Sunday, March 11, 2012

{Tweet, Tweet!}

This is the latest creation my craft group made for the upcoming Spring season.  With the exception of the silver German glass glitter, all of the materials were gathered from either the dollar store or the dollar bin at the craft store.  The glitter can be found at a lot of places online, but I got mine from  It's pure silver and is made from actual little shards of glass, so you want to be careful not to get it all over your workspace.  I glitter things over an open plastic tub like a rubbermaid shoe box-sized container.
First we used mod podge to decoupage vintage sheet music from a hymnal to a paper machet bird form.  This, to me was the hardest part because of all the curves on the bird.  You had to use such tiny, sometimes pea-sized, scraps of paper.  Once it was dry though, my sister added beads for eyes on all of our birds.

Next was the moss.  As we broke it apart it released a very earthy dust and it was kind of strange in a way.  We had a little clear plastic bowl and just spread hot glue in small areas and smashed the moss to the glue.  We did this inside and out, making sure to cover all of the plastic.

My sister had gathered some branches from a neighbor's lawn and we glued little flowers onto them to make them look like springtime blooms.  The branches were hot glued onto the nest and then our bird was placed on the edge.  We also made little tiny pennant flags that read "SPRING" and glued them to branches as well so that Mama bird had something to celebrate with.  

Finally, we added some colored eggs and a spring-colored ribbon to make the Mama bird happy.  A lot of us thought the eggs would look stunning glittered in silver so that's just what I did when I got home.  I didn't stop there, though.  I also glittered the bird's beak and tail, the pennant, and the centers of the flowers.  I think she came out quite pretty!

Happy Spring everybody!  Credit for this craft idea and execution goes to my wonderfully talented sister, Tracy.  You can read her blog here.  She's pretty awesome.  :)

As always, stay cozy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

{I Heart You}

One of my Craft Night companions, Pat, came up with a brilliantly crafty idea. She took a previous project, mentioned in the last post, and gave it a little Valentine's Day spin!

Using the cover of Martha Stewart's magazine as inspiration, she decided to make hers out of paper cupcake liners. Martha's was made from real flower carnations. Pat's can be used over and over again! Thanks for the great idea, Pat. For mine, I used four different varieties of liners all in shades of red and white.
I cut out a piece of cardboard into the shape of a heart then covered it with some cute striped fabric.  This is the back...not that anyone will ever see it, but I couldn't leave it plain brown cardboard, now could I?
I glued the edges of the fabric around and then started hot gluing the liners to the form, starting at the border.  I used the eraser side of a pencil to press into the center of the liners, then used my hand to fold the sides down onto the pencil.  I squirted some glue onto the end and again, used the pencil to press it onto the cardboard form.  The pencil saves your fingertips from getting burned too! 
Here is the finished product.  You'll have to forgive me for the quality of the photos.  I took them with my iPhone so the colors are way off.  The finished product looks more pink than red.  You can see I added a silk rose as an embellishment as well as a red polka-dotted hanger. 

As Always, Stay Cozy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

{4th of July in January!}

If you talk to any creative type, they'll tell you that they have tons of unfinished, half-started, well-intentioned projects lying around their house.  Well, I'm no different.  Case in wedding day scrapbook.  I was married for about 8 years and have been divorced for over 2.  While I don't forsee myself finishing THAT project (ha-ha!), I have the itch to finish a lot of others! 

As us homebodies do, we like to hibernate in the winter inside our little caves.  I've got plenty of time to craft now that the cold, cold winter is settled in.  So, I pulled out this project that I've had half finished since last summer.  One of the Craft Night projects at my sister's house was making wreaths out of patterned paper cupcake liners.  

Mine was a take on "stars and stripes".  I couldn't find starry ones so polka dots would have to do.  Well, I underestimated how many liners I'd need so I had to quit early.  Since I ordered them online, it wasn't like I could run to Michael's or AC Moore to grab more.  They do, however have a nice selection there, so if you're interested in doing this project, they'd be a great resource.  Months later, even after I ordered more, they just sat in their package on my craft table.  When I finally finished the wreath portion, it sat un-decorated for yet more months!! 
Finally, this past weekend, I went in my craft closet to find something and there it was....staring at me...mocking me.  "You'll never finish me."  So I grabbed it, plugged in my hot glue gun, and dug into my vintage button and ribbon collection.  One nasty hot glue gun burn later, here you have it! 
As Always, Stay Cozy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

