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From Our Gnome to Yours- Dollar Tree Inspired

If you are in love with ever popular gnomes, join the club. These mystical woodland creatures and they love to be shared. What better way than through handmade greeting cards. But where can you find a ton of gnome images to work with AND at a cheap price? Look no further than your local Dollar Tree. While this video is not on card making, we’ve shared some of ours.

Love to see and share yours projects using these gnomes



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Kadence Ukuleles Reviews – Bargain Prices

This brand is particularly easy on the wallet, which may explain why I have 3 of them. Or it may just be my UAD aka Ukulele Acquisition Disorder.

Just because that are cheap does not mean they are junk – rather they are value priced. If you are looking for quality finish, look elsewhere. If you are a beginner, these are have a nice sound and are easy to play due to their low action. This is great for beginners as well people with limited hand strength as not much pressure is required to make chords. If you like to take a ukulele with you – I take one everywhere – these are a good deal as you don’t need to worry about bumps and dings because at their price-point you could just replace the instrument.

None of mine arrived with set-up issues nor sharp frets. All three are concert sized. The Kadence logo on the head stock looks like vinyl stickers and unfortunately cheapens the overall appearance. Each on came with a case which is quite flimsy and basically a dust cover. If you play a lot, they won’t have time to collect dust. Each has 14 frets on the neck plus 4 more on the body for a total of 18 frets. There are fret markers on the fingerboard at 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15 but no side markers.

Let’s start with my less favorite and then move to middle one and then to my favorite of this bunch.

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.

Spruce wood

This one is advertised as having a spruce wood top. It appears to be pressed wood with a spruce colored paint job. This sound hole is not cut well and is rough and jagged. There is a tastefully simple rosette around the sound hole. The black trim and fret board are painted black as I can see some minor paint drips. The back is quite pretty. Most of the finish issues are only seen upon close inspection.

The sound is decent and better than expected. I am happy overall with it.

Would I buy it again? Probably not. I bought it because of it’s low price and while I do not regret my purchase, I think the next 2 are a better deal.

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Both of these next two ukes have the electric option which works fine. The only complaint I have is that they use a 9-volt battery which adds unneeded weight to the instruments. Pictures/Videos coming soon.


Ash Top – Walnut Back


I selected this one for the ash walnut wood combination. The finish is so much better on this model. It has the same sound hole decal but the hole is well cut and no jagged edges. I did not find any paint drips either. The walnut back is very nice. The ash top has one arc shaped area where it appeared to be over sanded and thus it is missing continuity of of grain. I was able to draw in the grain with sharpies and pencils.

I love the low action and the sound of this one. It also has impressive sustain.

Would I buy it again? Yes. I bought it because of it’s low price and wood combination.

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Solid Spruce Top – Rosewood Back

This one features a solid spruce and a laminated rosewood back for stunning contrast. To get a solid top at this price is pretty much unheard off. The is white binding and the fret board is also bound. The head-stock has a crown shape. Two strap buttons are included – one on the body tail and the other on the bottom side of the neck. The sound hole has an etched design. The bridge is different than advertised. It is a pin style bridge as opposed to the typical tied on style. The are actually zero finish issues on this one.

Long sustain and low action plus good tone makes this one a winner.

Would I buy it again? Definitively yes. Solid wood top, great sound and at this price…what’s not to love!

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Stay tuned as I will be adding videos and pictures soon.

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Beautiful Homemade Porcelain Ornaments

You can create some simple yet stunning porcelain like ornaments made form homemade clay. You likely already have everything you need on hand. Plus I will share some extra tips for success. Come along and join me.

To make your clay you will need 16 oz bottle of white glue – I used Elmer’s glue, 1 cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of mineral oil. Mineral oil works well to keep the clay nice and bright white.

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Stir the ingredients to mix them in a cooking pan. Cook on stove top on low while constantly stirring until it forms dough similar to mashed bread.

Remove it from heat. Once dough is cool enough to handle, knead the dough until smooth. Split off working size piece of dough and put remaining piece in container, cover with plastic wrap and add lid. You don’t want to let dough dry out.

Roll dough out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches thickness. Cut out shape with cookie cutter. Then press dough onto decorative textures surface such as cut glass. If you like you can reverse the order of these last two steps.

