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DIY Christmas Ornaments

Before we get to the DIY ornaments…

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and maybe some Black Friday shopping done? I’m still in disbelief that we are well into the end of the year holiday season! 2015 was pretty eventful to say the very least, starting with my kitty getting diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease last December and our home remodel in May-June. A lot of things had to take a back seat to get my life and family in order. But now that the dust has settled, I can finally move onto the hobbies I enjoy (well at least until our kitchen remodel next year!) A quick summary about our remodel: we finally replaced our super gross carpet with laminate flooring all throughout, painted the house inside and out, replaced our A/C and heating system, upgraded our electrical outlets and modernized our light fixtures. I’m telling you, reflooring your entire lived-in house is a MASSIVE project and not to be taken lightly!! We had to schedule several weeks prior to D-day to pack and move everything out of the house. That was probably the hardest and the most labor-intensive of the project, probably because we had so much junk! Planning and shopping for the flooring and picking out the paint colors were fun. Dealing with difficult workers was not. Keeping up with logistics and handling the budget was more than manageable. After about two weeks of noise and dust and living in one cramped bedroom with two kitties, the house looked nice and new. And every weekend after that, it was spent on cleaning, organizing, decluttering, getting rid of (a LOT of) stuff, shopping for new furniture and decorations, assembling and painting furniture, mini decoration and sewing projects, etc. etc. I think we had the Salvation Army and the Bulky Items trucks come out to our house practically every week. We worked diligently on the house for about 3-4 months straight, which took a toll on all of us. I know I talked about posting pictures of the remodel on my Facebook page, but frankly, I’ve gotten so tired of anything that had to do with decorating that I just gave up on finishing the house… well, until some time passes and I get inspired again. At this point, it’s about 80% done and I am completely okay with a living space that’s not magazine-worthy. It’s just not worthy enough for a blog post. 🙂 Maybe when one of the rooms is done and is to my liking, I will do a post on it.

So, after all this, was the remodel worth it? Absolutely! I love coming to a de-cluttered pretty home with new furnishings and decorations. And now that the holiday season is upon us, we have started to deck the rooms with Christmas decorations. We’re still working on the living room so I won’t write about that today. But here are some pictures of DIY’ed ornaments for my pink and grey bedroom. First, holiday greetings from this cute little birdie I found at Target:

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Oriental Trading provided these awesome clear ornaments that I used to make these pink balls. I swirled Martha Stewart’s pearly acrylic paint on the inside to coat the orbs. I mixed two colors in some them. You just open up the clear ornament, pour some of the paint on both sides of the orb, close it and shake it until the globe is coated well. I’ve had to reopen the globe to add more paint when there wasn’t enough. Once you do one or two, you’ll get the hang of how much paint to put in. The “Happy Holidays” sign and the white snowflakes are also from Oriental Trading.
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On a few ornaments, I brushed some Elmer’s glue on the outside and sprinkled either some fake snow or glitter. To finish the look, I added a mini holiday wreath from Michaels to a big white decorational bowl and arranged the ornaments inside. Since my bedroom wall is pink (it’s actually a violet that’s close to pink), I painted the ornaments in shades of pink to match. It’s feminine but also Christmasy. What do you think?
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For the living room, the color scheme is red, green and gold. So I made these golden ornaments by drawing on the outside with a gold metallic sharpie and putting gold glitter inside. These will be going back to the living room Christmas tree after this photoshoot. 🙂
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We got this LED lit ornament tree from Target. It adds a nice ambience to the room and will be staying as part of the room throughout the year! We LOVE Target and their fashion-forward products!
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Hope you all have a nice and cozy rest of the year! This probably will be my only post for 2015 and I’m not promising a more fruitful 2016 blog-wise. lol. But I still love my blog and sharing my craft ideas. So please look on my Facebook page (click on the icon on the top of the page) for announcements! And let’s also remember the less-fortunate during this season. My prayer is for the good Lord to provide them shelter and food, hopefully through people like you and me! Blessings!

**I received the pre-made and materials for the ornaments from Oriental Trading Company for this review. All opinions are my own.

