2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

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Upcycled ornaments made from jar lids


2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

Here are a couple easy and fun upcyling projects for Christmas. The first, upcycled ornaments are made with jar lids and photos with shimmery Christmas trim. The second, is super simple; just take some scrap fabric & wrap old glass or styrofoam bulb then tie a bow to make cute repurposed ornaments! Click on photos for more details!


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repurposed fabric covered ornaments



See more DIY Christmas crafts: 5 DIY Christmas Crafts

For more Christmas ornament ideas follow my Pinterest board: Christmas Ornament


What do you upcycle or what crafts do you do at Christmas? Comments welcomed

5 DIY Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Decorations

Five DIY Tutorials:  Christmas Ornaments, Decorations, Crafts

I love making Christmas ornaments and decorations but since I am a jeweler I rarely get to make them before Christmas. The following tutorials are super easy and quick enough for the busy holidays! Just click on the link or photo to take you to the tutorial.

1) DIY Wreath Ornaments  made from wired twine and little pine cones:

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DIY Wreath ornaments



2)  Paper Straw Wreath  Simple wreath made from paper straws:

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Simple paper straw wreath



3)  Recycled paper ornaments  made from old Christmas cards, sheet music and catalogs using a scalloped paper punch:

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Recycled paper ornaments



4) DIY Decoupage Ornaments  made from old sheet music and glitter:

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Sheet music ornaments


5) Gift wrapping  ideas, packing using recycled Christmas cars, papers using scallop punches:

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paper punch “bows”


For more Christmas decorating ideas follow my Pinterest boards: Christmas Ornament , Vintage Christmas, Christmas Ideas, and

Gift Wrapping: