Today’s Blog Post Update

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick update on today’s recent blog post ~ “Winter/Christmas Items Available”. Please note: The “schedule blog post” feature on my blog did not publish this post on the correct day. The post stated that the Winter/Christmas items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Castairs today. My apologies but they will be available by this weekend instead.

 

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Winter/Christmas Items Available

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to share with you that my winter and Christmas products are now available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs! These items include Christmas cards {singles and boxed sets}, quilts, snowman pokes, table runners, room sprays, tart brittle, canned snowmen, gift baskets, tags, albums, ornaments and more {I have included pictures of some of the available items}. So whether you are searching for that special gift or maybe something for yourself, you just might find it here! As well, some of them are also available on The Country Touch website.

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Winter/Christmas Samplers

Hi everyone!

Here are a couple of new winter/Christmas samplers. *Please note: Both samplers measure 8″ x 10 1/2″ and  the frames measure 9 3/8″ x 12″ {outside dimensions}.

 

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The images on this sampler were heat embossed, some background squares are dry embossed and all are matted on solid color card stock. Then a couple of charms and a touch of glitter are added.

 

 

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This sampler has a variety of coordinating patterned papers matted on solid color card stock. Silver glitter letters spell JOY and NOEL. There is a Christmas charm and sprinkling of sparkle throughout.

 

 

 

*Please note:

*I will be doing a blog post to let everyone know when all of the winter/Christmas items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Snowman Pokes

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year again ~ time for snowmen! Today I am sharing these sweet little snowman pokes. They are done with 100% wool roving which is needle felted onto styrofoam balls. Each has a toque, scarf, wooden carrot nose, little black eyes, 3 black “coal” pieces down his belly {these are just supposed to look like coal}, a light dusting of fine glitter and a wooden dowel to sit on. They measure 12″ from the bottom of the dowel to the top of the toque. Add one of these little guys to a Christmas floral arrangement, a potted plant or a wreath for the holidays. Also, the dowels are easily removable should you choose to use these guys as bowl fillers.

 

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Please note:

*I will be doing a blog post to let everyone know when all of the winter/Christmas items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Canned Snowmen

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing some “Canned Snowmen”. Blanket stitched stuffed cotton batting snowmen dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter are tucked inside canning jars. They have stitched eyes/mouths, wood carrot noses and twig arms. They are wearing cozy wool scarves and have peppercorn buttons down their bellies. In one of their twig arms, they hold either a rusty jingle bell, sparkly snowflake, snow balls or sheet music as they stands in a pile of glittery snow. Tags are tied around the jars with natural twine. Some of the tag sayings are “Let it snow!”, “Happy Winter!”, “NOEL” and more.

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Please note:

*I will be doing a blog post to let everyone know when all of the winter/Christmas items are available at Sparkling Dahlia in Carstairs, Alberta.

 

 

 

*Please feel welcome to sign up as a follower to receives updates by email so you don’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Halloween Stacking Boxes

Hi everyone!

These little paper mache boxes are fun to use to decorate for different holidays and can even store small decorations when the holidays are over. Have a set on the kitchen counter or maybe on an entry way table to welcome guests with a treat or two. Or how about give as a gift to someone with a birthday at holiday time!

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You will need: set of paper mache stacking boxes {round or square}, patterned papers, ruler, cutting tool of choice, paints {coordinate with papers}, paint brush, adhesive, 4 round wood beads {these get attached to the underneath of the bottom box}, hot glue gun/glue stick, stickers {optional}, ribbon {optional}, sand paper {optional if you want a distressed look}, inking sponge/ink {to touch up the lid sanding}, paper to protect your work surface when painting.

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There are 2 different ways to decorate the boxes.  #1} Paint the outsides of the boxes and lids. Use a strip of patterned paper around the outside edge of the lid and add stickers to the fronts of the boxes or #2}  Cover the boxes with patterned paper. Paint the lids a solid color or add paper to the top of the lid/paint around the outside edge of the lid. The choice is yours. I ended up doing some of each method and also did some distressing on the boxes.

*Please note: Whether you choose to paint the boxes or not, it is a good idea to paint the wood beads at the start of this project so that they have lots of time to dry before attaching to the bottom box.

 

I painted all 3 boxes/lids and 4 beads black and let dry overnight. As you can see, I wasn’t too fussy about not getting paint over the edges to the insides as I plan to display them stacked with the lids on.

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Green, white and orange paint was applied lightly over the black boxes. It ended up looking more like a wash than a solid coat of paint. Once thoroughly dry, I lightly sanded the surfaces to let some more of the black show through. Wipe off the dust with a soft dry cloth.

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Trace around the lids onto patterned papers and carefully cut out the circles. Adhere to the tops of the lids. Once the paper was glued on, I used the sandpaper to sand the joins between the paper and lids just to smooth and distress them. If the sanding takes off any paint, you can either touch it up with more paint and small brush or use an inking tool/ink to sponge the edges. The outside edge of the lids may be left black or a solid color of ribbon can be glued on. *Please note: tape runner or double sided tape works the best for adhering the paper to the lids as a liquid glue can cause bubbling or wrinkles. But a liquid glue could be used for the ribbon if used sparingly.

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Making sure any joins are facing the back, add the stickers to the front of each box. Then, with the hot glue gun, glue on the 4 beads to the underneath of the bottom box. *Please note: as with any project using a hot glue gun, please be careful! Serious burns can occur if skin comes in contact with the hot glue.

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Hints:

*Be sure to check the dollar stores for the paper mache boxes, patterned paper and paints needed for this project. I got the K & Company Halloween stickers at Dollarama for $1.25. What a deal! 🙂

*Swiffer cloths work great for wiping off the dust from any sanding.

 

 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

 
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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net