- Don’t throw out those old ornaments. Decorate them with seed beads, paint, spray flocking or even how about some mini gemstone chips….my version of this is pictured using round styrofoam balls, gemstone chips and sequins.
- Decorate some simple round ball ornaments with metallic paint pens. Write family member names, swirls or stars, add some rhinestones or glitter for some glitz.
- Make your own gift boxes or bags and use old wrapping paper, newspaper or even brown paper and them rubber stamp your design.
- Make a candy tree out of a foam form using pins and any small wrapped candy. Guests can just pick the candy off the tree. Be sure to have a dish near by for the pins and wrappers.
- Make your holiday table sparkle with white lights and some tulle as a runner.
- What about a jingle bell tree. Instead of using gemstones use bells and make your own jingle tree. This idea stolen from Dina as she makes wonderful jingle bell trees. Ha ha or should I say Ho Ho Ho
- Make a holiday mobile out of leftover simple ornaments. It will brighten any spot in the house.
- I know we have all made the paper chain garland, but how about taking it up a notch and use fancy double sided scrapbook paper and alternate each link with the other paper side.
- Another garland idea, use wrapped candy in various colors and staple the ends together to create a long strand, then just tape to the mantel.
- Make your own gift tags this year. Not so crafty, pick up some metal rimmed blank sale tags at the office supply store or cut out your own out of cardstock and embellish with rubberstamps or stickers. How about on the tag glue a picture of the person who is to receive the gift. This also makes a great keepsake.
- Make a memory board. You can make your own out of an old or new bulletin board or you can buy them at any craft store. Perfect to showcase special cards, photos, gift tags, show tickets or anything else you do special during the holidays.
- Who doesn’t like the gift of food for Christmas. How about these ideas, cookie in a jar, soup in a jar, chocolate covered pretzels, candy, cookies, caramel popcorn or how about some homemade jam or sweet bread. I know those are some of my favorites.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
1 lb hamburger
1 med. onion chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 pkg brown gravy mix
1 pkg (envelope) Ore Ida Instant Potatoes
1 16 oz frozen mixed veggies
1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
1/2 tsp Pepper or to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown hamburger meat in a large skillet, when it is almost finished add the chopped onions and garlic. Mix well. While browning hamburger, cook the gravy mix according to directions on the package. It should make around 1 cup.
Cook instant potatoes and set aside. I added about a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to mine, but this is completely optional. You could also use left over mashed potatoes.
Drain some of the grease off the hamburger then add the frozen veggies. Mix and cook for about 3 minutes. Add your salt and pepper and taste to make sure you don't need to add more.
In a 9 x 9 square pan add hamburger mixture. Pour prepared gravy on top and around mixture. Spoon prepared potatoes on top of hamburger, spreading it out as you go.
Cook for 30 minutes. Dish should be steaming and gravy should be boiling up around the edges.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I hope you enjoy Jo's passport cover.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
So, come join me in this new venture of discovery. I will still do my main blogging here, but wanted someplace to house all the great tutorials that I find and make and be able to easily share them. I'll be adding some great ideas and tutorials there soon, so get in on the ground floor. Also, I have no rules on this site except for no porno or disturbing photos or posts in the forum or blog. Let's keep it clean and informative.
Friday, October 16, 2009
If you like these cute little projects, let me know.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wouldn't these look cool with the Ouija board houses I posted about? HERE is that posting if you missed it.
Don't you just love Fall decorating?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I did say that my postings would be Fallish didn't I. Well this one could be or it could be a gift for the holidays. The colors of these are definately fall looking so I think I'm still in the ball park. Design Sponge has the tutorial for this great hand stitched eye glass case compliments of Kata Golda who also has a book out titled Kata Golda’s hand-stitched felt: 25 whimsical sewing projects. Who doesn't need another eye glass case for those readers or sunglasses that you throw around in your car, I know I am always misplacing mine. Check out the Design Sponge tutorial HERE. Now I'm off to find some felt.
