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Crafting for the Holidays: Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite ways to mark the beginning of the Christmas season is to decorate my Christmas tree! While store-bought ornaments can be beautiful and make for a very polished tree, I love hand made ornaments the best. Making ornaments is a fun family activity, and can be a way to make some nice personalized ornaments for gifts.

Every year I make a variety of ornaments. My favorite style is to repurpose old wood (ie fallen tree branches) to make discs to paint. I’ve done this for several years. I tend to use whatever type of wood I have access to, my absolute favorite is when I can get some cedar! My dad had a huge old cedar tree fall in his yard, so I have him to cut me some slices for ornaments. Its such a rich beautiful color, and smells so good!

I also LOVE snowmen, so I’ve focused the art on my wood ornaments on portraying snowmen in a variety of scenes or multi-piece snowmen. I wood burn a design, then paint it with acrylic paint, and finally seal the ornaments. They have such a cute rustic look that I love!

Another fun way to make ornaments is using light weight wooden discs. You can add scrapbook paper to the discs, photographs, stickers, or painted designs. I’ve made a couple different types of wooden disc ornaments. The first set I made using printed images of my favorite band. I print the images or art work in a size that fits the disc, then cut it out and attache with Mod Podge. Finally I add a clear coat on top to seal it. Ornaments like this can be personalized with a favorite artist, tv show, or even printed family photos.

Photo Ornaments

Ornaments with pretty scrapbook paper backgrounds are great to personalize with a name or monogram. These make a nice gift that can fit in a greeting card, or be used as a gift tag!

Monogram Ornaments

The newest ornament design I’m doing this year is a chalkboard art style ornament. It’s got a simple black chalkboard background with a name or monogram and a simple decoration. These are cute and classic looking. I think they will make GREAT teacher gifts!

Chalk Board Style Ornaments

Shop for these ornaments and more at my Etsy Shop

If you are interested in a custom item, I’d love to hear from you!

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Crafting for the Holidays! Signs

this sign is on my mantle

I’m super excited that fall is finally here! Crisp cool evenings, campfires, and family are on my mind. I’m also thinking about crafting for the holidays!

Fall through Christmas time is probably my favorite time to make art to decorate my home. It’s also a time when I LOVE to make things to share with others as gifts or through my craft shop!

Throughout the next few weeks, I’m going to share what I’m working on, and share some ideas for some thoughtful personalized gifts that are easy on your wallet!

For me, crafting and making things is art therapy. When I get my materials out to sketch, paint, or make something, I’m able to set aside the hundreds of things running through my brain and totally focus on whatever it is I’m making. it allows me to be totally mindful and in the moment, paying attention to the feeling of my paintbrush smoothing on a bright swipe of paint or the scratch of my pencil on the sketch paper. When I’m making I can step away from the load of life and dwell in a place of possibility and beauty. For me this is a much needed escape.

Making rustic style wood signs is a favorite thing for me to make. I use reclaimed wood most of the time, making use of scrap material, pallet wood, or wood from old cabinets or furniture. I cut and assemble signs, or just cut block pieces and the refinish them to look weathered and aged before finally adding an image or phrase.

Take a look at photos of some of the wood signs I’ve made. Some of these are currently available for purchase in my shop, and I’m always happy to take requests for custom signs.

Wood signs make great personal gifts! Click on the shop tab to see what I currently have available, or send me a message to make a custom request!


Get back to school ready with a Trench themed printable planner!

Besides new colored pens, one other thing that gets me excited about back to school time is a fresh new planner. There’s tons of pretty planner you can buy, but they are either too expensive or don’t have the features in them that I need. So, for over 5 years now, I have been creating a custom planner for myself. Problems solved! Planner features that I need, reasonable price, and I can theme the planner however makes me happy.

This year I decided to theme a planner around my favorite band’s new album – Trench by Twenty One Pilots! I made 2 different versions to represent the theme of being a bandito and part of a special group who will always be by my side. The first design is a yellow daisy pattern inspired by the daisies in the “Jumpsuit” music video, and the second is a yellow plaid inspired by the new music video for “The Hype.”

Take a look at sample pages of my planner. I’ve made it available as a digital download printable file in my Etsy shop for just $12! Follow the links below to purchase and use coupon code CLIQUEFAMILY for 20% off your purchase!

Click for Planner- Trench Plaid

Click for Planner – Trench Daisy


What are ColorStreet Nail Polish Strips?

ColorStreet nail strips are 100% read nail polish that is about 95% dry. This is why it’s referred to as dry nail polish. The fact that it’s mostly dry makes it less messy to apply and much faster to dry, allowing you to do a professional looking DIY manicure in 10 to 15 minutes! Even better, you’ll be able to go about your day right after without waiting through drying time and trying to avoid messing up the polish!

10 Reasons I LOVE ColorStreet Nail Strips!

  1. They have so many beautiful colors and nail art designs!
  2. I can get a professional looking manicure in a fraction of the time of a salon manicure.
  3. I can get a professional looking manicure at a much cheaper price than a salon manicure – polish strip sets run for $11 to $14 dollars.
  4. ColorStreet Polish stays on my nails for 2 + weeks instead of chipping away on the first day of wear.
  5. ColorStreet polish hasn’t got a strong odor like most nail polishes.
  6. ColorStreet nail polish strips are 100% real nail polish with a base and top coat built in/
  7. Application of ColorStreet strips is a simple one step process – no special tools needed.
  8. ColorStreet polish can be removed with regular nail polish remover – no soaking in drying acetone and scrapring your nails!
  9. ColorStreets is made in the USA with globally patented technology.
  10. With ColorStreet there’s no dry time, smudges, or streaks.

To receive a catalog and/or a free sample of ColorStreet nail strips, sign up here: To learn more or shop ColorStreet, go to www.colorstreetcom/sallred .


Dry Polish Strips on Acrylic Nails

You might think that if you have acrylic nails that you can’t use ColorStreet dry nail polish strips. Not true! When I’m ready for a new manicure but it isn’t time for a fill yet, I put ColorStreet right on top of my acrylic nails. The strips work beautifully on the smooth surface, and I can go a little longer before I have to go back to the salon! Join my VIP Dry Polish Nails group to learn more about ColorStreet here:


Clique Art Giveaway!

I’m feeling sad that the Bandito Tour is over and I don’t have anymore shows to look forward to, so I’m gonna do a Clique Art giveaway in July!

To enter, follow @RockStarTchr and @sarahlallred on Twitter and retweet the post. To gain additional entries for the Grand Prize, enter each of the smaller weekly giveaways as well.

There will be one winner each week of the items listed below and the final week one grand prize winner will be selected from all the entries. You may enter to win once for the grand prize and then once for each weekly giveaway. Open to US and International. I will pay for shipping.

Good luck! I’m excited to share some of my art with my Frens!!!

Grand Prize Announced July 31

Week 1 Giveaway

Week 2 Giveaway

Week 3 Giveaway

Week 4 Giveaway

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How I Made It: Decorative Wood Blocks

Here’s another simple little upcycling project I just completed.  I used scrap pieces of wood from pallets and other projects and made them into cute little inspirational decorations with a rustic farmhouse feel.  Check out my photo story of how I made these.

I will have some of these available soon at The Craft Nook in Archdale, and would be thrilled to custom make a wood block for you.



How I Made It

How I Made It: Repurposed Pallet Wood Sign

Check out step by step how I made a rustic distressed wood sign in this photo tutorial!


Signs like this available in my shop on Etsy here:

and in The Craft Nook shop in Archdale, North Carolina.