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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ceramic Teddy Bear Bottle Brush Tree on: December 15, 2019 02:12:47 PM

I picked up this Japanese ceramic bear candle holder a few years ago and finally put it to use as I intended!

I thought this sweetie was perfect for the snowflake "glitter" I had in my stash!

This came with a never-lit candle in it that I didn't want to keep. I decided to use a double boiler and a water bath to heat the wax enough to pull and pour it out and it worked a treat! I will use the wax when I make firestarters again this winter - we use them daily+ for starting the wood stove.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Little Angel Bottle Brush Tree on: December 15, 2019 02:05:10 PM

I have all these tiny bottle brush trees left from the multi-packs I buy, so I went in search of vessels to use them in. I found a pair of these angels at the thrift store and decided a wee pink tree would be just the thing for one.

I bleached a green sisal tree, removed the base, then dyed it with Rit Dye in Rose Quartz. I have some vintage pink glitter in my stash, so I used that.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Village Church Christmas Box Card on: December 15, 2019 01:04:45 PM
Files for this little box card came with a set I purchased, so I decided to make it to mail to my mom who will be visiting us at Christmas so is going to miss her church's Christmas service.

It's mostly white with just a few pearly touches to imitate a bit of snow.

The only "color" comes from the wreath and the back sentiment.

Gotta show that flattened-to-fit-in-the-envelope pic!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Cardinal Box Card on: December 15, 2019 12:45:12 PM
I made this box card for one of my besties!

I love all the greenery and berries with the little cardinal!

And that it's all in/on a cute little apple crate... ACK!

And the ubiquitous flattened-to-fit-in-the envelope shot!

I used svg files from svgcuts.com, my Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot, and cling stamps from a few sources.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Ten Bags a' Gifting! Or Something. on: December 11, 2019 03:39:49 PM
I put together a set of 10 coordinating gift bags using cardstock, ribbon, tags, and my Cricut!

The bottoms are not glued shut, because I have donated them to the Craft Star Garage Sale Fundraiser and want to be able to ship them flat. I did make a little tutorial for how to finish them, but I think it's pretty easy to figure out without it.  Wink

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Label for Homemade Gin - ADDENDUM: Packed Up Pic on: December 10, 2019 08:11:16 PM
When the in-laws were here for Thanksgiving we learned that the BIL loved my homemade gin even eschewing the top shelf whiskey he brought. This was good, because we were having a heckuva time coming up with a Christmas gift idea for him. Sooooooo, I made more gin and then made this label for his gift bottle.

ADDENDUM: I'm nervous about it arriving safely, so I used black gaffers tape on the lid AND sealed the whole thing in a vacuum bag! Of course, there's layers of tissue around it inside a fabric gift bag, then that is wrapped in bubble wrap and the rest of the box filled with packing peanuts (I have apologized in advance about those, but that's all the packing material I have left).

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Bottle Brush Beauties on: December 07, 2019 07:39:30 PM
I went on a mini spree making bottle brush tree decorations! I bleached all the trees, dyed a few, then added embellishments and put them into various thrifted and/or vintage vessels. This first one is my first forest-in-a-teacup and I am smitten.

The rest are singletons.

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / It Takes A Village To Paint Villages on: December 01, 2019 01:49:58 PM

We hosted The ManFlesh's family for the Thanksgiving weekend this year and I picked up these little wooden village blanks for us girlies to craft!

Even though I was super tickled to get this panorama shot shot of them all lined up on our dining table, I knew they'd be hard to see so here they all are individually. They all turned out so dang cute! And each with their own neat style! Oddly, I feel pretty great that I like mine the least.  Smiley I think I'll work on mine a bit more.  Roll Eyes

My MIL's:

My SIL's:

Niece 1 (by age):

Niece 2:

Mine, to which I think I will be adding a satin or semi-gloss varnish and perhaps glitter to the painted edges.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Mirror Pumpkin Recon on: November 17, 2019 12:51:18 PM
I had wanted to make a faux mercury glass pumpkin from a plain glass thrift find, but I overdid it with the paint! Still it's pretty nifty!

I used Krylon's Looking Glass paint and tried to follow a couple of different online tutorials for DIY mercury glass.  Roll Eyes

I am considering redoing it... someday. In the meantime it's part of the Thanksgiving decor in a little cabinet in our main bathroom along with a geometric plaid pumpkin I made last year.

Boy, was this difficult to photograph! I actually finished a few weeks ago and took it outside in the snow to capture and it was just a blinding sphere of light! Plus with all those pumpkin-y ribs, it's almost impossible to not get a reflection of me (in my bathrobe!) in the surface.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Lipstick-shaped Gift Box! on: November 17, 2019 12:18:49 PM
I immediately thought of one of my girlfriends when I saw this svg set on svgcuts.com and I finally got to make it!

It will hold a xmas gift so I used a evergreen print paper for the base and red-red for the lipstick.

It will hold a lipstick-shaped glass ornament, so I had to modify the interior lid to fit it by cutting a little hole.

This was pretty quick and fun to make so hopefully I'll find another reason to make one.
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