I found a vase on the clearance aisle at Homegoods yesterday. I decided I would take some of the Cedar Tree Clippings that I still have in my bucket out back, and make a quick arrangement. As I was working on it, it turned into more of a solo Christmas Tree, and less of an arrangement. I used “oasis” to set the mini tree firmly in the vase… After figuring out what I wanted to do in that respect, I got out some silver spray paint and the fake snow… Oh, and some spray adhesive. I sprayed the tips of the tree with silver paint… and then I just kept spraying a bunch more. He he. I then used a little spray adhesive… powdered it with the snow, and put it back in the vase. I threw a little bit of gravel in there to cover the oasis. I sprayed that silver and covered it with snow. Check out the photos. You’ll also see the Vanilla we made, along with the Laser Photocopy Transfered to Wood Project, and the Paperwhites that we planted. Looks like the paperwhites may be bloomed by Christmas, regardless of the fact that I totally forgot about them and let them go without water for over a week and a half. I think they may be impossible to kill. Then we also did our DIY Christmas Paper Towel Ornaments, and our DIY Tomato Cage Christmas Trees… I think that will probably wrap it up for us this Christmas. Who knows, we might throw in one more, if my nieces finish it. =) Either way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Oh, WAIT! I almost forgot… I will be posting a photo of Dominic and Judah’s special Christmas package wrapped with the Free Printable Christmas Labels and more. So, stay tuned…

Got my Cedar Tree Clippings, Oasis, and Clippers...

Got my Cedar Tree Clippings, Oasis, and Clippers…

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DIY Outdoor Christmas Trees – Made out of Tomato Cages, 100 ct Strand of White Christmas Lights, and a Bag of Zip Ties. We made FIVE. Cost was $5.56 a piece to make. Our nieces came over, and whipped out the 5 trees in less than an hour. So, for $27.80, we now have a beautiful display of lights in the yard! The nice thing is, not only do they look fabulous… We are going to use the tomato cages come gardening time! Sweet deal! This is another EASY DIY that is FAST and FUN to do with kids. They will be proud of their work and less inclined to beg for the next giant lit up thing they see at Costco. So, get your “A” game on, and let’s get this party started! Like I said, you will need 3 things: 1. Tomato Cages ($1.96 each @ Lowes) 2. 100 ct Christmas Lights ($2.69 each @ Lowes) 3. Tie Straps (Bag of 100 @ Lowes for $4.59). You will only need to increase your number of cages and lights as you go. You should have plenty of tie straps in the one bag. You’re realistically going to use about 15 tie straps on each tree. Okay… Let’s get started. I’d like you to meet my nieces, Elli, Emma and Baylee. They are the girls in charge. Uncle Tim is their assistant. Check out the photos and see the process, read the captions to get instructions. Feel free to click on the “Red Stamp” box in the upper corner and leave me a comment if you have any questions, concerns or comments. Okay, let’s go! =) On a side note: I apologize for the hazy and blurry pics. Most of you know I’m sick and in treatment. I didn’t have my “A” game on today, but I sure tried! =D

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

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Christmas DIY – Laser Photo Copy Transfered to Wood – This is one of the easiest and most rewarding projects ever. It certainly isn’t a project exclusive to Christmas either. You’ll only need a few basics… Here’s the list: 1. Your Laser Photo Copy (Be sure to print it reversed, as it will be transfered reversed thus returning it back to normal). 2. Sponge Brush or Paint Brush 3. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium 4. A Piece of Wood Cut to the size you desire 4. A Cup or Bowl of water 5. A Washcloth or Washrag – Now, check out the demonstration photos along with the instructional captions. Have fun making these for your own home and as gifts for others! They are fabulous!

Laser Photo Copy (cannot be Ink Jet, sorry), Sponge Brush, Matte Gel Medium, Piece of Wood - Ready... Set... Go!

Laser Photo Copy (cannot be Ink Jet, sorry), Sponge Brush, Matte Gel Medium, Piece of Wood – Ready… Set… Go!

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Christmas Ornaments made from Paper Towel Rolls – DIY – So fun and so easy!!!

Christmas Ornaments made from Paper Towel Rolls

Click on Photo to take you to my DIY video with instructions on how to make this.  FUN!!!

