Thankfulness #24: Holiday Crafty-ness

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we’re celebrating thankfulness, but I have been doing it all month on my blog. To continue the streak, yesterday I was thankful for some Christmas Crafty-ness.

I think I mentioned before about our Christmas theme this year  – we’re doing an “old fashioned” tree – and today I got a lot of the ornaments put made (or at least started.) Like the “gingerbread” cookies:

I say that because they are really made with 2 cups of cinnamon, a cup and a half of apple sauce, and elmer’s glue. After they baked for forever, we used puffy t-shirt paint to “frost them” a little. We didn’t have a lot of it, but it got the job done.

I also started drying the orange slices in the dehumidifier because they take four hours in the oven, and I needed it for the cookies. A few of them are done, but the rest will get finished tomorrow:

 

And I “frosted” some pinecones. I couldn’t figure out to get the ribbon to stay on them, so I hit google and someone had posted a brilliant idea of using eye bolts. So, eye bolts it is.

 

And while I was at it, I finally got around to painting the spice jars I have had sitting here for over a year. I know. Laziness. Only I just now found a fifth that hubby snagged to put screws in, so I may need to buy some more white paint to do it.

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The goal is to imitate milk glass. Then I have a little wooden holder I am going to fix and paint, and some cherry decals to put on the jars and they will look quite cute. I got the idea from an antique set that was selling for 80$.  (this is not the exact one, but it is close enough.)

While I did that, the brother and hubby started stripping wallpaper off in the front room (that will later be the dining room, and made it probably halfway.

So that was pretty awesome.

Tomorrow we have Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle’s house, and then I get to come home and spray paint red beads red… I’ve been looking for a cheap string of berries for the tree (well, fake berries) but alas they do not exist in my price range, so tonight we gave up and picked up some of those gaudy metallic beads and some silk finish spray paint for plastic. I’m going to spray paint them red, then sponge on a little yellow here and there for variation, and then give it a coat of spray poly.  I also have a few toilet paper rolls saved to start working on the santas.

And that’s my day. Hope yours was just as good!

Have a cinnamon cookie kinda day!

Jo 🙂

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About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at http://JoleeneNaylor.com or drop me a line at Joleene@JoleeneNaylor.com

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