Christmas · Holidays

Cranberry Crafts

The first thing I think of when I think of decorating with cranberries is of course…popcorn and cranberry garland for the tree. Children love to string popcorn, just add a little cranberries for color. Or you can also make these:

Idea 1: Indoor Cranberry Candle

  1. Lay cut greens in the bottom of a hurricane glass.
  2. Fill with water.
  3. Float cranberries on top.
  4. Put a floating candle in the middle.

Idea 2: Outdoor Cranberry Candle

  1. Pop a candle into a glass hurricane.
  2. Pile faux snow around the candle.
  3. Top with cranberries.
  4.  Make several and line them up along a path.

Idea 3: Sugared Cranberry Candles

1. Line a narrow tray with five colorful candles

2. Fill the space around the candles with sugared cranberries.

3. Pop in a few pine sprigs for flair.

Idea 4: Mini Christmas Tree Bucket

1. Position mini Christmas trees in a tin bucket

2. Fill the bucket with cranberries until you reach the rim.

3. Decorate the mini Christmas trees with garlands, tiny ornaments, and other decorations.

Idea 5: Cranberry Napkin Ring Wreath

1. Shape 2 inches of wire into a circle for the base.

2. Twist rosemary sprigs around wire until covered.

3. Hot-glue three cranberries to the wreath.

4. Store wreaths in the refrigerator until ready to use.

5. Slip the mini wreaths onto rolled napkin

Crafts · wreaths

How To Make A Burlap Wreath

Buy some burlap. You’ll need two yards (1.8 meters). Cut it into 8-inch-wide (20cm) strips. Alternatively, you could purchase several rolls of loosely woven garland (at a higher price.)

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Obtain a wire wreath base. These often can be found for a dollar or two at the craft store;

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Roll or gather the end of a burlap strip. Weave it through the wires of the wreath base to start your wreath. This serves to hold the end in place while you assemble the rest of the wreath:

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Pull a loop of burlap strip through the wreath slats:

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Lift the loop. Fluff it out to the size you want the wreath to be. This is generally a 2-3 inch (5-7.5cm) high loop;

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Pull the next loop through the next slat over. Repeat back and forth until you completely hide the wire frame. This can be done with as little as 12 ft (3.6 meters) of burlap strip or as much as 36 ft (11 meters), depending on how thick and full you want your wreath to be. The wreath shown used two yards (1.8 meters) of burlap, cut into 8-inch strips;

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Slide the loops firmly together. This will make space on the frame for more loops and “puff out” the wreath some more.

Adjust the loops to make your wreath look even:

Decorate the wreath with seasonal colors and floral sprays. You can reuse the base many times so long as you avoid gluing anything to it. Instead, use decorations you can wrap around or wire to the frame so that you can easily replace them from season to season:Image titled BW 9 Embellish best

Remember:  The wreath is a circle, so whatever point you start at will be the “right” one.

 

 

 

Christmas · Holidays

Christmas Wreaths

It’s Christmas time! I love creating new little projects and decorating my home. I went to the local craft store.They were having a big sale on almost everything in the store! They had 24″ wreaths that were only $3 each! Wow, at that price  I grabbed a bunch! I picked up some new balls, ribbons of all sizes, and some wild picks. I was like a kid in a candy store!

Last year I had bought online a set of 3 Christmas boxes that light up. They were a lot smaller than I had thought.( Next time I will be sure to read the dimensions more carefully). So  I was thinking of a big display for my table using one of the boxes. The boxes have white plastic mesh around them,and they light up. So, I started with one of my wreaths.

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I put some of the larger white picks around the top of the bow on the gift box. Then I took another large pick and tore it apart to make smaller ones that would go on the wreath. I gathered up my ribbons and picks for the project. Believe it or not, I had put the whole thing put together, then changed my mind, took it all apart, and sprayed the wreath with snow. It looks more cohesive with the box.

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You can see the gift box with the ribbon in the background.I started adding the balls, drums and picks around the wreath, and matched the gift box with same. This is the result:

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Do you like what I created? I hope so because here are two more.

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This one was done with the red sparkly mesh, cut into strips, and tied around a wire wreath. Add some red balls, a belt with a gold metallic buckle. I painted the letters white, then sprinkled some glitter on them.

