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Happy Easter!

We have been super busy this weekend with all the Easter festivities but I wanted to take a minute and wish you all a wonder Easter.I hope it has been a relaxing and enjoyable.

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As you might have guess by now, I am back to blogging. It always seems to take me about a year after having a child to get back to my old routines. My little one is able to not need me by her side 24/7 and I can have a little bit more freedom with my time. I will bring you new and exciting projects in the future. Please bear with me as I am probably going to start blogging slowly but soon should be back blogging full time. I have a few exciting thing in the works and can’t wait to show you all.

Until them enjoy my pictures of the my naturally die eggs!

Happy Easter,

loren

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Saving with Albertsons and Safeway this Easter!

We all find ourselves trying to find the best deal to save some money. Especially as a mom to a few little kiddos money does not always seem to stretch as far as it use to and I am always trying to find the best way to make it work. Right now I found out that Albertsons and Safeway are having a great promotion on their gift cards! When you purchase a $50 gift card at their locations they will give you $10 off at your next grocery purchase of $25 or more! The easy part is that they give you coupon right there when your purchase your gift card and you can use it within 7 days.

If you are not sure what you need a gift card right now, well think about maybe Easter outfits for the family ! My kiddos always seem to end up with about three different outfits for Easter. Their current outfits in these pictures are from Children’s Place and Gymboree which happen to be two gift cards I could purchase at the participating grocery store.  My son got the hat, tie, jeans and shirt from Children’s place. He is always stylish. My little one is wearing Gymboree which they have the most cutest bunny outfits. Her sweater an even her shoes have bunny ears  all from Gymboree. Of course I could have save a little more with the gift cards while purchasing their Easter baskets.

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As for the  Easter basket for those special kiddos you might have in your life you can get them something goodies at the grocery store.  I know my little ones keep asking me for some Legos and candy as Easter approaches. I don’t think they understand that the Easter bunny leaves eggs and not toys like Santa. hehe

In my life very recently I had 4 birthdays back to back and could always use general gift cards for family and friends as gifts. If you don’t have a birthday coming you can always save them for a later time use. The great thing this promotions is good from 4/5 to 4/18 just right after Easter. Of course also right before my birthday, just in case you had me in mind (wink, wink). I might get myself a few gift card to spend on my birthday or even for mother’s day for my special mom and mother in law.  Especially since I always have such a hard time trying to figure out what to get my mother in law for a gift. I don’t like to get any mom house items as a gift. I want them to splurge on themselves and get something they want and not so much something they need in their home.

So what will you be getting with your gift cards at your local Albertsons and safeway? If you are not sure if their is a Albertsons or Safeway near you? You are able to click here to find one near you.  We also have a great giveaway you can enter below! Good luck everyone.

 

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Christmas Tree Ornament Wooden Slice with Date

The last 9 years I have always had a fake Christmas tree. We have moved with that tree all over country and along way it started losing pine needles. Last year was our first year that we decided to get a real Christmas tree and I was on the fence about it. However, have you see much more expensive fake Christmas tree have gotten?  It seemed a real one might be a better idea for us and with it the idea of Christmas Tree Ornament wooden slice was born. Or should I say tradition.

Getting the Christmas tree ornament wooden slice did not cross my mind till after Christmas. We cut the slice once we removed the tree and it made a huge mess when we lay it down to cut the tree. I had a mess of dry pine needles all over my carpet and was still finding then a few days later. However, this year we asked the associate at home depot to cut a little extra slice from the end to be our Christmas tree ornament slice with date. The associate was very friendly and glad to cut it for us.

I much preferred cutting it before we put the tree up is because the wood is soft and easier to hammer into. We used screw hooks for the top of the Christmas tree ornament slice date since the slice can be heavy.

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I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology mini numerals to place in front of the wooden slice. You can find them at any craft store near you.

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I dated last year Christmas tree ornament slice with the Tim Holtz idea-ology mini numerals with 2015 and for this year 2016. I used tiny nails that you can find at any hardware store. All you really need to do is hammer them in and you are done!

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I am so happy how they came out! I also glad how fast they are to make because when you have three little kiddos with so much energetic energy, I only have time for fast and easy.

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The Christmas tree ornament wooden slice for this year I  add a wire ribbon bow to make it more festive.

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Wish you all a wonderful holiday!

loren

 

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The holidays are just around the corner and we are all trying to figure out what to get the wonderful people in our lives. We all have those few relatives who we don’t know what to get and we sit in front of the computer trying to see what will fit their personality. I know I have more than a few people in my life. Every one’s taste and hobbies change through the years and we want to make every one feel special. We want them to feel like took the time to think of them this holiday season.

