Valentine’s Day Garland

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Hola peeps!  I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging, not really on purpose but more because I was too busy to start/work on new projects and before I knew it January was half over!  I am totally scared by the way time works and wish things would slow down just a bit.  Now its that time of year that I just want to bypass to warmer days but I’m trying to enjoy the here and now and find the good, even in this frozen wasteland, because one day I’ll look back and miss these times!

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I’ve never really decorated too much for Valentines day but since I have a craft blog now I figured I’d see what I could come up with, and love the results.  I’m really starting to get in that heart everything spirit now and even though I don’t do frilly decorations (unless they’re vintage of course!) I made some simple nature inspired pieces.  The arrows are inspired by similar ones I found on Pinterest.  I used sticks for mine though and used paint and marker for the feathers.  the heart tips are cardstock.  I also made some of the feathers into earrings for my Etsy shop Peppermint Emporium.  The garland is straight from my noggin and is just sticks, coffee filters dyed with watered down craft paint and twine.  grab your glue gun and there ya go! Ben buys the unbleached coffee filters so I was a little disappointed that they weren’t white, but afterward I decided I liked the brown color better, it lends itself to the natural rustic vibe I was going for.

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Holiday Gifts

Hello, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are resting up with family and friends! I know Christmas is over, but I couldn’t post any of the stuff I made as gifts until I gave them out, but you could still make them for yourself or birthdays, or just wait till next year.  So here we have wood burned bamboo spoons, hand stamped cork coasters, and yes, those are the marble clay dishes from A Beautiful Mess! DSC_0056IMG_3719

Clay Pet Paw Ornaments

DSC_0023I made these ornaments of my cats’ paw prints for Christmas, and love how they turned out.  I used crayola model magic because I needed something that was light and easy to press into since cat paws are not very big, plus it air drys so there’s no baking!  For dogs you could also use polymer clay, or salt dough as well.  I might experiment with some more clays to see what I can use also.

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notice the claw marks Hehe!

Have an Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Bleaching and Dyeing Bottle Brush Trees

DSC_0017I’ve been seeing lots of bottle brush trees all over Pinterest this Christmas season and love all of the different colors.  I love the vintage-looking scenes that can be set up with bottle brush trees and I’ve always preferred to decorate with pastels and bright colors instead of the usual red and green themes.  I had some bottle brush trees left over from the snow globes I made last year and also bough a bag of small bleached trees from Michaels.

I bleached the trees I had that were green with the intention of dyeing them after I was done but was pleasantly surprised when the trees I had from last year turned light pink before bleaching completely and the one green tree I had bought this year turned a light mint bluish-green.  Since this was the colors I wanted to dye them I left them this color and then fully bleached a few.

DSC_0010I used my hurricane glass vase to bleach because I wanted something that was tall and narrow to stick the trees is, normally I wouldn’t use my good glass but ya know, use what you have!  I used 1/3 bleach to 2/3 water in the glass and used tongs to dip them in.  It really didn’t take long for them to start bleaching and I swished them around in the bleach water to help with the tongs, just wear rubber gloves and be careful.  After I bleached the trees I soaked them in soapy water to get the bleach off.

DSC_0012DSC_0015DSC_0013Most of the tutorials I read said to use Rit dye to dye, or food coloring or cool-aid would also probably work, but I used this spray on dye by SEI Tumble Dye that I already had.  I love this because it is already made and you can just spray it on, it’s perfect for small dye jobs and comes it tons of colors.  You can find it at craft stores or online at www.shopsei.com. 

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DSC_0026I also touched up the happy accident trees a bit with the spray dye and mixed a bit with water in a spray bottle to get different shades.  On the biggest tree I sprayed a couple different colors for an airbrushed ombre effect.  That was another reason I used the spray, for the ombre effect, but if you’re going for one solid color, I’d recommend the dip dye method.

I love how they turned out, and I also sprayed a bottle brush wreath I found at Joanne Fabric! Show me yours on Instagram with the hashtag #peppermintsandhoneybees.

I also dyed this bottle brush wreath I found!

Happy Holidays!

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Decorating My Tiny Apartment for Christmas

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well and getting everything ready for Christmas!  I thought I’d show a couple pictures of some of my Christmas decorating this year.  We wanted to get a tree but I couldn’t find any for a price I wanted so I’ll wait and look after Christmas.  My mom taught me to always shop for holidays after the actual holiday for the next year! SO anyway since we didn’t get a tree I strung all of my ornaments on a garland and I actually really like they way it looks.  I also found these adorable peppermint and red, green and white globe bulbs at Target in the $3 section.

Happy decorating!

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Dresser Makeover

Happy Halloween everyone!  So this post has nothing to do with Halloween but I plan on posting my Halloween costume on my next post.  But for today I have some photos of the dresser I just changed up.  This dresser is older than me and also looks it.  I could just get a new one but I like how sturdy this one is and hey it’s practically a family heirloom.  It was my mom’s when she was growing up.  I could have painted it but I like the look of the wood even if it is a little banged up so I decided some new drawer knobs would jazz it up.  The only problem is that knobs are expensive if you buy them all at once and I couldn’t decide what I wanted.  What to do? Get all different ones and mix and match.  My style is usually all over the place so why shouldn’t my dresser be too!

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Have a happy and safe Halloween tomorrow!

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Halloween part 2

Here is a little bit of my Halloween decorations for this year.  This month has been crazy busy and I didn’t get to make all of the things that I had planned to decorate for the holiday but here’s what I did put up.

DSC_0093DSC_0097DSC_0102DSC_0103The Bats are just made from cardstock.  I traced a plastic bat and taped them to the wall.  The cat is a few years old from Michaels, and the crows and pumpkin LED lights are from Dollar Tree.  The glass owl is an antique bank that was given to me as a gift and the skull candy dish was given to me by my mom last year from Hallmark. Happy October!

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How to make an old apartment a little less ugly

I’ve lived in quite a few apartments now in my 26 years, ever since college I’ve pretty much moved every year or so at the end of my lease, and have not been lucky enough to own my own home, but I believe in making the best of what you have.  We spent all of last summer looking for a house or townhouse to rent and after getting no where, (we live in a very expensive area where nothing stays available for long) we settled on our current apartment.  It has lots of space and two patios, but is older and not as nice as our last that was tiny and had no outdoor space at all.  I wasn’t thrilled but after I got my own stuff in and started to find what worked where I began to change my mind.  I’ve learned a few tricks over the year, and here are a couple.

 

...and my owl collection

…and my owl collection

I’ve lived in apartments before that have the phone jack right up on the wall which I will never use.  Ben and I just have cell phones and most people I know don’t have land lines either.  My solution to this ugly thing on the wall is to put up a vintage phone. It is a phone jack after all!  I was lucky enough to acquire a box of old phones when my uncle moved into a house that had been abandoned for quite a while, but they can also be found at antique stores or on Etsy.

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Another thing I didn’t like about the apartment was the huge intercom and ancient thermostat.  My solution to this was to hide them a little with lots of small frames around them, so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb quite as bad.

White walls are boring but I don’t always mind because then I can add whatever colors to a room that I want.  Decorating should be fun and I’m still getting things to look how I want.  I’ll probably never be done, but that’s half the fun!

Let me know if you have more ideas, cheers!

I like clusters of different sized and colored frames

I like clusters of different sized and colored frames