12.22.2014

diy glitter sheet music ornaments

I am a really big fan of the old book sheets or music sheets anything. I've seen these ornaments or balls or even candles floating around Pinterest for awhile now and our annual ornament making night was the perfect time to attempt it. We needed a successful ornament. It's been a few years of duds. This one was no dud.

You need old sheet music, in this case Christmas carols, or an old book. One you obviously don't mind destroying. My mom had a caroling pamphlet from 1960 that she was willing to let us ruin and ruin we did. 

Needed:
Ripped or cut paper in 1/2 inch by 2 inch pieces (we used about 1.5 sheets of music per ornament)
Glass or plastic ornament (topper removed)
Mod Podge, plain and glitter
Foam brushes

The smaller pieces of paper seem to lay flatter so keep that in mind. I spread some Mod Podge on the ball first and then laid the pieces perpendicular from the "hole" of the ornament around the entire circumference. Then I just filled in and repeated the process down the entire ball, covering each sheet with more Mod Podge as I went. Once I sufficiently covered the entire ball I coated it again with the Mod Podge. Once that dried I did a coat of the glitter Mod Podge. How many times can I say Mod Podge in a sentence?
  
My mom and I.... can you tell we are related? And we take our crafting quite seriously? My sister-in-law took over camera duties which I am forever grateful for, although being a bit sticky fingered myself I got no photos of her crafting. Apologies. But! Cute babies! Messy business. This Mod Podge.




 
 









Of course the glue wasn't even dry before they were hung on my tree with care. I originally intended adding some sort of garnish to the ornament but I'm just not quite sure what. Sprig of holly? Bit of ribbon? I shall ponder further.




Now I want to Mod Podge all the things. Because this was my first experience using it. And I really love the way they turned out. Maybe candles will be next?

Last year's ornaments here.




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12.19.2014

cornelius week three.

Day one: Always one for hygienic hiding places, Cornelius chose the toilet paper tower. He may also be a bit of a pervert.

Day two: Once again you can tell when Matt decides to get involved. Lucky for Matt is was the night prior to bathroom cleaning day.

Day three: I was going for more of a Cornelius is in prison look but this works as well.

Day four: Cleaning the light fixture.

Day five: We were in the hospital you know, birthing a child, and Nonna really got in on the action good with this one. I heard all about it from Letty the following day. Well done Nonna!

Day six: Day two for Nonna and her elf creativity. She has always been a stickler that a tree must having a topper.

Day seven: The gingerbread houses were taking over the countertop and tempting us with all their candy goodness. Cornelius ate them, took them to the North Pole, or put them in the trash. Take your pick. This was all evidence left of them. 

For more Cornelius antics click here!




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12.18.2014

dominic matthew

He's here! He arrived Monday night the 15th at 7:29 pm. Practically a mirror image of his brother and just as lovely. We are smitten.



Welcome to the world! 

Week 38.Week 36. Week 34. Week 30Week 26Week 22Gender announcementWeek 18Pregnancy announcement.





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salt dough ornaments

I really cannot be trusted to come up with high quality grandparent worthy ornaments on my own. I rely far too heavily on my Stephanie. And Pinterest. But this year I was going to try and make it work solo style and include my sister and sister-in-law as well as my nieces and I thought, such fun. Right? I tried so very hard to be like Steph. But when you are lacking in those skills there is not much that can be done to gain them I'm afraid. I had everything prepped prior to their arrival. I had done a trial run. I had the dough made and chilled. The workspace prepped and floured.... and. Nada. Disappointment. It be running rampant.

Also? If you are my mother click the 'x' in the top right hand corner.

I decided to do salt dough ornaments. Those are economical, the possibilities are endless, the kids can paint their own should they see fit and it fits all sizes of kids. My children's hands are becoming mammoth and so this is the last year they will grace anyone's tree. I know. I needed a moment after that to regain composure as well.

Salt Dough Recipe:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 water (maybe more, maybe less)

Combine the salt and the flour and then slowly add the water until it's all mixed nicely. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

This is where mistake number one comes in. Recipes range in temperature and baking time from anywhere to 30 minutes at 300 degrees to 12 hours at 100 degrees. Now that's a big discrepancy. My trial run I stuck towards temps under 300 and baked roughly an hour. Those seemed to be okay, although they could have probably stood more baking time. The real deal with the sisters was over 300 and more like 30-40 minutes and well. Air bubbles. Brown spots. Buckled ornaments. You name it. Stick with lower temps for longer times and thin ornaments. That's my advice.

I wanted a pair of mittens. One mitten for each kid. Strung together. Beth and Ash went the more traditional route with hands and feet and that's best because hands and feet are just so stinking adorable when they are baby hands and feet. Also?  Mikayla's hat. 










While the ornaments were baking we were eating. It was quite a tasty spread prepared for us by Chef Matteo and my sister Beth. And then we got back to work....painting. Trying to salvage what we could.





Here be my finished products. I'm only happy with the golden stars. Letty is happy with every single one that she painted and glittered and quickly hung up on the basement tree. I wish I had her optimism sometimes, I truly do.



Moral of the story? Never try anything new. The end.





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12.17.2014

ornaments of the sled variety

My mom has four sled ornaments. Each hand crafted and hung with care each Christmas. Four sleds. Four kids. And most certainly not made from Popsicle sticks. I wanted to make these sleds for her with her grandchildren's names. Being the crafty type I took to Pinterest and found the general idea and took off running, making nine of them. Jump right in I always say. 

Needed: 
7 Popsicle sticks per sled
Paint, acrylic 
Glitter
Tacky glue or a hot glue gun 
Twine
Wire cutters 
Toothpicks
Wine (necessity)

I envisioned the cutting of the sticks to be a difficult matter, but it was not. I suppose if one was feeling fancy sand paper could have been used to smooth the edges but I kind of like the rough rustic look of the finished products. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



So cut the sticks like so. I did all nine sleds worth at once. 



Lay them out as pictured below and then glue on the sticks you cut in half. This is the bottom of the sled. Keep scrolling, the pictures help matters.



I need an assembly line. 



Let it dry. 



Then I flipped the sled and added the top piece. Same thing. Glue and dry. 



After that was good and dry and I was cursing tacky glue religiously I decided to bring in the big guns. The glue gun to be exact. Flip over your sled once again and hot glue the bottom pieces. The "rails" if you will. Also note I am an awfully messy glue gunner.



Once dry, paint. I did the bottom first and you'll see why. 



I painted the top and shook glitter (snow) on top prior to drying. 



White is for girls. Red is for boys. The boys don't get as much glitter (snow). 



More tacky glue. More cursing. More going back to my craft cabinet (because I totally have one, I really do) for the glue gun. I cut twine. Glued it on the back. Wala. Ornament!



I had to add the names. Which sucked. I took a toothpick with a tiny bit of paint and screwed up practically every one. Writing on glitter is hard. And yeah. I would probably opt to purchase a fine point pen next time. Sorry mom. 





Of course while making them I made some for myself because. Tradition. 







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