Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Handmade Bird Ornament

The other day while shopping I came upon some cool looking handmade bird ornaments selling for $10 and I thought, I could make that so I did . . . . and it came out like this . . .

Which came out OK but I wanted to bump it up a notch so I did some browsing on the internet for some inspiration and came across this . . .blog. She made some cool looking bird ornaments too so I took some of what she did and added it to my creation and voila This is what I came up with. . .

I'm going to share with you all how I created these . . .

First step get some old book paper, you could also use cardstock, music sheets, just whatever you have. Next cut out your bird three times. If your using book paper which is thin you could layer three pieces and cut it out at the same time. At the Under the Table and Dreaming Blog She gives you a jpeg that you can print out and use as a template. I used just a chipboard of a bird I had in my stash. I don't know where it came from. But I traced it and scanned it all if you want you can print it out and use it as your template.My Bird Template If you print out my template you have to scale it to 150% If you don't know how to do this just email me and I'll talk you through it. After you get your three birds cut out mount one of them to some chipboard and cut it out to make it sturdy.

For the wings I just drew them by freehand and cut them out. You need two of these.

Next your gonna want to glue your other two birds on top of your chipboard bird, but you only want to secure it in the middle because your going to be curling the ends. I attached mine with the Helmer zap dots , there like foam mounting squares but better because they are clear! I used a total of 8 of these 2 on top of each other on one side 2 on the other then layered another bird and 2 on one side and 2 on the other side.
Then I used just two clear squares to layer the birds wings going in different directions.I didn't want the wings as high so I just used one clear square for each wing.

Next I used a pencil and curled the wings, I curled one layer up and one down. Then I applied a thin layer of glue all along the edges and applied some Martha Stewart tinsel glitter in white gold all along the edges. This tensile glitter was sold in special sampler holiday packs. It comes in several colors.

Then I punched a hole in the first layer of the bird, the one glued to the chipboard behind all the other layers so I could insert a ribbon for hanging.I think these would be great to hang off a present when giving a gift too. I think it would be fairly easy to make a bunch of these at one time. If anyone decides to make one please share and I'll post your picture on here! Oh, I almost forgot, I used a little pearl for the birds eye!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Talenti Gelato

I have found my new favorite indulgence . . . Talenti Gelato , Oh my goodness this stuff is to die for! I found it at my local Publix I bought the Belgian Milk Chocolate and the Caribbean Coconut, both flavors were heavenly! What makes it even better is its made with all natural ingredients. And don't even get me started on the packaging, it comes in these cute little plastic containers with a screw lid, I can't wait to recycle these somehow in a craft project. Talenti also makes a Sorbetto that I can't wait to try too! The Gelato reminds me of when Jerry and I were in Venice, Italy. Every night after dinner we walked to a little Gelato stand and we would indulge! The picture below is one I took of our sweet spot!

If you can't find this locally you can order online from there website .
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

I'll pray for you!

Every-time someone hears me play this song they love it and always ask who sings it . . So thought I would share this video of the guy who wrote it singing it, such a cute song and the guy's not bad looking either! :-)

At least play the video till he gets to the chorus, because that's when it gets funny!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pen Tablet Class

For Christmas Jerry got me a Bamboo Craft Pen Tablet . So I signed up for Jessica Sprague's online class "Pen Tablet Basic's for Scrapbookers". I'm only on lesson three but I'm loving it! And if your reading my blog your looking at my handy work, I drew the martini in my banner! Ok, I'll admit it, I'm patting myself on the back . . . but It only took minutes to create my blog header. I'm thinking the more I practice the better I will get at the pen thing! If you ever get a chance to take a class from Jessica Sprague, do it! I love her teaching style and the great thing about her online classes verses some others are that you have access to your classes forever!


