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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Free Moment of Serenity

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If you are anything like me, you are stressed from time to time. The daily tasks, work, social life, cooking, cleaning etc... can all be a little overwhelming at times. A while back I learned about Wisdom Hypnosis and the certified hypnotist behind it, Debbie Lane. She has this awesome CD that I've become quite addicted to called A Quiet Moment and every time I listen to it I feel the stress melt away and then I go on about my day. Well, now you can enjoy a moment of serenity too for FREE!!! On her website is a free MP3 called Serenity. It's a wonderful way to recharge your personal batteries and just have a few minutes for yourself. I strongly encourage you to check it out HERE

On a side note...I'm hoping that within the next week I'll get to meet with Debbie Lane for one of her sessions to do an article on hypnosis for my biweekly column "My First Time" in the tbt* and then post the full report of my experience here ;) I wonder if I can actually become hypnotized for the first time? hmmmmmm....

Monday, December 12, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 12

These 12 days have flown by! Figured I would end on something simple and fun-Custom Gift Card Holders
Items you will need:
1. Red, green and white felt
2. Glue
3. Christmas stickers, beads, glitter and/or sequence
4. Posterboard
5. Scissors
6. Glue
7. Black marker
How to:
1. Draw some shapes onto posterboard a little bigger than a gift card. Shape idea include: stockings and mittens (like shown in the pic), Christmas Trees, gingerbread men, etc... Just keep in mind you will be creating a pocket to hold a gift card
2. Cut out the shapes and trace them onto felt with black marker. You need two matching pieces of felt for each card holder
3. Using a line of glue around the edges, glue the two pieces together to create the pocket.
4. Using stickers, beads and accessories decorate the gift card holder however you would like.

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 11 Stockings
Day 10 Christmas Tree Earrings 
Day 9 Wooden ornaments
Day 8 Beer Glasses
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder




12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 11

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Day 11 was a little nuts for me!
so...here we are at Day 11-stockings
Items you will need:
1. About a yard of fabric
2. Sewing machine
3. Poster board
4. Batting for quilts
5. Pencil
6. Scissors
7. Thread for sewing machine
8. sewing pins
9. Ribbon
10. Fabric pencil
How to:
1. Draw an outline of a stocking on the posterboard as big as you want it then cut it out
2. Using the fabric pencil trace the stocking template onto the fabric. You will need 4 pieces.
3. Cut out the fabric
4. Cut out 2 pieces of batting about 1/4 inch smaller then the 4 fabric pieces.
5. using sewing pins to keep everything in place stack 1piece of fabric on top of a piece of batting and then another piece of fabric creating a sandwich. Sew together removing pins as you go.
6. Repeat step 5 with the remaining pieces
7. Sew the two "sandwiches" together
8. Turn the stocking inside out to hide frays
9. sew a loop of ribbon on to hang

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 11 Stockings
Day 10 Christmas Tree Earrings 
Day 9 Wooden ornaments
Day 8 Beer Glasses
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lisa Casalino's 2nd Annual Caroling in the Park! 12/19/11

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Lisa Casalino will host her 2nd Annual Caroling in the Park on Monday December 19, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This free event in Hyde Park Village is a great opportunity to gather with friends and sing Christmas Carols and get into the holiday spirit.

Hyde Park Village is located at
1621 W. Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
 
RSVP HERE

All you need to bring with you is a flashlight as song books will be provided to guests that RSVP!
Here is a list of songs the group will be singing (In case you want to practice!):
1.The Christmas Song
2. White Christmas
3.Joy To The World
4. Jingle Bells
5.We Wish You A Merry Christmas
6. Silent Night
7.Hark The Herald Angels Sing
8. Deck The Halls
9.Let It Snow
10. Winter Wonderland
11.Jingle Bell Rock
12. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
13. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
14. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
15.O Come All Ye Faithful
16. The First Noel
17. Frosty The Snowman
18. The 12 Days of Christmas
19. Sleighride

Saturday, December 10, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 10

Christmas tree earrings downloaded from http://www.orientaltrading.com/

Today's craft is Christmas Tree Earrings
I would recommend buying the kit and following the instructions in it. The kit is on sale for just $5.99 right now and you can buy it HERE

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 9 Wooden ornaments
Day 8 Beer Glasses
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 9

Today's craft is wooden ornaments. Jo-ann's is selling wooden pieces in the shapes of footballs, hearts, footballs, apples, etc... The painted ones are $0.59 each and the unpainted ones are $0.29 each.

