Make It: Mini Mason Jar Ornament

Some of my favorite holiday crafts are tree ornaments. I don't know if I've ever made it through a Christmas season without making at least one! Last year I shared this easy snow globe jar ornament tutorial on Landeelu.com.

Mason jar snow globes are everywhere right now. I’m sure you’ve seen them, big small, all shapes and sizes! Well, I can’t seem to get enough of them, so when I saw inexpensive mini mason spice jars when I was shopping at Target, I just had to put together an ornament version.

Here’s what you need to make your own:
  • Mini Mason Jar with handle (I found mine at Target. They’re about 3 1/4″ high.)
  • Assorted Miniatures to fit your jar (Check your local craft store.)
  • White Tile Adhesive
  • Faux Snow (optional)
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Jingle Bells & Bakers Twine

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Make It: Jack-o'-Lantern Pendant

Earlier this month, I shared an easy DIY jewelry project for Halloween on Landeelu.com.  If you've got a few minutes, there's still time to make one (or several)!

Glass tile pendants are a fun and easy way to make photo jewelry. Ever since I helped my niece make one featuring her favorite pooch, I've been wanting to try some of my own. For this Halloween version, I used a favorite "glowing" jack-o'-lantern photo that I took several years ago.

Choose a Halloween photo for your pendant or download mine below. Gather your supplies.

You will need:
  • Glass Tiles (Mine were about .9" square. I ordered online, but I've also seen them at my local Hobby Lobby.)
  • Pendant Bail (one per necklace)
  • Black Satin Cord (or necklace chain of your choice)
  • Mod Podge or other jewelry decoupage medium (read label to make sure it can be used on glass)
  • Small Brush
  • Scissors or Paper Trimmer
  • Halloween Image (printed and cut to fit your tile)


Make It: "Admit One" Ticket Memory Box

Do you make gifts for the holidays? Here's a fun and easy DIY gift idea for teens and tweens that I first shared on Landeelu.com last month.

Do you or someone you know have a collection of ticket stubs from concerts, sporting events, or other performances stuffed in a drawer or tacked to a cork board?

Safely display those memories in a shadowbox turned memory box. I found these 8x8 Wish Bank frames at my local Michael's store.


Tips for Adding Text to Your Favorite Photos

Well, I see it's been a while since I posted here! Summer got a little busy, and back to school time included getting two moved to school this year. I'm sure there are plenty of you who can relate:) While I didn't post much here, you could still find me over at landeelu.com. Here's a post I shared this summer in case you missed it!

Whether you're adding text to photos to boost your social media presence, create inspirational wall art, or enhance the stories in your family memory albums...these tips for adding text to your photos are sure to come in handy.

If I'm working on my computer, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Elements are still my go-to programs for editing and embellishing photos. That being said, with my iPhone almost always in reach and a love of Instagram, I find myself using apps on my phone for more and more of my workflow. Today I'm pointing out a few of my favorite apps for editing and embellishing photos. Snapseed is probably my favorite app for adjusting and editing photos on the go. I have to credit Chari over at Persnickety Prints for getting me hooked on that one. I really like the flexibility of working with layers, and once she pointed out the selective adjust tool, there was no going back! When I've got the look I want, I save to my camera roll and pull the photo into another app if I'm adding text. There are lots of great editing apps out there. My advice, try a few until you find one that works for you:)


Make It: Stamped and Beaded Garden Markers

Do you have a vegetable garden or know someone who does? It's on my very long list of things to do/try, but my sister has a beautiful garden and she's been hoping for some new garden markers for a while now:)

Here's what you need to make a set to adorn your own garden or to give to your favorite gardener:

  • 10" Zinc Garden Markers (I found mine at our local Bachman's garden center)
  • 18-gauge wire (or thickness to fit your beads)
  • Assorted glass seed beads (size 6/0 "E")
  • Decorative Silver-toned beads (Butterfly and Dragonfly found at Michaels)
  • Metal Alphabet Stamps (I used 1/4" stamps for the markers in the photo.)
  • Hammer, small pliers/wire cutter, pencil, tape, and ruler.
  • Acrylic sealer - optional