DIY Lump of Coal

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With Christmas just 4 months away it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas.

We all know someone who deserves this one 😉

These little fake pieces of coal are fun and easy to make.

Cover a piece of paper with craft glue, scrunch it up and let it dry.

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If you’re planning on turning it into a necklace or earrings poke a hole through it using a darning needle then feed your head pin through the hole.  You can do this before or after it’s dry.

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*NOTE* I included links to a few helpful youtube videos below for making jewelry and a cute little gift box.

After the glue is dry, paint it black.  When that dries brush on some gold or silver metallic paint.   Wipe it off while the paint is still wet so you get just a slight sparkle.

If you add too much just go over it again with black paint.  You can also add some glitter if you want more sparkle.

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Snazz it up and wrap it up!!!

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make your own gift box  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czNH7kyt7ng

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how to tie an adjustable knot for a necklace  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnft-ewGbqQ

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how to make earrings  ➸  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl3Y8SkafEc

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Anyway 😉

Hobbits, Fairies & Mice

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Hobbits are described as members of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size, with hairy feet.  Fairies are generally described as human in appearance with magical powers and mice are small mammals with pointed snouts and little rounded ears.    Who wouldn’t want any one of these little critters living in their garden!?

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With a few pieces of scrap wood, a scroll saw and some paint you can have hobbits, fairies or mice living in your garden.

cut out a small door – 6″ high x 4 1/2″ wide

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cut 2 half circles out of wood for the bridge

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cut 2 1/2″ pieces of wood trim, glue and nail them on the half circles to make the bridge

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cut more 2 1/2″ pieces of trim to use for stairs

I painted some wood grain and a door frame on the door  and painted my hinges black with outdoor deco art patio paint

I used a little wooden bead for the door knob, painted it black and screwed it on.

I glued the wooden heart on the door with outdoor wood glue, then put 2 small drill holes through the heart and inserted fishing line so I could tie the door to a tree trunk.

I added a bit of brown paint to the stairs and bridge to make it look like wood grain then varnished all pieces with water based outdoor varnish.

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I gotta say it looks pretty darn cute at night with the garden lights on.  A little magic door for tiny little critters.

If you don’t feel like making your own but would love one in your garden they can be custom ordered in my etsy shop.

Anyway 😉

DIY Step ‘n Wash

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I’m not a professional woodworker but I do have fun with a few small tools.

I was able to make this stool for 1/4 of  the  price it would cost to buy one and it was pretty easy to make so I thought I would share.

Using a jigsaw cut 2 pieces out of your choice of wood into an “L” shape.  I used 2 pieces of pine shelving – 16″ x 36″ each

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Drill holes big enough to get your jigsaw blade through to cut out the handles.

Use the extra pieces from the sides for the steps. The 1st step is 7 1/2″ high and the top step is 15″ high.

Measure and drill 4 pilot holes for the screws on each step side and drill a bigger hole to countersink the screws and add wooden plugs to cover the screws.

how to countersink a wood screw here

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Sand all the edges and handles, then paint it or stain it.

To personalize it trace your pattern onto tracing paper then transfer it onto the stool using white or black graphite paper.

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Once the 1st side was painted I retraced it onto tracing paper and flipped it to do the other side.

I kept a picture on my phone and my computer to refer to while I painted the second side.

You could do your personalizing before you put it together which would make it easier to maneuver while you’re painting

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Lay the stool down on a piece of mdf , trace it and cut out for a back piece. Glue and nail it on.  I measured and added 2 front pieces under each step for extra support (optional).

I finished it off with a coat of outdoor water based varnish that will protect it from all the water splashes from little people climbing up to wash their hands, brush their teeth or help with the dishes etc 🙂

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❤❤❤ little miss independent ❤❤❤

Anyway 😉

Upcycled for Easter

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So you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged since October.  I’ve changed my mind about blogging about every little I make.   I’ve decided (for now) that I will probably only blog when I feel I have something good and crafty to share with you which is why I am here today.

This Easter Basket took me 30 minutes to make.  It’s pretty darn cute and it’s recycling plastic. Cans will work too.  All you need is a glue gun, some quilt batting (optional) and some material and the possibilities are endless.  You can use ice cream, margarine, yogurt, salad containers, coffee cans etc!!!

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add a big bow on the front or two little bows on the handles and you have yourself a cute little basket!

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anyway 😉

Draw Something

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Today is the day we will shower my daughter with gifts for my grandson.  I’m pretty excited.  We’ve rented the town hall and are expecting 40 people.  Should be fun.

