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November 30, 2012

5 Ways to Transform a Glass Ornament (without using paint)



Cover in Tinfoil!  See how HERE

Cover in Feathers!  See how HERE

Make a Vase!  See how HERE

Glue on Glass Rocks.  See how HERE

Use Twine & Tinsel!  See how HERE

Here is the TV segment I did on these ornaments.  I was able to meet 4 other talented bloggers who also made darling versions of glass ornaments, make sure to check them out!

DIY Glass Ball Ornament - FEATHERS!

These feather ornaments will definitely be a conversation piece!  They are so easy to make and offer such a soft element to your tree.  

Craft stores carry sorted bags of different colors of feathers, I got mine at JoAnn's.  You are going to start gluing your feathers at the bottom of your ball, the feather facing downward vertically.  Simply put hot glue going down the spine of your feather, then place onto your ball.  As you work your way up the ball, overlap your feathers so that you get a tapered look.  When you get to the top part of your ornament, use smaller feathers.  Make sure to glue closely to the hanger of your ornament so that you do not see the glass showing through.  Easy!
My Grandma has been decorating her tree with the same ornaments ever since I was a little girl, so you can imagine the 'vintageness' of all of her ornaments.   She has one of the prettiest trees I've seen and guess what - - she has feathered ornaments on it!!  Yay!  That is where I got this idea.  Your tree will be pretty too, with these on them! 
Love all of the possibilities you can do with feathers.  White, hot pink, fluffy feathers, peacock feathers...

November 29, 2012

DIY Glass Ball Ornament - TWINE & TINSEL

I LOVE this simple, little ornament!  This looks so darling on my tree!  I love how it combines a natural element with a shiny, bright element!  Here's how you make it:

I used natural jute although I can imagine all of the different possibilities with what twine you choose.  Start at the top of your ball ornament right next to the hanger and place a small amount of hot glue on the start of your jute and let dry.  Begin wrapping your jute around the ball and occasionally placing hot glue on it so it will hold in place.  When you get about 1/3 of the way down your ball, cut your jute and glue.  Next, fill your ornament full of tinsel (so many possibilities with colors) by stuffing it down in the hole with a pencil.  Put the hanger back on and you are done! 
Simplicity

November 28, 2012

DIY Glass Ball Ornament - turn it into a mini vase!

This is such a simple, yet elegant way to transform your glass ball ornament.  This is a great piece to add to your holiday decor and I also think this would be darling on your holiday dinner table, one next to every setting!

All you have to do is pop the hanger off of the top of your glass ball ornament, add rice (or anything else...rock salt would be cute), and then add a small sprig of berries!  I tied a little twine around mine to give it a little more.
 The weight of the rice will make the ornament stand up fairly straight, however, I glued a small circle of twine on the bottom of my ball to help so it won't roll anywhere!

Sharing at I Gotta Create

November 27, 2012

DIY Glass Ball Ornament - GLASS ROCKS!

Glass Rocks!  Yes, glass does rock, but I mean...these are made from Glass Rocks!  Ya know, the ones that are used as vase fillers?  This is one of my favorite ideas because it can be so versatile!  If you want to add color to this darling ornament, just fill it with some colored tinsel by taking the top off and stuffing it in!  I love the texture of this ornament and LOVE how it glistens under the lights of my tree.  

Here's what you do:
Buy a package of clear, glass rocks usually found in the floral section of your craft store.  I used the small ones.  Put a dab of hot glue onto the bottom of the rock, then place on the glass ball with LIGHT PRESSURE!  Important: it is important that you don't press too hard because with the combination of heat + pressure, the glass ball will shatter right in your hand.  Yes, I know that from experience!  Just lightly press the rock down and continue putting the rocks on the ball spread out.
I originally wanted to cover the entire glass ball in these rocks but then it occurred to me, 'THE ORNAMENT WILL BE TOO HEAVY TO HANG' if it is covered in these rocks.  I didn't try it, if you try it and it works let me know!  I also thought it would be fun to do different variations using this technique (i.e. Monogrammed letter, a heart shape, etc.)  I would love to see pictures of your creation if you do something different!

