Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DIY: egg carton Christmas tree

For the past few years my family has done a Christmas craft together, just something that gets us all crowded around the table and our fingers sticky and caked with glitter. We've made ornaments the past few years but the tree is getting rather full.

As I was the instigator of this tradition it is my duty to figure out what exactly we are going to make.
There are basically only 3 requirements:
1) Easy - it must be able to be completed in a couple hours
2) Not toooo tacky.  A little tacky can be good. That way next year when it's pulled out of the Christmas box we can all giggle and reminisce. On the other hand, it must not be so tacky that when I tell my mom about it she raises her eyebrows.
3) Visually pleasing!

This year I decided to make little Christmas trees that could go on a shelf or as a table center piece.

These are the prototypes I did of the trees - they turned out so well I thought I would share  :)

NOTE: Depending on the size of the tree more than one egg carton may be needed.

 1) Using the writing utensil I didn't say you needed draw a 'pizza slice' on the cardboard and cut it out. This is your tree so make it whatever size you want :) If you want to make a really large tree use a piece of poster board.
2) This step is OPTIONAL. Cover the logo/printed side of the cardboard by gluing a pretty sheet of scrapbook paper over it.

3) Bend the cardboard into a cone and secure it with tape. If needed trim the bottom so that it stands straight.
4) Cut petal shaped branches about 1.5 inches long out of the egg carton. This part can get a bit tedious but don't give up!

6) Using the hot glue attach a row of branches all the way around the base of the cone.
7) Continue adding rows of branches to the cone, make sure to overlap them tightly, like fish scales.

8) Now that the tree is full of branches it's time to apply the glitter! The easiest and least messy way to do this to have everything set up before the tree is sprayed with the glue.
      > First, have a sheet of paper to catch the excess glitter and the bottle of glitter ready.
      > Second, over a tarp (or outside) cover the tree in spray adhesive.
      > Third, over the sheet of paper cover the tree with glitter! The paper makes it easy to dump  
              the excess glitter back into the bottle.
9) Using hot glue attach sequins
10) Glue on the tree topper.
***** The can is not necessary - I simply used it to prop the cone up while I was working.

To make the pink tree I dyed the egg carton using RIT fabric dye. All other steps are the same. If you decide to color your tree my advice is to dye it the night before - it takes awhile to dry.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

White Christmas tree

What a lovely holiday weekend! I love hanging out at my parents house when the whole family is there. It feels like being little again only better because hubby is there. I had great intentions of taking lots of adorable pics but most of us were in our PJs the majority of the day and I don't think anyone did their hair. Needless to say, adorable didn't happen so neither did the pictures.
We did however get the house ready for Christmas. Keith and I also put up our tree this weekend so our home feels all festive!
Isn't it pretty?

We both really love colorful, vintage-retro ornaments so last year we bought a white tree to go with them. Neither of us had ever had a white tree before and we were so nervous when we brought it home. That, of course, seems really silly now because we both absolutely looove it.
I'm also really excited about the tree topper because last year we didn't have one. 

The tree skirt is literally a skirt. After looking everywhere and not finding the perfect one we headed to Goodwill, picked out a dress, and chopped the skirt off :D I think in the near future I will add some chunky bric-brac and bobbles to the edge to give it a more finished look.
Now all that's left is to shop for presents..

PS -  We did our family Christmas craft over the weekend and I'll be sharing it in a few days. It's easy-peasy to make and super adorable!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This is a test

I am trying to figure out how to schedule posts and why it never seems to work for me...

Testing.. Testing..

 If you see this, well,  I got it to work.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Snazzy vintage frame for the kitchen

Last week when I was rummaging around in the bottom of the hall closet for a hammer and staple gun I found an awesome vintage frame I forgot I owned. Happy day! After staring at it for a couple days I finally decided to paint something that could go in the kitchen. Clearly it's a lot like these doodles. I like doodling.

Let me just say that I'm really excited for this weekend! Tomorrow we are having a family dinner with corned beef on the menu (my fave!) and then Sunday afternoon Keith and I are putting up our tree. Our WHITE tree, which I looove.
I plan on doing a post about said white tree and some of the awesome ornaments we have so keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pink Scarf

I'm currently waiting for the phone to ring so we can go meet Keith's parents for a tasty dinner of Mexican food. I figured since there's time to kill I would do my first what-I-wore post.

