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Friday, November 30, 2012

glitter candles {tutorial}

 I'm really not sure where my glitter obsession came from this year. I usually loathe glitter. And gold. 
Glitter and gold? What's wrong with me? Who am I??
I guess once you go glitter, you can't go back...

Why pay for special, sparkly candles? These are so incredibly simple!

I started with these two candles from the dollar store.

Created some stripes with double sided Scotch tape. I made an extra thick stripe in the center.
{Can you see the tape? Follow the arrows.}

Then roll it in your glitter. 

Of course you've got to get that dadblasted excess glitter off. I used a couple of pieces of the tape to pull it off pretty easily.

My candles didn't end up anywhere fancy. I wrap a little bit of garland around the base and set them in our entertainment center. Just a little something festive on either side of our chunky satellite receiver and DVD player.

Now I'm working on decorating the top of this cabinet. Trying to have everything done by December 1st.... which is tomorrow. Eee gads!

Here's hoping this is the end of my gold glitter crush. There's glitter everywhere from my crafting endeavors. And let me tell you, J.B. loves it. Not. He affectionately refers to glitter as the STD of the craft world. Which I think is hilarious and completely inappropriate to share here. Oops.

Y'all saw my glitter reindeer this week, but check out what's on the bookshelf just below it.

 {Gold bell for $1 at Target!}

And even my tree is trimmed with some glittery gold things this year.

But I'm liking our messy, rustic tree. Pine cones {of course}, berries, acorns, and some glittery gold icicle sliver things. I picked up a few of these twig star ornaments from West Elm. And we wrapped the whole tree with a grapevine, which is my favorite part!

Enough chatting! Back to decorating before December is officially here!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

glitter reindeer {tutorial}

It's finally time to decorate for Christmas!
We've been decking the halls and doning the tree since Thanksgiving. I'm having so much fun!

And I've been looking for some fun Christmas things to add around the house. 
This reindeer was a cute one that was pretty easy to make!

First I cut out this reindeer pattern. 

I traced it onto a flat canvas.

Then applied some Elmer's glue

And sprinkled with glitter. 

The most time consuming part is getting rid of all of that excess glitter! I just used a my fingernail to scrape it away.


Thursday, November 22, 2012


It's been quite a year for the Wilders. 
This Thanksgiving, I'm especially grateful for my boys.

For little squirmy sweetpea, who turned 8 months old this week:

And for this handsome man, who turns 30 today! 

Happy Birthday, love!!

Seriously, what more could a girl ask for?

 Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! 
I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thanksgiving hands

Arts and crafts with an 8 month old... Seriously. Am I crazy? 

But we pulled it off.

Jake and I {ok, so maybe just me} decided to make Thanksgiving cards this year. We were both pretty optimistic about it from the get go. 

Check out that smile!

I designed some 5x7 cards {grab them  h e r e } before we started with the paint.
I was only planning on making a couple of cards for family members, but I knew this would be a difficult task so I definitely had double that many cards to begin with. Momma didn't raise no fool.

First up was the palm of the hand and the thumb. 
I used a paintbrush to put the brown paint on Jake's hand.

There wasn't any of the mess that I anticipated, but he really was not a fan of the paint...

Next we did the finger feathers. 
Different colors, one at a time.

Once the feathers were dry, I added a beak, gobble and turkey legs with a felt pen.

"Oh my gosh Mom, please say we're done!!"

All done and ready to go out to the family!

I think these are neat to mail to family to maybe to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner for everyone!

Get your Thanksgiving card templates h e r e .

Monday, November 19, 2012

homemade chex mix {recipe}

The thing I like about making my own chex mix is that it's completely tailored to my own liking. I don't like peanuts, or almonds, or wheat chex. And guess what? I don't put them in my chex mix. I know, crazy, right?? I'm so wild.

Here are the ingredients for my own chex mix. Feel free to spice it up to your own tastes!

: :  Ingredients  : :

 - 3 cups of corn chex
 - 3 cups of rice chex
 - 2 cups of pretzel sticks
 - 2 cups of Cheezits
 - 1/2 cup of melted butter
 - 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  - 1/2 teaspoon of mashed garlic
 - 1 teaspoon of Lawry's Seasoned Salt
 - 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder

This is an easy one to whip up. 

Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees. 

Then mix your nice crunchy things like chex, pretzels, cheezits, peanuts, etc etc together. 

Now take your other ingredients and mix them together.

Now pour this over your crunchy good stuff. 
And mix!

Spread it out on some cookie sheets and pop them in the oven for an hour. 
Stir every 15 minutes. 

I usually give my chex mix some time to sit after I've taken it out of the oven.

Wrap this snack in a festive container and it makes for an awesome Christmas gift too!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

thanksgiving place cards {tutorial}

I love place cards. They're cute and fun and the perfect excuse to get crafty.

: : Materials : :

 - pinecones
 - feathers 
 - name tags
 - hot glue gun/glue

I created these name tags in a Word document. Grab the it h e r e  and feel free to write in your own guests names or use a fancy font.

After picking out your feathers, put a dab of glue on the end.

And stick it in the middle of the back of the pinecone. 

 Now add a few on each side.

Then do a row of feathers in the front.

 Next, put a dab of glue towards the front. And attach a name tag.

I think these little birdies are just the cutest!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

pinecone garland {tutorial}

I'm totally obsessed with those cinnamon scented pinecones. 
They make your house smell so awesome and holiday-ish!

So in an effort to hold myself over a little longer before my Christmas decorating, I used those fabulous smelling pinecones to make a fall garland.

Grab some twine, ribbon, and those wonderful pinecones to whip this up yourself.
Oh, and your hot glue gun!

Glue the top of your pinecones to your twine.

Fold yourself a few bows out of the ribbon. 
{I found this great burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby last week. Love it!}

Then glue your bow on top of the pinecone.


Add as many pinecones as you like!  

String it up and enjoy the cinnamon!