Saturday, December 31, 2011

Champagne Cork Magnets

Happy New Year's Eve.....

This past Christmas we enjoyed a couple bottles of champagne with family.  My husband was going to throw the corks away until the crafter in me came out and said, "I Don't Think So"!  I immediately thought of magnets and what I could do to embellish them.  Let me show you how easy it was....a quick and easy 30 minute project.

I started with two plain champagne corks and glued magnets to the bottom of them.  Make sure when you glue the magnets, that you are gluing the correct side..I always place my magnet on the refrigerator to make sure I will be securing the right side, otherwise it will not work.

I chose to add jute to one of the corks.  I used hot glue to adhere the jute all around the cork.  Super easy...

Here it is completely wrapped it jute...cute huh!!

Here is a picture of a before and after....

I embellished the top of it with a cute button.  I just clipped off the hook off the back of the button and secured it with hot glue...

This cute New Years printable is from The 36th Avenue...isn't it cute!!

I wanted to keep the natural look of the cork for the second magnet.  I have alot of scrapbooking keys laying around and decided to tie it to the cork with some string and added a quote that I glued to some brown burlap.  

These were super easy to pull together and I didn't have to buy anything....everything I used I already had in my stash...

If you come across some champagne corks tonight make sure to save them and re-use them.

Happy New Year!!!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A "Lookie" Back....Top 5 Post

I can't believe my lil ole blog just turned six months on December 21st.  I have had soooo much fun posting my crafts and sharing with each of you my ideas.  Thank you for the loyal followers that always send me sweet notes and comments, they mean the world to me.  This blog has given me so much fulfillment...I have enjoyed every last bit of it.  I have so much to look forward to in 2012 and have many projects in the works already...I thought it would be fun to revisit my top 5 posts.

Number 5

Decorating with Beans

Decorating with Beans

Number 4

My Styling Cabinet

Styling Cabinet Link

Number 3

My Halloween Front Porch

Halloween Front Porch Link

Number 2

My Craft Room

My Craft Room Link

Number 1

My Fall Wreath

I am amazed at how many hits, comments and emails I get on this wreath weekly.   All I did was embellish a simple wreath with my last initial and some burlap.  I loved this wreath as much as everyone else and can't wait to do it again....

Home Sweet Home Link

Thanks again for stopping by and making the last six months so much fun...Hope your family has a wonderful and Happy 2012...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
from my Home to Yours......

If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money
God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior.

- Roy Lessin

The next few days will be spent with my family, and I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.  Thank you for all of the support you have given this blog since I started it a little of six months ago. You will never know how much it has meant to me.  I can't wait to get the new year started and make more memories with you and future followers...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Teacher Gifts this year

Just wanted to share with you the teacher gifts I pulled together for this year.  It's a quick post...gotta go finish shopping!!!! 


Let me show you the goodies inside...I started with these compartment boxes I got at The Container Store and filled them with some yummy candy..after the candy is all eaten, they can re-use the boxes for whatever they want (earrings, jewelry, desk organizer, etc.)

I have used these compartment boxes before for different holidays.  They are really cute for Valentine's Day with different color jelly beans.  The Container Store has different sizes and they would be really cute for party favors with a cute sticker or vinyl lettering to customize for each party guest!

After the boxes were full, I cut out their initial on my Cricut with some vinyl and added a little "bling" with some clear rhinestones....

Here is what I put inside their buckets...

Bucket - Target Dollar Spot
Sponge - Target Dollar Spot
Candy - M & M's (plain, almond, mint), Skittles and Snickers
Bubble Bath and Lotion - Bath and Body Works (Buy 3, Get 3 Free)

I put a pair of cozy socks and a little gift card in the teacher basket too!

After the buckets were full, I wrapped them in cellophane and tied a pretty bow to them and attached our Christmas card to the outside.

Below are pictures of all of the baskets finished!!

These baskets were super easy to make and I think the presentation came out perfectly.

Spreading Christmas cheer at these great blogs.....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weekly Adventures of Elfy....

We had a fun week with Elfy...he was up to some silly tricks.  He will be with us another week and then off to the North Pole he goes...we are going to miss him, but until then he will be hopping around the house for a little while longer.

Saturday - December 10
Elfy was the target of a little dart game...

Sunday - December 11
Elfy tried to sneak into the Krispy Kreme box and the lid shut on him...

Monday - December 12
Elfy sitting pretty....(last minute spot)

Tuesday - December 13
Elfy listening to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer...

Wednesday - December 14
Elfy got a shower.....

Thursday - December 15
Elfy was feeling left out because of Scooter's Crib so he made him a place to crash...

Friday - December 16
Elfy monkeying around

I hope all of you have a good weekend, thanks for stopping by..

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's A Handmade Holiday.....

Here is another article I did for the December issue of enjoy..

It's the time of year when we begin to think about decorating for the holidays.  I enjoy decorating for all seasons, but especially the Christmas holiday.  Christmas decorations not only look great, but also help to create a spiritual and festive environment.  Whether it be Halloween, Easter or Christmas, I always incorporate the foyer or entry table into my seasonal decorating scheme.

I recently came across a creative way to display those beautiful Christmas cards I receive from friends and family.  The idea is to use the individual shutter slots as holders for the cards.  Holiday visitors enjoy looking at the cards, and the shutters help to frame the space and add height to the area.  I came across this set of saloon shutters at an area antique shop for $5.00!  After hardware removal, sanding and paint, they were ready to hang.  I hung with velcro strips to prevent damage to the walls.

I am here to tell you that yarn is not just for sweaters!  Check out these decorative Christmas trees made from cardboard cones, yarn and rhinestones.  All of the materials for this project can be found at most craft stores (for around $12).  Simply wrap the yarn around the cones, using hot glue to secure every fourth or fifth row.  After reaching the top of the cone, I spiraled the yarn back down the cone to give the appearance of garland.  The ornaments were created by adhering the rhinestones to sequins with hot glue.  

I decided to supplement the trees with a few yarn-wrapped ornaments.  Initially, I was worried that the hot glue used to adhere the yarn to the ornament might crack the glass, but it worked just fine.  To finish off the ornament, just simply tie a bow to the top.  These can be displayed in so many ways, such as hanging from the tree, filling for a clear glass bowl, or laying over the garland as I did.  

My favorite part of the decoration, and the centerpiece, is the yarn covered letters that spell NOEL. Similar to the ornaments and miniature Christmas trees, each of the cardboard letters (found at most craft stores) is wrapped with yarn.  I first wrapped each letter vertically until the entire face was covered in yarn.  After wrapping each of the letters vertically, I wrapped the yarn horizontally starting at the bottom of the letter until entirely covered in yarn.  I had a very narrow wooden tray in which to display the letters, though I think they would look just fine resting directly on the table top.  I plan to re-use this idea for Valentine's Day by replacing the 'N' with a 'V' in order to spell LOVE!

Here is a view of the entire table top.  I placed trees and ornaments on both sides of the table in order to achieve balance.  I added a small red homemade stand (made of a candlestick holder and wooden plaque) to the right side of the decoration to maintain color consistency on both sides of the decoration.

I hope a few of these decorations will inspire you to create some handmade goodies to your collection of Christmas d├ęcor this year.  Creating is about your own personal taste, so take these ideas and make them your own. 

I hope that you and your family have a blessed holiday.
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