Also, be sure to check out Kata's blog for some great ideas.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I thought I would change it up and bit and for the next couple of weeks all my posts will be about Fall and all the goodness that comes with it. That said, I found this great recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Latte that sounds yummy. I can't wait to try it and I have the canned pumpkin in my pantry. Check out The Kitchen's blog HERE. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
I posted about my origami booklets a while back, but I found this post on Art Mind on how to make a really little booklet out of scrap paper. Re-use those bits and pieces of paper from your computer printer or scrapbooking. I think her idea of creating them with your business card on top and then giving them as gifts is a great idea and wonderful marketing.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Well now that Fall is officially here, it is time to start thinking about the holidays. I know it seems early, but for crafters this is probably late. Here is a great video tutorial on how to make this tree gift tag. Lots of possibilities here with an Autumn theme or even a Winter theme. I can certainly see this made into a snowflake for holiday gift giving. But start now so you have time to make several. This video is by Patricia Zapata over at A Little Hut blog.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I've always wanted a wax seal for sending special letters or cards, but have never found a seal that I really liked. They were all so similar and blah, but now Rage Haus has written instructions for us to create our own seal out of a wooden dowel. Brilliant!! I already know I have all the supplies except for the sealing wax, but I'm sure I can find that at a craft store.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
These are quick and fun to make. I used MS Publisher to put text and images on mine, but yours could be blank, used as a small note pad inside a purse or car. You could even use it as a mini scrapbook. Please share how you would use your little booklet.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Have fun and head on over to Don't Eat the Paste for both of these patterns FRACTALS and GATE.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Finished Size: approximately 5” (13 cm) in diameter
- Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 190 yards / 4 oz)
- Crochet Hook K (6.5 mm)
Crochet Pattern: Bath Puff
Round 1: ch 3, 30 double crochet in third chain from hook, place marker
Round 2 - 3: 6 double crochet in each double crochet around
Finish off weaving end into bath puff.
Strap Row 1: chain 30, slip stitch in first ch made forming loop, attach to center of bath puff.
If you need some basic instructions on how to crochet, check out this site.
Enjoy, I'll post a pic of mine when I get it finished.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Livy, from A Field Journal has some of the most wonderful ideas for decorating at weddings and bridal showers and this paper lace is just beautiful and looks easy. You could also use it in a little girls room or to decorate in your home for a special occassion like anniversary or birthday. Whatever you choose, this would look stunning. Thanks Livy for sharing your ideas.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here are a few shows that showcase handcrafted art in Washington for July.
Kent Cornucopia Days - 7/9-12
Yakima Folklife Festival - 7/10-12
West Seattle Summer Fest - 7/10-12
Westport Kite Festival - 7/10-12
Puget Sound Bead Festival - 7/10-12
McCleary Bear Festival - 7/10-12
Pacific Days - 7/10-12
Hoquiam River Festival - 7/11
Ritzville, Blues, Brews & BBQ - 7/11
Art by the Bay, Camano Island - 7/11-12
Wedgewood Art Festival - 7/17
Raspberry Festival - 7/17-18
Battle Ground Harvest Days - 7/17-19
Bite of Seattle - 7/17-19
Darrington Bluegrass Festival - July 17-19
Sequim Lavendar Festival - July 17-19
SeaFair Indian Days Pow Wow - July 17-19
Art Walk & Wine Gala, Prosser - July 18
Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival - July 18-19
Art 2 Jazz Street Fair, Blaine - July 18
Sweet Onion Festival, Walla Walla - July 18-19
Birch Bay Discovery Days - July 18-19
Vashon Strawberry Festival - July 18-19
Spanaway Community Fair - July 18-19
San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair - July 18-19
Trout Lake Festival of the Arts - July 18-19
Mill Creek Festival - July 18-19
Kalama Community Fair - July 23-25
Camas Days - July 24-25
Art in the Park, Richmond, Wa - July 24-25
Enumclaw Street Fair - July 24-25
Sixth Street Fair, Bellevue - July 24-26
Arts in Action, Port Angeles - July 24-26
Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival - July 24-26
Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair - July 24-26
Lake Stevens Aquafest - July 24-26
Loganberry Festival, Greenbank - July 25-26
Alki Art Fair, Seattle - July 25-26
Ethnic Fest, Tacoma - July 25-26
Seattle/Westwood Summer Fest - July 26-28
Updated 7/9 @ 8:30 pm
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheets
Regular or decorative-edge scissors
2. Print tags on a Shrinky Dinks printable plastic sheet. Cut out with regular or decorative-edge scissors and punch a hole where indicated. Bake according to package instructions; let cool. Seal both sides with matte clear-coat spray before attaching to collar.
For more great ideas check out MarthaStewart.com.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Artsy Bulletin Boards
Use photos and a snippet from a letter written home to create artsy bulletin boards made from cork trivets.
From the magazine, Creative Kids
Iron-on transfer paper
Light-color cotton or cotton-blend fabric
1. Scan a photo and letter into your computer. Enlarge and crop them to fit the trivets. Print the images onto iron-on transfer paper. Iron the paper onto light-color cotton or cotton-blend fabric. (Dark fabrics require a special type of transfer paper.)
2. Use spray adhesive to affix the fabric to the cork, smoothing it and wrapping it neatly around to the back of the trivet.
Monday, June 22, 2009
What to do with sand, rocks, ocean water, and ticket stubs? Here's a clever solution kids will love.
From the magazine, Creative Kids
What You Need:
Spice rack and jars
Cloud-shape scrapbooking punch
1. Fill spice jars and create cute labels that tell what's what.
2. Use your computer to print words onto colored paper, punch out the words with a cloud-shape scrapbooking punch; affix the labels to the spice jars with spray adhesive.