who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them. plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want. i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…
these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet. you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors. find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.
next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.
fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.
screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!
if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:
some friends of mine are involved in a nonprofit organization called the firefly literacy fund that I think is really cool…it’s all about bridging the opportunity gap in the city of philadelphia by working with families, teachers, schools and shelters. they have donated hundreds of books to elementary school students and this past october they worked really hard on turning the library at the southwark elementary school into a relaxing and inviting space where kids would want to spend time…and they did a great job, as you can see in the above images. they’re having an event this wednesday to raise money and awareness for this important cause…click here for details, and check out their website fireflyfund.org!
are any of you involved in good causes? what charities are you most passionate about?
space 15 twenty is turning one! and they’re having not one, but two parties to celebrate – plus, the we the free store located at space 15 twenty (in l.a.) is doing raffles, discounts and prize giveaways to mark the special occasion!
the first party is this saturday, and is a day-long celebration open to the public, where there will be a donation bake sale, face and nail painting, dj sets (including one by eastside girl dez, a wtf employee) AND a live performance by the band girls (who our girls on film on music wrote about yesterday)!! not to mention, 20% off all full-priced merchandise at we the free, which you can take away in special one year anniversary totes!
the second party starts at 7pm and will feature a dj set by ana calderon, a live performance by dawes, and food and drinks…rsvp required for the nighttime party at firstname.lastname@example.org.
if you’re looking for something to do in philly tonight, head on over to fishtown, where they’re having a holiday walk this evening from 6-9pm! over 25 local businesses are participating and they’ve all got specials going on…there will be live music, art exhibits, food and drink, holiday shopping specials and more. a couple of things that sound particularly cool are a craft fair at the rocket cat cafe (2001 frankford) and a new vintage boutique called two percent to glory (1817 frankford) that is opening up this evening, prior to their grand opening.
good morning! ready for this week’s poll? last week we asked about coin purses and pouches, and it was very close but the denim and chain pouch just beat out the pretty in beads coin purse by a mere 5 votes!
we have all different kinds of touched converse right now so this week i want to know which pair of converse you all like best…
i saw this diy idea on the site nice package and i thought it was so cool i had to try it myself – they’re vintage photo gift tags that are super easy to make and a great way to take a plain-looking present and turn it into something special. if you like to wrap gifts in recycled newspaper or paper bags (as i do) i think these would be a really cool addition to dress it up.
get some metal gift tag rings at an arts & crafts store…i got them at a.c. moore, and they came with those little stencils on the right that make it easy when it comes to cutting out the pictures.
i used some cool images i found in magazines, and i glued some cardstock on the back to make them sturdier.
all that’s left to do is punch a hole in each one and string through twine or a thin ribbon. i like this natural hemp cord…
…and you’ve taken a plain looking gift and given it a personalized touch :)
you can also find all the supplies to make your own vintage gift tags at nice package’s shop. click on the image below for their downloadable pdf of gift tag images.
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