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#1: Handkerchief envelope

This little fabric envelope is a cute way to repurpose a vintage handkerchief, and quite simple to make. Fold the hanky in half, starch and iron flat, then stitch around the edges. Next, fold the bottom two-thirds up and the top one-third down. For an added embellishment you can add a button and/or the recipient’s initial with embroidery thread.

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This Week’s Project:

Well Christmas is over, it’s hard to believe. I hope y’all had a wonderful day celebrating with family. I’m in Texas at my mothers house surrounded by lots of family heirlooms and thought it’d be fun to do some projects this week with her vintage handkerchiefs.

BACKGROUND:

A  handkerchief, handkercher, or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that is carried in the pocket for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one’s hands or face, or blowing one’s nose.

Handkerchiefs have historically been used as:

  • A decorative accessory
  • By children as way to carry around small items when a bag or basket was unavailable
  • A substitute for a bandage over a small injury
  • A head-covering at the beach

King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose.

adapted from this Wikipedia article

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Web Round-up: Ornaments

This week we showed you how to craft unique clear glass Christmas ornaments, here are some more of our favorite ideas from around the web:

Terrarium-inspired DIY ornaments at Free People:

Light hearted, confetti filled ornaments at West Elm’s Holiday Catalog, if you don’t have the time to make, you can buy these guys!

The resourceful folks at Young House Love created a great collection of ornaments, including clear glass ones with paint, oh so hip!

So how could you use these at an event you ask? Well a few quick ideas…

  • Make a wreath for welcoming guests to your event fashioned out of ornaments
  • Suspend with fishing line as a backdrop for your event, or string over your event tables
  • Place one ornament at each place setting for decor
  • Use in groupings as centerpieces
  • Use as party favors
  • Hang on a tree and use to assign seating for guests
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#3: Ornament Lights

Every once in awhile in our crafting adventures we’ll work through some projects and then it comes the great idea, and it’s like a light goes off. Well this one had both a literal and figurative light. I’m afraid the picture doesn’t quite do the effect justice. But trust me adding these glass ornaments to a basic string of white Christmas lights creates something quite stunning. I’d love to create a gigantic glass vase centerpiece with these lights and ornaments, the reflections alone would be insane! (but that would require me to have a large table, many, many large glass vases which would require much, much storage….someday I will folks!) To make we simply removed the hook and silver cap off of our ornaments, inserted the light and snapped the hook back into the ornament to secure the light.


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#2: Glitter Feather Ornament

To create these I filled my clear glass ornaments with glitter sprinkled feathers. I sourced the feathers from an old down filled pillow. I opened up the edge of the pillow and pulled just a few feathers out. Next I dragged the edge of the feathers through some basic Elmers glue and then sprinkled them with glitter. I let the glue/feathers dry over night and put them carefully into the ornament with a set of tweezers.


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#1: Gold Tinsel Ornament

This ornament took me two minutes to make, our kind of holiday decor! Take the top/hanger off your clear glass ornament and fill with gold tinsel, I used a pencil to guide the tinsel inside. You can try other colors (but we think Gold trumps all!)

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#3: Mini Can-Cakes

Albeit unconventional for a wedding I think these miniature cakes would be adorable at a bridal shower or similar event. This idea was spotted via a pinterest pin here, and was so cute I had to give it a shot (despite my lack of baking skills!)  To begin, clean out your cans and remove labels. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I didn’t follow the recipe from the pin, I used store-bought cake mix and simply filled them half way with batter. I also didn’t remove the bottom of the can, because all the cans I had collected had a reinforced bottom and were virtually indestructible by my can opener. I did spray the heck out of the cans with non-stick spray, filled with batter and baked for about 25 minutes.  Once completely cooled, I  very carefully removed them from the can with a knife (warning however, I lost one in this process) Last step, I decorated the tops, if I had more time and patience I think frosting the whole cake would be amazing, and it would cover any messy edges. My husband called them “cancakes” clever fella huh?

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This Week’s Project:

mini-pumpkins

Happy Halloween! We hope that your weekend was festive, and that tonight you continue the spooky celebration. Every year, Jodi and I attend a highly competitive and fun pumpkin carving party (we both took home trophies Saturday night!) Inspired by our wins, and love for this orange fall vegetable we are crafting with miniature pumpkins this week.

BACKGROUND:

The tradition of carving a lantern started in the British Isles on All Hallows’ Eve.  It was not a pumpkin however, traditionally it was a swede or a turnip. Once carved, they were left on the door step to ward off evil spirits, and they included offering or, as we now know it, a “treat” to satisfy roaming sprites and evil spirits. Otherwise they might ‘fiddle’ with property or livestock (play a “trick”). Once the tradition moved to the US, it was adapted to carving a pumpkin as they were more readily available, bigger and easier to carve. The carved pumpkin represented the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. It was not until 1837 that jack-o’-lantern appeared as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and the carved pumpkin lantern association with Halloween is first recorded in 1866.


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