A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: November 2012

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29 November 2012

Wood, Wax and Aluminum Cake Pan Tiered Display

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I've seen these cake pan towers around and wanted to create one myself, but it seemed everyone had the same idea.  No matter which thrift store I looked in, there were never any old aluminum cake pans.  OK, that isn't true.  There was ONE aluminum cake pan for 50 cents once.  I bought it and it set in my "crafts to do hutch" for a year or so.  (Tell me I am not the only one that has a "crafts-to-do hutch?!?)

Well, anywho, skip forward a year (or two) and I finally (finally!) stumbled upon two more pans for cheap that were perfectly aged (Read: OLD).  They had the right patina, the exact right size and most importantly - the right price tag.  I think they were a quarter each. 


If you look closely, you'll notice the bottom pan is a cheesecake pan or springform pan.  
Even better! I love the look of some "hardware" on my craft projects.


To make this project, I didn't want to spend any more money, so I raided the pantry, my craft hutch and some broken down decor pieces.
Here is how the project was divided up supply wise:

Decor:

Broken Candlesticks (and a knife)
Wood Coins (left over from THIS WOOD COIN PROJECT)

Craft Supplies:

hot glue - gun
pennies

Pantry:

chickpeas
apples
plane grater (an old one!)


These candles were already cracked and/or broken, so it was no loss to cut them up.  These sticks in particular had a cool square shape to them, so I liked them as a contrast to the round pans, chickpeas, apples and wood coins.  Simply cut through the candle with a serrated knife (on a cutting board!)  The little grooves created in the wax will give the hot glue a place to go so the candle can fit flush against the pans.


If your cut is a little uneven or you don't have a serrated knife, use a grater to even out the ends.  Make sure you use an old grater because the wax will dull the surface of the little blades and your Parmesan won't shred as nicely as it used to!


Once the candles are cut and even, apply hot glue to the top and bottom of each stick and wedge them between two tiers. 


For the bottom tier, I could have made another set of candles, but I decided to use some old wood coins I had from last year's garland and ABC letter projects.  I simply stacked the coins with hot glue between each layer.  The stack is then attached to the inside of the bottom pan and the bottom of the middle pan.  My wood pieces weren't exactly even, so the tower tipped a bit.  To fix this, I simply wedged a few pennies under the coins to even things out!


Once the tower was complete and had a chance to fully dry, I grabbed a bag of chickpeas and apples from the pantry to fill out the pans.  The top and bottom pans also got a layer of wood coins as a base. Now I can add cupcakes or produce or whatever random thing strikes my fancy!  Yay for cheap crafts!

Don't wanna wait around for the perfect cheap pans?  Amazon has them fairly cheap HERE!

Don't want to make your own tiered tower?  Etsy has you covered!  Click HERE!


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 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!

Want more for free?

#DIY Coconut_Oil Lotion Project_Ideas and Craft_Ideas from Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons


For ALL the DIY projects here at the Nest, 


check out the 'for DIY folks' page and click on any link to see that particular post!

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25 November 2012

How to Survive a Photoshoot with Kids!

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It is getting late in the season now, so if you haven't gotten family photos yet and you want to -- HURRY! Here are a few of my best tips for making it through the photosession without breakdowns and sadness.


1. Make sure your child has been well fed and well rested before the shoot. The worst time for a photoshoot is naptime!

2. Feel free to dress your child in super cute clothing! However, if they really don't want to wear a hat or certain uncomfortable shoes, don't make them. They will much better expressions and have more fun if they are comfortable.

3. When you arrive, we will start with some casual photos. As parents, you can step back for a few minutes and let your child play and get used to having me around with a camera. If they are scared however, feel free to hold and cuddle them for a little bit. I can get cute shots of that too!

4. When it comes to posing family shots, the best way to get great photos with everyone smiling and looking at the camera is to have the adults stay as still as possible and keep smiling and laughing while looking at camera. Just imagine your husband (or wife) is literally within the camera lens looking back at your from down the wedding aisle. That's the look we need your eyes. Just keep shooting love daggers at the camera and ignore everything your children are doing. I know this is very hard! However, if the parents are great in every shot, it is easy for me to take care of making sure baby is happy and looking the right direction. I will worry about those kiddos! You just keep shooting love daggers!

5. Have fun! The best photos are taken when you are genuinely having fun with your kiddos! You will be playing more of an "acting" role than model role at the shoot. Don't worry about being in the perfect position...I'll give you little instructions throughout the shoot to make you look your best. If you concentrate on acting like you are having a great time, it will make fantastic photos!





BONUS tip:  Bribing is ok just this once.  Whether it is a lollipop or a new toy, bad parenting (read: serious bribing) can make for great photos.  If you have to break out a lollipop and wave it behind my head while I'm taking photos of your kid -- that is ok ;)

Want to try a DIY photo session with your kids?  Keep reading HERE!



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How to Survive a Photoshoot with Kids!

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It is getting late in the season now, so if you haven't gotten family photos yet and you want to -- HURRY! Here are a few of my best tips for making it through the photosession without breakdowns and sadness.


