28 Dec

DIY | MASON JAR TO-GO CUP – from Cold Hands Warm Heart

I found a really neat blog. I mean, there are lots of awesome blogs around the internet, but this one found it self snuggling up to a warm spot near my heart. I just like its style. I like the way Caroline, author, writes, and I really like the style choices she makes. The name is awesome too! Cold Hands Warm Heart? Super creative! So anyway, I’m featuring this tutorial here because its friggen sweet and I’m totally doing this for me and my sister.

diy mason jar to-go cup

26 Dec

Charm Necklace

I’ve always wanted a low hanging charm necklace with neat things on it.
So I made one, cuz that’s what i do.

Charm Necklace

I sanded down my piece of wood so that it was smooth and the grains shown well. I carried with piece of wood with me for a month while I was back packing in Costa Rica. The wood is dark and stained from sweat. Kinda gross, but mostly awesome.

I attached everything by wrapping it with copper wire. I had to get a little creative on the backing of the rose charm.

The clipon earrings were from my great grandma.

Then I fastened them to the chain which was from an old anchor necklace that I wore as costume jewelery.

Viola! I really love it!

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23 Dec

Easy Stamped Christmas Paper Tutorial

stamped christmas wrapping paper

I may have cut it pretty close with getting my Christmas presents wrapped up in time

This is super easy and looks really classy and cost me nothing!

stamped christmas wrapping paper

Supplies:

  • paper bag
  • kitchen sponge
  • acrylic paint (I chose white)
  • paintbrush
  • hot glue gun
  • plastic container

stamped wrapping paper
First thing really is to cut off the bottom of your paper bag and lay it out flat. I even taped it to the workspace to ensure it wouldn’t slide around on me.

Draw your desired shape onto your sponge and cut it out. I was in a hurry, so I did a simple shape. It’s kinda a wonky dr. suessy christmas tree, but it works!

Then hot glue your sponge shape onto your plastic container. You can use a wood block or anything else solid. I’m all about resourcefulness, so anything you can manage. This piece is for when you press your sponge onto the paper you get an even distribution of pressure and so that you have something to hold on to. So you don’t get fingers painted.

stamped christams wrapping paper
If your sponge is hard and dry, get it a little wet.

Paint your sponge with a paintbrush. Do not just dip your sponge into the paint unless you have diluted the paint way down or are using a medium besides acrylic. If you dip the sponge in paint you are going to get WAY too much paint on the sponge. Paint it on and cover the entire sponge.
stamped christmas wrapping paper
Do a test stamp before you start stamping on your brown paper bag.

Press evenly and straight down. Bring it straight up. You get two or three stamps before you have to re paint your sponge stamp.

I did not measure my lines, I just went for it, stamping in all different directions, but you could grid out your paper if you want your stamping to be evenly spaced apart.
Christmas wrapping paper stamped
Let it dry before you wrap!

Add some twine or colored hemp string and your done! Beautiful wrapping paper. Super easy. Great for last minute wrapping. Great for any holiday, as you can make your stamp any shape. Hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, or blue moons… haa. A moon and a star one would be so neat!
stamped christmas wrapping paper

Like this tutorial? Another great gift wrapping idea can be seen here:
christmas_clothing_wrap

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20 Dec

Art Appreciated from Things I Have Made

A foot of snow in 4 days? It finally feels like winter

 

owl newborn hat

 

It’s time to cover up those heads!

My friend Becky has a really great etsy shop started that will keep you and your little ones warm!

She’s a master crocheter and all of her stuff is made to order, so you can pick your own colors.

She has a bunch of great items! Here are a few of my favs:
thingsihavemade thingsihavemade thingsihavemade thingsihavemade

 

 

 

 

 

Becky started her shop because she loves to crochet, and can only wear so many scarfs, hats, headbands, etc. at one time!
You won’t find any $70 scarfs or cowls here. She prices things pretty close to what it costs to make them. I know you will enjoy her work!

Check out her etsy shop HERE!