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Primitive Egg Wreath

Easy Primitive Egg Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

 

I always have to have an ‘Easter’ wreath. But this year, since I completely lagged on getting one made, I decided I wanted to make one that I could leave up long after the holiday had come and gone. Additionally, I wanted to make one using the neutral color scheme that I went with for this Easter’s celebration (I just really love the colors of naked eggs!). And of course, I wanted to make it using the plethora of eggs that I have just sitting around, courtesy of the Farmhouse poultry.

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That’s a bowl full of 50 blown eggs. Yup. That was a very light-headed day.

I started with a wire hanger. Leaving the top of the hanger twisted like it comes, shape the thing into a nice circle. Once it is shaped, then use pliers to ‘untwist’ the top, shape it a bit, and make a small loop at the top.

Easy Primitive Egg Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

 

You’ll need about 15 or so blown, dry eggs. The blow-out process is pretty easy (unless you are doing 50 at a time, which I do not recommend! Lol). I used a Dremel tool with a tiny drill attachment to poke a hole in each end of the egg shell, then I inserted a toothpick and sort of scrambled it around to break up the interior membranes. I used a small cocktail straw to actually blow the guts out, and once it was empty, I filled the egg with water, shook it around, and blew it out again. I then set the egg on end on a paper towel to drain. You can cook the eggshells in an oven to make sure they are good and dry (in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, or the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F), but I just left mine to air dry for a few days before using them (ie, I lagged on getting this project done).

Select your specimens, and, one by one, string them over the loose end of the wire form until you have about one egg’s length left of the wire. Now for the tricky part. Place the egg wreath on a padded surface (to cushion the eggs), and, using pliers, carefully bend the loose end into a small hook that can be hooked around the opposite end of the wreath form. It’s not easy. That wire is not super pliable. Don’t jostle the eggs while you do this–it’s a huge bummer to break even one egg because you’ll have to slide them all off and start all over. Fortunately, it was easy enough that I didn’t break any in my attempt.

Easy Primitive Egg Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

Oh, so careful!

Now that your wreath is all formed, decide which side you want to be the front, and which the back. Flip it so that the back side is up, and then go along and anchor the eggs to each other with a drop of hot glue.

Easy Primitive Egg Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

This will keep the eggs from moving around, and the less they move, the less likely they are to break.

Next: place a blob of hot glue on the highest area of the back of each egg.

Easy Primitive Egg Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

This serves as a bit of a ‘bumper’ for the egg to help protect it when you hang it.

Once that is all dry, flip it back over. Here, I decided I wanted to draw a cute little heart on the random white egg with a paint pen. I also tied a bow out of raffia, and then hot glued that to the top of the wreath.

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And there you have it! I was a little worried about the eggs banging against the door when it opened and closed, but the hot glue bumpers seem to keep that from happening brilliantly! Huzzah! (But…ya know…don’t go slamming the door if you can help it).

And, of course, one could absolutely make this wreath with brightly dyed Easter eggs–how cute would that be?!

Easy No-Sew Rice Heating Pad

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I found myself in a situation the other day where I needed to make a rice heating pad, and I needed it quick. And I needed to not have to sew it together because…well…I don’t sew. SO, I did a quick search of the interwebs and came across several accounts of people using tube socks for just this purpose; ya take a sock, fill it with rice, and tie up the loose end. Awesome. Great idea…only…I needed it to be bigger than a skinny little tube sock.

So. I scrounged around a bit and came up with an old, long-sleeved t-shirt of the Texan’s.

DIY No-Sew Rice Heating Pad from Farmhouse38.com

I hadn’t seen him wear this for a looooong time, and it’s got some stains and holes in it, so I decided to sacrifice it for the greater good. But apparently, it was his most cherished long-sleeve t-shirt. Oops. My bad.

Then I just cut off a sleeve (actually, I cut off both sleeves to make two of these).

Easy DIY No-Sew Rice Heating Pad from Farmhouse38.com

You can see I also cut the finished edge of the sleeve off so that both ends of the heating pad match (ie; rough and unfinished).

Then, using a bit of baker’s twine, I tied off one end. Tightly.