Here is another one  I made for the front door..

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Wrap and pinch with burlap ribbon, add some greenery picks and berries. I then added some poinsettias and a sign I had made last year for something else.

A little disclosure…after I did my craft shopping…I came home to a flooded laundry room..again my water heaters hose broke. This time the other one…what a mess. So needless to say, I had all this nervous energy to create these wreaths over the long holiday weekend.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend….and are ready for the Christmas Season!!!!

If you created any Christmas crafts…I would love to see them and post!

Thank you for looking!!

Christmas · Holidays

Spool Ornaments

I know there are a lot of you that like to sew. Do you save your spools when the threads gone? Good things come in small packages, like these tiny ornaments made with wooden thread spools, paper and beads.  The spools measure one-inch tall and carry three themes; “Let It Snow”, “Tis The Season”, and “Fa la la la la”.  I’ve designed the templates for you.  All you have to do is print them, cut them out and glue them to the painted wood spools.  Add your own special beads at the top and bottom along with fancy hangers.  You can make these little treasures in minutes.   On a tight budget?  These ornaments won’t break the bank.  Create several for your tree or give them as gifts to friends this holiday season. 

Here is the templates for the designs:

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Here are the directions:

  1. Paint the tops and bottoms of the spool with red paint

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2. While the paint is drying, print out the templates on regular copy paper. Cut out the images just inside the grey border.

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3. Apply roll on glue to the middle of the back side of the strip.

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4. Stick the middle of the strip to the spool and wrap the ends around to see if they will align properly.  If they don’t, realign the strip

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5. Once you’re sure it’s straight, apply glue to one end of the strip and adhere it to the spool.  Apply glue to the opposite end and overlap the first end.

6. Cut out circles slightly smaller than the template from seam tape or some other thin, textured ribbon or fabric that can be punctured with a wire.  The fabric will prevent the center wire from tearing the paper.

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7. Slip a bead onto a head pin wire.  Push the wire through the center of the spool.Holding all the pieces taught, bend the wire into a 90 degree angle over a sharp-edged object like a metal ruler. Use round nose pliers to create a loop in the wire for hanging.

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To download the instructions highlight and paste:

http://www.domestic-divaonline.com/Site_1/tiny-thread-spool-ornaments_files/Tiny%20Thread%20Spool%20Ornaments.pdf

Isn’t this a creative way to use up your spools!!

 

 

Home · Home Decor

Cute Window Curtains

I received this wonderful email today, and I wanted to share it with you. I just love all these different ideas how you can make your curtains look special.

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Pom-Pom Pep-Up

Give plain curtains a cheery boost by attaching rows of colorful pom-pom trim. Measure and mark parallel lines 6 inches apart across each panel using a fabric-marking pencil and measuring tape. To prevent puckering, glue 1-inch pom-pom trim to half of each drawn line at a time, allowing it to dry before gluing the other half. (We used Fabri-Tac, a permanent fabric glue.) To achieve a fuller effect, add additional strands of trim. (We used three strands — two light and one dark — for each row.)

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Burlap Curtains

Made into generous panels, affordable burlap has the look of linen at a fraction of the cost. Most burlap comes 50 to 60 inches wide, perfect for a panel. Just cut it to length (you’ll need about 3 yards per panel) and hem the sides with iron-on seam tape. The luxe textures of brush fringe and satin ribbon take humble burlap up a notch. To trim a curtain panel as shown here, lay the curtain panels out flat, wrong side up. Glue ribbon to the inside edge of the panel so about half an inch of ribbon peeks out, gathering the ribbon as you glue to make a slight ruffle. Then, glue the flat part of fringe material to the ribbon so the fringe extends about an inch beyond the ribbon. Trims usually can’t be machine-washed, so it’s best to spot-clean trimmed curtains.

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Tuck and Fold

An orgami-inspired folding technique turns plain window sheers into a one-of-a-kind creation. To create the curtain, purchase two sheer window panels. Cut the first into equal-size squares. Lay the other panel on the floor. On the squares, pin opposite corners in the center of the squa

re. Then lay the pinned pieces on the full panel in a pattern of your liking, overlapping the corners slightly. (We repeated an X shape to cover the lower portion of the sheer.) Hand-sew centers at the pins.

