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Artsy-Fartsy Top 10 of 2011

I can't believe how fast this year has gone by! It has been quite the adventure - and this blog wouldn't be what it is today without you, my fabulous readers! So first and foremost, I want to thank you all for all the support and encouragement. You guys are awesome!

So here are the Top 10 projects of 2011!




What were some of your favorite posts? 

Thanks again to all of you for inspiring me, supporting me and for all the friendships!
Can't wait to share all the fun ideas I have in store for 2012!
It's going to be a great year!

Strawberry Cranberry Jell-O

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!

I know my family did! Lots of food, fun, and fantastic gifts!
It's kind of sad that it's already over and we're starting a new year.

I just wanted to share a super easy, super yummy Jell-o recipe I took to some family parties this weekend.
It was a hit! I didn't even have to take any leftovers home :)

I call this:
Strawberry Cranberry Jell-O
...because I can't think of anything more creative...

{For a larger group, just double the recipe!}

  • 1 large package of strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 bag of frozen strawberries (or 1 container of fresh), thawed and cut into pieces
  • 1 can cranberry sauce - make sure it says WHOLE berries on the label!
  • 1 container Cool Whip

  1. Mix Jell-O according to directions on box.
  2. Open cranberries and stir well in a separate bowl to break up the sauce a little bit. Then add in cranberry and sauce into Jell-O and mix well.
  3. Add in strawberries and stir/spread evenly in Jell-O
  4. Refrigerate Jell-O for at least 4 hours or until set.
  5. Top with Cool Whip and serve!
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Magic Santa Key & Printable

As I've mentioned before, we don't have a mantel or fireplace.

So, how does Santa get in to an apartment or home without a chimney?
With a Magic Santa Key, of course!

All you need is a key - any skeleton key will work great!
{You can find skeleton keys at the craft store, yard sales, thrift stores, or I found mine in the jewelry section of the store!}

Then I tied a piece of glittery silver ribbon to the top of the key to hang on the tree until Christmas Eve - when you hang your key on the doorknob with the note/poem so Santa can use the key to deliver the presents! Make sure to attach Santa's tag so he knows that's the key to use!

Santa will usually leave the key when he's done next to the empty cookie plate!

{I made both a green and red version of tag & poem}

Download Green Tag & Poem Here
Download Red Tag & Poem Here

Hope you all have a fantastic holiday!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the watermark.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.


Winter Apothecary Jars

So, remember my awesome apothecary jars I made earlier this year? ...No? Well, that's okay. It was one of  my first posts... I know this post is a little late for Christmas decorating, but you can still do this and keep them up for the rest of winter! Right? This is a quick project, so I guess you could still do it in time for Christmas if you wanted to. These really could work for any holiday - just change up the colors!

Aaaanyway.... here are my
Winter Apothecary Jars

All I needed to put these together are:
Apothecary Jars {you can see my tutorial here}
Styrofoam balls
Mod Podge
Ribbon {I used some sparkly cord ribbon}

Ready for the instructions?
{Prepare yourself, this could be difficult...}

Poke a pin into the ball and hold on to the pin so you can paint the entire ball with Mod Podge.
Then just pour the glitter on and cover the ball completely. Gently tap to shake off excess glitter.

...and that's IT - for the ball decorating, that is....

LOVE those bright colors!!

Next, I poured some Epsom salt into the jars.
You can put as much or as little as you'd like to have the glitter balls sit in some "snow"

Tie a bow with the ribbon around the jar {or lid} and voila!

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Grasshopper Pie

Do you need a fantastic pie recipe? Well, this one is quick to make, and SO yummy!
It's a no-bake crust, no-bake filling and delicious!!
You may not want to share...

