Owl Charms

Dec 31, 2012

My sis­ter, Belin­da has a seri­ous love of owls. She likes the fun whim­si­cal style so I thought I would cre­ate a few charms for her to wear. I print­ed off some owl images using my laser print­er then cut them to fit the bezels shown above. Using a paint brush I applied Nunn Design Glue inside each bezel then placed the image on top of the glue press­ing down with my fin­ger to make sure I removed any air bub­bles. Then I applied a lay­er of the glue on top of each image, let­ting it dry com­plete­ly then applied anoth­er lay­er of glue. Once dry I accent­ed the images with Dia­mond Stick­les. After the Stick­les dried I applied Judi Kins Gel du Soleil and used a Judi Kins UV Lamp. This prod­uct is dif­fer­ent than...

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Felted Pin Cushions

Dec 28, 2012

These are I think the cutest pin cush­ions ever. I made these for my mom and aunt Bren­da who came down for Christ­mas. They both sew, so I thought hav­ing a small pin cush­ion to keep on their end table would be cute. The flower petals, cen­ters and leaves are felt­ed from wool rov­ing then attached to the top of vin­tage spools I’ve had using fab­ric adhe­sive. I accent­ed the cen­ter of one of the flow­ers using one of Jen­ni Bowl­in’s adorable pins. The mea­sur­ing tape around the spool is Maya Road­’s Vin­tage Tape Mea­sure Trim in Pink and Yel­low. I just wrapped it around the spool a few times and secured it in place with a strong adhe­sive. The end of the mea­sur­ing tape trim is cut using scal­lop dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors. These lit­tle...

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Pre-Teen Jewelry

Dec 27, 2012

For Christ­mas I made my niece Made­lyn charms for each day of the week and a match­ing bracelet. This is a super easy project to cre­ate and one kids Made­lyn’s age love. All I did was cut the brads off the back of some Basic Grey brads I’ve had in my stash for­ev­er using wire cut­ters. Then using E‑6000 I attached each brad to a sil­ver bail that is slight­ly small­er than the brad for each of the 7 days a week charms. To make the bracelet I just attached one brad to each blank of the pre-made bracelet. The bails and bracelet can be found at Hob­by Lob­by in the jew­el­ry sec­tion. It’s as sim­ple as that and Made­lyn LOVES being able to pick which charm she is going to wear each day....

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2012

I hope you and your fam­i­ly are all enjoy­ing a won­der­ful hol­i­day sea­son. I cer­tain­ly do wish you all the very best and hap­pi­est of hol­i­days. Now that every­one has opened their gifts I can final­ly share all the projects I cre­at­ed this Christ­mas to give to my fam­i­ly. Today’s can­vas was my gift to my dad. As you all know he is San­ta and has quite a col­lec­tion of San­ta’s so I thought I would add to it. I’m hap­py to report San­ta’s sit­ting in his reclin­er with his feet up and a tum­my full of milk and cook­ies rest­ing from all his trav­els dur­ing the night. I real­ly did have a lot of fun cre­at­ing this 4″ x 4″ can­vas for dad. I  tried hard to make each gift I cre­ate per­son­al....

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the week­end I baked sev­er­al of our favorite Christ­mas cook­ies. I dou­bled up on each cook­ie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made anoth­er batch for fam­i­ly in Beau­mont. Need­less to say our house smelled great all week­end. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite hol­i­day cook­ies I thought I’d share the recipes. This is a new cook­ie I cre­at­ed this year. Alan and I love them but Ans­ley not so much. They are a spice cake type cook­ie with white choco­late morsels mixed inside and are kin­da more like a brown­ie tex­tured cook­ie. I love spice cake as it brings back won­der­ful mem­o­ries of my grand­moth­er, so I thought I would try to hon­or her at Christ­mas with a spice cook­ie. Gram­my...

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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve real­ly enjoyed get­ting night­ly pho­tos of my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie enjoy­ing their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas activ­i­ty. They are lov­ing every­thing I’ve includ­ed so far. Each night is a sur­prise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belin­da has them doing their activ­i­ty. Warn­ing… this is a very heavy pho­to blog post but I real­ly want to share their fun with far away fam­i­ly so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Made­lyn and Bel­lie were mak­ing their Christ­mas cards, this night. I can only imag­ine how they dec­o­rat­ed them because both love any­thing that has to do with art. Here they had a blast mak­ing paper chain gar­lands. This is such a fun, sim­ple old fash­ioned dec­o­ra­tion to make that brings...

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A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project. I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make. Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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Loving Christmas Wishes ~ Bell Ornament

Dec 3, 2012

Here is a sneak peek of a new orna­ment mini kit I cre­at­ed in my super clean craft room yes­ter­day. I must admit it was almost too clean for me to work in. My neigh­bor Jen­nifer tru­ly was a Saint to step into the dis­as­ter area I had cre­at­ed. She kept me going and hon­est­ly did make it fun. I love bells of all kinds dur­ing the hol­i­days so when I found some alu­minum bell molds while antiquing with Mom over Thanks­giv­ing I grabbed them to cre­ate this lim­it­ed kit. “Lov­ing Christ­mas Wish­es ~ Bell ~ Orna­ment Mini Kit” $10.00 + Ship­ping at $5.50 Kit Includes: Alu­minum Bell Mold, 2 Medi­um Sisal Trees, 1 Small Sisal Tree, 1 Small Sil­ver Bell, 1 Chip­board Snowflake, 2 Beads (1 each Gold & Sil­ver), 1 Hol­ly Leaf...

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