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The History of the No Ugly Ornament Series


Christmas Ornaments Ugly


I’m sure you’ve heard the story, but here it is again, this is the last time…promise.  Don’t worry, it’s not that long.

Me: Hey, guys!

Kids (Vin and Es): Yeah…

Me: (enthusiastically) I think we should make handmade ornaments for the tree again this year.

Teagan: (screams from  the basement/tv room) NO!  I have had enough with these crappy trees.  We use to have pretty trees!  No, I not putting up with this anymore!!  I’m telling Nate! 

Me: (pouting a little ‘cause his squeaky, almost a man voice was coming out, and it’s so darn hard to take it seriously) Sweetie, you never decorated the tree, and neither did Nate ‘cause I wouldn’t let you.

Teagan:  And?

Me: We’ll make pretty ornaments this time, I swear.  ( Mom and kids begin giggling in remembrance of the craft foam and old cd turned ornament debacle.)

For the record, he DID talk to my husband and his step-father, Nate, that night, who sheepishly agreed he preferred my ‘perfect’ trees.  Still, I pressed on and dragged all my poor blog readers along with me by creating the No Ugly Ornament Challenge 2011.

I’ve already announced that things are going to be different this year, so I wanted to share with you the #1 ornament from the last year…with a better picture. 

Like any woman, I’m a sucker for a cute dress, and the Origami Dress Ornament was hands down the favorite of both the readers and myself!

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No Ugly Ornament Preview: Paper Ballerinas


@mvemother Paper Ballerina No Ugly Ornament Preview


Last November I ventured into unfamiliar crafting waters when I challenged myself to make a Christmas ornament every day of the month.  Thankfully I had only one prerequisite, set out by my oldest son, it couldn’t be ugly.  Now, I can’t lie, where there are winners there are losers.  Not every ornament made it onto our tree but it was still fun and brought our family together creatively.  While I looked forward to doing it all over again this year I also knew I wanted to shake things up, so…

This year, I’m so excited to announce that craft and DIY bloggers from around the blogosphere will be visiting and sharing their favorite ornament tutorials every day for the entire month of November, and don’t worry they know the rules…it can’t be ugly!

I know November is still two weeks away but I had to kick things off right so today I’m sharing my newest ornament, a Paper Ballerina!  Follow the read more- link below to find out how to make your own!




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Quick and Easy Cranberry Cake




Did you grow up with canned cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving?  I didn’t, and I think that’s why I’m so fascinated by the stuff.  Mind you I have NO intention of ever eating it straight from the can, nor would I ever eat it with turkey, ew.  I have however been experimenting with a couple of cans. 

My first recipe was a cranberry scone.  Unfortunately I was so busy playing with the gelatinous goo I forgot to add the baking soda and powder.  It was ugly and in a turn of events that has me questioning the quality of my cooking, my family still ate it.  Let me clarify, as I was getting ready to throw it all out they said, “No, we like them!”  Really?

The next time I went simple, like really simple…here it is…I took a boxed cake mix, replaced the water with a can of cranberry sauce and then followed the instructions as I normally would. 

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It was awesome, especially with homemade ice cream.

@mvemother Quick and Easy Cranberry Cake

Hmmm, I wonder what other kinds of things I’m going to be able to make with this tangy, can-shaped delicacy?

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Fold Top Snack Bags


This August marked the beginning of our second year of homeschooling.  Last year we spent a lot of time sitting at the dining room table trying to find our groove, this year we’ve been spending that time in the mini-van taxiing around to our various activities.  While we’re out of the house I don’t like to eat out too much so we’ve been brown bagging it whenever we can. 

These fold-top snack bags have been wonderful!  On top of being eco-friendly and handy for snacks, they also make great bags to hold ice packs. Vin has learned to ride a bike, need I say more? I actually shared these about a year ago over on Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night and I thought it was high time I shared them here too! 

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Glow In the Dark Dia De Los Muertos Skulls


@mvemother Glow in the Dark Day of the Dead Skulls

Last week I shared a teaser for my Glow in the Dark Map using Puffy Paint Glow I mentioned then that colorful Day of the Dead skulls would be another fun project using this product.  Contrary to what my meouffy Paint isn’t just for fabric crafts.  These Dia de los Muertos skulls are a quick and easy craft and a must-have for any hallowed holiday mantel! 

@mvemother Day of the Dead SkullsSupplies

  • Skulls: I nabbed a couple at the local resale show, but I’m quite certain you can also find them at the Dollar Store.
  • Spray Paint: I went with a white base but you can chose any color.
  • Puffy Paint Glow: I recommend the multi-pak so that you have lots of color options.

Directions

I always feel silly writing directions when I’m sure you can look at the skulls and figure out what I did.  Oh, well, here goes.

Spray paint your skulls.

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Get creative with the Puffy Paint, using dots, lines, swirls, etc.

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Personally I like to keep the designs symmetrical. 

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Work a little bit at a time and don’t be surprised if you get to a point where you have to let it dry before you can finish.  Once you’ve got all your design work done let them dry for up to 4-5 hours.  I made mine in the evening so that they could dry overnight.

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