Fall Mason Jar Luminaries


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


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.


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.


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: 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

Yarn in multiple colors
Yarn Needle

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!

PomPom1 PomPom2

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


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



Country Lace Afghan

All has been quiet on the homefront this week.  I’ve just completed the first of 4 Christmas presents.  I’m starting early this year so I’ll be sure to finish by December – hopefully.


I had lots of fun making this one… once I got it right.  I must have stopped and started this one ten times.  By the time I stopped frogging and started crocheting, my yarn looked like curly fries.  But I used it anyway!  I found my original inspiration for this pattern here.  HOWEVER, the instructions are bad!  When it gets time to join, the instructions are nearly impossible to follow.  This is the reason I had such a hard time with it.  So, I simplified them and added a few of my own touches.  Here ya go:


Materials: 4 Skeins Off White, 2 skeins Seafoam, 3 Skeins Light Grey

                         Size I Hook

Gauge: 1 square = 5.5 inches


First square only: Start with a magic ring

R1: Ch3, 15 dc in ring.  Join with sl st in top of ch3

R2: Ch1, sc in same st as joining. (Ch3, sc in next dc) 15 times.  Hdc in first sc to join and form last space

R3: Ch1, sc over hdc. (ch4, sc in next ch3 space) 15 times.  Ch1, hdc in first sc to join and form last space

R4: Ch1, sc over hdc. *7dc in next space, sc in next space^ (ch2, sc in next space) twice*.  Repeat from * to * until last space, end at ^.    Ch2, sc in last space, ch2, join with sl st to first sc.

R5: Ch1, (sc, ch2, sc) all in first sc.  *Ch2, skip 2dc (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch4, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, ch2, skip 2dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, sc in next ch2 space, ch2, sc in next ch2 space ^, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc*.  Repeat from * to * around, end at ^, join in first sc.  Fasten off

From this point on, you will join as you go.  Joining takes place in round 5

Corner Joining: Ch2, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch4 loop of completed square and back into dropped loop, draw loop through, ch2, sc in same dc

Ch2 Space Joining:  Ch1, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch2 of completed sqaure and back into dropped loop, draw loop through, ch1, sc in same st.

Center Ch2 Space Joining: Ch1, drop loop from hook, insert hook into corresponding ch2 of completed square and back into dropped loop,draw loop through, ch1

Squares 2-99:  Follow the steps above for rd1-4

Rd5: Ch1, (sc, ch2, sc) in first sc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, sc in next dc, join corner.  *SC in next dc, join ch2 space.  Ch2, skip 2 dc, sc in next sc, join ch2 space.  Sc in next ch2 space, join center ch2 space.  Sc in next ch2 space, sc in next sc, join ch2 space.  Ch2, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc, join ch2 space.  Sc in next dc, join center*. ONE SIDE JOINED

(continue from * to * in order to join an additional side – otherwise skip to step below)

*(sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, sc in next ch2 space, ch2, sc in next ch2 space ^, (sc, ch2, sc) in next sc, ch2, skip 2 dc, (sc, ch2, sc) in next dc, (sc, ch4, sc) in next dc*.  Repeat from * to *, ending at ^.  Join, fasten off.

Use this GRAPH  to help you along.  The graph lays out how you should join the squares. Start with 1 and work your way to 100.. so you work them in columns. You can also use the graph to chart out how your finished piece will look if you add different colors or a different pattern.. color or shade in the squares to give you a visual representation before starting your piece.    Happy Hooking!

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Mosaic Monday

This has been quite the busy weekend for us, actually It was more like a busy week.  We have finished remodeling our kitchen.  It wasn’t a full remodel, we painted the walls and cabinets, took up the old tiles and laid down lovely new ones.  In all, the entire project took us about a week.  In between, we found time to dye our Easter eggs (well, our 14 year old did anyway), continue my Zoo Animal Afghan (almost done) and have a wonderful Easter spent with my in-laws.  It snowed a few days and then the sun found its way to us.  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

Keegan enjoying the sunshinedyefloor