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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Grave Decorations On A Budget

This year we needed to make the Christmas Decorations for the graves on a very tight budget.  While on Pinterest I seen pictures of decorated yule logs and thought maybe we could do something like that for Mom and Dad's grave.  We had logs but we couldn't find one that was right so we ended up using one that was split in half.  We went to my brothers and gathered pine boughs and cones. Our neighbor has a large holly bush so we asked her for a few sprigs of holly.

Our goal was to do it for ten dollars or under so we went to Walmart for floral wire, ribbon, and flowers.  If we had not splurged and bought a ready made bow we would have been under ten dollars.

Here is a picture of all the materials, we ended up not using the red ribbon in the picture. We found it impossible to work with so we splurged and bought a ready made bow.  We hate making bows and we found a pretty silver one that would tie in with some silver butterflies we already had.

We made the base by wiring the greenery to the log making a full base to add the flowers and other greenery to.

We added the flowers by sticking them under the wire to anchor them.  The pine cones and holly we just stuck down tight into the greenery.  We added the two butterflies we had bought a couple months ago instead of using a bow.

We sprayed some artificial snow on it which will probably get washed off when it rains.

We also made a swag and that is where we used the ready made bow.  We choose a silver bow to tie in with the silver butterflies.  To view how these look on the grave check out the post, A Merry Heavenly Christmas.

A Merry Heavenly Christmas

It is hard to believe we are only a couple weeks away from Christmas. Everyone is rushing to get everything done, there is shopping to be done, houses to clean, menu's to figure out,and food to prepare.  We all want everything to be perfect and nice.  Even with all there is to do we don't want to forget to wish our loved ones that are no longer with us, a Merry Heavenly Christmas.   Here at Three Gypsy Souls we had planned on making a beautiful Christmas arrangement for the top of Mom and Dads headstone.  We ordered the floral saddle from Ebay and we had figured it would take twenty-five to thirty dollars for the greenery and flowers.  It was going to be beautiful!

It seemed like everything that could happen did, causing us to be a little short on money this month. Now mom would be the first to tell us to forget about making fancy headstone decorations.  We thought we were just going to have to forgo decorating their graves for Christmas. This is our first Christmas without mom so this decision was difficult for us. 

While on Pinterest I saw a decorated yule log and my creative wheels started turning.  I thought, we have some logs, we can find some pine boughs at my brother’s place, and we can find pine cones in our backyard that have dropped off the neighbors trees.  My neighbor also has a huge holly tree and I know she will allow me to cut a few sprigs.  I also decided we could make a Christmas Swag to hang on the shepherds hook we have at the cemetery.  I figured we could do that without adding much more cost.  The only thing we had to buy was some floral wire, ribbon, and a silk poinsettia bush.

We went to Walmart and was able to get everything we needed for about $10.00.  If I had not bought a ready made ribbon our cost would have been lower. We gathered all the stuff we needed and got to work. We think they turned out even better than what we had originally planned. We like them so well we thought we would share them with you and also show you how we made them.

We were very happy with how they turned out.  We would love to hear other ideas for beautiful grave decorations to create on a budget. 

 To show how we created these arrangements we made a separate post, Christmas Grave Decorations On A Budget

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chandelier Barn Market

Baby It's Cold Outside!!! Winter has come to Southern Indiana, it is 32° and the weather forecast is calling for 3-5 inches of snow tonight through tomorrow morning. I for one am not ready for this early snowfall. Yesterday the cold did not stop us from attending the Chandelier Country Christmas at the Chandelier Barn Market in Montgomery Indiana.  It was a very nice market with great vendors. While we stood in line to get in we took a few pictures to share but be sure to visit their Facebook Page for more pictures.

As far as we know there are no other events like it in this area and we were very happy to have this in our neck of the woods.   We look forward to going to future events at the Chandelier Barn Market and wish for their continued success and growth!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

How To Place Images as Smart Objects and Create Clipping Masks in Photoshop and Free Blog Board Template

Hello friends! Today we have begun adding our new and improved photography storyboard templates to the Three Gypsy Souls Etsy Store. Our templates are designed with photographers in mind, and they are available for commercial use.

Our new and improved storyboard templates allow for easy placement of your photographs. These templates use the File > Place command to easily add photos directly into your template. Keep reading for detailed instructions.

To celebrate our new addition we are sharing this free blog board template with you, just click on the image to download.

How To Place Images as Smart Objects and Create Clipping Masks in Photoshop Using Our Storyboard Templates

Open one of Three Gypsy Souls’ templates in Adobe Photoshop.

In your layers palette, select the “img 1” layer. 

 Select your layer mask thumbnail and Ctrl + Click (on a PC) or Command + Click (on a Mac). 

You will now see the marching ants around your layer selection. From your menu bar select File > Place then select the folder where your images are located; select your image and press enter.  

      Your image will open in the center of your “img 1” layer. Adjust the size of your image by dragging from any corner of your photo. To maintain your photos proper proportions hold the shift key as you resize your image. Once you adjust your image to the proper size click Enter.

In your layers palette, select your image layer then right click and select Create Clipping Mask. Or use the shortcut, CTRL + ALT + G (on PC) Command +G (on Mac).

Your image is now clipped and fitted to the placeholder. You may move and resize your photo within the clipping mask as needed. 

Just follow these steps for each image you would like to add to your template.

Once you have placed all of your images exactly the way you want them to appear, save your document by going to File >Save As and save your file as a jpg. Your document is now ready to print!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas Wreath Ideas

I'm looking forward to the holiday season, and this year I plan on making my own holiday wreath. I have listed 10 great holiday wreath ideas, my favorites being the snowman wreath and the Christmas ball wreaths. Wreaths are great for indoor or outdoor decor, and there are so many interesting ideas for creating your own. Here are 10 of my favorite wreath ideas, but hundreds more can be found on pinterest.


Christmas decor. Wine cork wreath What you need: 12" straw wreath Glue gun Glue sticks (lots - I used 6 of the 10" long - high temp sticks). Wine Corks (I used 180 for this project). Vacuum (cause you are gonna need to clean up the straw) Twine or floral wire. 

diy ornament wreath 





Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial From My Front Porch To Yours 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

$5 and Under Christmas Gift Idea

Each year around Christmas I scour the Pinterest boards in search of unique Christmas gift ideas for my daughter's teacher. This year I found this simple yet amazing gift idea...a flashlight! I love this idea for two reasons:

#1. It is a useful item. I mean, who couldn't use a flashlight?
#2. It is very inexpensive! Lil Gypsy and I found the cutest mini LED flashlights at Lowe's Home Improvement store for $3.97 that we couldn't resist.

For this project, I found my inspiration here, and made it my own. First, I created my own saying, "Wishing you a bright holiday season!" Then, I attached the flashlight to my scrapbook paper by using a zip tie instead of glue dots.

And...ta-da, here is my Christmas gift for my dd teacher this year, and all for under $5.00!