Holiday Owl Home Decor

Hey Yall! I have a very affordable and cute holiday owl home decor diy for you. I came up with this idea when I went to the Dollar Tree and saw an incense burner that looked similar to a little bird house.  Sometimes I will find an item that inspires me to make something completely different than what its purpose was intended for. I absolutely love how this turned out and hope you do too.  With Christmas right around the corner, many people are decorating to get ready. I love being able to bring yall decor that is of great quality and attractive.

What I made to make this holiday owl home decor is listed below. The majority of items (other than the glue gun) can be found at the Dollar Tree.  If you do not have one in your area, I am sure that you can find similar items at a thrift store and/or a store like Walmart.

Supplies:

1 glass candle stick

glue sticks

glue gun

E6000 Glue / Super Glue

owl ornament

apple Christmas ornament (can use anything as decor for the owl house)

Scented wax burner from the Dollar Tree

Sparkly bow sticker from the Dollar Tree

(Pictured above are also a few extra items that I did not end up adding to my owl house. You can get creative with this and do many different things with it!)

How to make this holiday owl home decor: 

The first thing I would recommend doing is putting a layer of E6000 / Super glue around the edge of your candle stick. Then place the wax burner on top of your candle stick to dry. I would let mine dry over night before decorating the burner (a.k.a bird house). This is a very simple craft that requires a little imagination. The next step I did was to hot glue my apple Christmas ornament to the top of the bird house. The sparkly gold leaves I glued to the edges of the house. Inside the wax warmer, I placed my little owl inside. He fit perfectly ! Voila, you have an adorable holiday home owl decor.

Please check out my YouTube video below on my Holiday Owl Home Decor DIY. I hope you enjoy and are having a wonderful day.

 

Dark Day

Today, I woke up feeling like my dog had died. I just felt down inside and knew immediately that this was going to feel like a dark day. There does not have to be a reason or a cause behind why I get like this. I’m getting to the point where this feels like a state of mind I constantly stay in. It’s sad and unfair because I am one of a minority of people that is actually trying to get better. I see people that are happy, energetic, and have the world ahead of them.  Many people before me and after me have gone to college and gotten degrees to hang on their wall. My wall looks pretty dam bare though. A piece of paper is not really going to make me feel good enough though. I was never validated as a kid. I don’t recall my mom ever saying she was proud of me, asking what I wanted to become, helping me set goals, etc. I’ve had to fight tooth and nail to get where I am but where exactly is that?

My marriage failed

School has failed

I’ve quit tons of jobs

If single, even working full time, I am limited to renting a single room in Charleston WITH roommates

Major debt

Alone. I feel so fucking alone. I miss my grandmother. I miss my siblings. I miss the phone calls.

What have I accomplished you ask? 

I can pack my life into a car

Feeling a level of fear that most people never get near

I have an Associates Degree that has done NOTHING for me(that I’ve been paying off for 6 plus years I believe)

Survived chronic bronchitis, pneumonia , and mono

Finding a counselor and Psychiatrist and trying to stick with them, despite having no insurance

Continuously cleaning my boyfriends house (laundry, dishes, floors, bathrooms, etc.)

Started a YouTube Channel “Jenny Laura”

Maintain a relationship, despite my depression

 

I’m tired of life being this level of fucking hard. I can’t afford college, I qualify for a minimum wage job at best (and that is IF I can land it), I don’t have one good friend in SC, I’m almost 30 with no children, it has become appealing to be completely isolated, I’m paranoid all the time that I will see my mom in a store, I rarely see family, I can’t afford my car payment/insurance payment/loan payment/phone payment/credit card payment, none of my pets are up to date on their medical treatment, my boyfriend and I are both un employed currently, I live in SC which I hate, and life just is feeling pretty pointless. My soul continues to hurt for things that I cannot fix, that I will never be able to fix.

