Posts tagged #Christmas Decorating

DIY December : More Glitter

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Yesterday, I started making gifts to mail to a few special gals.  When I started thinking about what I wanted to put in these goodie boxes, I knew I wanted to include my favorite wine - Moscato D'Asti.  I searched for that perfectly, pretty bottle of yumminess but had zero luck.  What I did find were these adorable mini bottles of Spumante.  Since it is a dessert wine like Moscato, I thought what better to pair it with than a yummy sweet.  Something with cream cheese was the obvious choice.  Homemade cheesecake brownies were placed in glossy white candy boxes and included a handwritten recipe.

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While I was in South Carolina last week, I had to visit one of my favorite spots.  Palmetto Peddlers is a huge antique/flea mall just minutes from where my dad lives.  One of the cutest booths there had an adorable chalk/magnet board full of shiny letter magnets.  They immediately caught my glitter loving eye and I thought they would be a great addition to my candy boxes.  Imagine my excitement when I saw they were selling them for $1 and $2.  Unfortunately, the letters I needed were gone.  So, of course, I said "hey I can make those".  Off to Hobby Lobby I went.  Here's what I bought and how I did it:

  • Glue 
  • Glitter of choice (I used extra fine silver)
  • Crushed glass glitter (Not cheap but worth it!)
  • Magnets (Sheets are easy to cut and self adhesive.)
  • Letters (cardboard type - $2.99 for the alphabet)

Super simple y'all.  Cover the letter in glue then cover with both types of glitter.  After they dry, shake off excess glitter, cut magnet to fit, and apply to the back.  Done! 

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This may need to be a permanent addition to the Le Rae branding collateral!  What do you think?  

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DIY December: An Iconic DIY Project

As a child, we would swap out spending Christmas with the grandparents.  Every other year, we would visit my dad's parents in South Carolina for what my Grandma coined "Sprenger Christmas".  She was the ultimate DIY'er, a crafting queen.  She even had her own room full of trinkiets and what nots.  Although this was a year round passion, it was at Christmas time that she really showed out.  For me, there was one project, one that she was famous for creating. Well, at least in our family.  It was the jewel Christmas tree.  It hung in the formal, living room of my grandparents home.  It was green velvet with a gold frame, a Whitlee Mullis dream.  ;)  When I got to my dad's house this week, it was the first thing I saw.  My Grandma Sprenger made one for all of her children.

Isn't it gorgeous?!   

Isn't it gorgeous?!

 

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From what I can tell, this is the steps she took.

  • Start with a frame of your choice.
  • Cover a 1/4 inch piece of plywood (the size of your frame) with fabulous green velvet (Sure you could use something else but why would you?).  
  • Draw a triangle on the front for the tree shape.
  • Draw dots in places you want lights.
  • Using a drill bit, drill holes through fabric and wood.
  • Place a light in each hole.  Use a glue gun to stabilize each one.
  • Fill in the triangle with whatever you got.  The first tree she did was made with my great grandmothers jewelry.  Then she started collecting costume jewelry of all kinds.  This one even has a watch.

My Dad's was falling apart.  My uncle, Luther got all the pieces and fixed it for him.  When he did, he added a 2" strip of wood to the back on each side.  This makes it easier to sit on the wall.  

I'm pretty sure I don't have enough jewels to do my own right now.  But by this time next year, I want to make sure I do!  If anybody tries it, PLEASE come back and let us know!  I wanna see!

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Posted on December 16, 2013 and filed under DIY.