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Monday, November 24, 2014

Gumball Machine Snow Globe


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You guys, is this not the cutest thing?  A gumball machine snow globe.  I'm telling you...RUN!  Do not walk...to your nearest thrift store, discount store, antique mall, somewhere that you can find a gumball machine to make this project.  It is so easy.

I saw this idea on Pinterest after I found my gumball machine at the thrift store a while back.  I was searching for a project that I could use it for when I came across the idea.  There are a few versions of gumball machine snow globes but I liked the miniature trees and deer theme the best.

Here's how I did it.  It's super easy.

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Begin with one gumball machine ;)

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Remove the top and then remove the nut (shown) so that you can remove the gray plastic ring.  This will make it easier to add things to the globe.

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See what a nice big opening you have now :)

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Since I was going to be adding the fake snow, I didn't want too much of it to fall down into the mechanism so I added a white paper towel to block the opening.  

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Headups...I thought fake snow was pretty common but I checked Walmart, Dollar General, and the Dollar Tree before giving up (and wasting more gas).  I searched online to see if Michaels or Hobby Lobby carried it.  I did find it at Hobby Lobby.  
You could also use Epsom Salt which is fairly easy to find.


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You can add any number of things to your globe.  I chose to add a couple of tiny trees and a moose? deer?  Not exactly sure which but he's definitely cute.  I hot glued the bottoms of each to hold them in place.  And the top of the tall tree?  Not a problem, the gumball machine top has a dome shape so it fit perfectly.  Once your items are in, sprinkle in the snow and add the plastic ring and top back on. It's done!

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If you've been reading The Altered Past for a while, you know I love different versions of snow globes.  Most recently, I made a snow globe picture.  You can read that post here.

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And, a couple of years ago, I made these Anthropologie inspired mason jar snow globes.  You can read that post here.

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Just think of the possibilities...from mason jar, salt shaker, gumball machine, and shadow frame.  What will you make one from?  I'd love to hear!!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Chalkboard Family Tree


Remember the chalkboard I made from the old window frame I received from my father-in-law?  


Yeah!  That one.  If you missed the post, you can read about it here:  CHALKBOARD.  I erased the calendar for now and added this, just in time for my in-laws that will be visiting for Thanksgiving.


This is the family tree for my husband's side of the family.  We will be hosting them for Thanksgiving and I thought adding the tree would be a special way of honoring his parents, siblings, and their families.  

The chalkboard is attached to the window frame with a few simple screws so removing it to change the message was super quick.  Having the chalkboard off of the frame makes it much easier to erase and draw on.  Drawing around all of those panes would be...a pain, lol.  Ok, that was corny.



I began by sketching out a simple tree...large tree since this is a big chalkboard and the tree needed five branches.


After the tree was drawn, I began adding the names of each family that branches off of my parents-in-law, Peggy and Emmett.  (Notice the cute heart with P + E!)






I think they'll like it.  What do you think?  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  It's TEN days away!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie






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Friday, November 14, 2014

Inexpensive Outdoor Furniture

I know the holidays are approaching so who's thinking about outdoor furniture, right?  Well, maybe you should be if you like getting a good deal.  I'm not really talking about the end of season discounts.  I'm talking about cheaper than that.  Really!

Did you know that people are looking to get rid of their "old" outdoor furniture this time of year?  Yep.  I found this Martha Stewart Living set for free a few years ago.


Little rust and a few rips from sun damage but nothing a little spray paint and new fabric couldn't fix!


See what I mean!  

So, why am I telling you all this?  Well, because Hometalk.com asked me to curate an outdoor furniture board for their website and you won't believe all the great ideas I found and now is the time to grab some deals.  Check them out!


So many great ideas for outdoor furniture that won't hurt your budget.  AND, if you're on the lookout for some great pieces now, you can simply put them away to work on at your leisure.  You may even have some pieces already around your house (like the microwave cart turned outdoor bar cart!)  So, by spring, you'll be pulling out some swanky new (to you) outdoor furniture.  

While you're checking out the outdoor projects, be sure to look around the Hometalk.com website.  It's loaded with great ideas on almost everything for home and garden.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie