Winter Fun!!!

Winter is in full swing right now. I am not much on the cold and if it is going to be cold then I feel like it might as well snow. We lived in Wyoming and Montana and their winters are brutal. So I do not miss all that snow but I would like to have enough for the kids to play in.

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, I always feel like my home is empty. For me, it is to early to put up Valentine’s stuff so I wanted something for the in-between time. I found these wooden figures at Target and was going to use them for Christmas but then thought they would look better as winter decor. It is not big massive decorations but just enough to add something to my home so it does not look so empty and depressing.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

The things you will need for this project are some wooden figures, which I got at Target. If you can not find figures like this then you can cut them out of foam core board. They are simple shapes and will cut out easily. The star shapes with snowflakes on them are from Michael’s in their discount bins. The trees that are already painted green were from a shop called Scattering Joy in Hamilton, OH. They are a wonderful little shop if you are in the area check them out!! And here is a shameless plug, some of these DIY’s I have done on here are for sale in the shop along with my greeting cards. There are SOOO many different items in the store that I buy something every time I go in.

You will also need paint of your choosing and paint brushes. I used chalk paint and paint markers. Other things I used was a scarf, felt, hot glue, and a colored pencil.

Lets start with the snowman. He was a natural wood color so I wanted to paint him white. The wood that the snowman was made of had pretty wood grain in it and I wanted that to show through. To do this, I took White Waverly Chalk Paint and mixed it with lots of water. Then I did a white wash over the snowman.

From there I used a black Arteza acrylic paint marker to draw on a mouth and eyes, and colored his hat black. For his nose I wanted something 3-D. I took some orange felt and rolled it up and glued it together. After that I cut it in a carrot shape and hot glued it on. Finally, I had a Dollar Tree scarf that I cut up and made a mini snowman scarf out of it.

I white washed the stars too. Then I took a blue colored pencil to the raised parts of the snowflakes. It really popped off the white.

Next lets look at that the deer. I used the black paint marker to give him an eye and a nose. Then I used the same scarf and cut him a small scarf for him to wear. If your scarf will not lay right just add some hot glue to it to hold it in place.

The trees I did differently. For them I took a fan brush which is pictured above and dipped it into the white wash paint and then dabbed some of the paint off. Next I lightly and at an angle, brushed the white wash paint over the trees. I did it will all of the trees. This should be done slowly and lightly with small strokes of the brush. You can build up the paint little by little.

I think these turned out really cute. They are not loud with bright colors but are just enough to add some decor till Valentine’s stuff goes up. These were easy and fast to do. I completed them in a few hours while helping kids with online schooling.

I hope you are all happy and healthy and having a great start to 2021. A few more winter DIY’s are on their way in the next week and then bring on all the red, pink and purple!! Please find me on Instagram and Facebook. Also Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe!!

2 Timothy 1:7  “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Wooden Deer, Snowman, and Big Trees- Target

Stars- Michael’s Craft Supply

Green Trees- Scattering Joy, Hamilton, Ohio

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Anywhere

Felt- Hobby Lobby

Arteza Acrylic Paint Markers- Amazon

Scarf- Dollar Tree

Surbonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

What I got for Christmas 2020

I love seeing what others got for Christmas. It is especially fun to see what people have gotten craft wise. I was given a few new crafting items for Christmas and thought I would share them with you.

The first thing I got is this Waffle Flower Water Media Mat. This mat is great for water color painting or ink blending. The mat is self is a bit sticky so I holds the paper still while you are working. I will use this mainly for card making and goes perfect with the next product I will be showing you.

Over the last year, I have become a big fan of Arteza products. So I had a few things on my wish list for Christmas. I was very excited to see these water color paints from my husband. There are so many different colors and I can not wait to play with these. They come in small tubes so they will last a long time. I can use these with the water media mat!!

Here is another Arteza product. These are acrylic paints. I have the set of 12 so I was excited to receive the bigger set that contains 24. The paints come in metal tubes and while they might be small, they seem to last forever. A little goes a long way. The paint covers great and you can mix them together to create new colors.

This last Christmas present is the one I am most excited about. These are Arteza Acrylic Markers. Yep you read that right, they are acrylic paint markers. I have seen several YouTube ladies use these and rave about how great they are and how easy they are to use. These were at the top of my Christmas list and you will see me crafting with them very soon!! This is the big box of colors but they do come in a smaller pack. They also have extra maker tips in the box. It’s a great investment!!

Let me know in the comments what kind of crafty things you got for Christmas!! I would love to know if I need to add more things to my wish list for my birthday that is coming up!!

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Philippians 4:13 “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.”

Melissa McGuire

These products can be found on Amazon, Arteza’s website and Waffle Flower’s website.

Happy New Year 2021!!!

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and a hope for a great 2021. I know 2020 was hard for so many people. Remote learning was hard for us and a lot of others struggled with it too. My husband had been off or on an adjusted schedual but he still has a job Thank God! We lost a few dear friends and 2020 gave us one last kick in the gut but taking Brother Gene, our former pastor, who led my husband and I to the Lord. He was like a father to my husband and I and he touched lives all over the world with his faith and grace.

Now we are a few days into 2021 and even though 2020 was hard, I still will not call it the worst year of my life. To give you a bit of insight into my story, I lost both my parents about a year apart and a set of twin boys. Those years were hard. 2020 had nothing on all that loss and grief. So while it was a rough year, there were some great things that came out of it. I got to see my kids grow in school. We spent so much more time as a family. I took a deep dive into my faith and mental health. Those are all very positive things.

For the start of 2021, I have big goals. My word for 2021 is ACCOMPLISH. I joined a CrossFit gym and plan to complete the 110 Stair Climb on 9-11-2021. A YouTube channel is in the future for Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs. That should be fun!! And my husband and I have a PTSD marriage ministry called Relentless Warriors Legacy which has a blog too, and will also have a YouTube channel. Big things are planned for 2021! In the comments, tell me what your plans and goals are for 2021 and how you plan to accomplish them!!!

I hope this finds you well and healthy. I have a few winter crafts planned and then we will jump right in to Valentine’s Day!!

It’s going to be a great year!!

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Philippians 4:13 “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.”

Melissa McGuire