Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inexpensive holiday sparkle

Tis the season for glitter, sparkle, and twinkling lights!  It's also the season for  crafting, though every season is the season for crafting, is it not? I wanted to do something different with the mantle this year so I turned to my favorite places for inspiration - Michael's and Target.  At Target I found these adorable glass bottles that cost $2.99 for four.  I bought two packs. My plan was to fill them with something  and line them up on the mantle, so off to Michael's I went.  In the floral department I found the sole red, glittery branch neslted among the silver and gold branches. I needed something to anchor the branches in the  bottles so I walked to the aisle where the glass beads are kept. I was beginning to become dismayed because everything I found was too big to fit in the openings of the bottles.  Then I saw it - metallic sand!  Silver metallic sand! I never knew such a product existed.  I think I audibly gasped. 
 I sped drove home and called my favorite five year old to help me.  She poured the metallic sand (!) into the bottles while I snipped the branches with the wire cutters I use for beading.  I only used a fraction of the sand so there's plenty left for other sparkly crafts.  There are many more bits of red branches, too.  Some of them adorn the Barbie houses in the playroom. 

I saw these cones these cones in a catalog and thought they were really pretty.  They weren't terribly expensive ($15 for a set of 3), but I thought making them would be  fun.  I bought 2 paper mache cones at Michael's ♥ along with metallic paint and way too much glitter than necessary.  My total was around $15.00.  I already had Modge Podge and acrylic spray sealant at home.  Again, I called my littlest girl to help.  We began by painting the cones. When the paint was dry we covered the cone in  a thin layer of Modge Podge.  Then it was time for the fun part.  I poured the glitter on a cookie sheet, slid the cone on Devin's arm, and let her go.  She really liked this part.  She rolled and rolled. The glitter covered so well that I don't think we even needed the paint.  There was  enough glitter left over to make about 30 more cones so back in the jars it went.  Once they had dried over night, I sprayed the cones with the acrylic to keep the glitter from flaking off.  I adore glitter, but not when it's on my hands, rugs, or childrens' scalps. 
Here's the finished product, with a few additions..lights, votives, and a vase filled with ornaments - one of my favorite tricks.  I made the wreath last year.  You can buy one here  if you want to spend $59.00 plus shipping.  Are they serious?  It's a piece of styrofoam. With a feather boa wrapped around it.  Make one for yourself.  Don't be afraid of the glue gun.
If you've got sparkle in your house, let's see it!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

wax on...wax off

During the summer Bryn and Tori discovered they could wax Devin's eyebrows with stickers.  Devin was a very willing subject and thought it was hilarious.  A few weeks ago, while the rain prevented them from playing outside, Bryn and Tori  waxed Devin again.  This time they used packing tape and waxed her nose.  All 3 of them were giggling their little heads off.  After ripping the tape off Devin's nose Bryn used a foam paint brush to smooth Devin's skin. 

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The view from my house

This is what I saw while standing on my back deck a few weeks ago.

This is what I saw while standing on my front porch a few days ago.

This is what I saw while standing in my driveway today.
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