Monday, November 12, 2012

Sad Good Byes and Snow Globes

Hi Friends,
My long absence has finally come to a close. I've finished illustrating Monster Reader, Enjoyed a wonderful weekend trip to Connecticut for a book signing, interview, and just some fun girl time with Christina. Connecticut was filled with wonderful people, tastes and beautiful things to see. I'll be posting a special trip report in the coming days. But let me tell you I can't wait until my next trip to see my buddy Christina and her wonderful family.
Our family took a fun last minute weekend trip to Cave Springs that was absolutely amazing. A charming town filled with lovely old homes and shops and best of all a spring that feeds the town with fresh water. This little town has to have a post of it's own to fit in the people we met and photos of the town we fell in love with.
Sadly we also said good bye to the patriarch of our family. my grandfather Silas Sumner went home to be with the Lord on September 12. He is missed every day and was loved from the toes to the tip of his very big nose! The changes that come with losing the head of a family are never easy and are very much like salt in a wound, but we all must go on and that is what we shall do.
Now of course anyone who knows me at all knows that this girl has her Christmas tree up the day after Halloween! And this year is no different in that respect. And the fall leaves and crisp mornings combined with the twinkle of Christmas lights have conjured a storm of creativity. Cinnamon Ornaments, Paintings, and Snow Globes!

For today let's talk Snow Globes. I've always loved them, and now thanks to several magazines I've browsed lately I making my own. These are more like snow globe meets terrarium. This DIY Snow Globe Project is perfect for a lazy Saturday morning in your jammies with the kids. My kids made their own with minimal mom help.

jars with lids ( mason jars, jelly jars, pickle jars, pesto and pasta jars are all great, just wash them up and clean off the labels)
White Glitter
Hot Glue gun
craft Glue/Elmer's
bottle brush tree or other fun figure or object
bagged imitation snow (usually found near the Christmas Village Stuff at craft stores )
  1. Hot glue the object onto the lid of your clean jar. In my case I added an empty votive tin to give my little tree height.
  2. Spread Elmer's glue around the object on the surface of the lid and cover with snow flecks and glitter.
  3. Dab glue here and there along the inside of the jar and then sprinkle glitter inside and roll the jar to coat the inside surface with a fine dusting of glitter.
  4.  finely place the jar over the lid screwing it securely and wrap the base with raffia or ribbon.
That's it and it makes a lovely little gift. Customize it with a little police figurine or Eiffel tower.. the sky's the limit with this fun craft!


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