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DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

Spring is just around the corner and anyone that follows my blog knows that I love decorating outside.  I found a cute set of dishes at Goodwill for a few dollars and decided to make a few teacup bird feeders.  This will be the easiest bird feeder you will ever make.

Every house should have a tube of E6000 and who doesn’t have a teacup with a chip in it.  I made sure the cup and saucer were clean, and after I figured out where they would be glued together, I lightly sanded the areas.  I applied the E6000 and let dry for 24 hours.

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Supplies

 

That’s it, just add bird seed.  I wish I had a picture of the feeder hanging in a tree, but I didn’t want to plow through the snow to get to a tree 🙂

Teacup Bird Feeder
Teacup Bird Feeder

This DIY is so fun and easy to make, and the birds like them too. Hope you enjoy making this sweet little craft!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

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During My Break From Blogging…

I realize it has been over a month since my last blog post.   My intention was not to stop blogging, but it just sort of happened. There’s been plenty to blog about, but I haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer lately. You know what? It’s been sort of nice.   There are times when you just need to step away from technology and spend more time with people. The last month has been that kind of time for me, and it was good.

I have been playing with a new machine I bought, a Silhouette cutting machine.  I initially bought it for cutting cards and shapes, but never realized what amazing things it can do.  I took on a challenge to see what I could do with a roll of contact paper from the dollar store.  Living in a log home makes decorating walls difficult, but I have two interior walls that have painted sheetrock, so I can play with color.  So I was considering a wall graphic. you know … those big stickers for the wall. anyway, i go back and forth on whether i like them.  The Silhouette comes with a graphic program that allows you to import graphics and then it sends it to the cutting machine, cutting out the design on whatever you have inserted into the machine.  I started with birds on a branch, and I have to admit, I was quite impressed with how easily it was to apply.

Birds on a Branch
Birds on a Branch

 

and I couldn’t help myself, I have to cut out another one….

 

Wash, Brush, Floss and Flush
Wash, Brush, Floss and Flush

 

I barely used anything from my dollar store roll of contact paper, and after researching online what these decals would cost, I am tickled pink !!  I still don’t know if I like wall decals, but with vinyl decals,  you can remove them easily.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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I LOVE my local Goodwill store…..

I know that I have mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again, I have the best Goodwill store ever!

I went for my weekly visit, and I noticed a set of 6 ladder back chairs.  Everyone that knows me, knows I have an addiction to chairs, I have them everywhere, seriously, everywhere.  I have chairs hanging in trees, decorated in gardens, mounted to walls, in every corner, stored in my cellar and attic, as well as a warehouse we have.  I took at good look at the 6 chairs, and they needed work, each needed to have a new seat, but the price was 14.99 a chair, so I passed on the chairs.

I continued looking around and decided to look at the chairs again, and they weren’t 14.99 a chair, it was for the set.  If you know anything about Goodwill stores, they have colored tags and everyday they have a special color tag that is half off, and today was a green day and my chairs had green tags. Now my 14.99 chairs are 7.50 a set, and with my senior discount they are 6.75 a set.  SOLD

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Now the adventure begins….

I am very fortunate to have a store locally that sells  chair repairs supplies.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough rush to redo all six chairs, so she recommended flat reed splint seats.  I can cane and rush, but have never tried splint seats, but I have woven hundreds of baskets, so I was ready for the challenge.  I found many videos on YouTube and many sites with different patterns, but I couldn’t make up my mind on patterns.  The solution was easy, 6 chairs, 6 different patterns, how much fun will this be !

I don’t know if I am going to leave them natural or add a little tint to them, I guess  I will figure that out when I finish them all.

This has to be the best 6.75 I have ever spent..

 

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Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globe DIY

I love looking at the online store Anthropologie and have been inspired by many of their products.  Last November I saw their Mason Jar Snow Globes and they were priced between 22 and 38 dollars.  I thought to myself, who would spend that kind of money?  I went back a week later and they were sold out, so I guess there are many people with money to burn.  I never got a chance to make one, but when we opened gifts on Christmas Eve, Jen made me one.  Everyone loves snow globes, and I have never received a hand-made one.  It has a winter snow-covered tree scene with several types of glitter, giving off an incandescent shine.  This is one gift that I am going to keep out and display all year.

Thanks Jen 🙂

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On a Roll……again

We all have them, and most people throw them away…..  I am talking about toilet paper rolls again, lol.  I posted about making stars using them, and went a bit crazy in my house.  I decorated the fireplace, over the cupboards and in wreaths, glittered stars everywhere.  I saw a blog on making Faux Metal Wall Art, and thought I would give it a try.

You may have to look twice at some of these, I am amazed at what you can do with TP rolls, spray paint and a glue gun.  I had a frame from the dollar store, and a dollar can of spray paint from Lowe’s, total cost for all 3 projects, 2 dollars !!

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On a Roll…………..

I have very dark areas in my house, it is that awkward space between the cupboards and your ceiling, and I am always looking for ways to brighten them up.  I always have mini lights lit, or my kitchen looks like a cave and I decorated with some branches that were laying in my yard, but I wanted something else, something sparkly.  I save toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls, so I thought I would make snowflakes and hang them from the branches.

Muffin Tin Mom has a great tutorial and they are super easy to make.  I first followed her directions and cut them 3/4 in, but decided I wanted them thinner, so I cut them in half.  I spray painted them and then sprayed with glitter, and hung them on the branches.  I only painted eight of them, I wanted to see how I liked them, and I do!!  I have thirty more cut out and glued, I am thinking about spraying them gold or silver and see which I like best.

These snowflakes turn out so pretty and festive no one will ever know they are made from a recycled toilet paper roll.

Close-up
Close-up

 

Looking 10 ft up
Looking 10 ft up

 

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All Bottles in a Row

I love, LOVE lighted wine bottles.  I posted a how to video in August on how to make a wine bottle light, I wanted a few for my kitchen window. Thanks to my wonderful friends who give me their recycling, I had collected a wide assortment of beautiful bottles.  The bottles ranged from blue Flex wine, Saratoga sparkling water, to Tequila and Rum bottles.  I was feeling ambitious one day and drilled holes in all of them and added lights.  As I was adding lights to each bottle, I was like a kid at Christmas, mesmerized by the lights, and the beauty that each bottle gave off when lit.   I love the dramatic visual they created all lined up.

Dig out your bottles and  follow my previous post.  Not only will you get a dramatic display, you get another excuse to buy more wine, too. *wink*

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