i should be mopping the floor: November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Freebie: Oh By Golly

Just a little something to help us get in the Christmas spirit. Would be fun framed on a wall or in a holiday display. I created two sizes...the 11x14 is designed for easier printing on an 11x17 sized paper {available at most printing places}. The 8x10 prints on a letter-sized document. Both are designed to be trimmed, framed and displayed.

To download, simply click on the image below that you'd like:
{Kindly give a follow before downloading any of my free printables. Please and thank you.}

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

{Guest Post: Suzanne Winter from Winter Wonderings} Personalized Ornament

Hi, I'm Suzanne Winter- from Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, and Whatnot. I know, that is a mouthful - so you can just say Winter Wonderings, or Winter W3, or that W obsessed lady.  I have three babies - twin boys A&B who are 20 months old and Baby girl who is 6 months old.  Yep, that is 3 babies 14 months apart.  Life is crazy to say the least, but I love it and I love them.  Sewing/Crafting are part of what keep me sane, ang quite often the reason my floors aren't clean - so it is very appropriate that I find myself guest posting here at I should be mopping...

So baby girl has  'unique' name.  I confess, it is a name I made up in high school in a creative writing class.  But I have loved the name ever since, and when I told my hubs(then boyfriend) that Mackabrie was my one and only girl name for future children - his response was 'I LIKE IT'.  Phew, set!  Of course then I had twin boys and really didn't expect more children for a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNG time (if ever).  Sometimes God has other plans.  At least when we found out it was a girl, the one thing we didn't have to figure out was the name.

But having a unique name - particularly a made up name, means that baby girl will never find customized things with her name at craft shows, pit stops, or anywhere that doesn't do customization.

Thank goodness for craftiness!!!

I saw gorgeous monogrammed ornaments on Etsy and just knew that there had to be an easy way to create something at home.

While perusing the aisles at Micheal's, I saw these glitter letters and KNEW that they would be perfect!!!

So here is quite possibly the EASIEST project you can possibly do all season.

Start with a plain ornament (I used a large satin finish brown glass ornament, but plastic works just as well, and isn't breakable!!!)

I marked the center of my ornament with a piece of scotch tape so that I would have a straight line to line my letters up against.

Attach your letters along the top edge of your tape

Leave any hanging letters with the bottom loose so that you can peel your tape off.

Admire your gorgeous customized ornament.

Now if you want to go a step further... you can make a pretty pearl hanger for your ornament.

Take thread (or thin fishing line), thread it through your needle, double it over an tie a knot at the bottom.

Thread your pearls onto the needle - I used 30 of the medium sized from my assorted pearl crafting beads. (these things are great, you get small, medium and large of both cream and silver pearl beads - I've already made a necklace and have plans for another necklace and a bracelet as part of my Handcrafted Christmas series.)

Thread your pearls through the hanger on your ornament (with the needle still attached)

Run the needle through the two threads at the knotted end.

Loop your needle back through the first pearl above the knot, repeat, tie your threads together and cut the tails.

Hang on your tree!!!

This is such an easy project that you could cover your whole tree with customized ornaments!

Have fun, and most importantly: Have a Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for joining me today, Suzanne! Suzanne's blog is just precious. She is an AMAZING seamstress...I am in awe of all of her projects {especially the sewing ones}. Some of my favorites are:

yes...that jacket started out as a sheet!!

Stop by Winter Wonderings, Wanderings and Whatnot and say hello to Suzanne! 
You'll be VERY inspired!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{Easy Christmas Craft}: Tabletop Trees

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to my craft group: the Hot Glue Hotties.
This was our craft from November. It is super easy and can be customized for any decor.

As you can see, we all did our own style and they each came out great!

You'll need:
  • styrofoam cone base {can use green or white}, the size is up to you...but the larger you get in these cones, the more fragile they are and difficult to work with {and 99% of the time, the tops break off when they are taller}.
  • scrapbook or plain paper {for the larger size that you see pictured above, I used six sheets of paper, for the smaller one, I used four}. You can mix and match or even do all one pattern/color. 
  • floral pins {you can use straight pins, but sometimes the head goes right through the paper...floral pins are available at craft stores...usually with the floral styrofoam}
  • ribbon
  • hot glue

 I used a paper cutter, but it isn't required.

I cut my paper into one inch strips.

And then cut the strips into 2 1/2" lengths.
Your final strips will each be 1x2.5 inches.

Start by hot gluing your ribbon around the bottom of your cone. The hot glue tends to melt the styrofoam, so just a little dab will do ya!

Roll up one end of your paper strip on a pencil to get the curled end.

Then pin into place...just above the ribbon. Continue all around the tree, in a straight{ish} line. Perfection is completely optional here...uniqueness is the way to go.
Crooked lines=character.

After you get the first row done, you can switch patterns if you're using more than one paper design.
Start your next row about 3/4 inch up from the previous row.
Just make sure to cover the pins from the previous row.

The narrow, top part of the cone can be a bit tricky. Try to push your pins in at an angle so they don't poke through to the other side. This was a bit of trial, error and poked fingers for me.

Once you get to the top, use another strip of ribbon to cover the pins. Just hot glue it in place as well.

We finished ours with jingle bells on top.
Several of the ladies did cute bows on top, too. LOVE that!

Happy Holidays!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Tuesday Ten

Welcome to The Tuesday Ten! I feature my personal top ten favorites from the previous day's party every Tuesday. The readers' favorite links will be featured at the next party. If you haven't had a chance to link up to this week's Mop It Up Monday, you can still get in on the party action here!

Thank you to everyone partying with me this week! If you were featured, feel free to grab a button:

mop it up mondays feature

I apologize for keeping the verbage to a minimum this time around {actually, you may be happy for me to keep it zipped for once...LOL}! I'm fighting a cold and heading to bed once I click publish. I truly loved each one of the following linked up projects {as well as 300 others...give or take}:

{Coffee Cottage Cheese Triangle}
from With a Blast

{Vintage Advent Wreath}
from Cranberry Morning 

{Add Color to Your Chanukah Decor}
from Altered Artworks

{White Cheddar Chicken and Spinach Pizza}
from What's Cooking in the Burbs 

{Girly Room Reveal}
from School Time Snippets

{Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting}
from Pamela's Heavenly Treats 

{Letter to Santa Printable}
from A Typical English Home

{Homemade Cinnamon Chip Scones}
from Cheerios and Lattes 

{Eggnog Fudge}
from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

{Joy to the World Chevron Bunting: DIY}
from Life is Sew Daily