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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ombre Glitter Christmas Ornaments from Old Lightbulbs



I would love to introduce you to Melissa who is a professional crafter and blogger at Shoestring Mag. and also works for Home Depot.  She is sharing a great post today for this holiday season!

There are a million ways to go over budget during the holiday season, but trimming your tree should never be one of them, especially when you can use this DIY tutorial to turn old light bulbs into unique, one-of-a-kind family heirlooms! 
Everything "ombre" – a gradient effect of various shades of a single color from dark to light – has been really popular in design for the past few years, so I decided to use craft paint in four different shades of blue as the base color for my set of four light bulb ornaments. By adding fine glitter and unbleached baker's twine, I brought these simple glass light bulbs from the recycling bin to Pinterest reuse gold. 
Any shape of light bulb will work, but I really liked the chandelier/candelabra shaped light bulbs with their bent tips to mix and match and drop in between branches with my existing collection of round ornaments.


Here's what you'll need:


  • Light bulbs (any shape or size)
  • Acrylic craft paint in various shades of the same color, dark to light
  • Sponge brush
  • Fine glitter
  • Paper plates
  • Hair dryer
  • Baker's twine
  • Scissors

1. First, clean the outside of your ornaments with rubbing alcohol and dry with newspaper to remove any dust or other particles. (Newspaper works better than paper towels or cloth because it doesn't leave anything behind – a little trick I learned working in restaurants when I was a teen!)

2. Next, using a sponge brush, paint one of your ornaments in the darkest shade of color, working from the metal light bulb base to the tip. When the entire light bulb is covered evenly, sprinkle glitter to your desired coating all the way around.

3. Then, while still holding the metal light bulb base between your fingers, dry your ornament with a hair dryer on high heat. Hold about six inches away from your light bulb and rotate to dry evenly, for about 30 seconds.

4. Lastly, when your light bulb ornament is completely dry, knot a 6" to 8" length of baker's twine (or any other string or yarn that you like) around the metal base of the light bulb, knotting once – and tightly. Then knot the other end to create an ornament loop, and voila!

5. Repeat with additional light bulbs with your lighter shades, together creating the ombre effect when they are hung from the tree.




Want some more unique ideas for using old light bulbs (or clear glass ornaments) to create thrifty Christmas treasures? Here are three more of my favorites:

Bud Vase or Terrarium Ornaments
In this tutorial, I hollowed out an old light bulb to use as a bud vase or terrarium. I secured a washer to the bottom so that it would stand upright on a table, but you could easily just secure baker's twine to the top to hang these on the tree! Instead of water and fresh cut flowers, you could also fill the inside of the light bulb with moss and miniatures to create little DIY terrariums – you could even just fill them up with dried flowers or feathers or other tiny natural items. Just be careful of the weight of your finished "ornament" or you might overburden your tree branch and end up with a mess of shattered glass and filling on your floor!

Wish Lists & Favorite Passages
Another great idea for upcycling old light bulbs into unique Christmas ornaments is to either cover them or fill them with a child's list for Santa or the paperback pages from a favorite holiday tome. To fill them, hollow out the light bulb using this tutorial (for the bud vase), cut down the wish list or book pages as necessary for the size of your bulb, and then roll it tightly to slip into the neck of the bulb. To cover a light bulb in sentimental scrap paper, cut your list or book pages into small pieces (1" to 2" strips or triangles work best for round bulbs) and then paste them onto the bulb with a sponge brush using Mod Podge or school glue. Layer until you have the entire bulb covered and dry with a hair dryer on high heat (about 1-3 minutes, depending on thickness) or set to air dry for at least an hour before hanging on the tree. I recently upcycled a book of vintage sheet music into a table runner and am looking forward to decoupaging the remaining pages onto some globe bulbs leftover from my bud vase project!

Chili Mix or Cocoa
Another favorite "family heirloom" DIY ornament idea is to fill a clear glass ornament with spice mix or cocoa mix and write something cute/clever on the front with metallic paint marker. I created these punny "It's Chili" ornaments for friends, co-workers, and host gifts last holiday season using the dry spice blend for my popular quinoa chili, and have also filled them with gourmet cocoa powder then topped with tiny mini marshmallows with the words "COZY" or "CHRISTMAS CHEER" written on the front. To make them fancy and festive, tie 6 to 8" strips of satin or grosgrain ribbon instead of baker's twine as your ornament hangers.


Melissa Massello creates awesome DIY upcycled Christmas projects and shares her experiences with The Home Depot and her site Shoestringmag.com. Looking to do your own upcycle, project? Visit homedepot.com to find the materials along with Christmas ornaments to create your own decorations.



Thanks so much Melissa for stopping in and sharing these ideas with us!





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Monday, November 24, 2014

Potato Patties


Sometimes we have left over mashed potatoes especially after a huge holiday meal. But I must confess, I have been know to make extra potatoes just to guarantee leftover potatoes, all because I love to make and eat these golden Potato Patties!! 
  Love them!!