For the football pictured here I purchased one that was already painted & added a USF sticker to make it perfect for a Bulls fan! The apple I painted and added words. Then, I added string to the Bulls ornament & ribbon to the apple & had 2 quick & simple ornaments in less than 15 minutes :)

Items needed include:
1. Wooden pieces
2. Acrylic paint
3. Ribbon & string
4. Stickers & glue
5. Any other adornments you want on your ornaments
Forgive the low quality image. I will add a nicer one as soon as I get access to my computer!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 8


12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 8- Beer Glasses!
Okay okay, so this isn't my best work, but it gives you the idea of what you can do as a gift for a guy! The Dollar Tree has these awesome beer glasses and they have some beer mugs as well that when painted make a great gift ;) Give it to him with a 6 pack of his favorite beer and he won't even notice if the art on it isn't perfect. Bonus tip: If you want to give him an assortment of beer visit a tap house that sells by the bottle and get 6 different bottles to give with the glass!


Items you will need:
* White Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Black Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Beer Glass
* Assorted brushes
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions:
1. Clean the exterior of the Beer Glass with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little paint onto the Styrofoam Plate and paint any image you want onto the glass.  Don't paint the bottom. Let it sit to air dry 30 minutes.
3. Pour another color of paint onto the Styrofoam Plate. After letting the first layer dry paint additional colors on top of it. For example-in the above photo I painted the white layer for the cards first and let it dry before adding the details in black. Let is sit to air dry an hour
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Beer Glass! Add beer and you're all set!

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 7 SnowGIRL ornament
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 7


Today's Craft is an adorable snowGIRL ornament! Tomorrow I won't post a snowman or snowgirl I promise! I'll instead post a craft that you can make and give as a gift for a guy.

Items you will need:
1. 3 wooden spools (these usually come in sets of 10 at Jo-ann's for under $3
2. 1 wooden doll head (these usually come in sets of 6 for under $3)
3. 1 mini doll hat (I've seen sets of 10 for about $3)
4. 1 poinsettia floral pick (should be able to get one poinsettia floral pick with 3-6 little poinsettias on it for about $1.50 or less)
5. Glue (I have found craft glue works best)
6. A black marker
7. An orange marker
8. Large Needle and string.


Instructions:
1. Glue the three spools together
2. Glue the head on top
3. Using a large needle thread some string through the doll hat. Use enough string to be able to hang it on a Christmas tree.
4. Pop of one of the poinsettias from the floral pick and glue it onto the doll hat.
5. Glue the doll hat to the doll head
6. With the markers make a face and then create dots on the spools for the body

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 6 Red Ball Snowman Ornament
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 6


Day 6- Snowman Ornament. Okay okay...if you have not figured it out by now...I really like snowmen. Maybe it's because of my frustration over the fact that in Florida we can't build them?

Items Needed:
1. Red Ball Ornament (You could also use green or blue. Silver and Gold don't work as well with the paint)
2. Sponge brush
3. Assorted paintbrushes (Could just use Q-tips for a simple snowman)
4. White acrylic paint
5. Black acrylic paint
6. Orange acrylic paint
7. assorted acrylic paint colors for the hat
8. Red fabric ribbon (again could use a different color ribbon depending on your preference.)
9. Styrofoam plate

Instructions:
1. Pour a little white acrylic paint onto the Styrofoam plate. With the sponge brush sponge a circle onto the front surface of the red ball ornament. Let it dry for a few hours.
2. Pour a very small amount of black paint and orange paint onto the Styrofoam plate.
3. Then with either a q-tip or a brush paint on the nose with the orange paint and then eyes and mouth with black paint. If you don't want to "draw" or don't think you can create the details just use dots for the black eyes and mouth. Let it dry again for a few hours.
4. If you are happy with just eyes, nose and mouth and having a simple snowman, then feed the red fabric ribbon through the hook on the top of the ornament ball. Tie it into a bow so that you can hang it on the tree and you're done.
5. To add extra detail use additional colors to paint a hat onto the snowman, then dry again, add the ribbon and then hang it on the tree ;)

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 5 Christmas Wreath
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Monday, December 5, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 5

wreath. Day 5 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

Now before you all freak out on me and run away with your tail between your legs, you should know that making a wreath for Christmas is much easier than it looks. All you really need is to figure out the colors you want in it and that is the hardest part.

