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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guest Post at Prima Bead

Today I'm sharing my latest jewelry tutorial over at the Prima Bead blog. Here's a sneak peek:


Head over to Prima Bead to get the details on how to make it.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

How to Make Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

I love the texture of burlap paired with lace. The combination of rustic and feminine fits my style to a tee.   The best part... you can make your own in about five minutes.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars


So a few weeks ago, my sisters, mom and I had a little get-together at my sisters house for a few days. We had lots of good food, the cousins got to play all day, and we did projects. The main project we worked on was building frames from old barn wood. We made them for a picture of my grandpa's barnyard that we all have. I will be sharing more about that project sometime. We also did a couple simple projects in the evening after the kids went to bed. One of them was these burlap and lace mason jars.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars
 Have you seen all the colored burlap in the stores lately? I just can't help but get a 1/2 yard of each color when I see it. I've got a stash of cream, sage green, orange, dark brown, brown, blue and pink.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars


I love the blue and brown together. And I thought the pink was perfect for spring and Easter. I ended up using the pink jar to hold our Easter Egg Tree, but it's super cute with the spring flowers that I grabbed out of my little girls room.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

Want to make your own Burlap and Lace Mason Jars?

Here's what you need:
Quart sized Mason Jar
Burlap
Lace
Hot Glue
Scissors

I didn't do a step-by-step with pictures, because... well... it's just so easy.  

Cut a piece of burlap into a 4" strip. Wrap it around the mason jar and let it overlap about a half inch and cut. Then simply hot glue it in place.

Repeat with a 2 1/2" strip.

Then wrap your lace around the jar with a half inch overlap and cut. Then glue in place.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

 A word about the lace - there were three colors of this crocheted type lace at my local craft store. There was white, cream, and then this color which has sort of a brownish tint to it. My preference for this project is the brownish one.

Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

Are you a burlap and lace sort of person?
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Salt Dough Easter Egg Tree

These salt dough Easter eggs were fun and easy to make. My kids had a lot of fun painting them. I found a branch out in the yard and we hung the eggs from it to make our own little Easter egg tree.

Salt Dough Easter Eggs


We actually painted them back in March, but I'm only now getting them hung on our Easter Egg Tree. I guess we can enjoy it this last week before Easter.

Salt Dough Easter Egg Tree


So much has been going on. Does anyone else feel like the end of the school year is an even busier time than the Christmas season? There are so many programs to go to and projects to be completed. We've got two more SUPER busy weeks ahead and then life should be getting a back to the normal busy.

I do have several projects/recipes to share, but I can't guarantee I'll be around here much for a few weeks. But that seems to be the norm lately, anyway. I keep thinking life will slow down and then it doesn't.

Salt Dough Easter Eggs
 These are all of the eggs we did. You can see we have all ranges of artistic ability and creativity. And let me tell you - I am not at the top of the list. I can do polka dots and stripes and that is the limit of my artistic ability.  My oldest loves to draw and she's quite good at it. So she loved this craft.   My youngest two just like to paint, with not much thought of the outcome - which is how it should be for kids. My son is some where in the middle.

Salt Dough Easter Eggs

Do you want to make your own salt dough Easter eggs? 

They are quite simple and you probably have the ingredients on hand. You will have to plan ahead a bit though, since they have to bake for a couple hours.

Printable Version

Salt Dough Recipe

2 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 c. water

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mix together the flour and salt. Add 1/2 c. water and mix. While the dough is mixing, gradually add the remaining water until dough forms a ball and is smooth. You may not need all the water.

Roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to make a hole for hanging.

Place on a grease cookie sheet. Bake at 250 for about 2 hours, checking after 1 hour. The time will vary depending on how thick your "cookies" are.

Variations:
Add cinnamon and/or nutmeg for color or scent. {Think Christmas ornaments}
Add food coloring.
Add glitter.


Paint and decorate as desired.
For a durable finish, coat with an acrylic varnish or clear spray paint. {I still need to do this}

Salt Dough Easter Egg Tree

Once the paint is dry, just cut a piece of ribbon, thread it through the hole and hang. You could also use them to make a garland. We did that with Christmas shaped ornaments.

Here are a few other Easter ideas:

Spring Tree

 Beadboard Easter Eggs

Resurrection Rolls


I hope you all have a great Easter!

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