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Stenciled Design

For this shapely teal design on crisp white drapery panels, trace desired shapes onto cardboard and cut out. (Get the pattern used for these curtains below.) We used two sizes of diamond shapes and one football shape. Iron the curtain panel and lay flat on a protected work surface. Position the first shape at the bottom left-hand corner of the panel. Trace around the shape using an artists brush and slightly watered-down teal blue paint. Place a second shape above the first and trace with paint. Keep alternating shapes to the top of the panel, then begin another row next to the first. For an organic look, we let our brushstrokes be imperfect.

GET THE FREE PATTERN

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From All Angles

Plain curtain panels require no more than stitched-on triangles in various hues of satin to become eye-catching. Select a few fabrics in coordinating colors and patterns. Cut out triangles in various sizes, and sew the shapes in a free-flowing pattern.

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  • Dyed Curtains

    Create an ombre effect by dipping a teal cotton curtain into equal parts bleach and water. Soak the bottom two-thirds of the curtain for five minutes, then lay it outdoors in the sun to dry. When the curtain reaches the desired shade, rinse with water. Repeat the process, soaking only the bottom third in the bleach-water solution. Allow the curtain to dry in the sun until the bottom portion is almost white. Rinse and let dry.

    Tips:

    • Safety first! Keep bleach out of reach of children, and work in well-ventilated areas. Always wear eye protection. If you have sensitive skin or abrasions, wear gloves. To prevent damage from splatters, protect the area around you and wear old clothes. Never mix bleach with other cleaning products.
    • Fabric matters! For best results, choose natural dyed fabrics, such as cotton or linen, or 50/50 blends. Avoid 100 percent synthetic fibers (such as polyester), because they are typically colorfast.
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      Reverse Engineering

      Add a design to a colored curtain panel by subtracting hues. Intrigued? We were, too! We found a product called DeColourant that removes pigment from fabric. To create this scalloped pattern, all you need is a cheap plastic protractor (the grade-school kind), a stencil brush, DeColourant, and an iron. Position the protractor horizontally on your 100-percent cotton or silk fabric, then apply DeColourant to the fabric inside the arch of the protractor using the stencil brush. Move the protractor horizontally across the fabric and repeat the process to achieve rows. Allow the DeColourant to dry, then set an iron to the highest steam setting and press it over the fabric. When heated, the DeColourant lifts the hue from the fabric.

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      Flower Power

      Take plain white curtains up a notch with a simple flower embellishment. To create the rosettes, trace around a 3-inch diameter drinking glass on the flower fabric. Repeat until you have five same-size circles per rosette. Cut out circles and fold into quarters. Hold all the quarter circles in your hand and stitch together with a needle and thread at the base of the flowers. Create the number of rosettes that you want and stitch them to a pair of curtain panels, alternating heights. Run a bead of fabric glue from the flower to the bottom of the curtain panel. Place a length of green yarn on the glue, wrapping it under the bottom edge of the panel and gluing to the back of the curtain. Cut leaf shapes from green cotton fabric and position next to the yarn. Sew a straight stitch down the center and around the edges to secure.

 

Home · Home Improvements

Shoe Storage

Whether you’re looking for creative ways to display your footwear or simply trying to maximize your storage space, these options should provide plenty of inspiration.

This one is from Closet Maid:

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This one is from California Closets…masculine shoe storage…

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Here’s another from California Closets:

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And another from Closet Maid:

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Here is a original Leonard Parker Lazy SusanOriginal_Leonard-Parker-lazy-susan-shoe-storage_hgtv_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.966.1288.jpeg

Jennifer Dyer:

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I love that one!!! Look at this one…beautiful

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No floor space? How about this on the back of your closet door…

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Here is a few cool ideas for DIYers:

 

This is a simple, pretty way to store your shoes.

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Thank you all for looking….hope you have a wonderful day. Did this post inspire you?

 

Holidays · Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

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To all of my American friends – I wish you and your families the most joyous Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you have a wonderful meal and a day filled with beautiful memories, love and laughter!

I am very thankful that I have such wonderful people from all over the globe,following my blog..thank you and thank you everyone out there for inspiring me!