Items needed:
1. Green Wreath- Joann's sells these as cheap as $1.99 during its sales for the season!
2. A bow. You can either make it by hand or they sell lots of premade ones
3. Ornaments. There are lots of little trinkets that are perfect for wreaths in the floral section at Joann's that you can get as cheap as $1 each or less depending on the sales. The floral picks that have flowers and other adornments attached to a long piece of green wire have always worked best for me. The above wreath has about 12 floral picks in it along with one big bow
4. Green floral wire
5. Wire cutters or heavy duty scissors that can clip wire

Instructions:
1. Place everything on top of the wreath to see how it will look. Arrange it and rearrange it until you think it looks perfect. I often will take a picture once its perfect so that I remember how it looked as I'm securing everything to the wreath.
2. Insert the floral picks into the wreath one by one and twist the wire around the back to secure it.
3. Add the bow to the top, middle or side. Whereever you like it and secure to the back of the wreath with floral wire.
4. For added security I often go back with floral wire and wrap it around my picks and my bow just to make sure that while its hanging nothing falls off. Some folks I know will secure it with a hot glue gun. I personally don't because I prefer to change out the picks annually so that my wreaths are different each year.

Other crafts for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Day 4 Snowman Banner
Day 3 Candy Cane Ornament
Day 2 Polka Dot Votive Holder
Day 1 Snowman Votive Holder

Sunday, December 4, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 4

Snowman ornament. Day 4 of 12 Crafts of Christmas
Wooden Snowman Banner:
Why make it difficult by finding all the supplies when you can just buy the Wooden Snowman Banner Craft Kit from Oriental Trading Company? Buy this awesome kit HERE and you can make 12 Wooden Snowman Banners. They can either be used as hanging decorations on the wall or ornaments on a bigger tree. Final products end up being about 6" in length. They are so cute and come with instructions for the best way to put them together.

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 3

candy cane ornament Day 3 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

Day 3. Sorry I'm posting this a little late, but hey- it's still December 3 in California for a little while longer. Therefore-here is Day 3's Craft!

Candy Cane Ornament:

Items Needed:
*Pipe Cleaners
*Red Beads- the three pronged beads are preffered
*White Beads- again the three pronged beads are preffered

Instructions:
1. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and at one end place a red or white bead and wrap the pipe cleaner around it once to secure it.
2. String the beads onto the pipe cleaner. Red, then white, then red, then white until you get to the end of the pipe cleaner.
3. Secure the last bead on the pipe cleaner by wrapping it with the end of the pipe cleaner.
4. To form a "cane" simply bend the pipe cleaner into a J shape.

Friday, December 2, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 2


Today's Christmas Craft is green and red polka dot candle holders.  See day 1 HERE

Polka Dot Candle Holders

Items you will need:
* Red Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Green Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Glass Votive Candle Holder
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Costs to expect: Enamels paint is about $2 each. You can get votive holders for $1 or less at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Tree.


How to:
Super simple!!!
1. Clean the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little green paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. With a Q-tip paint dots onto the glass in whatever pattern you would like.
3. Pour a little red paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Now take the Q-tip and make red dots on the exterior to foll in the spots where there is no green paint. Let is sit to air dry an hour.
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Polka Dot Candle Holder! Add a tealight and you're all set! (Giving it as a gift? Place it in a little party bag and twist tie it shut-you can get 20 at Wal-Mart with twist ties for just $0.97- then either wrap it in a gift bag or give as is.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Crafts of Christmas-Day 1

snowman candle. Day 1 of 12 Crafts of Christmas

In an effort to prove that you don't have to be Martha Stewart to make gifts by hands for folks I took a page from the Dealicious Finds site to show the readers of The Famous Ashley Grant and Tampa Bay Freebies my 12 Crafts of Christmas!

So, without further adieu...today is Day #1!!! The Snowman Candle you see at the top of this post is easier than you can imagine to make!

Items you will need:
* White Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Black Folk Art Enamels Paint
* Q-tips
* A Glass Votive Candle Holder
* A Sponge brush
* A cookie sheet
* An oven
* Styrofoam Plate
* Rubbing Alcohol

Costs to expect: Enamels paint is about $2 each. You can get votive holders for $1 or less at Wal-Mart and the Dollar Tree.


How to:
Super simple!!!
1. Clean the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder with rubbing alcohol.
2. Pour a little white paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Sponge it onto the exterior of the Glass Votive Candle Holder. Don't paint the bottom. (For best results dab the sponge to coat the surface, don't stroke in lines.) Let it sit to air dry 30 minutes.
3. Pour a little black paint onto a Styrofoam Plate. Take the Q-tip and make black dots on the exterior to create a face. Let is sit to air dry an hour
4. Place a cookie sheet into a COOL oven and place the air dried painted candle holder onto the cookie sheet.
5. Close the oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Then set a timer for 40 minutes.
6. When the timer goes off turn off the oven immediately and leave the item in the oven until it is completely cooled down.
7. Once the oven is cooled down voila! you have a hand painted Snowman Candle Holder! Add a tealight and you're all set!