{Home Baked Goodness}

What's better than a warm batch of homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies?  If you even bother answering anything other than "Nothing.", remove yourself from this blog immediately!  All kidding aside, I'd take these with me on a desert island if it was the only thing I could eat.
 While I'd end up being too fat to even be rescued from said island, I'd still choose these over any other food item.  The recipe is actually a "secret" one that was sort of handed down to me by my roommate from college and her husband.  Kim would go home from school every weekend and her parents would often send her home with a round tin of the most delicious chocolate chip cookies I've ever tasted.  They were heaven.  I'd never tasted anything like it.   
Oval Yellow Tin, 1950s {$14.24}
After college, I tried to recreate them to no avail.  Any time I asked about the recipe, she'd say "Oh, it's just the recipe from the Nestle's chocolate chip bag."  I don't think so!!  They never came out right.  Kim continued to make these for me and my family any time we came up to her house to visit.  Still, the same thing...just the recipe from the bag.  It went on like this for several years until they finally CRACKED!!  Although the recipe is, in fact, based on the one printed on the bag, there are a few minor details that make a major difference in texture and taste.  I like a chewy, yet subtly crispy chocolate chip cookie.  These are exactly that.
Vintage Aluminum Measuring Cups {$7.99}
If you're wondering, no I'm not going to give up the secrets!  Kim's father, John, passed away very suddenly this past October and every time I have made these cookies since, I think of him.  Her parents were like my own anytime I came to visit.  They made me feel so comfortable in their home and these cookies represent that feeling.  I will always remember him as a very kind man, his smile, and how he always treated me like one of his own.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

{Vintage Fabric & Button Rosettes}

My sister holds a monthly Craft Night at her home for some lady friends and these beauties were this month's project.  They're made by twisting and winding vintage strips of fabric and attaching it to a round of felt.  Add a cute vintage button to the center and voila!  You have an adorable way to showcase your stash of favorite vintage fabrics and buttons.  Some ladies attached theirs to headbands, others to barrettes and pins.  I am going to make some decorative throw pillows for my cozy guest bed!

Here's a link to a wonderful video tutorial by a woman named Erin Bassett.  We used hot glue for our Craft Night but she uses fabric glue so you can wash it if you happen to put it on a garment. 
As Always, Stay Cozy!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

{Snow Days}

I don't know about you, but I adore snow days.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's dangerous to drive in, but I'm a homebody and don't care to leave my house more than I have to, so it works out pretty nicely for me.  My son is with his Daddy this weekend and I did the laundry during the week, so I have some time to just sit around the house in my slippers and house sweater, as I like to call it.  Sounds more fashion-forward and less old lady-esque than "housecoat".  Look at her....she's so happy in hers.   
Vintage Sweater Pattern by {DiamondsAndPurlsUK
My dissatisfaction with sitting in an office all day long has inspired me to get blogging again.  I do love to write and my day job doesn't really allow me to express any creativity whatsoever.  In addition, my sister the artist found a great newsletter interface called Mail Chimp that we are both going to use to connect to our friends and followers.

In celebration of my future 1st Monthly Newsletter, I'm giving away a $25 Shopping Spree at my vintage shop, One Cozy Nest Vintage.  How it's going to work is after I get a decent amount of new subscribers, I will compose the first monthly newsletter announcing the winner.  I'll give that person a discount code to use when they make a purchase.  So, if you're feeling lucky or just want to stay informed about new One Cozy Nest Vintage updates and get special discounts, sign up below.

Plaid Wool Lap Blanket with Fringe {$23.99}
I woke up early to the sound of the icy mix tapping on my windows and I hopped out of bed...okay, I groggily slumped out of look out the window at the stark whiteness.  I love it.  I made myself a cup of hot tea and watched the poor birds try to scavenge on what remained of the birdseed.  I felt badly for them, so I donned my new snow boots and trudged out there to freshen up the feeder.

Little Birdie Wall Plaque with Hooks {$9.74}
I also sprinkled a fair share of seed on the ground for the mourning doves.  Hopefully Mr. Hawk will give them some peace today because I don't want to find tender bits of my birdies on the snow later.  I know, gross.  Here are a few more things that fit with the theme of the day - {KEEPING WARM!}   
Travel Coffee Set - Electric Pot, 2 Cups {$10.49}

Metal Advertising Wall Thermometer {$22.99}
Until next time, stay cozy!

One Cozy Nest