November 26, 2012

DIY Glass Ball Ornament - TINFOIL!

All this week I will be sharing with you some ideas on how to transform your glass ball ornaments.  There are so many fun ideas out there, but these require NO PAINT.  Here is the first one I am sharing with you:

Cover in Tinfoil!!
 I was rummaging through my kitchen while I had these little glass balls on my mind and came across my Aluminum Foil and thought, 'Why not', right?  This is a super-cheap way to spruce up your glass ornaments. 
Here's how you do it:
Tear small amount off of your tinfoil roll (like 5-6 inches) and then crumbled it up into a ball.  Carefully start unraveling it and straighten it out.  This will give it the textured look.  Now, start ripping small pieces off, like 1/2 in x 1/2 inch.  They do not have to be perfect squares, in fact, they don't have to be any shape at all!!

After you have all of your pieces ripped off, start hot gluing each piece one by one on, starting at the bottom of the ball working up.  Here's the key: only put a small dab of hot glue in the center of your piece.  You want your sides to come up a bit and it will give it more texture.  Also, slightly overlap each piece so that you get a tapered look.  Do this to the whole ball and make sure to do this well at the top where the hanger hooks on so that you don't see any glass showing through.
 And that's it!  It does require a little bit of time and patience.  Just make sure to turn on a good Christmas movie while you're doing it!  This will add so much 'bling' to your tree and no one will ever guess that it's made from tinfoil!

November 22, 2012

Minky Couture Black Friday

Minky Couture has some deals tomorrow and Saturday, both online and in stores.  Here is what Minky Couture wrote on their Facebook Page:


Black Friday Is Here!

Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th
Shop and Save.... Give the Best Gift of the Season



Online Savings!!
45% off Entire stock of blankets!
First 10 customers to order after Midnight Thursday MST will receive a Tween Berklee or Lincoln! (we will email you for your information.) Free shipping over $75. Use code BLACK45 



In Store Specials, Utah:
Layton, Draper, St. George
 open on Friday Nov. 23rd at 8 a.m. University Mall 6 am
25% Off Entire Stock of Blankets &. Free tween with purchase of $150 or more for our first 10 customers at each location! (customer choice of blanket)

Shop for all the loved ones in your life!

Very Jane Black Friday

Be sure to check out VeryJane.com tomorrow on Black Friday.  They will be having a bunch of deals, but you may particularly want to purchase one of these bubble necklaces.  These will be super-cheap tomorrow only on VeryJane. So if you want to snag one of these for a Christmas gift, tomorrow is the day.  Here are all the colors they will have:

November 21, 2012

Pumpkin Cake Bites

This is a great treat for this time of year.  As I was looking around for recipes, I learned that there are a lot of ways that you can make these.  I just reached into the back of my head and used a cookie recipe that my mom does.  It's very easy and requires very little amount of ingredients.
Here's what you need:

1 Spice Cake Mix
1 Can Pumpkin
3/4 Can Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Bag of Chocolate or Vanilla Melts
1 Bag Hershey's Cinnamon Chips (optional)
 
Mix your cake mix and pumpkin only (no eggs, oil, etc.) in a bowl until really moist.  Put in a pan and bake according to the cake mixes directions.  Once done, let cool.

Time to crumble the cake!  I just crumble mine using a large fork in the pan that it was baked in.   Some people like to put it in a processor, but a fork works fine.  Once the cake is all crumby, mix in about 3/4 of your frosting until the mixture is moist enough to roll into 1.5" balls.

Roll all of your mixture into balls, and put in freezer for a good 30 minutes or so.  Take 1/2 of them out and work with those first.  I find that the balls look better once dipped when they are really, really cold.  So once you are done with the first half, take the others out so they are still cool.

Dip all of your balls in the melt of your choice, then, what I did was drizzle the Hershey's cinnamon melt over the top!  I'm so glad I did because it definitely made them taste better.  The cinnamon chips are hard to find though.  Most stores don't carry them.  They are delicious though!  If you can't find any, try sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on top of the balls before the chocolate sets.  That would taste yummy too.  

Keep these refrigerated!!  They taste soooo much better when they are chilled.

And that's all folks!
 