2012-2013 Sewing/Knitting Projects

Helloooooooo world!  I’m back for a little bit to play on the blog.  🙂  After my last BIG project for the year in June, I told myself that I would take a looooooooong break from doing anything remotely obligatory for the REST OF THE YEAR.  This kind of a hiatus is highly unusual for me, as I’ve always been known for packing my schedule with things, whether it be social, hobbies or church stuff.  Anyway, I find this newly found freedom liberating and empowering… and I admit, sometimes truly boring.  lol.  Only because I’ve never had this much free time to do WHATEVER I wanted, which includes not lifting a finger for anything and just being a couch potato.  I think my body and soul desperately needed some rest from my addictive quality of doing, doing and more doing…  It’s amazing how much time I’ve gained now that I don’t have every weekend booked with some kind of a project.  My focus has shifted to taking care of the things I have long neglected to do (like getting back into shape, learning Photoshop, catching up on my Korean dramas (hehe), etc.) I can’t go on, however, neglecting my blog forever.  And I won’t even start mentioning the long list of creative projects I’ve been putting off because I would torture myself with guilt and a sense of failure…….  So for now, I want to be child-like and happy by presenting some of my past work.  (Note: My next shipment from Oriental Trading Company is on its way!  I will be throwing a Fall-themed birthday party for my sis and dad whose birthdays are coming up.  So please be on the lookout for my next post on Fall decorations!  Or better yet, please subscribe to my blog via your email address or RSS feed.  As you can see, I won’t bombard you with daily updates.)  ~grin~

When I started sewing more things and posting them up online last summer, people started encouraging me to open an Etsy shop and start selling my stuff.  I made some sales on and off of Etsy, which in itself was rewarding and surprising that people actually wanted to pay money for my “creations”!  I even went as far as coming up with a company logo and making fabric labels to sew onto my projects.  All of this was embraced and affirmed by the community of supporters I had around me.  And frankly, that kept me going for some time.  But sewing is a laborious task…  (And that’s probably an understatement.)  The materials can be quite expensive to make a profit or break even, even when you acquire them at a wholesale price.  If I had to choose between yay or nay, I would have to say sewing IS enjoyable (especially when you see the final product after hours of concentrating and making your work space look like a fabric war zone), but just not as a money-making wheel.  🙂

Anywho, here is a sampling of some of my past sewing/knitting projects!  Please excuse the quality of my photos.  These were taken during my pre-DSLR-days with an iPad Mini in not-so-good lighting.

1. iPad Mini Cover – made purely out of necessity and me being cheap.  I didn’t want to shell out $25 for one. So instead, I spent a good 6-7 hours making my own.  Time well-spent!

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iPad Mini Cover

 2. Make-Up Bags – I think this is one of my favorite things to sew!  (And they happen to be my best-sellers ’til this day.)

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 By the way, I LOVE the app “Bamboo Paper” on the iPad!  You can make docs like this by importing your photos and writing/drawing on them directly.

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3.  Business Card Holders – Had some leftover scraps of fabric and was looking for ways to use them.  Googled and found a few great tutorials for these card holders!  I’m carrying one myself to house all my frequent buyer cards and business cards inside.  Love these!

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4.  Fancy evening clutches – I have yet to use any of these clutches (well maybe the blue one once, and I have given another one out as a gift.) One of these days when I have a fancy event to go to…  I feel quite accomplished to say that I made the fabric flowers myself (tee-hee).  And not to mention feeling like a pyro when I burn the edges of the fabric to make them curl up…

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5. Custom Orders:  It was exciting when I started getting custom order requests!  I’ve done some knitted hats (not pictured here) but the most requested were tote bags (baby diaper bag, school bag, lunch bag, everyday bag made out of oilcloth, etc.)

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7.  And lastly, my craft show back in March.  Ah… the Craft Show…  And, the memories of freakish long hours slaving over the ironing board and my wrist getting sore from all that fabric cutting…  Did you know that I even took one week off from my full-time job to sew for this event?  Now, THAT is dedication, if I must say so (or maybe I’m just not a fast sewer.)  No denying that it was lots of fun but to my better judgment I’ve decided against doing another show this year. Sorry to those who were asking about another show.  I may do another one next year… Maybe…  🙂

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Here’s a vendor belt I made for myself, with hidden money pockets.

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Vendor Apron - Purple

Vendor Apron - Purple with pockets

This is a belt I made for my friend Christine. I like the multiple pockets on this one. 🙂
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Vendor Apron - Blue Green  

Well, that’s it!  🙂  Hope you’ve enjoyed looking through these pix!  Looking back, it’s good to know where all my time went to these past 12 months or so.  Man, I guess I didn’t waste any time after all…  hahaha.  Please click on the heart if you liked the post and/or leave me a comment.  It’s always encouraging to see people visit my blog.  I’ll try to be better about posting more regularly!  But for now, back to my hibernating hole…