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

Crochet Flower Embellishments – Free Pattern Bundle

Happy Monday!  In the spirit of getting my blog back up and running, I am offering a free pattern bundle today.  Some of you  may have received this bundle when you signed up for the newsletter, but for those who haven’t, here’s you chance to get your copy!

Flower Embellishments by Bobbles & Baubles

In this bundle, you receive a PDF booklet of the 5 flower patterns shown above.  To get your copy, click the link below.  Happy Hooking!

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS by BOBBLES & BAUBLES

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

Jute - Bobbles & Baubles

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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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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Craft Room 3       Craft Room 4

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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Handmade Mother’s Day Bouquet

Once again, my crafty wife came up with a brilliant idea… and this time, I got to sit and watch (and take pics) while her and the kids completed this one on their own.  In lieu of giving my mother-in-law real flowers that will wilt and die faster than you can blink, she came up with the idea that the girls should give them a handmade paper flower bouquet.  They turned out so lovely I just had to share.

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Scrapbook paper was used for the petals and leaves. Skewers were used for  the stems, we purchased them at our local grocery store.  You’ll also need a hot glue gun and scissors.  To top it off, we placed them in one of the lovely stained glass mason jars we previously made (tutorial found here) with some clear and white glass pebbles.

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We found a great tutorial for these flowers here.  Instead of printing out her colored patterns, we printed the white ones found here and made them into templates which we traced onto the scrapbook paper.  The finished products were quite lovely

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