Have a happy day-before-Thanksgiving!  I will be making my Grandmas pie crust for the very first time!  It is delicious, flaky, and fluffy.  I will share the recipe!

November 19, 2012

Parfaits ...for kids!

Last week we were in charge of the snack for Charli's preschool.  The problem was, I remembered at 8 o'clock the night before!  I searched to see what I had as far as fruit snacks or goldfish went and I didn't have enough.  So, I decided to make what I did have work! 

Mini Jello & Yogurt parfaits.  

You need:
1 small box of Jello (I did strawberry)
Vanilla yogurt
Bananas (or other fruit)
Vanilla Wafers
Small plastic cups

Make the Jello according to package directions and put into plastic cups.  Fill cups about 2/3 full.  Let set and then before serving, top with a big scoop of yogurt, cut bananas, and a vanilla wafer!  That's it, so easy!  Charli loved hers & always loves eating anything out of a cute, little cup!  The time before this we took chocolate cookies as our snack so I wanted to take something a bit healthier.
You can get 13 cups out of the 1 small box of Jello.

November 16, 2012

My Busy, Busy Bag for Church.

 Remember I shared with you how I made this tote bag HERE?  Well, I didn't show you what was actually in the bag!  I take this bag every Sunday to church in hopes that it will keep my girls happy and busy during Sacrament Meeting.  Sometimes it works, other times we are forced to chase them out into the foyer (or on the stage behind the pulpit.  Yep, that happened).
Anyways, I thought I'd share with you some of the fun items that are inside.  Some are home made, others not.

I SPY bag.  I made this bag and it was so easy!  No sewing involved!  In fact, the hardest part was finding all the little items to go in it!  All you need is a binder bag (found at Walmart 98 cents), micro-beads, little trinkets, hot glue, and ribbon (to seal the zipper shut).  This is so fun!
Here's what I put in mine:
a little dinosaur
a little fish
foam heart
quarter
penny
small bow
hello kitty charm (off a dollar store bracelet)
bouncy ball
my little pony hair brush

I usually take a weekly trip to the dollar store after they get their shipment in just to see what fun finds there are.  Occasionally, in the toy aisle they will have these mini magna-doodles.  The girls love these so of course I had to buy 2 of them.  The last thing we need at church is a brawl between them fighting over something!

These are the Melissa & Doug animal lace-ups.  I think I found them at TJ Maxx for $6.  These are always a good quiet toy to have!

I have a binder full of stickers, paper, crayons, and the oh-so-loved Color Wonder pages and markers!  Love those for church because you don't have to worry about the kiddos coloring on the walls with crayons!

I used an empty travel wipe case and filled it with scraps of old t-shirts.  I cut the t-shirts in strips then tied them together to make a never-ending chain of fabric coming out of the case!  This is great for those infants that are learning to pull everything out of everything!

Matching Game.  This is one of my favorite things.  I had photos of our family printed out in a wallet size.  Four wallets came to a sheet so I just kept the other two for my wallet and other stuff.  I glued the photos to printed card stock, then had them laminated with the heavy laminating plastic.  I made sure to round the edges when I cut them so we wouldn't be drawing any blood at church!  The girls love this!  I thought this would be really fun to do with church pictures/pass along cards since I use this at church.
 

Don't throw away those cheap kids meal toys!  I usually throw them away eventually, but sometimes you come across really great ones like these little linky toys that came from Wendy's.  The girls would never play with these if we were just at home, but when we are at church, they love building with them.

Paint samples and clothes pins.  My girls are very articulate and love little things like this that they can do with their hands.  I also love this game because it is teaching them how to match colors as well.

 Here is another one of my favorites, colored felt popsicles.  This is such a fun game to help match colors.  Just use felt and large popsicle sticks.  Just sew the felt popsicle except for the part where the stick inserts.  The stick is removable so that the kids have to match what color it belongs to.
 
This is a great way to teach them to read too!
 And since you'll be buying a bag of popsicle sticks, no busy bag would be complete without popsicle stick puzzles!  Just cut the picture in strips to the width of the popsicle stick and glue on!  I numbered mine as well to help the kids with number order!