Easy DIY No-Sew Rice Heating Pad from Farmhouse38.com

Double-knotted for good measure.

I then filled the sleeve with about 2 lbs of white rice (not the instant variety, apparently that’s not good for this. Just good ol’white rice). Fill it with as much or as little as you want–I wanted this to be nice and malleable, not stuffed to the seams. Once the rice was in, I tied off the other end with baker’s twine.

Easy DIY No-Sew Rice Heating Pad from Farmhouse38.com

Et voilà!

To heat this, place the heating pad next to a single cup of water (water in microwave-safe cup or bowl) in the microwave for about 1.5-2 minutes (the water helps keep the rice from burning). Depending on how much rice you put in, you may need to heat for a little longer, but be careful not to let the water in the cup boil or the rice burn–so heat in small increments to be safe. This heating pad was perfect at about 1:45 minutes.

It worked wonderfully, and was a nice, safe, gentle heat for a tender little tummy:

Easy DIY No-Sew Rice Heating Pad from Farmhouse38.com

Getting spayed is no fun. It is no fun at all.

Pot O’Gold Terrarium

St. Patty's Day Pot O'Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.comEver since attending the Terrarium Class at The Nest Reno a few weeks back, I’ve had terrariums on the brain. I figured that St. Patrick’s Day was a good excuse to get it out of my system.

I started with a nice big glass jar (the kind that comes with a lid, but we’re leaving that out this time around), and filled it about two inches or so with some green recycled glass fragments (obtained at a gardening store).

St. Patty's Day Pot O' Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.comNext, I dropped in two generous handfuls of activated carbon (you can find this, most likely, at your local nursery, but also in the aquarium section of the pet store).

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The third layer is a bit of sheet moss (from the nursery or craft store):

St. Patty's Day Pot O' Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

Now, it’s time for potting soil. Put enough in to accommodate the size of the plants you want to use.

St. Patty's Day Pot O'Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

Time for the fun part: planting. I chose several tiny plants from the nursery, including a couple of shamrocks (oxalis) and a couple of seloginella ferns.

St. Patty's Day Pot O'Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

My local nursery has an entire ‘fairy garden’ section with itty bitty plants perfect for terrariums.

But I also just happen to have some wild oxalis growing in my yard, whose leaves are much tinier and more ‘fairy garden-ish’–so I wanted to transplant a few of them, also.

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I wasn’t sure if these would survive transplanting–but they totally did! Shamrock on.

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I planted all my tiny plants and then tucked sheet and reindeer moss all around them, then gave everything a really good misting of water.

Now it was time to make my tiny pot of gold. I started with some broken mirror glass gravel (found at the craft store). It was kind of a cool yellow glass, but I spread it thin and sprayed it with gold spray paint, let it dry, shook it up a bit, sprayed it, let it dry, etc., until it was well-coated with gold. Any type of small gravel would work for this, I just really liked the size, shape, and reflective quality of this stuff.

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On the left is the original look of the gravel. On the right is how it looked lightly sprayed gold.

Now to create the pot: I went with the most wee terracotta pot (also from the craft store) I could find:

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We have three sizes: wee, not so wee, and FRIGGIN’ HUGE!!! (Who’s good at their obscure SNL skit lines?)

I then sprayed it black with chalkboard paint. When it had thoroughly dried, I ‘seasoned’ it a bit with chalk to make it look a little aged (giving the whole thing a coat of hairspray to help make the chalk stick). I then hot glued a craft stick into the bottom of the pot (sticking out the drain hole). Next I layered hot glue, then gold gravel, then hot glue, then gold gravel, etc, building the gravel up until it looked like a nice, full pot of Leprechaun gold.

St. Patty's Day Pot O'Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

Unhand me gold.

Now…for the rainbow. I began with an empty plastic bottle:

St. Patty's Pot O'Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

I drew a rough guidline, spiraling down the bottle, and then cut along this line.

This left me with a curlycue strip, like so:

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Next, I took some fine gauge sand paper and sanded both sides of the plastic (this removes any printing or label remnants, and gives the surface some ‘tooth’ for the paint to hold on to).

