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Handmade Christmas :: Ruffled Tree Skirt

8 Dec

Hello friends!

I’ve been sitting on this project since the beginning of November.  Procrastinating because I knew it would be a beast.  Not expensive, just time consuming.

I kept putting it off.  Tree came up, I used my old tree skirt.  And ugh…hated it.

So Sunday was cold and rainy.  A perfect day to tackle it.

Using white lightweight denim I bought at Joann’s moving sale last year for $2.99 year less 50% (dirt cheap, I bought every yard I could find), I made a 5×5 square:

Folded into quarters, then a triangle:

And cut, with my little helper beside me:

Cut a slit on one side and you get this:

Then, ripped 5 yards of white broadcloth purchased at Hobby Lobby for $2.99/yard less 40%:

Using my favorite cheetah print, ripped half yard of 2inch stripes, and lots of hot glue..made pleats:

and pleats:

And 2 hours and 74 glue sticks later, I ended up with this:

I am in love.  My daughter wanted to sleep on it.

It is fabulous.

The little touch of leopard is perfect.

And I could not be happier.

And with that, this is my last holiday project of the year.  YAY!

Happy Thursday!

xoxo,

Carrie

Handmade Christmas {fabric garland}

29 Nov

This year might be my most favorite as far as decorations in my home.

Up until a year ago, I’ll admit, I really didn’t decorate for Christmas in a way that matched my personality.

I decorated by following, looking at what others were doing, thinking that was ‘me.’

It’s not.

Alot of decor decisions I make are out of the box…but I like that about me.

This year I completely revamped my tree.  I have boxes of unused ornaments in the garage.  A sea of red bows that need a new home.

My tree is mainly white with various shades of green, mercury glass ornaments, and a touch of leopard.

I absolutely adore it.

And then there’s the mantle.  I’ve stared at it for 2 weeks, wondering what I should do to blend it with the rest of my home.

I collect nutcrackers…The Wizard of Oz and the characters from the Nutcracker ballet.  They fit nicely across my mantle but not for much longer.

As my daughter and I were getting ready for her Nutcracker rehearsal, I had the idea to make a vintage garland from some of my favorite pieces of fabric.  I grabbed the fabric and scissors and out the door we went.

And the project began as I watched her practice Sunday evening…

Tearing strips of fabric, leaving the frayed edges in place, tying on a string of twine…

I could not be more in love with this garland…

Adding small white lights (battery powered, no strings!)

Finally hanging 2 winter white velour stocking purchased from Pottery Barn two years ago.  I need 2 more because for some reason, I bought 2 white and 2 red.  I don’t know why I did that.  (Need 2 gorgeous cream and red velour stockings?  They are for sale for a very cheap price.)

My Dorothy and Lion…

I am working on one more handmade Christmas this week.  I’ve stared down the pile of fabric for over 2 weeks now.  Hopefully it won’t be as tedious as I think it will be, ha!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Do you have any handmade Christmas projects you want to share?  Send them to us!

xoxo,

Carrie

 

Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

Between Naps on the PorchDIY ShowoffDomestically SpeakingFinding FabulousFunky Junk InteriorsHouse of HepworthsMiss Mustard SeedMy Backyard EdenPerfectly ImperfectPrimitive & ProperRemodelaholicSAS InteriorsShabby NestWhipperberryToday’s Creative BlogThe Thrifty HomeSavvy Southern StyleSome Day CraftsEisy MorganGreen Door Designs,  At Home with KHome Stories A2Z

The Day After…

27 Dec

The Day After…

The day after Christmas…and what a beautiful Christmas it was.

Santa made a wonderful visit…and my children were happy.

Which made me happy.

And it was cold in Texas on Christmas morning…cold enough to turn off the AC.

That made me happy too.

My husband and I decided our Christmas would be different this year…focusing on ‘quality vs. quantity’.

I remember growing up with the sea of gifts under the tree each year. Although I am so thankful to my parents giving me all they could, I honestly can only remember a handful of gifts:

my first Caboodle
New Kids on the Block VHS concert
my brother’s He-Man Castle Greyskull
my first Cabbage Patch Kid
a leather purse my Grandmother sent me from New York

This year we wanted to give our children the gift of contentment…focusing on our family together. Eating. Playing. Christmas Day afternoon movie (if you haven’t seen Tangled, go. now.  I cried).

