11.29.2011

Jewelry Tree

Materials:
  • Wood base
  • Branch
  • Drill 
  • Wood glue
Instructions:
  • Cut the wood base to size if needed. 
  • Drill a hole, the size of the branch being used, into the base.  
  • Put a few drops of wood or craft glue into the hole before placing the branch inside. 
  • Paint or stain if desired! 



Every Christmas it is a tradition in my family for all of us cousins to make homemade gifts for each other. This began partly because of budget - there are 11 of us total - and partly because homemade gifts are just more special! We all draw names, so each person makes one gift for another. This year I drew my cousin, Ashley's name and decided to make her this jewelry tree! (*She will be away in Germany this Christmas, with her boyfriend, so don't worry, she has already opened my gift!)

I also made her this necklace as part of my gift!

If you would like to add a fun and special tradition to your family, draw names and make some homemade gifts! 

*ATH*


11.21.2011

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Thanksgiving is almost here and it has taken EVERYTHING in me to refrain from putting up Christmas decorations, so, while I am counting down the days until I can (4 to be exact!), I wanted to share some Christmas tree ornaments that I made last year! 
For the pinecone ornaments, I had to venture deep into the wilderness to collect my stash... no... not really. Luckily, my college campus is covered with huge pine trees, so I simply picked them up off the ground as I walked to class! After making sure there were no hiding spiders inside and all of the dirt was cleaned off, I took a paintbrush, with some white paint, and lightly brushed the outside of the pinecone. I decided to paint some and leave some natural. Next, I took some beautiful red velvet ribbon (purchased at Michaels - on sale!) and then hot glued the ribbon to the top! Ta Da! I love them!



Here is how I made these cute paper ornaments!
  1. Use old sheets of music, or find some images online and print them out! I chose to use Christmas Carols to be festive. 
  2. Cut out any shape you’d like. I chose to use star-like shapes. 
  3. (Optional) Next I hand stitched some designs onto the shapes. 
  4. Take two of the same shape and stitch them together. (Printed side out)
  5. When both shapes are almost completely stitched together, shove some crumpled up paper (or a cotton ball) into the center. This gives the ornament some dimension. 
  6. Attach a ribbon or hook to the top and hang!

I hope this holiday season is filled with happiness and love for all! Best of luck with the decorating! =)
*ATH*


DIY Family Photo Shoot

Materials:
- A Camera
- Your Creativity!


It has been a while since my husband and I have taken some good pictures together - let alone a good picture of us with Olive. I knew that propping up the tripod and setting the timer would not work with a dog... been there, tried that. SO, I asked my sister to come over and take some pictures for us! I didn’t really have much of a plan, so we just wandered around our neighborhood and found some spots that looked interesting. To my surprise, I was pretty pleased with how the pictures turned out! (I did enhance them on my computer a little.) Here are a few of my favorites! 



Don’t be afraid to give a DIY photo shoot a try! Good luck! 
*ATH* 


11.18.2011

DIY Christmas Collar

As I have mentioned before, I love my Olde English Bulldog, Olive, AND I love to spoil her! Unfortunately, as a married college student, my wallet isn’t exactly busting at the seams with extra spending money. Because of this, I am always having to think of ways to be creative in taking the things that inspire me and recreating them on a budget. Christmas is just around the corner and stores are filled with adorable holiday items - including Petsmart. My husband and I ran in to buy Olive some dog food and I was immediately distracted by the sparkly, velvety, jingley Christmas collars! Although $15.00 isn’t that much money, I still could not justify spending that amount when I knew I could recreate this look for MUCH less! 

Materials:
  • Dog/Cat collar
  • Felt, or Fleece, or Leather... or much more! 
  • Scissors 
  • Needle & Thread
  • Bead or button for middle of flower

First, I started with a red collar that I already had laying around the house. Next I made the flowers. These flowers are very simple to make, and to learn, I watched this tutorial on YouTube. 

I did make my flowers smaller than the ones in the tutorial and used regular scissors instead of a special cutting tool. Here is what I ended up with!

 


I loved these flowers so much that I couldn't resist making a more practical "everyday collar" shown below. 



If you have a pet that you also love to spoil, try making these yourself! To be honest, I like mine better than the ones at the store. =)
*ATH*