Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Winter Vase

I picked up some white carnations yesterday but
realized I didn't have a holiday vase to put them in.
No worries, a little mod podge & glitter to the rescue!

I pulled a scrap of red ribbon from my jar, tied it
around the top and snipped off the ends. A simple
tree paper punch, stuck to my jar with scrapbook
adhesive and then I decided it needed more sparkle.

Soooo...A quick paint job along the bottom half
of my mason jar with the Mod Podge. I sprinkled
some glitter (over a plate) and then set it 
upside down to dry. The unused glitter easily slid 
back into the container when I pinched the side of
the paper plate and shook it in.

Super quick and easy...I just might be glittering
everything in our house (if I don't spray paint
it gold first, haha). Happy Glittering!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Holiday Money Banks

Mr. Banks doesn't have anything on these fun upcycled 
Holiday Money Banks. I made these for my kiddos 
since they were asking how they could earn money 
for Christmas gifts (and of course they needed 
something cute to put their money in) The best part, 
the banks double as Christmas decor!

I started by cutting out the patterns with felt and
laid the pieces on top of the empty scotch 
containers until I was happy with the 'look'.

Then the FUN part, gluing it all down...
since the hot glue hardens quickly, I found that
running a strip of glue along one side of the felt
and then rolling the container on top, to start,
worked best. Next I ran a strip along the top
and bottom, a bit in the middle (if you are quick)
and then I rolled the container on top using the 
weight of the container and my hands to flatten out
any bubbles. I left the end flap to glue down last
and then added another small strip, since the felt
didn't reach the entire way around my container.

Next the white trim pieces, first one, then
the other...

and finally the belt and holly. I attached the belt
the same as the larger red felt piece and then picked 
up the unglued end to wrap it in place. 

Next Mrs. Claus, isn't she sweet?

I learned new tricks with each container
 and found that gluing the layers on before attaching 
them to the money banks worked best. For instance,
the felt buttons and pockets on the apron.

and it wouldn't be Christmas without a Grinch in the
house, I know we have a couple here!

I looked up a picture of the Grinch online and then 
free-hand cut out one eyebrow, laid it on top
of another piece of felt and mirrored the image  
and did the same with the eyes and eyeballs.
I was out of black felt but grey worked just fine.
Everything used for these projects I had on hand
so no last minute trips to the store...and if you don't
happen to have any scotch containers, you can 
always use a jar or can as well.

The pom pom was a fun 3-D touch and the black
glitter glue was leftover from Halloween.

My hubby cut slits in the tops of the containers 
with a tin snips and then filed down the sharp 
edges so no tiny fingers would be harmed. 

One of the ends of the scotch containers
opens up, so you could always use that to put
your money in as well, happy felting!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY $2 Tree Topper

Yes, you read that right...a tree topper for only $2.00!!

I needed a topper for our red and gold tree in the sunroom/mudroom
but didn't want to pay out the nose for something that I might change up
the color scheme next year soooo, off to the Dollar Tree. 

I was actually looking for items for a different project but 
when I saw these stars, I knew exactly what I was going to
do with them. Pick up two identical stars. Mine are 3-D
and glittered to the max.

Make sure your glue gun is plugged in and hot and then
quickly run a strip of glue on each of the flat sides, then
stick your two stars together. Mine didn't want to stay
together at the corners, so I just worked with them one 
at a time and squeezed a bit of hot glue inside the little
ducks beak and then pinched them together. Worked
like a charm!

I was going to leave one side unglued but didn't
want my stars popping apart when I tried stuffing
the topper on top of the tree. Instead, I tied the star 
to the top with a piece of fishing line.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Group GIFTaway

Happy December 1st!

Christmas is by far my FAVORITE holiday...I love the trees, fairy lights, glitter, ornaments, pretty packages, cozy decor and snuggling up in front of the fireplace enjoying a cup of something warm. Christmas is a celebration of Jesus birth and a chance to share love, joy, peace and goodwill with others. One fun way we do that is through gifts. LeroyLime and friends have teamed up to bring you this December Holiday Group GIFT-away. A little something just for you this Holiday Season as you are in the midst of creating, crafting and shopping for everyone else on your list!

Here are the lovely ladies GIFT-ing you with 
fun holiday treasures this month, good luck! 

