Monday, December 26, 2011

another easy DIY-Leather Leaf Earrings

Recently I have been making leather leaf or leather feather earrings using leather pieces from Hobby Lobby and earring kidney wires. Unbelievably easy. Just draw a template out of cardboard or card stock or paper or whatever, trace the shape onto the leather, cut out, cut fringe on the edges, use a nail and hammer to make holes for the earring wires and voila...cute earrings, really cheap to make! I made a bunch to give as Christmas gifts and a few for myself, but alas have taken no pics, so I found this link for a great tutorial on making them. The bead is a great touch I didn't do but I will have to see if I have any old beads hanging round that I can use for the future.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm dreamin of a...white Christmas

friend Rachel, daughters Jenny and Christina outside the Alabama Theater in downtown Birmingham
me, Christina and Jenny
absolutely gorgeous inside!
the concession area

Today, I went to downtown Birmingham to see Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" with daughters Jenny and Christina, and friend Rachel. The theater was absolutely beautiful, very ornately decorated with a huge tree in the entrance, lights, marble floors, very art deco!
It was a capacity crowd of eager folks looking forward to a festive time. A pipe organ rises from beneath the stage with a cheery man playing it, with words on the movie screen as a Christmas song sing a long warms up the audience.
At the end of the movie when they sing White Christmas, the audience started to sing along! Then the organ player rises from below, also playing White Christmas as the crowd filtered out of the Theater.
As Jenny and I were standing in the lobby area, an older lady passed us and remarked to us that she enjoyed the movie just as much as when she first saw it in 1954. People were full of Christmas Spirit as they left the Alabama, posing for pictures just like we did! A good old, warm feeling, old fashioned Christmas memory that we will treasure for years to come!

Monday, December 5, 2011

2nd easiest Christmas DIY...Snowglobes!

empty fridge of old jams, pickles, whatever in glass jars
remove labels and of course, wash
hot glue tiny trees and plastic figures that fit, to the inside of lid
put epsom salt or glitter in jar
close lid
flip over!

That's it! The hardest part was getting glue off the jars (put some canola oil on them and scraped with butter knife) A great gift idea that is unique yet inexpensive!
Love them!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

easiest Christmas DIY ever!

Get some small dixie cups.
Poke holes in bottom with scissors.
Stick on twinkle lights.