull back as I had foot surgery earlier in the month. Yes, I’m rocking that infamous designer surgical shoe. LOL

I’m so happy I was able to repair my vintage ornament wreath that had fallen apart. Made a banner using mailing tags

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and created a swag of small pine cones using jute string.

Hung some ornaments here

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and there.

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Dyed a drop cloth remnant blue and added some felt trees.

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And when my holiday basket dried out way too soon

I came up with this super quick alternative instead.

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I  also made some Christmas stockings using drop cloth fabric but can’t seem to find those pics.

Anyway, “use what you have” decorating is my favorite thing to do and was a great distraction from my healing foot. I actually enjoyed pulling back and not getting lost in the usual hustle and bustle.

Thankfully, no holiday blur this year. A detour from the usual holiday routine and traditions can be a good thing. Do you agree?

Burlap Holiday Tree

Burlap Holiday Tree

This Christmas, I decided to to forgo a traditional Christmas tree now that the children are older. They have lost interest in decorating a tree so I thought I would decorate in a different way. I even sold our fake reusable tree. It was a little too big for our living room and this would be year two of it not being used and taking up much needed storage space in the garage. It was time to let it go and be of use to another family.

Quickly, I went into “use what I have” mode and came up with this beauty!

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It evolved effortlessly from what I had in my craft stash.

I attached some Christmas lights along three lampshade rims that I slipped on a metal rod and secured in place with rubber washers.

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The rod is threaded on one end so I screwed it into a scrap piece of wood and topped it with a picture frame for the base.

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Then I began draping the burlap tirm and securing the tucks and folds with clothespins, my new favorite thing.

 

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Used pine cones for a tree topper,  securing them around the rod with a fabric remnant.

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I so adore all the little pockets and folds that I stuffed with tree branches and paper packaging materials.

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Every angle is unique and interesting.

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Here is an upshot from underneath. The paper adds volume and additional texture.

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Added a little trim and a few ornments. Done!

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And there you have it, a burlap holiday tree. I love, love, love it, especially because, with the exception of the tree branches, I made it from what I already had along with some remnant items I had laying around. I went to a Christmas tree lot and picked up a large bunch of clippings.
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Although I’m in love with my holiday tree, I realize it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me!

Happy Holidays!

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Wreath Disaster

Wreath Disaster

After Thanksgiving, I began pulling out the Christmas decorations. I went straight to my ornament wreath from last year.

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Last year, I hung it up unfinished with spaces left to fill. Although the spaces are obvious in this close up, they are almost unnoticeable from a distance. Needless to say, it never got finished but I enjoyed it just the same.

I bubble wrapped and stored it in a wreath bag. Imagine my horror when I opened up the bag and and found my wreath had fallen apart.

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I was mortified

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Not only had the ornaments fallen off the styrofoam base,

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some of the ornaments had shattered as well.

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My heart sunk. I’m not too sure why the hot glue held up in some areas and not in others. I’m guessing the seasonal temperature shift in the basement closet might be to blame. Unfortunately, I don’t have room anywhere else to store it. I tried a couple of other glues and had no luck so I went back to the glue gun.

After removing the broken pieces, I reattached most of the ornaments. However, I’m on the hunt for some more ornaments since I didn’t have enough to replace all of them. Boo Hoo:( Wish me luck!

Note: I think shatter proof ornaments are the way to go for this design.

Candle Remake Again

Candle Remake Again

My love affair with candles continues. The other day, I was in the mood for vanilla soy, not the beverage;  rather, the sweet essence of a vanilla soy candle permeating through the air. But I was all out. I had exhausted my supply.

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Instead of heading out to the store, I knew I was long overdue for another candle remake as I did here using all  the candle remnants I acquired over the last few months.

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When I did my last candle remake, I realized I used the wrong wick resulting in a tunnel burn down the center.

The type of wick matters and although a tunnel burn is good for certain types of candles, it’s not the desired outcome for a jar candle. Fortunately,  I  had purchased  this wood variety  on my last visit to Michaels; they are  especially made for jar candles.

 

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The “how to ” instructions on how to reuse your candle remnants can be found here.

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Now I have many more candle burning present moments ahead of  me to enjoy. It’s a reminder to appreciate the simpler side of everyday life.
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Do you share my candle love? Have a favorite candle aroma?

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I Found Gold!

I Found Gold!

I found gold, vintage gold that is. I was in Home Depot and something told me to stop in the Salvation Army store a few blocks away. I am so glad I listened  to that inner voice because I found all of these beauties sitting on the shelves waiting for me.

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Wait, let me zoom into these colorful beauties.