Click on Photo to take you to my DIY video with instructions on how to make this. FUN!!!

Click on any of these ornament photos to take you directly to my DIY video.  I'm so excited to do this together!

Click on any of these ornament photos to take you directly to my DIY video. I’m so excited to do this together!

Click on any "ornament" photo to view the DIY video I made for you.  I'm really so excited at the thought of doing this together!

Click on any “ornament” photo to view the DIY video I made for you. I’m really so excited at the thought of doing this together!

Okay, Let’s check out the video now!  That is where all the action is happening!  I would absolutely LOVE some feedback.  If you like the video style, would you let me know.  If you are more inclined to liking the blog post in its normal format, please let me know that as well.  I’m just wanting to try new things.  Thanks so much and the LORD bless each and everyone of you!!!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

From Our House to Yours, Merry Christmas!!! (Click on photo to arrive at DIY video)

From Our House to Yours, Merry Christmas!!!
(Click on photo to arrive at DIY video)

the loon and the grebe leaf trees went to their new home!

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Leaf Trees ~ by ~ the loon and the grebe

I sure had a blast making these leaf trees. They’re made from leaves from my backyard that have been clipped one by one, washed, rinsed, and treated (depending on the outcome I wanted) and rinsed again. The leaves are then laid out to dry for a while. After the larger drops have dried, they are put in a large bowl and heated with a blow dryer. Then laid out on a blanket or sheet to dry as I roll them one by one. After they are rolled, they are placed in a bucket and left for weeks to complete the drying process. Then the trees can be assembled.

the loon and the grebe  Leaf Trees

the loon and the grebe
Leaf Trees

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All made from the same leaves, but each so uniquely different.

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Loving the contrast… Notice the color of the leaves on the smallest tree. I wanted you to see it before I flocked it, because it’s cool that you can actually achieve a red fall color leaf too.

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Look at the different shapes you can create with a single type of leaf. The sky is the limit.

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Closer view on the small antiqued silver colored tree and leaf style next to the larger green curled leaf, and the silver curled leaf trees.

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View of the bark base.

There are other ways of doing the leaves too, this is just one of several methods I did. Tim made me cones out of cardboard from boxes that had come to our house (as I have many of my groceries delivered). This was cost effective, and earth friendly. Styrofoam can be used, but it’s expensive, and it defeats the purpose of doing something innovative and cheap, if you’re going to go out and spend the bucks on the styrofoam… but it is your choice. =) I find it’s easier to work with the cone, because it gives you somewhere to put your hand inside while working the piece from the outside.
One of the trees is also made out of a plastic water bottle. I’m not a fan of plastic water bottles, so, I figured I’d do the next best thing with them.
The bases of the trees are slices of wood from a log or branch relatively the same dimension as the tree. So, that’s the story on the trees. They are time consuming to make, but if you’re an avid crafter and you love authenticity, this is right up your ally. I crave unique and authentic. I like things that aren’t perfect, and things I don’t see everyday. I also like to create things that I visualize in my brain and have to wonder if it’s possible to actually make it work. Sometimes, it does… sometimes, it doesn’t. This time… It did. I love these trees. It’s so hard to capture their dimension and character in the photographs.

This one is kind of my favorite.  I hated it at first, but he grew on me, and then became my favorite.

This one is kind of my favorite. I hated it at first, but he grew on me, and then became my favorite.

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I love this more gothic style tree. I thought a smooth bark base would befit a tree this style.

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Notice the veins in the leaves that give the trees their character. This is created by using the leaves upside down when making them. I will put a leaf or a few in right side up for contrast throughout each tree.

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Water bottle tree on the left is now flocked. Isn’t it so cute?

The flocked tree on the left is the water bottle.

Here’s a up close shot of our baby flocked water bottle tree.

My friend who purchased them is going to be making a rad centerpiece for her Women’s Christmas Tea. We did a mock set up with all kinds of other fun stuff. It was SUCH FUN! I can’t wait to see pictures! I hope she takes pictures. =D

Anyway, so long leaf trees!! =) Enjoy your new home!!

Merry Christmas Month to you all!
May Jesus bless your heart today~
Amie Joy (reyajoy)

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