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Glitter Animal Ornaments!

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Last year I had to move up from a little Christmas tree to a larger one, and when I pulled out all of my decorations this year, I realized that my tree looked pretty empty.

Remedy = DIY Glitter Animal Ornaments

I got the idea from Darby Smart's Lil' Glitter Critter Ornaments, but I changed it a little bit. 

First I gathered (not ordered) my supplies: 

  • Glitter
  • Small plastic animals (the kind that come in a tube)
  • Ribbon, regular twine, baker's twine
  • Hot glue gun, hot glue sticks
  • Mod Podge
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brushes

I lot of that I already had at home. I purchased the small plastic animals and extra glitter from Michaels. 

Note: If you're an adult without kids, recruit some kids to help. That way you won't be as embarrassed when your house is covered in glitter. 

Once I got everything together, I did a test run. I painted a few animals with gold paint and then Mod Podge and then glitter. I also tried a few animals without the gold paint. The results were equally satisfying so for the majority of the animals, I just skipped the gold paint. 

Then, I invited my friend's four- and five-year-olds over. I showed how to paint the animals with Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter on. Eventually, all the glitter was sprinkled on the table, and so we ended up rolling the animals in the glitter. It was fine, too. 


While glittering the animals and my entire house, the kiddos took breaks and fed Layla and Finley treats from the Christmas tree. 

Once all of the animals were glittered, I tied bows with ribbon and twine so they could hang from the tree. I just attached the bows with hot glue. Darby Smart recommends using small fish-eye hooks, but they were expensive and over complicated the whole thing. 

All in all, they turned out pretty well, and my tree looks friendly and festive! 

Painting Sugar Skulls at the Wine Palette

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So last night we painted sugar skulls at the Wine Palette in Plaza Midwood. 

I haven't painted/wine-d in years, probably five. Why not? I have no idea. I need to remember that I love this. 

First, I decided I wanted my painted to be magenta and black. At this point, it looked like a weird baby head. 

It took awhile to dry because I sort of slop on paint like shellac. But there was wine. And after it dried, I chalked on my design. 

We look pretty good, right? 

Then, I started painting the colors, and I was quickly remember of my ultimate truth: I am the dirty kid. Always. 

And here'show my sugar skull turned out! Painted and decorated! (With one jewel not quite dry.) 

I'm just going to say: All of our sugar skulls turned out pretty awesome. 

So the Wine Palette is a lot less structured than other paint/wine studios that I've been to, but it was fun and just in time for Halloween! 

Poll Results! Quirky and Creative

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The poll results are in! And it looks like I'll be repainting our bedroom. 

This is the Apartment Therapy post that originally inspired me: The "Mountain Mural" Bedroom.

Obviously there are some things that I will have to do differently, especially because our bedroom is in the attic. 

  1. I've got to paint the stair up to our attic first. 

  2. I'm going to paint one short wall and half the ceiling. It would be great if a picture accompanied this, but our room is a wreck. 

  3. I'm not precise enough to project an image onto the wall, so I'm going to wing it. 

  4. I love the colors in the mural, but we have a lot of cans of paint in the basement. Before I run out and buy more, I'm going to see if I can't come up with similar tones, even if I sacrifice some contrast. 

I have a feeling this project isn't going to happen fast, but I'll keep you updated on our progress.