Simply Sparkle Supply: DIY Chunky Necklace Kits

Ever want to make your own necklace, but couldn’t decide what color combinations you wanted? Or couldn’t find matching colors?

Then this will be great for you!

Simply Sparkle Supply sells adorable DIY necklace kits, in a wide variety of colors and styles! She also sells individual beads and pendants. Want a particular necklace, but don’t have the time to make it?  Select the “Make it for me” option! Check out some of my favorite sets and make your way over to her Etsy page!
( https://www.etsy.com/shop/SimplySparkleSupply?ref=l2-shopheader-name# )

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Coral and Mint are great, trendy colors for Spring and Summer! I love the bow!
( https://www.etsy.com/listing/189387948/coral-and-mint-chunky-necklace-diy-kit?ref=shop_home_active_1 )
 
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Teal and Grey are perfect for a day on the water, and a chic way to brighten a rainy day!
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Feeling a little whimsical today? Check out the Green and Purple kit!
( https://www.etsy.com/listing/189179657/purple-pendant-crystal-diy-chunky?ref=shop_home_active_9 )
 
Here are some examples of assembled necklaces:
 
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I love this Sofia The First necklace! Great for any little princess!
( https://www.etsy.com/listing/189112181/diy-chunky-necklace-kit-sofia-the-first?ref=shop_home_active_24 )
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Barbie is definitely classic!
( https://www.etsy.com/listing/189385500/pink-barbie-chunky-necklace-diy?ref=shop_home_active_18 )
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Here is the Teal and Grey! Gorgeous!
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Football season is coming! Who doesn’t want to sport their team colors?
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There are many more kits, beads, and pendants to choose from! So hop on over To Simply Sparkle Supply and take a look!!
 
Stay Crafty!
 
Xoxo,
Kisses
 
 
 

Catching Summer Light

First let me start off by apologizing for being MIA for so long; the past few months have been busy! We adopted THREE puppies, moved into a bigger house, I joined a band as the lead vocalist, and I quit my job to be a SAHM.

Don’t fret, thought; I haven’t been idle! I have finished a few things.
I’d like to started with my painted bottles and jars!

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First thing that you will need is a clear jar, bottle, or vase; clean them, making sure to remove any leftover labeling or adhesive

Now grab yourself some Mod Podge Gloss and Acrylic paint in the color(s) of your choice!

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I keep Mod Podge around to seal acrylic paintings and add a gloss finish, so I had it on hand, but you can find it at Wal-Mart in the crafts section with the acrylic paint.

 

Now all you have to do is mix 2-3 parts paint with 1 part Mod Podge. Mod Podge is white when wet, but it dries clear, which is why it’s great for diluting acrylic paint. Next you just need to paint the outside of the bottle with the mixture, you can use multiple colors for an ombre effect, or even a pattern. (use as many coats as you’d like to get the desired consistency, just be sure to let the paint DRY COMPLETELY)

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Once your bottle is completely dry, you can embellish it! For the green bottle, I dipped stamps into black acrylic paint and them stamped the flat surface!

 

For something a little different with the jars You can perform the steps above, but instead of painting the outside, paint the inside.

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Now paint the outside with white acrylic paint, I suggesting picking up a white paint that isn’t glossy, since it makes the next step more difficult.

For this step you will need a push pin or an exacto knife (the latter being the better option.)
Just use the pin or knife to gently etched out a design in the white paint. if you would like to do any line-work before etching, I would suggest using a stick of charcoal and (gently) drawing the lines to be etched.

I also painted a couple of burnt out Lightbulbs, which turned out pretty nice! I have them resting on a vase and a glass that I painted, but you can hot-glue a washer to the bottom so they stand on their own.

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Painted bottles and jars look great sitting in a sunny window, or hanging on the porch (you can just tie them up with twine.)
This is a great way to repurpose empty pickle jars and glass soda bottles, and they definitely help you catch the summer light and add a little color to your home!

Stay Crafty!

