DIY: The Glitter Egg Tree!

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Hello!

If you remember the previous DIY post about the plastic egg wreath we made, a couple of weekends later my Aunt Laurie came down with more plastic eggs and fake grass to do another project I found on Pinterest (that I can no longer find) around the same time I found the first one. My nana wanted to do the wreath, whereas I wanted to do the egg tree craft! I need something bright and a little bit obnoxious in my room so I thought this would be perfect!

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What you will need for this:

  • 4′ Cone
  • 7’x7′ Square Platform
  • 2 Bags of Plastic Eggs
  • 1 Bag of Fake Grass
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush (optional)

The first thing will need to do is build your platform for your tree to stand on, at first we weren’t going to do this, but my nana started to think about how the eggs were supposed to stay up on the cone, so she cut out a small square from part of our smaller form boards that we don’t use as much anymore. My nana calculated that it is seven inches on both sides. Since our luck with tracing comes in handy, I had her hold the cone in the middle of the square and I traced around it so that we had a better idea of where to place the glue and eventually put the cone on top.

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After that, we left it to dry.

Next we decided put the fake grass along the bottom of the cone. I chose purple grass (of course!) and we used what we had with the wreath; I put a couple of teaspoons of Elmer’s glue into a small cup and painted each corner at first with a bit of the glue, we then dropped a couple of balls of the grass and if I didn’t want to put my toes into the glue I borrowed a colored pencil and helped get them in place!

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The next visit we attempted the egg part, which proved to be a disaster for us!

In the original directions it tells you to use regular glue, like Elmer’s and with every layer you flip the egg on its other side. So like we started placed them on the actual platform and grass, this wasn’t so bad for the first four eggs. By the time we got finished, several were coming loose and the ones that wanted to stay in their place, couldn’t I guess, I tried to place them together but a couple were a little too close to the point with any motion, they started falling down off the entire thing. It was very frustrating for us! We finally got everybody to agree after my nana kept gluing them back on.

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Some were place inward in the beginning like the pictures on the original, but then we just started laying them in front of the cone hoping that would be better, but it wasn’t. And then we moved onto the second level and it was the worst thing ever! Everything we did, the eggs would just fall. We put them in right, where the tips would be in the center of the bottom row. It was just the glue that wasn’t letting us move on to the next one.

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Unfortunately, my nana and I were not the ones who finished it. When my nana was in the hospital, she had Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike finish both the tree and a wreath that she had done (the eggs were falling off on that as well!) so I don’t know much of what they did, but it kind of looks like everything is in the same sequence. I was told that they had used the hot glue gun to finish both projects so hopefully now we won’t have any little strays anymore!

The only thing we might have to is put the grass in the blank spots and then it will officially be done. I still don’t know where I would put it, but I’ll find a place for it somewhere in my room!

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Have you been doing any new crafts lately? 

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NOTM: Holiday Nails!

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Howdy!

As you might’ve seen, I didn’t necessarily have a post for Thanksgiving but in my defense I wanted to, I literally had the colors picked out in my mind but the whole month of November sort of went by faster than I think any one of us thought it would!

I knew I needed to get my finger nails trimmed, so my nana ended up doing a few of my toe nails too! At the end of the visit, we had some free time and I asked her if she could paint my toes. She said yes and we went all out for the festive colors! I know I usually talk about the different brands of polish we use but I know for a fact that I’ve used all of these before, so I’ve decided to not go into that again. Sorry!

However, I do want to discuss why I wanted to go all Christmas-y with my toes!

I like to scroll through Pinterest and look at the different designs you can do on a person’s finger nails and of course I see the designs and doubt that I would ever be able to create something like that on any one of my toes, but I did want to try it out and my nana was open to doing something a little out of the box! We’re used to doing mismatch colors on each toe so in a way, it wasn’t that big of a deal!

I knew she had a dark green polish and I thought it would be a perfect tree color, even if it turned out like a Halloween emerald! We had to add two coats to make it look as close to the shade on the bottle. After that, we left the big toes to dry and then we moved onto the others and I decided to keep the theme as best to my ability and chose both a royal blue and red polish. As those began to dry we went back to the big toes and added some special things and this was where I got to do the small details!

