Friday, February 5, 2010

First Tutorial - Butterfly Candle Centerpiece

I've been reading craft blogs for awhile now and I am SO in LOVE with SO many of them! I love reading tutorials so I figured I'd take the opportunity to make my own :) I got my inspiration here and I'd LOVE to have a more exact replica but my bedroom is in brown tones. Ah well.

Mod Podge Glue
Cheap Frame
Scrapbook Paper
Buttons (or other embellishments)
Hot Glue Gun


I found the frame at the Dollar Tree and its awesome for this project because it has only a thin black frame with the majority being glass. Candles came from Dollar Tree as well. Paper and buttons were just laying around the house... so I have 3 bucks invested in this project! Gotta LOVE that!

 So here we go!


The first step is to chose what image you want to decoupage on your candle (1). Once you get it cut out (2) and trimmed to size (3) you are going to use the Mod Podge (or decoupage glue of your choice) and glue it (4) on the candle (FYI for those who haven't done this in the past... put the glue on the back of the paper). After you get your image glued on you will need to put a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal it. Just use your paintbrush to paint right on top of it.


While that dries we are going to make the base. Take the glass out of the frame and center it over the design on the paper you want to use (7 & 8). Trace around the glass and then cut it out (9). Pop the paper and glass back in the frame and voila (10)! Super hard, right?

Now all you need is some embellishment! I used some vintage buttons (11) that my mom had. I arranged and then hot glued them directly to the glass (12). So simple but oh so cute!


That's it! Just put the candles on top and you have a beautiful centerpiece for your table, buffet, etc! It was adorable resting on top of a vintage doily on my moms buffet table! And I've now got it sitting atop a stack of old books on my dresser. LOVE IT!



Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I May Never Live This One Down *sigh*

I've always been such a dork... This incident was just so crazy I had to share it. Hannah may never let me live this one down*sigh*

A bit of back story... I live in a fairly old house. With my cousin and grandfather. And shag carpeting... and very poor lighting... Our laundry room is in the basement and the hallway to access the basement has very high ceilings... like 2nd story high.

I was headed down the stairs to wash clothes... when suddenly, out of no where I am attacked!! AHHHH

I just know it had to be by something horrible and vicious in this old house!! Whatever it was fell or flew from above and I feel it hit me on the leg before falling down the stairs to the basement and landing on the floor... Oh my it's probably a huge SPIDER or AHHHHH a BAT!!

"OH. MY. GOSH. THERE it IS!! I see it!!! I think it might be moving!!!" I scream, "Hannah get me the broom!!!"

I grab my weapon and head into the unknown to battle and save my child!

Creeping down the stairs... quietly but with purpose while Hannah yells, "What is it mom??" and "Kill it!! Kill it!!"

Inching as close as one could dare... my battle cry rings out through the basement as I use the broom to beat the unknown creature to a pulp!!

No movement.... wait... no no its not moving. HA~HA~HA VICTORY is MINE!!

Hannah comes down the stairs to join me 3 steps from the bottom. I pull her close, wrap my arms around her and hold her tightly.  "It's ok," I tell her, "I killed it."

Hannah leans a bit closer and says... "Hey... Mom... isn't that thing just your earring?"

I lean closer and look for myself. I then have no choice but to look at that sweet angelic little face and say, "Yes... yes I suppose it is. But at least its dead now."


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