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Tape or weigh down both ends of the plastic so that it is laying flat. Choose your rainbow colors (I used basic craft acrylic paint), and thinly paint your stripes of colors (thin the paint with clear gloss if you have to so that the final result is a bit transparent). Once that has dried, hot glue one end of the rainbow to the back edge of the pot of gold, and place your pot in the terrarium.

St. Patty's Day Pot O' Gold Terrarium from Farmhouse38.com

For some reason I really wanted a little paver path leading to the pot. So I placed some tiny stones. I think I am still fixated on Olive and Love‘s adorable pathway in her Terrarium Class terrarium.

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This little path makes no sense. What leprechaun in his right mind would build a path leading to his pot of gold. I mean, really.

The final step is to apply your cloud to the top edge of the jar. I swiped a handful of fiber-fill stuffing from a pillow, ran a bead of hot glue along the back edge of the jar, and stuck the fluff on. I then ran a bead of hot glue along the loose end of the rainbow and lodged that in the cloud.

And there you have it! A pot o’gold at the end of the rainbow, cloud and all:

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Coffee Filter Peonies

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Making flowers out of coffee filters or tissue is nothing new, but I’ve been meaning to try my hand at it for quite sometime. And when I say ‘try my hand’, I mean ‘try my hand’:

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Wear gloves. Learn from my mistakes.

Of all the hundreds of tutorials out there on this, I landed on the one from Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow. I liked this one. So I did it. :-) Honestly, she does a really bang-up job of laying out the tutorial, so I highly recommend you head over and follow her instructions–but I will muddle through mine just the same! Because I am a professional muddler.

I began with pretty simple supplies: scissors, large white coffee filters, thin craft wire, floral tape, hot glue, and whatever color food coloring you are looking to do. I wanted RED. Super-saturated red. We’ll get to that later.

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Simple enough!

Now settle in for some busywork…depending on how many flowers you want to make, there is quite a bit of coffee-filter cutting to be done. I obviously wanted a lot of flowers, so I kind of hunkered down a few nights in a row and cut filters while watching a lot of reality TV. It helps. I promise.

You’ll want to fold a single coffee filter in half, then in fourths, then again into eighths and cut the top of it into an arch (in order to make a scalloped edge). I even folded some to just fourths, and some as much as into sixteenths, because I wanted the ruffles of the flowers to be inconsistent (which feels more real to me).

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For the center of every flower, I wanted some fringe, so I folded the coffee filters into eighths and then instead of just scalloping the top, I actually cut them down in length by about a quarter, and scalloped the edge. Then I cut the edge so that it had fringe.

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Magic! I suddenly have a manicure.

A typical flower is going to be assembled from various pieces of these different-shaped filters–you can use any combination or repetition of any of the scalloped-edged pieces, with one fringe piece in the center.

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A typical blossom is made up of about four pieces, but to make larger ones, sometimes I would use up to six, and to make smaller ones, sometimes I would only use one scalloped-edge piece and one center piece. There is no right or wrong amount here, and I strongly encourage you to make them various sizes–much more realistic-looking that way!

Now, take a small length of wire for your stem. Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow suggested taking a pencil or a paintbrush or something of the sort and wrapping one end of the wire around this a few times to make a small circle as a sort of catch for the wire to not pull all the way through the coffee filters. I did this. Great idea. So once you have your wire loop, slide a fringed coffee filter piece on up the wire and mush it into a flower shape (again, look at the Rebecca’s tutorial, she did a better job of documenting this with the camera). I adhered it with a dot of hot glue. Then slide a scalloped coffee filter of your choosing up next. Mold it into a flower shape and adhere it with hot glue. Keep building until your flower makes you happy. If you want, at the end, you can wrap floral tape around the bottom to give it a finished look.

Now for the fun part…dyeing them! To get your desired color, you’re gonna have to mess around a little bit with your food coloring. Mix a few drops of food coloring with water in a bowl and test it out on your extra coffee filters. I wanted my flowers to be all varying shades of red, and so, to be honest, I hardly had any water mixed with mine at all–nearly straight food coloring. For some of them, I even added black food coloring to get that black-red color.