Tip: Larger ornaments are more subject to warping. Keep reading to see how to correct warping.

Use a straw to cut hanging hole for your ornament. Be careful not to cut hole too close to the edge of the ornament.

Knead and roll-out scrap dough. Then create more ornaments.

Tip: Cracks will NOT heal so make sure dough is smooth.

Get creative with your shapes and cookie cutters. A biscuit cutter can work well. Cans are often too large and lead toward warping. Narrow glass jars are on option.

Tip: Look for creative ways to use what you have.

Looking at things from a different prospective can have some unexpected yet innovative results. For instance, I wanted to make a dove but did not have a cookie cutter to make one. However, I did have a ghost cookie cutter. I cut out my dough, turned in over so the ghost face was on the back, turn the design 90 degrees and VIOLA! I have a beautiful dove.

Lay out your ornaments on a flat surface on their backs to dry for a few days. There will be some shrinkage. If you see some warping during drying, flip them over. Just make sure any textures you have created is hard enough to withstand the flipping. Do not use any weigh on the ornaments as it will impair them from drying and can ruin the details of a design.

Tip: Use your microwave to correct warping.

Put a glass of water in microwave and heat until the water is steamy. Add one ornament to the microwave with the steamy water and heat checking every few seconds until the ornament is pliable enough to reshape it. Once flattened, place on heavy object on top until it dries again. Use a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper between object and ornament to prevent them from sticking. This trick is not a 100% but certainly worth a try.

Tip: Use an emery board to sand any rough edges.

Only thing left to do is add a hanger, hang them up and Enjoy!

MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Christmas · Holiday · Paper Crafts

Last Minute Gift Tags – 8 Fresh Ideas

You’ve got your favorite Christmas music playing and you are happily wrapping those holidays presents when oh no! you run of gift tags?!

Here’s what to do!

8 ideas to save you from running to the store for gift tags. You’ll save money & recycle too!

These ideas are great as you can use what you have and likely were going to throw out in the trash anyways. Yup, you get to recycle too! If it’s bows you’re out of see our solution for that at the bottom on this page.

Materials? Those Christmas greeting cards or scrap card stock and some scissors. Check out of all the ideas.

Does it have a pretty design? Simply cut it out!

Got decorative scissors? Fancy edges will take your design up a few notches.

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We bet you have stickers! The kids will love to join the fun with this one.

How about paper punches? Don’t forget you can get two for one by gluing the punch out to a tag AND backing the hole cut out with contrasting paper.

Rubber stamps are always fun. A simple outline, color them in, emboss them ….what suits your desire and schedule.

Adding a hole with a regular hole punch and adding twisted two color string or a festive ribbon not only gives it pizzazz but a professional flare as well.

This post is dedicated to Mom who is the source of many of our inspirations. She designed and made every one of these tags.

Easy up-cycled bow for gift package

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Give the Ultimate Holiday Gift, The Gift of Music, a Ukulele

Whether your a seasoned player, a beginner, a want-a-be, or your child is interest in playing, we picked out a great ukulele. One of the most important things is to start with a good instrument as it is frustrating when an instrument won’t stay in tune or has other issues. Everybody wants to have success at playing and make beautiful music.

How come ukuleles make a great gifts? They are almost magically. For a child, it can a hobby that lasts and is never outgrown. They say as we age we should learn new things. This makes a ukulele an ageless gift. Ukuleles are little and relatively small in both size and price, yet they can bring joy that endures a lifetime.

You wondering why with a recommend a this Flight Salamander Ukulele? Sweet sound, great looks and durability at a good price to boot.

The majority of this instrument is made from ABS. What is that? Well it is plastic. This is Flight’s specialty and they don’t apologize for it not should they. Because is has an ABS body, neck, and fret board it is durable and not subject to changes in humidity which can wreak havoc on wood instruments. These two factors make it perfect for travel. We take ours everywhere. Another advantage is that because it is molded plastic you get consistently good instrument every time.

Features

The top is a walnut laminate that is not only a beautiful wood to look but also has bright tone- some says as bright as Koa. Koa is considered the best as it is the authentic wood of Hawaiian ukuleles. The sound hole features salamanders.

