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Rubber Ducky Easter Wreath

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Rubber Ducky Wreath

Easter is next week, and we wanted to make a wreath that would also be fun, colorful and festive to decorate our front door. As we were walking through the aisles of Michaels, Alberto spotted a bag of yellow rubber duckies. Knowing he doesn’t tend to take bubble baths, I knew something had to be up. He then proceeded to pick up a foam wreath base, and I immediately saw the light bulb! My only thought was that it was going to be difficult to cover that base without A LOT of rubber duckies. Then we saw the half round globe, and the idea was born. We’d just cover the globe, add tulle around the edges, and make a rubber ducky flower! Perfect for Easter?! Read more →

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Heart-Shaped Crayons

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Over the holidays, Alberto spent most of the time on the floor coloring with our nieces and nephews. (He gets a little competitive, and I had to praise him often for coloring inside the lines…) So when it came to Valentine’s Day, Alberto immediately thought about coloring with the kids. We used the leftover crayons that we had after the holidays, and melted them down to create cute little heart gifts for the kids. Then Alberto had the great idea to personalize them using glitter letters. This was such an easy project, and they make great little V-day gifts. You can even include the kids! Read more →

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Carnation Paper Wreath

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We recently went to Michaels to and ran across these cute little paper cupcake liners with X’s and O’s all over them. They were so cute that we couldn’t pass them up. Then it struck us…why not use them to make the wreath?! We picked up some pipe cleaners, and we were off! When we got home, I started playing around with the liners to try making a cone, but it wasn’t really working. But as I was playing with them, it occurred to me that I could add a couple of more liners, and they look very similar to carnations. Then it all came together at once. We are making a carnation wreath using cupcake liners! Read more →

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Jelly Bean Wreath

Categories: Crafts, Decor, Easter, Holidays, Spring, WreathsTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Author:

Okay! Call me superstitious, but I think our Winter Glass Tile Wreath was just courting Mother Nature to bring even more snow and ice to our area. And after snow last Friday, we were done and took it down.

Now, being that Easter is only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to entice the warm weather to hurry it along a little…so we’re making a sweet wreath made out of jelly beans.

Yes, jelly beans. We had wanted to use something different to make the wreath interesting and the pastel beans we found at the local grocery store were perfect for our project! Read more →

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Old Table/New Candlesticks

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Last week we made a cocktail tray for our friend Jen from an old side table that she wasn’t using anymore.  After finishing that project, we were left with the wooden legs, but Alberto immediately thought of candlesticks! Read more →

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The Cocktail Tray

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A few weeks ago our friend Jen invited us over to look at some old pieces that she liked but was having trouble finding a functional use for them. She was hoping that we could come up with something crafty instead of having to throw them out.  One of the things we found was a very old side table that was on its last legs (so to speak).  It was wobbly and the leg reinforcements were broken.  She liked the shape of the top, but the legs were too unstable and delicate to be of any use. Read more →

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Extreme Makeover: Oil Painting Edition

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Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home.  It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style.  They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames.  One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms.  But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?).  I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house.  Read more →

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Happy Holidays 2010!

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We’ve had such a good time sharing these projects, and we appreciate all of your support!  We wish you a happy, safe and crafty holiday season!

Best wishes for the New Year from Alberto, Brent, Gertie, Barney and Duff!!!

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Grandmother’s Christmas Tree

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OK…not necessarily a crafty post this time. While my mom was visiting us from Arkansas this past weekend, we were talking about the old ceramic Christmas tree that Grandmother Barton used to have at her house. Looking back, it seemed like we spent most of our weekends growing up hanging around the dining room at Grandmother’s house, my great-grandmother.   Read more →

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Our Christmas Trees

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Growing up, my family would always put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. It was always the beginning of Christmas for me.  Today, Alberto and I still continue this tradition, and each year it keeps expanding.  We have three trees (yes, three): living room, family room and dining room.  However, they’re all artificial.  We love real trees.  But when we used to get them, they always got messy after a few days, and, quite frankly, they became a fire hazard by the time Christmas arrived.  Read more →

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