Potato Patties

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup of flour
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • chives for garnish, if desired
Instructions
1. Combine mashed potatoes, onion, egg, cheese, flour in a large bowl
2. Spoon up about 1/3 cup of the mixture, shape into balls
3. Roll each into flour and flattened into patties
4. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat
5. Fry each patty in the skillet about 5 minutes each side until golden brown, salt and pepper to taste
6. Garnish with chopped chives
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party #3


Welcome, Welcome all to the 3rd Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"




We are so very glad you could join us!


Please meet our hosts:

So how does this Pinterest Party Work?



2. Link up 6 of your Favorite Pins:



**Each host will be re-pin 25 of their 

   favorite pins.


**They must link back to your Pinterest pin, NOT your blog**
**They must be your original creation**




3. Re-pin the 6 pins before you,

 or more if you can.




Pins that are not linked back to your 
Pinterest pin will be deleted.

It would also be great if you repinned
the featured pins! 


Other than that, lets have fun,
And let the linking begin!

Thanks so much for tuning in, 
and partying with me!



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 55

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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Copycat Cosmic Brownies from Baking Beauty ***Most Viewed*** 
 Easy Sew Personalized Christmas Stockings from Fynes Designs
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from OMG Chococolate Desserts
Free Thanksgiving Puzzles Printables from Foodie Friends Friday Daily Dish
Creamy Bruschetta Bites from This Silly Girl's Life 
DIY Rustic Wood Table Runner from Blooming Homestead
Turkey Rice Krispie Treats from Moms Need to Know

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chocolate Striped Turtles



This is a sponsored post written for Chocoley Chocolate but all opinions are 100% my own.  

I am a lover of chocolate and nuts! 
 And of course who could not love chocolate, nuts and caramel!!  

I am just discovered a great little company Chocoley Chocolates who sent me these:


The perfect trio to make some fun Chocolate Striped Turtles!   



Chocolate Striped Turtles

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. tub Chocoley Gourmet Caramel
  • 1 lb.Bada Bing Bada Boom Candy & Molding Gourmet Compound Chocolate-Dark
  • 1 cup of pecan halves
  • 1 Squeeze bottle of Drizzle and Design  Chocoley  White Chocolate
Instructions
1. Melt the Chocoley Caramel on low heat in a double boiler until it reaches 170° F
2. Arrange 5 pecan halves in the shape of a turtle's head and legs on parchment paper, repeat until all pecan halves have been used. 
3. Carefully spoon the melted caramel to form each turtle's body connecting the head and legs
4. Let the caramel cool until firm
5. Melt the Chocoley Chocolate in a double boiler until melted
6. Spoon the chocolate over the caramel and as much of the legs and head as you wish
7. Let the chocolate cool until firm
8. Place the Chocoley Drizzle & Design squeeze bottle in a ziplock bag, seal and place in hot water until the chocolate is melted. (follow the directions on Chocoley site)
9. Use the squeeze bottle to design stripes on each turtle
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These sweet turtles are fun to make, fun to eat and are just too cute!!

Enjoy!!



To order any of the awesome products or find more recipes from Chocoley Chocolates Click here!

PS- This gourmet caramel is amazing, it's been awhile since I have tasted really great caramel and this really impressed me,  I can't wait to use it again.  Of course the chocolate was totally wonderful!  
It really does make a difference!! 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Every Turkey needs to be accompanied by a great cranberry sauce, not the kind that pops out of the can still retaining the shape of the can, no way!   We want the kind that is made from fresh cranberries, with a touch of orange and nutmeg!   It's easy and so worth the time!


Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz. package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
Instructions
1. Place a package of fresh cranberries in a saucepan
2. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar
3. Add the zest of 1 orange, juice of 1/2 an orange and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the berries break down and burst, about 10-12 minutes. Finish by crushing any whole berries with a fork.
5. Cool to room temperature before serving or it may be placed in refrigerator
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Serving with these Thanksgiving favorites:






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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 54

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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Now for the Features!



Blogger Giveaways and The Winners Scam from Year-Round Giving ***Most Viewed*** 
Dressed Turkeys-Thanksgiving Kids Craft from One Creative Mommy
Honeycomb Pumpkin from Paper Seedlings 
Caramel Coffee Toffee from Delightful E Made
Baked Sweet Potato Fritters with How Does Your Garden Grow
Swiss Roll with Nutella, Marcapone and Bananas from Hadias Lebanese Cuisine
DIY Coca Cola Crate from My Love 2 Create

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blue Cosmopolitan

This is a sponsored post written for Arctic Chill Products but all opinions are 100% my own. This site also contain one or more affilate links.  

This Blue Cosmo is gorgeous and will brighten any day, be it in the dead of winter or a summer day that you just have the blues!

And of course having these fun Arctic Chill Ice Balls would make anyone smile!

These awesome molds from Arctic Chill are easy to use and made from BPA free silicone.  They make 2.5" spheres which may take up to 3 hours to melt so one may enjoy a favorite beverage without it being watered down.   


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There are so many different beverages adult or otherwise that I would love to try with these cool ice spheres but today I choose a lovely Blue Cosmopolitan. 




Blue Cosmopolitan- Frost of Winter

Ingredients
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Curacao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz of white Cranberry juice
Instructions
1. Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass containing the Arctic Chill Ice Ball
3. Optional: Garnish with orange peel, olives, or cocktail onion
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What a fun way to enjoy any of your winter or summer beverages!















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