I want to start with a note to express my deepest concern for everyone affected by the events yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Many of you know I am originally a New Englander and part of my heart will always reside there. I had a dear friend run in the marathon who, thankfully, finished before the explosions happened. And I’m incredibly grateful that two of my cousins who were at the event are safe and sound … and proud to say one was able to stay and provide help to the injured. That sports medicine degree is already coming in handy, Taylor. Seriously, my first post title thought was ‘my yard is manscaped’. As in, my yard was put in order by my man … but we all know that’s not really what that collection of words says, now don’t we. :) But, to refocus here, I really need to brag on my man for just a minute. Usually I’m more about mocking him, that’s no secret. But for anyone who knows us in real life there are a few things that are for sure.
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
Too soon? Did my post on Friday, the little recap of all of the Christmas crafts we did last year, not imply that I had already started the countdown to Christmas? It was supposed to. ;) And, by countdown to Christmas I actually mean countdown to Christmas crafting. And that countdown to Christmas crafting actually came to zero about a week ago. Would that make it T plus 7 days? I don’t know. I’m actually teaming up with a few other incredible bloggers and we’re banding together to bring you 4 creative ways to countdown to Christmas. We’re talkin’ about advent calendars and in my case, an advent tree!
This is it. My first ever, one and only, Halloween craft.
I have to admit, it seems kind of out of left field to get so geared up for fall. I mean, we live on a Caribbean island and all. It’s the land of perma-summer. But a tree … yes, a tree … totally caught me off guard yesterday and it had me coming up with fall centerpiece ideas … and then creating a little front door decor. It’s like my personal welcome to fall. With love, summer. :)
Do you live on a Caribbean island where real pumpkins rot in about .2 seconds from the time you leave the grocery store? No? Maybe you’re just looking for a new take on the old Halloween craft project? Or, maybe you’re like me and just love to take something natural and make it into something unique.
I’m here today following my dreams. :) Remember the dream? The one for this blog to be in print. I talk all about it here. And, since I’m one to follow my dreams, and I just happen to have a new shelf ready for some new decorations, and I wasn’t blogging last fall … I present to you now a little fall decor. :) Fall in July … it’s sure to be the new Christmas in July. I’m sure of it. ;) But, really, what’s a girl to do?!?! The call to action came …
Hey, hey … happy hump day. I have a fun, easy little jar up-cycle for you today. I know, I know…It’s a Cinch was SOOO last week, but easy peasy, lemon breezy projects are addicting. The satisfaction of a completed project is so satisfying. This is coming from a girl who has been working on a door turned something-or-other project for what…like 2 years months?!?! It’s coming along, really it is kind of. But my filing-cabinet-files-organization-project-turned-filing-cabinet-upgrade project has turned into a mini office organization project. And I just so happened to have been washing out and holding onto empty glass jars without any real plan for use. Until I thought they’d make great little office item organizers. I just didn’t like the look of the lid threading around the top, so I wrapped and hot glued some jute.
As part of the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree challenge I have been gettin’ down right crafty up in here. Well, that is a matter of opinion, I know, but check out this cutie. I know, right!?! Adorable I think. Remember my little shopping trip a couple of weekends ago full of five finger discounts? I had found a few of these, and combined with a few I already had, I made these cute little sea urchin snow women (I admitted to viewing the entire non-gendered world as feminine here). They fit right in with what seems to be becoming my handmade coastal Christmas tree. The process took just a few minutes over the course of a few days. I first painted each urchin white just for a more uniform color, glued 3 together and let them sit overnight. Then I glued on a little rope ribbon for scarf. I actually like how it frays to really look like a real scarf. Then I used the handle end of a small paint brush and black paint to add eyes, a mouth and buttons. I wanted to use a black marker but couldn’t find one, I’m sure that would work too. I thought of adding a hat, or other features like an orange nose, but I worried it would get too crafted looking, which for me means I’d screw it up. So I decided they’re wicked cute as is. :) And, the holes in each urchin is perfect to feed ribbon through for a hanger. Just cut the ribbon longer than you think you’ll need and tie a knot in the end, then use a slim paint brush handle or something similar to coax it up through the 3 sea urchins. A close up of me actually putting the ribbon up the bottom … continue reading
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I sure do hope everyone had a phenomenal day and ample opportunity to relish in all that you are thankful. I am thankful beyond words and extraordinarily humbled by all of my life’s blessings. :) So, growing up I always remember having a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree. Is that weird? I don’t know where my mom got it. Or where she got the idea to put it in our Christmas tree. But, it was real, and it was there every year. Do regular people do this? Oddly, I don’t ever recall seeing anyone else having a bird’s nest in their Christmas tree. Hmmmm… But, this weirdness has stuck with me. When we were living in Maryland and a robin’s nest and broken egg found it’s way to our back yard after a storm I snatched it up and new exactly what I was going to do with it. An appearance in our Christmas tree every year it did make. And now it makes it’s home in storage. Now, even that seems little weird to me. But, when I was on the patio the other day making more driftwood Christmas trees (more on those here) this literally blew up into my space. And I immediately thought “bird’s nest”. It actually kind of looks like it was on it’s way there, maybe the early works of something grand by some little island bird. Sorry dude, it’s mine now. ;) And, I immediately pictured it in my Christmas tree. (Is that weird?) So, there it went. Nestled in all snug like. Then, a few days later when I was making some ornaments with these… I had this idea. Isn’t it adorable? It’s a baby sea urchin nest. How very coastal Christmas. Yes, I realize it looks a … continue reading