If it sounds like I am stomping my feet and throwing a tempter tantrum I AM. I’m so over everything. I’m thankful for my boyfriend, my pets, food in the fridge, and a home. I don’t take any of that for granted because I have experienced the exact reverse. But the reality is that I am not married. I could blink my eyes and even the above could all go away.  I’ve come to the realization that everything good is over all, temporary.

If you think I sound depressed, I AM. This is why I write because it helps me get it out. And ironically, maybe my darkness can be perceived as light for someone in a similar state of mind. When you feel less alone, you feel comforted in a way that you cannot make yourself normally feel. I can eat and drink my pain but when I find someone who has suffered trauma and abuse, it is like drinking a cup of warm sweet coffee. This may sound insane but when trauma meets trauma, there is a special bond and understanding. Only a few people will probably get this.

Anyway, sorry to be such a downer. I just needed to get this off my chest as clearly, I am having a dark day. I hope one day they get a little brighter. Even dim would be ok. All this darkness is really wearing on my. I need to really spend some time praying about all this. I have faith that God can not only take away but he can give. If I learned anything from the grief class I took, it is that God “loans” us people that are special to us in our life but there comes a time when we must return them back because they belong to him. Every time I ask myself WHY I need to tell myself that. He didn’t TAKE anything or anyone, as each and every one of us belongs with him. He has a safe and beautiful place prepared for us and those we love that must go home. The biggest comfort is knowing that I will see people again. That this is not the end. Because if it was, I honestly would be done as a person.

Thank you for listening, loving, and supporting. Even on the dark days when it hurts.

 

 

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Hot Chocolate Bar

Hey Yall! I watched a fellow YouTuber’s Channel, Cheap Craft Girl ,  the other day and became inspired to make a Hot Chocolate Bar in my kitchen! I hope that you enjoy this simple and yummy DIY! As we near December, the weather is becoming perfect for hot chocolate. I currently am drinking a cup as I write this blog.

What you need to make your hot chocolate bar: 

3 jars (I used 2 mason jars and one larger jar)

mini marshmallows

peppermint sticks (could also use crushed peppermint or peppermint bark)

KCup Hot Chocolate Cups OR Hot Chocolate Mix

 

Making this little hot chocolate bar is extremely simple. Load your jars with your ingredients (marshmallows, peppermint sticks, KCups/hot Chocolate Mix, etc.) I set my hot chocolate bar up right next to my Keurig but you can put it wherever you think it works on your kitchen counter. I will say that if use KCups, you will probably have several extra ones that will not fit inside your jar.  I decided to use my cute little snow man cookie jar to put my extra KCups in. Not only does this add an adorable factor to your hot chocolate bar but it works very well for storage!

Hoping everyone has a peaceful day and stays warm. Remember to sprinkle kindness around like confetti and share a cup of your hot chocolate with a friend, family, and/or neighbor. My YouTube video on my Chocolate bar is located below. Feel free to check it out. Until next time, cheers!

 

 

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Blue Bird Holiday Home Decor

Hey Yall! I hope everyone had a peaceful Thanksgiving! I made a fun and affordable Blue Bird Holiday Home Decor that I am hoping you will enjoy. It was SO easy and looks adorable. All the supplies (other than the glue gun) can be found at the Dollar Tree.  If you are a lover of woodland creatures and lanterns, this craft is for you.

The supplies you will need to make this Blue Bird Holiday Home Decor are listed below:

1 Blue Bird Ornament 

1 mini battery operated lantern 

Holiday Floral 

Hot Glue Gun

Glue Sticks 

Scissors

 The first step I did was cut the berries off of the holiday floral with my scissors. I then hot glued them to the top of my lantern. Before hot gluing  the blue bird to the lantern, I gently pulled out the metal clasp from the blue bird. It was my goal to make sure my Blue Bird Holiday Home Decor looked as realistic as possible.

