Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Holidays Link Party!

 Welcome to our Happy Holidays Link Party 2018! We’ve joined a group of talented blogging friends to bring you a month long holiday party. You're invited to share any December holiday decor, crafts, cards, tree trimmings, recipes, holiday traditions, activities, and more! Stop by the party for tons of holiday inspiration!
To get the party started, all of the co-hosts will be sharing a holiday post today.

~Meet Your Party Hosts~

Buffalo plaid continues to be very popular and trendy for the holidays! I love making Christmas ornaments and created this adorable tree ornament out of buffalo plaid ribbon. You'd be surprise at how easy this ornament is to make! Click here to see how it's made.
The party is open from November 16 to December 16 - one whole month of holiday goodies!  Join us by sharing your ideas and inspirations for the holidays and be sure to visit all the wonderful link-ups throughout the month!

Check out how all of the co-hosts are kicking off the party! Click below for some wonderful ideas.

There is no limit on the number of links as long as they are family friendly and related to any of the December holidays. We welcome your older holiday posts, too. Be sure to let others know about the party and stop by throughout the month to share or to find some new ideas!
Wishing you all a Merry & Bright Holiday Season!

Sweet Inspiration Party #133

Welcome to our 133rd Sweet Inspiration Link Party!

This has been a crazy week for me. Just when I thought things were going great, BAM! My social media world - namely Facebook has become non-existent for me. FB said I cannot log on for security reasons until my photo can be verified. Say what now? How long will that take? It's been nearly 4 days! And I didn't know that meant I have been removed from the site completely. No contact with family and friends! No pictures! No group or page interactions. In other words, no me! Mary - one of the co-hosts here has been wonderful in sending me all the info to participate in this party! And I am so grateful to her! 

And I'm grateful to everyone who joins us each week! Thank you so much for taking the time to be a part of this wonderful party and share your awesome projects, ideas and inspirations!

The party starts on Fridays @7am EST or 11am GMT and runs through the following Tuesday. Plenty of time to link up your creative ideas! By joining us every week you will be able to grow your blog, meet new blogging friends and have your ideas and inspirations seen and shared by all of us who link up!

The hosts will be visiting everyone who join to share your inspirations, ideas and creativity! And of course enjoy the possibility of being featured by one of the party hosts! We truly appreciate and thank you dearly for joining us each week!

Isn't this snowman jar ornament so cute? I know we can find to buy lots of Christmas ornaments everywhere. But there is so much joy to create our own ones. There is a simple tutorial at Across the Boulevard for this snowman. Go and check it!!!

I absolutely love this idea of using a metal tray as a magnet board for the kids from Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled. My kids would love it, and I think I see (yet another...) craft project in my future.😊

I love a good repurpose and this one is no exception. Barbara of French Eternal has taken a bunch of old lamps and turned them into these adorable candlestick holders. And just in time for the warm and cozy atmosphere we are all looking to achieve.     

 I love apple pastries and this Apple Puff Pastry Tart recipe by Mrs Kringle is quite the winner and includes an awesome easy to follow video! And the best part, this delicious looking tart can double for breakfast, too! 

Isn't this the cutest idea ever! No wonder this was the most popular from last week's party! Can you imaging drilling holes in these card boxes to light up the headlights of the cars? Brilliant! What a wonderful decorative item to make for the holidays! Stop by Penny @Penny's Vintage House to check this and more of her great ideas, if you haven't already!

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Party Rules

  • It would be appreciated if you follow us on at least one social media.
  • You can link up to 3 posts, DIYs, Home Decor, Crafts, Recipes anything family     friendly goes!
  • Yes, you can link up posts with affiliate links. 
  • Please link up your own work, no ads. And please no link parties.
  • Linking gives us permission to share a credited photo on our social media accounts. Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification. 
  • If you wish to pin the features please do so by going to the original post.​
Disclosure: By submitting a link to the Sweet Inspiration Link Party you are giving the party hosts permission to feature your link/post on our blogs, social media and future round up posts. This includes images from the linked post as well as linking to your social media accounts. Purple Hues and Me and all Sweet Inspiration Link Party co-hosts respect you and your work. Everything will be properly linked back to you and given credit.

