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My son and I spent the afternoon crafting this little ornament made with momento’s from our family vacation to Florida this year. The glittery Mod Podge that we used to glue down and seal the lettering give the ornament a snow globe kind of feel that I love.
We took the boys to Disney this year but of course their favourite part of the trip was hanging out on the beach searching for shells. Seriously don’t know why we wasted our money at Disney. All they remember from that trip is our day at the beach.
During the trip we smuggled a little bag of sand and some tiny seashells from the beach (I know you really shouldn’t do that). But I thought we could make a little family vacation Christmas ornament for our tree. As the boys get older we’ll always remember that trip to the beach (and wasting about $600 at Disney).
For this craft you will need:
- Glittery Mod Podge
- clear plastic ornament
- sand and seashells
- scrapbook paper (if you want to add anything else into the ornament)
- paint brush
To make sure all the letters were even I simply used a piece of tape as my guide (and then removed it after). Simply apply a layer of Mod Podge, lay the letters down, and then apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the letters.
The fun part- picking out our shells.
I also added a little Florida State Shape and a pirate ship (we went on a pirate cruise at the beach that the boys loved) into the ornament. I used shapes from the Silhouettes online store and used a tourist map we brought home from our trip to cut out the shapes.
I used a funnel to fill with sand. Dropped the shells and the pirate ship and Florida State shape into the ornament. Tie with ribbon and you have a personalized Christmas ornament to remind your family of each of all of the trips you take together year after year.
I think we’ll be making this a Christmas tradition.
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I have a serious fabric hoarding problem. It’s actually only a problem because we have no space for all this fabric. So I’m always looking for ways to use up my fabric scraps. This mini fabric bunting is the perfect excuse to use up those scraps.
I cut out some shapes with scrap cardboard. Each shape is 2″ wide and ranges from 2-3″ long.
I added a pegboard above my sewing table a few months ago, and I love it. But I decided to jazz it up a bit.
I found this sewing machine image file for $0.99 here and thought why not add a sewing machine.
Sewing Room Pegboard Wall
Printed it out with my Silhouette Cameo onto contact paper (I use contact paper for all my stencils, much cheaper than vinyl).
And to protect against bleed through I painted the inside edge of the stencil with matte medium. You can pick this up at any craft store in the paint section for about $5. Worth it!
Once the matte medium has dried paint your colour of choice and then remove stencil. You’ll have perfectly crisp lines, I promise.
While searching around my craft room for paint for my sewing machine decal I realized these small craft paint bottles were scattered everywhere throughout my house. I rounded them up and stuck them all in an old tangerine crate. Don’t throw those crates out they fit craft paints perfectly! It’s like they were made for a second life as paint storage.
It’s been a wet & rainy summer for us here in Raleigh. And today was another one of those yucky rainy days. So I took Jack on a road trip to The Scrap Exchange, here in Durham, NC. You can check out my post on the amazing place here.
I told Jack to pick out any old broken electronic device he wanted. I assumed it would be a big old computer, but to my surprise he picked a phone. We paid a whole buck for it, brought it home, I handed him a couple of screwdrivers and he went all MacGyver on it. Took every single teeny tiny piece of it a part.
Who knew the inside of a phone looked so cool!
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Are you ready for this?
This place is going to blow your mind.
It’s going to have you hoping on the next plane to Raleigh, NC. Yup it’s that amazing.
If you live in Durham, North Carolina, live anywhere near Durham or will ever in your life be in the Durham area you have to check out The Scrap Exchange.
The Scrap Exchange is a non-profit creative reuse arts centre. It collects donations from industries, businesses, and individuals. The items are mainly materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Basically you can find anything you can imagine here. Fabric, cones, zippers, wood, foam, paper, office supplies, vintage cameras, paint, matte board, buttons, beads, corks, elastic bands, electronics, holiday decor, tiles, carpet samples, wall paper, blue prints, posters, and everything else you can imagine.
Let’s just say this place is fun.
The Scrap Exchange is located in a beautiful old factory at 923 Franklin Street near funky downtown Durham.