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I recommend making several bowls full of varying shades of the same color, as this gives you a really realistic color scheme (flowers are gonna vary in color slightly from one to the next, right??). So play around with it! And…again…wear gloves.

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I dipped my blooms fully into the mixture, making sure that every bit was soaked up with liquid. Then I set them, face down, on a tinfoil-lined cookie sheet to dry. Once dry, I went through and fluffed them up into the proper shape.

I went around and around with what I actually wanted to use these for–my intention was to make a Valentine’s Day centerpiece using up-cycled tin cans as vases. Long story short, I wasn’t super pleased with how it turned out:

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Not the worst thing I’ve ever made, so I figured I’d share the photos anyways. Happy Valentine’s Day a week late!! LOL.

It was at this point that I realized what I really wanted out of these things was a big, lush centerpiece arrangement. So I dug out my big silver basin, and taped the top off into a grid (this is a great florist’s trick that helps support a mass of flowers-live or paper- in a wide-mouthed vessel. I used Scotch tape, which works fine, but clear floral tape works even better if you can get it because it is narrower, clearer, and has a stronger bond).

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Make sure your vessel is completely dry when you apply the tape. I dried it off, but just before I took this photo, my sparkling water bottle exploded everywhere. Perfect.

Be sure to run a length of tape around the circumference of the vessel to pin down the grid tape edges:

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It ain’t too purty but it keeps things secure and theoretically will be covered by the lushness of your arrangement.

I started by inserting a bunch of branches:

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Next, I realized that the flimsy wire I made my peonies with was too flimsy, so I hot-glued each blossom to a piece of stiff, raffia-covered craft wire. Then I proceeded to shove them in amongst the branches.

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Once you’ve got quite a few flowers in there, add a few more branches, and then keep adding flowers until the thing is overflowing.

I even hot-glued a couple of smaller blossoms to some of the branches for a little more drama:

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So as much as this was supposed to be a Valentine’s Day project, I bumbled it enough that it didn’t quite turn out to be that. But that’s just between you and me.

Happy Valentine’s Day next year!!!

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs (and a Bee Sting)

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Today’s looking up for Phoebe.  Yesterday wasn’t so fun:

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This is what it looks like when you take a bee stinger to the mouth.

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Needless to say, poor puppyface was in a lot of pain, and had to go to the vet for a shot. Sad face.

But today, her face has returned to it’s normal level of goofy, and she is feeling quite fantastic. So we decided to celebrate with a puppy flower collar.

DIY Flower Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

Who’s a pretty girl?!

This tutorial harkens back to my floral design days when we’d do floral collars for dogs who got to be in the wedding party (which is pretty much my favorite thing ever). They’re so simple to make, and as long as you have a tolerant dog, they’re pretty easy to wear (I should note here that not all dogs will be a fan of this, so proceed with caution.  Also, be sure to select flowers that are non-toxic–I cannot stress this enough. Roses, marigolds, daisies, snapdragons, small sunflowers, coneflowers, etc. are all choices that are non-toxic and also hold up well in this sort of application-ie, won’t get too floppy too soon. Also herbs–herbs are great for this).

Start off by measuring your pet’s neck, and then add about two inches to that measurement. Now cut that amount of thin craft wire, and twist a small loop at one end:

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

Select your flowers and cut them right at the top of the stem so that the blossom has zero stem.

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

No stem!!

Now, carefully poke the wire through the base of the bud and out the other side. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a pin to sort of ‘pre-drill’ through the flower before poking the wire through.

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

DIY Floral Collar from Farmhouse38.com

Slide that wire on through.

Slide the blossom on down, and repeat until you have filled the length with about an inch to spare.

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

Now, place the collar on your victim and feed the loose wire end through the looped wire end and secure.

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

Oh, Phoebe…workin’ that collar!

I should also note that an optional and very pretty way to attach the collar is to start with a slightly shorter wire length, put a wire loop at each end of the wire, and then attach short lengths of ribbon to each end.  These can then easily be tied together to secure around your pet’s neck:

DIY Floral Collar for Dogs from Farmhouse38.com

Willie shows off this version.

