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Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life, Delight in The Seasons, Delight In Thrift Store Finds | 2 comments

Weekend of Holiday Decorating

The Christmas tree is the first item to go up in our house during the holiday season. Ansley designed this “Peppermint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it during the holidays easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ansley and I start to plan how we want to decorate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decided to hang three wreaths with white lights and some garland with red and white lights in the bay window. We added white lights on the fireplace mantel and I accented it with some of my favorite vintage mercury glass ornaments, garland and green depression glass. I say “I” accented because Ansley draws the line with vintage… she is not a vintage fan at all and is like a bull in a china shop so these delicate ornaments stress her out. In the kitchen, I put a 3′ fir tree on our bar that is decorated with vintage mercury glass ornaments. Ansley and I then added garland wrapped with red and white lights and hung a wreath accented with white lights. And Christmas is not Christmas in our house unless there are Candy Canes and everyone’s favorite holiday chocolates. I found this awesome table runner at Target that I could not pass up because it went so perfectly with our red and white theme. I placed it on our table and used vintage milk glasses and my grandmother’s green depression sherbet bowls to hold the candy. While Ansley and I zip around the house my Santa Paws, Sonny just watches in between a nap or two. He is the absolute best dog I will ever have and has brought so much joy these past 12...

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You’ve Been Grinched

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons | 0 comments

You’ve Been Grinched

Here’s a little something fun to do with your family, this weekend. We “Grinched” some neighbors one year in our neighborhood and had a blast. That year, we also decorated our Christmas tree super bright and funky and called it our “Grinch” tree. This is the one tree we still talk about to this day. You’ve Just Been Grinched! You’ve been selected as the recip­i­ent of this orna­ment. The Grinch made it especially for you. If you want to see presents under your Christmas tree, Christmas morning, you must follow his demands. 1. Hang up a copy of his fes­tive face where all can see so you aren’t Grinched again! 2. Make or buy two ornaments. 3. Send the ornaments to two unsus­pect­ing friends-you must include a pic­ture of the Grinch and a copy of this let­ter so the next Grinchee can send off his/her orna­ment! Make pho­to­copies if necessary. 4. Now here is the fun part… Bring your pack­age to a friend’s house. Ring the doorbell and take off running to a hiding place! The Grinch would be extremely dis­ap­pointed if you were to get caught. 5. Don’t break the chain if you want a Merry Christmas. Grinch Coloring Printable Faces and images can be found here. Lots of Grinch Ornament Tutorials can be found...

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Photo Ornaments

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

Photo Ornaments

  These ornaments were first blogged about on December 13, 2007 and are an easy and fun orna­ment to make for an ornament exchange, to give as a house­warm­ing gift using their family photo or attached to gifts for fam­ily and friends. Just one thing though, be care­ful… these are very frag­ile! I know first hand because I broke one. I think I’m going to look for some clear plastic ornaments as they will be more durable. Sup­plies Needed: Clear Orna­ments, Trans­parency, Maya Road Rubons, Rib­bon, Faux Snow Tools Needed: Coluz­zle (cir­cle), Scissors Instruc­tions: Print wal­let sized pho­tos in greyscale onto transparency Cut out photo using your Coluz­zle or other form of cir­cle cut­ter to appro­pri­ate size for your ornament Roll up trans­parency and place inside of orna­ment (you might need to flat­ten it out just a bit once it is inside the ornament, I used the eraser on a pen­cil) Add Faux Snow to inside of ornament Using Rubons place a word or date along the front of the ornament Tie a bow to the hanger Enjoy, now you have an adorable per­son­al­ized hol­i­day...