1. Make sure your child has been well fed and well rested before the shoot. The worst time for a photoshoot is naptime!

2. Feel free to dress your child in super cute clothing! However, if they really don't want to wear a hat or certain uncomfortable shoes, don't make them. They will much better expressions and have more fun if they are comfortable.

3. When you arrive, we will start with some casual photos. As parents, you can step back for a few minutes and let your child play and get used to having me around with a camera. If they are scared however, feel free to hold and cuddle them for a little bit. I can get cute shots of that too!

4. When it comes to posing family shots, the best way to get great photos with everyone smiling and looking at the camera is to have the adults stay as still as possible and keep smiling and laughing while looking at camera. Just imagine your husband (or wife) is literally within the camera lens looking back at your from down the wedding aisle. That's the look we need your eyes. Just keep shooting love daggers at the camera and ignore everything your children are doing. I know this is very hard! However, if the parents are great in every shot, it is easy for me to take care of making sure baby is happy and looking the right direction. I will worry about those kiddos! You just keep shooting love daggers!

5. Have fun! The best photos are taken when you are genuinely having fun with your kiddos! You will be playing more of an "acting" role than model role at the shoot. Don't worry about being in the perfect position...I'll give you little instructions throughout the shoot to make you look your best. If you concentrate on acting like you are having a great time, it will make fantastic photos!





BONUS tip:  Bribing is ok just this once.  Whether it is a lollipop or a new toy, bad parenting (read: serious bribing) can make for great photos.  If you have to break out a lollipop and wave it behind my head while I'm taking photos of your kid -- that is ok ;)

Want to try a DIY photo session with your kids?  Keep reading HERE!



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22 November 2012

FREE! Printable Advent Christmas Countdown

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I've been meaning to do a good advent calendar, but haven't gotten around to doing an in-depth one that is beautiful and will keep for years and years to come. In the meantime however, I made a simple and easy countdown that can be easily be customized (see the how-to over at Crafts Unleashed! (COMING SOON!). The countdown is based on these simple little cards that "Santa" leaves each night. Customize with family activities and traditions that are classics for you!! Feel free to download and share!

(PS - It prints out more clearly than it looks on the screen ;)

Merry Christmas Advent Countdown by Amy Renea @ A Nest for All Seasons

Merry Christmas Advent Countdown by Amy Renea @ A Nest for All Seasons


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FREE! Printable Advent Christmas Countdown

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I've been meaning to do a good advent calendar, but haven't gotten around to doing an in-depth one that is beautiful and will keep for years and years to come. In the meantime however, I made a simple and easy countdown that can be easily be customized (see the how-to over at Crafts Unleashed! (COMING SOON!). The countdown is based on these simple little cards that "Santa" leaves each night. Customize with family activities and traditions that are classics for you!! Feel free to download and share!

(PS - It prints out more clearly than it looks on the screen ;)

Merry Christmas Advent Countdown by Amy Renea @ A Nest for All Seasons

Merry Christmas Advent Countdown by Amy Renea @ A Nest for All Seasons


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21 November 2012

What do you guys DO all day?

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to stand(alone)in some

autumnal afternoon:

breathing a fatal
stillness;while

enormous this how


patient creature(who’s

never by never robbed of
day)puts always on by always

dream,is to


taste

not(beyond
death and

life)imaginable mysteries
e.e.cummings









l(a


le

af
fa
ll


s)

one
l
iness 

e.e.cummings




now air is air and thing is thing:no bliss

of heavenly earth beguiles our spirits,whose
miraculously disenchanted eyes

live the magnificent honesty of space.

Mountains are mountains now;skies now are skies—
and such a sharpening freedom lifts our blood
as if whole supreme this complete doubtless

universe we’d(and we alone)made

—yes;or as if our souls,awakened from
summer’s green trance,would not adventure soon
a deeper magic:that white sleep wherein
all human curiosity we’ll spend
(gladly,as lovers must)immortal and

the courage to receive time’s mightiest dream
e.e. cummings
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What do you guys DO all day?

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to stand(alone)in some

autumnal afternoon:

breathing a fatal
stillness;while

enormous this how


patient creature(who’s

never by never robbed of
day)puts always on by always

dream,is to


taste

not(beyond
death and

life)imaginable mysteries
e.e.cummings









l(a


le

af
fa
ll


s)

one
l
iness 

e.e.cummings




now air is air and thing is thing:no bliss

of heavenly earth beguiles our spirits,whose
miraculously disenchanted eyes

live the magnificent honesty of space.

Mountains are mountains now;skies now are skies—
and such a sharpening freedom lifts our blood
as if whole supreme this complete doubtless

universe we’d(and we alone)made

—yes;or as if our souls,awakened from
summer’s green trance,would not adventure soon
a deeper magic:that white sleep wherein
all human curiosity we’ll spend
(gladly,as lovers must)immortal and

the courage to receive time’s mightiest dream
e.e. cummings
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