I used a toothpick and stuck it into the sparkly gold polish and I tried to make a line in the middle of my toes to represent tinsel. This was easier said than done! After that, I figured that it would be smart to pick bright colors for the bulbs that you place on the tree so my two original colors were a lavender and bright yellow. I did the purple first because I knew that would show up with one coat, unfortunately my yellow wasn’t a good idea. When I went to place a yellow polka dot on the opposite side of the toe, it wouldn’t show up with just the one coat so at the last minute we switched it out with the purple again and there you have it! A mini Christmas tree painted on my toes!

What do you think of my nails? This was my first try and I am doing it with my own toes, so please don’t be mean in the comments! 

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Tis’ Not A Naked Tree!

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Hey guys!

Last week, I posted about how my nana and I got her Christmas tree up finally! It wasn’t really a challenge (for me) but it did make me realize how much stuff my parents never let me do whenever we put up our tree. Well today, I have the second day of decorating the tree and I’m happy to say I did a lot more than I thought I would, between taking pictures of basically everything in sight, I helped put on tinsel and bulbs. It was pretty interesting to say the least!

Before I got there, my mom had to buy new lights for the tree since the others nana tried didn’t work all the way. She got three boxes of 100 mini lights. I think we had more than enough lights, what do you think? I think lights are my favorite thing about decorating the tree. It’s strange how both the “red” and “yellow” are actually really “pink” and “gold” once they’re lit up. The blue has always been my favorite! We were a little worried on how we were going to put the lights on as we really couldn’t move the tree out of the space in the living room and mess up her rug and nativity scene completely. So I thought of the idea of just throwing them up and into different directions, like we had planned on doing with the tinsel. We realized we had a big batch on top that was empty! Oops! My mom had to go and fix that later!

My nana had told me that while she was attempting to put on the lights to take pictures. When she was just about to put them on the bottom half of the tree, I snapped one and the flash went off and scared the crap out of both of my grandparents! My papaw didn’t really help, but then again between the two wheelchairs we were already blocking a big section of the entrance to the room, he really couldn’t help. He did managed to play “O Christmas Tree” on the piano which boosted my mood up a little now we were getting into the Christmas spirit. After the lights were done, then came my second favorite part: the ornaments! I think last year I had done a blog post about what WE put on our tree, my sister and I’s old kiddy decorations we had made in school and whatnot. So I got to do a similar post with hers!

The difference with her tree is that there’s no ornaments that us grandchildren have made specifically for them. I mean, there’s like two different ornaments from my mom (preschool and high school!) and a random picture of my sister from grade school! The rest of the ornaments are very old (which I like!) and some were made by my great-grandmother I think. She’s got these very decorative bulbs that remind me of India on how much detail and color they all seem to have, they’ve always been my favorites of course! And then you have these slightly clear ones. Very Christmas-y, full of baby Jesus and the Hollies. The first two we pulled out of the bag were these very delicate ornaments. The one of a train was very sturdy but the other was some kind of carriage. and it felt like it was made of paper so I had to be extra careful with it!

The second picture is obviously my papaw’s. It is a silver elf and it has a long chain on it. We put it down at the bottom so it could dangle. It was from where my papaw used to work and the date of that year, 1988! Yikes My nana also has her own special ornaments. She has her Adam Lambert picture locket type of ornament and then she has an Elvis Presley bulb that took me about seven tries and three different props to get a decent picture! And to the finish it all of, she had one little modernized ornament. She has the same Garfield in a football helmet like we do as the second to last recent ornament added to the tree! We honest to God had a lot of bulbs to put on. She had to put mostly the ones with hooks on the tree as I got the same job I get at home with putting the ones withe sting on it.

After successfully finishing that part of the decorations. My mom put the angel on top of the tree! She left to go do errands and we continued on, this time putting on the tinsel. We did the same thing we did with the lights but had better throws, each tinsel was in like little strands so throwing it up on the tree wasn’t that bad, until it fell off and landed back on the floor… During this time I kept getting stuck in my wheelchair. I could lean my body to pull my legs up in the air but straightening myself out on my own wasn’t working out very well. My nana had to hold down my foot like five times during the whole thing just so I could fix myself! At least nobody landed on the floor!

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This was probably the most fun and excercise I usually get in one week alone! Just trying to move yourself into the living room that is pretty difficult as to the rest of the house. My nana and papaw go into it like twice a day and the carpet is STILL not used to wheelchairs rolling around on it. 😛 When we were finally complete with the tree I had to take pictures of our finished work, but still managed to crop out the angel on top! I tried to back up enough like three times, I should have known to go for the fourth time. Oh well, it’s pretty the way it is!

