A few months ago, I picked up a bag of vintage wood thread spools at a local vintage store. The bag was filled with all different sizes and some of them still had labels on them. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them – I just knew they had to come home with me. 🙂
I got the spools out recently to play and I remembered these mini bottle brush trees that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year from my local craft store. They are the perfect size to make Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools!
Here is how everything looked before I started my project. I love that some of the spools have labels printed right on the wood and others still have the paper labels on them.
The first thing I did was to sponge brown ink onto the spools to give them more of a distressed look – I left the paper labels on and sponged them, too. I also sponged the bases of the trees. I used Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink with a sponge dauber to apply the ink.
Then I cut strips of printed scrapbook paper to fit around each spool with the ends slightly overlapping. I also sponged the papers with the brown ink to give it a more vintage feel. After that, I simply wrapped the paper around the spool, glueing the ends securely. (I love this Crafter’s Pick – The Ultimate! glue) I glued the trees to the tops of the spools and then added a button to finish them off using the same glue.
I absolutely love the way they turned out!!! They are so cute and so tiny and look adorable all grouped together. 🌲
If you don’t have any vintage wood spools – no worries! You can find wood spools at your local craft store that will work just fine to make these. You can also find the bottle brush trees in the Christmas decor or Christmas craft area of your local store. I think this would be such a fun craft to make with the kids for a cute little teacher’s gift!
Even in the midst of the preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the need for a birthday card pops up! This sweet little girl will bring big birthday wishes to that special person. 🙂
The little girl is an older stamp from My Favorite Things. It’s no longer available, but they have a great line of stamps called Pure Innocence with other sweet images. The sentiment stamp is an older one from Pink Ink Stamps, but any birthday sentiment stamp can be used. The Happy Birthday embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.
To make the card, emboss a piece of purple card stock that has a white core with the embossing folder. Lightly sand the raised portions to expose the white core. Layer to a piece of lighter purple card stock and attach to a white card.
Stamp the girl with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on white card stock. Color with Copic markers and fussy cut the image. Attach image to the card with foam tape. Stamp the sentiment with purple ink on white card stock, trim close, and attach to the card with foam tape.
This is a great layout to use any birthday images or sentiments you may have in your craft room. You can personalize it with the recipient’s favorite colors – and even make it a masculine card by changing the colors and the main image!
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I just have to show you this adorable Dinosaur Softie that I stitched up! It is the cutest thing and I know it’s going to make a little someone very happy!
I used the free pattern from 5 Little Monsters that you can find here. I stitched him up using worsted weight yarn and a G/4mm hook. I’m not sure of the brand or color name of the yarn I used – I had the yarn in my stash and the labels were gone. 😦
The pattern was easy to follow – just remember to use stitch markers to keep your place.
These little spikes are so cute!!
I just love the way he turned out! Oh, and the little rocking chair in the photo – that was mine when I was a toddler! 🙂
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The frosty temps have me hungry for warm comfort food! I remember my Mom making baked cabbage rolls while we were growing up. I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the cabbage back then, but I liked the filling. Now that I’m a bit older (actually a LOT older 😉), I enjoy eating the cabbage along with the filling. 😊
I found this great Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe at Spend with Pennies that you make in your slow cooker. You spend about 20 minutes of prep time, layer it in your slow cooker, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
Here it is just before I turned on my slow cooker…
And after about 5-1/2 hours cooking on low…
It’s full of flavor and the cabbage is very tender after cooking on low all afternoon!
Just a note: the recipe calls for long grain white rice – I used brown rice and it turned out wonderfully!
Add some warm crusty bread or garlic bread and you have a tasty dinner on a chilly Fall evening!
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I wanted to share this cute card using some “fa-boo-lous” supplies from Taylored Expressions. I know it’s too late to make this card for this Halloween, but they have a really cute On a Hinge-Merry Stamp and Merry Die Set that uses the same technique – and I’ll bet there will be more fun sets to come!
To make this card, I used the On a Hinge-Wicked Stamp Set and matching On a Hinge-Wicked Die Set. You’ll also need this On a Hinge Die and these little on the right track discs. They are what you’ll need so the legs can freely swing from side to side – as you can see in the pictures below.
I followed the instructions on the Taylored Expressions blog post here. There is a video that explains step by step on how to put the card together. I colored my stamped images with Copic markers and, after assembling them following the video instructions, I attached them to patterned paper layered to black card stock. Then it is attached to a white card.
The sentiment is stamped with black ink on white card stock and punched with a scalloped oval, then it’s attached to the card. (Here’s a great set of scalloped oval dies if you’re looking for some.)
I just ordered the On a Hinge-Merry stamp and die set…I can’t wait to play with them!
Looking for a warm and cozy meal on a crisp Fall evening? Try this tasty White Chicken Chili. It’s super simple to make – just add a side salad and some cornbread for a perfect Fall dinner.
A sweet friend gave me this recipe years ago and it’s one that we eat often during the Fall and Winter months.
White Chicken Chili
- 1 lb chicken breasts (or you can use ground turkey)
- 1-1/4 cups chopped onion
- 4 oz. can diced mild chiles
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 (15 oz.) cans Great Northern beans
- 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1/4 cup dried parsley (Sometimes I leave this out and it’s just as good!)
- garlic salt to taste
Boil chicken until done and shred (or brown ground turkey). Mix together with onions, green chiles, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Place in a Dutch oven. Add chicken broth, Great Northern Beans, tomatoes, parsley, and garlic salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Serve with your favorite cheese sprinkled on top.
You can also place the cooked chicken with the rest of the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours.
This freezes well so go ahead and make a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal on a busy night!
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