Monday, December 22, 2014

Free People Christmas!

While I was in Utah I picked up the most gorgeous Free People stockings for myself and my two daughters. They are so pretty it is a pity that they will only be used at Christmas.

 I think I need to find a way to incorporate these into everyday decor... Right?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Ornament

I'm not gonna lie: this is my favorite Christmas ornament I have purchased all season. Have I ever talked about the absurd number of Christmas ornaments I have? No? OK, that's for the better. I have entirely too many and I love each and every one passionately. I think I have like 800. There. I said it.

I found this happy fellow at World Market. It took everything I had not to buy six more :).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DIY: Mason Jar Snowglobes

You GUYS!!!!! I am pretty excited about this DIY. Can you tell??

Trust me when I tell you that this is a super duper simple DIY.

I saw the original mason jar snow globes on the Anthropologie website and fell in love. And then I thought, "Wait! I could make those for less than the cost of buying one!". I decided to make a small stash of globes to sell at one of the local stores I work with and began planning right away. You will need a few supplies but getting most of the stuff at Michaels and using both the mailer coupon AND the coupon code on my phone saved me quite a bit of the green stuff. Shall we delve in?

Supplies Needed:

Mason jars. I prefer the smaller to medium sizes - it sets the perfect little tableau. I discovered these blue ombre jars at Michaels and decided those were my new favorites.

Pack of small to medium Christmas trees. Again, this was a Michaels purchase. I bought a multi pack of like 15 trees in the Christmas train section.

Really small Christmas elves/characters. Once again, Michaels and in the Christmas train section.

Epsom salts. I picked up a bag at the grocery store for like $2.00. Easy

Hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks.

The key with this project is having a surface to lay things out so that you can fit each tableau onto the inside lids of the jars well BEFORE you do any gluing. You will need a bit more clearance for the lip of the mason jar fitting into the lid than you think. I laid everything out and then one by one, hot glued the tree first, then the figures to the inside of the metal disk that fits inside the ring. Just deal with the disk right now.
Once the figures were set, I carefully ran a thin bead of hot glue along the metal ring of the mason jar and fit the disk into that. I pressed firmly until it was flush with the inside of the metal ring. I botched the first one and used a little less glue and took a bit more time with the next ones. Success!

After the disks and rings were happily married, I turned my ombre jars right side up and poured about half a cup of epsom salts in. If you are using larger jars, use more salt. You want it to look like a little snow drift but not so much that it covers too much of the figurines.

Then I screwed the lids onto the jars nice and tight and turned them upside down.


Easy right?!

I have seen these look great with just clear glass and groupings of several different sizes. Just use what speaks to you! Are you going to try making this?