Scrapbook Page ~ Ms. V’s B-day 2012

Layout; 8×10 Collage created by tSDD {the Spunky Diva Digitals}

Papers and Elements; Imagic Reflections, A Thousand Stars kit {purple elements} and The Power of Pink kit {pink elements}

Word Art; Imagic Reflections, Only Imagine kit

 

Finished it Friday ~ Week 13 of 2012

Happy Thirteenth!!!

This week marks the completion of my Spring/Easter Decorating.  I did sucumb to the lure of more eggs… of the plastic variety… creating another Egg Garland.  For this one I used clear ‘pony’ beads {not sure their official name, but the beads you use for children’s crafts} and a strand of upholstery thread to string the eggs together using the air holes that the eggs came with instead of drilling each egg.  A big time saver since I used almost the entire bag of 40 eggs for this longer strand. 

To link the two egg garlands together visually, I added tasels at the ends of the longer egg garland made out of the same twine I used for the first Egg Garland.  {Yes… the yellow ‘cloud’ and cute phrase are hiding a messy kitchen, LOL!}

And onto the glorified T.V. Shelf {aka Our Mantel}

Details ~

More plastic eggs with a plastic cookie box and green ‘grass’ from last year’s clearance aisle after Easter.  Score!  I even remembered that I had them to use this year.  Double Score!

Another apperance of those extra large Children’s craft beads.  These are some pastel ones I had in my craft drawer.  Just slipped them on as many twiggy stems as I could find.  I am still in love with these branches.  Such a great compliment to the room… even though I can never take a good photo of them.

And the last detail ~

‘Hiding’ Mr. SD’s drink glass with fancy plastic wrap and adding more ‘grass’ to a can.  I am thinking of wrapping the can with an Easter saying print out, but haven’t decided which one I want to use yet.  Ideas?

Other Mantel Posts: Valentine’s ~ St. Patricks ~ Normal, Non-Holiday Mantel

{See where I am linking up}

Last Week’s Stats:

Eileen’s Musical Cobblestone quilt was the most clicked link.

There were over 150 views of the FiF party over the weekend.

RULES:
1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post. The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}. So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.
2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up. We all l-o-v-e comments. Share the Love!
3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.
4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get crafting!


Tuesday Tips ~ Decorating Mantel for Holidays

Here is what I have found helpful when decorating my mantel, glorified TV shelf, for the various holidays.

First tip is that you need to declutter anyplace you want to switch out decorations on a seasonal/holiday basis. 

The less you have in the space that is year round, the less you have to adapt to the ‘seasonal/holiday’ theme. 

Here in Texas one of the hardest things for me to hide/store are candles.  Depending on their color they don’t adapt well to different holidays/seasons, and with the heat we have here I can’t just stick them up in the attic {our only large quantity of storage space in our current home}

And I l-o-v-e all types of candles!  Here is how I adapt them to holiday/seasonal themes.

First take the item you want to keep in the space, but need to disguise.  Grab a seasonal bag that the item will fit inside of.

Place items inside of bag.  Double check that the bag is balanced, and not going to tip over easily.

Place your decoration back in the space.

 

Now your candles {or other items}  are in the perfect disguise for the season!

{Linking up to these parties}

Scrapbook Page ~ All About the Horses

 

Layout from Shabby Shoppe July 2011 Challenge Template

Papers and Elements; Imagic Reflections, Men In Progress kit

Finished it Friday ~ Week 12 of 2012

Twelve weeks into 2012, and we are 12 finished weeks into the new year!

My finishes this week were… as promised from last’s week’s party…

My second finish is inspired by Pinterest.  How many of you are addicted to pinning???  I certainly have my fair share of pins, and after seeing the Pinterest Challenge I got inspired to do something about all those pins.  So here is my take on adding a flower ‘jar’ next to my kitchen sink using a curtain rod hanger that has been laying around in the misc. hardware bucket in the utility room. 

Here is the pin {originally from The Created Home blog with Carrie}.  Carrie is using her jar for chalk next the children’s board in their schoolroom.

And here is my version ~ {notice the use of the $3 twine from the Egg Garland!}

 

Last Week’s Stats:

Most clicked link was Thrifty Crafty Girl’s DIY Ironing Mat.

