A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: October 2013

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30 October 2013

Ready for Halloween? Mountain Dew, School Blazers and Studs...

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Ready yet??  I am getting there!

Halloween is the season of one of my greatest CRAFT FAILS EVER.
...and the season of one of my HANDS DOWN FAVORITE HEALTHY SOUPS.

It is also the seasons that makes me want to go dark and rock star with THIS and THESE.
...but lighten up with THIS and THESE and even THESE.



My favorite Halloween story EVER (so far) was when THIS happened.
...and you know it is almost Halloween when THESE start looking good...

Did you catch all the incredibly awesome contributor posts this Halloween season?  Go check them our HERE!


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Ready for Halloween? Mountain Dew, School Blazers and Studs...

Pin It

Ready yet??  I am getting there!

Halloween is the season of one of my greatest CRAFT FAILS EVER.
...and the season of one of my HANDS DOWN FAVORITE HEALTHY SOUPS.

It is also the seasons that makes me want to go dark and rock star with THIS and THESE.
...but lighten up with THIS and THESE and even THESE.



My favorite Halloween story EVER (so far) was when THIS happened.
...and you know it is almost Halloween when THESE start looking good...

Did you catch all the incredibly awesome contributor posts this Halloween season?  Go check them our HERE!


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29 October 2013

Jump Into Jewelry with Aki ::: Skull Cameos

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Welcome back Aki of Minted Strawberry!  I love this project she has for you today because it can go spoooooooooooooky for Halloween, but can also be twisted for a variety of holidays by changing up the colors and decals.  Get your shrink plastic ready to go and jump into jewelry with these adorable cameos from Aki!

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I needed to use some plastic skull rings I bought last year, and I figured setting them against a kind-of ornate background is the way to go. Since I had no cameo settings laying around, I set out to make one from shrink plastic. I really love playing with shrink plastic (remember this post?) so this Halloween-craft utilizing them seems really appropriate for the month, don't you think? As always, crafting with shrink plastic is easy, but still, read on to find out how it's done (and for tips)!

What you need:

Shrink plastic
Plastic skull ring
Nail polish
Scissors
Jewelry bail/ Brooch pin/ Ring base
E6000 glue
Template (get it here)



Print the template and lightly trace it onto your sheet of shrink plastic with a pen. If you don't like the template design, there are different options in the interwebs that you can download :3 Don't worry if the marks don't rub off - we're going to paint them anyway. Carefully cut that with your scissors or an x-acto knife, whichever you prefer. Alternatively, you can also cut it with a die-cutter. Bake that according to the baking instructions on your pack of shrink plastic.


Cut off the ring part of your skull ring and flatten it a bit by pushing the skull down. If you're making a smaller cameo, you may want to cut off more and just sand it down until you get your desired shape. If you can't find a skull ring, you may want to use charms in place of it or cut your own skull shape using shrink plastic as well. 


Paint your frame and skull the same color, and your background a different, contrasting color (or mod podge some patterned paper on it!).
 I painted my pieces after baking because I wanted a shiny, lacquered look to my piece (by using nail polish). Let those dry for an hour or so.


Layer everything to find the correct placement of things - then stick everything together with E6000. 
On the photo above, I felt like my skull was too small so I made another cameo to put it on 
and then I cut another skull for this instead. Optional: use clear glaze to seal everything.


Finally, if you're making one as a pendant, stick a bail on the back of it. 
For a brooch, stick a brooch pin. 
Attach any other embellishments you may want to add - ribbons, pearls or maybe even lace.


You can also make a smaller one for a ring - all you need to do is resize the template before doing the DIY. Of course, attach it to a ring base. On the photo above, I filed down the skull a bit more to fit my kind-of-tiny-cameo. I mod-podged the background with some antique-looking paper (instead of painting it) before setting the skull.


What do you think, guys? What would you wear this as? 


If you have been LOVING Aki's posts on Jewelry making (and I KNOW you have!), 
make sure you follow along on her blog, Minted Strawberry, on facebook and pinterest!



Miss a contributor post??  

Just click on the contributor post button at the top of the blog and catch up with ALL of our contributors!

Jump Into Jewelry with Aki ::: Skull Cameos

Pin It

Welcome back Aki of Minted Strawberry!  I love this project she has for you today because it can go spoooooooooooooky for Halloween, but can also be twisted for a variety of holidays by changing up the colors and decals.  Get your shrink plastic ready to go and jump into jewelry with these adorable cameos from Aki!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++



I needed to use some plastic skull rings I bought last year, and I figured setting them against a kind-of ornate background is the way to go. Since I had no cameo settings laying around, I set out to make one from shrink plastic. I really love playing with shrink plastic (remember this post?) so this Halloween-craft utilizing them seems really appropriate for the month, don't you think? As always, crafting with shrink plastic is easy, but still, read on to find out how it's done (and for tips)!

What you need:

Shrink plastic
Plastic skull ring
Nail polish
Scissors
Jewelry bail/ Brooch pin/ Ring base
E6000 glue
Template (get it here)



Print the template and lightly trace it onto your sheet of shrink plastic with a pen. If you don't like the template design, there are different options in the interwebs that you can download :3 Don't worry if the marks don't rub off - we're going to paint them anyway. Carefully cut that with your scissors or an x-acto knife, whichever you prefer. Alternatively, you can also cut it with a die-cutter. Bake that according to the baking instructions on your pack of shrink plastic.


