Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all...

I know that today we are all spending time with those that we love, so I wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! See you soon.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Made It...Vintage Christmas Cone

I love the vintage richness of old text book pages. The yellow-brown tint of days gone bye and knowing that countless fingers have touched the very same pages I am (insert wistful sigh here...) So it goes with out saying that this is one of my favorite mediums to work with. In my every growing obession with creating Christmas decor this year (yikes!), I have come up with these fantastically vintage looking Christmas cones. But, how to keep them looking great for the years to come while stashed in the attic above??? My solution is Modge Podge! Get ready for my rockin' tutorial...

You will need:
vintage paper
cardstock (1 piece for each cone)
tulle, ribbon or some type of hanging material ( I used vanilla colored seam binding)
modge podge(hereafter known as MP)
glue (quick dry is best!)
foam brush
assorted embellies to "frost" your cones with
shred or filler for the cones

I wanted a set that spelled out JOY, so for my tutorial, I will be creating 3 cones. First you will need to create your cone shapes by rolling the paper and then using your glue, secure the cones closed. Tear your vintage paper into smallish pieces (different sizes and shapes are ok). Using your foam brush, apply the MP to the outside of the paper cone and working quickly begin applying the torn paper pieces. Work in small sections so your MP doesn't dry before your paper is applied. Cover the entire cone with paper and then add another layer of MP to the top for durability. Warning--try to use a little MP as possible to prevent wrinkling of the paper and cone. Less is more in this case. Set cones aside to dry and when dry, use punch a hole in either side of the cone for the hanger. Now as these don't weigh in very heavy, you could attach these to a LONG cut wide piece of ribbon and hang vertically. Hmmm...another tutorial is brewing in my head. Now comes the fun part---frosting your cone with embellies. I urge you to use some kind of edging material (lace, garland, trim) to cover your upper edge. I used some fabulous crepe paper ruffles that I whipped up and then inked (ya know I like my vintage fix!) and then attached them with glue (and I heart Fabri-tac.) I tied on my seam binding as my hangers. And now you get to frost them. I used some of my
Rosettes and some glittery letters and attached it all to the front. Then I filled them with some vintage paper shred
And viola` they are! They will be gracing my wall (or where I decide to put them on display) for years to come thanks to my MP!

Let me know what you think!!!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Need a little hamster help this Christmas?

Score! Looking for the Zhu Zhu hamster?? Then check out this Girlz A Soul Sista giveaway!! I entered and am crossing my hopeful little fingers!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Meme...

Mama’s Holiday Wish List MemeTodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year? Santa's Village, New Flooring :), a new cell, new UGG's, a better knife set.
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? This tiny little poinsettia themed box.
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? Crocheting scarves
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? my bike
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? ipod touch, Nintendo DS, a puppy(yea right)
6. What is your favorite holiday food? Grandma's cheesecake pie
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? hot/cold rice bags
8. What is your favorite holiday movie? the Polar Express
9. Favorite holiday song? Silver Bells
10. Favorite holiday pastime? Putting up the tree :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I Made It...Vintage NOEL Banner

I love the looks of the banners that are so popluar right now, so I tried my hand at one using some of my vintage bits! I think it turned out so cute!! I used vintage text pages, my crepe rosettes edged in silver glitter with more vintage shred. Everything is bound with ivory seam binding...I am just loving this one!