This was, incidentally, the method I used to make Millie’s pretty little necklace last spring (some of you might remember):

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I should note here that Miss Millie was not a fan of her necklace AT ALL. I do not recommend putting accessories on your chickens unless they are just really used to these sorts of shenanigans or are really just that fashionable.

But the Feebster didn’t seem to mind her collar too much. She knows it goes well with her non-swollen face.

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Cupid’s Arrow Heart Wreath

Cupid's Arrow Heart Wreath from Farmhouse38.comI’ve still got a few more Valentine’s Day projects and goodies to try to squeeze in before it’s here! This one is a natural companion for the Cupid’s Arrow Garland. Same little arrows (see how to make them here), all clustered together on a DIY wire heart wreath.

Once you’ve taken a look at the other post and learned how to make the arrows, all you need is some raffia-covered wire from the floral section at the craft store, and a hot glue gun.

I cut three lengths of the raffia wire, approximately 70 inches in length (the finished wreath is about 18 x 18″). I then twisted these three pieces into one. At the middle of the length of twisted wire, make a bend, this will be the point of the heart. Now neatly twist together the loose ends and proceed to shape the wire into a heart form.

DIY Cupid's Arrow Heart Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

My crafting sidekick observes.

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Make sure you double-check that the ends are secure.

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If need be, bring in a second pair of eyes to make sure your ends are secure.

Now, glue your arrows into place. It’s as simple as that (once you’ve handmade about forty arrows–no biggie!).

DIY Cupid's Arrow Heart Wreath from Farmhouse38.com

And there you have it!

If this wreath is going outside, hit the whole thing with a good coat of poly just to help ensure it holds up.

That is all for now-carry on!

Cupid’s Arrow Garland

DIY Cupid's Arrow Garland by Farmhouse38.comThe Valentine’s Day crafts have exploded glitter and little red and pink hearts all over the house. This is just the way it has to be.

This cute little garland is definitely largely to blame.

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Teeny, tiny arrows…but what happened to the teeny, tiny bows? We may never know.

So I started by collecting a bunch of twigs from my cedar trees in the backyard.  I chose sticks that were roughly an eighth of an inch in diameter, more or less.  When I had found enough of these, I washed them (sticks are DIRTY, it turns out), and then cut them down into 2-1/2 to 3 inch lengths.  I cut approximately 45 little pieces. And then I laid them out to dry and get a tan.

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This looks super OCD. Because it is.

While they dried, I went to work making my little hearts.  Now, I know there are lots of crafty options for making these little guys easily(hole punches, scrapbooking bits and bobs), but I never do things the easy way, it seems.  And I just wanted to make these from stuff I had sitting around at home–so that meant I traced and cut out each little heart by hand.  Using a random notecard, I drew my first heart and cut it out to my liking, and then used that to trace 44 more.  A little labor intensive, yes.  But worth it because I didn’t have to drag my butt to the craft store.

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This didn’t take that long to do. I swear.

After I had cut them all out, I spaced them out on a piece of tinfoil and slapped some red paint on them.

While those dried, I gave the tiny sticks each a rough coat of white paint–not quite a solid coat so that they had a white-washy kinda vibe to them.

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Painting sticks is fun. I promise. You might want to wear gloves.

Next I needed feathers…where to get some feathers…?

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Oh, of course! My gatherings from the Great Chicken Molt of 2013.

I then cut each feather down into a sort of chevron shape (each feather yielded me two little arrow tufts), and then laid them out on tinfoil and slathered varying hues of acrylic paint across them.  Again, it’s a lot easier to just go and buy colored feathers from the craft store, but what else was I going to do with all these darned chicken feathers? (Don’t worry, more crafts!)

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Let these dry just a tad and then carefully peel them up from the tinfoil so that they don’t get super stuck. Or save yourself the trouble and go buy feathers from Hobby Lobby.

When that had set, it was time to assemble the arrows.  Hello, hot glue gun!  I simply hot-glued a heart and a feather to each little painted stick.

