Seasons · Summer

Seahorse Bucket

Hi everyone! I am working on a project that I’m very proud of…or will be when finished! I needed to practice making a seahorse for the project. I think this little guy came out so cute….

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I had this little galvanized bucket…it seems like forever. I am pretty sure I picked it up at a craft store.

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So now I had to try my hand at drawing a seahorse. When I was satisfied with the drawing, I cut it out and pinned it on a piece of burlap, then cut it out!

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I had purchased these shells for another project…. I purchased them at Walmart.

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Don’t you love these shells…..so pretty…TIP Alert: I have a really fantastic tip that I just happened upon. Well you know how raveled the ends get with burlap, I tried spraying it with Rusoleum Clear Spray Sealer. It worked!!! The seahorse was so much easier to handle. It stiffened it up just a little bit, but I love how the ends aren’t raveling anymore. I then used ‘Goop’ to put the little guy on the pail. Then I decorated him with some shells…..So what do you think?

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Crafts · Fun & Easy DIY · Seasons · Summer

Memories in a Bottle

This is my most favorite original idea! I made this craft a few years ago and posted on Hometalk, and everyone that sees it loves them, so I made more to show a tutorial for you.

When my sons were young, we spent a lot of summer vacations at the beach. They collected a lot of shells! I kept them all these years.

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I started by gathering all the items I would need for the project. These are the items you will need for this easy project….

you’ll need: Clean clear wine bottle, Sand, Shells, Photo, String, Funnel and Cork

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I used a funnel to transfer the sand into the bottle.

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I added the shells. I remember when my sons were collecting shells…they always found these small ones. The hole is small, so it worked out perfect. My sons always seemed to find those small shells.

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I didn’t want that panoramic view, so I cut the sides of picture just to see in back of bottle. Then you gently roll your photo, printed side in. I used a skewer to poke it down and position it.

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Next, I took some string and wrapped it around the top.

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On the bottle to the left, I took a piece of string and a larger shell, glue both ends to inside the shell. It forms a hoop, to hang on bottle. Pic on right, I just left a long piece of string dangle after wrapping around the top. I hot glued larger shells along the string.

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What is so special about this is the pic of the kids at the beach, searching for the shells that are actually in the bottle! Perfect keepsake for memories. You can create your own memories..

 

Seasons · Summer

Seashell Monogram Letter

I love decorating with seashells! I had this letter ‘H’ I was waiting to decorate. If it works out, I will decorate the ‘ O M E’ letters I have. So this is what I collected together… The burlap ribbon and net wired ribbon came from the dollar store…The ruffled burlap from Walmart along with the letters.

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I started with one of those cardboard letters, lots of depth. I fiddled around with different coverings, but at the end I went with the burlap. I think it’s makes the shells more prominent. I wrapped it with the burlap. I glued up to the top back and hot glued it down. (If your putting this outside, use a glue specifically for that)

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I then played around with the net wire ribbon. I love that ribbon. I glued it at the top back, and played with it a little as I went down to opposite corner and glued it down.

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I have some sea glass I have been wanting to use……so I played around with it. I knew I wanted a starfish….or 3. So I put the biggest at top left. I put more of the glass in the bottom two sides. I just spray painted some berries I had white….and added that. This will be nice on my summer theme! Don’t we love summer! Oh and by the way, I sprayed the whole thing with Rust oleum Clear Coat.

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It picked up the natural colors of the glass, and shells. Now I have to work on the O M E HOME….It will look great during the summer on my mantle! Thank you for looking!

 

 

Seasons · Winter

Gorgeous Crafting With Snow

I am still working diligently on my project for a Challenge I am entering. So I am taking the day off..but..I just had to show you what a friend sent to me. They are amazing!!!

The annual Snow Sculpture contest in Breckenridge, Colorado, attracts contestants from all over the world.   
 
Talk About A “Snow Job”…!!!!      

This one is my favorite…just because it reminds me of ‘Small World’ in Disneyland. And children…just love kids.

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Remember…these are all made of snow…

 

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Is this Michael Jackson???

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For all you Readers out there…

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I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Aren’t these amazing!!!!

Seasons · Winter

Winter Wreath

With Christmas being over, and the season still ringing in my heart, I know I am going  to have a hard time putting Christmas away in a few days. I seem to always do. I had a beautiful Christmas, and I hope all of you did also!

With the winter here for another couple of months, I’m getting started on making some pretty winter decorations.

