Fall Mason Jar Luminaries

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I’m getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s 1st birthday!  She was born in early October (2 months early) and with an early Fall birthday comes the endless opportunities for fun Fall crafts.  We have a Fall themed birthday (as you may have already guessed) and being the crafty family we are, the majority of decorations will be homemade.

Today’s craft is the Fall Mason Jar Luminaries.  I am going to be using these as table decorations.  Since I will be making quite a few them, I will be encouraging the adult guests at her birthday to take them home.  It took a while to get the process right, but after a few hours and a few jars, I got it right.  So lets get started

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What You’ll need:
Mason Jars
Modpodge (I used the original Matte finish)
Small Foam Brush
Fake Fall Leaves
Tealight Candles (I used the battery operated kind)

Step 1 – Prepping
Before starting, you should clean your mason jars.  Wipe them down to get rid of any dust, oils, etc.. this will make the application process much easier.

If you purchased leaves with the plastic stems, now is the time to remove the plastic.  The easiest way to do this is to slowly peel the leaf away from the stem starting at the bottom of the leaf.  Once you have that main piece going, it should just lift right off (see below)

Once you have removed the leaves, you should pick out the ones that you want to use for the jar.  Try them out, wrap them around the jar for size, see which ones look best next to to others.  Put those aside.  If you are going to be layering leaves on top of each other,  you don’t have to pick those now, there’s an extra step later.

Step 2:
With the small foam brush, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the entire jar.  Set aside.  Next, lay a thin even layer of Modpodge around the inside of the chosen leaves, making sure to pay extra attention to the tips.  Set them aside.

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The key here is to make sure that the glue is very tacky on all items before sticking them together.  If the glue is too wet, the edges will not stick and the leaves will move around.. alot!  For me, it took about 10 minutes before it reached a semi translucent, tacky consistency.  It may be a bit harder to tell on the leaves, so touch the glue to see how tacky it is.

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Step 3:
Once the jar and leaves are tacky, it’s time to stick the leaves on.  Once positioned, press down on the leaves from the middle out in order to get rid of any air bubbles.  If you are having trouble keeping the points of the leaves down, just press and hold with your fingers for a few seconds.  Repeat for all the leaves.  If some of them end up overlapping, depending on the type of leaf you bought, you may be able to just stick it down.  If that’s not possible, dab a very tiny amount of modpodge on the bottom of leave, wait a minute or two and press and hold the top leaf down.

(If you want to add another layer of leaves, repeat the process from step one.  Except that you will also be applying Modpodge to the leaves you have attached. Continue below )

Step 4:
Once all the leaves  have been attached to the jar, set aside and let the rest of the glue dry (about 10 more minutes).

With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Modpodge over the entire jar.  Allow to fully dry.  You made add more layers if you wish but it’s not necessary.

Step 5:
When fully dried, wrap some jute or twine around the lip and decorate with a bow or leaves, anything works!  Stick a tealight candle inside and makes a beautiful day or night time decoration for your home.

Try it with different types and colors of leaves.  As you can see, I used glittery leaves for a little extra pizazz.  Show me your finished projects and become featured on the blog!

Happy Crafting

Crafty Christmas: Christmas Cards

I realized that I talk about my wife quite a bit here in my little blog space. I also realized that I have never given you her name. For all of my regular readers out there, and for all my new ones who I hope will become regular, her name is Maggie. By now you all know that Maggie, being the crafty woman she is, is making our house into a handcrafted Holiday home. Yesterday, we featured her Pom Pom Trees. Today, we will show you how to make your very own Christmas Cards.

MATERIALS
Card Stock 5×7 Cards with Envelopes
White and/or Multicolor Paper
Glue Pen
White Gel Pen (optional)
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS
Make a few Holiday related templates.  You can do a search for some pretty awesome templates or draw some winter themed ones like Maggie did.

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Maggie was sweet enough to draw up her template of winter themes for me to share with you all.  Click below to download the PDF file.

WINTER THEMED TEMPLATES by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

After you cut them out, trace them onto white or colored paper.  Glue the back and paste them onto the front of your cardstock.  If you were brave enough to fashion some templates out of snowflakes, try laying them off center and trimming the overhang for a fun unique look (see picture below).  With a white gel pen, place some ‘stitches’ along some of the patterns (like mittens) or add little accents.