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They looked so adorable all lined up on this Gershwin & Gertie chalkboard that I almost wanted to glue them down and call it a day. But I did not.

It was at this juncture that I decided my little arrows were in serious need of some glitter.  So I gave each heart another coat of paint and a healthy dusting of red glitter and then let them set.

To assemble the garland, I used thin, galvanized, craft wire, which I wrapped around the center of the first arrow shaft a few times (you can super-secure this by hitting the wrapped wire with a dot of hot glue, but I didn’t need to do that).  Approximately five or so inches down the wire, I did this with the next arrow, and so on.

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The spacing and quantity of materials I used yielded me about 14 feet of festiveness.

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Oh, I am just getting started on the Valentine’s Day fun…never you worry. :-)

A Farm-in-the-City Party

A Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38Shocking, but true… I’m a little late to post this. A lot. A lot late. Even so, I wanted to share the festive tablescape from our little New Year’s Eve celebration. As an added bonus, I’ll also share the amazing cocktail we shouldn’t have been drinking alongside all of that champagne.

A Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

A little bit of farm, a little bit of glitter.

I started (as one does with any party decor concept) by swiping toys from my nephew. He’s long since outgrown these particular little plastic farm animals, but I may find myself replacing them sheepishly (see what I did there?!) anyway. When the inspiration hit, I had to run with it. Sorry, P-nut.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

I was short a couple of barnyard members, so I padded with a few dinosaurs. It’s just common sense.

One coat of spray primer, and one coat of paprika spray paint later:

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Upcycling toys is a good time.  Seriously.

Once they all dried, they got glitzed up with a festive gold pipe-cleaner lei and a glittery sticker monogram. Perfect placecards.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Farm animals know how to party.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

So do dinosaurs.

As a centerpiece, I pulled together a collection of my finest re-purposed glass jars, slapped some modgepodge on the bottoms in various thicknesses and then covered them in gold glitter (for that dip-dyed look).  Scattered amongst straw and gold confetti, they made a pretty fun focal point.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38

As for my homemade 2014 numbers?  I swiped this idea from the impossibly talented Aunt Peaches.  I’ll let you visit her for the how-to so you can fully appreciate the crafty awesomeness that goes on over there.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Party from Farmhouse38

More glitter never hurts.

I decided to make some fun swizzle sticks for our cocktails and our champagne (seeing as how we were going to add tasty ingredients to the champagne to make interesting champagne-y cocktails but never managed to make it that far).  A glittery pom-pom hot-glued to the end of a generic swizzle straw looks pretty festive, if you ask me.  And the glasses got a boost with a gold pipe cleaner spiraled around the stem.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

The champagne was supposed to turn into a champagne cocktail…but it never sat around long enough to add anything but the swizzle stick. Oops.

Fortunately, the swizzle sticks came in handy for our Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz Cocktail.

Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz from Farmhouse38

This cocktail added some non-champagne bubbly to the party.

To make one Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz:

(recipe adapted a tad from The Artful Desperado’s Bourbon Rosemary Fizz)

Gather your weapons:

-cocktail shaker

-muddler

-one small sprig of fresh rosemary

-1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit

-1 oz bourbon

-ginger ale

-ice cubes

-sprig of rosemary and grapefruit rind peel for garnish

-oh, and a low-ball or old-fashioned glass of some sort to drink it out of.  If you want.  Don’t let me pressure you.

To make it:

Drop your sprig of rosemary into the bottom of your shaker, and add your 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Muddle until you can really smell the rosemary fragrance.  Add a few cubes of ice and your ounce of bourbon.  Shake it like you mean it.

Drop a few more ice cubes into your glass, and strain your cocktail into the glass.  Top with the ginger ale, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and grapefruit peel…oh, and a fancy swizzle stick.  Cheers!

Rosemary and Grapefruit Bourbon Fizzzz from Farmhouse38

Behold the RGB Fizzzz! Do not chase these with champagne. I’m just sayin’.