 

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When I spotted them I was in ornament heaven! In their original boxes and MADE IN AMERICA! Wow! I love how some are really showing their vintage age..

 

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And look at these beautiful shades of blue. I love, I love.

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Only one green and three red,. but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.

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Now I have what I need to make a vintage ornament wreath. I decided to use a straw wreath like Virginia used over at   Live Love DIY. She filled in every nook and cranny so there’s no evidence of the wreath form underneath.

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I just have to purchase a wreath form. All out at the closest Michaels. I will have to try another location and, hopefully, I will be able to start working on a vintage ornament wreath of my very own.. Wish me luck!

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Let’s Hear It For the Leftovers!

Let’s Hear It For the Leftovers!

Happy Post Thanksgiving! I hope  your Thanksgiving was just what you wanted it to be. I definitely ate a little too much. But what I love more than the big day are the leftovers to be enjoyed the next day. Speaking of leftovers, I enjoy crafting leftovers too.

See those rubber remnants pieces in the background?  I just couldn’t throw them away after I finished cutting cut out the art stamps.

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I had an inkling I could do something with the leftovers  and when I saw the holiday  Crate and Barrel catalog,  I was immediately inspired.  I love their aesthetic and I frequent their store on occasion, however, this time I was inspired to DIY instead of  BUY. I used scissors to cut and shape the pieces to mimic the images shown on this page.

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Then, I used my good friend, the Dremel  Moto-Saw, to cut the plexiglass to the sizes I needed. Originally,  I purchased it to trim my art stamps; however,  I find myself using it for other things.  It is so handy when tackling a variety of crafting projects that require precision cutting.

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So from some crafting leftovers, I  now have some fun holiday inspired stamps.

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Some stamping is definitely in order. Can’t wait to get started. Let’s hear it for the crafting leftovers! Used any crafting leftovers lately?

 

 

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Wreath Obsessed Again!

Wreath Obsessed Again!

Every year as the holidays approach, I get obsessed with DIY creative wreath ideas. This year, I have been dreaming of making an ornament wreath. But before, I set out on this creative journey, I needed some inspiration. First, there is true vintage.

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source: mommyiscoocoo.com

I remember some of  these ornaments from my childhood; so different from the ornaments today.

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source: GeorgiaPeachezWreathBlog.blogspot.com

Georgia Peachez Wreaths is a blog devoted to vintage wreaths 24/7, 365 days a year.

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source:BlueVelvetVintage

The next two are more contemporary versions if vintage is not your thing.

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source: Matt-and-Becky.blogspot

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source: Live Love DIY

Not into ornaments?  How about frames showcasing your favorite holiday memories?

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source:justasmidgen.com

or buttons maybe?

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source: Good Housekeeping

I started out wanting to make a vintage ornament wreath, but now, I’m not too sure. I love them all! What wreath are you hanging for the holidays?

 

Remember to Play!

Remember to Play!

5 book steps to discovering your personal muse

It is so easy to get entangled in our everyday lives, overwhelmed  by our day to day responsibilities and consumed by the never ending “to do” list.  And if you’re a mom, your job is 24/7, period. So why not make yourself a priority, schedule a few minutes and give yourself permission to play. And by that I mean spending time doing whatever allows you to experience joy. It might mean coffee with a friend that makes you laugh, participating in an activity that keeps us in the present moment or just doing something that deviates from our normal routine. Or, it can be as simple as curling up with a favorite book or magazine and closing the door to everything else. And guess what? The world is not going to stop revolving and the “to do” list will still be waiting for you upon your return;however, it will  be easier to tackle because you took time to care of yourself. It’s not selfish, it’s selfless because now you offer the world a better you.

So my question to you is, how do you play? What is your idea of fun time? For me, in addition to the things I mentioned above, it’s getting into a zone, where I find myself creating and meditating simultaneously. Creativity isn’t limited to producing magnificent works of art – painting an impressive masterpiece, sculpting exquisite pottery or writing a best selling novel; creativity is discovering yourself from the inside out, honing your talents and gifts and using that specialness to make your personal mark on world! How you do that is a manifestation of your uniqueness. So, If you think you’re not creative, please, please, please kick that notion to the curb. I’ve written about this when I first started this blog, here and touched on it again, more recently, here. It’s part of my calling and it’s important that I write about it and put it out there. We’re all creative, just not in the same way; that’s what makes each and every one of us unique. and special beings.

But just in case you have yet to find your creative genre, no problem! You are only 5 book steps away from discovering you personal muse!

Step 1. 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment (Voices That Matter) by Stefan G. Bucher, a book full of questions designed to document who you are, where you are and where you want to go.

