Outside Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been wanting to make some of those oversized yard ornaments for years. Steve just still hasn’t gotten on board with it. So I thought making a smaller one would get him to see how cool they are.  It hasn’t convinced him yet, now he says they will blow away in the wind!

We started with this spreadable cheese container that he is cussing at me for saving after we have eaten the cheese! (because we have so many!) You just need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom.  We just used a cable tie for your ornament hook.

Paint the cup with a color you would like.  Most common are gold and silver.  Let your imagination go wild. If you use a light color, then you might want to sand off the writing on the cup.  Put the cable tie through the 2 holes and cinch, making sure the cinch end is inside the cup.

I found a small red ball at the local dollar store, it could be any color or you could paint it. Then I just glued the two things together! I used WeldBond but have seen things that use the 6000 kind also.

You could hang them from the house, from a Christmas tree, on a shepherd’s crook, from the fence.  You decide.

I still want to do the giant ones if I can convince Steve somehow that they won’t blow away!!!

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Happy Birthday Popup Card

This is Steve.

I wanted to make my dad a birthday card.  I didn’t want to use a normal card.  I thought of a popup card.  I looked at the box popup that we have used before.  So I went searching on the internet for something.

I found a pop up balloon card that looked simple. 

Instructions can be found here http://paperproud.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-3d- pop-up-balloon-card.html

I love to have the Cricut cut and score so I put in the design into Cricut and found some paper.  My handwriting is bad, so I had Cricut Write the big message.

Now you need to fold on the score lines, so you will have a base for the popups to set in.

Top view

Side view, the base of the popups set here in the middle.

Then you can decorate the front

And make the popups.  Use plastic acetate strips so they are see through.  You can use plastic from trays you might get rolls or vegetables in.  Just trying to be frugal.

This is what it looks like from the top

The decoration ideas came from Lu.  She is the creative one.  I had a lot of emotion in making this one.  It is his 99th birthday.




I love when Steve finds an idea he wants to do! This one was pretty simple for him! We all remember the ZigZag village from a few years back!!!


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Simple Gnome Card

Sometimes you just need a simple card.

I needed to make a card for Lu.  Something simple, yet handmade,  I discovered recently that she like gnomes.  Her favorite color is yellow.  On my quest to find some yellow paper to make her a card, I found the bright yellow paper, and then the design in her paper scraps.  I remembered we had downloaded a gnome picture from DesignBundles.net.

How to put this together?  I wanted to first cut out the gnome on the front cover with the Cricut machine, and put the print behind to show the gnome. Then I found that to be too complex for me!

I decided to cut out the card base and the front on the Cricut.  I used a double score line for the card base to fold in half.  Then I thought, maybe I would have the Cricut draw the gnome with a black pen.  That works.  I found a cute saying for gnomes.

At our house, we look on the back of the card for the date.  That helps to put it in a scrapbook later.  No, we don’t look for the Hallmark brand like some people do.

Lu noticed some yellow paper in the trash can before I gave her the card.  She knew I was up to something.  Hard to keep secrets from her.


I have the best husband! Thanks buddy!!


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Last Halloween Project

I’ve got just one more Halloween project to show you then we will move onto something else!

I actually did this project to clean up a part of my house.  We had a gap between our house and our foundation that needed sealed. Steve had this idea to use drywall tape mesh to help hold the spray foam in. So he asked me to cut him some lengths. I did too many and so we had some lengths left. So they have been sitting here waiting to have something done with them.  

I bought a couple of pans from the dollar store and got my glue gun out! I know you have all seen these a million times!

First you have to paint them.  

So here are my drywall  tape mummies!!!

We put the picture of the one (below) I did a few years back in also  so you could see the difference in the materials. I did that one with gauze.

So these are $12.00 each


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