Many Blessings Jar

many blessings jarA Many Blessings Jar is a great way to create a new tradition.  A great way to start the new year is with a Blessings Jar. Write something each day that you are thankful for on a slip of paper and add it to the jar. On New Years Eve, dump out all the blessings from the entire year and go through it together as a family. you can look back and see what made a difference in your life each day.  It is a simple yet such a heartfelt gift you can give to friends and family.

Materials for Blessings Jar

  • Glass quart canning jar
  • Spray Paints (Krylon): Brushed Metallic: Carmel Latte; Champagne Nouveau; Indoor/Outdoor: Leather Brown
  • Say It In Studs Swirls (Prima Marketing)
  • Silk Flowers (Prima Marketing)
  • Jute Cording (Toner)

Tools

  • Rubber Stamps (Hampton Art): floral; sentiment
  • Chalk Ink (Clearsnap): Dark Brown; Deep Green
  • Sponge
  • Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 All-Purpose Adhesive

Directions

STEP 1

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint jar Champagne Nouveau and lid Carmel Latte. Let dry. Spray Leather Brown paint on sponge and lightly sponge paint lid and base of jar as shown.

STEP 2

  • Use Dark Brown ink to stamp floral image and Deep Green to stamp sentiment.

STEP 3

  • Adhere stud embellishment and flowers to jar as shown.

STEP 4

  • Wrap jute cording around lid several times; knot and trim ends.

Decoupages Ornament

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  • Two coordinating decorative papers
  • Papier-mâché ornament
  • Desired embellishments
  • Ribbon or heavy string

Tools

  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Dauber or sponge
  • Brown ink

Directions

  • 1. Create sophisticated ornaments on a shoestring. For each ornament, choose two coordinating decorative papers, then trim and adhere papers to cover alternating sides of papier-mâché ornament. Use dauber or sponge and brown ink to antique edges. Embellish as desired.
  • 2. Make a set of these charming ornaments packaged in a coordinating découpaged gift box for a lovely, budget savvy gift idea.Decoupages Ornaments star

Christmas Scene

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I recently joined a fb group of bloggers and some of us are joining up and having a Christmas Home Blog Tour.  I am not doing a walk through of my home per se, I thought it would be more fun to share pictures of my favorite decorations.  And give a little back ground on why they are displayed each year.

I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of my Christmas decor here and linking you to all the other homes in the tour so you can enjoy them all!

Friday December 12th
Saturday December 13th
Sunday December 14th
Monday December 15th
Now for a few of my favorite things -
This is the monogram I made for my front door. (how to make a monogram door hanger) It matches the colors on my tree.  Our tree and I have a love hate relationship.  We pull it out every other year when we travel over Christmas.  On The Christmases we are in town we do a live tree and on when we do a lot of traveling we put up our fake tree.  We have done this for the past twelve years and the fake tree decided to start shedding like a real tree.  But I can say that it has more than done its duty considering we purchased in for $10 when a store found 3 of them in their storage room in the middle of July.
Country Chic Monogram Wreath Monogram Door Hanger. Twine or sisal wrapped around a wreath, letter or frame is a great idea for your next DIY craft. Holiday door decoration inspiration.

The next picture is of my new favorite crafty technique.  Wood burning.  I have used the wood burning tool on anything that has not moved this year.  Wood Slice Snowman Instructions 
Wood burining wood slice snowman ornament country chic Christmas 365 Days of Crafts

 

We were married in December and went to Mexico over Christmas for our Honeymoon.  While we were there we purchased a sweet little nacamiento from the cutest little old lady. It has been a part of our Christmas tradition for 17 years now.   Sweet baby Jesus has been lost and found many times.  Usually in the hands of a child.  Luckily none of the pieces have ever been lost or broken.

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A few things were added this years since our house is a little bigger than the last.  On my painted buffet I added a little winter scene.  The scene will not have to put put away immediately after Christmas and the kids like rearranging it.  Nothing in my house is off limits to the kids.  I gee up in a house where we were not allowed to touch anything and everything was spotless.  My house is clean but well lived in and my kids know to touch gently.  Yes, that is always a work in progress.

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winter scene bits

Icelettes in the lantern

So there you have a little peak into my decorations for the holidays.  Check out the other bloggers and their decor.  If you want to make any of the projects.  Click on the highlighted text.

scrap fabric bird ornaments

scrap fabric bird ornaments

Create one of a kind ornaments and use up your fabric scraps at the same time.  These scrap fabric bird ornaments can be made in any color combination and with any left over embellishments you have on hand. Make them for ornaments, as package toppers or sew them together and make a garland.  Scrap fabric bird ornaments can be fringed to create a vintage feel.