I recommend positioning the bird on your lantern first to make sure you know what direction you want your blue bird to sit in. Once you have done this, add a strip of glue under the bird and hold on top of your lantern and holiday floral for 10-15 seconds until the bird is secure. I glued my Poinsettia on last to the top of the lantern. Once all the pieces were on, I turned on the lantern by flipping the switch under the bird. If you would like to watch my Blue Bird Holiday Home Decor YouTube video, I will link it below for you 🙂 If you enjoy my video please remember to give it a thumbs up. Have a great day!

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Coca Cola DIY Holiday Decor

I hope everyone enjoys my Coco Cola DIY Holiday Decor that I finished last night! Most everyone knows about the cute cuddly looking polar bears in the coke commercials at Christmas. When I came upon a few plastic polar bears at the Dollar Tree, it brought me back to my memory of these cute Coke polar bears! I decided to buy them and hold onto them to see what I could come up with for a DIY. As time went on, I collected pieces for my Coca Cola DIY Holiday Decor idea.

Some of the pieces I found were including but not limited too, Christmas ornaments, a wire sleigh, holiday trees, plastic animals, a large serving tray, etc.  I took my time finding pieces for this craft because I really wanted it to be affordable. I tried to keep the color scheme, for the most part ,red and white to represent Coke!

I really do like how my Coca Cola DIY Holiday Decor turned out! I  am choosing to not do a step by step for this craft because I think it is important you use your imagination on this one.  This is because I collected my pieces from several different thrift stores, I can’t exactly tell you where to find these ornaments. Over all though, what I used was a coke, candy cane, soldier, and Santa ornament. The two plastic polar bears, one penguin, gold bells, the snow man salt shaker and small eraser coke cups were from Dollar Tree. The pack of sodas that the penguin is carrying is from Michaels,  as are the two very small white trees. One of the sparkly white tree ornaments is from Michaels and one is from a thrift store. I used a piece of gold string for the “leashes” on the polar bears that the solider is holding.  I was going to use a mirror to give the ground an “icy” look but I found a large platter for under $4 at a thrift store that I thought would work perfect!

I will tell you that I HIGHLY recommend using a hot glue gun ! This keeps things in place and helps support them as they stand. The sodas that the penguin are holding are heavier than the penguin himself. I glued his feet to the platter and the cokes to his stomach. The polar bears are also glued down, as are the trees, soldier, and candy canes. I would highly recommend that when you are done with your Coca Cola DIY Holiday Decor that you put it on a safe shelf so that it cannot be knocked over or stepped on. It would make a lovely holiday centerpiece for a dinner table!

If you would like to see a little tour of my Coca Cola DIY Holiday Decor please check out my YouTube video below on my channel ” Jenny Laura . ” I would love to have you as a subscriber if you have not yet joined my channel 🙂 I do a lot of affordable DIY’s, thrift, and book reviews. Thank you for joining and supporting both by blog and my YouTube channel!  Enjoy the video 🙂

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Woodland Holiday Decor

Hey Yall! Hope everyone is having a nice day. Today, I am going to show you how to make a Woodland Holiday Decor for your home that is affordable and quite stunning. Woodland creatures are trending this holiday season! You can find owls, squirrels, birds, deer, and many other animals on everything from ornaments to clothing. I hope you enjoy making my woodlantd holiday decor creation.  This is an original idea so I just ask that if you do share this on social media, please link it back to me. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!

Woodland Holiday Decor 

Supplies Needed: 

Shadowbox

Pine Cones

Glue Sticks

Glue Gun

Sparkly flat Deer (or other Christmas Decor that can fit in shadow box)

Background (I used a gift bag but also scrap book or wrapping paper could be used)

Double sided tape

I originally got my shadow box from a thrift store. It had an old Christmas picture in it and was full of bells. I thought it looked charming but it needed some work. The person that had it before went a little bell crazy haha. I saved all the bells and took the backing off. To make my woodland holiday decor I had to add some extra things to this frame. You of course can find a shadow box at your local Michaels or craft store.