Scarf and jeans - American Eagle
Shirt - Thrifted
Zip up hoodie - Forever 21
Shoes - Old Navy 

The clothes I'm wearing are some of my favorite go-to clothes. Comfy, comfy, comfy! I wear a ton of neutrals which is part of the reason I like scarves so much. - I can add a pop of color without feeling overwhelmed.  This pink scarf is definitely one of my faves. Love it. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Metals 1: Project 2

Hey hey, Behold metals Project 2!
The criteria for this project was
1) Make a hollow ring form
2) Use a piece of art over 150 years old as inspiration and make it contemporary

<-------- The piece I chose was Ship of Fools by Hieronymus Bosch.  In case you aren't familiar with this artist he was an awesome Dutch painter who was born around 1450.

I didn't take pics of the entire process because a lot of it was like Project 1. Except for the raising(shaping) of the boat and all the soldering. Anyways.
The whole ring is 3 inches tall so it's more of a sculptural masterpiece (lol) than something you'd actually wear.
My thought behind the colors was this: "Fools... Jesters... Clowns... Ronald McDonald. Ah, yes. Ronald McDonald it is"

The whole piece is metal except for the flag which is lovely, soft leather.
Crazy, huh.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hands and Feet

I love these gloves (which my momma gave me!)
I love these boots. So cozy.

mmm I do love chilly weather.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

DIY boxes - super cute boxes

My aunt taught me how to make these boxes when I was a squeak and I still love making them. This little project is a great way to use the old art and fashion magazines that I can't bear to throw away because the pictures are so stinking pretty - I transform them into adorable personality-packed gift boxes. Perfect for Christmas! And jewelry. And for hoarding small things on your desk.
This DIY is almost completely pictures since reading a how-to is asking for a disaster...

 Cut a SQUARE, drawn an X. Any size, although know that the larges it is the easier it is to make.
If you are using magazine paper you may want to line the inside of your square with a sheet of scrap paper to give it added stiffness and durability. This won't be visible once the box is complete so feel free to use old homework ;)

Fold it like the origami pro that you are.

Cut slits in the locations I have cut slits and drawn short lines NOT the original X lines.

Start gluing!

Continue gluing!

Glue the "house" shaped pieces up and over the edge.

To give you an idea of the size, the box is my hand was made from a 7 1/2 inch square.

Happy makings!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011


So Keith and I started working on our chair makeover! Yah! After years of these chairs sitting in my apartment and then over a year of married life the boring brown is GONE! Very soon I will post pics of the transformation - I still need to make the cushions though. Until then I will show you this pic.... :D

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Small doodles

I did these on little 2.5 inch squares of cardboard while watching How It's Made :D  I love painting on brown paper and cardboard. The colors are so vibrant against the neutral background!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It is true - snow casues scarf lust

It snowed today! I guess more accurately it dusted. Regardless, that still means: Full on scarf weather! :D  I enjoy them so much. So cozy and warm. Plus they instantly dress up an outfit. You hardly even noticed that I'm wearing a grungy hoodie, right?

Check out these pretty, pretty scarves (all from Etsy, of course) that are perfect for adding a pop of color to a winter wardrobe. I try to pick ones that are soft and drapey and look awesome even when they are just wrapped loosely. Geez I want them!

Maybe it's the cold, scarfy weather or maybe it's just my Swedish roots coming out but I have been seriously hooked on Parlor by Kent today. You should give it a listen (and a read).

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quote # 2

Mmm Mmm Good

I don't know if all Big Lots are like this or just the one here but ours has some freaking weird stuff in the food isle. All sorts of rejected off-brand munchies and beverages. One of the things Keith and I like to do feed our sense of adventure (or more likely because we are idiots who think it’s funny to torture their tongues) is to spend $5.00 on "edible" things we've never heard of.
Sometimes the things we buy are actually really tasty and we return to the store and buy all that are on the self. More often they are super, ultra nasty and we challenge and dare each other to take one more gulp.