Red Lace Crown

The Organic Bloom Ornament Frame

 8X10 Snowflake Falling Print
from IttyBittyBunnies - Etsy

 Christmas Bunting
from BigQLittleQ - Etsy

 Fabric Christmas Baby Book & Girl OR Boy Bib
from RADifiedBaby - Etsy

Cheers Holiday Banner & Set of Gift Tags
(2 Winners)
from LeroyLime - Etsy

Christmas Pillow Cover

2 Frozen Inspired Holiday Jamberry Nail Wraps
(you choose designs)
from DonnaHazenNailedIt - Jamberry

2 Glittery Silver Pineapple Ornaments
from OverTheRivers - Etsy

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over and ends December 7th 11:59PM EST .  Winning entries WILL BE VERIFIED and if incomplete the entries are void and new winners will be chosen. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Information is provided to LeroyLime and your information is never sold or shared. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Prizes will be shipped from each individual seller & mailed directly to each winner. There will be 10 winners total.  All prizes will be awarded. No prize substitutions allowed. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, Beachbody or Twitter and we hereby release Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, Beachbody & Twitter of any liability.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks

A little free handed Chalkboard Art...

We have so very much to be Thankful for.
May each and everyone of you have a wonderful
and blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family
near and far!

Happy Thanksgiving from LeroyLime

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stamping with Acorn Squash

 I cooked some yummy stuffed acorn squash for dinner
the other night as when I cut off the tops of the squash,
I thought they looked just like a flower stamp,
handle included! So I had my four year old help
with a 'project' while I was finishing up dinner.

I pulled out a few paint bottles, squirted them onto
a paper plate and stood him at the counter so I could
help, if needed. 

We found that spinning the tops in the paint
got the most coverage and then gently placing them
onto the paper, pushing down each petal from the
unpainted top of the squash,
to disperse the paint evenly. The result, a perfectly
imperfect flower! One of the stems fell off of another
squash when I cut off the top and it was the perfect
center to the flowers! 

A beautiful bouquet indeed...and then my little man 
had fun using up the rest of the paint on a separate
sheet of paper, lol!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kids Christmas Ornament Craft

This was a fun and simple craft to prep for my kids
and their friends. The little houses I picked up at a craft
store for 29 cents each and I already had the glitter, paint
and paint brushes on hand.

I always keep a few plastic table cloths on hand from
the $1 Dollar Store, so I can quickly cover the table
and it makes for easy clean up too. 

I poked a hole (so the finished houses could be easily
hung with ribbon or twine) with a Crop A Dile in the 
tops of each of the wooden roofs.

The kids drew on their houses to give 
themselves some guide lines and then had fun with
the paint. The black lines are glitter glue (left over
from Halloween) and I pulled out some 
Martha Stewart glitter from my crafty stash
which I sprinkled on the wet painted rooftops, 
no glue needed. Now for some string and they are 
ready for the tree!

Makes the perfect gift for a Grandparent too..

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Negrete Family Adoption Auction

Adoption is a wonderful thing...

The Negrete Family is working towards adopting in Uganda and 
they are holding an online Auction on Facebook to raise money 

You just have to 'join' their Facebook page to bid and what a perfect time
to help this young couple grow their family! Lots of fun items are being 
auctioned off and you can start your Christmas shopping early, yipee!

LeroyLime has donated the Thankful banner below.
Please bid and share with your friends!

Auction Ends Sunday, November 16th 9PM PST

Thankful for Giveaways Hop

So glad you are here, thank you for stopping by in the 
Thankful for Giveaways Blog Hop!

I know I have so very much to be thankful for, not only during the holidays but always. My family, my health, my freedom. Unexpected 'I love yous' from my kiddos. Food. Shelter. The basics in life that so many of us take for granted. Here's a Thank You from me to you...may you shine a little light and brighten someone's day with a simple note, a simple Thank You!

Set of 12 - Thank You Note Cards

Please enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win this 
set of  Thank You Note Cards from my LeroyLime Etsy Shop
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and the next and the next... 
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There are 59 bloggers in this Thankful for Giveaways Blog Hop!!! 

Welcome to the Thankful For Giveaways Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops - so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all - there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dill Pumpkin Seeds

Anyone who carved a pumpkin this year for Halloween
or is saving one to make a fresh pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving
will love this yummy treat! 

Save your pumpkin seeds and follow these easy instructions:

boil for 10 minutes in salt water

drain and dry

season and shake in a covered bowl
2 t. Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Dill to taste

bake @325 for 10 minutes
(stir every 10 minutes)