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Simple Ideas for Holiday Decorating

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Home Decor | 0 comments

This year, we are celebrating Christmas in an apartment and my MANY boxes of Christmas decorations are in storage. So, I just pulled out a handful of items and here’s what I put together for a Simple Christmas.

Add ornaments to a baking tin.  Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

Add ornaments to a baking tin. Use treasured family pieces for a meaningful decoration.

In the kitchen, I pulled out a treasured aluminum muffin tin that my Nana gave me many years ago.  She would make us sweet treats at Christmas and then let us keep the pan.

It is nice and shiny so I filled it with with a few inexpensive glass ornaments. I have some beautiful vintage glass ornaments that belonged to my other Grandma, but unfortunately they are still in storage. Those would make this the perfect Christmas memory and decoration. I’ll have to use them next year. But either way, my both of my grandmothers will be with me in the kitchen.

Snow Women Vintage Puzzle on  Simply Angies

This is a puzzle that my parents gave me back in the 1960s when I was a little girl. I’m so glad that I have kept up with it for all these years! I proudly display this cute box at Christmas. I put this puzzle together every year, and I especially love the description on the back.

It reads: “ It’s a ‘girls night out’ for the snow woman set, and these lovely ladies have put on their best hats for the occasion. It is quite embarrassing to the others to be seen with one who has the nerve to wear a neck scarf around her hips, but what can you expect from a snow woman with two stomachs?”

This is my first Christmas away from my parents, so I love it that I have this keepsake from them to remind me of all the wonderful family Christmases that they provided for me and my sisters.

christmas tree with shells

This is the first Christmas along the Gulf Coast for Bill and I together, so I decided to do something to incorporate a few items from our area.  I picked up a basket of shells a few months ago when we visited the Gulf of Mexico near Holly Beach, La. I added a few shells underneath this table top tree and some on the branches as well.  I think the shells look a little bit like mounds of snow.  I used all white and silver ornaments in keeping with this theme.

christmas tree with pelican

I also love this picture of my sister and I playing in the snow when she lived in Idaho. I think Christmas time is always a good time to pull out treasure family photos.

gift bag with stamped snowflakes

Here is an idea for a gift bag.  Just take a brown craft gift bag and rubber stamp it with snowflakes. I used brown and olive green ink to stamp my snowflakes. Who would have thought brown snowflakes would be so pretty? Then I cut two pieces of newspaper into flower shapes and colored them just a little with an aqua pen (from Stampin’ Up.)  I twisted the two pieces together in the middle and then stapled  it to the bag. Add some olive green or natural tissue paper and you’ll have a unique gift bag.

I hope you are finding some simple and fun decorations for your home.

Happy Holidays everyone!
Angie

 

 

Make a Souvenir T-Shirt Tote Bag

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in 3 Simple Steps, Reuse/Recycle | 1 comment

Souvenir T-shirts – we all buy them!  But how many of them end up buried in your closet?  Why not pull one out and make something useful from it?

t-shirt bag beginningI got this t-shirt when I went on my first cruise.  I did wear it quite a bit, but lately it has been tucked away in a drawer.  Now I will be able to use it for something and keep a souvenir of my trip, too.

This Project is as Simple as 1-2-3: Cut – Pull – Tie and you’re done!

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Start by cutting off the bottom band of the shirt

Next, but off the sleeves.

Next, cut off the sleeves.

Cut off the neck band.  You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Cut off the neck band. You can cut this what ever way you wish, you could cut it in a V or in a Square, if you wish.

Lay our bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips.  I cut fringe on this bag about 6 inches long.

Lay out bottom band across for a guide to cut your strips. I cut fringe on this bag about 7 inches long. I think the next one I do I will cut a little shorter so there will be more room inside the bag.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across.  And remember to cut the side seam area on each side.

Cut fringe about 1 inch wide all the way across. And remember to cut the side seam area on each side, too.

pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up.  Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

Pull each piece of fringe so that the materal rolls up. Keep shirt flat so that fringes remain in order.

All fringe is pulled - how fun!  I think this would make for a cute tank top, too!

All fringe is pulled – how fun! I think this would make a cute tank top, too!

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together.

Now tie coordinating top and bottom fringes together all the way across.  Make sure you pair each fringe with the one directly behind it.

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished!

T-shirt Tote Bag is finished! How Cute – and Easy!  I think I will use mine to hold my current crochet project.

 

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag.  Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hose or slips.  It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.

Here is another idea for your Upcycled T-Shirt Bag. Hang it in your closet and use it to store things like hosiery or slips. It is a smart way to keep things handy in your closet rather than in a drawer.  Hope you enjoy making one of more of these!

Passing of the Torch – Welcome Denese

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Angie's Originals Artist Creations | 0 comments

Angie’s Originals is re-opening Sept. 19 and is happy to welcome Denese Peebles as the new manager.

Angie Sivori passes the torch to Denese Peebles

Angie Sivori, left, welcomes Denese Peebles as the new manager

On Aug. 2, I hosted a welcome reception offering customers and friends the opportunity to meet Denese Peebles.  Following my move to Louisiana, Denese will take over as the manager of the Angie’s Originals store in Metropolis on Sept. 19, 2014.   I will continue to operate the Etsy Shop on-line and many of my soaps and other creations will continue to be available at the store in Metropolis.

Many people in the Metropolis community know Denese from her volunteer activities with Save the Massac, Zeta Zeta Sorority, and the Superman Celebration, just to name a few.  Denese has recently began a new chapter in her life, and operating the artist boutique is an exciting part of that new adventure.  She is ready to dive in!

 

Aug. 2 was a day filled with lots of emotions.  So many nice people stopped in to say goodbye and good luck to me and wish Denese all the best.

Angie and Janet

One of my good friends, Janet, picked out a worry doll with a blonde color scarf.  She said she wanted to get a doll that would remind her of me! How sweet was that?!!  So many customers came in that day – it really warmed my heart!  I received phone calls and even special prayers from people wishing Bill and I a safe journey as we begin this new chapter in our lives.   It is hard to find the words to express the depth of gratitude I feel for all who have supported me and area artists during the last four years.  I will miss everyone SO much!

But, it makes me feel really good to know that Angie’s Originals is in good hands.  Denese is a creative busy-body just like me!  She has been busy re-arranging the shop and adding new artist creations.  She excited about the shop, and I am so excited for her!

I hope you will stop in and see the new look soon! Originals will be open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. The boutique has a new phone number, 270-883-0278.

Wishing everyone all the best…and a life full of “Cool Things!”

Angie

Simple & Fun Rug Made With Yarn Scraps

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Around the House, Home Decor | 0 comments

Last fall I had made several scarves with a variety of “Pom Pom” style yarns. These yarns are so soft and fun! I had scraps left of several different colors and wondered what to do with them…so…here is what I decided to do!


Fun with Yarn scraps

I crocheted this fun and colorful rug using a large crochet hook and a simple single crochet stitch. The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Pom Pom Fashion Yarn, but any pom pom yarn will do.

Just start with a chain 6-8 inches long  for the center base, then crochet all the way around with single crochet stitches. All you have to do is increase stitches occasionally when going around on the ends so that it will lay flat.  Just crochet 2 stitches into the same stitch as needed as you make your way around the curves.

pom pom rug

I chose to do a few rounds of each color at a time, but you could do this however you wish… just use your imagination and crochet away!  Fun and Easy!

I wish I would have had more scraps left so that I could have made it bigger.
Love the way it turned out!