Reinventing your Christmas Tree Ornaments

Well, I think everyone in Dalton had the same thought I did this morning. Kroger then Chick-fil-A, nothing like waiting until the last  minute . 😉 Now, I’m  all ready for Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to spending time with family, and eating! 😂

We’re putting up our Christmas Tree 🎄 on Friday. I’m planning to post several new tips for you all next week. Today I’m moving up a post from last year. In this video I’ll show you how to reinvent Christmas Tree ornaments you already have.

Grouping ornaments together is a great way to make more of an impact in a large Tree.

 

Reinventing Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments Inexpensive ribbon is a good way to add color to your Tree.

Christmas Tree OrnamentsCostco usually has great ribbon this time of year! They normally have 50 yard rolls for under $10.  This ribbon is great to use to tie your Ornaments together.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I love, love, LOVE the look of Mercury Glass!

Since I don’t have a huge stash of vintage Mercury Glass in my storage building (I know that may surprise some of you! lol) I had to find another way to achieve this look!

The tutorial I have today is one of my favorites! I’m going to share with you a fast and easy way to turn plain glass into glass that looks like an antique mirror. So let’s get busy!image

Here are the supplies you will need. Plain regular glass. Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)

Gold spray paint. I used an antique gold.

A spray bottle with 50% water 50% white vinegar mixture. Paper towels and glass cleaner.

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You will start with a plain piece of regular glass. I had mine cut at Lowe’s. I was using an existing picture frame so I have the glass cut to fit the frame I had. image

I actually did several pieces at one time. Clean the glass with Glass cleaner to remove any dirt or oil. Lay your glass out flat. I used a box and some brown paper under mine to keep it off the grass.

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Shake the can according to directions.( It’s a lot of shaking but it has to happen!) LOL

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Spray  the 1st coat of the Looking Glass spray over the entire piece of glass. You do not have to spray this super thick because you’re going to do three coats total. Allow this to dry for one minute.

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 Now mist the vinegar water solution over the entire piece of glass. Because the vinegar is acidic it will cause the Looking Glass paint to release from the glass. This will allow you to move it around with a paper towel. Let it dry one minute.

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 I tried to get a picture to show what the vinegar looks like but the sun was reflecting off the glass. I moved to the shade after this picture. Basically you want to mist it evenly over the entire piece of glass.

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After one minute take the scrunched up paper towel and dab the vinegar. You want to move the paint around a little. It almost makes it crackle in some areas. In other areas it will pull off completely.

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You will repeat this process for a total off 3 coats of Looking Glass and 3 coats of Vinegar solution. Each time you dab the paper towel it moves the paint in different areas.

imageThis last step is optional. I like to spray a light coat of gold (more of an antique gold and not bright shiny gold) spray paint over the entire piece of glass. I do not try to cover the whole area.  Just here and there.

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This makes the Mercury glass look aged. This is what the finished product looks like before you turn it over.

Do not be afraid. Lol. It’s supposed to look this way. Remember the side you’re working on is actually the back.

 When you leave some areas without the gold paint it will allow you to see your wall color through the crackled places.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

This is a picture of the finished product! It’s much prettier in person. Because it reflects like a mirror it’s hard to get a great picture.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

Have I mentioned that I Love this product? 😉

Mercury Glass Tutorial

I made these about a year ago for my bathroom. I had a set of pictures that were a little dated. I still liked the frames. I took them apart, and had 2 pieces of glass cute to fit my frame.

Mercury Glass Tutorial

My son Beau gave me several black and white pictures from an antique book. They are pictures of Washington D.C.

Our family took a trip to D.C. several years ago. We had a great time! That makes these prints very special to me

I used scrapbook paper, handmade paper and burlap to layer my print on.  I placed all of that on top of the Mercury Glass.

Then I used a plain piece of glass on top of everything and placed it back into the frame. I did not use anything behind the Mercury Glass so my wall color would show through the crackled mirror.

There are tons of possibilities for this product! I have several more I’ll be sharing with y’all very soon! Happy Labor Day Y’all! 🙂

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

 

Brother Scan N Cut 2 TutorialUntil recently I was not familiar with the Brother Scan N Cut 2.
My cousin Beth received one for Christmas and was telling me how great it was! I stopped by to see it in action. I was so impressed and excited, now I want one! LOL

The Scan N Cut 2 is a home craft cutting machine that is similar to a Cricut cutter. It cuts paper, adhesive vinyl, and HTV (iron on vinyl),etc.
One of the great things about Scan N Cut 2 versus a Cricut is that it does just what the name says it scans then cuts. You can also import designs from your computer. Not only are there no more cartridges to have to buy, you also save a lot of paper or vinyl.

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The scanning feature allows you to scan exactly where your vinyl is placed on the mat. Then it cuts your design out of the piece of vinyl in that exact spot on the mat. There is very little waste!

Beth took step-by-step pictures of the awesome machine in action!

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

Enter your design from computer or USB.

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It will show up on the screen like this.

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Place your vinyl on the sticky mat decorative side up.

If you’re using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) place it on the sticky mat decorative side down. In this tutorial we’re using HTV.

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Enter the mat into machine and press the button to scan your mat.

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Select your design. (In this picture there is only one design. If you have multiple designs you will see all of them. Touch the one you want to select.)

If you are using HTV select the reverse image button (It’s the button that looks like a triangle split in half)  If you are using any other material, skip this step.

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When your design is ready to be cut, make sure it is placed on the scanned vinyl shown on your screen. If you need to center your design, use the touch screen with your finger to move it around. Press OK.

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Select Cut.

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Press the green Start Button.

Allow the machine to cut. When cutting is finished, eject the mat.

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Gently remove the excess vinyl.

Brother Scan N Cut 2 Tutorial

They are so easy to iron on. Just place them where you want on anything that safe to iron.

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Cover with a handkerchief or thin piece of fabric.

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Place the hot iron on top and press down firmly for 10 to 15 seconds in each area.

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Gently pull off the clear film.

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Place the handkerchief or cloth back over the top and repeat the ironing process. Ta-Da! You’re done

There are so many cool things you can do with this. Anything that you would normally embroider in addition to things that you were unable to embroider with a home embroidery machine you can use HTV (iron on vinyl) instead. For instance, sometimes bags are very hard to embroider because they’re hard to hoop. Some bags are just too thick to embroider. You could use the HTV for bags, luggage, pillows, stuffed animals, window shades, etc. almost anything you would want to embroider that can’t fit into the hoop. There are so many choices of HTV, glitter, furry textures and designs plus tons of solid colors. Endless possibilities!

The adhesive vinyl is great too! They work well for walls, headboards, rain boots, dry erase boards, clipboards, Easter buckets and baskets, just about any hard surface you can think of.

If you don’t have a Scan N Cut 2, you can purchase cut outs from Beth’s Etsy shop. Here’s the link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bethandmark

Here’s what I did with mine.

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Cute bag for Game Day!

Have I mentioned I love Brother Scan N Cut 2! I want one! 😉

Mirror Frame Refinishing Tutorial Video!

Looking for a simple Frame Refinishing technique?

My first tutorial video is about how easy frame refinishing can be! In this video I will show you how I took an old out of style gold mirror frame and gave it a new stylish look. This technique is much easier to DIY than you would think. This is my favorite kind of project; one where I take something old and re-purpose it to give it a fresh look. There is nothing more satisfying than breathing life into an old piece that you just don’t love quite as much anymore. Also it can save you a few bucks which is also a plus, right?

Update – Here is what the refinished mirror looked like in my bathroom!

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