Once my shadowbox was taken apart, I used a gift bag to as my new back ground. I just placed the bag on the top of the frame and used it as a stencil to cut a square out of a bag that would fit in the shadow box.  The next step is to use a piece of double sided tape for each gift bag corner to stick the background to the backing of the shadowbox. If you do not have double sided tape, I am sure a drop of hot glue on each corner would work too. I then hot glued my deer to the back ground. I had to cut his legs down a little bit so that he would fit in the frame. Before putting the frame backing back in the shadow  box, I added some mini pine cones.  I purchased mine at Big Lots but you can also pick some up at the Dollar Tree.

After closing the backing  up, your Woodland Holiday Decor should be complete and ready to be displayed. For a more in depth look at my Woodland Holiday Decor please check out my YouTube channel, Jenny Laura, below. I hope you enjoyed this craft and thank you for visiting!

 

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This Life Breaks My Heart

Hey Yall. So I am having a really dark day today. One of those days where it is raining and my heart hurts. The kind of day where nothing makes sense and I struggle to care anymore. In counseling, I’m supposed to come up with things that I am good at in my life. All I can think of is this giant list of things I’ve failed at, moments I have missed, and tears I have cried. Somehow, I think if I turn that in the assignment has been failed. It is hard to think “positively” when you hate that word and all that is associated with it. Happy people make me want to drink until I do not know what universe I am in. I fucking hate people that have their life, their perfect grass, and their families together. Their phones ring with people at the other end that want to talk to them. People that care and are full of love. Why can’t I call heaven? I’m thinking of buying a fake phone and just pretend to call people. I’m so lonely in this world full of insignificant people. People that walk through you, laugh at you, use you, and ultimately leave you. I don’t just despise where I live, I despise life. Is it depression or reality talking? Not long ago, there was ANOTHER shooting at a church in Texas. There is no where safe to go to find peace anymore. No one trusts the person behind them to catch them if the fall. Whatever it is, this life breaks my heart.

 

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Slow Cooker Spinach Lasagna

Hey Yall! I made an amazing slow cooker spinach lasagna recipe that I hope you will enjoy! The ingredients are affordable and the process is easy. This recipe came from 12 Tomatoes and can be found here.  I cooked my slow cooker vegetarian lasagna on low for 4.5 hours and it turned out perfect.

As you can see from the above picture, I had a buggy full of ingredients earlier today. What was needed to make this spinach lasagna recipe was:

2 packages frozen spinach

2 cups of Italian cheese blend, grated

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for garnish

2 Jars of Alfredo Sauce

1 package of lasagna noodles 

The spinach lasagna recipe is located in the link above. I would highly recommend checking it out as it was so yummy! I also purchased Five Cheese Texas Toast which is super simple. You just spray a cookie sheet with some Pam or put down parchment paper to keep the toast from sticking. You then bake the toast at 425 for 20 minutes.

When your spinach lasagna recipe is done, it should look similar to the above picture. I love the crock pot because you can leave your ingredients in there and come back to a full cooked meal! My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this for dinner and said we would make it again. the next time we may try adding a few more things to it to experiment. Over all though, This was really yummy. I would highly recommend. Also, if you are a Vegetarian, this is a great lunch or dinner option for you! Have a wonderful night.

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Woodland Creature Ornaments

Hey Yall! I want to teach yall how to make woodland creature ornaments ! There are few things cuter than woodland creatures, don’t you agree?  They are found in decor for all different holidays at stores like Michaels. Today, I actually was at Michaels and became inspired to make a few woodland creature ornaments when I found some little wooden frames. Below are the things that I used for my craft.

The key with making ornaments is to just get creative. You can use ANY kind of scrap book paper that you want. I chose to use a red and green sparkly paper for my woodland creature ornaments.  I also used a sheet of woodland creatures to cut out for the center of my ornament.  Besides the paper I also had 2 wooden frames, hot glue gun, glue sticks, gold paint, sponge brush, scissors (I ended up using much smaller scissors to cut out animals) and a little dish for paint.

