silver bells

last week while i was over at my mom’s house i noticed some homemade silver bells that she had hanging on her hall tree in the dining room. i had noticed them in years past (and kinda remember making them in sunday school when i was little) but this year they really popped out and i wanted to create my own with my littles. since they were home monday and tuesday with the general winter icks we tackled them yesterday for a little restful project. simply made with items you already have in the house (or could easily save to use) i thought i’d share a quick tutorial in case you’re interested.

supplies needed : 5 egg cartons (this made two 4 strand garlands), tin foil, scissors, twine or thread, needle

time to complete : about 1/2 an hour

cut all of the egg cups apart using shears.

cut all of the pokey extra bits off of the individual egg cups until you have a simple round cup shaped edging

cut tin foil into square sheets and wrap over the cups and smooth down edges.

 

thread your egg bells onto twine or thread (i used bakers twine style yarn i already had & an upholstery needle). i made sure to use a different amount on each strand so that we would have different lengths when they were bundled together. tie together once you have 3-4 strands.

we made one longer strand than the other as i wasn’t counting the cups as i thread them.

i’m thrilled at the result and so happy we were able to make something with random household supplies and without having to spend a ton of money on “craft” supplies. the kids were excited that we had matching decor as their “nonna” too.

have a wonderful wednesday!
xOx

patchworking

it’s that time of year. the time when i get excited about pumpkin chunky bread (it just came out of the oven… mmm), oatmeal cookies, roasts in the oven, soup on the stove and lots & lots of holiday making of the craft variety. most summers i find i’m outside too much to really make things. but come september, i’m dreaming and planning about items i can make for our holiday decor with all of the old things i have saved and rescued over the summer months. i started the shadow box above while at a friend’s craft sunday two weeks ago. it had been a while since i had seen all of the girls (too, too long!), and it was wonderful, even if all i did was patchwork the background and organize my halloween embellies. (i’m such a horrible public crafter, lol)

how about you? any crafty makings or exciting things you are working on?

items used : JBS halloween accessory sheet; JBS embellished butterflies in black; vintage spool (you could use these by JBS); vintage seam binding; vintage sewing drawer; vintage serving utensil; vintage rhinestone; handmade felt flower; cardstock.

happy fall!

my friday list

happily | trying to figure out how i want to use the 4 rolls of vintage wallpaper that i found yesterday at the thrift. lattice print with bouquets of roses. score!!

working | on redecorating/rearranging our family room and living room today. it’s been a hot mess ever since i put the christmas decor away and i’ve had enough.

listening | to the the last load of laundry churning in the washer. almost caught up… til tomorrow, right?!

seeing | a new 17 lbs lighter me every time i look in the mirror. it’s amazing how just that amount of weight can begin to change your appearance.

wanting | to get some of these valentines decor items up. there’s not much but i still want some fun love decor up :)

eating | the last little bite of pumpkin bread. 5 points of pumpkin bread = a teeny tiny little square that i savored.

wearing | sweats and my chucks. last thing i want is squished toes from moving all this furniture.

loving | a quiet house after having tLm home sick for over a week.

excited | that my fil is heading in this weekend to help celebrate the bean’s 9th birthday on tuesday. seems crazy that she’s going to be 9. c. ra. zy!

happy lovely friday!
x0

 

 

greenery : making a glittery wreath

when we went to hunt our tree this past weekend i picked up two pre-made but undecorated wreaths at the farm. it’s one of the things i love most about the holidays, all the greenery that i place throughout our house. this year i decided not only was i going to get a wreath that i would decorate for the door but i bought a second one for the mantel in our family-room (will share that one later). our local craft store michales always has this amazing row of glittery stems so i purchased a few big piles of silver glittered eucalyptus leaves, gold glittered ferns and some velvety poinsettia stems. i just clipped each single stem from the large bunch (so i could add them as i wanted) and then wire them to the wreath base. sprinkle in some of the velvet poinsettias in a big bunch (i cut the stems apart as well) and fini. one BIG glittery wreath decorating the front door and a second one for the mantel.

goodness i love diy holiday decorating.

happy wednesday!
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the quiet holiday

we’re in day 5 of having the first round of school icks and finally fevers have broken and cranky littles have smiles returning to their sweet little faces. the man is home and still sleeping {it is his labor day holiday after all} and i have time reserved to spend out in the messy, messy, messy studio.

found these old vintage child labor photos in my vintage photo file, must have downloaded them a while ago. beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. hard to think that 100 years ago both of my children would probably be working like this for it was the necessary norm.

here’s to a glorious holiday for you and yours. and if you have to make a run to the grocery or the shops for those sales, be sure to give those who are working an extra smile. i’m sure they’d rather be home or feasting with friends on a picnic blanket instead.

happy monday.
x0


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