December 14, 2014

Even the birds need some Christmas {Bird Seed Ornaments}

One of the perks of living in a mature neighborhood is having large trees. We back onto a green belt so having little creatures (and sometimes large) pay us a visit is commonplace.  One year I found a baby bunny hiding in our ferns. Another year while having a BBQ we saw a moose run through the field. We're not in the country so this big fella created quite a scene!

Besides squirrels (which I feed peanuts) flocks of birds are plentiful and every Christmas I like to leave them a special treat. This year I made Bird Seed Ornaments.  I got the idea from Jessi, the very talented blogger behind Practically Functional who recently published a book entitled 12 Easy Handmade Christmas Ornaments.  This is not a sponsored post nor have I been compensated for promoting it, I'm just sharing the love because I enjoyed making this project from her book.

DIY Bird Seed Ornaments hanging on spruce tree with red ribbon

There's a funny story behind this project. I made the mistake of doubling the recipe and so I ran out of cookie cutters before dough seed mixture so I poured the extra into a take-out container and left them on the counter overnight to solidify.

Bird Seed Ornaments using holiday cookie cutters

Early the next morning I woke up to the sight of a motion sensor going on and off on the panel of our security system. My heart was racing as I quietly opened the bedroom door and slowly tip toed my way down the hall. With adrenaline coursing through my veins I was ready to kick some serious intruder butt.  Then I heard a thump.  Lets just say Mr. Sexy Rexy, our feline child, will be pooping sunflower seeds for weeks!

Trekking through the deep snow with my ancient Sorel boots I hung the ornaments on our spruce trees using a piece of dowling rigged with an L hook on the end.  It was -20°C outside people!  I hope the birds appreciate the fact that I froze my butt off for them.

Bird Seed Ornaments hanging on the tree outside

How ironic that while writing this post I went into the kitchen to grab another coffee and what did I see, a little chickadee pecking at one of the ornaments.  I ran and grabbed my camera and just as I was about to hit the shutter button it flew away...honest...this isn't like one of those fishing tales!

It's been a week since hanging the ornaments and every single one of them, including the tray of seed, have been devoured.  As for Rex, I didn't check!

If you want the recipe for these tastey treats that the birds, and your cat, will be sure to enjoy press the picture below to link to Jessi's book.  She has loads of easy peasy Christmas Ornament ideas - a few of which I still plan to make.

December 13, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {December 13, 2014}

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:

BUNDLED BOTTLE CAP SNOWMEN by Crafty Lumberjacks
I think these felt and bottle cap snowmen are so adorable but the glitter took them to perfect!

JEN'S PICK:
snowman cups
PERSONALIZED SNOWMAN MUGS by Almost Supermom

MEGIN'S PICK:
SONY DSC  
RUSTIC PINECONE AND WOOD CHRISTMAS GARLANDS by Dwelling Happiness

SHELLY'S PICK:
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CORK CHRISTMAS CARD TREES by Love Create Celebrate

KATIE'S PICK:
ChristmasCountdownCaseBeer1
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CASE by Bohemian Junktion

ERIN'S PICK:
chalkboard sugar cookies wilton fondant
HOLIDAY CHALKBOARD SUGAR COOKIES by A Turtle's Life For Me

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!

December 11, 2014

Bringing A Little Sparkle {DIY Holiday Canvas and Printable}

After we put up the Christmas Tree the watercolor prints hanging on the wall looked lost.  Normally they hang above an antique radio cabinet (which we moved to another room during the holidays).  I had nothing festive to hang in it's place.  Too lazy to bundle up in my winter woolies and head over to Homesense (my Go To Source for home décor) I headed downstairs to the workshop with a hot cup of coffee to create a DIY Holiday Canvas.

DIY Holiday Canvas with a little sparkle

Let me back track here a bit. Before heading downstairs I went into my office and created a graphic using PicMonkey. Press the graphic below to download the free printable.

DIY Holiday Canvas Free Printable

This was such a spur of the moment project that I forgot to take photos of each step.  It's pretty simple really so I've provided a written tutorial.

