Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sparkly Icicles

The sparkly icicles shown on the arrangement in the kitchen in the last post are really easy to make.  Simple, simple, simple!!!  You'll need white modeling clay (I used Fimo), stiff black wire, glue such as Elmers or Aleene's, and white glitter or mica.

Cut lengths of the wire about 3" long (one for each icicle)

Roll little carrot shapes from the clay.  Mine are about 4" long but they could be longer or shorter...just keep in mind that the longer they are, the heavier they'll be.

Poke a wire into the top of each icicle.  The wire needs to be at least 1" inside the clay.

Bake the icicles according to the package directions on a foil lined baking sheet.  They will be totally hard when they're done.  Cool completely.

Use a disposable paintbrush or sponge brush to coat each icicle with white glue and then roll in glitter or mica.

Let dry completely and then use pliers to carefully make hooks out of the wire sticking out of the icicle tops.

YOU'RE DONE!!!       Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 Well...I've been told that I'm holding out on Christmas pictures!  So...here goes!!  The one above & the one below are in the foyer (that's Snow Days & it fits PERFECTLY and looks so good there!)
 This is our Christmas "branch".... We had it up for Halloween and decided that we really liked it!  Soooo....some twinkle lights, old photos and a few mercury glass ornaments and......doesn't look like much in the daytime, but at night!!!!!!  Really cool!

 This is the livingroom looking in from the kitchen.  I got a little carried away making those circle hang tag word thingy-s.  They just really "do" it for me tho!!! LOL!!!! I think this one says Merry Christmas.  The one in the kitchen windows above the sink say Winter Wonderland.

 This is the dining room.  I decided to string lights through the bottle holder on the left because it's kind of tree shaped....once again, not much during the daytime....really cool at night.  Makes me think that I'd like to try a framework that you could put clear and green wine bottles or those blue water bottles on and light it up. I bet it would be gorgeous....yes, only AT NIGHT!!!
 I have to show you the sign I found.  It says "money can't buy happiness, but can buy marshmallows which are kinda the same thing.  Makes me smile every time I see it!
 I stuck greenery and mercury glass in everything I could find in the kitchen.

 The arrangement below is on the kitchen island.  I made the glittery icicles a few years ago.  The tag swags say "White" and "Snow".....

 This is the front porch last week when we still had snow... it's all melted now because it was about 55 degrees for a couple days.....it's freezing in Florida and Spring weather here....how does THAT make sense???  Oh well, it's nice to not have to shovel snow!

I tried to get a picture of some of the lights on the trees but there was still too much light in the sky the afternoon I took this.....HEY!  Another thing that's much prettier................wait for it!........ AT NIGHT!!!!
We're going to be closing on the 23rd and won't be back in the studio until January 3rd.  When we get back, Sheila is going to start emailing a new pattern announcement!  That, and I'll have some preview pictures of a new quilt I've been working on.  We're hoping to get all the blocks stitched while we're on our Christmas break....we'll see how THAT works out!  I hope you have a great Christmas with lots of music, decorations, good food, friends and family, and beautiful memories!
Merry Christmas!
xox  Meg