Friday, November 28, 2014

Bleached bottle brush tress with vintage sheet music base tutorial

 I have been busy this year.
Sometimes even too busy to go to my happy place...
the aisles of a craft store.

I'm super excited that I found a new happy place with Consumer Crafts.
An on-line craft store that lets me shop from the comfort of my home
or while sitting in the bleachers at swim team practice.

You can find the catalog here.

A few weeks ago I showed you how easy it was to shop at Consumer crafts.
Today, I'm going to show you a few of the items that I ordered and how I got crafty with them.

I shared with you my little experiment that I did, trying to bleach my own
"vintage" bottle brush trees.
I learned a few things.
One of those things, was that I needed sisal trees,
and guess what?
I was able to find sisal trees {on sale!} 
and everything else I needed from

Here is what you need to make your own bottle brush trees:
Darice Extra fine glitter in silver and white
vintage music pages

I start with a mix of half water and half bleach and let mu trees soak in the bleach water until they are at the desired color.  The longer they stay in the water, the whiter they become.

Let your trees air dry.

Once your trees are dry,
paint tacky glue in a thin coat onto the branches.

Sprinkle your glitter onto your trees.

The fun part is embellishing your trees.
Use your wooden spools as a base and glue on vintage sheet music and a button,
or skip the spool and glue on a small piece of sheet music to the bottom of the tree.

I placed my trees in an old cloche with some faux snow.

It's a fun quick project for this Christmas!
Know what else is fun?
The chance to win a Cricut Expore machine.
Enter to win!

disclaimer: this is a sponsored post written by me.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What to watch

I am smack dab in the middle of holiday bazaar season.
This means that as I craft I have been running Netflix pretty much anytime I sit down to mindlessly glue gun whatever glittered thing a ma bob I can find.

I love that I have commercial free TV on demand to keep me entertained as I make one more book page wreath or snowman head.

Here's what I have been watching.

I'm hooked.
Ever since I got back from safari in the Masai Mara where this was filmed I can't get enough.
I had only wished I watched this before I went on safari,
but now, it's fun to share it with my family

and with the dog...
she's kind of a big fan too!

Watching Property Brothers makes me want to move out of my nearly new home and find a house to remodel.

And the number one show I have currently been binging on...
drum roll please...

If you want to know what the kids and I will be snuggling to over Thanksgiving break, you better believe we will be streaming the new VeggieTales available today!

So what are you watching?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Elf on the Shelf planning calendar

When Elf on the Shelf hit the stores, my kids were just hitting the cusp of being too old to really enjoy this Christmas tradition.

However, I think it's such a fun tradition and families every where are embracing their Elf.
I actually love seeing my instagram or facebook feed in the mornings in December to see what creative ways my friends and family have moved their Elf.

I know that the hardest part for parents is coming up with new and creative ideas 
{that don't take a lot of time and planning}
for their Elf each day.

I'm pretty sure with my track record with the tooth fairy, the ball would be dropped more than once 
and the Elf wouldn't move, 
or he would move from the shelf, to the tree, from the tree, to the shelf, and get the idea!

For all of you families that have an Elf, I created a little printable calendar for you to use the whole month of December that has ideas that are fairly simple to use each and every day.
You probably have the supplies for most of the items in your home already.

This calendar is just a guide.
Feel free to be as creative as you like.
This calendar is for those days that you get stuck on, 
or if you are like me, you like the tradition, but you don't want to spend hours surfing Pinterest for new ideas for your Elf.
 I'm not pointing any fingers but my guess is more than one of you has a Pinterest board of Elf ideas!
Not judging.
Certainly not judging.
In fact, pin this handy little Elf on the Shelf planner on your Pinterest board now.

To print this planner, right click on it, save it to your documents and print.
For personal use only.

And before you forget, put an alarm on your phone to ring every night just before you head to bed
as a reminder to move your Elf.
Do it now.
You will thank me later. I promise.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jamberry giveaway and blog party

By now, you have probably heard of Jamberry nails.
It seems like they are popping up everywhere!
I finally tried my first pair at a craft fair a few weeks ago and I really liked them.
In case you hadn't heard or just passed by the booth at the local craft fair and didn't stop,
Jamberry are vinyl nail wraps available in 300 different {amazingly cute!} designs.

My tween daughter has been a fan for a few years and I have even bought her a few wraps
{they make great stocking stuffers}
but until I tried them myself, I wasn't sold.

My nails take a beating!
 Between painting projects and hot glue and washing dishes, no nail polish stands a chance!
But when I do my nails I feel super girly and I usually stare at my hands like a zillion times a day.

 If you follow me on instagram you would have seen my first {mini} Jamberry manicure.
I was prepping for a craft bazaar and had been painting and using my hot glue gun for hours each day, and I was amazed at how well the nail wraps held up.

I've used nail wraps before and love them.
Especially on my toes because they last for a month or more,
but I wasn't convinced that they would stay on my hands.

I got so many compliments on my Jamberry manicure even a week after I had put them on and believe me, they had taken a beating and were still looking pretty darn good.

I'm pretty price savvy, and the sheet of wraps can seem a bit pricey,
but believe me, one sheet isn't just one application.

I have small nails, so I can get at least two applications out of each sheet,
sometimes more if I only want to use one or two as accent nails.

Here's a helpful breakdown to how many uses you can get out of a sheet.

If I were to go to a salon to get my nails done, I would be paying far more,
and the application wouldn't last nearly as long.

I just ordered some Jamberry Juniors for my daughter.
They are the perfect fit if you have little nails or if you are buying for a little girl.
Don't forget to check out the mommy and me collection as well!

Because I share only what I love on my blog,
{it's my blog I can do what I want neener neener}
I thought I would open up a Jamberry catalog party with a giveaway for my readers.

You can plan a mother/daughter date during Christmas break,
get your nails as dolled up as the rest of you on New Year's eve, plan a girlfriends nails and wine night or stuff some stockings.
You can shop here
{don't forget those teachers and girlfriends on your list!}

Enter to win the Winters Edge nail wraps 
{as seen above}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I know you will love Jamberry as much as my daughter and I do.
Happy shopping!