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Month: December 2013

5 Things You Don’t Want But Need

5 Things You Don’t Want But Need

Tweet We spend a lot of time (too much of it actually) focusing on all the things we want. We want a new car, a house, a 4-person family, a new job, a spa day, a luxurious trip… Over the holidays, it’s even easier to […]

Who Do You Want to Be in 2014?

Who Do You Want to Be in 2014?

Tweet I ask who do you want to be not what do you want to accomplish in the new year because I just listened to inspirational speaker and bestselling author Danielle LaPorte talk to Tami Simon from Sounds True. In the recording she discussed a […]

DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

Yesterday I accomplished the fun and not-so-difficult challenge of creating my own ornaments. While the process was long, the actual tackling of it was easy. You won’t believe how cheap it was either. Basically, you need citrus fruits, ornament hooks, a paint brush, modge-podge, glitter and a cookie sheet.

And the results?

DIY Ornament

Pretty sweet.

You may have remembered our tree sans homemade ornament:

Christmas tree

Well after I took the above ingredients, 4 hours later my tree looked like this:

Citrus tree

Ok I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me step back a bit.

First, I gathered a bunch of lemons. Yes they are lemons, but I keep calling them oranges cause in the end they looked a lot like their fruity cousins.

Lemons

After slicing them (I learned as uniform as possible is best since the oven will heat them differently), I placed them on a baking sheet and stuck them in the oven at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours.

Baking lemons

This is what happens when you cut some thin and some thicker. You get some dried ones, some not-so-dry ones and some scorchers.

Lemons in the oven

After leaving them out of the oven and even drying them in the sun for an hour, I grabbed a bottle of modge-podge, painted a thin coat on, dusted some Martha Stewart orange glitter (that I used for this past craft) and waited yet again.

How to make your own ornaments

I only baked a dozen or so. But they were enough to fill our itsy-bitsy tree this year.Baking lemons

Drying lemons

After hooking them with metal hooks, they were ready:

Christmas Tree

In the day, they were colorful. But at night?

Lemon Christmas tree

Simply glowing!

Christmas tree fun

Hope you all have a great Christmas! I know the season brings lots of craziness and busy-ness too, but don’t forget to take time to take care of yourself. But check back here next week. I’m preparing for the biggest giveaway I’ve ever had. Stay tuned next week to find out what it is and the easy way you can win it all.

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A DIY Christmas

A DIY Christmas

Tweet I went all out this year. Maybe I’m a overly enthusiastic about  celebrating our baby’s first Christmas. So even though he could care less if I was popping a zit or hanging a garland, I still wanted to go over-the-top with as much DIY […]

Easy Christmas Garland

Easy Christmas Garland

Tweet Our holiday decorations were looking mighty bare without a Christmas tree. So I went on a hunt for another easy Christmas decorating idea that I could do without leaving the kiddo and the hubby at home. Enter in this:   This string of holly […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Well turkey day is finally over and I’m happy to say I survived the gluttonous holiday with my waistline and sanity in check. I even managed to fit in moments of gratitude. It was no small feat, when you consider the common woes of the season: buyer’s remorse, family drama and disappointment.

Onto the next holiday…

I started decorating my home with last year’s DIY cheap, but crafty Christmas ideas. Here are my old winter crafts in my new pad:

DIY Snowglobe

Thankfully they were shipped virtually unscathed all the way from San Jose, California to Hawaii. Inspired by my favorite store-Anthropologie, it required two Mason jars, decorative paper, foam balls and miniature Christmas trees from Michaels. Go here for the info.

SONY DSC

Here’s another project I attempted myself. This one left me with a few burned fingers from the hot glue {P.S. Kids don’t try this without an adult.}

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees

My easiest craft yet. Pipe cleaners and foam shaped trees. Just wrapped the pipe cleaners around the tree and that’s it! It’s one of my favorite 5-minute holiday crafts.

Scarf wreath

This year I’m sleep-deprived and house bound with a new baby so I gathered what I had around the house. Basically, I took an embroidery sewing ring and a holiday scarf and wrapped it around to make myself a wreath. And I knew the perfect place to hang it…

Scarf wreath craft

The next wreath I dreamed up with some wire, foam balls from last year, a gold leaf Christmas ornament I bought from New York a few  years ago and leftover ribbon.

DIY Wreath

You also need scissors to cut the wire and pliers to hold one end of the wire so you can thread the balls through. Here’s a closeup:

Foam balls

It makes for a very untraditional wreath with a modern twist.

Foam wreath

This year is extra special with our little guy. We’re looking forward to getting a tree and doing a few more holiday DIY crafts.

What are you up to this year?

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