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One thing that some people might look down on but most of us actually enjoy getting are visa gift cards at AlbMMixx ! I feel gift cards tell me to go shopping and get whatever I might want or need. I will never say I hate shopping and I don’t think anyone can say that with out laughing. You let me loose in a craft store and I can always find something I just want, of course need is a different story. Also gift cards are great for teachers right before Christmas break or your neighbor’s.

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Now for the good part, check out this wonderful MyMixx offer! Purchase $150 or more in Visa gift cards & get $10 off! The wonderful offer is at your local Albertson supermarket. The offer is from 12/4 to 12/17.  You can purchase one big gift card or small little one’s for everyone in your holiday list. If you want to get one for me too, let me know (wink, wink).

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You will also want to take part on this wonderful AlbMMixx giveaway for $75 and know one can’t beat that for sure.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season. Remember to be a little kinder this Christmas season.

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Merry Christmas,

loren

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Halloween Coffins Party Invitations

Halloween is the perfect time to send out my Halloween coffins party invitations. I always want to have a Halloween party however, it can be daunting and time consuming and I always seem to go against it. The only thing is I always seem to do invitations. I just love sharing a little piece of Halloween spirit with all my friends.

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Every year I see these unstained/unpainted coffins and I always seem to gravitate and  to them and could never find the right idea to use them. Halloween invitation coffins is the perfect gift to give to all my friends this Halloween. Since the the coffins are raw,  I used acrylic paint to paint them black. As well as I stained few with red mahogany stain.

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Needed to make small shelves inside the coffins with thick chipboard. Measured the chipboard which I cut then painted black with acrylic. I had to measure each coffin since each one is slightly different from the next.

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The stained coffins I actually used the stain on the chipboard. You might want to use some gloves when using the stain because it will get on your fingers. Chipboard will suck up the stain very well.

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The fun part for me is decorating the inside of each coffin. I used a variety of trinkets to decorate each one. I used Tim Holtz glass bottles, glass beads for flowers vases, Tim Holtz frames, hot glue, inks, Tim Holtz wish bones, and Tim Holtz metal skulls. Each coffins was decorated differenly.  Inside of each of the vials I used colored ink.

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I am so happy on how they came out. Used Tim Holtz frames and paper for the picture frame of the witch. Hot glued all the vials to the shelves. Also used the hot glue to make messy spider webs. As you can imagine I burn my finger tips a few times.

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In some of the coffins I actually used scrapbook paper to cover the inside with mod podge as well as the shelves. It was a messy job but it was worth it. I hot glued all the shelves into each Halloween coffins party invitations.  On this particular coffin I used a resin frame with Tim Holtz mirror paper. I do believe the spider web looks much better on this Halloween coffins party invitation. The skull is from real bone and then stained. I got the skull from one of my visits to the local Gem Faire.

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As you can see with the black coffins I used crackled paint to make the paint look weathered on top of each coffin.

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I wanted to add spider web embossing to the coffins.

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I used the Tim Holtz embossing ink with silver embossing powder.

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First stamp the spider stamp once your press it unto the embossing ink to the coffin. Followed by pouring some embossing powder unto the coffins to cover where you stamped the spider web. Remove any access unto a piece of paper to pour back into the bottle.

You can take your heat tool and go over the embossing powder, make sure you don’t over heat it and burn it. Now you are almost done.

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I could not stop there to make my final mark, I added a seal to each coffin on the side.  Noticed that the seal became hard to break when trying to open the coffin. so I had to slice through it myself before sending them out.

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I hope my friends all love it!

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Happy Haunting’s

loren

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How to make a Witch Broom for Halloween Decor or Costumes

When I was a  little girl I always enjoyed dressing up as a witch almost every Halloween. I just enjoyed the the mystery and the history that witches have with all Hollows eve and could not wait to dress up. As an adult I really want my Halloween costumes to be more realist and with much less plastic. I looked around for a witch broom and noticed that their are not a lot of options or in the style I would like to own.  Then it came to me to just make my very own witch broom!

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I went on the hunt at my local craft shops for wooden sticks and anything that I could use to make my witch broom. Started looking for the three parts that make up parts of the witch broom.

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Once I got all my items together, I went to work with my twine and straw or sea grass on this instance.  The sea grass was my top choice because it look much more realistic on my witch broom and of course it was on sale!

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I went a head and tied small amounts of sea grass at a time around my wooden stick, which happens to be a bamboo stick. The bamboo stick had a rich dark color which I really liked and went with my decor.

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I also decided to make a different witch broom  and more in the style of a winter witch inspiration.

