Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Snapshot: MCAD Art Sale

Last night, John and I had the opportunity to go to the annual Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Art Sale.  It's such a fun event that displays and sells student art.  It is always packed, and there are always pieces that elicit a strong response- whether it be grotesque, funny, or breathtaking.  Last year we picked up a watercolor that we still need to get framed.  This year, we nabbed two pieces.  I'm thinking maybe an art wall is in the cards for our new home...

Blues 02, Mixed Media Screenprint, Watercolor, Ink by Donna Johnson
Spider Friends, Ink and Cut Paper by Sarah Evenson

I hope you all have a happy weekend!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter Berry Branches Ornament

Another glass ornament DIY for you today!  I didn't think it was possible, but this one is even easier than the one I posted last week!

You will need:

  • Clear glass ornament
  • Martha Stewart multi surface paints in (pearl) gold mother of pearl and a gold gliter
  • Martha Stewart glass paints in an opaque dark brown and a glittery red
  • Red ribbon
  • Tiny jingle bell

First, take your glass ornament, pour in some gold mother of pearl paint, and shake it up to coat the inside.  Drain the excess by putting the ornament upside down on a paper towel.

Take your dark brown glass paint and run a streak around the circumference of the ornament.  Add a few branches off to the sides.

Once the brown dries, squeeze some red glitter in small dots along the branches.  Finally, add some touches of gold glitter paint along the branches.

String a piece of red ribbon and a jingle bell on, and you're good to go!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Polar Bear Gift Tag

Last week, I shared a winter walking bear gift tag to tie onto your holiday presents.  This week, I've got another for you, and I think it's adorable!

You will need:

  • White stiffened felt
  • Green felt
  • Black permanent marker or black paint
  • Pencil, scissors, and needle
  • Red beads
  • White embroidery floss
  • Polar bear stencil
Trace the outline of the stencil onto the stiffened felt.  Then cut it out and pencil in the details of the bear.  Color the details in with either your black sharpie or black paint.

Cut the green felt into two small holly leaves- these are just jagged little rectangles basically :) Sew the green leaves onto the bear's ear.  Then, add on three little holly berries made out of the red beads.

Finally, thread on a loop of embroidery floss at the top of your little guy's head.
I decided to darken my bear's features with black paint
Done!  So cute (and so simple!).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday Snapshot: Kitchen Lighting

While I'm busy posting Christmas craft ideas instead of home pictures, I thought I'd share a few of the wonderful details about our home in the meantime.  This is the light that hangs above our kitchen sink.  When it is lit, it has the prettiest colors!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gilded Leaves Ornament

I am so excited to share with you all the glass ornaments I'm making this year!  Last year, I posted a marble type ornament that was so simple to make.  This year, I'm upping my game.  But don't worry; it's still totally doable!

You will need:

  • Martha Stewart multi-surface paint in (metallic) brushed bronze, (pearl) gold mother of pearl, and (glitter) florentine gold
  • Glass ornaments
  • Red ribbon
  • Tiny little jingle bells
  • Paint brush

First, squeeze some of the gold mother of pearl inside an ornament.  Then, put on some Taylor Swift and shake, shake, shake until the inside is covered.  You'll want to put this upside down on a paper towel to drain any excess.

Next, take the brushed bronze and paint thin lines down the sides of the ornament, stopping about halfway down.  Vary the length and angle of the lines to make it more natural and random.

Add on some leaves by dabbing the brushed bronze up the sides of the lines.

Finally, load up your brush with the florentine gold and glob some glitter over the bottom half of each set of leaves.

Add some red ribbon and a little jingle bell, and it's ready to go on the tree!

So simple!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Bear Gift Tag

I can't help it.  I'm all about Christmas.  Truth be told, I start Christmas shopping and planning sometime during the summer.  It's just what I do!  So I decided that I might as well post Christmas ideas when I have them instead of waiting and trying to cram them all into the month of December.  So, you're getting Christmas before Thanksgiving.  Just be thankful (get it?) that I didn't start before Halloween! ;)

When I'm out shopping for Christmas decorations, I get tons of ideas for things I can make for the holiday season.  Lately, I've gotten a bunch of inspiration from Gilt Home.  This winter bear is no exception!

You will need:
  • Stiffened felt in red
  • White emmbroidery floss
  • Tiny little jingle bells
  • A stencil from me (optional- you can always just free hand!)
Free printable bear stencil

First, trace your stencil onto your stiffened felt.
I actually freehanded mine and then made the stencil for you all from the picture I took!

Cut around the edges, making sure you cut just inside the lines so there aren't any pencil marks in the end.

Then, simply tie a jingle bell around the neck of your bear and stitch a loop of embroidery floss through his back.

Such a simple gift tag!  And I love that it makes a sweet little ornament, too.  So it's like giving two gifts really :)

Happy crafting!
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