What do you think?

Christmas Advent Calendar 2015!

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Hey guys!

So now that it’s officially December, I can finally discuss anything and everything Christmas-y! I have to say this year everybody has kept their mouths shut about seeing the early Christmas advertisements. I honestly haven’t seen a lot of stuff on TV about it. Anyways, I’ve been thinking of what to share with you this year. You seen my other post that went up on the first, it is a gift guide for bloggers! Click here if you want to check that out!

Last year, my nana got something in the mail from one of the charities that she sends money to every once in a while. She loves basically everything Native American, so she sends money to an Indian school and they sent her an advent calendar. If you don’t know what an advent calendar is, it’s a countdown to Christmas. It’s mainly popular overseas, I know a LOT of bloggers that do it with their families and there are a bunch of varieties of them, some have candles, nail polishes, and even chocolate candies! She has a simple one, they give you a plain Christmas tree and a separate sheet of little stickers to stick onto the tree as time gets closer to Christmas. We had so much fun doing it last year, even though we were behind on some days, she kind of got a kick of me putting each sticker on the tree.

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Two weeks ago, I was looking up different ones on Amazon in case we didn’t get one in the mail. We couldn’t think who sent it to her the last time so I went and looked up ones like it. I found two that were sticker calendars: a nativity scene and Santa’s workshop. They are so cute and fun to do! I think the most festive thing that us Americans have is the Elf On A Shelf thing. Families get a little red Elf and from what I’ve heard is that parents say the elf is there to watch over the little children to keep an eyes on them for Santa. They get moved to different places everyday and that’s all it is basically. We never had one in our house. I wish we had these when I was younger, counting down would be kind of fun I think. At least that’s what I’m saying now and I’m in my twenties.. I’m pretty sure nothing was going to make that count down easier as a kid.

How do you count down to Christmas? To all my friends overseas, what is your favorite advent calendar(s)?

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Little Apple Tree

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This is an old picture, it took me a bit to figure out where I am in this picture, but I’m where I always liked to be at when I was small. Fully attached to my mom’s hip. Trust me if I wasn’t as heavy as I am now I’d still be there or sitting on her lap for a hug. When I was a little girl, I didn’t just go to preschool or kindergarten first. Nope. I went to this little local school for other handicapped kids. I have quite a few memories in my mind that play every now and then. I do remember the van rides there and home, plus the heartbreaking graduation day in the park.

Since starting up this post, more and more memories have been flooding my head. Like, while we were on our way to the school we rode in this large van fully equipped for wheelchairs and such, the seats in the van were not like normal seats. We sat face-to-face inside. I think I sat in a normal seat like the rest and my wheelchair was locked in the back. I remember two boys, one of which had to be about five or six years old. He looked like a normal kid but I don’t necessarily remember what he had wrong with him. This other kid that always sat in front of me in the van rides, he was basically my little buddy. Unfortunately I have no memory of what his face looked like or his name, but I feel like it was in the “T” area though. This little boy might be the real reason of why I love kids so much. He must’ve been like three or four years old, he was a lot younger than me and some of the other kids. He had this thing of pulling on my hair. To some people, you’d think this is some form of bullying. I do remember of just letting him do it. He would get a big kick out of it and smile so big every single time. I just loved to see him smile and laugh. He was just too adorable to say no to!

When this picture was taken, it must’ve been a couple of days before our graduation. My first graduation. While most people have a track record of going to school for 12 years and then the 2 or 4 years of college after that, I had 13 years of school. I swear I wasn’t trying to be an overachiever, this was basically like head start on how to get me to do things and socializing with other kids. I was a very shy kid if you didn’t know and up until my sophomore year of high school did that change. I’ve always had problems with opening up to different people, going up to them and asking questions in and out of school was not my thing. It actually runs in my family a bit, my cousin Kristi and Blondie both had the same problems of being shy around people. I remember it would literally take me three or four days in a new school year for me to come out of my shell. Anyways, my nana bought this little apple tree for the school as I guess for thanking them for doing such a good job of taking care of me and the other students. I don’t remember anything about that day at all. Everytime we go out towards that area where the school is located, I always ask my parents if we can go see it. It does not matter how old I am, if we are around I just want to drive past the school and see if it’s still standing and how big it’s gotten over the years.

That’s my little story for the day.