I have been scheming to do create some sort of chandelier something-or-other to hang above the farmhouse table on our deck, and a New Year’s party was just the ticket to light a fire under my rear. So I strung up a little ladder (which is actually the salvaged back of an old red bench we had forever that finally gave in to gravity and the elements).  From this, I hung several strands of Restoration Hardware’s battery-operated Starry Lights that I had just taken down from Christmas.  If you’ve never seen these things before, they really are quite fantastic: tiny little lights strung on bendable wire so that you can shape them and hang them really easily.  I molded them to spiral down (and added a few strands of glitter-star wire from the craft store to augment), and created this sort of downside-up centerpiece topped with fresh grapefruit branches.

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Farm-in-the-City New Year's Eve Party from Farmhouse38

Oh, the festiveness of it all!

With the help of a few of our favorite neighbors we rang the new year in with some style.  And by ‘style’ I mean we were all in bed by 10:30.

The Boxies of Farmhouse38

Especially these two.

Candy Stripe Monogram

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

I truly feel that the paper straw is a highly underrated crafting material. As a functional straw, I kind of think they suck (see what I did there?!). There’s just something that I don’t like about drinking through paper. Kind of right up there with disposable wooden ice cream spoons. Blech. It might just be me. Nonetheless, they are cute as heck, am I right?

Quite some time ago I got this 20″ tall wooden R. I wish I could tell you why.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A mighty fine letter.

I just decided I needed it. And clearly I did, because it has been sitting around collecting cobwebs for a very long time. Until a couple of days ago when I decided to glue straws all over it.

Obviously, there are a plethora of fairly inexpensive craft store letters that could be used here (see here for an example). In fact, one could even cut a letter out of flat cardboard and achieve this same look without paying a dime. But I had a big wooden R that was calling my name.  I can’t quite remember, but I think I got it from here.  My paper straws came from Amazon.

I simply measured and cut the straws to fit, lining their patterns up and hot-gluing them one at a time. I decided that I wanted to have wide, alternating stripes of two differently-laid patterns, so I measured out five, four inch tall sections.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Measuring out my horizontal stripes with expert-level precision.

The sections would contrast between having the stripe pattern line up, and having it not line up (incidentally, I learned that the patterns on these straws are not uniform, therefore, it was nearly impossible to have them line up properly. Duly noted).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

Ah, the chaos of crafting.

When every straw had been singularly glued in place, I then simply glued ribbon around the perimeter of the letter to hide the bare edges (as well as the open, not-so-pretty ends of the straws).

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The ribbon is an easy, tailored finish for what were fairly gruesome edges.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

A close up of the alternating patterns.  And of the way they really don’t line up very well.  But eh…good enough.

Candy Stripe Monogram from Farmhouse38

The R looks great hanging over our off-center temporary range. I may just leave it up until we get ourselves a grown-up range and hood.

The kitchen is starting to look rather Christmassy. I heart it.

Christmas Kitchen Decor from Farmhouse38

Miniature rosemary wreaths are a quick, adorable holiday accent, straight from the garden.

Christmas Kitchen Holiday Decor from Farmhouse38

More kitchen holiday cheer.

Candy Stripe Monogram (using paper straws) from Farmhouse38

Yep. I think I may just leave it all year round.

 

Chicken Coop Gallery Wall

Chicken Portraits at Farmhouse38Remember these talented knuckleheads and their impressionist chicken portraits?  If not, check out the blog post here.

And remember how, after the new coop was unveiled, I was lamenting the bare wall over the roost bar?

Chicken Grit and Feed Dispensers from Farmhouse38

We can’t have that now, can we?

Well, I am sure for those of you who know me, this comes as no surprise:

Chicken Portrait Gallery at Farmhouse38

It had to be done.

The chickens now have their very own schmancy gallery wall.  The kids’ art prints are all in those fantastic light-weight plastic frames from Ikea (very poop-proof), and they are attached to the wall with heavy-duty velcro for easy removal.

This is complete insanity.  I know.  But it makes me laugh.

Chicken Coop Gallery Wall at Farmhouse38

Gertie shows us her famous profile.

Thanks C1, C2, and C3!  Your chicken artwork is perfection. :-)

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