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12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 4 ~ Paperback Ornament

This was not so easy but I was so proud after I got the first one done and then it became easier as I went along. So I will try to explain every step, but don’t get discouraged, just try it again and I am sure it will turn out great! Everything looks better with glitter! By the way ~ it gives it more character when its not quite perfect! 😉


~ Paperback book

~ Glue

~ Spray adhesive

~ Glitter

~ Clothespin

~ Scissors

~ Ribbon

~ Embellishments of  your choice

1. Cut the book into 1 inch strips. Now this part is a bit tricky, it would be easy if you have a industrial size paper cutter. I had to use scissors and this book wasn’t huge so I cut a few strips and cut a few more until I got through the whole book, leaving the binding in tact.

2. Take some glue and apply to the binding.

3. Use a clothespin to hold the binding together until the glue dries.

4. You will be using two strips at a time and start by putting glue on the end of the strip and glue to the next two pieces.

5. Then you take the next two strips and fold in half.

6. You can use the clothespin to help keep the strips in piece, its just like having another hand.

7. Continue folding & bending, putting glue on the end of the strips that you bend, not the ones you fold, until your done.

8. Take an all purpose spray adhesive and spray the ornament, then cover with glitter. Do both sides and edges if desired.

9. Take your embellishments and using hot glue or tacky glue, attach them.

10. Once the ornament is completely dry, take a ribbon or some sort of decorative string and attach to the ornament.



12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 3 ~ Easy Bead Necklace

This is a super easy necklace and it turns out so pretty. This is a great way to recycle an ugly old bead necklace. This necklace is meant to slip over your head. You can modify it by making this tie at the back of the neck so you can make it a smaller choker type necklace.


Ribbon (I used a velvet type of ribbon)

Needle & Thread

Old bead necklace

1. Cut the end of the necklace and pull the beads off.

2. Thread your needle and knot the end, then pull through a folded over piece or ribbon. Leaving enough ribbon to tie a bow when you are done beading.

3. Start by pulling a bead through the needle & thread and then pulling the needle through the ribbon, alternating beads on each side of the ribbon. (Its easier than it sounds)

4. Once you are done threading the beads onto the ribbon, knot the end of the thread. Tie a knot at the end of each side so that the knot covers the tied end of thread.

5.  Tie a bow on near the end of one side of beads and make sure and put some fray check on the ends of the bow where they were cut, so that they don’t fray.

Wrap up



Starting Next Week….

On November 1st I will start my 12 Days of DIY Christmas! Are you excited? Cuz I am! I will have some great handmade gift ideas,  Christmas decor ideas, gift wrapping ideas and I hope that I can get you excited about making your own gifts this Christmas season!

And do you want to know the best part? ~ On November 13 I will have a GIVEAWAY of some great stuff that I made throughout the two weeks of DIY madness!

Here is a sneak peak of whats to come in the next two weeks:

A Little Holiday Broach

Remember how I was telling you that I made about 30  flowers with my grandmas vintage scraps? Well now I am trying to make them into some fantastic treasure. I made a few broaches to start off with and I wanted to share one of my favorites with you.

It reminds me of a snow flake.

Wouldn’t it be perfect on a black wool coat?

Vintage Fabric Ruffle Bib Necklace

Last week my mom gave me a box full of vintage fabric scraps. She didn’t realize how much I would love those scraps, in fact she told me if I didn’t want them I could just toss them in the dumpster. I tried to explain that these scraps are too beautiful to be dumped in a dumpster. I spent a day machine and hand sewing 30 flowers from the scraps. They make the most beautiful fabric flowers. When I called to tell my mom thank you, I asked her where the scraps were from and she said they were my Grandmothers, which makes them even more special to me. I am excited to make a special broach for each of my sisters for Christmas out of our Grandma’s fabric.

This bib necklace connects near the flowers with a vintage button and loop. I gathered fabric for a ruffle and backed it with some velvet so its soft against your skin and attached rhinestones to the ruffle for some sparkle. The 3 flowers have a piece of flowered lace behind them.

What are your thoughts?

Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique Portland, Oregon

I have driven by, walked by, peered in but never actually been in the glamorous Xtabay Vintage boutique. I am always amazed at whats in the window but I am either there too early in the day or too late in the evening. My daughters and I are so excited because finally this week we will make our way to this shop between the hours of 12-6.

I often wonder where they get their clothes because they really are gorgeous and as they say, they are “Portland’s premier destination for glamorous vintage clothing and accessories since 2001.”

If you are ever in the area of Xtabay on Clinton St make a point of stopping in, if you are out of the state, make sure and scroll down through the photos on the blog, you will fall in love with some dress I am sure and they say they will ship.

Here are a few photos of dresses from their shop that I love:

Click here if you want to check out their blog.

Flowers and Lace Bracelet

I love the library, not sure why, maybe the relaxed-ness(is that even a word?) of it all. About every 3 weeks when my daughters books are due we take a trip to the library, I usually sit reading and looking through magazines for ideas and of course to find out about the latest makeup and best skin care for my skin. Tuesday night we got to take a trip to the Library and I found this add, where the lady was wearing a bracelet and necklace(she was wearing it as a belt) and I loved the flowers and lace. So I got the name of the company that made the jewelry, Marquis & Camus, and went home and had a look online. They have an eclectic array of beautiful yet fun jewelry.

You can click here to see their bracelet that I made mine after.

As I laid in bed, awake again, I remembered this gold chain belt my friend was getting rid of and asked if I wanted, I love it as a belt but thought it would look great as a bracelet, so I did just that, I took it apart and put it back together as a bracelet and as they say, the rest is history.

Check out my Interview @ Gidget goes home

A while back Nicole from Gidget goes home said she was hoping to do a blog series this fall focusing on eco-crafting and repurposing and that she would love to include me if at all possible. So of course I said yes.

If you would like to check out the interview click here and it will take you to Gidget Goes Home. Don’t forget to take a look around and see all the other great posts, the spiced ice cream recipe sounds delish!

Two Toned Fabric Flowers

I was laying in bed not able to sleep and started thinking of birthdays that were coming up and what I could make for those people and all of the sudden I came up with the idea to use two pieces of fabric sewn together and gather them for a two toned flower effect. So the next day I tried it and well I love how they turned out so I am going to be making a bunch more for headbands, hair clips, necklaces, you name it and these flowers would be gorgeous on it.

I will give you step by step instructions on how to make these flowers next week.

Have a great weekend!