Xoxo,

Kisses

Ombre Chrysanthemum Chandelier

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courtesy of  http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/05/friday-flowers-ombre-chrysanthemums.html

I found this Chrysanthemum chandelier a few weeks ago, and had to try it out! Of course the instructions call for paper lanterns, but if you’re on a budget, or can’t seem to find any paper lanterns (like me,) you can use flat circles cut from cardboard to make wall-hanging Chrysanthemums

You can find the instructions by following the link: http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/05/friday-flowers-ombre-chrysanthemums.html

Here are some of Aunt Peaches’ images:

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Here are a couple (poor quality) photos of my own:

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This is a fun project for nurseries, girl rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parties, you name it.
And I am definitely going to be doing this one again!

Happy Crafting!

Xoxo
Kisses

Happy World Prematurity Day!

So today is World Prematurity Awareness Day.
I don’t have a craft four you today, but in honor of today I’d like to share something about my daughter, who was -you guessed it- a preemie.

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My daughter was born two months premature (at 32 weeks gestation.) I had a 45 minute labor and she was here! With her head in my palm, her feet didn’t reach my elbows!

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She weight 3lbs. 15.18 oz. The first time I fed her was with a syringe, through a feeding tube. She was in the NICU for a month and a half and when she came home she was barely larger than a baby doll.

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She is now four years old, in Pre-K. She’s very smart and creative.

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For more info on preemies and preterm birth, check out these links:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prematurebabies.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preterm_birth

http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/premature-babies.aspx

http://www.babycenter.com/premature-babies

To see first-hand stories of preemies and preemie parents, check out this page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PreemieSupportandAwareness?ref=ts&fref=ts

DIY Barbie Shoe Necklace

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Four years old and already obsessed with shoes! Yes, that’s my beautiful little flower, Chrysanthemum. And she is wearing the latest addition to her jewelry box, a necklace embellished with charms made from Barbie shoes.

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My mother in law bought my daughter a set of off brand clothes at the dollar store a while back. My daughter loved the clothes, but the shoes were much too large.

So I decided to make use of them. I put holes in the backs of the shoes with a push pin, then put a link through the hole, attach to a bracelet or necklace and you’re done!

Xoxo
Kisses

Fall Inspired DIY Wall Hanging and Garland

So bear with me, I’m a little limited in materials at the moment. Aren’t we all sometimes?
So today I finished up some cute fall decor.
This would be a fun craft for kids! (Younger kids might need a bit of help)
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This one doesn’t real need instructions, because it’s all you! But I’ll tell you what I used:
Open circle, cut from a cardboard box.
Closed circle, cut from the center of the afore mentioned. (trimmed a bit so that there was some space between the edges.)
Construction paper leaves, with a few veins drawn on. (You can print off a pattern, or make your own, like I did.)
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And polished hemp to wrap the cardboard, and for the garland.

I used wire to suspend the closed circle in the center of the open one, and also to hang the leaves from the garland.

I glued the leaves in a circular pattern, then added a final leaf in the center to draw it all together

I was planning on using ribbon flowers for an additional wall hanging, but ran out of ribbon.

Have a good night!

Xoxo
Kisses

DIY Play Makeup

With Thanksgiving coming fast, I’ve been working on a few fall crafts. However, I have yet to finish any of them.
So while I finish those up, enjoy this:

As any mother with daughters will tell you, little girls like to get into Mommy’s makeup! So today’s craft is my solution to that issue.
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This one is pretty easy. We all have an empty -or nearly empty- eyeshadow palette somewhere. Why not recycle that into a fun toy that helps our little girl be just like Mommy?

First, clean out the palette. Be sure to remove any leftover makeup, and dry thoroughly.
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Then take any color nail polish and fill the spaces where the makeup used to be. Make sure to fill them to the top of the space, as the nail polish will compress when it dries.

Let the nail polish dry overnight, or longer if necessary.
Now  your little girl has no-mess “makeup,” and will (hopefully) stay out of yours!
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Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Xoxo
Kisses