Materials for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • Wool Felt scraps (National Nonwovens): Cottage Red; Moss Green; Haybale
  • Tea dyed muslin scraps
  • Assorted fabric scraps
  • Craft mirrors, 1”
  • Flower centers
  • Jeweled brads
  • Polyfil fiberfill stuffing (Fairfield Processing)
  • Grosgrain ribbon of choice, 3/8”

Basic Supplies for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • Glue
  • Holiday sentiment rubber stamps of choice
  • Black pigment ink
  • Sizzix BigShot Machine
  • Sizzix Bigz Die: Bird with Wing
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • 1. Die cut two bird shapes from wool felt. Print and cut pattern fabric scraps bird ornaments template. Cut two wings from tea dyed muslin. Stamp sentiment on one wing and heat set with iron. Die cut one small triangle for beak from an alternating color. Place small scrap of felt over portion of die cut. Glue to one of the wool felt bird pieces, cutting off existing beak.
  • 2. Layer bird pieces together. Machine sew, 1/4” from edge, in a contrasting thread, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Repeat for wing and lightly stuff pieces. Machine sew openings closed.
  • 3. Double ribbon for hanger and glue ends to front of bird. Glue wing to front of bird to hide ribbon ends. Wrap fabric or ribbon scraps into a loose bow and glue to bird below wing. (Note: Designer frayed fabric edges for a vintage look.) Glue desired embellishments to center of bow.

Quick and Easy Ornament ( rub ons)

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Quick and Easy Ornament set is just as described.  It is super quick and super easy.  Glass or plastic ornaments can be used and the rub-ons can be found in the sticker isle of almost any store that carries craft items.  If the package does not come with a craft stick aka a popsicle stick, you can eat a frozen treat and clean the stick.  You can also use a spoon or a ball point pen.  Create stylish ornaments in a flash with holiday rub-ons. From whimsical designs like the reindeer and tree ornaments pictured here to more sophisticated looks, choose styles that best reflect your décor or recipient’s taste. Shop dollar and discount stores for inexpensive ornaments.

Materials for a Quick and Easy Ornament set:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Rub-on Stickers
  • Charlie Brown Tree
  • Ribbons

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Craft Stick

Directions for a Quick and Easy Ornament set:

  • Clean outside of ornaments so stickers will stick better. Let Dry. I use rubbing alcohol, but I am not sure you have to do that to make it work.
  • Use popsicle stick to rub on stickers to ornaments.
  • Cut ribbon to desired length and tie around top of ornament.

 

Lemon Salt in a Jar – food gift

Lemon Salt in a Jar - food gift handmade goodies
Lemon Salt in a Jar is a great seasoning or finishing salt and a wonderful way to insert a small burst of flavor into pastas, salads, poultry dishes, fish plates and appetizers.  This herb-infused salt is fragrant and can be substituted for unseasoned salt in any savory recipe.  We enjoy it on popcorn quite often and I will give a few tips below on how to flavor your popcorn.

Ingredients and tools for Lemon Salt:

  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 2 small Meyer lemons, scrubbed ( Meyer, I think are the best tasting and most fragrant lemons)
  • zester
  • saute pan
  • wooden spoon
  • scissors
  • fabric
  • twine
  • button
  • tag of some sort
  • Jar or salt shaker
Instructions for Lemon Salt:
1. Combine salt and lemon zest in a sauté pan. Place over medium heat, and warm through, about 10 -15 minutes or until the zest looks dehydrated.
2. Transfer salt and zest mixture to a container. Let cool 5 minutes, uncovered; then cover with an airtight lid.

3. Let stand for 24 to 48 hours.2.  Fill desired containers with lemon sea salt  and seal the container.Instructions for Jar decor:

1. Cut a circle of fabric about 1.5 to 2 inches larger than your lid.
2. Place fabric on lid and wrap twine around and add the tag and a button.  Next,  tie a knot in the center and trim off excess.

Option 1 – The Seasoned Hot Butter Method

Melt butter.  Stir seasoning mix into butter making sure to eliminate all lumps.  Pour a little over fresh, hot popcorn.  Toss to mix. Pour a little more over popcorn, toss to mix.  Repeat until butter and seasoning mix has been evenly spread over popcorn.

Option 2 – The Dry Sprinkle Method

Melt butter. Pour a little over fresh, hot popcorn.  Toss to mix.  Pour a little more over popcorn, toss to mix.  Repeat until all butter has been evenly spread over popcorn.  Quickly sprinkle and toss dry seasoning mix equally over popcorn.

 

If you like flavored salts you might want to try my Lavender Sea Salt Recipe

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar recipe

The classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie mix in a jar.  It does not get more classic than this recipe.  I made them with my grandmother Dolores and I am pretty sure the recipe came from her mom.  Not sure where it came from before her, but we love it.  Occasionally I try to sneak in raisins.  The kids have mixed feelings about the raisins.  I like them so I do it when I am in the mood.

