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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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