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Guest Project — make Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments!!

15 Dec
Hi everyone! We’re so excited to be here at Tatertots and Jello!
Let us introduce ourselves.
We’re Emily and Jaime, two sister-in-laws with a passion for pretty things! 
We’ve recently started a blog called Everyday Art where we share our, uh… well our everday art! We love to cook great tasting and great looking food, make cute and useful crafts, and take beautiful photographs.
Come on over and add some everyday art to your life!

Today we’d like to share our Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments with you!
Why not bring a little holiday cheer and color to the trees in your yard? I love these frozen outdoor ornaments! The way the ice sparkles in the sunlight, and the bright colors of cranberries and citrus slices really add some pizazz to our yard. They were an extra fun project because we made them as a family.
To make some for your yard, first gather your supplies: you’ll need various containers to freeze the ornaments in (I just collected the cans from a week’s worth of cooking: cans from tomatoes, beans, even tuna fish), some yarn or string, scissors, various slices of citrus fruit, cranberries, evergreen sprigs, pine cones, sticks—whatever you have on hand. I even added some cilantro to some and liked the way it turned out. I think bay leaves would also look lovely.



Then start filling your containers! This is a perfect project for kids—they can place everything in the containers haphazardly and the ornaments still turn out beautifully. Once the containers are full of the items you’ve prepared, then fill them with water.


For this ornament, I wanted to make it hollow so I placed a can full of rocks inside a larger can, then all around the edges I placed red sticks I clipped from a bush I have out front.

When your ornaments are ready to be frozen, place loops of yarn or string in them so that there will be a loop to hang them on the trees with. Place them on a tray and then either carry them outdoors if it is freezing or clear out a large area in your freezer. I left mine outdoors overnight and they froze solid.
Then in the morning, un-mold the ornaments (using some warm water if necessary) and voila! Beauty. I love the way the cranberries look with the orange and lime slices.


My kids and I then decorated the large pine tree we have out front.

 
Look how beautiful the ice looks in these!

 This ornament was my favorite—I thought we’d probably put too much stuff in it, but I was wrong! I love all the color.

This hollow one turned out lovely as well. I placed it on my front step with a candle inside. Wouldn’t it look festive to have a row of these leading up your walkway, candles flickering inside?
Happy ice-ornament making everyone!

You may also like some of our other favorite posts.
This recipe for Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash is delicious.
These crochetted flowers make THE CUTEST hair clips for little girls. My daughters and I love them.
We love finding beauty in ordinary things. Not that there is anything ordinary about these beautiful leaves. 🙂


 

Thanks Jaime!!
Those Ice Ornaments are beyond cool! I want to make some for my home.
How festive would those look for the Holidays?!!
Thanks so much for sharing your awesome idea with us!!
Be sure to put Everyday Art on your list of must-read blogs!
xoxo

Also — check out the third day of the

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With more giveaways and a Holiday decor linky!!!
PS – We had such a fun time this morning at Pier1!! Shelley, Char, Becca and I will be at Pier1 again tonight, handing out another  $1,000 in gift cards. We hope you can stop by!!!   
Bring your friends — we’d love to meet you!! 
Free reusable gift bags and coupons too!!

Pottery Barn-inspired Winter Mantlescape

6 Jan

I always feel a little blah in January when I take down my holiday decorations. It feels too soon to think about decorating for Valentine’s Day for some reason.
Yesterday I was flipping through my Pottery Barn catalog and spied this sparkly white mantle-scape.  I loved all of the birds, nests and white and I thought — hey, I have some nests and bird things around here somewhere… {I just used what I had and I didn’t have enough silvery things, but I was going for the general idea… }
 So I gathered up all a bunch of things from various rooms and put it all up on my mantle…
Before:
 After:
 
And it feels so much more festive and happy!
 Then I stood back and thought — it just needs something… I decided what if I put a word on the mantle that encompasses what I want to focus on this coming year? And the word that comes to mind is family. I really want to focus on them this year. They are the most important people in my life. I feel like my kids are growing up so fast that I don’t want to miss out on anything!
So I took a piece of scrapbook paper, cut it down to 8.5 by 11 and ran it through my printer with the word family in courier font (72 point) and out it in a frame I got at a garage sale a millions years ago. I put it up and added some candles and it felt done.
What is your word that you are focusing on this year? Thanks so much for all of the great goals that you shared with me that you are working on for 2010! I got so many great ideas!!! I am going to share my favorites with you when I announce the winner of the giveaway on Saturday!
 Head over to The Stories of A to Z for Beth’s Mantle Party to see more mantle ideas!

And, if you would like to enter to win the watch with two interchangeable bands, click HERE.

Have a great day!
Thanks for being such great blogging friends!
XOXO

Pottery Barn-inspired Winter Mantlescape

6 Jan

I always feel a little blah in January when I take down my holiday decorations. It feels too soon to think about decorating for Valentine’s Day for some reason.
Yesterday I was flipping through my Pottery Barn catalog and spied this sparkly white mantle-scape.  I loved all of the birds, nests and white and I thought — hey, I have some nests and bird things around here somewhere… {I just used what I had and I didn’t have enough silvery things, but I was going for the general idea… }
 So I gathered up all a bunch of things from various rooms and put it all up on my mantle…
Before:
 After:
 
And it feels so much more festive and happy!
 Then I stood back and thought — it just needs something… I decided what if I put a word on the mantle that encompasses what I want to focus on this coming year? And the word that comes to mind is family. I really want to focus on them this year. They are the most important people in my life. I feel like my kids are growing up so fast that I don’t want to miss out on anything!
So I took a piece of scrapbook paper, cut it down to 8.5 by 11 and ran it through my printer with the word family in courier font (72 point) and out it in a frame I got at a garage sale a millions years ago. I put it up and added some candles and it felt done.
What is your word that you are focusing on this year? Thanks so much for all of the great goals that you shared with me that you are working on for 2010! I got so many great ideas!!! I am going to share my favorites with you when I announce the winner of the giveaway on Saturday!
 Head over to The Stories of A to Z for Beth’s Mantle Party to see more mantle ideas!

And, if you would like to enter to win the watch with two interchangeable bands, click HERE.

Have a great day!
Thanks for being such great blogging friends!
XOXO

Knock on Wood….

5 Mar
So……you know yesterday……..
how I was all giddy about Spring?
Well, I should have known better……

The last few days were so warm.

It was in the 70’s and all of the snow had melted off my lawn.
Everywhere I looked people were wearing shorts, sandals…….





This is what I woke up to this morning.
And a sore throat to boot!

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Maybe these giveaways can brighten my day!
Have you ever been HERE?

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She has the most amazing things on her blog!
And she has SIX giveaways going on right now….


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Have a Happy Thursday!
(I got my kitchen project done!)