Weird name, but awesome app! I can't even tell you how many photo editing apps I have on my iphone, but I can tell you this . . . I have the most fun with Imikimi! Its a .99 app and worth every penny! I love all the different ways you can share your creations . . . email, mms, facebook, and twitter! Go here and check out there Video telling you all about it! Make sure you click the "Full Imikimi" video icon right above the player and watch that one too! Here's on I made for my sweetie who's out of town, I texted it to him.

This is a screen shot from my phone

Oh, and don't be sad even if you don't have an Iphone you can install the Imikimi plug-in on your computer and upload your photo's edit and share them!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Glitter Cups

So for Valentines I made more glitter cups. I bought the small foam cups from the grocery store and made those for the kids classmates. Then I did the big ones for the Teachers. If you want to know how to do these just check out my Tutorial that I did for Halloween Glitter Cups!

And for the little glitter cups I put those in cellophane bags so it would be easier for the kids to carry to school.

I also made some valentine mussy tussy's . . . .

Now there are several different ways to make mussy tussy's but I found this tutorial to be the best or should I say easiest!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cherry Pie Album

Here's a class description and some pictures for those of you are interested in taking my Life is Sweet, Cherry Pie Album Class. I'll be teaching it at the Hilltop Memories Annual Winter Retreat.

Life is Sweet, Cherry Pie Album

In this class we will be making a pie, but don't worry no baking skills required, our pie will be made out of paper!
When you lift up the top of the pie you will have 5 scrapbook album pages. The box underneath that the pie sits
on can be used to hold anything you want! This album is so cute just sitting on your counter for decoration.
In class I will teach you how to make the top of the album, your crust and filling then I will be giving you a pictured
instruction sheet and all the supplies you need to finish the inside of the album (the five pages) on your own,
outside of class. The hardest part of course is the outside. The inside is easy as pie! :-) Punt intended!

Supply List:

Paper Trimmer
Favorite Adhesive
Tim Holtz mini stapler
Distress Inks: Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy
Distress Ink Applicator

Glossy Accents

*Note: if you don't have something on this list, don't worry you can use what I have!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Everyone must see this short film, Food Inc. It completely changed the way I think about food. Its amazing the things we don't know about the food industry and the FDA!
I rented my copy from Netflix but I'm sure you could rent it from blockbuster's too.
Here's the main web page for the film
And here's the official trailer . . . .

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quest to find Snow!

December 23rd, we headed out to spend Christmas in the mountains of North Carolina!

On our way up this was our first sighting of snow, the kids were squealing and wanted to get out right then and play in it. We had to explain to them we were still going up the mountain and there would be plenty of snow higher up!

This is where we stayed,Iron Horse, Jerry and some of his buddies had stayed here in the Spring when they went on a motorcycle trip and he became friends with the manager so that's how it came about us going here for Christmas.

Our Cabin

This is what we walked into . . . We were so happy to see a tree! Jerry had went out bought a tree and decoration and shipped it up. He paid the cleaning crew to put it up so he could surprise us with it!

Here's some more pictures of the cabin . . .

Christmas Eve we were headed out to go snow tubing this was taken on the wrap around porch.

This was the view from our Cabin

Summer coming down in the tube!

On Christmas Day after we opened all the presents we headed further up the mountain to find some white fluffy snow so that we could make a snowman!

The snow we found was the white fluffy kind but what you can't see in all our pictures is just how cold it was, it was freezing and windy! I snapped this picture of J.J. just as he was complaining about how it was so cold his face was burning! Evidently though it wasn't cold enough for him to go sit in the heated truck!

Kids toasting with apple cider!

We took the lifts up the mountain in Gatlinburg, TN. This is J.J. and Jerry

Me and the kids at the top over the lookout point

Had to do some shopping while we were there, here's Summer showing off her purse she bought with the money her grandma sent her. Yes, its Elvis, she and my niece love anything Elvis!

We took one day and went to Cataloochee Ski Resort so the kids could go snowboarding.

On the way out I snapped this photo . . . this stream runs through the property, its so beautiful up here. Can't wait to come back!