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Easy Peasy whimsical Holiday “flowers”

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yarn Pom Pom flowers

I really enjoy decorating for the holidays. I do not however enjoy the price of holiday decor. This means that i use a lot of hand-me-down decorations or handmade items.  I was noticing , this year, as I was putting out me decorations that they are starting to not suite MY style. That’s when I decided to make these whimsical Lorax inspired “flowers”. They are so easy and quick and I kind of want to put them everywhere.

Here is what you need:

*yarn (red)

*sparkly pipe cleaners (green)

*scissors

Here is what you will do: tutorial

1. There is not a picture of this, but cut one piece of yarn about 8 inches long for tying your pom pom. Then hold one end of your longer yarn with your thumb and begin wrapping it around your pointer and middle fingers until you have a nice “forkful of  spaghetti”

2. This is your “forkful of spaghetti”

3.Take the 8″ piece of yarn you cut and stick it through your two fingers and back around the other side and tie a loop in the middle of your “spaghetti”

4.Place one of your pipe cleaners about an inch into your middle string. Pull tight and tie a knot.

5.Fold down the end of your pipe cleaner and wrap it around itself tightly.

6. Cut your loops so that it forms a shaggy ball.

7. Trim your shaggy ball . The closer you get to the middle, the neater the ball will look. It is ok to leave it shaggy if you prefer that look. *hint- to trim all of the loose ends -fluff the ball in your palm a few times while trimming.

8. Voila! you have a fun little yarn pom pom flower! Now make more and stick them in vases all around your house!

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skate planter

 

We find all kinds of things buried in our yard and laying around the woods on our property. I guess it comes with owning a house that is almost a century old.  But I’m not complaining. I love the excitement of finding old items and figuring our ways to display them around the house and yard. This spring I found an old skate . It’s pretty small, so it probably belonged to a child. For some reason , I instantly found myself forming an attachment to it and thought ” This will make a very interesting planter.” I mean, what else would one do with an old found skate?? I planted some ice plant in it, because they grow well on walls and are very drought tolerant. I think it’s quite lovely.

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Silk (tie) Dyed Eggs

Oh , once again I have been completely inspired by Pinterest. There were MANY interesting and fun and beautiful ways to color Easter eggs all over the site, but for some reason I was drawn to this one :Dye transfer from 100% silk ties. I think it seemed easy compared to some of the others that I came across such as  natural ways to dye eggs (i really do want to try that in the future),and not messy like glitter eggs (which i am all about some glitter!) .This really was simple and inexpensive.  Here is the link to the original instructions from ourbestbites.com, which also has TONS of other fabulous crafts, recipes, tutorials and such. I suggest you check it out.

I bought ties at the thrift store for $1 each. You can usually find the tag that says what they are made of inside of the small end of the tie. Make sure they are 100% silk or All Silk.

Cut pieces large enough to cover the eggs. Wrap the eggs as tight as you can with the bright side of the fabric on the inside, touching the egg. Use a twist tie to secure the fabric, then repeat the process with a lightweight whitish fabric. I used an old pillow case.

Once all of your eggs are covered, place in a pot and cover with water and about 1/4 cup vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove the eggs, let cool BEFORE you unwrap them.

I gathered my family around the table  so we could all see the results. They weren’t at my house when my husband and I wrapped them so their curiosity made it even more exciting!  This is definitely a project I will do again! 

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viney wreaths oh my!

my favorite so far. a circle of honeysuckle and grape vines

My husband and I bought our house 2 years ago and it included about an acre of slightly unruly woods in the back part of the yard. At first I was overwhelmed by all the vines and thorns and weeds.. etc… After opening my eyes I have noticed that not everything was out of control, or at least not everything that was out of control is a bad thing. Take for example all of the lovely wild grape and honeysuckle vines. I have been collecting them over the past couple of evenings and have turned my gatherings into lovely wreaths of all unruliness and sizes. It is pretty easy, but does take a little patience and some room to move around. The only direction there is , is to wind the vines in a circle around each other. play. have fun.

And now, I CAN NOT WAIT to begin decorating them! Stay tuned , I will be posting photos.

Let the fun begin!!!!

 

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Unique stamps for your handmade invitations and cards

Here’s a fun and easy way to add a little something extra special to your handmade (or store bought) cards, invitations, etc. Check out zazzle.com/stamps for , literally, thousands of options of stamps. I am not going to lie though. They can get expensive. Prices range from $14.95 to about  $100.00. You can choose higher postage stamps to (up to $4.95 priority mail).

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