Friday, December 25, 2009
This is what Matt bought me for Christmas:
Here is what I bought Matt:
something for his gun
Here are some better pictures of my new camera:
Once I read the manual sometime this weekend, I will use only the new camera.
These pictures don't do it justice.
It truly was neat!
Monday, December 21, 2009
These were always my favorite!
I think my mom's mom gave them to her, and now my mom has given them to me!
I plan to incorporate them into my Christmas scheme next year.
I am going to decorate with a lot more candy decorations!
I have big plans!
I need to go to yard sales and Goodwill to see if I can find more of these beauties.
Hopefully I can!
Look at these wonderful lollipops I bought at Target:
I tried twice now and have not been able to get a good picture of this at night.
See how he tried to sneak into this picture!
Imagine my delight when I saw these beauties on clearance at Michael's last
I had been wanting these for awhile to make my own artwork for my living room. I thought it would be neat to have Wyatt walk across one with painted paws.
On clearance for $4.99.
I felt this was an awesome sale. So I brought 2 to the register.
Lucky me - they rang up 1/2 off making them $2.50 each!
Mom, we will need to figure out what and how to paint on these!
I would love if Wyatt could walk on one and Toby on the other. I think they would look GREAT in my bedroom. On the other two I want to do some sort of abstract work for above my couch.
(Here he is!)
Friday, December 18, 2009
I absolutely love it!
I think it came out very well. This was my second time ever making something like this before so I feel it is a great. (Don't forget my Easter Egg Wreath Part 1 and Part 2) I might even make another one. I think they would look cute on the wall - one on top and then the other spaced a few inches below it. (I bought 2 wreaths just in case I had an emergency like this.) I plan on putting a bow or something on it. I might even just use one piece of ribbon to go through them both.
I'll let you know what I decide.
I do know this will be a permanent fixture on my wall once I get it up there.
If you know me well, then you know I am kinda new to using a glue gun. My real first attempt was when I tried to make a Pom Pom Frog for Matt for Valentine's Day... notice I said "tried". I burned my fingers a few times and quit so my mom finished it for me. Now I am proud to say I can use one all by myself... I even went out and bought my own yesterday. No more borrowing my mom's!
Glue gun with extra glue sticks
10' floral wreath
2 bags of gumdrops (1 pound each)
NOTE: If you eat while you work, you will need 3 bags of candy. I only ate about 15 pieces so I had just enough... actually, I would have preferred about 3 more pieces, but was not willing to open another bag for that. (I plan on covering that up.) And just so you know, although the purple gumdrop is my favorite color, it is gross tasting! Is tastes like black licorice! Yuck!
NOTE #2: Buy your floral wreath from the Dollar Tree... it was $3.99 for the same exact one at Michael's. I also bought my floral wire there as well.
I started my Gumdrop Christmas Wreath by wrapping a piece of masking tape on top of the seam where the circle met. I did this to ensure my wreath would not tear apart underneath the weight of the gum drops. I think this is a key point to mention. If you do not do this, your wreath will not be enforced and could collapse under the weight. And let me tell you - it weighs more then you can imagine.
Next I tied floral wire several times into a circle around the wreath. I did this so I could hang the wreath easily on a hook. As you can see from this picture below, I twisted the wire the face the hook. I took one more piece of masking tape to secure the wire in place for easy hanging.
I decided to lay out newspaper on my table to help guard it. I also decided to dump 2 bags of gum drops in a bowl-like container. Once my glue gun was warmed up I started gluing my candy down in a circle. The first circle I did I kept my colors in order. It looked nice in order - but I wanted more randomness to my wreath... I didn't want it to look like I bought it from a
I just started gluing down any color my fingers plucked from the bowl. (I did cheat a little. I did not want two gum drops of the same color next to each other in a row. I was okay with two of the same colors next to each other from a different row though.)
Of course, if you make one, you do whatever floats your boat!
I was a little nervous once two rows were on the wreath. It did not look like I was doing it correctly. I thought I had too many gaps in between the candy.
As more candy weighed down the wreath, sometimes I had to place the wreath on my container to be able to glue more on. Once it really became weighed down I had to prop it up with my extra bag of candy gumdrops. It might be easier if you had someone helping you who was willing to hold it up while you glue candy onto it.