Archive | November 2015

Reusable Wreathe Decor for All Seasons

wreathe collageI made a couple of wreathes last month and FINALLY got time to edit for a vlog DIY on my YouTube channel. Check out my video wreathe DIY tutorial here.

Things You’ll Need

These were made using wreathe forms consisting of vine. I purchased them for $6.99 at Hobby Lobby, with one 40% off coupon. I got several sprigs of fall foliage on sale at Hobby Lobby as well as some flowers,ribbon, sparkly tulle and faux birdies at the Dollar Tree.

This was a free-form design on both wreathes. I’ve never made any before, so I’m quite pleased with how well they turned out. I didn’t make anything permanently adhere, so after I get a Christmas tree up I can easily change out the look of both wreathes.

I had lots of flowers left over and rather than take them back for refunds, I decided to sprinkle them throughout my house in vases as well as placing some in pots in my front and back yards. Several plants had died out and by popping some faux flowers in the pots, it renewed my yard with great colors!

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

These vine wreathes are fabulous to use, in my opinion, because of their sustainability and rustic appeal. Foam wreathes are available, however, those are really better suited for decorations that you don’t intend to take apart and reuse. With the vine, it is easier to weave the floral stems into the flow of the vine itself. If you need an added bit of security, you can use pipe cleaners or floral wire to help secure from the back side. I didn’t need to do that since I cut my stems pretty long enough to weave securely.

Since I was going for a rustic and natural vibe, I decided to perch some little faux birdies which I feel really added some “life” to the designs. They are also driving my cats insane, but thankfully both wreathes are too high for them to climb to investigate. lol.

bird collage

You can choose any type(s) of flowers and get as fancy with glitter and embellishments as you desire or just keep it simple with natural elements. I prefer the wreathe I did with the sparkle tulle that I purchased from the Dollar Tree, as opposed to the pumpkin bow that I made. I love how the tulle flows and frames the design. The pumpkin bow is beautiful and very easy to make, which is similar to my video tutorial on how to make a gift bow for packages. The wreathe bow is essentially the same thing, but I used a pipe cleaner to wrap around the longer tails in this case.

So no matter your decorating style, using frugal methods and supplies doesn’t necessarily mean the outcome looks cheap. You can make any holiday sparkle with a small budget to purchase discounted  or dollar store items. You can also create sustainable decor by reusing some previous craft supplies, recycling/ reusing materials and having a great imagination.

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Crafters Unite: Beading Storage Tool Box & Inexpensive Findings

Tool Box and Findings

So glad I came across a fellow YouTuber’s review vlog of some handy storage container carriers and findings. I followed her lead and ordered the headpins and jumprings multi packs (along with a bunch of neat lampwork glass Christmas beads) from Oriental Trading…and went to Harbor Freight to pick up these 10 Tray Utility Boxes with my 20% off coupon. The 1,000 bulk pack headpins and jumprings may sound expensive at $17.50 and $12.99, but they actually average up to or a little over 1 cent per piece. All excellent purchases!

Since The Frugal Crafter’s video didn’t get much into the size of the boxes, I decided to make this brief vlog to fill in the blanks. So far, I’m loving my purchases and may even go back to pick up a few more boxes at Harbor Freight.

I’m not sponsored by Harbor Freight or Oriental Trading, but I sure do love their products for organizing and creating my handmade jewelry! Thanks again for your tips, Lindsay Weirich- The Frugal Crafter! You rock!

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From Oriental Trading:

The Frugal Crafter’s Product Review Video: https://youtu.be/59-CBeqOFMk

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Christians and Coffee Cups

devout or disposable

My favorite part of this whole article is: “Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?”.

I can understand the frustration of Christians feeling like we can’t express our faith in schools, at work, events, etc. while our nation still prints In God We Trust on our currency. I do understand other faiths that claim by allowing Christian holidays and prayers to infiltrate their workplace and classrooms they feel we are ostracizing their right to freedom of religion. I see both sides of the argument. I, however, wish…as you suggest here…that we all STOP ARGUING! Especially over something as trivial as a cup which will definitely be in the trash because you know people are not going to revere it simply because it has the word Christmas on it. Sad, but true.

Do I enjoy festive colors and graphics during the holidays? YES! Would it mean I am any less mindful of the real reason for the season if Christ’s name or likeness isn’t on my Frappuccino? NO!

No matter what faith we practice, the message is ultimately the same. Love & RESPECT one another. There is already so much anger, hatred and evil in the world…why add to it? I think Dickens sums it up best in one of my favorite stories, which I truly believe transcends Christmas, but is simply for respecting diversity: “Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine”.

As a Christian, I will not allow another person to remove my faith from my heart. Nor do I believe in belittling anyone because of their faith. I don’t impose my beliefs on others, but I do expect the same courtesy of expressing my joyfulness during holidays as non-believers expect not to be imposed upon. I was taught to love thy neighbor, not to covet a red Christmas coffee cup. Great article and perspective!

Emily C. Heath

It’s early November and already this year’s installment of the so-called “War on Christmas” has begun. All over social media I’m seeing rants from angry Christians who are trying to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. And the first volley of shots has already been launched against an unlikely target: Starbucks.

Apparently people are mad that the seasonal cups at Starbucks this year are just plain red. No mention of Christmas or Jesus at all. And, clearly that means that Christians are being persecuted. I mean, my faith is just destroyed if I don’t get my venti blonde roast with room for milk in a cup that features the name of my Lord and Savior.

So, obviously I think this is a little ridiculous. Because, Christians, I promise you that Starbucks red cups are not going to destroy the Christian faith. Seriously, the Roman Empire couldn’t do it, and they could kill…

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Gift Craft Tutorial: Soda Pop Candy Bouquet. Please Help Me Recover My Stats.

Collage stockings

Hello, sparkly shoppers! I had to revise one of my candy bouquet tutorials, so I took the opportunity to trim out about 6 1/2 minutes, remove some of the distracting stocking headers and change the music. All of these issues were the most common pet peeves in the comments from 2013 when this video was originally uploaded. (Back when my channel had just begun).

These candy bouquets are so easy to make for any occasion. It happened that this one was for a December birthday, so the candy I used had a Christmas theme in the colors and embellishments I chose. You can do these for people who are in the hospital, get well gifts, birthdays, holidays or just because.

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You will need:

  • CANDY
  • Soda Pop (full can they can drink after eating candy)
  • Small Styrofoam cup
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon (curly ribbon looks cutest)
  • Pointy toothpicks
  • Tape (clear)
  • Embellishments (such as name tag, stickers) as desired

So, if you missed it back then (please help me recover my video stats by viewing this updated one) or just want to see the shorter version now…grab some cocoa and enjoy! Please watch my Soda Pop Bouquet Tutorial and remember to comment, like & subscribe over at my YouTube channel.

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