I’m starting with this is a very easy wreath to make. Fun and easy for children! All you need for this is a box of sandwich bags and a wire hanger. I picked up the bags at the dollar store. Now in retrospect, I should have used the plain baggies that you twist tie with wire.  I will show you later why. Just pull down on bottom of hanger to make a circle.DSCN4132.JPG

Take one baggie, and tie around the hanger….do not knot

As you can see in the photo on the right, the bags a bit thick where it was tied around the wire.This wouldn’t have been so if I used the plain baggies with no fold top.(I should have stuck with my search, perhaps Walmart.)  I have had the flu the last couple of days and have been pampering myself.

So anyway, you go around tying the bags all around the wire..I was watching a movie while doing this…goes by faster.

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When you are finished, you need to go around and fluff the ends of the bags, so you have a round fluffy wreath. I then was looking for some ribbon to put on the wreath. I love this wired ribbon..it has sequins and snowflakes …and looks sooo pretty!!

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Tie it to the top of wreath around the hangers top….

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I had found that pretty snowflake in the center of the wreath at the dollar store at Christmastime. I just hung it on the back of the top of hanger….I think it looks so pretty! What do you think?

 

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Seasons · Winter

2017 New Years Resolutions

Most of us do it every year, we make personal promises to ourselves, and I’m not any different. I have so many plans for this next year to share with you. Here are some I am going to be doing. The first one is the first I do for sure. There are some of you waiting for me to be the ‘guinea pig’, trying the Rustoleum Cabinet Kit. So I will be doing that before anything else. The next projects…not in any particular order…

  • Painting Family Room Cabinets
  • Painting Counter Top in Family Room
  • Remove Popcorn Ceiling
  • Fan Makeover
  • Staining Concrete Patio
  •  Mosaic Tile Concrete by Front Door
  •  Carpet Removal/Lay Flooring
  •  Total Bathroom Makeover on a dime
  •  Add Decorative Stone to blocks on Mailbox

I know I will be adding to this list as I go. Of course I will still be doing crafts, home decor, up cycles, re purposing, and of course all the different holiday crafts.

I do want to take this time to let you all know how much I appreciate your following my blog. The past 4 months since starting this.. It is so much fun for me to share with you all my projects. I am so looking forward to a New Year filled with surprises!

I also want to let all of you know how much I enjoy your sites. From the awesome cooks who tempt me daily with their awesome recipes….to the travelers who take me along on their journeys with their amazing photos and stories.Then the personal journeys others are taking…and the fun blogs that make me smile….thank you so much. I cannot tell you how much pleasure I get reading all of your blogs with my coffee each morning!

I wish all of you a amazing 2017, and hope all your dreams come true!

Christmas · Holidays · Seasons · Winter

Snowflakes ‘Updated’

I have had such a wonderful day! I am filled with the Christmas spirit! First I had a young friend of mine come over and do snowflakes with me! Then, a couple came over with their precious 1 yr old baby girl….ahh..I just melted holding her. Showing her all the musical stuffed animals and snow globes. Her eyes were as big as saucers, as she was so fascinated with everything! Her visit made my year!

So back to the snowflakes…the first one is one you are already aware of… snowflakes out of coffee filters…right? This is Mariah…flattening out the coffee filter….

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Fold in half, and keep folding till you have a small triangle

You then cut little triangles or circles…

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and that turns into this

The next snowflakes are awesome!!!!

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What do you think of this one? Tomorrow we are adding fluorescent glitter all over it!

Here is what you need….pkg of brown paper lunch bags, and glue..we used white glue….both found at the dollar store..It’s better if you can find the white lunch bags…they were out, so we used the brown.

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The second one we made came out fuller…we used 10 bags. Start by laying out one bag, front side up, and make a line of glue across the top then down…forming a T. .

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Then put the next bag on top of the glued bag. Continue with glue, then bag until you reach the last bag

This was the hard part….getting Mariah to wait for the glue to dry.

When dry, cut a ‘tree top’  through all 10 bags at the top. If you can’t cut through all 10, just lift up some and cut a few at a time.

It will look like this…

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I was getting excited…I forgot to take pictures of the next step. But all you do is cut 2 small triangles below the larger one you just cut out. Then you carefully spread the bags apartdscn4075

….oops, still wet glue….and like a fan, you connect the ends with glue. See above how she is spreading the bags. Spread out to make a fan….

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Then you will meet both sides together of the fan…to form a circle…See how glue was added to one side…

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These are big stars. Cover with glitter…Big and beautiful!!!

What do you think?