So we started this tradition:

Something you want
Something you need
Something to wear
Something to read
(and I added Art because I think that is important too)

What a blessing it was to our family…seeing the pure joy on my children’s faces and also being able to give to the rest of our family was unbelievable.

And we also remembered the real reason for the season…which is the greatest gift of all.

Wishing you and your family all the blessings life has in store for 2011 and beyond.

Merry Christmas from 221Vision!

24 Dec

Merry Christmas from 221Vision!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We hope you have a great time with family and friends.

And pig out on lots of food… and watch A Christmas Story and Elf to your heart’s content.

See you after the holidays!

Love,

Angie and Carrie :)

DIY: Making Wrapping Paper from Grocery Bags

21 Dec

DIY: Making Wrapping Paper from Grocery Bags

I take reusable fabric shopping bags when grocery shopping but somehow quite a few paper bags still magically turn up at my house.  We try to recycle and repurpose as many things as possible so when staring at some paper grocery bags in my cabinet the other day thought hmmmm….wrapping paper!

If you want some earth friendly paper…or perhaps don’t have time to run to the store, here is a great way to make your own wrapping paper.

Paper grocery bags left plain and tied with raffia ribbon would make a natural and pretty look for wrapping paper.

I decided to jazz mine up with a little paint!

Here’s what you need.

Paper grocery bag, scissors or tool that cuts paper, tape or glue, paint and paint brushes.  I used leftover sample of house paint. Yes, house paint!  I used an old sample of paint I was planning to use on the exterior of my house. Any paint that adheres to paper will work.  You can use any type of paint brush but I wanted to use a sponge brush for a blotchy effect.

It’s okay if the bag is a little beat up. It just adds to the rustic look.

Cut along one side of the bag.

Cut the bottom out.

Cutting it this way maximizes the coverage area of the paper bag.  Now you have one long flat piece of wrapping paper.

If there are handles on the bag, remove them.

Cut out a piece of wrapping paper to fit your gift.

Now wrap gift.  I glued shut with a glue stick but tape can also be used.

Time to paint!

I don’t own a cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette so I made my own stencils.  I printed out shapes I liked on standard white printing paper and then cut them out with an exacto knife.

Lay stencil directly on package.  Paper bags are so thick, the paint will not soak through it.

I love how the sponge paint brush left this blotchy effect. It can be painted thicker if you prefer a solid look.

I also made some wrapping paper with stripes using painter’s tape. To do this, you must paint the wrapping paper before wrapping the gift.  However, making stripes takes more time and more paint. If you want to make some quickly, just use stencil.  I actually was more pleased with the stencil look anyway!

It is possible to use the same stencil over and over.  Just make sure the paint is dry before you switch colors.

Polish off with ribbon!

This would even be a fun project for children to do with crayons.

in the spirit

20 Dec

in the spirit

I found this picture last week and wanted to share it with you.

My Christmas spirit went off the charts when I saw it.  How about yours?

Although it is in the 70′s in Texas this week…and the chance of getting snow is zero… still I love Christmas time.

We are home from a long weekend with my husband’s family, celebrating Christmas with the little cousins, and riding the Polar Express train.

It is just like the movie…dancing chefs, cookies & hot chocolate, Tom Hanks punching your ticket…

Hope everyone is enjoying this week of Christmas!

photo credit…I have no clue…I saw it, saved it, & shared it.

DIY: How to make 4×6 Photo Holiday Cards & Envelopes

13 Dec

DIY: How to make 4×6 Photo Holiday Cards & Envelopes

I’m so lazy when it comes to sending Christmas cards.  Something about running to the store , buying a box of cards and frantically trying to sign and mail them at the last minute just doesn’t seem appealing or meaningful to me.

Wait a minute. Meaningful?

Maybe that’s why I never looked forward to sending Christmas cards!

There were some pictures I wanted to send family and friends for the holidays and that’s when it dawned on me – sending generic mass produced commercial cards doesn’t have much meaning.

So this year I created my own holiday cards – with photos and images I loved and wanted to share.