Please Note:   Linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Buffalo Plaid Ribbon Tree Ornament DIY

 Buffalo plaid continues to be very popular and trendy for the holidays! I love making Christmas ornaments and created this adorable tree ornament out of buffalo plaid ribbon. In fact, to make this ornament you just need wired ribbon, Fabri-Tac fabric glue (it's a quick grab and dries in a few minutes) and heavy duty twine. Plus scissors and clothespins to help with construction. 

Let's begin by cutting out square ribbon pieces the width of the ribbon. This ribbon is 2.5 inches wide, so I cut out 2.5 inch squares.
Next, grab the opposite corners and curve them around to the back in a cone shape - with a point at the top and a "V" shape flair at the bottom, as pictured below. Glue along the back edges with fabric glue. Use clothespins to hold in place while glue is drying. 

For this tree, I cut out 20 squares and made 20 cones.
1st row -  8 cones
2nd row - 6 cones
3rd row - 6 cones

If you like, you can change the number of cones in each row - either have fewer cones on the top row or add more rows for the tree, etc.

 To connect the cones, first use a clothespin to hold the cones together at the top. Apply fabric glue between the cones at the bottom sides, matching edges and applying glue up midway.

Continue to glue additional cones to each other, one at a time, grouping together.  Use clothespins to hold together until glue dries. Don't glue the top points together just yet.

Next, cut a 12 inch piece of twine and fold in half.  Tie in knot making large loop (for hanging) on one end.

Insert looped twine into first row of cones adjusting position just above the ends of the twine. Add glue around the twine and press the cone points together onto twine.

Add second row above first row, staggering cones, following the previous steps. 
And finally, glue on the third row just below the knot.
Makes for an adorable trendy tree ornament, don't you think! 
Just perfect for either rustic or traditional Christmas decor!
I'm sharing my buffalo plaid ribbon tree ornament tutorial at our Happy Holidays Link Party where I'm one of the co-hosts. Please stop by and join us by linking up your holiday ideas and inspirations too!  

Thanks for stopping by,
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Facebook Unfriended Me

This post is so out of character for me but it's the only way for me to try and get my message out.

Facebook said for security purposes I needed to submit a photo of me for verification which I did. It said I could not log on to FB until my photo was verified. That was three days ago. How long does this take? Well apparently, for some it took 48 hours, others a week - or, how about six months! Good grief! I tried emailing them - with no response. It appears that there are no humans working at Facebook. At least none that cares about the average craft blogger who uses their platform to join other bloggers and crafters in groups and forums on their site. And the strange part is that I've never discussed politics or religion - I keep my opinions to myself because I don't want to hurt or offend anyone. My niece jokingly mentioned if it had anything to do with the Russians. Oh, I forgot that there is a woman in Russia who steals every craft tutorial that I publish - but that's another story!

Do you have any idea as to what "you won't be able to log in to Facebook means?" It means I have been completely eliminated or wiped out from all my family and friends. If we were "friends" see if you can find me. I checked my husband, son, sister and niece and I'm gone! Vanished! Eliminated!

This couldn't happen at a worse time. This is the holiday season and I have so many craft diys and link parties to post. Let alone all the craft blogging groups I belong to that get their messages out through Facebook's platform.

Sorry folks, please get in touch with me if you need to through email so I'll know what's going on in the groups I've joined.

This is so out of my control!

