Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Votive Holders

Christmas Candle Holders!

I found these pictures from Christmas time on my computer. I made this with the intention of making three, and, the intention of giving them to my Mom for her Christmas Party. Well, just like my cards... that never happened. Anyways. I just loved the idea of these, and, I'm probably going to finish them when the weather breaks and I can do this with an open window.

I started with an average run of the mill votive holder you can buy practically anywhere. I think I got three of these at Michael's. This would probably really neat as a jar for flour, or sugar or something.

Step one - tape off any part that you want to remain clear. If you are going to do a flour or sugar jar. It would be really neat to tape some kitchen stickers or matching (to the room decor) stencils to the jar. Oh, Maybe you could make like a really cute paperclip holder or embellishment jars! Anyways, that's enough.

Then, you spray it with the frosted spray paint I used the Krylon stuff (I think). It's what Michael's had. I just love how these looked. You have to let these dry for like 24 hours. I think I let mine dry for 2 days. Just to be safe. Then I removed the black paper. I'm thinking maybe stripes for the next one. Maybe I will vary the sizes. Or, I might take some painter's tape and rip it and then tape it to the top and spray the bottom so maybe it will look like snow? Enough with the ideas.

I cut this adorable little "Let it Snow!" out with my Cricut machine. Then I ran it though the little Xyron sticker maker and just stuck it to the glass. I wonder if the make colored frosted glass paint? I but this would be really pretty to put some snowflakes on it and then spray the blue around them. Ooh. Nice. I'm not even sure if you can light a candle in this with the stickery stuff on it, but, it's super cute. I'm all about filling it with an LED light. No flames, and no worries. Maybe I'll make a white one and fill it with cranberries and tinsel.

Seriously. This is my brain on crafts.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Shark Vac Then Steam - A Review

Have you seen this product? I saw this on TV a few months ago, and being the owner of a home with almost no carpet, I was instantely interested. I never believe commercials for these kind of products when they come on, but, I just couldn't help myself.

I'm not sure why I do this, but, I hardly ever buy myself something that I really want. I got this for Christmas this year. I was SO excited! We have all hardwood floors, and, I'm always scared that something will damage them. I love them, they are gorgeous and I want them in tip top shape.

I finally just the opportunity to use it (I've been really sick, yuck!) this past week. Let me just say - our floors have NEVER been cleaner. This product is like magic! It does exactly as the name says. It is a hard floor vacuum first, then, it's a lovely steam mop.

We have a very hairy dog. When I say hairy, I mean HAIRY. There are clumps of nasty dog hair everywhere in my house. GROSS! This thing sucked up all the hair in my living room, dining room, and kitchen. Yes, Kitchen. I have to sweep it ALL the time. It's nasty, and, I really don't want dog hair in my food. It collected all of the hair, SO much better than sweeping!

After sucking up all of the hair on the main floor of my house, I went room by room to try out the steam mop. Boy, am I glad I did!! In the fall and winter time, our entry way gets really dirty. It gets dirty in spring and summer too, but, will the rain and snow in the fall, it's worse. Anyways, it cleaned the entryway like it was nothing! I usually use the Swiffer WetJet, but, I've been really, really lazy lately. In my lazy time, it's gotten really nasty. Same thing goes for where the dog's water bowl is. That spot is nasty. B (my husband) put a paper towel underneath of it. That was stuck to the floor. The steam mop got that, too! So, in it's place I put down an old plastic placemat I got as a gift.

All in all, if you or anyone you know has all hard floors and only a bit of carpet (like me), this product is highly recommended!

I may never sweep again. 

Here is the link to Bed, Bath and Beyond... Vac then Steam