July 30–Christmas in July Day 6: Leather State Ornament

This project ended up being one that I had to just wing but I loved the idea of it so much I was determined to make it work! I got the original idea from a post by Emma Chapman over at A Beautiful Mess. I love the metallic leather she used:

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I think I had my heart set on that metallic leather but I couldn’t find it. I settled for an interesting lavender color but I felt like it was too flimsy to hold up so I cut out two of the Kentucky template (I just searched online for a picture and printed it out to use a stencil) and sandwiched a piece of cardboard between them. I think it holds up much better that way and it was super easy to stitch around the edge. This one went quickly–the hardest part was actually finding the leather. If I ever find the metallic leather, I will definitely make another one of these 🙂

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July 29–Christmas in July Day 5: Personalized Minecraft Creeper Ornament

I’m not gonna lie…this one is straight up stolen from the Etsy shop The Paint Brushed Boutique and they don’t even sell this ornament anymore…but this person is very talented at what they do and has some very nice things in their shop 🙂

So to start, I just took a square ornament that I actually had on hand, but you can get them at any craft store. Actually, you can probably get them right now since they have all had their Christmas stuff out since June…

Next I poured some green acrylic paint into the ornament and swirled it around until it completely covered the inside of the ornament. I let it dry for a little bit so I could handle it without moving the paint around too much. Then I just got out my trusty black paint pen and painted on the Creeper face, my son’s name and the year. After that dried, I tied a black ribbon to the top and just like that his ornament for his Christmas stocking is done! Add that to the fact that I have already finished the Scottie dog for my daughter and I am halfway done with ornaments for stockings!! Now I just need to find a good one for my other daughter and my husband…

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July 28–Christmas in July Day 4: Paint Chip Tree Tags

Most of my Christmas in July posts are going to be ornaments, but today I want to share an easy (and cheap!) project that you can use to adorn your Christmas gifts rather than your tree! You can see the original pin plus some other great holiday ideas over on Stampin’ Pretty. Here is how inexpensive this project was for me:

Paint chips: FREE
Buttons and sequins: from my stash, essentially FREE
Twine: from stash, FREE

You could easily substitute paper cutouts or something else for the buttons and sequins and any other string for the baker’s twine to make this a free project customized to your stash 🙂 I also added some little dots for ornaments using my Stickles. Side note, I recently found my rather large stash of Stickles and I had forgotten how awesome and versatile these were! If you do not know what I am talking about, check it out here. It’s basically glitter glue but the tiny applicator makes it perfect for so many uses and you can control how tiny your dots are 🙂 Here are my finished tags:

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July 27–Christmas in July Day 3: Felt Deer Stuffie Ornament

I’m not going to lie, this little deer was a pain in the butt! I guess due to the small accents and the legs being difficult to blanket stitch. I would definitely recommend this project ONLY if you have too much time on your hands and too much sanity you want to get rid of. I mean, she is pretty cute (if somewhat deformed), but boy did she give me a hard time (and a couple of glue gun burns…). If you want to stress yourself out like I did, you can get the pattern and full tutorial here at http://www.liagriffith.com.

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July 26–Christmas in July Day 2: Bottlecap Snowman Ornament

Today’s project is another in the long list of projects I’ve done this summer that involve spray painting…seriously, I have a problem. It’s really addictive…

This cute little snowman ornament was super easy once the paint dried. I just used some Stickles to give him a little personality and he’s ready to hang! I found the original tutorial here but I really didn’t have to follow it–it’s pretty self-explanatory 🙂

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July 25–Christmas in July Day 1: Graduation Tassel Ornaments

Welcome to my Christmas in July blog party! For the next week I will be featuring projects from my Christmas Pinterest board. Today’s project is an ornament that is also an awesome keepsake using that old graduation tassel you might have laying around taking up space or tucked far, far away in a box where no one can see it. I am a pretty sentimental gal so I keep stuff like this FOREVER. At least this way, I can look at it for about a month and then pack it away with the rest of the Christmas decorations! I pinned a couple of different versions of this project from here and here. In the end, I went with a combination and added my own flair 🙂

You will have to excuse the pictures–I could not find any good lighting that would really capture these. I tried about 5 different locations with different lighting and just couldn’t get the right shot. But you can get the idea…

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The ribbon on Darin’s is actually a really nice purple and looking at this picture I realized I forgot something on his. I couldn’t fit his ’87 charm inside the ornament so my plan was to add it to the ribbons…which I totally forgot. I will be going back and adding that…

Here is one with different lighting but it honestly doesn’t look much better. I guess everyone is just going to have to come over for Christmas and see them in person! 🙂

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July 24–Road Trip Bingo!

Not sure what happened to the hours today–they kind of flew by for me. So I knew I needed to keep my pin for the day simple and quick. We are preparing to go on vacation in a few days so I perused my Family Fun board to see if I could find some good activities for the car ride.

I started with this Restaurant I Spy from http://www.3boysandadog.com and followed several links to other I Spy and bingo printables. I think I’m most excited about the license plate I spy 🙂

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I also found a pin for an app that tells you things to do along the way on your road trip, but it led to a dead website, so I searched around on Google and found http://www.roadtrippers.com. I will have to report back as to whether this was a fabulous find or not 🙂