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Tied a small amount of twigs first then added more and tied it around over each other. Repeated the same steps until the wood was completely covered with twigs.

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Dried sticks which I got from Trader Joe’s that smell from like cinnamon. Perfect for all year around decor. Purchased two and took them apart to use on the witch broom as seen above. Trust me when I tell you to maybe use something underneath while taking it apart because it will leave a mess and not fun to step on when walking around.

The final look it great and makes great all year decor. I used it to set next to my door or during the rest of the year it actually over my door way. Keeping all the negativity outside my door and non in my home year around.

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I have two different kind of witch brooms ready for hollows eve! My darker broom is much taller and a little bit more fragile and I keep it upside down and next to one of my favorite chairs.

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What will you be this Halloween? I hoping to dress myself my littles as the Sanderson sisters because its not Halloween with out Hocus Pocus.

 

Happy Haunting’s

loren

Coming soon…

I miss you all and miss bringing my crafts to all who want to explore my world. I will be coming back this fall with new Halloween, holiday crafts and among other things. If you want to see what I am up to day to day go check out my Instagram. On Instagram I show you all the goodies I like to play with and at time somethings of behind the scenes of my little life. I might also try my hand at behind the scenes video. See you soon! 

 

 

Loren

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Christmas Crafts Decor Round Up

If you are still decorating for the holidays that seem to be around the corner then I have a few last minute crafts you can still do to make your home festive. I place some of my favorite crafts from last year on the list.  I know we all need a little help at times, with ideas and I hope these will help with some decor crafts. I have a few from the Grinch and others as simple as using nice looking Christmas bags from Target dollar bin. You just never know what you are going to find at the target dollar bin, believe it or not know I am in the mood to go to target. As we all know it a very dangerous thing to do. Anyway, back to decorating with Christmas crafts decor round up!

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Grinch Miniature Christmas Tree

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Framed Christmas bags

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Mason Jar Christmas Chipboard Evergreen Nutcracker

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Christmas Ornament Origami Book Fold

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Snow Globe Vintage Car

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Grinch Embroidery Christmas Ornaments

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Grinch Ornaments

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Reindeer Embroidery Ornaments

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Mod Podge Glitter Wine Glasses

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Bottle Brush Tree Decor

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Reindeer Mod Podge Stencil

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Crate Stocking Holder

Hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday and Merry Christmas!

loren

 

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Winter Wonderland Decor

White it he color or a winder wonderland decor and I decided to use a little bit of it in my home. I usually try to keep away from white because the truth is I do have children and nothing really stays white for every long. Plus the little sticky fingers that love to touch everything that is new and breakable. However, that will not stop me from making it winter wonderland decor.

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I began with a metal tub in white which I got from IKEA a little while back. My first intention was to use it for a tree stand but out tree is a little bit to big for it. I placed a hand knitted blanket on the bottom to help everything border on the top of the tub. I then placed pine cones and wood slices to add more wood element. Also in the tub you will find bottle blush trees all different sizes and a mason jar of course. The mason jar has a little car and tree. I wanted the tub to stand out next to the tree and I found some lights I had left over.

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Ta-da! Now my decor is almost complete. I always have little thing that I add here and their through the holidays. Hope you enjoyed my winter wonderland decor!

Here is advent tag #6 which has clippings from our first ever real Christmas tree. I seal it so the pine needles would not continue to fall off.

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Happy holiday’s

loren

 

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Vintage Camera Diorama

I just love giving new life to old vintage thing that people might think of throwing out or find little value to. I purchased vintage camera from ebay that are broken, I do not like taking something apart if its still works so I make sure they are broken first. I took the mechanical part out of the vintage brownie box camera. Its very simple to do since it all comes out like a box.  I had removed the inside of the brownie box camera a while back so I don’t have a pictures.

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The next step is to make my wonderland miniature diorama. I used white trees, deer, tag, glitter, hot glue and fake snow. Of course I also used Tim Holtz mini lamp to light up the inside of the vintage camera diorama.

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I made a small hole on the top of the vintage camera attached the mini lamp.

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I then began on my miniature diorama. I glittered up the tag and cut it to fit the inside of the camera. I used hot glue to attach the trees to the tag, and the deer.

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Followed by hot gluing the fake snow on top of everything. It looks like a winter wonderland inside the vintage camera diorama.

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Something still seem to be missing. I decided to add scrapbook paper to the back of the camera.

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Now when you look through the front lenses of the camera you can see the little vintage camera diorama of lit up!

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I also have tag #5 ready for view! I used clippings from my Christmas tree and sealed them so they can last longer.

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Happy Holiday’s hope our enjoying the season.

loren