Day 8: Reindeer in the Dark Christmas Card

Happy Day 8! Who woulda thought I’d be able to actually get a post out on the right day?

Today, I decided to try one of the cutest Christmas cards I’ve ever seen. I’m actually writing this post as I do the craft, so I’m going to be just as surprised as you by what happens. Live crafting: the actual dictionary definition of intense.

Alright, so here’s a picture of all of my supplies.Β Image

And there’s a little cameo by the peppermint tree from the other day πŸ™‚ sitting on top of my wireless router that doesn’t work. I thought maybe I’d put some joy there to balance out the burning frustration that thing brings me.

Anyway, I’m undecided as to whether or not I should color the whole thing black first, or if I should do the ribbon around the edge first and then color it. By the way, if you have something better than a sharpie to color the WHOLE page black (well, the half that’s going to be the front of the card) feel free to use it. Actually, feel privileged rather than free. Think of me developing carpal tunnel syndrome as you paint your whole paper in a few brush strokes.

I made the executive decision to color first and then add ribbon, and I declare this to be good enough of a coloring job.

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Now I just finished adding the ribbon on, and I think it looks pretty cute but I used this stuff that’s not really “ribbon,” it’s “decorative trim” so it’s got a wire in it and that sparkly tinsel stuff wrapped around it. It was hard to glue down, but I think I finally got it. Regardless, I know it would work if you use regular ribbon and glue so just be careful of what you buy and you’ll be fine.Image

Now it’s time for googly eyes!

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And the final touch!!

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Tell me that’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?? I love it! It’s one of those things that’s so simple but has such a big affect!

Well, this wraps up the first week of the 25 Days of Christmas, and quite appropriately, it’s been snowing all day. It’s so sweet. Last year, we somehow managed to get no snow at all at my school. This is the first time I’ve seen my campus completely coated and it’s beautiful. Take a look at the view outside my window!

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Those people outside are so brave though. I’m quite content sitting in my cozy dorm listening to Glee holiday songs and writing to my lovely readers. No cold for me.

Well, that’s it for me tonight. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. For anyone who is starting finals tomorrow:

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Love,

Nicole β™₯

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Day 6: Peppermint Christmas Tree!

Today I took on a rather painful project.

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It was seriously painful to not eat these mints. I love them so much. I’m that sneaky bitch who takes a whole handful at restaurants. Wanna know what I learned though? Shop Rite sells them by the bag, and sometimes they have specials where you can get two bags for $3 :O

But you actually need three bags. Actually you only need like six mints from the third bag which is so frustrating because GUESS WHO ONLY BOUGHT TWO BAGS?

But guess who was also really proud to be a sneaky bitch who takes a whole handful at restaurants πŸ˜‰ I ended up scrounging up enough JUST enough to finish the project. I had one to spare, actually.

So, for today you’ll need a few things. Those Starlight mints, a cone shaped Styrofoam thingy from Michaels, and hot glue. Here’s a picture of my setup:

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It was a little intimidating for me to start this one. There’s something that just seems so wrong about gluing food to Styrofoam. I got over it though, and once I did the first one I found a rhythm of unwrapping and gluing, unwrapping and gluing………

unwrapping and gluing……………………………………..

THEN after I got all the way to the top (this includes the hunt for floater mints around the house) I realized that the top looked really dumb. It just seemed to end really abruptly, and I couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong to make it not look like the pin. Then I looked at the pin again:

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AND I THOUGHT I WAS A SNEAKY BITCH! They oh-so-conveniently left the whole awkward top part out. So, I improvised and found myself a present bow to stick on top like a star at the top of a real tree πŸ™‚ My version doesn’t look quite as polished as the original, clearly, but I still think it came out really cute. I wish I had a cute candlestick thing like they did, but I really think it looks fine without one. I guess it depends on how classy you’re trying to be, and a dorm room is not exactly the picture of sophistication. To bring that point home, let me show you really quick how I transported this creation back to school with me:

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Ta-daaaa! Well, there’s day six for you. Sorry about the delay in posting. Hopefully days 7-25 go a little more smoothly, but eeehh I can’t make any promises. I’ve always been the kind of person who gets really excited about a new endeavor and then is disheartened and frustrated 30 seconds later.

Obviously that would never happen here. I’m patting myself on the back right now for ending this post on a high note.

Wait! I have a high note: HAPPY FRIDAY! Now that’s how you end a blog post.

Love always,

Nicole β™₯

Day 5: “Seasons Greetings” Wall Art

Happy Day Five, pinaholics!

(I know it’s day six…I screwed up less than a week into this project. Don’t worry, another post is coming.)

Today I’m going to show you a really popular way to make cute wall art. This doesn’t necessarily have to be Christmas themed, and it also doesn’t necessarily have to be wall art, so don’t be fooled by the title! Here’s what mine looked like:

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You’ll need:

Alphabet stickers- make sure you get enough for the words you want to write. It’s not impossible if you don’t have enough (I didn’t, of course) but it makes it a lot harder and it’s unnecessary drama.

Two colors of paint

A canvas- I actually used one of those wood things they sell at Michael’s, and it worked great except the knots in it were hard to paint over. It’s not a huge problem, it just makes it look a little more rustic than it might otherwise.

To make one like mine you’ll also need glue and glitter. And a hairdryer if you’re as impatient as me. But that’s up to you.