Don't you just love how I've stored all of these separate activities in the binder bags?  Perfect huh?  Well, it wasn't my idea!  I saw it HERE!

I wish I could say that these busy activities worked every Sunday to keep my girls quiet and entertained but KIDS WILL BE KIDS sometimes, ya know?!  I'm always looking for fun, new busy bag ideas to keep the girls on their toes!


Other sources for these ideas:

November 15, 2012

A Sweet Gift Idea...

Scarf + Matching Bracelet = A Sweet Gift

...And you don't even have to worry about wrapping it because the bracelet around it makes it look pretty enough!

November 13, 2012

Santa Baby Legs - Preorder Yours

Last year I made a handful of these darling Santa Baby Legs and had a huge response.  I only made a handful, and many of you weren't able to get them.  I decided this year I would take orders before I get all the stuff to make them, this way, none of you will miss out!  They will be $8 a pair + shipping.  Let me know if you would like these by sending an e-mail only (please don't leave a comment because chances are, I will overlook it!).
Sizes are 3 months to 5T.
Thanks!  :)
info@sweetcharli.com

FYI: Sad girl not included with your purchase!

November 12, 2012

P.S. I Adore You Giveaway

I am totally loving these bracelets up for grabs, they are perfect for the upcoming Holiday season! P.S. I Adore You is giving away not 1, but 4 of these, one of each color! I am inspired by the girl behind this site, read about it:

P.S. I Adore You was started in honor of Cami Carver (who's mom is one of the founders). Cami was diagnosed with ALL leukemia in July of 2010, she went through 2 ½ years of continuous chemotherapy and was declared cancer free this September. Watch this video of Cami explaining her cancer journey here. It is our mission to raise awareness for childhood cancer and bring smiles to these families who endure so much. Each month, P.S. I Adore you will feature one child with cancer and their family. You can read about this month's family here. Our marketplace, www.psiadoreyou.com, is a place you can shop for darling items and give back all at the same time!
Now's your chance to enter to win one of these bracelet sets. 4 winners will be chosen and e-mailed on Saturday, November 17th. If you are not one of the winners, watch for these bracelets being sold on P.S. I Adore You. 
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

November 9, 2012

being real has been fun!

It's been so much fun to see so many people willing to participate in the Instagram #beingrealisfun Challenge.  There have been some funny and honest pictures, which I love!  I feel like we can all relate to each other!  If you have not yet taken the challenge, see all the details HERE.  I got to do a live Skype interview with Brooke & Darin from Studio 5 today, and have jumped on the bandwagon with this challenge and I loved seeing their pictures.  Here is the interview. (BTW, it was my first time using Skype and I thought I was going to mess something up!  1 minute before going live we had a technical difficulty and they couldn't see me!  Luckily, we figured it out seconds before the segment started!)

November 6, 2012

Because everyone has a good mouse story...

Everyone has a good mouse story.  If you don't have one, consider yourself LUCKY!  I don't have projects to blog about today, mostly because Monday, the day I was supposed to do a project I've been thinking up, I spent my day cleaning, dejunking, and sanitizing my house.  ...All thanks to a little, disgusting mouse.

Here is a story for you.  I am sharing it mostly because I really want you to leave a comment and share your mouse/mice experiences with me so that I don't feel so alone!  First of all, you have to know that I hate mice more than anything.  I would rather have 100 spiders in my house than mice!  2nd of all, we really haven't had to ever deal with mice except for this one other time that I don't want to talk about.  Third of all, our house isn't even a year old and for some reason I was thinking new houses were mouse-proof!

It was early Monday morning, 2am to be exact.  My husband had gotten up to go to the bathroom, and I was still fast asleep.  I felt a tapping on my shoulder and I woke up to my husband's panic voice saying, "Kami, there's a mouse in the bathtub".  WHAT??  I thought he was like sleep walking or something because it just didn't register that a mouse would be in our house first of all, and second of all in our tub, the place where I sit every night for relaxation, comfort, and cleansing myself!  EWWW!  Anyways, after two or three times of him convincing me that he was for reals, I sat there with him as we tried to think up our plan of attack.  Well, his plan of attack.  I would remain on our bed until that diseased little mouse was caught.  He remembered that there were two mouse traps in our garage that we had not yet opened so he went out to get them and I was in charge of watching the bathroom door (as I remained on the bed).  

