A Cool and Crafty Holiday Season – Fun DIY Christmas Projects

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The holidays are just another excuse to get your craft on. So don’t be timid about it! Go bold and try some of my favorite DIY holiday projects from around the web!
Cool and Crafty DIY Holiday Christmas Craft Projects
1. Gingerbread Men Jello Shots from That’s so Michelle – Perfect for entertaining your favorite friends!
2. Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Paiges of Style – Give your Christmas gifts some cheer with printable labels and tags that will have you dreaming of a pink Christmas or perhaps even a sparkly one!
3. DIY Paper Dahlias / Christmas Stars from Project Zakka – Use your favorite patterned paper squares to craft these easy Christmas Star ornaments for your tree!
You can find even more great diy ideas pinned to my boards on Pinterest!

Free Printable Owl Notecards

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Many years ago I sold handmade notecards I created from my own original, paper art collages. Many of these stationery sets featured little birds or owls at play. My first set of notecards was my Seasonal or Everyday Birds Notecard Set. Now that I am no longer selling these cards, I wanted to share them with my readers to print and share with family and friends for their own personal use.

This cute card set features a set of four adorable cards reflective of the four seasons. There are birds hanging out on the laundry line in the summer sun, little birds stealing kisses on the branches of bare autumn trees, tiny birds bundling up for that winter snow, and birds scenting out new spring blooms!

To create you own card collection, simply download the free printable PDF file featuring my notecards onto card stock. Then cut each sheet of cards in half between the images and fold the cards in half so the images face front. The finished cards will measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and fit inside standard invitation sized envelopes available from most craft stores.

I hope you enjoy writing your own notes in my little pieces of art!

Summer eats on the go.

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Summer is the perfect time for picnics and family get togethers. But what do you bring to eat when it’s insanely hot outside. Marichelle of lifeflix blog has the answer. She came up with her own delicious summer pasta recipe perfect for a hot summer night. Made with seasonal roasted zucchini, grape tomatoes, shallots, garlic, pasta, shrimp, some seasoning, and a little white wine, you’ll want to have this dish again and again. Substitute the zucchini as your local crops change for a new dish every time. Read the recipe here.
To keep the flies out your dish while in between servings, skip the aluminum foil and saran wrap and opt for a more eco-friendly option. This bowl cover is perfect for short term storage at picnics and parties and can be custom made to fit any bowl in your house! This Eco Travel Lid was created by Allyson Hill. She provides complete step by step instructions on how to made this project yourself on her blog. Don’t have the time or talent to make your own? You can buy handmade, reusable bowl covers online from Sew Much Style.

DIY Candy Cane Bath Salts – A Simple Handmade Holiday Gift

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The holidays are always just around the corner! Get a head start on your gifts by making these seasonally inspired bath salts.

Candy Cane Bath Salts

3 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil
3 teaspoons glycerin
1 cup of Epsom salt
2 cups of fine Sea salt
1 cup course Sea salt
2 drop of green food coloring
2 drop of red food coloring
12 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Combine the epson and sea salts. Mix well. Distribute equally into three separate bowls. Add one teaspoon of sweet almond oil, 1 teaspoon glycerin, and 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil to each bowl. Finally add two drops of red food coloring to one bowl, and two drops of green food coloring to a second bowl. Leave the third bowl uncolored. Mix each bowl well, then cover and allow to sit for a few hours. Finally, fill a clean, clear glass container with the salts, layering each color as you go.
Shop for products for this project online at Mountain Rose Herbs.