Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Pink Pumpkin with Bling

Meet my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher:
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We know her favorite colors happen to be bling, sparkle and glitter…so I altered a faux pumpkin for her to put in her classroom.
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I spray painted the pumpkin a shabby shade of pink and then applied lots of rhinestone-y stickers to give it a little bling.
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I found a glittered bow which is attached with a pipe cleaner wrapped around the stem.

The swirly sparklies are stickers from Hobby Lobby.
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Presenting her perfectly pink “Happy First Day of Fall” teacher gift…
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Halloween Apothecary Bottles - Tutorial

Today I’m sharing with you how I made my new Halloween apothecary bottles!
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I started with a set of six bottles from IKEA and some strips of muslin fabric which I cut with a rotary cutter.
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I folded each strip in half and hot-glued a strip to each bottle.
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I made my own labels and printed them on cardstock, then cut them out and glued them to the center of each bottle.
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I topped off each bottle with some tinsel and Halloween pom pom ribbon.
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Happy Fall!
p.s. One of my most commented-on posts was a spice rack which I altered for Halloween a few years ago. I have a lot more followers now, so in case you missed it, here’s a link:
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You can read the original post here
As always, my tastes have changed, and I love these new apothecary bottles with a more sepia tone and fresh new look.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Candy Corn Treat

Here’s a quick, fun and easy treat the kids can help with.
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You just need square pretzels, Hershey’s white chocolates, and candy corn (or M&Ms).
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The kids’ job is line all the pretzels on a cookie sheet, then unwrap and place a chocolate on each pretzel.
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Once the chocolates are on the pretzels, put the cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for about three and a half minutes.  When the chocolates begin to glisten/melt, take them out (watch carefully). You don’t want them to melt too much.  You just want them soft.

After removing from the oven, place a candy corn on top of each chocolate and gently press it into the chocolate.  You can place them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to set up before eating.
We’ve tried this with Rolo’s as well as M&Ms and both work great!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Subway Art with Bible Verses

I recently finished a large custom order for some subway art featuring various Bible verses.
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This collection is four 16 x 20 canvases and two 20 x 24 canvases.  Here’s a quick tutorial…

I first designed the wording and layout on the computer. I used a photo editing software called PagePlus x4.  Then I cut out all the letters on my Cricut using repositionable contact paper.

Next I painted the canvases an heirloom white color before putting on the lettering.  Placing the letters is probably the most time consuming part of the process, along with designing the layout.
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Next up is a coat of black paint right over the lettering.
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After it dries, I used a spatula tool to gently lift the vinyl letters off the canvas.
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Lastly, I use a sand block to lightly distress the canvas edges and corners.
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Here’s a sneak peek of the finished project:
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Additional copies are available to order in my Etsy store.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

2011 Holidays & Celebrations Magazine

What an absolute thrill it is to see some of my projects in the 2011 Somerset Holidays & Celebrations magazine!

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There are two projects I created that were featured in this magazine.  The first project is a Halloween magnetic advent calendar.  I first posted about this in August 2009 with a tutorial here.  The magazine article is four pages:

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By the way, these incredible images came from Lisa’s Altered Art.   She has a huge collection of outstanding images! Be sure to check out her site! I also made a Christmas calendar using her images:

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My second project featured in the magazine is patriotic tags made from a standard deck of playing cards:

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You can see close-ups of all these patriotic tags in my original post here.

So there ya go.  Two projects featured this year.  I couldn’t be more thrilled!

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