This was one of the easiest projects I have done in a long time!

I already had a package of 4 x 6 photo paper stock but it’s possible to buy a box at Target for $6.

Then I printed away!

My printer is an HP C4795 that we received FREE when we bought an Apple computer this year. It is an amazing printer and the color pictures print like professional developing.  It prints, scans and copies.  If you are looking for a printer, you can also buy this one on Amazon for $63, just click HERE

If you don’t have a color printer, black and white images make great cards.

Now my family and friends have photos they can cherish forever.

It is possible to mail photo cards like a postcard but it will probably get damaged in the mail.  To protect it, it’s best to put it in an envelope.

I journeyed to the store… and couldn’t find any envelopes to fit my 4×6 photo cards!

So guess what?!

I created my own.   Again…easy!!!

There are lots of ways to create envelopes.  Most involve cutting and making a V shaped flap.

My way is the simplest.  No cutting.

I didn’t have any nice paper so I bought some at Target for $4.14 (Astrobrights).  100 pieces so there will be plenty left over for future crafty projects.

Umm…can you tell I live near a Target?  :)

Fold a piece of letter sized paper (8 1/2 x 11 inches) 1 1/4 inch from the top (on the long side).  Use a hard surface to create a crisp fold. I used a bamboo board but a counter or table top would work well.

Then fold the bottom portion in half so that it reaches the first fold mark.

Now glue both sides 1/4 inch from the border and close together. Any craft or paper glue will work.

Let dry.

Then insert photo card.  The flap can be glue shut to completely close the envelope but instead I sealed mine with a sticker.

Ready to mail!

Happy Holidays!

DIY – How to Etch Glass Christmas Ornaments

10 Dec

DIY – How to Etch Glass Christmas Ornaments

Etching produces a frosty design and is permanent. It can be a fun way to add a dramatic flair to glass!!

AND…you can do it yourself with cream.   A special cream that can be bought at any craft store.

It’s easy and quick and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

Here’s how to etch glass Christmas ornaments!

I bought this pack of 9 glass ball ornaments for $6 at Tar-zhay (Target!).

Some sort of template is needed to etch your pattern.  A Cricut or Silhouette that cuts vinyl stickers would be ideal but since I didn’t have one, I used plain ol’ stickers!

Something that adheres well to the glass well is required.  Otherwise, the etching cream will penetrate under the stencil. I tried painter’s tape and it did not work well.  Since painter’s tape has a light hold, the etching cream seeped under it and the design was ruined.

You can create whatever patterns you like.  I am using snowflakes, Christmas trees and stockings for these ornaments.  I am also going to do a few without stencils and frost them completely all over.

Adhere the stencil.

Now time for the etching cream!!!!

I bought my etching cream at Michael’s (Armour Etch).  There’s not a Hobby Lobby in the state I live which is unfortunate…because I’d die to have one of those 50% off coupons!  Etching cream is not cheap.  This bottle was $29.99.  But it was large and will last a long time.  They sell much smaller bottles but the Michael’s I went to was out of stock.

This cream has to be toxic if it changes the composition of the glass surface!  It would be smart to wear gloves.  However I wasn’t smart and passed on the gloves. I actually got a small bit on my hands but it didn’t irritate or burn them.  I was expecting some pungent acid like stench but the cream didn’t really smell much either.

Now, paint it on!  You need to paint it on pretty thick. It is okay if you get it on top of the stencil.

Next let the cream set on the ornament for 5 minutes.  I hung mine on a clothes hanger outside.

While I was waiting on that, I made another ornament using the outline of the sticker.  This will create a different effect on how the ornament design will look.  The first ornament will be completely frosted and the area where the stencil was will be clear.

On second one, the entire ornament will be clear and the stencil area will be frosted.

This is a good way to use a the part of the sticker packaging that typically would have been discarded. And this method uses a lot less etching cream!

Here is how to use the stencil (sticker) outline.

Cut the area around the sticker outline out.

Then stick on ornament.

Now paint on the inside of the outline.  Leave the rest of the ornament naked.

After the ornament has sat with the cream for 5 minutes, rinse in water.

Once the ornament is washed and the sticker removed, the stencil design will not be visible and the glass won’t look frosted.

