Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I'm trying to participate in the 12 weeks of Christmas challenge Twelve Weeks of Christmas
by using some of the ridiculous amounts of stuff I have on hand WITHOUT going to the store. (don't tell my husband I said that cuz I always tell him I have nothing...absolutely nothing just to make sure he doesn't question my going to Joannes or Michaels every once in a while..."wink")

So we are supposed to show a Christmas craft accent for Week 3 of the challenge.

And I had a great idea last night and I'm anxious to share it with you today!

Oh boy, oh boy. This is going to be a beautiful craft. You are all going to be impressed and I suspect Martha will somehow read my blog and invite me onto her show and be forced to tell the world that she is resigning as Queen of Excessive Glitter and conceding the title to me!

Oh boy, oh boy.

So to make this amazing craft you will need this stuff.
And the first step is to take the outline of the snowflake and tape it inside your glass jar. Next outline the snowflake with your hot glue gun. The next step was going to be using some watered down glue and sprinkling glitter all over it when it was still wet. Then we were going to peel off the hot glue AND the snowflake would be like a clear etched glass snowflake against all the sparkly glitter.

I don't think Martha will be calling anytime soon BECAUSE IT DIDN'T WORK! At all! Not only did the glue drip all around on the jar and look incredibly stupid there is absolutely no way to even pry the glue off the jar after it dries. OK, plan two.

Hmmm.... what to make, what to make! I KNOW! I'll use little alphabet stickers and put them on a jar and then use spray adhesive and blah, blah, blah.

I dig around for about 30 minutes and finally find some alphabet stickers. I already have my glitter out so I just need to find spray adhesive.

But now I have no jars.

A quick rummage in the fridge yields a jar with 1/16 of a teaspoon of relish and another with one green olive. How in the world did those get in there?
The little yellow bird is just in the picture because I think it is the cutest sugar shaker ever in the history of sugar shakers and at this point I need something cute to redeem this blog post. I'll give you a second to ooh and aah. Save that reaction because I hope you will be needing it soon for this next amazing craft!

And, please, don't call me after you read this post because I will be waiting for Martha's staff to contact me and I need to leave the line open.'s how we are going to make attempt number two at a spectacular holiday accent!

Step 1. Wash and dry one of your condiment jars.
Step 2. Stick on the letters to say something holiday-ish. Step 3. Spray the front of the jar with spray adhesive.
Step 4. Dump on some glitter. Hmmm... OK, not spectacular....BUT WAIT! I know what this craft needs. We need to peel the stickers off to expose the clear glass underneath! Of course! Step 5. Use a pin to peel off the letters so you don't smudge your glitter! Hmmm... OK, still not spectacular....BUT WAIT! I know what this craft needs now...Some glittery purple garland. Yes, that will do the trick.

Step 6. Put some double-stick tape around the top of the jar and stick some glittery garland to it. Hmmmm... OK. Maybe it just needs to be lit.

But I can't find my battery operated candles. I'm a little afraid because I think the spray-adhesive might explode when I put a candle in there but I am willing to risk it for the sake of art and so that I may share some holiday decor magic with you.

But I can't light the candle at the bottom of the jar and when I light the candle and drop it in there it goes out. So I remember the tip about lighting a piece of spaghetti (please do not roll your eyes, this actually works) so I do it.
I light my little glittery Noel candle.
And hmmmm.... it still doesn't look that spectacular! And now, frankly, I'm exhausted. I just cannot do any more creative glitter stuff today. Please don't tell Martha. I will try again. I promise.

But I think I should at least get an A for effort! Right? Right? I mean I did share the picture of my adorable sugar bird with you.

OK then what about a B+?

I tried really, really hard.

And you'll have to forgive me but I am going to eat my Kit-Kat bar now.

I only put it out earlier for motivation but now I need it for consolation.



Sandy said...

This is beautiful! Thank you for your "thank you" comments to me! I'm glad I could give you something you will enjoy with your granddaughters.
Remember, you can also use their footprint for the body of the angel.
I'll post pictures of ones that I have when I get them out of sorage.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Oh girl, hilarious.

You know you can buy glitter spray at the craft store.

Also glass frosting spray works well too... but not very glittery in case you were looking for round two. Or would that be round three? lol

Jenny said...

Hi LMM! Of course I knew that. Ummm.... OK, I didn't. But I could have known it if I went to the store to make something and since I didn't I have to plead insanity. Temporary or otherwise!

Jenni said...

Haha! It was fun to read about your craft! It looks great! I cheated on my post by only showing what I wanted to do because I knew I wouldn't have time this week to actually finish a project! I need the creativity and tools you have on hand to create things at home on a whim! And thanks for the help on my comments!

Allie said...

You really have to love a granny that loves 'parkly things!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

LOL This looks like my kind of craft result!

I'd definitely give you a "A" for effort :-)

Maureen said...

I think this turned out pretty well! I think it would be nicer if you had a grouping of 3 of your jar luminaries (doesn't that sound Martha-ish?). Perhaps different sizes of jars. You could use Christmassy shapes like snowflakes or holly too. I just think it looks a bit out of place with the churches.

I didn't know that spaghetti trick either!
I still haven't come up with and idea for my post. Down to the wire!

Red Writing said...

Jenny--this is FABulous! I am totally with you on trying to make stuff with what you already have! So there may be products out there that make it easier--but we like cheap more than easy, right?

Thanks for the great idea!

Mardell said...

Has Martha called you yet!??!? I'm sure she has ~~

You're too funny Ms. Jenny! :o) Talented, witty, creative... 'da bomb.

MaryB. said...

Ok, I'm giggling through your post... we all recognise those moments when the gap occurs between what we envisioned and what is reality! OK, you want something to coat and attach glitter? Try Mod Podge. It dries clear and not sure, but my just peel as well (at least it did off my counter top yesterday. (I found a blob of it... a leftover of my crafting a few days before! If you need any ideas for stuff... give me a shout! By the way, you don't want Martha contacting you... she'll just steal the idea and claim it for her own! From one crafting diva to another!

MaryB. said...

Girl, I was so certain that the wonderful smelling candle i had (Macintosh apple) would be perfect for coating the faux candy apples... of course I kind of overlooked the fact it was soy wax (soft) and that I kind of lacked all the necessary tools... Yup... the 'gap'!

Drama Queen said...

This cracked me up! Your sense of humor is a lot like mine - and I could just see myself, attempting to do these crafts with the same result. I just found your blog and I'm enjoying "catching up" - and thanks for visiting mine and leaving your comment - it's much appreciated! When my daughter requests to do chores again (she has to do chores to earn computer/video time), I'll send her your way!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

This was a great post! Hilarious. And I'd give you an A. If Martha hasn't called yet, I'm sure she will soon. Very soon!


Jayne said...

I'm laughing out loud. Isn't it amazing how our wonderful ideas can turn against us?! Actually the NOEL candle is quite pretty!
Christmas Blessings,
Jayne at mysongwithin

Melinda Cornish said...

I think it is cute...and your commentary is hysterical......

Christina said...

I just finished (almost single-handedly) a whole bag of kit-kats which were supposed to be for Halloween trick-or-treaters (well, what other kind of trick-or-treaters are there...); I have come to the conclusion that it is a very bad idea and a waste of money to buy candy early. Very bad indeed.
I think you deserve an A for sure.

Cortney said...

This is Fabulous.. the ONLY way this craft could have been better is if you would have kept the relish and olives and left them in the bottom..