Ingredients for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies:

This  recipe makes 2 dozen Servings

Directions

  1. Using a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition. I use an ice-cream scoop and a small spatula. Put the lid on, and cover with an 8 inch circle of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the rubber band by tying a nice piece of ribbon or raffia around the lid. If you pack super tight you can squeeze in a few more nuts and chocolate chips.Attach a tag to the ribbon with the following instructions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

 

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Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

There are few smells that are more like Christmas than cinnamon sticks! I love the smell mixed with the fresh pine scent of a Christmas tree. Of course, cinnamon is great for more than just smelling or being used in food. In fact, here are seven cinnamon stick crafts that would be perfect for Christmas time! Each craft has a unique twist on how to use the cinnamon stick in a unique way.  You can purchase cinnamon sticks in several precut sizes and even in bulk bags.  I usually buy the bulk bags and crate way more things than I will ever need and that is when I turn them in to package toppers and make my presents prettier. The sticks can be used in mulling spices too.  I have a few varieties of milling spices I like.  Maybe I will share a recipe here too.

Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

Cinnamon sticks are easily found in the craft store and even some grocery stores have them too! Just be sure to stock up because you will want to make all of these crafts and more!

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Cinnamon Stick Votives from Ann’s Entitled Life

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Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament from Carla Schauer

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Rustic Cinnamon Stick Votive from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

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Cinnamon Stick Ornament from Momista Beginnings

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Cinnamon Stick Adorned Sugar Cookie Sack from Celebrate Creativity

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Cinnamon Stick Tissue Box from How to Nest for Less

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Cinnamon Stick Wrapped Candle Holder from Crafts Unleashed

Now, not only will your house smell amazing, but you’ll have some fantastic crafts for Christmas too!

Nested Bird Teacup Ornament

Nested Bird Tea Cup Ornament

This recycled ornament idea is quick and easy to make and makes a great statement on the tree.  If you love to do themed trees this one can be used in several kinds of christmas trees.  It could be used in a tree with all sorts of birds, a teacup tree, a garden theme and plenty of other themed trees or it can just be a fun teacup ornament to make.

Tools and Materials for the nested bird teacup ornament

  • Recycled teacup and saucer
  • Bird on a pick
  • Sculpey UltraLight Oven-Bake Polymer Clay (Polyform Products Co.)
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter: Gold Fine; Pink
  • Spanish moss
  • Pink fabric strip
  • Ornament hanger
  • Acrylic gem

Tools

  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond
  • Aleene’s  Platinum Bond Glass & Bead Slick Surfaces Adhesive; Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Directions for the nested bird teacup ornament

  • 1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll and shape several eggs from clay. Bake the clay eggs according to package directions
  • 2. Apply generous amount of Glitter Bond to each egg, then roll in desired color glitter. Let dry.
  • 3. Brush Glitter Bond onto bird; sprinkle with desired glitters. Let dry.
  • 4. Accent tail feathers with additional glitter, repeating Step 3 for each color.
  • 5. Adhere cup to saucer. Let dry.
  • 6. Place dollop of glue inside tea cup. Press Spanish moss inside tea cup to form nest. Arrange and adhere glittered eggs to nest.
  • 7. Adhere glittered bird to tea cup.
  • 8. Tie fabric strip bow around handle. Attach ornament hanger to back of bow.

Super Simple Snowman ornament

Super Simple Snowman Ornament
Building a Simple Snowman ornament just got easier with this clever creation that is perfect to make with your kids.  This one was made by my son.  I thought it was adorable with even without any arms.  The building takes a few minutes while the drying time takes the longest.  You could make several Simple Snowman ornaments in a production line and it would make waiting for the drying time easier. Or you could do what we did and make it a two-part project.  We assembled and painted one night and then touched up the next morning and finished them off after dinner.  They were ready to be hung on the tree and the kids were delighted.

Materials for Simple Snowman ornament

  • 2” and 3” STYROFOAM foam balls
  • Flat back crystals
  • 1/2”x4” Strip from felt
  • Ornament hook

Tools for Simple Snowman ornament

  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Knife
  • Texture Paint  or spackel
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions for Simple Snowman ornament

  1. For body, push a bamboo skewer through 1”, 2” and 3” STYROFOAM brand foam balls, stacked from smallest to largest.
  2. Place a dot of Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives) between balls to secure.
  3. Use knife to completely cover balls with Texture Paint.
  4. Let dry and repeat if needed.
  5. Cut bottom from skewer and cover with texture paint.
  6. Glue flat back crystals to face and body as shown.
  7. For scarf, cut a 1/2”x4” strip from felt and glue around neck.
  8. Cut fringe in scarf ends. Attach ornament hook to scarf.
  9. Add tiny twigs for arms.  Well that is unless you like a Simple Snowman ornament that is armless.