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A Joyful Snowman

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 2 comments

A Joyful Snowman

This is one of my very favorite ornaments I’ve ever created. It was originally posted on December 4, 2009 but I love it so much that I thought I would repost the tutorial again today. All the different textures and the color scheme make me super happy. Sup­plies Used: Paper Mache Rec­tan­gu­lar Orna­ment (Hobby Lobby), Cream Felt, Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Sheet Music, 2.5″ Sisal Brush Tree (Christ­mas Sec­tion of most large Craft Stores), Maya Road Mini Snowflakes, Maya Road Mini Noah Chip­board Let­ters, Fab­ric Rem­nant, Red, Cream and Black Embroi­dery Floss, Rhine­stone, Gold Self Adhe­sive Gems, Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, White Seam Bind­ing, Gold Jin­gle Bell, 3 — Vin­tage But­tons, 24 Guage Wire, Fabri-Tac, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Sizzix Snow­man Die, Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber — Gold, Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Acrylic Paint — Manila Tools Used: Sewing Nee­dle, Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Wire Cut­ters, Scal­loped Scis­sors, Sizzix Big Shot Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush apply Manila paint all along the sides of your paper mache orna­ment, let dry. Cover the top of your orna­ment with vin­tage sheet music. Using Col­or­Box Fluid Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache ornament. Using a paint­brush apply Col­lage Pauge Decoupage — Glossy all over the top of the vin­tage sheet music and the sides of the paper mache orna­ment, gen­er­ously apply crys­tal coarse glit­ter, tap off excess, let dry. Trace your paper mache orna­ment onto cream felt. Using scal­lop scis­sors cut out the orna­ment shape on the out­side edge of the traced mark. This will give you a cute scal­lop bor­der when you attach it to the back of your orna­ment. I used Fabri-Tac to attach my felt piece. Using a Sizzix Big Shot and Snow­man die cut out a snow­man from cream felt then cut out the scarf and nose out of a piece of fab­ric remnant. Thread a sewing nee­dle with three strands of cream embroi­dery floss, stitch a back stitch all around the snowman’s body. Thread a sewing nee­dle with three strands of red embroi­dery floss, accent the scarf with sim­ple back stitching. Using Fabri-Tac attach the nose and scarf to the snow­man, accent the snowman’s body with three vin­tage buttons. Thread a sewing nee­dle with three strands of black embroi­dery floss, cre­ate the eyes and mouth by stitch­ing french knots Paint a snowflake and chip­board alphas with gold paint, apply Elmer’s No Run School Glue on top of each piece of chip­board, gen­er­ously apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter, tap off excess, let dry. Accent the cen­ter of the snowflake with a rhinestone. Cut a piece of vin­tage sheet music to approx­i­mately .5″ x 2″ trim the ends using scal­lop scissors. Using Fabri-Tac attach the vin­tage sheet music to the snowman’s body as shown. Attach the let­ters “JOY” on top of the vin­tage sheet music as shown. Accent the vin­tage sheet music ends with two self adhe­sive gold gems. Using wire cut­ters, cut the wooden base off of a 2.5″ bot­tle brush tree, attach a white seam bind­ing bow at the base of the tree. Cre­ate the snowman’s arms by bend­ing 24 gauge wire into shape. Attach the glit­tered snowflake and snow­man as shown above. Attach the arms just under the felt using a strong liq­uid adhesive. Accent the hanger on your orna­ment by attach­ing a...

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Lol­lipop Orna­ment

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Lol­lipop Orna­ment

I’ve been searching through my “Blog Archives” and thought I would re-post this cute hol­i­day ornament that was originally posted on December 3, 2006. It’s a fun holiday craft that’s perfect for any age. Get­ting the triangles just right is a bit tricky but once you get the hang of it this project moves along quite fast. Sup­plies Needed: Pat­terned Paper, 2″ Cir­cle Punch (I used the Whale of a Punch), Adhesive, Craft Stick, Ribbon, Eye­let, Jump Ring, Embroi­dery Floss, Stick­les (Crystal) Tools Used: Crop-a-dile, Scissors Instruc­tions: Punch out 10– 2 in. cir­cles. See Image One Fold up the edges of each cir­cle so that you form a tri­an­gle in the cen­ter of each cir­cle. See Image Two Glue 5 of the folded cir­cles together mak­ing sure the tops of the tri­an­gles are point­ing up in order to form a cir­cle. Make sure to match up the points of the tri­an­gles when adhering them together. This will give you a nice tight lol­lipop cen­ter. Once the 5 folded cir­cles are glued together it will make a dome. See Image Three Repeat step 3. Glue the two domes together to com­plete your lol­lipop. Make sure to leave an open­ing large enough at the bot­tom where two cir­cles con­nect so you can slide your craft stick into bot­tom of orna­ment. Glue craft stick to lollipop. See Image Four Tie Rib­bon around craft stick. Set an eye­let in the top cen­ter area of your lollipop. Attach your jump ring. Thread embroi­dery floss through jump ring and tie in a dou­ble knot. Use stick­les to accent your ornament, let dry. Sev­eral of these can be cre­ated to dec­o­rate your tree, gift bags, presents etc. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are...

