Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To Make A Vintage Paper Wreath

I love to do crafts, sew, cook, and read.  I saw this article this morning and thought how cute it is.  I would think you could also use Christmas Wrap, especially paper that is double sided.  Wouldn't that be cute!!  I am going to go try this!!  I think I have some mod podge up in my sewing room!!







Most people have a “one time read” book lying around the house collecting dust. Why not put it to good use by making this amazing wreath? It’s simple, fun, and cost effective to make. Plus, it’s great for any holiday because there are so many different ways to accessorize it.



WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

•Old book – Check the Dollar store or thrift stores if you don’t have one on hand.

•Paint – I used brown, but to make it more snazzy consider using mod podge and your choice of glitter.

•Sponge Brush

•Hot glue gun

•Wreath base – I recommend using a foam base. I got mine from Roberts for only $4.79 (after my 40% off coupon.) You could also go to the plumbing department of Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy a six foot long piece of foam tubing. Cut it to the desired length and simply duct tape it together. This will cost you less than a dollar.



INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP ONE: Tear the front and back cover off your book. Take your paint and coat the three exposed edges of the book. Allow a couple minutes to dry. If you are using mod podge and glitter then run the mod podge over the three edges and sprinkle with glitter.



STEP TWO: Once this is dry, carefully tear out the pages of your book. Try to get a semi-straight tear.



STEP THREE: Take a page from your book and either roll it like a cone or fold it back and forth like a fan without making any creases. I traded off rolling and folding to give it more texture. Then use your hot glue gun to attach the pages to the wreath. Start at the outside edge of your wreath first.



STEP FOUR: Once the outer row is done, the following rows need to be shorter in length. Simply fold the page and inch or two at the bottom, making a tab. Glue the back of the tab to the wreath. Continue this until your wreath is full enough to your liking. Once you get to the final inner row, glue the pages as you did on the first outer row.



STEP FIVE: Ta-Da! Your wreath is complete. Now go ice your hands because if you’re anything like me, you have several hot glue gun blisters.



This has been a guest post by Katie from Pleasant Grove, UT  Thank you Katie!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Printables



I just found this site!  These are just the cutest printables for Thanksgiving!  My grandchildren love to help decorate the table each year and we printed these off.  My oldest always types up a menu and hangs it on the front door for all to see as they arrive.  I hope this will be a tradition they always remember about Grandma!

Here is the link to print them out! 

http://www.dimpleprints.com/?p=229

I had trouble printing them, but if you go to the top of the page and look under the tab that says free printables you can just click on Thanksgiving!  Have Fun!!

Thank you so much "Dimple Prints"!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011




How to Make Cute Flowers from Brown Paper Bags!

I love these brown paper flowers! When I first saw them, I thought they had to be store-bought. They just look so elegant. But as it turns out, we can all make these at home using leftover brown paper lunch bags. They’re the perfect autumn decoration, especially if you have more time than cash!

What You’ll Need:

•6 – 8 brown paper lunch bags

•glue stick

•scissors

Directions:

1.With bottom flap of an unopened bag towards you, cut off the bottom of the bag above the fold.

2.Draw a petal shape on the bag and cut it out. Make the petal as wide as possible; make one end pointed, and just cut straight across the other end.

3.Save the small parts that fall out as you cut the petals. You will use them later.

4.Bend the petals in half length-wise and then glue 6-8 of them together at the straight-cut end, making a flower shape.

5.Repeat with smaller petal pieces that fell out as you cut. Make sure to overlap pieces as you glue and keep them slightly elevated for a 3-D effect.

6.Now you should have a large and small flower. Glue the smaller flower inside the large one and you’re done!

If you want picture directions, please go to the following website!

