Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas at the Cottage

It's been a busy couple of weeks at the Cottage - we'll talk about that in a later post, but, for now, here are a few pics of our holiday decorations:
Keeping it simple with a wreath, sled, pine-bough swag, and a handmade kissing ball.

Lenox Santa Cookie Jar

Charlie Brown Tree - my favorite!

This bowl is always displayed at Christmas.

The dining room in non-traditional colors.

Ornaments that bring back so many memories!

It wouldn't be Christmas without (at least) one pig decoration!

There is so much more, but, for now, Merry Christmas from our house to yours!



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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Wreath My Daughter Made

OK, I might have helped a little... 😉
We spent Thanksgiving at our daughter's house this year and she always wants to try to do one 'crafty project' while we're together. This year, she wanted to make an ornament wreath, and if you ask me, she 'knocked it out of the park'.
We headed out to the discount store and chose these ornaments:
Let me give you one word of advice.  Take the time to remove the caps from your ornaments and hot-glue them back on.  I made an ornament wreath a few years ago and left out that important step. Many of the ornaments fell off and I had to re-make the wreath. Save yourself some trouble!
Take a wire hanger and bend it into a circle - here's how we started:
Then open up the top of the hanger and you're ready to start adding ornaments.


Let give you 2 more tips.  
First, when you hot-glue the caps on the ornaments, wear rubber     gloves.  Many people don't have finger caps for protection and, believe me, you don't want to get hot glue on your fingers!  

Second, use a binder clip so the ornaments don't slip off the other end while you are adding and arranging them.  See the arrow in the above picture.  The binder clip is a little difficult to see.

When your hanger is full, twist the ends of the hanger back together, add a pretty bow, and hang your wreath.
Didn't she do a great job?
I love how the colors look against the door!


This is an easy project that can be completed in very little time.  If you still need a holiday wreath, this could be your answer!

Have a wonderful week - don't forget to pin/share!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Of course he is, it's December!  The jigsaw has been getting a workout creating Christmas goodies and today I want to show you Santa.
I am loving my pallet wood and things you can make with it.  I wanted a Santa so I started searching on Pinterest for ideas.  After looking at several options, I created a pattern (using the various ideas) to create my own original design.  I wanted the main piece to be 4 boards wide and I wanted to fit 2 of them on the full-length of the board.  Does that make sense?  Since my pallet wood is about 40" long, I made each Santa 19" in height. Here are the pattern pieces I drew on newsprint:
After tracing them on the wood with a marker, the jigsaw got to work:
You'll notice I chose 2 lighter-colored boards for the center pieces. That way I didn't have to paint Santa's face.  After sanding to smooth the wood, I used super glue to attach the 4 main pieces and finishing nails to give it more support.  
Time to paint:
The red is acrylic craft paint and the white is leftover house paint. Yes, I use whatever I have around the house!  The edges got a little distressing and it was time to assemble.
Attaching the brim, pom-pom, and mustache was easy with some Liquid Nails.  I painted the eyes by hand using the stencil I made as a guide.  The blue dot was added with a pencil eraser dipped in blue craft paint.  
Santa was done.  He was sprayed with Krylon for a little protection and a piece of twine was stapled to the back for hanging.
I made two.  My neighbor has one hanging in her house and I have one. I think they're kinda cute!
I hope you're off to a wonderful start this holiday season. Please pin, share, follow...whatever you do, and thanks for stopping by the Cottage!


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