Cut off the ring part of your skull ring and flatten it a bit by pushing the skull down. If you're making a smaller cameo, you may want to cut off more and just sand it down until you get your desired shape. If you can't find a skull ring, you may want to use charms in place of it or cut your own skull shape using shrink plastic as well. 


Paint your frame and skull the same color, and your background a different, contrasting color (or mod podge some patterned paper on it!).
 I painted my pieces after baking because I wanted a shiny, lacquered look to my piece (by using nail polish). Let those dry for an hour or so.


Layer everything to find the correct placement of things - then stick everything together with E6000. 
On the photo above, I felt like my skull was too small so I made another cameo to put it on 
and then I cut another skull for this instead. Optional: use clear glaze to seal everything.


Finally, if you're making one as a pendant, stick a bail on the back of it. 
For a brooch, stick a brooch pin. 
Attach any other embellishments you may want to add - ribbons, pearls or maybe even lace.


You can also make a smaller one for a ring - all you need to do is resize the template before doing the DIY. Of course, attach it to a ring base. On the photo above, I filed down the skull a bit more to fit my kind-of-tiny-cameo. I mod-podged the background with some antique-looking paper (instead of painting it) before setting the skull.


What do you think, guys? What would you wear this as? 


If you have been LOVING Aki's posts on Jewelry making (and I KNOW you have!), 
make sure you follow along on her blog, Minted Strawberry, on facebook and pinterest!



Miss a contributor post??  

Just click on the contributor post button at the top of the blog and catch up with ALL of our contributors!

28 October 2013

Celebrate with Nikki ::: MUMMY Bottles!

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Welcome back to our party and celebrations gal, Nikki of Tikkido!  
Today's craft is one of those "anybodycandoit" simple crafts that looks GREAT, but only takes a short amount of time.  Those are SO my kind of crafts 
and I am guessing YOURS too!  So if you are behind on the Halloween planning, no worries!  Nikki has you covered!  Take it away Nik!

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Have a Halloween party coming up?  
Or need a fun hostess gift for this spooky season?


Why not wrap up your wine bottle in mummy bandages? 
 It's fast, 
inexpensive, and so, so easy.

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You'll need:

Bottle of wine
approximately 1/2 yard cheesecloth/mummy wrappings fabric
low temperature glue gun
scissors or rotary cutter.



Start with a bottle of wine.  I'm always happy when I see Bogle 
Vinyard's Phantom (an old vine zinfandel, petite sirah, and old vine 
mourvedre blend) hit the shelves.  How perfect for Halloween!


Cut strips of the cheesecloth.  Mine were about two inches wide, but 
you really don't need to be precise.  We're trying to evoke an ancient 
mummy here.  Not something that's been precicely engineered.


Use a dot of LOW TEMPERATURE hot glue to tack the end of a strip of 
fabric to your bottle.  I specify the low temperature glue gun because 
there are a lot of holes in this fabric, and the glue WILL seep through 
the fabric when you stick it on.  You do not want to get high temp hot 
glue on your fingers.  Trust me.  Owwww.

Then just wrap up the bottle.  When you reach the end of a strip, just 
use the glue gun to tack down the end and start another.


And that's it.  Simple, no?  An easy way to spook up your adult 
beverages for a Halloween party.  And if a bit of red wine drips on the 
bandages as you're pouring, so much the better.


She's pretty fabulous, eh??  If you liked this post, you will LOVE Nikki's work over at Tikkido!  
Click her lovely photo to head on over there and don't forget to follow Nikki on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!


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Celebrate with Nikki ::: MUMMY Bottles!

Pin It

Welcome back to our party and celebrations gal, Nikki of Tikkido!  
Today's craft is one of those "anybodycandoit" simple crafts that looks GREAT, but only takes a short amount of time.  Those are SO my kind of crafts 
and I am guessing YOURS too!  So if you are behind on the Halloween planning, no worries!  Nikki has you covered!  Take it away Nik!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Have a Halloween party coming up?  
Or need a fun hostess gift for this spooky season?


Why not wrap up your wine bottle in mummy bandages? 
 It's fast, 
inexpensive, and so, so easy.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You'll need:

Bottle of wine
approximately 1/2 yard cheesecloth/mummy wrappings fabric
low temperature glue gun
scissors or rotary cutter.



Start with a bottle of wine.  I'm always happy when I see Bogle 
Vinyard's Phantom (an old vine zinfandel, petite sirah, and old vine 
mourvedre blend) hit the shelves.  How perfect for Halloween!


Cut strips of the cheesecloth.  Mine were about two inches wide, but 
you really don't need to be precise.  We're trying to evoke an ancient 
mummy here.  Not something that's been precicely engineered.


Use a dot of LOW TEMPERATURE hot glue to tack the end of a strip of 
fabric to your bottle.  I specify the low temperature glue gun because 
there are a lot of holes in this fabric, and the glue WILL seep through 
the fabric when you stick it on.  You do not want to get high temp hot 
glue on your fingers.  Trust me.  Owwww.

Then just wrap up the bottle.  When you reach the end of a strip, just 
use the glue gun to tack down the end and start another.


And that's it.  Simple, no?  An easy way to spook up your adult 
beverages for a Halloween party.  And if a bit of red wine drips on the 
bandages as you're pouring, so much the better.


She's pretty fabulous, eh??  If you liked this post, you will LOVE Nikki's work over at Tikkido!  
Click her lovely photo to head on over there and don't forget to follow Nikki on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!


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