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25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

I wasn’t kidding when I said I love countdown calendars as much as any kid… here is a countdown calendar for all you bakers. It’s perfect to place on your counter next to your cookbooks or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the holiday pick is from years past. Hobby Lobby has one with faux peppermints that is calling my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m sticking with the, use what I have method this year. Products Used: Tray, Distress Paint Linen, Americana Chalkboard Paint, Holiday Pick, Vintage Wooden Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous Decorative Tag & Alpha Sticker Sheet, Coffee Archival Ink Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Craft Mat, Blending Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is really simple to re-create if you want to make one of your own. Just paint the entire front of the tray using Distress Paint and let dry. Paint the center of the tray with Chalkboard paint, let dry. Hot glue the holiday pick to the lower front section of the tray, hot glue two wooden sporks to the tray as shown. Using a My Mind’s Eye Joyous Decorative Tag and Alpha Stickers create the small sign that reads “Days Left To Bake”. Please note before writing on the chalkboard make sure to cure it by gently rubbing chalk all over the dried chalkboard paint then wipe off with a dry paper towel. Now you are ready to countdown the number of baking days you have left for the holidays. If you want a really awesome chewie chocolate Christmas cookie recipe and a few of our other favorite cookie recipes check out this previous blog post HERE. Since it’s the holidays as I understand it, all cookies are calorie...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Happy Thanksgiving

During this day of thanks, I want to thank you for supporting me in all my crafty endeavors. You have supported me as a loyal blog reader with comments of encouraging words. You have taken my online workshops and classes, purchased my books, kits, art and more. There truly aren’t enough words to describe my thanks. Because of you, I’m able to have a job I truly love. You are appreciated so very much. Thank...

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Crafter’s Mystery Goody Boxes, Kits & Ornaments

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage Kits, Delight in The Seasons | 2 comments

Crafter’s Mystery Goody Boxes, Kits & Ornaments

I have been de-stashing my studio and am offering some really great deals on new or gently used products, kits and handmade ornaments. If you wish to purchase a Crafter’s Mystery Goody Box please leave your email address and the box or boxes you wish to purchase in the comments section or email me at lisa@lisapace.com and I will then send a paypal invoice to that email address. US only. 1 – Medium Flat Rate Box $45.00 with FREE SHIPPING This Mystery box contains assorted new or very gently used products from Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz, Maya Road, Fiskars and other major manufacturers. 2 – Small Flat Rate Boxes $20.00 each with FREE SHIPPING Each Mystery box contains assorted new or very gently used products from Ranger Ink, Maya Road and other major manufacturers. This Bottle Ornament or Large Pendant if you like to wear large chunky necklaces is handmade by me using glass bottles in 2″ & 1″ sizes, a bottle brush tree, iridescent glitter, tinsel, jingle bells and chandelier pieces. When hanging this item measures approximately 4.5″ and is one of a kind. Cost is $25.00 and includes FREE Flat Rate Shipping. Leave your email address in the comments section and I will send you a paypal invoice. This Salter Shaker Ornament or Large Pendant if you like to wear large chunky necklaces is handmade by me using a vintage glass salt shaker, and is trimmed with vintage rhinestone necklace pieces, small vintage millinery pieces and a handmade Frozen Charlotte Doll which sits inside the shaker among the millinery pieces. I soldered around the open edge and accented the wire hanger with trims. This piece measures approximately 1″ x 3.5″ and is a one of a kind piece. Cost is $45.00 and includes FREE Flat Rate Shipping. Leave your email address in the comments section and I will send you a paypal invoice. SPECIAL PRICING Buy ONE get ONE at 1/2 PRICE while supplies last. Each DIY Photo Ornament Kit is $14.95 + Small Flat Rate Shipping of $5.80 (I will gladly combine multiple orders). The kit comes with a color photo and instructions. It does not include Brown Ink, Festive Berries Distress Ink, Platinum Stickles SPECIAL PRICING Buy ONE get ONE at 1/2 PRICE while supplies last Each Santa Baby kit is $14.95 + Small Flat Rate Shipping of $5.80 and includes the following products: 1 – Glittery Silver Snowflake 1 – Maya Road Dress Form Mini Album Page 1 – Scanned & Printed Vintage Book Page, Sheet Music and Ledger Paper from items in my vintage collection 1 – Pine Stem 1 – Jingle Bell 1 – Vintage Button 17 – Glittered Beads Red & White Baker’s Twine Color Photo with Instructions. Items NOT included: Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Festive Berries Distress...

