Monday, December 30, 2013

Shell Ornament - Baptism

Hi all. Happy almost New Year's.

I hope and pray your year is great.

Listen - I have a friend who was looking for a shell ornament for her child.  I'll call her C. Anyway - I knew that one came in a Jesse Tree Swap I did, and since I bought hand-painted Jesse Tree Ornaments, I thought - I can spare the shell.

Well this morning in the middle of 75 different things going on here at la Casa Davis, I came up with an idea and ya'll it worked. I love it when things GO RIGHT.

My idea was to find a picture I'd taken at her son's baptism and make it about an inch wide square. Print it, cut it out, Mod Podge it onto the shell and decorate.

So here it is. I literally stuck a spongy brush into the Mod Podge and this is what it looked like:

Then, after it dried, I took Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and outlined the perimeter of the picture. AND added iridescent glitter.  That looked like this:

And after it all dried, I poked a hole in the picture with my Stampin Up! Paper piercer (the person from the swap had already made a hole in the shell).  I tied some ribbon on it and this is the end result:

You could water color the outside of the shell to add contrast. You could do many things. I literally spent $0 on this gift and I know it will mean a ton to my mommy friend. And since $0 fits in all our budgets.

EASY PEASY! I know we all have Baptisms coming up. What a great, inexpensive idea for an ornament representing that year. I'll let her write the date, etc. on it.

Blessings all,


p.s. I am making headway on my Christmas Cards. Sigh, being Catholic, I have a while. Hey - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Our Jesse Tree Project...

Go Big or….

Well you know the rest. I'm sure if you know me, you know that we do it BIG in our home.

I joined a Jesse Tree Ornament Swap on Liturgical Time. Everyone made ornaments and we are so enjoying them (thank you ladies). Anyway - I also ordered a handmade set from Etsy (which is not here yet) just in case the others were broken, etc.

Now that THAT is out of the way, I saw a Glitter Tree in a Pottery Barn Catalog and it was $60 (well, $59.00) plus shipping, plus tax, etc. And I thought - I could totally make that. I had visions of a centerpiece.

So I asked my husband for a twiggy tree that I could spray paint with glitter paint.   He brought me this:

If you read my other blog (Our Home Mary's Mantle) you know that my husband overachieves in terms of size of trees. My Paul Bunyon.

Angela Pea said "USE IT ALL" in roundabout terms. And you know - she's a Texan AND she's battling cancer (please pray for her). So we used a lot of it and it went like this:

I used a spray paint called glitter blast that I bought from Hobby Lobby. I used a bronze color mostly, but had some gold leftover from who knows what.

Above is a close up of the paint. Pretty huh?

You put the modeling clay in the pot and shove the tree in (I mean seriously easy). My friend Kara gave it to us and we had the pot. So far we paid $12.99 for spray paint x 2 (but had 40% off coupon).

I had burlap in a bin from 2006.

We wrapped the tree in it and cut it down. We added ribbon and now it looks like this:

This is our Jesse Tree. Night two. The basket holds the other ornaments.  Excuse whatever laundry or miscellaneous you might see strewn about.

And that ladies & gents is a wrap...

How do you like it?

WAIT - I almost forgot, please check out Jen Frost's Jesse Tree. Have you ever seen anything this cool? SERIOUSLY - she's very talented. Felt Jesse Tree  I told her based on what I saw on Etsy, she could sell them for $250. Gorgeous!

Blessings ALL!