Altered Clay Pot Let It Snow Tutorial

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  With the holidays upon us you can make some quick stunning gifts with a few items you have around the house. I'm sure most of us have some clay pots around or if you don't you can go to the Goodwill (that's what I did) and get a few for fifty cents or less. In my previous post I made some quick and easy glittery snowflake soaps, so to make my soap presentation a bit more dramatic I made this altered pot to present my snowflake soaps in. Here are the supplies I used 1. Clay pot 2. Martha Stewart Pearl Paint in Aquarium or other blue or blue-green color 3. Acrylic Paint in White     4. Craft Sponges 5. Recollections Glitz or other white glitter     6. Scrapbook paper for rosette 7. Rubber or Acrylic stamp (Let It Snow)  for banner on rosette and small piece of white paper for the banner 7. Metallic Pigment in Silver and Light blue Pigment Ink 8. Silver Wired Ribbon 1.5 inches wide 9. Glue Gun   DIRECTIONS   1. Paint your clay pot with your white paint. Let it dry and repeat this 2-3 times until your pot is covered with paint. Be sure to paint the inside too.                         2. With you sponge paint brush, brush on the Martha Stewart Pearl paint. While the paint is still wet sprinkle some glitz on the top of your … [Read more...]

Christmas Snowflake Soap An Easy Gift to Make

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  Christmas Snowflake Soap. Looking for some quick gifts that are pretty and inexpensive? Try making these pretty glittered soap snowflakes. This soap uses white melt and pour soap and is very easy to make. I am including the links to the products (disclaimer, I own this online store!) The snowflake mold is very durable and can be used again and again. I've used a Peppermint Creme fragrance oil in this soap so it smells crisp and fresh but is creamy at the same time. The glitter that is applied gives the soap plenty of sparkle. Adding glitters and mica to soap is a good way to give soaps depth and some drama. If you get any bubbles on top of your soap when you pour it into the mold you can spray some rubbing alcohol on the bubbles and this will remove them.  This tutorial will make you three soaps that are about 5 oz each. A list of supplies you will need 1. One pound of ultra white melt and pour soap base 2. Soap Glitter 3. Snowflake soap mold 4. Peppermint Creme Fragrance Oil  1/2 oz 5. Microwavable glass measuring cup 6. a fork or small whisk to stir your soap 7. A small paintbrush to apply your glitter. An inexpensive one is fine. Directions 1. Cut your soap base into 1/2 inch chunks of soap and put in your glass measuring cup. 2. Melt in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave to see if there are large chunks of soap. If there is still unmelted soap microwave again for 15 seconds and repeat until you have very small pieces … [Read more...]

Day 2 & 3 Christmas Decorating

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I have finished decorating the dining room! The main theme in this room is angels! Little angels are everywhere in this room.       With a little help I was also able to get the living room decorated, the hardest room to decorate because of the tree. I'm just not tall enough to put it together and have to ask my husband for a little assistance. He stands at 6" 2" so it's not that hard for him. So everytime he walked by I'd ask him 'you busy?'  So after about 10 walk bys I had just about completed the top portion of the tree. I have several collections running in this room. The first is birds. I just love birds and Christmas with all of it's greenery seems like the perfect time and setting to display birds. The second little collection are deer. I guess I just love creatures that live in the woods.     A collection of my Christmas birds       … [Read more...]

Seven Days of Christmas Decorating

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Seven days of Christmas decorating. Yes, that is the exact length of time it takes me to decorate my house every year. Why is it seven days? I guess I'm slow and very busy. I'm beginning to become fearful it may take me longer this year. I have 6 weeks of back to back house guests starting the end of this week. When it starts to stress me out too much..I just remember to think about it another day. In eight days from now. I can only do one room at a time. I think I may be an over-decorator. Years of accumulating "special Christmas things" has caught up with me. I can't part with any of the "special Christmas things" I have collected throughout the years. Well, much ado about something that should be simpler. But I still love to see my house all decked out and that is why I keep my Christmas decorations up way into January! I began with the dining room, I'm not done but I did begin. Here are a few of my "special Christmas things" I've put out so far. This is my Christmas doll. She sits in my dining room chair during the holidays. I wish I could tell you she was one of a kind,handmade by a doll artist, but the truth is I got her at a discount store. But she's just so festive I can't part with her. For some reason my 7 year old daughter thinks she is ugly and isn't tempted to play with her. So she stays put and doesn't disappear. I love her beautiful face. Although I didn't finish my dining room here are a few Christmas items I did mange to get out. First my mini … [Read more...]