STEP 1
I picked up a 16 x 20 art canvas at the Dollar Store several weeks ago for another project that I ended up not using it for. Using acrylic craft paint in Holiday Red I gave the canvas two coats of paint. You can see in the photo that I did random paint strokes to achieve an uneven finish.
STEP 2
Print the graphic.  I used the Poster setting on my printer so it would print on two sheets of paper to get the size I wanted.

STEP 3
Slip a piece of graphite or carbon paper behind the graphic and trace.

STEP 4
Using thinned White acrylic craft paint and art brushes I painted in the graphic.

STEP 5
Using painters tape along the outer edge and another strip the width of the tape I created a border and painted it with the same white acrylic craft paint.

STEP 6
I brushed Modge Podge onto the ornaments, border, bow, and made a swipe at the tree base and sprinkled White Glitter.

DIY Holiday Canvas

STEP 7
I had some self-adhesive silver beads from the Dollar Store leftover from another project and attached them to the word SPARKLE.

After hanging up the sign it still didn't look long enough so I attached some glittered silver bells at different lengths with white ribbon and stapled them onto the back of the canvas.

DIY Holiday Canvas with silver bells

Easy peasy Holiday Art Canvas!

DIY Holiday Canvas with a little sparkle

This is the sightline from our hallway.  Love how I don't have to enter the room to enjoy it's fun message!


DIY Art Canvas to add sparkle to our living room

December 10, 2014

Holiday Flatware Pouches {Easy Peasy DIY}

This year Mr. Frugalista and I are hosting the Christmas Feast.  Thinking ahead about creating a festive tablescape I decided to make these easy peasy DIY Holiday Flatware Pouches.  I made three different styles and after making my choice I put the rest for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Three sets of DIY holiday flatware pouches

Everything I used for the pouches were purchased at Michaels on clearance...Happy Dance!

I couldn't decide if I wanted to go with traditional red, glittery cream and gold, or a more natural color scheme so I made one of each.

Creme burlap and gold glitter chevron ribbon holiday flatware pouches View 1

I really liked the glittery gold chevron ribbon and it went so well with the gold placements I already had on hand.

Creme burlap and glittery gold chevron holiday flatware pouches View 2

I'm a sucker for holly so I made these ones using a more open weave natural burlap ribbon.

DIY natural burlap, holiday ribbon, and holly flatware pouches View 1

I fused a tighter weave burlap ribbon onto Heat n Bond paper with an iron. Then I drew out some holly leaves using a black paint pen and cut them out. I removed the Heat n Bond backing from each leaf and fused them onto the pouches. Note: Insert a piece of paper inside the pouches so the glue won't adhese the front backs together). Then I sewed some cute red wooden beads and ta da!  I really liked these but they weren't the winner.

DIY natural burlap, holiday ribbon, holly flatware pouches View 2

I'm a sucker for all things red and so the winning pouches to adorn my Christmas Tablescape were these...

DIY Red striped holiday flatware pouches View 1

Simple yet have that punch of red that goes so well with my holiday decorating scheme!

Red striped holiday flatware pouches View 2

For a tutorial on how to make flatware pouches press HERE.

Which ones would have been your choice?


December 06, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {December 6, 2014}

I'm partying with you from the beautiful village of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.  They do this quaint little town up like something from a Dickens Novel.  A perfect way to start the holiday season!

Now you talented people out there made it soooooooo hard to pick a favorite this week.  I had it narrowed down to six choices and kept going back and forth to each post until finally...and it took awhile...I made my choice.  I was thrilled to see that my co-hosts picked some of my Top 6 as their favorites!   I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week!

It's time to party
another DIY Sunday Showcase Party!
You guys are a talented bunch and every week it's so hard to pick our favorites. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features here at the party then be sure to check out our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because you may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday
Meet the Hosts:
                 


MARIE'S PICK:
advent
EASY DIY SCRAPPY SHABBY CHIC ADVENT CALENDAR by our own Erin at My Crafty Spot
I absolutely adore this unique and pretty advent calendar.  It would be so much fun finding little trinkets to fill those drawers!