Experiment with different layouts and colors, have fun with them!  I guarantee you can’t go wrong.

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Christmas Cards - Bobbles & Baubles

Your loved ones will appreciate this personal touch this holiday season.  Share your card creations with us and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see what day 3 of Crafty Christmas brings!

Crafty Christmas: Pom Pom Garland

This year, instead of going with a traditional garland to decorate our home, we decided to go the crafty route and make our own.  Maggie came up with the great idea of sticking with our yarn theme and created a festive pom pom garland

Pom Pom Garland - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Yarn in multiple colors
Yarn Needle
Jute

INSTRUCTIONS
The pom pom garland is fairly simple to make.  To begin with, you should make a number of pom poms in various colors (preferable Christmas colors).  The amount you make will depend on how long you wish to make the garland and how many pom poms you wish to string on it

Pom Poms - Bobbles & Baubles

Once again, here is the hilarious video that Maggie put together on how to make a pom pom:

Next, you measure your space and cut your Jute.  You will want to add a few inches so the it can hang a little lower

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After measuring and cutting your jute, string it through the yarn needle and proceed to insert it into the center of the pom pom.  This will take a little practice, as the center of the pom pom (where it comes together) is usually on the tight side.  So use those muscles!

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Continue stringing until you have added all of your pom poms and are satisfied with the final look.  Make a loop at both ends of the jute for easy hanging

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And there you have it!  Hang it up and enjoy!

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From Drab to Fab!

My wife and I received a lovely vintage dining room set a few weeks ago as a gift from one of her employers and dear friend.  From the tags attached to the bottom of seat, these pieces look like they were crafted in the 1920’s.  They are in immaculate condition and we couldn’t have been more grateful or excited to receive this precious gift.  The one thing we found when we placed them in our dining room was that the set was extremely formal and looked a little out of place in our less-than-formal home.

So what did we do to remedy the situation?  We got to crafting as we always do!!  We started with the chairs.  I purchased some lovely home decorating fabric in chevron stripes from Sew Fine Fabrics.  Check out her Etsy store here.  She has an AMAZING array of fabrics.  I’ve purchased a few of her pieces aside from the chevron and she does not disappoint!  Aside from the lovely selection, her prices are extremely reasonable.

First up, we selected 3 colors of the same fabric and our chairs went from this to this:

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Since we have 6 chairs in all, we selected 3 different colors and placed 1 color on 2 chairs:

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Next up, we spiced up the look of our hutch by adding colorful pieces.  My mother in law gifted us a ton of colorful Fiesta Ware plates, bowls, and cups.  They were the perfect addition and matched our chairs perfectly:

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I’ve noticed that furniture from days gone by is not quite as big as our pieces today.  In order to give the hutch a little height, my wife added some lovely decorations on top.  I left all the hard work to her (nail gun, decorating, placement), she’s a pro at that!  I’m telling you folks, she is like the interior decorating queen!

I love that we were able to update this vintage piece without compromising its quality.

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I forgot to take off the table padding for the pic.  But believe me when I say that the craftsmanship of the wood is exquisite!  I love the final look!  A big thank you to Jodi over at Sew Fine Fabrics for the beautiful, durable fabric!!

Growing a lemon tree

When my oldest daughter was born, I started a little lemon tree.  To me, it was as simple as washing the seeds and throwing them in some dirt.  My poor little tree did not make it very long and since then, every now and again, I will try to grow another.  Thus far, nothing has sprouted.  So, I do what we all do when we are stuck – I google!

I found that there are many, many ways to make sure that your little seeds start to sprout.  I tried the least complicated method and improvised a bit (as I always do when I’m feeling lazy).  All you need are one or two lemons (1 will give you plenty of seeds), a knife, a plastic container (I used a yogurt container – great way to recycle!), a hammer, a nail and some soil.  Below is the way that worked for me:

Lemon Tree Tutorial

I used the seeds of a regular lemon purchased at the grocery store.  I washed and dried them so that they wouldn’t be slimy and hard to handle.

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Try not to cut into the seed itself.  This could get tricky, but after the 3rd or 4th seed, it gets easier.

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I used my nails to pry them open.  again, with practice it gets much easier

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I used an old yogurt container.  They are the perfect size for starting seeds.