I’ve been busy making some decorations, games and prizes and painting him a little suitcase so he can pack up and come hang out with gramma whenever he wants!!!

Are you familiar with the game Draw Something?  It’s a mobile drawing and guessing game.  For a while my family was hooked on it.  We were constantly sending pictures back and forth.  On May 4th we were all together celebrating my husbands birthday. Dinner, cake and ice cream was over with and we were all sitting in the same room  playing  Draw Something on our iphones and ipads.  Everyone was doing their own thing, drawing their pictures and not really paying attention to each other.  My husband who was drawing a picture for my daughter got the word pregnant so he drew his picture and sent it to her while the rest of us were busy with our own drawings.    Then…  this picture pops up on all our phones with a message that says “so we have some exciting news”

My daughter had just found out she was a pregnant. They didn’t plan on telling anyone so soon but when she got this picture to guess from her dad she whispered to her husband, showed him the picture and they figured the timing couldn’t be more perfect so they shared their news with us on grampa’s birthday.  Best present ever!!!

I guess it’s a sign of the times when you find out you’re going to be grandparents via social networking.  Needless to say, the room went crazy!!!   This work of art grampa drew is gonna be in this kids life forever.  Good thing it’s a beauty 😉

I figured I’d keep our Draw Something theme going to announce our good news to my family and friends.

And so the fun begins.

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the shower decorations…

I picked up these frames from the dollar store and painted the white mat with my acrylic paint.

Can’t have a baby shower without a diaper cake.

Have you seen what people are making out of diapers these days?  There’s some amazing creations.

I chose to try a diaper tricycle because I knew I wanted a bear with a fishing rod on it.

Check out that adorable fishing rod.  My plan was to use a stick and a string so I was pretty excited when I found this real one.

Now for our little secret … I discovered when I got home that this adorable little fishing rod is actually a limited edition bbq lighter.  Oops … way to go gramma!!!  O well, my son in law, who loves to fish also loves to bbq so it’s a win win.   eek 😉

This is the smallest blanket I’ve ever crocheted. Good thing it’s for a baby!!!

Had to make these tissue pompoms because they’re so pretty. I’m not sure where we’re going to hang them. The ceiling in the hall is a tad high.

These are some game prizes…

And these are a few things I made for my nieces new baby girl, Frankie Lee, who I am hoping to meet for the first time at the shower.  A tutu with a matching headband and some fancy shoes,

a little collage with her name in it.  Such a cute name!!! Her grampa’s middle name is Frank and her gramma’s middle name is Lee
and a stool.

And this is what I’m capable of when I get busy.  iyiyi!!!  It’s all cleaned up now ready for my Christmas madness.

Anyway 😉

Fall / Thanksgiving / Baby Shower / Halloween

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= busy! Another month over so soon!!! Seems like since I’ve been blogging the months are going even faster.

September was a busy month but not as busy as October is going to be with Thanksgiving next weekend and the baby shower the following weekend.  Needless to say I’ve been hanging out in my cave a wee bit.  Good thing it’s my favourite place to hang out 🙂

I made 60 of these shower favours.  I don’t think there’ll be that many people at the shower but I’d rather have more than not enough.  I was so happy to get them done.  I filled them with candy.  I couldn’t find a variety of candy in blue wrappers so I wrapped alot of them myself in silver paper, overtop of the original candy wrapper. Once I got the knack I was like a candy wrapping machine.  It was pretty monotonous but worth it I think. I’m looking forward to seeing them all on the table at the shower.

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These were my Etsy orders.

My customer wanted quotes on one side of these bulbs and names on the other.  I wasn’t sure the quotes would fit but they did. It was hard to get a good picture but they turned out really cute.

The rainbow door knocker is something new I added to my shop.

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This glass block night light was a gift for a sweet little girl on her 1st birthday. I etched the front of the block to give it a frosted look, drilled a hole in the back with my glass drill bit,  added 2 sets of battery operated christmas lights and some strips of tulle inside the block to help keep the lights separated. I added velcro to the back of the light and to the battery packs to hold them on.

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This weekend I started to get ready for Thanksgiving, Fall and Halloween.

I added some berries to my glasses

and I got my Fall decorating done outside.

My wreath needed a little updating so I sprayed it with some gold glitter and added some varnish spray and then glued the scarecrow on that I took off an old decoration.   He’s cute just sittin’ there chillin’.

I varnished my pumpkins with gloss varnish so they’re nice and shiny and decorated them with some black vinyl words and dots.

