Friday, November 28, 2014

Countdown to Christmas: Unique Gifts for the Gardener

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I don't know about you, but now that Thanksgiving is past us, I'm so ready for Christmas!!!  The tree went up today along with all the decorations, I'm pretty much done Christmas shopping, but I have some crafting left to do!  Because I'm so excited, I've been gathering unique ideas of great gifts for different types of people, trying to think outside the box!!!  So today, I kick off the Countdown to Christmas posts, starting with unique gifts for the gardener in your life!!!

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This solar powered light is the perfect addition to your deck, patio or garden area!!!




Gardeners never want to stop, even when there's snow on the ground-  one of these countertop greenhouses and some packets of herbs would be a great gift in the middle of the winter for gardeners itching to use their green thumb!!









This unique little contraption is actually a new kind of tiki torch, for the more modern minded gardener!




This little grow box is made of bamboo and comes with herbs for your favorite gardener to grow in the kitchen!




This book is eye candy for every gardener.  It includes pictures to make even the most experienced gardener drool!




The green gardener probably composts, and what better gift than this little countertop compost keeper to keep the compost smell in, out of their house!




Lets face it, weeding stinks.  This little tool is a great helper for popping out those difficult to remove weeds!  No more breaking off weeds just to grow back!




When you're gardening, you don't wear jewelry, including a watch (or at least I do)  This beautiful sundial will not only beautify your gardeners life, but provide them with accurate time.... unless there's no sun!




Who wouldn't love these glam pruners?  Bring a little beautiful joy to your gardener's life!!

Do you have any great ideas for gardeners?  Leave me a comment below!!!
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Wax Ornaments

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This was such a fun craft- albeit a little messy, but who doesn't love a little mess when you're crafting??  These are perfect gifts for your little ones to make and give out as gifts and you'll never end up with two that are the same!!!


Christmas Wax Ornaments

Materials needed:

Crayons (Crayola brand seem to melt the best)
Pencil sharpener  (most large crayon boxes have one built in)
Clear GLASS ornaments (They MUST be glass.  we found out the hard way that the plastic ones will warp)
Hair Dryer
Ribbons (for adding a little something "extra" to make your ornaments special)
Glitter (optional)
Newspaper or paper towel (to put down for easier cleanup afterward)


Instructions:


Start by choosing 2-3 colors of crayons.  I wouldn't recommend using many more colors than this as the colors can get kind of muddy if you mix too many.

Peel off the wrapper from the crayons and using the sharpener, create some crayon shavings.



Add the crayon shavings to the inside of the ornament.  (if you want to use glitter, add at this point)





Using the hair dryer, slowly heat and swirl the ornament to spread the shavings.  (We found it worked best if you did it slowly and didn't completely liquefy the shavings, but melted them enough that they stuck all over the inside of the ornament.  Completely melting them was cool, but it definitely mixed the colors more than we had wanted.)

If you don't have enough shavings to coat the inside, let the ornament cool and then add more, repeating the heating with the hair dryer.





Add a ribbon if you want to fancy up your ornament!



If you make some, I would love to see them!!!! :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Drippy Pumpkin Craft {Craft Project}

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I have been crafting my whole life, and as much as I don't like to admit it, I sometimes have craft fails.  This craft project was one of them.  I decided to share it because I have come up with some solutions for the problems that we faced, and hope that you, my beloved reader, might be able to complete this project and make it look better than I managed to.

Drippy Pumpkin Craft:

Materials:

Fake pumpkin (you can find these at any craft store)
Crayons (crayola brand seem to melt better)
Sandpaper
Hair Dryer
Tape

Instructions:


I started with a white fake pumpkin that I had bought at Michael's, some broken crayons, tape and a hair dryer.


I picked my crayons, laid them out on the top, taped them down and then started to melt them!


Whoa!  Slow down!!!!  Don't do what I did!  First, make sure you're using good crayons.  ie, Crayola.  They melt better!  In all of my experience with melty crayon crafts, they work much better.  Second, I would recommend sanding the pumpkin down just a little bit, especially in the tracks that you want to use for the drips, perhaps even all over it, with some fine paper.  It makes it easier for the crayon to stick to the surface, which was one of my downfalls (which you'll see later)


Also, use much smaller crayons.  And low heat.  High heat makes the crayon melt in funny ways, too drippy, too fast!  



As you can see from the pictures here, the crayons up top are hardly melted, but the drips have come down pretty far.





As you can see from the side, the pumpkin actually looks pretty cool.  The top, however, is a totally different story.






The top was a mess!!!!  In retrospect, I would have melted more crayons on the top, perhaps with shavings, to make it not look so thin and gross.


It was a fun craft, my kids enjoyed watching the crayons melt, but none of us were too appreciative of the final result.  I think that sanding, smaller crayons and lower heat would have been the solution to our crafting problems!  

Have you tried a drippy crayon craft?  If so, I would love to see how yours turned out!  If you have any secrets to share, please leave me a comment!!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Help Pick a Free Hat Pattern for this Blog!!

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Sometimes, months go by before I'm struck by enough inspiration to write some posts on here.  For that, I apologize.  I don't want to spend time writing posts that I only half care about and would much prefer time spent writing posts that I think are full of valuable information to you!

Today, I just finished posting a bunch of new hats in my etsy shop!  I'm so excited about these new fall offerings and have been working on getting a bunch ready for sale both in my shop and at craft shows.  While these hats are not patterns that I will freely give on my website, I'm offering my readers the chance to choose ONE of the hats to be offered as a free pattern for a limited time only.

Visit my etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/lilustudios and "favorite" the design that you would like to see offered free.  Then, come back here and leave a comment with the name of your favorite hat!!  The hat with the most votes by the end of September will win and will be offered as a free pattern on my shop (ready for you to make just in time for Christmas!!!)


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Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's Sunday, How about a Coupon?

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I am so excited that I get to try this great new Spinbrush from Arm and Hammer!  Since I'll be using it and writing about my experience, I thought I would share a coupon with you!!!  I hope that you get one and follow along with me!! 


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