The body is arched which gives lets the sound resonate freely and have more volume than most other ukuleles of the same size. The body has a nice texture to it making it easy to grip. There is even a strap button.

Since the neck is ABS, it won’t warp with the weather. The finger board has a nice faux wood grain. The frets will never be sharp.

The zero fret and bridge construction give this ukulele a low action. A low action means the players doesn’t need to press hard making it perfect for the beginner and those whose hands find higher actions difficult to play due to finger strength. The construction keeps the tone consistent as well.

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.
MainelyDIY Full Disclosure · Christmas · Cricut · Gnomes · Holiday · Paper Crafts

3 Jovial Elfish Jester Gnomes

Gnomes are often known as the Guardian of Treasures. So what secret treasures are these Jester Gnomes the keeping? The answer is of course your smile! With their curled toed shoes, these little elves are sure to tickle every one they meet.

Make excellent gift tags and ornaments.

Why not add some to your holiday greeting cards? Or send along the cut shapes and let your recipients mix and match pieces to create their own Jester Gnomes – a great way to share the love of crafting.

Endless design combinations.

To use our svg files:

  • Download and upzip the files (available below).
  • Upload them to your Cricut Design Space (or similar software specific to your machine.)
  • Resize to desired size. We made ours 4″ tall.
  • Make a duplicate of the shapes and mirror image the duplicate copy.

Get our svg file here. They are $1.50 each or all three designs for $3.00

Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains both pdf and svg file formats. Cost is $1.50 USD

Wonky Jester Gnome Duo delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Fat Hat Jester Gnome delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file format. Cost is $1.50 USD

Jester Gnome Set delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains svg file formats Cost is $3.00 USD

A free printable pdf template for Jester Gnome is available in our

Pdf includes both red and green bodies. Print it and hand cut the designs.

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.

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Dirty Little Gnome Stars In Best Buddies Gone Bad

These two were close buddies and the best of friends. That was until the Dirty Little Gnome decided to snatch Dirty Little Santa’s body! Gnome was so ashamed that he crawled up inside Santa’s body and hid there disguised as a hat.

Well enough for that wild tale!

Oh be to to see the upgrades.

Buddies gone bad.

Looking for a SVG cutting file for both dirty little gnomes?

Dirty Santa Gnome Duo delivered via email as a zip file. The zip file contains both pdf and svg file formats. Cost is $1.50 USD

A free pdf template for Dirty Little Santa Gnome is available in our

Dirty Little Santa Gnome



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Dirty Little Santa Gnome

You’d be dirty too, if you went down people’s chimneys. While this fun little guy is a Santa Claus he could be a gnome for any season when dressed in other colors. If you don’t like the dirty look, you can easily choose a whiter color for his beard.

Check out our library for a FREE printable pdf. The pattern is in color so you can print on white card stock and cut the pieces out or print out a paper pattern to be used over and over. We recommend using a small punch at the top out Santa’s hat for hanging. Alternately you could sandwich a string between the front and an added body blank adhered to the back. Better yet why not make him double sided? One clean and the other dirty! Just remember to mirror image the pieces on the back side.

Want a SVG cutting file?

Not only will a cut file be available for the Dirty Santa Gnome, there will be a bonus gnome design. Plus learn how to upgrade them both.

Dirty Little Gnome stars in Buddies Gone Bad

Dirty Little Gnome Stars In Best Buddies Gone Bad

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OFF and ON Quick Tip

You might think it is easy to figure out whether a value is closed (off) or open (on) but sometimes it’s just not. We spent some time surfing the web – actually quite a bit of time, assuming we would easily find a guide on this subject…Yet we did not find a single one! Our short little video answers this question for you.

Bonus Tip: Is your kitchen faucet drippings?

Try turning the handle to dead center. This action will turn this type of valve off and may just solve your problem.

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Soft Elastic Free Mask Ear Loops

Did you run out of elastic? Or worse yet are your ears sore from the elastic ear loops on your mask?! These are the exact reason we came up with this simple alternative and have incorporated them into our Anti-Fog Mask design. Beyond the fact that these ear loops are comfortable for hours on end, they are also made from recycled materials you are sure to have on hand. It is a Win-Win situation.

Be sure to check out all our mask design and material information.

Mask Know How – Science & Tips to get the most benefit

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