Now, I know your hoping for a story of something I ate that was really gruesome and made me vomit but that just isn’t the case today. Sorry. Actually, quite the opposite.
We discovered Italian Nutella called Nutkoa. Oohmigahh! Soooo stinking tasty! AND it comes in a cute glass mug that has a snap on lid! Oh yes, handy.
I guess, to be honest, it's a bit different than Nutella but you get the gist..
We celebrated our good pick by pairing it with graham crackers and turning on Netflix for a couch date :)

Do you have a Big Lots store near you? If you do you need to go there right this instant. You shall not be disappointed. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tinkling bells

While yesterday was mostly homework... so. much. homework...I did manage to pop into a store to treasure hunt for cute vintage Christmas things. I was really hoping for something flocked but no such luck. I did, however, find these sweet little bells! I think it's the fact that they are on the original card that really gets me. If the bells were just on a string or in a bag I don't think I would have gotten them. They do make a lovely tinkling sound though :)

See, my couch is smothered under papers. Poor thing. Exciting news (to me anyways) - despite my severe procrastination I was able to churn out a 9 page paper in a matter of hours. And no, it's not sloppy and flung together, it actually turned out really well. Not bad, huh?


Oh, see that Acer computer? LOVE that machine. Acers are wonderful, wonderful computers that are super affordable. If you need a new laptop get one of these. This is my second Acer - the one previous I used for FOUR years and it updated and reformatted like a dream.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How I made a pinecone wreath

I can't remember where Keith and I were but somewhere we saw a pinecone wreath and both really liked it. Unfortunately, it was really pricey. So I am going to show you how I made one for $3.50

The reason I was able to make it so cheaply is that the only thing I had to buy was ribbon. Keith and I frequently take walks around our neighborhood and in parks so I knew where to collect pinecones and vine. Everything else I already had. Except for the hot glue gun which I borrowed from my mom (Thanks mom!).

What you need:
Thin, bendable vines
Pinecones - every shape, size and color!
Hot glue gun, thin wire or string, ribbon, snips for trimming the vine, and any additional embellishments you want to incorporate.

See that pile of unruly vines? They shall become our master piece!
I did part of this tutorial on the floor because the vines kept crawling off the table and it was driving me insane.

As you can see from the leaves, I tried to choose vines that were green. Of course this is not mandatory, it just means that they will be more flexible and easier to shape. Some of the vines were brown and dry though and they worked just fine too.

1) The first thing you want to do is pluck off all the leaves, prickers, and any small 'branches' that will catch and make it difficult to shape the wreath.

2) Take a manageable length of vine and bend it into a circle, tucking the ends around itself. As far as size is concerned - Do what your heart desires! There are no limits! Just make sure it is a comfortable size for you to handle and that it will match the size of your pinecones.

3) Continue to add lengths of vine, wrapping as you go. Keep the weave a bit loose. By this I mean don't force the vines to lay super close to each other.  The loose weave will leave spaces were you can tuck the pinecones in giving your wreath dimension.
Keep wrapping until you have a wreath that looks something like this:

4) Using wire or thread secure the wreath by tying some of the vines together.  I think I did around 20 ties. My high tech stability test method was to give the wreath a shake. Anything that shifted or popped out was tied down.

5) Now for the artful arrangement of pinecones! Start with the largest cones first, gluing them around the wreath so that it looks balanced. Once you are happy with the amount of large pine cones on the wreath step down to slightly smaller cones and do the same thing. Continue to tuck cones into the wreath and fill in any gaps.

6) Use any little pinecones dead last to fill in tiny gaps and cover any vine you don't want showing.
If you are going to add any pretty objects to your wreath you would do that now. 

7) To hang you can either attach a length of wire around the vines in back or loop the ribbon through the vines and hang up!

All finished!
For now I've left my wreath plain but once we get a tad closer to Christmas I'll be adding some sweet vintage flair and probably a bit of something sparkly :)

PS: hot glue will remove sap from skin. Not that I'm recommending that you stick your hand on a pile of hot hot glue. I'm just saying, if you do, when you peel it off it will take the sap with it.