Thanks y'all! I can't really take credit for the idea, I saw it on pinterest (that old story?), but I can take credit for these! And we had about 3 times as much snow as was predicted when we last looked, so just about 24 hours later they looked like this.
I have an idea for another colored ice project... wonder if I'll get it done? Or started? Ahem
When we decided to move to Montana, I started pinning all kinds of snow and ice activities and crafts. Well, it turns out usually our snow is too dry to compact into snowmen and snow forts, but it does stay below freezing for days on end, so ice crafts it is! All I've done so far is make ice marbles like these.
It's simply a matter of liquid food coloring and water into balloons that are frozen in the freezer (or you could do it outside, too). Once frozen solid, remove the balloon and you've got a pretty ice marble! As you can see, I like to place them on fence posts, but I have also stacked them on frozen bird baths and along the deck rails.
The ManFlesh's employer has an Employee Crisis Assistance Program which holds fundraisers at the office. Today they're having a bake sale with employee contributed baked goods. Small treats like cupcakes and cookies will be sold individually, goods like cakes and pies will be sold under a silent action. So, I sent him off with a dozen of these this morning and directions to bid on a pie if a good one is on the block.
Annnnnnd if you spend much time in the woods and wildlife watching you know that scat (droppings, feces, poop) is an important indicator of what is around (and what they're eating) so I used some sprinkles to add a little more humor to the decorations. Like I doo do.
The toppers are made from free clip art I found online, printed on card stock.
There's a long story and this isn't the place to go into it, but these are some Common Law Wedding (Cup)Cakes. There's an in joke, etc.
They'll be delivered tomorrow morning to some desks at The ManFlesh's workplace. It's hard to see but there are Wilton Cake Sparkles in "white" (they're actually pretty much clear) on the top and bottom tiers.
I used some free clip art to make the "toppers"; they're printed on glossy photo paper and taped on the back to the skewer. That skewer goes through all the cupcakes to hold it all in place.
I have a ceramic deer head faux taxidermy mount on my wall. It came with holes where the horns might go so I like to put different things in there and generally decorate her* up for the seasons and holiday. So for this Valentines season I decided to make some cupid's arrows for her horns.
I realized last summer that synthetic wine corks worked well as a base for her antler shenanigans, so I cut one in half, drilled a hole and inserted a cut dowel.
Then I painted some stripes on the dowel in turquoise, red and gold using various arrows from an image search as examples.
The fletching is made with metallic gold paper I had in my stash.
In fact, the only thing I had to buy was a dowel. YEY!
I spotted this snowman fabric at JoAnn a few weeks ago, but left it on the shelf. Then when I went back I saw that it was on sale for, get this, 70% off + 20% off! What!? Plus I got the end-of-bolt discount for another half yard or so. Oh yeah!
Anyway, enough victory dancing. Ahem. I like to make my cloth napkins two-sided so I don't have to press hems or have the backside of the print show. So I found this plaid with the same greens and a red in it, also double discounted.
I made a dozen and it's a good thing, because we have 4 other couples coming over for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres the Saturday after xmas. WOO!
It's been about 8 years since I had a Christmas tree and probably about that long since The ManFlesh has either. We don't have a great place for one here without moving furniture around to awkward places or into the guest room or whatever AND as you know trees are made of sticks and our dogs are allowed sticks (at least when outside). So... when I saw this material at Ikea in April, I bought a length and figured I'd come up with something.
I built a frame of 1x4 and 1x2 lumber, then attached Homasote board to that. Homasote is a recycled fiber material made as a sound barrier, but it's a great bulletin board material, too, and you see it used a lot that way. Finally, I stapled the fabric to the sides and back of the wood frame, stretching with a similar method as art canvases (but with sloppier corners).
The ornaments are hung using 2" straight pins. I think we need some "us" ornaments; most of these are mine or ones I made him of various pets' footprints. Also, we need a topper and I want to figure out some lights that won't mean a bunch of thick-ish cords or cutting holes in the fabric, perhaps some LED technology. Maybe a bead garland, too.
This was not a cheap project, but cost about 2 years' worth of lot trees and half or less of a decent looking, full-priced traditional fake tree.
UPDATE! I threw together a topper with some things I had laying around. You know, like BIGFOOT!