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Crafted Christmas – Homemade Ornaments Ideas Link Party

December 4, 2012 in For the Holidays

Wow! Can you believe Christmas is less than three weeks away?! Unreal. I know it sounds cliche, but seriously – where did the year go?!

I’m so thankful for everyone that participated in the Crafted Christmas Ornament Exchange. We had a great turnout this year and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Looking for some homemade ornament ideas and inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!

Come one, Come ALL!  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to link up and share their homemade Christmas ornaments.

Ornament Link Party Suggestions:

  1. Link up your homemade Christmas ornaments!
  2. Spread some holiday cheer! Stop by and visit other link-ups. Leave a comment and let them know how much you love their creations!
  3. Check back for features on December 12th!
  4. If you’d like to PIN an ornament idea, please visit the blog’s site and pin from there! Show a little Pinterest Love!



Mark your calendars and stop back on December 12th to see the amazing features. Find your inspiration and craft your Christmas ornaments!

Please help spread the word and tell your friends about the Ornament Link Party. More ornaments = more fun!

Thanks for linking up!

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Berry Centerpiece { Driscoll’s Berry Craft Contest }

December 1, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Driscoll’s, asking if I’d like to participate in a Berry Craft Contest. They sent me a crafting kit with a $25 gift card to Michael’s, $25 in Driscoll’s berry coupons, a berry shopping bag, a berry strainer, and some instructions on how to begin my crafting.

What’s a girl to do?

Go shopping!

I wanted to create something that was a bit less crafty and a bit more traditional home decor. I think I ended up with a great classic look!

I purchased 2 clamshells of blackberries, 2 clamshells of raspberries and 1 clamshell of strawberries. The hardest part was not EATING all of the berries while I put together this EASY centerpiece.

Assembly was a cinch! I started with a chunky, square glass vase. I stood a pillar candle in the center and then layered the berries around it. I think this could be a FUN Fourth of July decoration too!

I love the deep color the blackberries bring into the room. Plus – the centerpiece smells AMAZING! It’s a win-win-win… the centerpiece looks great… smells great… and TASTES great. I’ll admit, I stole more than one berry in the taking of these photos.

Yummmmmm. De-lish!

Have you ever tried crafting with berries? I’ll admit, I never would have thought to use fresh berries in my decor. I think we’re all programmed to automatically think of plastic berries!

So what would YOU make with fresh berries?

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Thankful Turkey Craft Tutorial

November 14, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

I’m a sucker for crafts. There. I said it. I’ll admit it. I love craft paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and styrofoam. Yup… love it all.

So when I was asked to run a staff meeting at work, I instantly thought – “How can I incorporate something crafty?”  Haha… No, I’m not kidding. That really was my first thought. I know… I’m pathetic!

I decided we could make turkeys… but not just any turkeys…  we could make turkeys to show the things we are THANKFUL for in each other. Yes, now I’m pathetic AND cheesy.

How’d we do it? Well duh – of course I’ll show you how!

  1. Purchase large styrofoam balls (to cut in half for body) and small styrofoam calls (for head).  Using toothpicks, attach head to body and paint with brown acrylic craft paint. At first I tried spray paint, but it was melting my turkey bodies! Insane!  (and makes me realize I really DO need to wear a mask when I spray paint… no telling what those fumes are doing to my lungs!)
  2. Make the beak – Fold a piece of orange scrapbook paper in half and cut an arrow shape along the fold.
  3. Unfold the arrow and cut notches into the straight end…
  4. …this allows the beak to line up perfectly when folded and ready to glue!
  5. Hot glue the beak to the head.
  6. I had this oversized pipe cleaner on hand (found at Michaels) so I cut about a 1″ piece.
  7. Pull the fluff off one end to expose wire.
  8. Insert the red pipe cleaner under the beak.
  9. Not pictured – hot glue the googly eyes above the beak.

Repeat steps 1-9 to make SEVEN turkeys!

To make the feathers, fold your scrapbook paper in half (so you can cut double the feathers with half the effort). Cut out desired number of feathers and then hot glue toothpicks to the ends.

 

I did all the prep work at home and brought the turkeys and feathers to work. Yup… it was a LOT of feathers!

I think my coworkers might have thought I was at least 83.5% nuts… but they humored me… and we all walked away from the meeting with a token of appreciation. I had fun reading my feathers and smiled at the things my coworkers appreciated in me. :-)

…and the yellow feathers are blank because they were “my color”. I gave everyone their own color to write on. That way people could identify who the feathers were from. I didn’t want my turkey to be without yellow so I stuck a couple blanks in.

I think this turkey craft would be GREAT to make with kids. They’d have a great time assembling and painting them. How cute would they be on your Thanksgiving table!

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