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Christmas 2014

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As always, I’m behind in my blog!  This past Christmas, I decided to cut back in the handmade gifts I was making.  It becomes very time-consuming and stressful.  I also feel like I can’t dedicate as much time to making each gift awesome, since there are so many to do.  This year, I focused on a few awesome things and went with it, full strength.  I’m so happy with the results.

First off, for just about everyone, I made one of these glass globes with an air plant friend in it.  I got pretty lucky with these.  When they delivered the box, they hid it behind the trash can, in front of the garage door.  Let’s just say I didn’t see if for 3-4 days.  However, all the plants managed to survive no light and Pennsylvania Winter for 4 days!  I also bought these really cute spray bottles from TheContainerStore.com so everyone could mist their plants daily.  I just think they look wonderful and everyone seemed to really like them.

AirPlantGlobe4This one was for my brother and his family.  I figured I’d get one big glass ball so the family of air plants could live together.

Happy Little Air Plant Family!

Happy Little Air Plant Family!

The next project, also nature related, was making these really cool acorn ornaments.  It was a little tricky finding beads that were just the right size so I did a variety of colors and styles.  Just a simple little something to share my love.  I collected acorn tops every time I walked the dog.  He got slightly irritated with the constant stopping but I thought, “ha, now you know how it feels when you have to stop and smell an animal, from four hours ago, that you’re never gonna get”.  Once I had enough, I got beads that would fit in and some bead pins to make a cute point at the bottom.  I used my handy Dremel and drilled holes in the center of the caps.  Bead Pin -> Bead -> Acorn Top -> Scrolly Twist -> Fishing Line -> Finished!

So Sweet!

So Sweet!

AcornOrnaments5For my niece and nephew, I decided to do Freezer Paper tote bags.  I filled them with some different, smaller gifts.  My niece is getting older, the pre-teens…oh yea!  I feel the best thing we can teach our younger girls is to love themselves for who they are.  To have confidence in more than just their bodies but their minds, hearts and souls, who they are as people.  I went with this for her.  You can’t tell from the picture, but the one bird is detailed in some color to stand out from the others.

True Story!

True Story!

My nephew is a little younger and is a lot like my older brother,  a super creative nerd with great taste and an amazing imagination!  For him, I went with something a little different…

Muuuhhhmmm....

Muuuhhhmmm….

I was really happy with the tote bags and I think they were too!

While we are on the topic of Freezer Paper.  I also did this cute hoodie for one of the little sweeties in my life.  Her mom has a dance studio and I thought it would be the perfect thing for when she’s there!

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Front

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Back

Last, but not least, I made some cracked marble necklaces last Christmas.  Unfortunately, the glue wasn’t as awesome as it should-be, and some fell apart.  Two friends of mine really liked their necklaces but they had broken.  To be sure these new necklaces would enjoy a longer life, I found these beads that have a very similar look to the cracked marbles, just without the work on my end! It’s a win to me!  This time, instead of gluing bead caps, I was able to use a pin through the bead, through the bead cap and make a loop.

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That’s about it for the handmade gifts.  It was nice to have a manageable list and be completely satisfied with the results!

With Love,

Rhianna

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Handmade Christmas 2013

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As I said earlier, a lot of the Christmas presents I made were from posts and pins I had collected over the year. Here’s a quick run down on a few. There are already so many instructions out there to do the projects…so I won’t bore you with the details.

I did 2 types of scarves for Christmas 2013.

One was Arm Knitting…okay, I am in LOVE with this. It is so easy to get the hang of (once you find the right YouTube video to watch)! I could whip an infinity scarf out in 10-15 minutes, once I got in my groove, while watching TV. That’s the perfect craft to me.

Here are the finished products. I just loved the yarn I used. It’s Lion brand yarn.

Cozy!!!

Cozy!!!

I also made this Calla lily scarf. I was hoping to use bleach instead of paint but…surprise, the pashmina I bought, wouldn’t bleach. So I switched over to some lovely fabric paint. I feel like I would’ve been happier if the bleached worked. Oh the trial and errors of crafting! DSCN0068

Then I cracked some marbles…usually I’m losing them! It looked fun!  I had to go to a website to order myself some 1 inch marbles. I could only find really small marbles at the craft stores. I was so excited when they came. As you’ll begin to see, there is a theme with my Christmas 2013 projects, there is the illusive “idea” and then the reality part comes into play. I followed the instructions and some of my marbles cracked…others didn’t do a thing. My theory, throw ‘em back in the oven and try again! That cracked some that didn’t the first time and shattered some of the others. It seemed that some colors cracked better than others. The blue, red and purple were pretty good. All the green ones broke (sorry, AP).

Going Marbles!

Going Marbles!

All Cracked Up!