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Countdown to Christmas Calendar

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 2 comments

Countdown to Christmas Calendar

This holiday season I’m all about getting projects done in a day. This year, I can’t afford the take a week to complete a project, you all know I’m very capable of creating a mole hill kinda project into a mountain kinda project. So I thought and thought of how I could create a “Countdown to Christmas Calendar” without it taking me days to complete. I love counting down to Christmas just as much as a kid and thought I would share with you what and how I made mine. This project should take 3  hours tops from start to finish including drying time for the paints. Products Used: Maya Road Countdown Shadowbox, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Juniper & Metallic Gold, Coffee Archival Ink, Glue Stick, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous 6” x 6” Designer Pack, Diamond Stickles, 25 ~ 1.5” Sisal Trees (Hobby Lobby), Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Clorox Bleach Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Craft Mat, Scissors, Sanding Block, Blending Tool & Foam Paint the shadow box using Juniper acrylic paint, let dry. Randomly ink ares of the shadow box using Coffee Archival Ink, Accent areas of the shadow box using Metallic Gold acrylic paint, let dry. Cover chipboard squares using My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous patterned paper, sand edges, ink edges using Coffee Archival Ink, accent edges with metallic gold paint, let dry. Using Diamond Stickles accent the images on each chipboard square, let dry. Bleach 25 – 1.5″ sisal trees in your sink with a water and Clorox bleach mixture. I fill my sink with water just deep enough so my trees are completely covered with water then pour in the Clorox while counting 1,001, 1,002, 1,003 and stop. Place your trees into the mixture for 30 minutes or until bleached. Make sure you are super careful and you are in a well ventilated area. Once the trees are bleached, rinse with cold water and pat dry. To create the numbers for each tree I used Microsoft Word ~ Times New Roman Font ~ Font Size 12. I printed the numbers using my laser printer, cut out each one and attached each number to the base of a bleached sisal tree using Ranger Multi Medium Matte and let dry. Using a strong liquid adhesive glue the inner shadow box divider into the shadow box, press firmly for good adhesion. Place a strong liquid adhesive in the center of each square and attach your altered chipboard squares. Now you just need to wait for December 1st to add your sisal trees. I can hardly wait to start my countdown. I think the milk glass bowl is perfect for holding all my sisal trees and goes well with the vintage themed patterned papers. If you want to add a little treat for kids each day I think rolling up a holiday task and tying a tree to each one with baker’s twine would look really cute. Here are a few of the fun things I did with my kids when they were little… Make Christmas Cards for Your Friends Bake & Decorate Christmas Cookies Make Reindeer Food & Sprinkle in the Yard Make Hot Chocolate & Don’t Forget the Marshmallows Make Spiced Cider Eat Candy Canes Decorate a Gingerbread House Make S’Mores Drive Around Town Looking at Christmas Lights In...

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Oldies But Goodies

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Workshops | 1 comment

Oldies But Goodies

Are you ready to start creating for the holidays? If so, I have several online workshops that will keep you busy for months and the best part these are discounted and the prices are amazing. Even though these workshops were created several years ago the foundation for each of the projects are timeless. All you need to do is replace the pattern papers I used with current papers and BAM you have some gorgeous holiday decorations. If you look through all the workshops, you’ll find several that are free. To get you started just click on this link HERE and it will take you to one of the free online workshops I...

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