embroideredy hoop ornament.

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I made just one more ornament this holiday season –  I had some of this tiger fabric left over and was trying to think of something to make with it for milo. I threw this little ornament or wall hanging together for him. I think this would be a great idea if you have a piece of an old quilt or pillow or even some baby clothes that are sentimental – I added some embroidery in there since he will most likely use this as an ornament. Came together in no time! Again, the possibilities are endless! All you need is fabric and a small embroidery hoop.

photo transfer ornaments.

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and more ornament making for the holiday season! I love giving handmade gifts!  I found the instructions here. 

  • Wooden craft ornaments ( I found some at micheals for $.52)
  • Matte Gel Medium
  • White Craft Paint
  • Christmas images you’ve had printed on a LASER printer (ink jet will not work.  Kinko’s self serve printers are laser.
  • foam brushes
  • twine
  • Glitter Craft Paint
  • sandpaperSTEP ONE: Paint your ornaments with white paint (a lighter background is best to trasfer the photo). Distress the edges if you would like to with sandpaper


STEP TWO:  Cut photos to size.  Apply a coat of the gel medium to the image side of photo.

STEP THREE:   Put photo IMAGE SIDE DOWN onto ornament.  Use a credit card or other burnishing tool to smooth paper down and get rid of any air bubbles.  Allow to dry overnight.

STEP FOUR:  Use a squirt bottle to mist water over the back of the paper.  Then use finger to gently rub the paper away.  You can also remove any paper that is hanging off the edge as well.   Best technique is to rub paper off entire surface and allow to dry.  Repeat this until you no longer see any paper remnants.  It took about 4 times to get all of the paper off for me.  Luckily it only takes a few minutes for it to dry.   Be careful not to rub too hard over the faces!

STEP FIVE:  Sand around edges again, if you want.  Apply glitter paint if you’d like!  Add twine to hang and you’re done!

marbled ornaments.

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I have so much nail polish and I rarely ever use it – So when I saw that I can put some of that nail polish to use in a craft I was all game. All I had to do was pick up some glass ornaments – I got 8 of them for $5 and went to town. I love how these turned out. The possibilities are endless.

Heres what you need:

Ornaments
nail polish
water
bucket or bowl
dowel rod or long stick for stirring
gloves (optional)
empty egg carton

Fill a container with enough water that you can easily submerge the ornament in. Also choose a container you can throw away when you are done.

Drizzle some nail polish in the water, then use a stick of some sort to marble it if youd like.

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Holding the top of the ornament (wear gloves for this step if you dont want to get too messy) and directly submerge the ornament in the water. the paint adheres immediately. You sort of only get one dip, so make it a good one!

Set on top of egg cartons, or the ornament tray in my case, so they can dry.

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golden snitch ornament.

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I had intended to make these last year, and never got around to it. I found a pack of 12 plastic gold balls at the dollar store last season and have been hanging onto them with the hopes to make one of these. These took a little bit of patience and care to create – but they are perfect for all harry potter fans in your life!

I got the idea here.

Heres what you need:
Gold Ornament Ball
Jewelry or floral wire
Tissue paper
elmers type glue
hot glue
Gold glitter
pencil

First, draw an actual size sketch of how you want your snitch wings to look on a scrap piece of paper. Use this as a guide to shape thin craft wire into your wing shape. Close the shape by twisting the wire around the other one 3 or 4 times to make a tight coil. Snip the wire, but leave a little bit of the coil for later. Do this again for the other wing.
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Coat wires with glue and lay a sheet of tissue paper over top of wires. Use a clean dry brush to push down on the paper, sticking it down to the wires all around each wing. Let dry, then cut out, leaving a few millimeters of paper as a border. Apply glue to border and roll over edges of wire all around the wing.

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Coat wings on each side with glue and apply light gold glitter. Let dry.img_9331

Use a small dab of hot glue on the wire coils to make a surface for attaching to the ball. I used the longer tail here to help adhere the wing to the ornament. I held each of them vertically against a piece of parchment paper. Hold each one until the glue cools and a flat surface has formed on the bottom. I put a little more hot glue around it after it dried to secure it a little more and then later put elmers glue around along with some glitter to help hide the hot glue.

wooden animal creature ornaments.

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I saw these little guys on pinterest and I knew I had to create some! They will make great little ornaments to hang on gifts. Im probably going to keep one or two for me, and might just keep them out all year long! I ended up using marker instead of paint, and I think paint might be the way to g0 – the marker sort of runs once it hits the wood, so be careful!

  • Wooden beads
  • Felt
  • Paint or marker
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • hot glue
  • Paint brush

 Cut a felt circle for a collar and two ear pieces for each animal. Glue the collar to the base of the wooden ball and glue the ears to the top. Hold them in place while they dry.

Paint or draw simple face on the front of the critter.

When everything is dry, cut a 7-inch piece of embroidery thread. Fold it in half and tie an overhand knot. Hot Glue the knotted thread to the top of the critter head.

chewy sugar cookies.

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My little guy asked me for cookies. Specifically sugar cookies with clear sprinkles on them. And i found JUST the cookie for him! we did some rolled in sugar, but since were all in the christmas spirit around here, I rolled some in holiday sprinkles too. These are amazing. So soft and chewy. Definitely a hit!

I found the recipe here. 

3/4 cup non-dairy butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup non-dairy yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy.

Slowly beat in the yogurt and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

With the mixer on low, incorporate the dry ingredients. Beat until you have an evenly mixed dough.

Scoop the dough by the heaping tablespoon. Gently roll into a ball. Place the dough two inches apart on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are a light, golden brown; crackled on top; and set at the edges.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 24 cookies

crosses quilt #2.

I made my second crosses baby quilt for my best friend who is due to have a baby any day now! I love the color scheme of this one – its gender nuetral too b/c she’s waiting to be suprised. i didn’t get the greatest photos, but she seemed to love it and I cant wait to see her new baby using it! The dogs always seem to think the quilts are for them….

*update! Baby Ruby born  and she approves of the new quilt!

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vegan gravy.

GRAVY.jpgThanksgiving has come and gone, but I needed to post this recipe! I feel like every year we forget the gravy! or we run out! and im always scrambling trying to find a recipe that I have ingredients for, and tastes good. Weve had alot of misses. BUT this year, i threw together a recipe based on a few recipes i found on pinterest and it actually tasted good and I think will be my GO TO gravy recipe. Bet this one would be great on top of biscuits too!

  • 2  cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • generous grating of black pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 tspn soy sauce or tamari
  • 1-2 T nutritional yeastPut all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together over medium heat until gets bubbly and thicker. Enjoy!