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I’ve been crafty

cookiecutters glitter paintballs shells shellsinsidea

I decided that I wanted to have a beach-themed Christmas tree this year, so I’ve been busy making ornaments. After spending weeks pouring through Pinterest posts for inspiration, these are the fruits of my labor. This will be my first Christmas living in this house after spending¬†22 years in my old North Chattanooga home. I have always had a real tree, which I love, but it was messy enough with hardwood floors. This house has carpet, so we will have fake trees. We will put one in the large picture window and the other will be the beach tree in the living room. I probably already had enough ornaments for three or four trees. I have a weakness for all things Christmas, and can usually be found in the clearance aisle the day after Christmas picking up more ornaments that I don’t need.

Here’s the “how to” portion for anyone who is feeling crafty.

Cookie cutter ornaments:
I got most of my cookie cutters from The Cookie Cutter Company. I used Activ Clay from Hobby Lobby, and rolled it to about 1/8″ thickness. I also used Makin’s Clay Texture Sheets to add texture to the ornaments. I used a toothpick to make a small hole for hanging. I placed them all on a cookie cooling rack to dry for two days and then used craft paint, glitter and jewels to decorate them. I finished them up with a coat of gloss glaze, linked here, but less than $2 at Michaels.

Glitter ornaments:
These are so much fun to make, and super easy too. I made round ones last year. I found these at Hobby Lobby. This is the Pinterest link that I used.

Painted glass balls:
These are kind of tricky, and hit or miss on success rate for me. Pretty much, you put craft paint into the balls and move the balls around until the paint covers the inside. I carefully coaxed some paint into blank areas with canned air. After my paint dried, it left some blank spots on the glass, but I added more and it filled in fine. I used this Pinterest link.

Decorated shells:
These are pretty self-explanatory, but I glued pendant holders from Hobby Lobby and earring wires to the shells and embellished with beads that I already had.

Shells in glass:
Well, they are shells in glass. Tiny shells plus glass ball. Sand is optional. I couldn’t decide whether I liked them better with sand or without.


fun with a glue gun and a rant about raccoons…

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No….the two aren’t related. After last year’s beach trip I mapped out this shell art, but never put it together because I was too lazy to iron the burlap. This year, I changed around some shells and ironed, but couldn’t find the glue gun. Turns out they are only $2.77 at Walmart, so I saved myself the headache of hunting for it and just bought a new one. I am pleased with the way it turned out. I originally got the idea from a Pinterest post. I got the weathered frame, foam core board and burlap from Hobby Lobby, and the shells span three beach trips. I sprayed them with a light gloss spray to enhance the colors. And, on to the the raccoon issue. They have eaten all of the tomatoes. I mean ALL of them. The green ones, the almost red ones, the ones that were just thinking about becoming tomatoes… We bought some sort of mystery substance at Stockdale’s to that is supposed to deter them, but the guy there said it was about a 50/50 chance of whether they would hate the smell enough to leave. Here’s hoping for a stinky garden!

Treasure hunt

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Treasure hunt

There is nothing like seven days at the beach to relax you…and then hit you upside the head with all of the things you need to do when you get back. It was wonderful, and as usual, I enjoyed looking for shells. I was especially happy to grab the weathered conch shell, left, and pristine sea snail. Waves slammed shells to the shore, only leaving a split second to spot a prize and grab it before it was taken back into the ocean. As the shells washed by, I wondered what kind of creatures had lived in each one. Fortunately, both of my favorites were unoccupied! I brought back three small bags of goodies, including some more broken shells to edge the herb garden.
It was a big surprise to see how much the garden had grown during the week we were away. A friend watered it, but we also had a big rain so everything had a huge growth spurt. I picked a big handful of green beans and a few peppers. The basil that I planted so long ago has finally matured into harvestable plants. The tomato plants have spilled out of their cages and are filled with flowers and fruit. Shouldn’t be too much longer before we are making fresh salsa!