Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday 101: DIY Snowglobes

A major trend I've noticed this year (& have fallen in very total "like" with) has been the apothecary jar with a special "animal/object" lid. Versions of the trend have taken over Pintrest (& much of the internet)...while another DIY trend of custom snowglobes has even been recreated by Martha Stewart.
One thing that really surprised me was that none of the sites I "researched" (translation: surfed aimlessly) showed any thought of combining the two. Because of this, I decided to create my own "mash-up" of these two popular trends...read on to learn how to make your own (& impress anyone lucky enough to get one as a gift).
  • Mason jar  (*In order to avoid the "traditional" design of an "official" mason jar, I recycled mason jars I'd bought of Del Monte fruit.)
  • Plastic animal/building/etc for topper (You can use whatever you want for this....I used a squirrel I found in the toy model section at my local Michael's craft store.)
  • smaller plastic animal/plant/building/etc models for inner display (Also purchased at Michael's...the trees came variety packs of 9 & the deer came in packs of 2. Again, use whatever you want...just make sure it fits in the jar!)
  • E6000 industrial glue
  • Krylon ColorMaster Gold Metallic spray paint (found at Ace Hardware...use whatever color you may choose)
  • rubber gloves & paper bag to dry lids on (optional)
  • tinsel glitter (found at Michael's)
  • filtered/purified drinking water (or bottled water)
  • Glycerine (found at Walgreens)
  • ribbon (optional)
If necessary, remove/clean any residue off jar. Leaving the lid on, determine where you want to place your topper (to ensure it will face forward when replaced). Glue object to lid with E6000 & let sit overnight. Next, remove the lid & use spray paint to evenly cover colors on lid (may require 2 coats, do not layer coats heavily). Use gloves if you would like...they definitely help if you're holding the lids to spray them.
Before you glue anything inside your jar, make sure you know how you're going to set up the display. (As you glue each object with the E6000, remember to allow 30 seconds before pressing each object down onto the surface....this will create a stronger bond between the two.) I let mine set for a few days, but give the jar displays at least 24 hours to dry (after gluing).Fill your jar with water...it doesn't have to be to the top of your jar, but at least make sure the water line settles a little bit above your display figures. Sprinkle tinsel glitter into the water (you should only need 3-4tsp worth per jar). Depending on the bottle your glycerin is in, you'll either need to squirt it into the jar or add it by drops (this means, either, roughly 2-3 squeezes of a bottle or 8-9 drops).
Return each lid to its proper jar (mark them beforehand with tape, if necessary). Then, use your E6000 to follow the seal around the lid (if desired). Tie your ribbon around the jar, just under the lid, & make a bow for added fun.
And you're done! Go ahead & try them out with a good shake.
Now you've got your own little winter wonderland in your hands :)
Here's the one I kept for our place:
Want to show me your version? Send a picture!
Email them to: OneToSpare@gmail.com

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Decor 101 : The (Literal) "Statement Piece"

Hey, all!
As promised, here's a video from the pile of "holiday stuff Alyssa has to post."
I won't feel too bad about waiting to post many of these ideas until (almost) the last minute, as some of the ideas you'll see here in the next few days are taken straight from the gifts I'm giving out this year. And I can't have everyone peeking early on here…let's avoid the classic "surprise ruin," shall we?

While this video is alright for everyone to view...if you know me personally (& managed to stay on the "nice" list this year), I hereby order you to cease blog views after you've finished this post.

So, go ahead. View away. Then go away.
(At least until after Christmas, I mean…give me a break, eh?)

If you decide to do this project, I'd love to see your version.
And send pictures! I love pictures.
I also commend your bravery if you do…we all know it's impossible to get rid of glitter once it's out.
I'm sure I'll still be finding it around the room months from now.
I'll post a few more (giftable) ideas over the weekend.
Until then…enjoy!
xx Alyssa Marie
** In case you're curious, here's the result of my holiday decorating hijinks.
You can't tell a girl lives in this apartment at all….right? Didn't think so. (Can glitter be manly?)**

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Playlist Of The Moment #9 : Playing "Catch Up"

Hey, World!
Now tell me…does anyone else feel like the last few weeks have been strangely blurred together? Between wrapping up the Thanksgiving festivities & preparing for Christmas, this last part of the has gone by ridiculously fast. I hate to admit it, but it's been so much so that I'm sitting on a back-log of (holiday giftable!) project posts & playlists. I'll be filtering through them in the next day or so to get them on here. Some of these projects make great gifts...& might even help you stay off the naughty list! (lol) Check back later today/tomorrow for new ideas :)

Here are a few songs that have kept me going this week.
Have something you think I should listen to?
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xx  Alyssa Marie

NZCA/Lines : "Airlock"
St. Lucia : "Closer Than This"
Johnny Thunders : "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory"
Sombear: "Incredibly Still"
The Colourist : "Little Games"
America : "Ventura Highway"
Eminem : "Without Me"
The Human League : "Don't You Want Me"
The Cranberries : "Linger"
(I know this song catches a bad rap…
but it's pretty nice the one time when you haven't constantly heard it.)
Buggles : "Video Killed the Radio Star"
Talking Heads : "Once In A Lifetime"
Wild Nothing : "Wait"