Another Crafting Day

 

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This past week was another busy one.  Some things made for busyness because of the time of year. Things like daisies needing to be dug out, due to night temperatures dipping below freezing to hauling the pie pumpkins into the house from their place on the porch.

Other things, were fun things that were added in. One of those things was a crafting day with friends. This time around we decided to try decorating bottles for the Christmas holiday.

To prepare for this we collected quart mason canning jars, wine bottles, garage sale decorations, ribbon, spray paint, sparkly letters and of course glitter. It is amazing to me how many empty wine bottles people have! I am not sure if that is bad or good….having so many empty wine bottles.

We decided to hold this crafting effort at one of the friend’s lake house.  The plan had been to spend the night but the weather forecast for the following day was “iffy” at best. The four-letter Snow word was tossed about as well as the Ice word. We decided to believe the weatherman and cut it short to one day.

The day dawned grey, cold and windy……really windy. The view from the lake house patio door was white caps on the lake.

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Coots Riding the Waves

Before we ever got to crafting we had to make a pit stop at the Hobby Lobby in a town nearby. We weren’t even sure what we were really looking for but spent lots of time in the Christmas decoration parts of the store.

It was fun seeing what we all chose to put in our cart at Hobby Lobby. It was also fun to see how we used all those purchases.

Arbor Mist bottle

An Arbor Mist bottle started this project. We used Rustoleum gold paint for the base and then dusted it lightly with a metallic glittery spray paint. (not sure what kind as one of the friends brought that). The tree farm picture on the front was from a tablet of Christmas paper by Paper Studio. (purchased at Hobby Lobby and no…..I do not get anything out of letting you know which products were used or where purchased. I just thought it would be nice for you to know).

We used Mod Podge to glue it to the bottle and rubber bands to keep it stuck there till it dried. We then garnished with second hand shop finds of raffia and berries. I think I will be tweaking mine a little more as I prefer some greenery to use with it.

We spray painted quite a few bottles and it will be interesting to see how we each actually finish them.

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It was so much fun to spend the day with friends. It is such a blessing to have friends that know exactly who you are and like to spend time with you anyway. It is something to be truly grateful for. I am also full of gratitude for the fact that we actually were able to figure out how to use the timer on my phone to get a photo of us! That is truly amazing!

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I hope you have someone to call “friend” …..someone who cares how you feel…..someone who laughs with you, cries with you, prays with you, gives you a hug when you need it and who also isn’t afraid to tell you what you need to hear. Those are the best kind of friends and I am blessed.

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island…
to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune;
to keep him is a blessing.
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17 thoughts on “Another Crafting Day

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Great work, Faye. What would you do with the decorated bottles once they are done ?
    I wish I had great friends too but I have just my husband as a friend and sometimes I cannot share everything with him.:)
    Susie

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    • bcparkison says:

      Oh Susie, I understand and now my best friend isn’t here any more. It takes alot of getting use to. I’ have always been able to ‘go it alone” but this is different. Let’s pray for each other and be friends from a distance.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We plan to use them here and there in our homes with our Christmas decorations. I understand about not sharing everything…..I think as women there is always a small piece of us that we hold close and don’t allow anyone to see. I wonder if men have the same thing?

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was so much fun Cobs. We did as much laughing as crafting. We talked about nearly every topic…hopping from one to the next kind of like grasshoppers! And after all that time it seemed like we still needed more time as we weren’t done talking! That might be women….I struggle to imagine men doing that?

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  2. Whitneyibeblog says:

    Christmas is coming la la la lala… Used to sing this song when we were little as the year comes to an end. We always looked forward to Christmas for that was the time we get to have new clothes, visit people and eat rice and chicken to our satisfaction. Lol. Grateful for the humble beginnings. I’m glad you had a fun filled day. Keep smiling.

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