All Cracked Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I was done cracking and breaking marbles, I attached some cute bead end caps with pins inside to make a loop with. Very technical terms here!  I bought that E-6000 glue since it’s supposed to be SO AMAZING! I have yet to feel the power of its amazingness. Sadly, a lot of them didn’t stay glued. I even tried gluing where the cracks were to help it get a good grip. That’s why I always give a “free repair” policy with any gift! I added some long chains so you could wear them as a necklace or hang them in the window. They really did turn out beautifully, if only the glue was better.

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I saw some pins on recycling sweaters and thought this was a great idea. It’s funny how time can change things. Looking back, I’m not as crazy about them. Or I should say, some turned out better than others. It’s very important that your sweater isn’t too chunky.   Basically, you can use the arm holes, if the sweater is big enough, for some boot cuffs. You can use the bottom of the sweater and make a cute hat from it.

Then you can add some buttons, ribbon or beads to give it that extra detail.

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I don’t think these were a favorite amongst the handmade gifts.

 

My niece is into sports and the girls love to wear that sport wrap stuff for headbands. Lovely but instead…take these! Once again, found on Pinterest, it was super easy to create these braided scrap fabric headbands. They are even prettier than sports wrap but still nice and thin. Headbands are in right now!

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I love these bracelets and was seeing them everywhere! I read a few posts to get an idea and then went for it. I’m not sure that I followed the proper technique, but they turned out great. The black one was for my BF. I’ve made 2 more since then. The first one pictured here, the cord broke. I bought a thicker cord and this one lasted much longer. However, the upholstery thread I used eventually caved to its environment and fell apart. Also, even though it said “glass beads”, they were painted glass beads and the paint started chipping off to reveal white “glass” underneath. For the third one, I used the thicker cord, some sinew thread instead of upholstery thread and found beads that APPEAR to actually be black the whole way through. Fingers crossed!!

 

Kinda blurry...sorry!

Kinda blurry…sorry!

The other one I made for my mom. This one got a pretty clasp for a more feminine look.

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There are so many great meat rubs out on Pinterest and it’s the perfect DIY gift for the men in your life, or someone who loves to cook. Most of the ingredients I was able to get at my local Dollar Tree. There were only a few I had to spend $8 on for the nice glass bottle with pretty fonts and what-not. I would imagine there are really cool spice containers available online but I just went with the little containers they use for candy/mints at weddings.

Spicy!!!

Spicy!!!

If I remember, I couldn’t get my computer to work with the program to print the labels…so I had to hand write. That makes it more personal, right?

 

Since I forgot to say it last time!

Love,

Rhianna

Doggone Tired

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An old friend of mine came out of the woodwork, which was awesome enough!  To add to that, he wanted ME to complete his dog bed.  My friend is super talented and makes all kinds of stuff.  He made this awesome dog bed out of wood for his puppers.

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(A picture of a picture.  I feel like a sales rep for my day job, “we can use this, right?”.)

What’s missing?

A very nice cover and some pillows…duh!  He provided me with a piece of patchwork they had been placing over the old couch cushions that were glued together.  Hey, seems good enough for a dog…they aren’t too picky when it comes to where to sleep.  He had also sent me a picture of the dog bed they used to have. 

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He was leaving the rest up to me.  Originally, when we talked he said about using the patchwork piece for the top.  Something in me wouldn’t allow that.  Maybe it was my stylish side reminding me off all the patchwork/hippie attire I used to sport…not sure but I had to come up with something that would fulfill his request yet also not make me shudder from flashbacks!

So, as I like to do, I threw all the ideas and materials into the “pot” (that’s my brain).  Suddenly, the light bulb got very bright!  I decided to make a dog bone or paw print out of the patchwork and applique it onto ( yes, one of my favorite materials) outdoor canvas!

This project was really fun for me.  I got to be creative and basically make it the way I wanted.  I got to do a lot of shopping around to get him the best prices out there.  It felt really good when I knew I was getting him the best deal or saving 40% on material (love you JoAnn Fabrics).  I also learned a lot of new things.  1) Foam is an expensive pain in the @ss.  There is a good way to cut it, but I must not have chosen the right method…hehe!  But it all worked out. 2) I’ve shared this before, but, seam rippers are your friend.

Below is the finished project.  The foam is covered in a muslim material and the cover was made out of the outdoor canvas.  It has a zipper across the back so it is removable to wash up, if needed.  The 2 roll pillows are also made from the outdoor canvas with the patchwork on the ends to bring it all together.

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Dog Bed with Pillows & Dog

 

I was really happy with this! From the picture, you can see this little stinky-pants likes it too!  “Mommy” & “Daddy” were also both pleased with the results.

There’s only one thing that I am disappointed with.  At first, I wasn’t going to include my disappointment in this post but I think it’s important for everyone to remember, we make mistakes…and hindsight is 20/20.  The only thing I wish I would’ve accounted for is the pillows.  I should have made the bone a little smaller horizontally so when the pillows were placed on the bed, the bone wasn’t partially covered.  There!  I said it!

But it’s still pretty freakin’ awesome, right???

With Love,

Rhianna