Here's what you'll need:
1 package Keebler Grasshopper cookies
1/4 cup butter {melted}
1 package instant chocolate pudding
2 1/2 cups milk
1 container whipped cream

  1. Put about 22 cookies into the food processor (or in a baggie and use a hammer or rolling pin) and crush into crumbs. Measure out 1 1/2 cups.
  2. Melt butter and mix with cookie crumbs in a bowl until crumbs are completely covered and have a consistent texture.
  3. Using fingers, press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9 or 10 inch pie pan. Try to keep crust about 1/8" thick.
  4. Chill crust for about an hour before filling.
  5. Crush about 5 more cookies into bite size pieces.
  6. Mix instant pudding with milk and add in a few of the cookie pieces. Add in about half of the whipped cream.
  7. Pour pudding into crust and spread evenly in the pan. Put the rest of the whipped cream on top and pour the rest of the cookie crumbs on top.
  8. Enjoy!!

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Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #14

Sorry this is up so late, it's been a busy day and going to be an even busier week! I don't have ANYTHING wrapped yet...
and I may have spent a little too much time on Pinterest :)

This week's features are AMAZING wreaths!!

{Source: Pin via Shabby Love}

{Source: Pin via My Blessed Life}

{Source: Pin via The Ballard Bunch}

{Source: Pin via My Third True Love}

{Source: Pin via Blue Cricket Design}

{Source: Pin via Mine for the Making}

{Source: Pin via Just Sew Sassy}

{Source: Pin via Vanilla Bean Girls}

{Source: Pin via Two Junk Chix}

Hope you all have a fantastic week and a
very Merry Christmas!!

See you next week for more Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff!

Follow my boards if you want. Or not.
You'll still find some pretty sweet things to pin.

 If you need an invite to Pinterest, comment or email me your email address & I'll get you addicted an invite!

Stocking Hanger Makeover

I'm a little jealous of all the amazing mantel displays I've been seeing lately. Sadly, in our apartment we don't have a fireplace or mantel at all to hang our stocking on. So, I improvised!

I found this on clearance for about $.80 - EIGHTY CENTS, people!! Brand new, not thrift store {not that there's anything wrong with the thrift store}. How could you not pass that deal up?! Originally I didn't know what I wanted to do with it,  then it clicked - make it our stocking holder!

I'm a little excited about it, if you can't tell...

I love "before" and"after" pictures!

Not that it was ugly "before".
It just didn't match any of our decor and I'm all about a fun makeover.

The knobs are pretty awesome, too.
Even better that I could keep them the way they were...

First, I removed the knobs and painted the entire board white.
It took a couple of coats, but bye-bye, polka dots!

Next, I sprayed it down with some AMAZING silver Krylon glitter paint!
{Seriously, love that paint!}

After letting it dry, I put the knobs back on.

 and.... ta-da!! The makeover is complete!!

 Then I placed the board on the wall and hung my Christmas stockings!
{Forgive the pathetic-ness that is my Christmas stockings post - it was my first EVER blog post...}

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Button Wreath Ornament

Make some Button Wreath Ornaments with the kids this holiday season!

These ornaments are a fun, simple, inexpensive and quick project that even the kids can do!

What you'll need:
Buttons: any colors, any sizes (mixed sizes look really cute, in my opinion)
Wire: 22 gauge floral wire or 16 gauge copper or aluminum
Ribbon for hanger, I found a cool metallic silver ribbon
A different Ribbon to use as a decorative bow, I used a sheer white ribbon

Cut wire to 9 inches in length. Make a small loop at the end of the wire using your fingers or pliers. Thread buttons onto wire. The wreaths I made are about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and I used 72 buttons. Simply add more or less for larger or smaller wreaths!

Once all buttons are on, bring other end of the wire around to the looped end. I found it best to carefully undo the loop, then twist ends together until it pulled the buttons into a tight circle. Then I trimmed the wires down so they weren't sticking out farther than the buttons.

Cut the hanger ribbon to a little more than 6 inches long. Then tie the ribbon into a knot about 3 inches or so above the wreath. You can leave the knot at the top of the hanger, or squish the knot between a couple of buttons to hide it.

Then I just tied a bow around the hanger with the sheer ribbon for decoration and pushed it down close to the wreath.


 And that's it!! Told you it was easy!