Don’t be discouraged, once the ornament dries for at least an hour…

the frosting and stencil design will become DRAMATIC!

Ta-da!!

Simple Gift Idea #1

8 Dec

Simple Gift Idea #1

Tis the season for family gifts…friend gifts…and teacher gifts.

I love giving to my children’s teachers.  Teachers have the hardest job…besides motherhood…and I always wish I could give alot more.

Besides our homeroom teacher, my daugher has several ‘specials’ teachers…like art and music, the librarian and coaches, teacher aides and the sweetest office secretary.

And now that my son is in preschool, I added those precious teachers to the list this year too.

As the list grew, the $$ amount got smaller and smaller…and so we decided what we could give and hated to leave anyone out.

And then I discovered these adorable cards on an amazing blog, Brooklyn Limestone.  How I found this blog…I’ll never know because I get lost in click-click-clicking my way around the web.

Brooklyn Limestone is one of my new favorite reads…and now I have some adorable ‘little somethings’ for our special teachers and helpers.

Incredibly easy to print and make…and my little Sweet P absolutely LOVED the idea…because you know I had to get her approval on the project.

I printed the cards on white cardstock from Target.  A pack of 48 sheets for $5:

peppermint tea teacher gift printable tags

Fold on the dotted lines…

Bought Candy Cane Lane decaf Green Tea…smells just like a Peppermint Patty…

celestial seasonings candy cane lane tea christmas tea

Stapled 2 tea bags inside…

Teacher name on the outside…and Sweet P wrote a precious ‘thank you’ inside…

Fold…and tie up with a pretty bow.

These cards make me happy…they smell amazing.

Visit Brooklyn Limestone here…tell her Angie & Carrie said HI…and download the cards here.

It shouldn’t cost alot to put a smile in someone’s heart this season…because it’s the thought that means the most.

Happy Gift Giving, friends!

For the love of Green

3 Dec

For the love of Green

I have new love for the color green because of all those wreaths I searched for the other day.

And everyone knows I was on a mission to bring some love to my front door…and I couldn’t find a green…mossy…berry…simple wreath anywhere.

So as I predicted…I made one.

And I love it.

And I do no have many pictures because:

#1:  I was in such a hurry to create it and #2:  a toddler can make it, it’s that easy.

I found a large grapevine wreath at the “Lobby” (Hobby Lobby) and just so happened to be 50% off of $5.97…

And green berry garland, also 50% off of $16.99.

Total:  $20

I laid the wreath and garland on a table in the middle of store to get an idea if this was what I wanted…while my precious son ate peanut butter crackers and told me he wanted a motorcycle for Christmas.  I told him to call his father.

With that said, we checked out with the wreath and the garland, we drove home…ate lunch…and baby boy took a nappy.

I got my hot glue gun warmed up.

Arranged garland #1 on one side of the grapevine…and started gluing…

Arranged garland #2 on the other side…and started gluing…

Found my favorite leopard ribbon…tied it around the bottom…

green berry wreath gravepine leopard

And placed it on my front door.

I love it.

Super easy.

And it’s green.

Happy Friday friends!

Green Christmas

1 Dec

Green Christmas

December 1st…Christmas is in full swing.

Radio stations started playing Johnny Mathis Thanksgiving Day.

My trees were decorated and lit before Thanksgiving.

Yet…my front door was bare.  Naked.  Lonely.

So I started doing a little research for inspiration.

I am streamlining my Christmas decor this year…half of it staying in boxes.

I want a fresher…greener…lighter feel.

Sometimes Christmas decor can have a little too much goin’ on…if you know what I mean, Clark Griswold…

So…I found a few things to share…because they made me happy…

Chandelier wreaths are so fun…and unexpected…

I love anything with berries this year…

a star…perfection…

and more berries…loving the layering of color and the vintage bread bowl with reindeer moss

(and I just so happen to have an empty bread bowl…hmmmm)

boxwood wreath with pears on the table…my heart sings…

love the kelly green ornaments in the window…

And then I found this… I die.

So…now I am on a mission…to find or make (most likely the latter) something green…airy and Christmas-y for my front door.

Oh, the possibilities…

Love ya friends!

most images courtesy Martha Stewart

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