JEN'S PICK:
Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies, fun and festive meringue cookies that are light as air and melt in your mouth! Super cute for your holiday party! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com
CHRISTMAS TREE MERINGUE COOKIES by This Silly Girl's Life

MEGIN'S PICK:
pallet wood christmas tree, pallet ideas, pallet projects, pallet wood christmas, pallet tree
PALLET WOOD CHRISTMAS TREE DIY by Scavenger Chic

SHELLY'S PICK:
Mason Jar Kisses Gift by FrugElegance
MASON JAR GIFT:CHRISTMAS KISS KIT  by FrugElegance

KATIE'S PICK:

RUSTIC AND CHIC JUTE TWINE FLOWERS ON GLASS ORNAMENTS
by Purple Hues and Me

ERIN'S PICK:
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STRING CHRISTMAS TREES by Love Create Celebrate

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!

December 05, 2014

From Card Holder To Rustic Wreath {+ Modern Masters Giveaway}

While treasure hunting at a local thrift store recently I picked up a metal Christmas Card Holder for $1.50. I knew I wasn't going to use it for it's intended purpose but hadn't a clue how I would transform it. It was one of those purchases where Mr. Frugalista gave me that, "what the heck do you want that for?" look.

Metal Christmas Card Holder Before transformed into a Rustic Burlap Wreath

Ha Mr. Frugalista don't under estimate the power of a woman on a mission!

Recently while perusing the aisles of Michaels checking out their holiday eye candy I spotted the burlap ribbon.  The light bulbs went off and From A Card Holder To Rustic Wreath was born!  

I used my Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit to give it a faux copper look. The rings were painted with Copper Metal Effects Primer, the tree base with Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and I took it a step further by oxidizing the tree with Green Patina Aging Solution.

Metal Christmas Card Holder after painted with Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

Next I simply weaved the entire roll of burlap ribbon loosely in and out of the card slots, wrapping it about three times around and leaving strands on both ends.

Close up of Rustic Holiday Wreath after being oxidized with Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

During that trip to Michaels I also purchased six wooden ornaments for another holiday project.  But after finishing the wreath I decided it needed some embellishing and so I changed up the plan for the ornaments.  But first I gave them the same oxidized treatment as the tree.

Rustic Holiday Wreath wooden ornament embellishments oxidized with Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

I had some brass bells leftover from another project and painted them with Copper Metal Effects Primer.  Next I strung them with two star ornaments and jute twine on the base at different lengths.

Rustic Holiday Wreath with bells and wooden stars painted with Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

And there you have it, an easy peasy unique wreath for someone who prefers a more rustic holiday theme!

Rustic Burlap and Copper Holiday Wreath

You may recall several months ago I did a review of the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit with my Turning Tin and Wood into Faux Oxidized Copper project.  I had so much fun I did a couple more projects using this technique Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table and Tin Pumpkin Art.
Projects completed using the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

Today I've teamed up with Modern Masters® again to bring you an awesome Giveaway!

Burlap and Copper Holiday Wreath and Modern Masters Giveaway

A lucky winner will get their choice of one of the following products!

One Quart and One 6 oz. container - your choice of color OR
Four 6 oz containers - your choice of color

Metal Effects (kit contains all, unless otherwise specified)
One Pint Primer
One Pint Reactive Paint - your choice of color
One 4 oz Solution or Rust Activator
One Spritzer Cap
One Pint of Permacoat Xtreme (Rust Only)
One quart - any color

TO ENTER
  1. Visit Modern Masters and select one of the above products.
  2. Leave a COMMENT here telling me which product you liked and how you would use it.
  3. Enter the Rafflecopter below for bonus entries.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open to participants within Canada and the Continental USA.
All entries will be verified.
 In the event an entry cannot be verified participant chooses to forfeit that entry and another winner will be chosen.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email.
Giveaway runs until 11:59 PM (MST) on December 12, 2014.
Good Luck!

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