We had 150+ views of the FiF party over the weekend.

RULES:
1) You can link-up multiple projects you finished or made progress on each week, but… please link to the specific post. The goal of this link-up is to encourage you to finish your UFOs {Unfinished Objects}. So link-up your progress reports as well as finished project posts.
2) Visit and leave comments on other projects linked-up. We all l-o-v-e comments. Share the Love!
3) Please post the Finished it Friday button on your blog {somewhere, anywhere is fine!} and share a link back to this link party in your post {again somewhere, anywhere is fine!}.
4) Last rule… Have fun, be inspired, and get sewing!


Tuesday Tips ~ Vinegar for the Dryer

With all the handy tips out there on the web on how to ‘Go Green’ I have been working on weeding through some of them. 

I tried the ‘Honey Challenge’ over at Crunchy Betty, and now I am hooked on finding simpler ways to live with simpler ingredients.

A big change for me {almost bigger than using honey on my face} is using Vinegar with Citrus Essential Oil when drying laundry.  I spritz the wet load with 15 to 20 spritz’ and then start the dryer as normal.

When I first thought of getting rid of my Downy and Dryer Sheets I had a mini-melt down.  I l-o-v-e some fresh, clean sheets to snuggle in.

After ‘toughing’ it for a month… I have found I don’t even miss the Downy in my sheets.  Amazing, huh?

The way Mr. SD’s work clothes smell soooooo fresh coming out of the dryer is wonderful, and I know that I am using less chemicals and ingredients than I was.  All for a healthier life for my kiddos.  That is a pretty good feeling.

{Where I am linking up}

Spring Egg Garland

With the two girls going a hundred different directions at all times… I am always on the lookout for quick and easy decorating ideas.  This Spring Egg Garland was super fast {less than 30 minutes}, and I was able to do most of it with Ms. V’s assistance.

Grab some cheap plastic Easter eggs.  The packages I purchased were 50 cents at Wal-Mart for ten.  I used 15 in my garland.  These are pastel colors so I wouldn’t have to paint them once I got them home.  I would have loved to glitter them… but… toddlers… glue… glitter.  Didn’t seem like such a great idea, LOL!

Here is the tutorial I was going to use to glitter the eggs, before I thought better of it: Glittler Easter Eggs from Sew and The City

At the hardware store I grabbed some thin cotton twin for under $3. 

~ How to make your Spring Egg Garland ~

~ Use a thin drill bit to drill holes in both ends of the plastic eggs.  About 1/8″ or so will work. 

My drill bit wasn’t in the labeled spot in the drill bit box, so I am not sure exactly what it was.  The eggs held up remarkably well to being drilled.  Only a couple split at the bottom around the hole, and even those were still usable.

~ Cut three strands of twin three times the height of your window.

Remember it is always easier to shorten at the end, then to add length in the middle of the project.

~ Knot your twine, and loosely briad 6 to 12 inches.  Knot the twine, and then add your first egg by threading one strand of twine through both holes of the egg. 

I found that I had to un-snap the eggs in order to get the twine through the holes, and by the end of the garland the ends of the twine were getting really fuzzy and hard to thread through the holes.  I think {but am not positive} that you could wrap your ends with tape to keep them together from start to finish.

~ After adding each egg, knot the three strands together and braid 2 to 3 inches, knot and add another egg.

I tested my egg garland at 10 eggs, and decided that I needed 16 or so, to be a good length.  Since you are braiding different lengths between the eggs the number of eggs you will need will vary.  My kitchen window is less than three feet wide if that helps you decide on how many eggs to start with.

~ Put on the last egg, and braid another 6 to 12 inches to finish your garland.  And you are finished!

I used thumbtacks to secure the garland within the window frame.  I think this would also be an awesome garland for an open doorway, and I am going to purchase more eggs when I am at the store next to make a garland for our open Kitchen Door Frame.

Here is a look from the Kitchen Entryway.

I love the way it draps from the middle to the sides.  Different from my other holiday window dressings.  As with my other holiday garlands… I store them in plastic bags to keep them from getting tangled up with other items in the box.

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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