Thank you!  A Place For Us 
http://www.aplaceforusblog.com/2011/10/brown-paper-flowers-tutorial.html

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple Butter

My apple butter is all finished and canned.  It didn't take as long as I had planned.  I thought it would cook until 9:00am this morning, but last night around 7:00pm it was done.  I was afraid if I left it cook all night, I might wake up to a burned up crock pot. I had read on another recipe to crack the lid a little to thicken it up and maybe this speeded up the recipe.  I really didn't feel last night at 7:30 to finish the canning, but I did it anyway.  We get up at 4:00am so by this time of night I am worthless!  We had it on toast this morning and it is delicious!  I had to force my little granddaughter who stays all night on Fridays to taste it.  After chasing her around the house, she finally took a tiny lick of the spoon and said "Oh that is good, Mamo".  She eats nothing, so this was the ultimate compliment!
It doesn't take much to make me happy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Canning Some Vegetables!

I had alot of left over green tomatoes in my garden and it was calling for frost.  My husband and I went out and picked all of them and I should of gotten on the internet before we did this.   The internet says to pull plant and all out of the ground and shake off the dirt and hang it upside down in a cool place and the tomatoes will continue to turn red.  Well it was to late for that, so I found this recipe on the internet for Green Tomatoe Relish and it had lots of reviews that said it is very good.  You just put tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, and onions in a food process and chop them up, add some vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed and then bring it to a boil for 5 minutes and process.  I did give it a little taste and it is delicious.  I can't wait to put it on a hamburger or hotdog sandwich!  Here is a picture of all my hard work.  I made some small jelly jars, to make some gift baskets at Christmas!


Now today, I have some Slow Cooker Apple Butter cooking and I will be filling jars with that.  Here is what I have started now.


This is a very easy recipe, you just slice up 5-lbs. of apples and put them in the crockpot with some apple cider and spices.  This will have to cook until tomorrow morning, so I will fill the jars tomorrow.  I wanted to show you the slicer that I used.  My mother purchased this and then never used it and passed it along to me.  I just love this!  It is called a "Vidalia Chop Wizard".  It comes with two different size blades and you just lay your vegetable or fruit on it and slam the lid.  I chopped 5 pounds of apples in about 3 minutes!  This was so easy to get ready and my house smells wonderful!!  Only problem is, it is making me hungry!  I like to can and it is becoming a lost art!  I wish I could have a larger garden and can everything!  I canned tomato juice last year which I use to make chili, but my tomatoes this year just did not want to redden up, I still have about 5 jars of that left and it just makes the best chili ever!  If anyone wants the recipes, just leave me a comment and I will send them to you!  I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spooky Ghosts!


Do you remember my front porch pictures that I showed you in back in June?  Well I had those planters on my front porch that are heavy and hard to move.  The flowers have died and my husband said; What are you going to do with those things?  I wasn't sure and said maybe we could just push them off to the side of the porch.  He then suggested that I make some ghosts out of them.  He always has great ideas and then I whip them up.  Here is the final project. What I did was pull the flowers out of the top basket and replaced it with a basketball.  Then I took a twin size sheet and sewed it up the sides.  I found some scary faces on the internet and transferred the faces to some black felt and sewed them on to the sheets.  I think they came out cute and will surely keep those pesky treat or treaters away!! hehe!




Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Lanterns


I saw this project on the internet and thought they were about the cutest homemade craft I have seen for Halloween.  I just had to make them.  You use canning jars and mod podge with tissue paper.  I didn't read the directions very well.  You were suppose to cut 1 1/2 inch strips of tissue paper and put some mod podge on the outside of the mason jar, then add your strip of tissue paper. then mod podge over the jar again when finished.

What I did was put the tissue paper on the inside of the jar and did the mod podge on the inside of the jar.  Even if it was wrong they are just to cute and actually I think I like it better.  The ridges don't show up like the  jars on the website.  I added a set of Christmas lights and  tucked a few into each jar.  I won't go away and leave them on, but they are sure cute and I have gotten so many compliments on them.  Everyone wants a set.  You can click on the picture for a bigger view!

If anyone wants the site for the directions, here is the site where I saw them at!! 

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/crafty-in-the-kitchen-mason-jar-lanterns/