Simple steps to make glitter ball earrings

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Hey! It’s still the Holiday’s around my house. Christmas turns into New Year’s. New Year’s turns into my kids birthdays. My kids birthday’s turn into Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day turns into my birthday. So, around the first of March we will stop partying. It’s a rough life I have, I know. You can send me sympathy cards whenever. My address is: Janel the worst part of the world. where nothing but horrible things happen. and no fun. … [Read more...]

Craft tutorial: how to make a mini Wisconsin.

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Christmas is coming and here in Wisconsin it is a rare, rare thing indeed to not have a White Christmas. But, I am sadly aware that many of you are in warmth, with beaches and palm trees. First of all, no sympathy. Not happening. Suntan lotion, cabana boys, and girly drinks sound pretty heavenly! But…at Christmas time there is something magical about Wisconsin and snow. They just go together. Like chocolate and NellieBellie. Or wine and … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy gift tags

NellieBellie: 5 gift tags that aren't fancy pancy.

        These are the Tags of My Life. I could come up with fabulous and crazy amazing gift tags and pass them off as something I do ALL THE TIME. Or ever. But, let’s face it, who has time to spend hours creating awesome tags? I barely get the gifts wrapped, never mind look pretty. Geesh…some people are over-achievers! (I like getting gifts from over-achievers, though!) So, instead I thought I would just … [Read more...]

hot chocolate recipe

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dear readers, please excuse me, I’m spending time with my daughter. we are being silly. and drinking hot chocolate. but, I wanted to stop and let you know I am thinking of you. so, I’m sharing the new hot chocolate recipe we tried out over the weekend. it’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I know, right!! the name sounds…heavenly! And, it’s good. just not as good as my original. so, here is the link for the Salted Caramel Hot … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy bubble bath giftset

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Did you know Bubble Bath’s help you de-stress? I did. But, I’ve been underestimating their power. I’ve been downplaying their goodness. I think “I should go take a bubble bath…I’m stressed” and then not follow through. I’ve been giving Bubble Bath’s (yes, in my world…it’s a proper noun and deserves capitalizing) a cold shoulder…no pun intended. No Longer. No. I hereby declare that I shall honor the Bubble Bath with a proper Bubble Bath … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy toilet paper gift card holder

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I had good intentions this year of making and creating Christmas gifts! And, I did make many. I slaved and slaved for hours, burnt almost every finger at least once on the hot glue gun. And…smeared paint, glue, or stain on one or two decent pairs of jeans. All, for a homemade Christmas gift for each and every gift. Alas, I’ve lost. I’ll end the year turning towards the dreaded gift card. Gift card. (shudder) Get over it. Yep, I said … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make a Rudolph the reindeer mount

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I apologize to Santa for killing Rudolph. Do I redeem myself if I say this is just a stuffed version…not the real thing? This is a faux taxidermy. This Rudolph the Reindeer mount is adorable. Just make sure your kids know he’s only fabric or you might make them terribly sad! Materials: stuffed reindeer wood board/plaque hot glue glitter To Do: Apply glue and then glitter to your board and the antlers of the reindeer. Let dry. Hot glue the … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy sugar cookie gift tags

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Just make sure you don’t set these presents with Sugar Cookie  gift tags on top of each other. Broken sugar cookie tags would be sad. Talk about a way to ruin a Christmas. Anyways, I’m a simple wrapper kind of girl. Either pretty paper and a sharpie with the name written on it. Or brown paper with great tags. Not both. That’s just overkill. This year the brown paper on a roll won. So…I’m ramping up the name tags a bit. I love, love … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make a rustic nativity.

diy rustic nativity by NellieBellie. An easy tutorial for this darling project.

I don’t have a nativity set. I don’t know why. I don’t like them. They are just fake looking. Or cutesy. I don’t know why I judge nativity sets. pooh on me. So, I made a simple rustic nativity. a simple reminder of why Christmas is. This is an easy project that requires little in the way of supplies. that’s how we roll around here. easy and cheap. Supplies: blocks of wood. white paint. sharpie (or black paint) sand … [Read more...]

extinct goodies??

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A while back I had posted a question on Facebook. Which brings up a question...are you following me on Facebook? you should. we have loads of fun and silly questions! Anyways, back to the task at hand. the question. What old-fashioned food should I make? (or something along that lines) And the answers kept coming! you all had suggestions, suggestions, suggestions  some of which I had never heard of or had only once or twice and … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make duct tape Christmas Placemats

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Yes, I did. Because it could be done. And because it’s so stinking cute! These are Christmas placemats made out of the new holiday prints Duck Tape has rolled out. Why are Duct Tape placemats a good idea? Well, because noone else is going to have them. Because they are adorable. And…wipe on, wipe off!! Materials needed: Duck Tape sharpie. yes. that is all.   Numero Uno. I marked off the length I wanted to keep the … [Read more...]

bedspring and bottle centerpiece

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I’m not the greatest at doing centerpieces. And I’ll be the first to admit that a vase of flowers is about all I can manage for my table. And those don’t last as long as they should. The cats always eat them and then puke them up on the table. Okay, sorry. I’m waaaay off topic. What were we talking about? Oh yes…centerpieces. So, I’m not so good. But…I had some fabulous bedsprings from Lori and my gals in the Jingle Junk Swap. And the … [Read more...]

Jingle Bell Junk Swap.

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Did you know I have friends? I know, you can gasp and giggle and not believe me. But…it’s true!! In the blogging world that I find myself I even have friends. And a group of us decided to do something fun together. We call it…     It went a little bit like this… Once Upon a Time a lovely blogger named Lori sent a box of old rusty springs to another blogger named Nellie. The instructions were to make an ornament out of the vintage item … [Read more...]