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The more holes you make, the better drainage you get.

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Water them often.  Make sure the soil is always moist.  I placed mine on  my kitchen window sill.

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After 2-3 weeks, they will begin to sprout.  I almost gave hope, but I eventually saw progress!

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My little plant is growing nicely!  I am going to give it another week or two before transferring them into a bigger, permanent container.  What’s the best thing about the lemon plant you ask?  When you gently squeeze the  leaves, you can smell the yummy lemony scent!  Of course you won’t get lemons growing on it anytime soon.  From what  I have read, that takes about 6 years to happen.  In the meantime, take care of it, water it regularly and enjoy the beauty of it!

Busy as a Bee

I had an extremely productive weekend.  Shall I say, even more productive than when I did this?  Well, maybe a different kind of productive.  This weekend, I opened up an Etsy store!!!  I am so exited about this new venture.  Because of this, I’ve started making things other than afghans.  I figured this is just the thing to give me a much needed push out of my afghan rut.  I have quite enjoyed making all sorts of new things to put in the store. I’ll be adding more products to the store as the weeks go by.   Here’s what I’ve accomplished thus far:

Bedtime owl sleep masks

Bedtime owl sleep masks

Retro Flower Pot Holders

Retro Flower Pot Holders

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Sets of 6 crocheted caoasters

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A few sets of pot holders in varying designs and colors

I also started making bags and am putting a efw of them up.  Here’s one:

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Reversible Boho bag

And of course, all of the afghans that I make and feature on my blog will be available for purchase.  I am so excited about this.  Even if nothing sells, that’s ok.  The fact that i have accomplished this much is a reward in and of itself!  This blog and now the Etsy store has made me push my crafting limits, I have been able to make so many more things in these past few months than I have in the past few years!  And everyone who has read the blog, left positive remarks and have sent me e-mails and questions have all kept me pushing to be better.  Thank you!

Let’s get crafty – for under $200 dollars!

So, I haven’t posted in what seems like forever.  But, I have a totally legitimate excuse!  We have a teenie little sun room right off of our bedroom that we had no clue what to do with, so we’ve been using it as a storage space.  We went antique shopping last weekend (my wife has been looking high and low for a hope chest that will meet both of our demands), and while at one particular store, I saw the cutest craft table buried under a bunch of gardening supplies.  I just had to have it!  We quickly excavated the area and found that the craft table was in almost perfect condition, so we bought it (there went our hope chest plans).  We touched it up with a bit of paint and it was good as new.  The problem was, where would we put the thing???  So I came up with the genius idea (my wife didn’t think so) that we should turn the storage/sun room into a craft room!  Being the wonderful woman she is, she agreed.. and we got to work!

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As you can see from the pictures above, we had all sorts of odds and ends in there.  From an old bookshelf, to our daughter’s old bed frame.   We cleared everything out and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  The largest wall we painted a bright lime green!

Some of the things in there were reused, such as that big black bookshelf.  We recolored it with a couple of cans of spray paint and lined the shelves in fabric (using spray adhesive and wrapping them as you would a gift):

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We also spray painted an old black TV stand we had.  For that piece, we used a bright turquoise.  So many colors!  We also lined those shelves in fabric.  I purchased a few baskets at our local dollar store and covered them in fabric.  I was going to do some fancy sewing, but at the suggestion of my wife, used hot glue instead.  The insides weren’t perfect, but they’ll be filled anyway:

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I took an old lamp we had laying around, spray painted it white then added a few pops of color with acrylic paint.  We purchased a lamp shade for $20 and it was as good as new:

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I took an old fabric shower curtain we had, cut it up and added a strip of white fabric in the middle to break up the design, added a few tabs in the back and sewed up some pretty half curtains.  I also purchased some temporary blinds for about $4 a piece and my craft room was complete:

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The entire room cost us less than $200 to rehab.  Our most expensive purchase being the craft table at $45.  I am so happy with the outcome, it’s like a little slice of crafting heaven.  My wife and kids have to practically pry me out of there every day!  I am planning on yarn bombing the legs of the craft table.. I just have to get motivated to do it.  We are exhausted!!  So I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures.  Our cat Turtle has made herself at home and I even caught her this morning, contemplating making a fancy dress for herself!

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