We were pretty sure that the mouse was stuck in the tub because we have a deep tub, and it was probably too slippery for the mouse to run up (but how and why was he in the tub?)  The only thing we needed to figure out is how to catch it, and the thing about that is, I am a total wimp, and my husband may or may not be as well!  (don't tell him I said that!)

He baited the two mouse traps and with our BBQ tongs slowly placed the first trap baited with cheese down into the tub.  The mouse didn't move!  Then he took the second trap baited with peanut butter and slowly put it down and SNAP! the trap went off!  The mouse went crazy and so did we.  My husband shut the door and we put a pillow at the bottom in case the mouse got out.  

Shoot!  We didn't know what to do at this point.  We didn't know if the mouse was still in the tub, if it had gotten out...and we didn't dare open the door to see because we were afraid the mouse would come running out.  (I have not left the bed still).

After about 10 minutes of sitting there, trying to listen, my husband cracked the door open to see if the mouse was still in the tub and it was.  It was eating the peanut butter off of the trap that was no longer set.  It's probably 3am by now.  My husband was taking pictures through the crack of the door with his phone and I did not want to see them.  The last image I want to have in my mind while I'm laying in the tub is a mouse in our tub, right by my body.  

The mouse started walking around again and for some reason my husband just kept watching it!  His plan was to reach back down in the tub and grab the other trap that had cheese on it and put peanut butter on it instead, that seems to work better.  But right as he walked into the bathroom, the mouse jumped on top of one of our jets in the tub and then jumped again as if he was jumping out of the tub.  My husband shut the door again and we blocked it with the pillow!  We are such nerds!

We didn't know what to do because by this time is was almost 4am and we had a mouse possibly running lose in our master bathroom and closet. (our bathroom and closet are together) this meant that my husband would have to go in there to get ready for work in the morning with a mouse running loose!  We started watching TV because neither one of us could sleep and pretty soon I woke up at 6:45!  We both fell asleep!  We both hoped that the mouse was still in the tub.  My husband opened the door to see and guess what?  The mouse was in the tub still!  Jordan was and hour late for work at this point and he had to get that mouse before he left (those were my orders).  He called his brother to ask him for advice and he came over to help.

I stayed out in the kitchen.  I basically was in my kitchen all day cleaning out my cabinets, getting rid of opened packages. etc.  Good news is that I didn't find any mouse droppings!!  This could mean that the only mouse in our house was the one in our tub.  So, the boys got an ice cream bucket, and put it over the mouse.  My bro-in law made it look like it was no big deal!  Then they got a piece of cardboard and put it under the bucket so that now the mouse was trapped.  I was so scared that it was going to get loose in our house and then we'd never see it again!  But nope, they took the mouse outside and put it in a garbage sack, then they beat it to death with a shoe!  Ewww!  I'm officially grossed out again now that I am writing this all down!

Anyways, that's my mouse story.  I spent all day cleaning and I am officially haunted to ever take a bath in my tub again!  I know, I'm a baby.  I can't tell you how many times I cleaned, sanitized, and sanitized that tub over and over again, but I'm still not ready to get in it!

Please share your mice experiences with me so I know I'm not alone, I would greatly appreciate it!  :)

As for now, I will be walking on egg shells around this place!

November 4, 2012

#beingrealisfun Instagram Challenge!

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Okay, so we are all guilty of it, I'll be the first to admit it.  Taking pictures of all the 'good' things in our lives.  Our yummy recipes, beautiful kids, awesome hair days, and perfect polish!!  When's the last time you posted something you are embarrassed about?  Maybe one of your dirty closets, cluttered drawers, clumsy moments?  Well, I am putting an Instagram challenge out to all of you who want to participate!  Try taking pictures of the things in your life that aren't so perfect.  I am going to choose some of my favorite, funny, honest pictures and post them on this blog (with your permission) next week.
If you normally wouldn't post it, post it!
Hash tag your pic as #beingrealisfun.
I think this will be fun!  Will you participate?  :)
Share this with your friends!
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