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Leaf Orb Decor and WINNERS!

First, let me announce the winners of the book thong giveaway and the Etsy gift certificate! Winners have 48 hours to e-mail me or a new winner will be announced.

Swarovski crystal cupcake book thong winner: The Loops
The winning entry was "I posted about your giveaway on my blog! I'd lve it if you followed me!"

$10 gift certificate to my Etsy store: Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman
The winning entry was "Let's see...I am following the blog, I am following you on blogfrog, I am following you on twitter, I liked you on facebook... ;)
My 9yo loves the silver wolf charm book thong, while I prefer the one w the cross on it.
Thank you for sharing your lovely work."

Congrats and be sure to e-mail me at!

Another great giveaway alert! Click HERE for a giveaway ending 10/18 at midnight!

Now, onto a another creative craft idea for fall!
Decorative Orbs are by no means a new thing, and I have had some around my house for a while. I decided to create my own seasonal orbs with some leftovers from my stash. I used two things for the base. First, I had some store bought orbs that I did not care for. They had been plucked from the group long ago, before the rest were displayed in the living room. I also used some styrofoam balls that I had picked up on clearance one day.

You may remember my fall centerpiece that I did last month. The big red flowers in that originally had leaves on the stems, which I removed. This was my chance to put them to use, as well as some other faux leaves I had kept for a rainy day.

I glued them on one by one, until they completely covered the orb, overlapping sloppily to give it the look of a pile of leaves. I added some greenery to the smaller orbs, just for a extra splash of color. Here are a few of the finished pieces!

Styrofoam balls: $2.00
Leaves: on hand

Total cost: $2.00
Decorative orbs in store: $9.99 EACH

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Leaf Orb Decor and WINNERS! + make it yourself