It is not often that I ever do the same craft-like project, twice. But I’ve got a feeling that making glass tile pieces is going to be something I’ll be doing again, and again. I am so fond of the high quality feel of the finished pieces, the variety of styles that can be made, the multitude of purposes they can be made to be used for, and the fact that I simply enjoy making them for myself and as gifts for others. By knowing how to do the general process of making glass tile pieces, you will then have the ability to make all kinds of wonderful and customized things, such as jewelry necklace (bracelet or ring) pendants, decorative magnets, key chains, drink coaster sets, vehicle rear-view mirror hangings, home decor embellishments, and so much more.… Read More
The year of 2012 is coming to a close, and my-my-my, what an amazing and unpredictable year it has been for us! It truly taught us to have faith, and hold on for the ride! We are way excited for the coming new year of 2013, because we have some big (huge!) and exciting projects that we will be doing, documenting, and sharing, with you! In fact, many. But before we get to all of that, we thought it would be fun to just reflect on this past year, for which we are so grateful for. Both in regards to the blog, and ‘The Big Picture’ of our day to day family life. And THEN, have a little countdown of our most popular projects of the past year.… Read More
Thanksgiving is only days away. If you are still scrambling to add a little ‘fancy’ detail to your Thanksgiving table setting, here’s an idea for you. This idea is one I came up with for my own Thanksgiving table setting from last year that I never got a chance to share with you all. Our guests loved them, and hopefully you will too.
Turkey Placecard Holders
I think they are just simple, yet classy and beautiful looking. They are easy to make, and require minimal supplies. It’s so easy, there is no point in even showing you how to make them, when I can simply tell you in a few words:
I got a net bag of plain, natural pinecones at Michael’s Arts & Crafts. They are for crafting and decor.… Read More
Not long ago, I shared with you all the Customized Sketch Journals the kids and I made, and I mentioned in that post that the idea came to me while brainstorming a birthday gift for a special little someone else. I said that I would share more about that in a coming post. Well this post is about that special little someone, and the little birthday gift I made for her.
This is Julia, my Goddaughter. Feel free to tell me how beautiful she is. I’ll eat it up like her Mama. I took this photo of her, of course, but it’s a couple of years old. That just means that she’s a little bigger-beautiful now. She has a real creative soul, and in that way reminds me of myself at her age.… Read More
My little girl, ‘O’, is always in a crafty mood. Her name is Olivia, but we call her ‘O’ almost as much. She gets excited about any craft or project going on, and always (always) wants to help. So she and I were chatting one day, and had come up with the plan to make her some cute stretch jewelry, possibly using buttons of some sort. The next time we were in the craft store for other projects, we picked up the supplies for her jewelry too. It’s a simple project, with adorable results, and practical for little active girls, too.… Read More
Making this flower pot wind chime was a fun and simple project to do with my kids. I was really looking forward to hanging out with them and painting, and I knew I would also love seeing the wind chime in my gardens, where I had every intention of hanging it, when it was done.
While I think we kind of ‘made it our own’, this flower pot wind chime was not at all my idea. I have seen them so many times at crafty website now, and so many style-versions of it, that I’m not sure which style I saw first, or where!… Read More
Summer holds a whole lot of good things, and for us, it really kicks into high gear in the beginning of July, with back to back celebrating of the 4th of July, and our oldest daughter’s birthday! Then the summer rides out with a little more down time, just chilling on the beach, making day trips, and hanging out chatting and laughing around the camp fire at night. So about this time in June, we’re getting excited for all of the fun to come, just around the corner! The gardens are planted, we’re reaching the end of our school books, and we can just feel the summer vibe coming on the sea breeze!
What really gives me so much joy, is helping make my home and gardens, reflect the seasons and holidays! Around here, about mid-June through July, it is all about red, white and blue! Our family’s homestead is that much more enjoyable, with the little bits of decor I add, and it just puts the happy in my heart, to see it. But the greatest joy in it all for me, is planning and creating all of those little things around our home.… Read More
It seems to be somewhat easier, to come up with crafty ideas for my girls. But the other equal half of my kiddos, are boys! I know they get just as excited when I am making something for them, too. So I try to see what cool ideas I can come up with, that they’ll dig.
Something recently got me thinking about hardware. Hardware is just cool, and definitely boyish! With all the various sizes and shapes that it comes in, for all kinds of building and fix-it projects, I got brainstorming what cool projects I could come up with for my boys. In this post, I’m sharing some hardware jewelry and belts I made for them.… Read More
Have I told you that my main slr camera has been broken? It has, for awhile now, and I have to tell you…..I’ve been downright lost in living, without it. I’ve been holding off sending it in to Canon, because I’m just afraid of what the estimate to repair will be! It’s currently on the way to the Canon Hospital now. I only tell you all this, because, not having it has discouraged me lately from doing many crafts, photographing recipes I’ve made, etc. I’ve even postponed field trips with the kids! It’s just thrown me a little. Obviously, I do have another camera. My daughter’s G11 is a great camera, I can shoot manual, and all of that.… Read More
This crayon art thing that is happening….You know, the one that’s sweeping the nation? It’s been pinned to death, and it’s invaded Blogland, like there is tomorrow. And although I am never one to copy someone else’s ideas, or follow trends for the sake of everybody else doing it, I KNEW I was going to do this art-craft with my kids, the very-first-time I saw it.
Even at the risk, of being called ‘Copy Cats’.
(Sticks and stones may break our bones….)
So I picked up a 16″ x 20″ white canvas. I knew I was going to love this piece when it was done so I wanted it as big as I thought we could manage, without buying every store in town out of Crayolas. Oh yes!… Read More
This just may be the coolest and most fun craft, I have ever done with our kiddos. If that wasn’t awesome enough, it is super easy, and it doesn’t make a mess either!! I know, right? It’s perfect for kid’s birthday parties, scouts, camps, etc. Our kids didn’t want to stop. They even made a couple of shirts for their friends. But all of you mothers, as we show you how simple this project is,….think outside the box, for yourselves, or other projects, too. I am!
All you need is:
- some white t-shirts (in your sizes)
- sturdy plastic cups
- rubber bands
- bottled rubbing alcohol
- a (liquid) dropper
- and Sharpie Permanent Markers in colors!