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Step 2. How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith prompts you to be observant about your often overlooked surroundings.It provides a fun way to appreciating the tiny details in everyday life.

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Step 3. Finish This Book, also by Keri Smith, offers inspiring activities using found objects and writing prompts is perfect for all ages and a great summer activity for children.

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Step 4. 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin provides 365 simple project ideas; however, they are just that, suggestions. He encourages the reader to incorporate their own interests and passions and/or take a theme approach to ones daily projects.

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Step 5. Living Out Loud by Keri Washington is filed with activities, games, projects and more to begin your journey to creativity and personal discovery.

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Perhaps, you will find one, or all, of these books helpful in connecting with the creativity that resides within you. Please let me know your thoughts and, remember, don’t forget to play!

Marble Notebooks Mean the World to Me

Marble Notebooks Mean the World to Me

Journaling has become a favorite part of my life which has served me well. It has allowed me to vent, release the bad and spot joy so much more easily. Although I remember having a diary as a little girl, however,  daily journaling  was a mandatory requirement for one of my high school English classes. That was the real beginning of my journey into journaling and it has changed my life in significantly awesome ways. The funny thing is I was so brutally honest, as you should be, but I can only imagine what my teacher was thinking when she read my entries. LOL Seriously, it is the one place that you can let it all out, clear your head and vow to start anew. It is a place to hang and just be, all the while getting in touch with your most authentic and raw thoughts unedited.

Today, my entries range from autobiographical to stream of consciousness with a lot of gratitude and affirmations thrown in. Stream of consciousness is writing anything that pops into your mind uncensored – words, incomplete thoughts, fragments of anything and everything. It’s all good. You’d be surprise what you can learn about yourself. I find I no longer carry around excess baggage or burden myself with the icky stuff in life. Instead, I write it out and let it go instead of harboring things that don’t serve my best interests.

I have had many different journals, and have even amassed a small unused collection waiting for their turn. I am drawn to books with empty pages to fill. If one catches my eye in the store, I just can’t help myself. But for some reason, I keep going back to marble notebooks, which is what I used in high school – perhaps a nod back to my journaling roots. I find it’s the perfect size – not too bulky to stick it in my bag. Yes, I love to journal everywhere, at a diner, on a plane, out in nature. I know I am dating myself but remember when marble notebooks just came in one black and white color pattern?

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But today, they come in every color and pattern imaginable.

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Yes, folks, I drool over marble notebooks; they make my heart skip a beat each and every time. I hope your heart skipping a beat too!

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As I said earlier, joy often comes easy to me. Even for something as small as a marble composition notebook! Name changes when they sport a pretty pattern. That’s why I always look forward to school supply shopping each and every year, as I will be doing for No. 2 Son in the next couple of days. I can’t wait to see the new colors and patterns. Sometimes, I buy and extra one just for me. Why? Because they’re pretty and they make me smile! I also have a thing for erasable pens too but I’m not going to get into that here:)

However, when I saw these Ms Mudpie Boutique on Etsy, I just gasped.
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They are available in so many colors and patterns and you can even have them monogramed. Oh wow!!! Aren’t they gorgeous! Journaling can’t get any prettier than this. Don’t you think? Now that I hang out at Etsy a lot these days maintaining my shop, I find so many neat products. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I stumbled upon this baby at Jounals by Ginny. It’s a journal cover for marble notebooks! And that quote is a testament to my life.

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It’s the little things in life that can make all the difference. How about you? Do you journal? Is there something small that means the world to you? Please leave a comment and let me know you stopped by. I really would love to know your thoughts. And, just in case you didn’t know, your comments mean the world to me too:)

Stamped Design Knockoff

Stamped Design Knockoff

I think I have a problem. Not sure how serious a problem, but I’m starting to wonder. I see shapes and patterns everywhere I go. I notice patterns, shapes and design on everything. Instead of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, I see the world through shapes. Instead of fighting it, I decided to surrender and use it to my creative advantage.

So when I saw this tray at Haus Interior, I just knew I could create an easy art stamp knock off and avoid the $70 price tag.

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I happen to have a similar tray at home. which I painted with white acrylic paint. To duplicate the same color scheme, I would use Poppy Red, Nautical Blue and Maize.

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Instead, I decided to continue the color pattern I used to stamp linen fabric earlier, using Sky Mist, Nautical Blue and Maize.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out in all it’s hand stamped goodness.

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Eventually, I will make another throw pillow with the fabric. I’m not a fan of matchy, matchy, but I wanted to try the pattern on more than one surface type.

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So there you have it, an easy tray designed with art stamps.

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I’m rather pleased.

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So, tell me, how do you see the world? What do you gravitate toward?

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