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27 May 2015

Recycled Jar Lanterns and Hanging Vases

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Have you eaten a jar of peanut butter lately?  
Well, not a whole jar, but perhaps you finished off the last spoonful? 
 DON'T THROW IT AWAY!  You can use it to make THESE...

Crocheted Hanging Vase Lantern Upcycle Earth Day for Crafts Unleashed
I previously published this post on Craft Unleashed for Consumer Crafts and it has been updated for this audience.

Supplies:

  • Hanging Lantern Handle  (These are only $1.37!)
  • Recycled Jars (See various options I sized below)
  • Fabric Scraps, Paint, etc
  • Flowers for Vases or Candles for Lanterns
Crocheted Hanging Vase Lantern Upcycle Earth Day for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

Let's start with the simplest idea.  Leaving the lantern handle black as-is, attach it to a classic mason jar or ball jar.  The quilted version below right is my favorite for lanterns because it reflects the light of a votive beautifully.  Consumer Crafts has a HOST of beautiful jars to chose from HERE.  The metal cup below is a vintage find from my mom.

Crocheted Hanging Vase Lantern Upcycle Earth Day for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

Another favorite of mine is the smaller baking soda jars.  They fit these handles perfectly and when the paper is ripped off, they have a nice cardboard outer wrapper which takes paint and fabric mod podged well.  Note that the water WILL rust eventually in these cans, as in all metal cans.

Crocheted Hanging Vase Lantern Upcycle Earth Day for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

Two other favorites that fit these handles are the classic "Yum-Yum" Sauce bottle (it is really called that) and these pretty yellow pizza sauce cans.  I have been collecting these cans because the image is printed ONTO the can instead of being a paper or plastic wrapper.   I find them really charming as is and love them with the black lantern hanger.


Yum Yum Sauce and Pizza Sauce

To make a collection of pretty hanging vases from that assortment of random recyclables, it takes a little bit of paint, a little bit of fabric and a bit of glue.

Crocheted Hanging Vase Lantern Upcycle Earth Day

I painted the lantern jar hangers a rustic gold (combination of THIS ANTIQUE GOLD and this pretty SPUN GOLD PAINT.)  
I added hankies, scraps of crocheted fabric and mod-podged fabric.  You could add whatever suits your fancy!

Thrifted and Upcycled Jar Lanterns Hanging Lantern with Crafts Unleashed


I love this little hankie tucked into four "points":
Hanging Lantern Hooks Mason Jar

Hang from tree branches with water and flowers
or add votives to glass/metal jars for pretty flickering light!

Hanging Lantern Vase Upcycle

Aren't they pretty next to these little birdhouses?

Upcycled Jar Lantern Vases

...and just in case you were wondering...those little helping hands in the recycled jar photos???

They belong to this one:

baby
Daddy's shoes, red cheeks and all :)


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22 May 2015

Progression of a Pea

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We all know what a pea seed looks like, right?  Basically a shriveled up PEA!  (see garden peas below).  Snow peas are slightly different with a smoother, whiter appearance (see below) and sweet peas are a surprise with their dark, almost black coloring (not pictured).

The Difference Between Snow Peas, Sweet Peas and Garden Peas by Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

However, when the three types of peas start to grow, they look very much alike and grow in similar fashion.  Garden peas have more lateral growth and the tendrils reach out horizontally, while the sweet pea has more of a vertical growth at first.  Both are easy to recognize from weeds thanks to the little grasping tendrils that help them climb.  They show up very early after the first true set of leaves.

The Difference Between Snow Peas, Sweet Peas and Garden Peas by Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

The Difference Between Snow Peas, Sweet Peas and Garden Peas by Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

As they grow larger, pea vines (both regular and sweet and everything in between) will twine around and around whatever they can find.  You can use a traditional trellis, or something as simple a string  to guide the pea vine, but in our new garden this year, we have decided upon branches woven into a trellis as pea guides.  While we might have to use small twigs to get the peas going up and around the big lattice pieces, we plan to cover this puppy in beautiful pea vines.

