When I received my BladeRunner x2 from Rockwell Tools I began thinking what I wanted to make with it first. I love making decorations for holidays or the seasons so I came up with this simple Shadow Box Forest for Winter. It was the perfect project to ease me into using power tools without my husband having to help me.

Shadow Box Forest by Organize and Decorate Everything

Rockwell Tools contacted me to review one of their products and I chose the BladeRunner x2. I received no other compensation. All opinions and experiences are my own.

If you follow me at all you know that my style has gotten rather simplistic. I decided to create a forest that was simple with clean lines to add to my already existing Winter decor. Follow the directions below if you would like to make your own forest.

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Here’s what you need:

Tray or piece of wood
Triangle trees
Green paint (at least 3 different shades)
White paint (optional)
Sponge brushes
Paint brush (optional)

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Start by measuring out the triangles to make the trees. I made all of mine different sizes, some are tall and skinny and some short and fat. The tallest is 7 1/2″ and the widest is 4 1/2″. Do what will work for your space or what looks good to you. I used scrap pieces of wood for this project.

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I was so excited to be able to use my new BladeRunner x2 for this project. I would normally use my miter saw but this was so much quicker and easier.

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I attached the shop vac to the saw to catch all the saw dust. It worked like magic to keep all the dust away from the blade so I could see my lines and it was really easy to attach.

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I love how fast I was able to cut the trees out. I decided to start with something simple since I’m not really skilled with a saw but this project was so easy that I can’t wait to make more projects for upcoming holidays. I have to say this tool really ROCKS! I had a great experience using it.

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I have a large collection of trays so I decided to use one of them for the shadow box. You can use any tray or simply use a flat piece of wood to hold the trees. If you use a piece of wood you will need to glue them in place, with a tray you can just set them in place.

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I cut out 7 trees and placed them in the tray in the arrangement I wanted. Once I knew where I wanted the trees I numbered them on the back, then I lightly sanded them.

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Then I was ready to paint. I wanted the wood grain to show through so I watered the paint down with water using a 1:1 ratio.

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I lightly painted each tree with only one coat of paint to see the wood grain. It is more like a colored stain now.

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I used paint I already had so that’s how I ended up with these colors. I really like how they look altogether. At this point you could add white dots using the bottom of a paint brush to represent snow. I decided not too but it would add more color and dimension if you decide too.

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I’m excited to take down my Christmas decorations and put up my decorations for Winter now.

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I’m finally sharing my Christmas Home Tour. I’m not sure if it’s better late than never in this case, but I’m sharing it anyway. Pretend I’m inviting you over for a pre-Christmas luncheon and take a quick look around. You won’t find a lot of extravagance in my decorating this year but I will show you how I decorated without spending a dime.

Christmas Home Tour 2014

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Snow Day #WishesDelivered by UPS

by leanneja on December 20, 2014 · 3 comments

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sometimes a wish isn’t a thing, it’s an experience. We have always put more value on having an experience rather than a lot of gifts in our family. An experience is something you will probably remember for the rest of your life where as you might not remember a gift you received after a few months. My goal is to create a lifetime of memories for my family.

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It’s that time of year again! Time to think about setting goals for the new year. And while this isn’t the only good time to set goals a new year always feels like a clean slate, so why not take advantage of that and set some Financial Goals for the New Year. I am by no means an expert in financial planning and have made many mistakes along the way but I have been married for 34 years and have 8 children so I do have a few things I think I am qualified to share. Also if you make it to the end of this post you will see much to my dismay that I have even more to share.

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Elves Food Groups Printable

by leanneja on December 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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Are you ready for another awesome printable? Printables are a fun and inexpensive way to add seasonal or holiday decor to any room. We love watching Christmas movies and seem to watch them earlier and earlier in the season every year. This season started out with ELF, but I’m sure we’ll watch it at least 4 more times. There are so many great quotes from this movie and since we make special treats this time of year I decided to make a Elves Food Groups printable.

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Handmade Kids Ornaments

by leanneja on December 16, 2014 · 1 comment

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is making new ornaments every year. This year we weren’t able to spend more than a few dollars on supplies so I was glad we were able to pick up everything we needed at Dollar General. I’m going to share with you some easy Handmade Kids Ornaments that only need minimal supervision.

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Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

December 16, 2014

I shared these cute Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments at U-Create a few weeks ago and thought it was time to share them here if you missed them. Since I change the theme and colors for our Christmas tree almost every year I love making quick, easy, and inexpensive ornaments to go on it. My colors are […]

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40+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

December 13, 2014

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your child’s teacher this Christmas? I have gathered together 40+ Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers from some of my favorite bloggers for your Christmas giving. There are so may great ideas here and many come with free printable tags. I know you’re going to be […]

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Healthy New Year Party – Party Contributor

December 11, 2014

I’m so happy when Anne comes to visit. She has the best ideas. Today she is sharing an awesome idea for a beginning of the new year party. Why not start the year off right and form a friendly group to encourage each other. Have a Healthy New Year Party to get you started on […]

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5 Quick and Easy Party Ideas and a Recipe

December 11, 2014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SOLO® Brand Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The holiday season is so fun and everyone wants to get together and celebrate, but with so much going on it’s often hard to pull off a full scale party. I have 5 ideas […]

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