Now take your canvas or whatever you’re using and paint it WITH THE COLOR YOU WANT YOUR LETTERS TO BE. For example, if you look at mine, my letters are red. I painted the ENTIRE canvas red for the first step. Although that’s probably obvious since the whole thing is an odd shade of pink instead of white. Now, wait for it to dry. If you’re me, you’ll borrow your mom’s hair dryer to speed up the process. Nothing like watching paint dry.

Now, place your alphabet stickers however you want them to look. If you didn’t take my advice about making sure you have enough letters, you’ll have to do this next part in painful shifts.

Paint the whole canvas again with your second color, going right over the stickers. Be messy; it really doesn’t matter. If you’re missing letters because you don’t have enough though, just don’t paint the area where you’re going to put them. When this round of paint dries, peel off the letter you need, move it to the next spot and paint that last area. You may need a couple coats, especially if you’re trying to do a light color over a darker color the way I did.

Now, that’s really all there is to the technique! I did a couple of other things just to spice it up a little bit πŸ™‚ I took a third color, green, and gave the outer edge some color, and a little bit more of a Christmas-y feel. I also added some sparkly snowflakes using Elmer’s Glue and gold glitter.

I am a glitter maniac. You should see my floor right now. At least it’s as festive as the rest of my room now though! πŸ™‚ I even tried vacuuming more than once and that shit’s like ingrained in the carpet. Oops :/

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for Day Five! Stay tuned for Day Six, ironically coming in a few minutes. Have a great night!

Love,

Nicoleβ™₯

Day 3: Sprinkle Filled Ornament

Want me to show you the easiest thing you’re going to do all day today?

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It’s this adorably festive ornament! Here’s what you need: Sprinkles and a plain ornament. Here’s what you do: pour the sprinkles in the plain ornament.

THAT’S IT πŸ˜€

Well, not really. I mean yes, it’s done, but I’m not done talking πŸ™‚

Note that this is a REALLY heavy ornament. I lied when I said it was done, because I actually added Gorilla Glue to the part of the ornament that opens. It was going to pop right off if I tried to hold it up without securing it somehow.

HAHA now everyone who didn’t want to listen to me talk more has a million little sprinkles all over their floor. Joke’s on you guys! Always read all the directions before starting a project πŸ™‚

You can always substitute the rainbow sprinkles for more Christmas themed ones, like using only red and green or getting those ones that are shaped like Christmas trees and stars and things like that. If you’re getting to know me at all by now, you should probably know that I go for the cheapest materials. Doesn’t always work out for me, but that’s why I’m here: to be your test subject πŸ™‚

Welp, that’s day three! I think I’m really done talking now. See you tomorrow!

Love,

Nicole β™₯

25 Days of Christmas: Day One!

TODAY IS THE DAY!

I’ve been talking about it for literally forever. At least, that’s what it feels like. Thanksgiving was so late this year that our Christmas season was cut short and I am not okay with that 😦 I’m so excited though. I can’t even explain it to you. I feel like Timmy Turner in the Christmas episode of the Fairly Odd Parents.

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Yup, that’s me. Forever ten years old.

Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about how this is going to work. These crafts and recipes are not going to be nearly as elaborate as some of them have been in the past (I’m lookin’ at you, cupcakes.) and they’re most likely going to be shorter posts. I can’t tell you for sure because I haven’t written a single one yet. I’m completely winging this whole thing. That also means that I can’t guarantee anything about posting time either, not that that’s ever been very stable. Before I dig myself into any holes here, let’s just get started πŸ™‚

For the big first day, I couldn’t decide whether to do a craft or a recipe, so I decided on a craft that looks like a recipe! πŸ™‚ Take a look:

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A cupcake ornament! Adorable, right? The pin that I got this from only took me to a Google search for ornaments, so I kind of had to figure it out for myself. It was pretty easy though. Here’s how I did it:

You’ll need:

A plain ornament- I got mine at A.C. Moore

White paint- I used my infamous washable kid stuff

Glue- Elmer’s glue worked just fine for me

Epsom Salt- I got lucky, my mom had a giant container of it. Don’t ask me why. I’d never even heard of the stuff, but apparently it’s great for digestive and skin problems. I’m thoroughly confused.

Glitter- preferably silver, but it’s really up to you

a little red pom pom or something you could use as a fake cherry. As you can see I opted out of this part

A cupcake liner- whatever color or design floats your boat

It looks like kind of a lot of stuff, but it’s all easily obtainable. Here’s what you have to do. Open the top of your plain ornament and start pouring paint inside of it. You can be generous, it doesn’t really matter how much is in there as long as you can cover the whole thing. Just swirl the ornament around until the paint is coating the whole inside. Here’s a picture of me doing that step.

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Next, drip glue around the top of the ornament. Make it look like frosting, whatever that means to you. I sort of made mine look like it was dripping around the center, but that doesn’t have to be your method. Then, you sprinkle Epsom salt all over the glue, so it’s coated well. Then do the same thing using glitter! Now you can ether add your cherry, or do what I did and just color the top of the ornament with a red sharpie.

Finally, just glue your cupcake liner to the bottom! You now have a super cute and personal ornament for your tree. I think a Christmas tree is so much more special when the ornaments mean something to the person or family. What better way to give the tree meaning than to make the ornaments yourself? πŸ™‚

I hope your Christmas season is off to a merry start πŸ™‚ I’ll see you guys tomorrow!