The Difference Between Snow Peas, Sweet Peas and Garden Peas by Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

Note that the box has no bottom, so it serves as a raised bed planter, allowing the pea roots to go deep into the soil.  There was NO garden prep however.  The box went straight over grass and weeds and in went a bunch of compostables (banana peels, coffee grounds), finished compost and then some bagged potting soil.  By the time the roots get down to those bottom layers, they will have had time to die (the weeds) and compost (everything).  SO much easier than till-till-tilling the soil, particularly if you are growing just a little bit!

Want to see more?  Follow along on Instagram for updates!

20 May 2015

Art Room Design DIY ::: Pom Pom Ceiling

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Previously, I shared the way I keep our family organized with IKEA cubbies and simple chalkboard tags.  Today, we are just going to dive into the fun stuff -- namely POM POMS.  This post has been previously published on Craft Unleashed and supply links are to Consumer Crafts (not affiliate links).

Before I show you the fun, let me show you the BEFORE.

Creating a Family Art Room with Pom Pom Ceiling at Stonecrest with Amy Renea of A Nest for All SeasonsCreating a Family Art Room with Pom Pom Ceiling at Stonecrest with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons


When the house was a bed and breakfast, this was the billiards room, complete with pool table (of course) and hanging stick rack (check out the hangers still in the wall).  The colors were just far too dark for me and I had already pegged this room for my writing and photography, so the red had to go.  It was casting a terrible magenta onto every picture I took and I did not feel like battling it everytime I needed to do indoor photos in the winter.  Thus - BYE BYE carpet.

When we ripped up the carpet, we were VERY lucky to find pretty wide-planked (pine?) flooring underneath that matched the living room across the hall.  The wood planks themselves were in good shape, there was no glue to deal with (only staples) and the only repair will be filling in all the "chinks".  Lucky INDEED!

Creating a Family Art Room with Pom Pom Ceiling at Stonecrest with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Living Room -- Note the floors in better condition over here...
Once the floors were neutralized, I focused my attention UP.  

Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Closeup

Once that wallpaper had been neautralized to photo-friendly white, the room was starting to get a bit boring.  Enter full garlands of pom poms strung swooping from the ceiling in joyful glee.   ...and yes, since you asked, they ARE only $1.67 per  foot length.  Talk about affordable!  While I have happily made plenty of my own garlands, I am much happier utilizing these pre-strung beauties!

Creating a Family Art Room with Pom Pom Ceiling at Stonecrest with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

So happy that there are now over 20 of them floating around my work room ceiling.  No, really.

Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Room
My worktable and prop storage dressers -- window on the right is my "lightbox"
Y'all, there is something SO happy about pom pom garlands above your head while you work.

Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

I didn't stop at swoops above my workdesk though.  The kids wanted some above their art table, so I was happy to oblige!  The table is small and round, so we decided to go with a happy circle design that mirrored the table.  We started by laying the pom pom garlands out, with the ends in the center of the table.

Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Art Table
$2 former school table from auction, kid's chairs from auction, 20 IKEA rug
The ends were secured together with white yarn and a couple knots.


Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Knotting

Then, the center of the garlands was lifted and secured to the ceiling with two clear push pins.

Pom Pom Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea Circle

The result is 9 "tails" hanging down from the ceiling.  To make even "swoops", I stood in the center of the table and attached the garland pieces at exactly one of my arm's length, again with a clear thumbtack directly into the ceiling.

How to Hang Pom Poms on Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea

I started with two pieces directly across from one another and then filled in the rest with even spacing between them.

Pom Poms on Ceiling for Crafts Unleashed by Amy Renea SmALL

I think these fun, inexpensive, fuzzy garlands would be perfect for a birthday party or wedding, 
but really, who wants to stop there?  Garlands all year round sound right to me!  

Creating a Family Art Room with Pom Pom Ceiling at Stonecrest with Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Next on the list -- I share the "clipboard wall" and show you how "THE BOOK" was created starting on the clipboard wall and ending up on the grid.  
See you soon!

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