I made this fall tree a few years ago.  It was a green tree but a lot of the branches had fallen off so I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of fall leaf branches, plucked the old green ones off the tree and replaced them with the fall ones.  I picked up some orange lights from Party Packagers and there she is looking like she’s on fire 😉 I love it! A beautiful fall tree that the leaves don’t fall off of 🙂

Anyway 😉

It’s A Boy

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We found out this month that our 1st granbaby coming in December is “A BOY”.  We have 3 daughters so you can imagine how happy and excited we are about this news. Grampa is thrilled and already checking out little golf clubs. I’m starting to plan a baby shower in October and have a few projects on the go.  I decorated some water bottles using washi tape and vinyl letters.  I think they’ll work in a bucket of ice.

The coloured glasses below were an Etsy order.

I thought they would make good baby shower favours filled with candy so I’ve been busy making more

and I’ve been snazzin’ up a few onesies and painting up some clothes pegs for some shower decorating.

This baby stuff is FUN!!!  I can’t wait to be a gramma 🙂

These were Etsy orders for some wood letters and door knockers.

and that’s a wrap for August!

Anyway 😉

DIY Styrofoam Yard Displays

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Start by sketching on a piece of paper whatever you want to cut out of your styrofoam.

Once you get your pattern done you can either freehand it lightly  or project it onto the styrofoam.

As long as you don’t press too hard while sketching you can cover up any mistakes with a light sanding and paint.

When you’re happy with your pattern cut it out with an exacto knife.  This is easy but messy. After you have it cut out you’ll need to sand the edges with sandpaper to remove all the little loose pieces,  just when you thought it couldn’t get messier 😉

If you’re sweeping, rather than vacuuming it helps to spray a little water on the broom and the floor to help sweep up the all the staticy little pieces of styrofoam.

Now for the fun part… painting!!!  Styrofoam is one of my favourite surfaces to paint on. It’s so easy to blend and float paint on.  I used regular Deco Art paints for mine and they’ve been fine outdoors in wind, rain & snow.

After you’re done painting, glue a piece of wood to the back with an all weather glue, screw a smaller piece of wood to the bottom with a hole drilled in it so you can stake your display in the ground.

You can also add a small screw to the wood near the top.   Then you can tie fishing line to the screw so you can tie the display to a fence or railing for added security from the wind.

Hopefully it’s awhile yet before we see this white stuff!!!

Summer Vacation

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Is “the best”!!!

I’m just finishing up 2 weeks vacation.  Ridiculous how fast days off fly by 😦  I’m not too bummed about going back to work Tuesday because I’m only back for 9 days then off again for 2 more weeks 🙂 It’s so nice to have the time to chase butterflies!!!

I thought I would be so productive in my craft cave while I was off work but not so much.  The weather was too nice not too enjoy so I packed up and headed to my sisters cottage for some beautiful relaxing days on the lake and some fun, quality family time. My kids rented a cottage on an island nearby so we went to visit them. We just got to the island and a wicked storm blew in suddenly, lasted about 2 hours and was really quite awesome to watch since no damage was done. My daughter took this picture of the amazing and beautiful sunset after the storm.

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The calm after the storm.

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I did get a few things done in July.  I made the chalkboard door sign for my nieces baby Sam and I had a few Etsy orders;

1 Puerto Backyarda sign

2 Margaritaville signs

a garage sign

and some bulbs

and after many attempts I conquered these booties.   I bought the pattern from Bonita Patterns on Etsy.  I’ve only ever crocheted blankets before  so I found it a little hard to read the pattern and figure out where I left off and my stitch counts but once I did catch on they were quite easy to make.  So cute!!!

Anyway 😉

Chalkboard Door Sign Tutorial

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1) cut your wood to the size you want your sign to be.  home depot and lowes will cut wood for you if you don’t have your own saw.

2) tape the edges using painters tape. paint inside the tape with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint. sand lightly between coats with fine sandpaper.

3) remove the tape and paint the border with any colour and or pattern you like. I used deco art americana paint.

4) I used word art on my computer for the letters and transferred them onto the wood using graphite paper available here and at most craft stores.

5) paint the letters and use the same method as above to add any pictures you want on your sign.

6) you can either use eyelet screws or drill holes through the wood to add wire, rope, chain or ribbon to hang the sign.  I drilled holes and used wire for this sign and added beads to the wire.  I also painted and glued on a little piece of wood trim to hold the chalk.   I used PL premium glue.  It’s tough stuff.

Anyway 😉