Ornament Exchange 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party, our third year of the blogger ornament exchange! This link party is only for handmade ornament tutorials and will run from November 15th through December 15th. 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party This year, we have 50 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let's meet the hosts of this year's 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!
My PinterventuresNorthern Feeling  
A Purdy Little House   Create and Babble 
2 Bees in a PodAcross the Boulevard  
Simply Beautiful by AngelaThe Inspiration Vault 
Faeries and Fauna  Home on the Corner 
This Autoimmune LifeOur Unschooling Journey  
Rosewood and GraceShoppe No.5 
Domestic Deadline   Made In A Day 
Intelligent Domestications • Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  
Tales From HomeMunofore 
Super Mom - No Cap • Raggedy Bits  
Christmas Tree LaneC'mon Get Crafty  
Making ManzanitaMom Home Guide  
From Evija with Love  • Red Cottage Chronicles  
Coastal BohemianOur Crafty Mom   
Girl, Just DIY!Halfpint Designs 
Prim and Propah   Purple Hues and Me  
Farm Girl Reformed Eye Love Knots 
 Try It - Like It - Create ItTeadoddles  
Two Purple Couches   Inside the Fox Den  
Keys to InspirationOur Home Made Easy   
Charleston CraftedThe Quiet Groove  
Chicken Scratch NY  • Jordan's Easy Entertaining  
Mom Envy Sparkle Living 
 The Good Hearted WomanFor the Love of Food

The rules of the Ornament Exchange Challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home! I made a Ribbon Wrapped Ornament for my partner, Janet @Try It Like It Create it

If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 15th.

Ribbon Wrapped Ornament DIY

I love making ornaments for Christmas and ribbon is one of my favorite materials to use. So I thought I would make a ribbon wrapped ornament for Janet @ Try It, Like It, Create It, my ornament exchange partner for this year's Christmas Ornament Exchange Challenge! 

The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

Janet's style was pretty much open to anything since she doesn't decorate to a theme or color scheme for Christmas. How cool is that for me! I thought she would love red and gold ribbon which would blend in for most holiday decor. The design of the ornament might look intricate but it's really quite simple!

  • Smooth Styrofoam ball - 3"
  • Sandpaper
  • Double-sided tape
  • 1/4" Ribbon - 6+yds.
  • 5/8" Gold decorative ribbon
  • Gold beaded trim 
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

First, there is usually a ridge midway around the smooth styrofoam ball that needs to be sanded away, and then wiping off any residue afterwards. Next wrap the ball with double sided tape.  Start at the center end, down, around, and back to the starting point. And finally run the tape across the middle, until ends meet. 

*FYI, don't use dollar store double sided tape like I did. I thought it would be the same as what I used here, but it was not as soft, didn't lay as flat around the curves and was a bit crispy. I didn't realize this until I was midway through.

Next, place the end of the 1/4" ribbon on top of the tape at the top center and start wrapping the ball down and around, back to the starting point, and then slightly moving to the left or right (it doesn't matter), overlapping the edge of the ribbon .  .  . 

down and around and crisscrossing at the center top and bottom. Continue following the ribbon edge, pulling ribbon down to the bottom, crisscrossing ribbon, and back up to starting point, crisscrossing again. 

Be sure that the edges of the ribbon touches the tape, smoothing it out and straightening any areas as you wrap. 

Also check to make sure you are covering the styrofoam ball as you wrap and there are "no open" spots. Quickly lift the ribbon to smooth out or straighten overlapping areas if you make a mistake while wrapping or the ribbon moves out of place.

Continue wrapping ribbon down while overlapping edges, crisscrossing and up again, overlapping edges until the ball is completely covered.  Then end the ribbon at the top starting area, cutting off excess and while holding taut, glue down with a small dab of glue. 

Next, to make the hanging loop, cut an 8" piece of 1/4" ribbon or wider, folding in half. Place a dab of glue between the ribbon about an inch from the ends and press together. Let dry.

Open the ends of the ribbon out from the glued spot, and place glue on both sides of the inside ends. Press down ribbon ends at the center top and hold in place. Let dry.

For the ribbon flower trim, cut 25 - four inch pieces of 5/8" decorative ribbon. Fold in half, forming a loop and glue ends together.

Place loops in the 3, 6. 9 and 12 positions and glue in place - then add additional loops overlapping the first row, second row, etc. until .  .  .

the area is completely filled in with ribbon loops forming a cute flower.

For the center, cut off a strip of beaded trim and wrap around the bottom of the ribbon loop, gluing in place.

I made an explosion card box to place the ornament in as a special surprise for Janet. You can find the tutorial for the basic construction of an explosion card box here

Be sure to join us at our Handmade Ornament Link Party and share your favorite Christmas ornaments!