Using your sponge brush, give your frames a coat with your paint. You can use any color paint but I chose gold. After letting my frames dry for a few minutes I gave them a second coat of paint. It did not take long for each coat to dry. I would say from 10-15 mins! As you are waiting for your frames to dry you can cut out your little woodland creatures. I started with larger scissors but quickly realized for precision sake, I needed small scissors. All I had were finger nail scissors so I made it work!

Once your frames have dried you can start by turning them over onto the back of your scrapbook paper. I chose to use the back of my paper because the front was very sparkly and hard to trace on. You may not have too though if you have a print that is not sparkly. I traced the opening on my frame with a pencil and then cut the shape out. I cut the shape a little wider than the tracing so that it would overlap on the frame and I would have some paper to glue down.

Once you have traced your shapes and cup your paper, the next step is to hot glue the paper onto the frames. Make sure the front of the image that you want to show through your frame is facing forward. As opposed to hot gluing the paper I decided to hot glue four dots onto the back of the frame. One dot per side. Then I pressed the paper onto the frame. Once the glue dries you will be able to hot glue on your woodland creatures to the center of your paper. Be careful to not burn yourself as these animals are quite small. You should now have ornaments that look like this:

I added a red ribbon by threading it through the openings on the ornaments. I think it really added a nice touch. I hot glued the top of the ribbon together to make a loop.  I hope that you enjoyed making woodland creature ornaments with me! This woodland creature ornament craft is an original idea. You are more than welcome to share on any social media platform. Please link your post back to craftsandcamera.com. Look forward to seeing yall again soon with more DIYs !

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Pumpkin Pup Pops

Hey Yall! I have a healthy and delicious pumpkin pup pops recipe ! I Your dogs are going to absolutely love it and the good news is that it is easy to make. My dogs licked their lips as I mixed together the ingredients to this recipe for them. This recipe is from the BitzNGiggles blog which I encourage you to visit! The pictures below show you how the recipe turned out and how to make it. Enjoy and be sure to check out my YouTube video below if you would like to see my pups, Charlie and Daisy, up close as I make the recipe.

What you need to make pumpkin pup pops:

1 can 100% Pure Pumpkin

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used creamy)

1 cup Plain Yogurt

12 paper cups

12 rawhide sticks

I personally doubled everything as I ended up getting too much yogurt and pumpkin! I am sure my dogs are not going to complain haha.

How to make the pumpkin pup pops: 

I used very basic supplies to mix these ingredients together. It’s my goal  to make things extremely simple, as I am pro things being EASY.  All you need to do is get a bowl and a spoon or spatula. Mix together your yogurt, pumpkin, and peanut butter. You can use hand beaters I assume but it was so easy without them that I did not do that. The texture of your mixture should be pretty thick and smooth. This is good because it will help your raw hide sticks stand up in your paper cups.

Once you have mixed all your ingredients together take a smaller spoon and put about three spoonfuls into each paper cup. I filled up my paper cups to the top because I had so much pumpkin mixture (I did double the recipe though). This is the point where your dogs are literally going to be begging you to give them a taste!

As you fill up your paper cups with mixtures, place a raw hide stick in each one. It helps to have  a baking sheet to directly put the cups into.  This will assist you when you carry your popsicles to the freezer, as they will not fall over in the tray. Based off observation, I do think it takes a while for these popsicles to freeze and be ready for your pups.  My pops have been  in the freezer for a while now and they are still a bit soft. My recommendation is to freeze your pumpkin pup popsicles over night.

I can’t wait to see how my dogs enjoy them tomorrow!They got a  taste of the batter as I was preparing their pops and they LOVED it! If this is a success I will try baking them some cookies next. It is nice to make your dogs and cats treats because it lets you know exactly what is their food. Please click my YouTube video below to watch me actually make these pumpkin pup pops! I hope you and your pups enjoy! I did try the batter myself and found it to be pretty good!! Have a wonderful night and thank you for stopping by.

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