Vintage Inspired Beaded Ornaments

Today, as a continuation of the holiday festivities, I thought I’d share some really fun, vintage inspired beaded glass ornaments I made as gifts for my cousin and her husband.

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Try to ignore my reflection, photographing reflective surfaces is really hard! I love the combination of gold and silver in these ornaments, and they were really fun to make.

The Perfect Holiday Party: A Loose Guide

I traveled to DC this weekend to throw a really awesome Holiday Party with my cousin. We spent about a month and a half planning it, with the help of Pinterest, and I wanted to share some of the food and decorations with you!

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We did several different things with baubles, including these really simple garlands (inspiration here) made with ornament baubles and fishing line, and these little ornament bundles with ribbon and silk leaves and flowers (inspiration here).

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We also hung a bunch of ribbon bows around the apartment. It was all very festive and tasteful, but on to the important part, the food!

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We did an appetizer layout with baked brie and apple slices, crackers and cream cheese and cranberry jelly dip, featuring this lovely centerpiece inspired by this pin.

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Of course I have to feature the holiday place cards I made last week!

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our dessert, which was these oreo-peppermint truffles. They were very very easy to make and absolutely delicious, if very very rich. I could only eat one in a sitting, and I have a terrible sweet tooth!

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All in all a very fun and successful party!

Oversized Blue Hat

The first of the Christmas Gifts have been Given, which means I can share!

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My friend claims she has a “big head,” which I contend is normal-sized. Never-the-less, when she requested a hat to match, who was I to deny her.

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I’m a big fan of stripes. Can you tell?

Holiday Place Cards: A How-To

Today, as a lead into the holidays, I’m sharing a tutorial for these adorable place cards/name tags for the holiday party I’m throwing this weekend.

They’re so adorable and guess what I made them out of?

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That’s right! Paint Chips! You’ll also need some cream cardstock, some patterned paper (mine’s the striped red and white tissue paper), and I used some lovely pearl stickers as accents. These are optional. Also important are the wonderful Elmer’s tacky glue, and a hole punch (mine happens to be heart shaped because…reasons.)

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First, cut an almost-square from the cream cardstock. Mine was 3.5″ x 4″ approximately.

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Fold it in half like a hot dog.

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At this point I like to score the fold, and then weigh it down under something kinda heavy, like my button jar or a glass of water.

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Below you see some of the basic makeup of the cards- specifically the piece where the writing goes later.

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You’ll want to layer a small section of the patterned paper, and a section of the cream (or if you want to be extra fancy, get your hands on some white card stock and use that) on top in a place that looks good, leaving some room to the side for your wreath or tree.

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A thin layer of tacky glue works for this, though I did use rubber cement for this part of it, because I had some extra. For the little pieces, though you’ll want to use tacky glue for extra security.

These are close ups of the parts you’ll need for the wreath and the tree, respectively. You’ll want a bunch of green heart shapes for the wreathes, as well as two red ones for the bow and the pearl accent. For the trees, you’ll want four triangles in ascending order, a piece for the trunk, and the pearl accents.

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This is an image of my setup, I tried to vary the colors I used in both the trees and the wreathes in order to keep it interesting.

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Glue the pieces together in the shape of the accent you want to make- starting with the trunk and layering the pieces for the tree and layering the hearts over each other for the wreath.

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Make sure you use tacky glue to reinforce the pearls, I never trust adhesives from the product!

Enjoy making them! Once you have an army of them you’ll be ready to throw a party and label the cookies with “gluten free” or the dip as “containing nuts”!

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Cranberry Hat

I am deep into procrastination-land this week, and I’ve been making stuff like crazy. Most of it’s Christmas presents which you all will get to see after they’ve been given as usual, but in this case I had some leftover yarn I just had to make into a hat for myself.

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I really love the cranberry color with the grey that I had leftover from this other hat. I think it’s really pretty.

Old Hats Become New Hats

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Remember this hat? I felt the need to re-do it.

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In the middle of November. In New England.

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I’m very smart, and now my ears are no longer very cold.

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I’m a big fan of the new blue stripes. And also the earrings!

Garnets and Brass Hoops

Today, not only do I want to share a fun new bracelet, which I made using the beaded bead technique I’ve talked about a lot here lately.

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I’d also like to share this bracelet and earrings set I made using garnet beads and brass seed beads. My birthstone!

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I’m gonna have fun wearing these!