Category Archives: holiday

Happy Mardi Gras

Let the good times roll! Hand-lettering practice {Micron & markers}

GoodTimesRoll by OliveLoaf Design

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Galaxy Space Eggs

Eggs in Spaaaaaaace…Make these super cool 💫 Galaxy Easter Eggs🌠 {spotted in a tutorial here: http://bit.ly/1auQsqJ}

OR…I made some for you!

Win these ✩Galaxy Space Eggs✮ hand-painted acrylic on 12 recycled plastic eggs in a cardboard holder. Enter by leaving heading over to the OliveLoaf Design FB page: https://www.facebook.com/OliveLoafDesign/ LIKE my page and leave a comment on the Galaxy Space Eggs post.

I’ll draw a random lucky-duck winner on Sunday, March 20th and ship them out to you on Monday, March 21st. {US residents only} Good luck and may the force be with you…

Galaxy Space Eggs by OliveLoaf Design

Galaxy Easter Eggs by OliveLoaf Design

{Photos & Art: OliveLoaf Design}

Lid Ornaments

I had every good intention of having a big ornament & decoration challenge through out November & December this year. Sigh…but life happens, {thankfully} a gob of orders rolled in and add to that a pinch of procrastination and it’s not looking too good. “Shoulda, woulda, coulda, shut-upa!” and old friend used to say. I have so many crafty & upcycle-y ideas though, I may just leave the tree up {crap, haven’t put up a tree yet} and work throughout the coming new year for a big challenge in 2016. Anyhoo….here’s a super neat ornament from last year…#TBTCraft

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Jar Lid Sparkle

If you’re into canning, you know eventually, you’re gonna have a ton of used lids. Up-cycle them into swanky and sparkly holiday ornaments!

There are a myriad of way to decorate these domestic leftovers – but I also happen to be cleaning out le studio {Christmas Miracle!} and found a bag of sequin-y shiny doodads and some glitters I’ve never used and thought they’d jazz the lids right up!

Sparkle!

(Note: Don’t stare at a pile of glittery doo-dads too long.) Grab some white crafting glue and squeeze some into your lid, then spread it around and up the sides of the lid. Don’t be stingy!

Lids and Glue

Next, fill the lids up with whatever you have: sequins, buttons, doo-dads, sparkly things, beads, little animal figurines, paper punched shapes, glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!, what-have-you.  Fill in all the white glue spots and then set them aside to dry.  Super duper easy.

Glitter Up!

When they are…

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paint chip garland

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I had a bunch of paint chip samples {from an honest-to-goodness painting project} and thought I’d use them to make an up-cycled garland {and to clean out the studio}.  It’s a win-win, cheap and easy decoration idea.

Use a paper punch shape and size of your choice. Grab your paint chips in the color(s) of your choice and punch out a bunch!

Punch Your Paint Chip

Now to the sewing machine! Pick a string, yarn, twine, whathaveyou {I used a sparkle baker’s twine} and put your stitch on a zig-zag. Place a punched paint chip on the string and zig-zag it!

Zig Zag It

Continue until the garland is your preferred length.

Lots of Dots

Hang it up. That’s it!

Paint Chip Garland

Cheers!

Lid Ornaments

Jar Lid Sparkle

If you’re into canning, you know eventually, you’re gonna have a ton of used lids. Up-cycle them into swanky and sparkly holiday ornaments!

There are a myriad of way to decorate these domestic leftovers – but I also happen to be cleaning out le studio {Christmas Miracle!} and found a bag of sequin-y shiny doodads and some glitters I’ve never used and thought they’d jazz the lids right up!

Sparkle!

(Note: Don’t stare at a pile of glittery doo-dads too long.) Grab some white crafting glue and squeeze some into your lid, then spread it around and up the sides of the lid. Don’t be stingy!

Lids and Glue

Next, fill the lids up with whatever you have: sequins, buttons, doo-dads, sparkly things, beads, little animal figurines, paper punched shapes, glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!, what-have-you.  Fill in all the white glue spots and then set them aside to dry.  Super duper easy.

Glitter Up!

When they are dry, make a hook with some type of craft-wire and then make it spiffy with a pretty ribbon. Or you can just hot-glue ribbon around the lid and tie a loop at the top.

Lid Ornaments by OliveLoaf Design

Or you can make some holes at the top of your lid and simply use some baker’s twine or string. Use what you’ve got handy. If you’re feeling REALLY fancy – you could paint the lids before crafting these ornaments – but it’s T-minus 15 til the big day, so who has time for that!? 😉

Jar Lid Sparkle Ornaments

Cheers!