Flower arrangement tutorial: SIMPLE FLOWER + TEAPOT CENTERPIECE

 Flower arrangement tutorial: SIMPLE FLOWER + TEAPOT CENTERPIECE
With only a few simple supplies and some affordable blooms you can create a sweet teapot centerpiece that will look like it took you loads more time and effort that it really did.

Free Crochet Patterns: Colored Pencils for kids


Free Crochet Patterns: Colored Pencils for kids
Here is a quick and easy pattern for a cute little amigurumi pencil. Enjoy!

Materials:
- crochet hook size E/4 - 3.5 mm
- worsted weight acrylic yarn in pink, light grey, hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple and beige
- black embroidery floss or black yarn split down to 2 ply
- stuffing
- needle
- 6mm black safety eyes

Paper crafts for wedding: FREE TEMPLATE Wedding Card!

  Paper crafts for wedding: FREE TEMPLATE Wedding Card!I made this card for the Late Night Stampers "Bring on the Bling" Challenge! It's hard to see how shiny this is but the dazzling diamonds really sparkle!
As long as I was doing it I figured I would make the template to share with you guys! This is huge for me because that means I had to actually think about what I was doing first instead of just cutting as I go!

Unique toys for kids: Pipe Cleaner Animals tutorial


Elephant, Frog, and Bird Pipe Cleaner Animals
Supplies: Pipe Cleaners, Crazy Eyes, glue

Frog: First coil a green pipe cleaner loosely around a pencil. Fold another one in half and then bend back the two ends.

Bunny for Easter: PomPom Bunny DIY

This cute easter project is really easy to make and sooooo fun! I’ll show you how:

Craft lessons: Waldorf Finger Knitted Flowers, video tutorial

Fingerknitted Flowers

One thing I would love to have in my house is live plants or better yet, fresh flowers, but with two kitties it's just not an option. So, I had to improvise...

A bouquet of cat and kid friendly, all natural, homemade flowers. I found a video tutorial
They were quick and easy to make - I simply fingerknitted the flowers and sewed them onto the branches from our wool tree.

Unique jewelry making: Paperclip earrings tutorial



Unique jewelry making: Paperclip earrings tutorial

Long time ago I sow interesting handmade earrings. They were made out of paperclips. They looked really pretty. It wasn't like that I would weare office supplies. I decided that they are "must make", but, eventually, I completely forgot on them. Few days ago I tumbled on them again. This time, I didn't gave them time to disapire. I hope that you like my version.

Craft fashion for kids: rainbow shirt tutorial


Craft fashion for kids: rainbow shirt tutorial
i drew out a pattern,

Unique Gifts presents: Mr. Bunny, amirugumi crochet patterns



Unique Gifts presents: Mr. Bunny, amirugumi crochet patterns

Heart and Food gifts: Mini-Mozzarella Chicks & Cherry Tomato Skewers

 Carving duck and heart tutorial


Autumn Leaves for a spring baby: knitting patterns and tutorial

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Autumn Leaves for a spring baby: knitting patterns and tutorial

I came across a mysterious tweedy wool with all the colors of Fall, and loved it. Though of course the leaves on the yoke could easily be spring green or even flower petals.

Don’t be dismayed by the number of rows in this pattern—it’s actually very intuitive.  And now, thanks to the spectacular efforts of Lily Ryan, we have a chart!

Sizes:
6-9 months, 9-12 months, (12-15 months)

Materials:
200, 250, (300) yards DK, DK or worsted weight depending on how tight you like your weave, (worsted weight) wool.
US 5 20-in circular needle, US 7, (US 9)
Tapestry needle
4 stitch markers
6, 7, (8) buttons

Paper crafts for gifts: Heart Punch 3 D Flower Tutorial


 
Paper crafts for gifts: Heart Punch 3 D Flower Tutorial
This large 3 D flower is made by sticking hearts together.
Materials required
Hearts 16
Heart Punch
Glue

Flower gifts: Halloween Lollipop Trees tutorial


  Flower gifts:  Halloween Lollipop Trees tutorial
These lollipop trees were so fun to make and SIMPLE! Whip up one or two, or THREE for your family in no time...they would be fun for so many occasions!

Beau tiful paper flowers: DIY Pomander "Kissing Balls"

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As promised, I have another project to share with you today from the recent makeover of our daughter’s room.  I hope you are not getting tired of all the decorative kissing balls {like these tissue paper rosettes and the felt kissing balls} that I have been sharing lately.  With Valentine’s Day and three daughters…well, that explains it…right?
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Beautiful and easy handmade cards: Stitched Valentine's Cards


It's almost Valentine's Day!

Beautiful and easy handmade cards: Stitched Valentine's Cards
Who wants to make some super cute and easy Valentine's?

Paper crafts for kids: Paper Purse tutorial

Paper Purse  Paper Purse
In this class I will show you how simple it is to turn a single sheet of patterned paper into an adorable little purse!  These purses make cute accents to your scrap area and can also be used as gift or party favor bags, notecard holders, etc.
 
Example using Chatterbox paper
Variations to try:  You can use a sheet of 6x6 paper instead of 12x12 to make a mini purse. 
You can also use two patterned papers, as you'll see I did in the example.  Simply substitute the second paper for the 6x4" section to make the sides. 

Craft hair accessories: The Hair Bow tutorial


Craft hair accessories: The Hair Bow tutorial

Hello, all of my blog friends! Guess what? My weekend has had an early start! Yes, there are definite perks to working at a Christian college. Good Friday, here I come.

I have been seriously lacking in creative projects recently, so I decided that in honor of my new niece I would share one of my absolute favorite crafts to make: hair bows.

So....here are the simple steps to making adorable, professional looking hair bows for all the little girls in your life (speaking of which, I'm pretty sure every pregnant person I know is having a girl). Yes, I'm spilling all of my secrets. Feel special. 

Crafts for home decor: How to Make a Ceiling Fan – Fun!

Striped Ceiling Fan  
Crafts for home decor: How to Make a Ceiling Fan – Fun!
This fan is in my oldest daughter, Kelly’s room.  Her room is nothing but a museum right now, a testament to who she was and aspired to be.  She is 22, graduated from college and not living at home anymore.  I went into the room the other day and happened to look up.  I smiled as I remember painting the fan with stripes when we first moved in.    This was a project that was included in my book, Instant Decorating.

Crafts for home decor: Yarn Lamp Makeover

Mimi’s Lamp Makeover!
 Crafts for home decor: Yarn Lamp Makeover
 
Started with this:
The lamp base, the lamp shade, some yarn, an embellishment strip and spray paint…
and as you can see I love the colors.

Unique gifts: Gold fish for gifts

well...you asked for a how to vid on the fishy barrettes...and i had to do what the people wanted!...lol...now keep in mind...this is my first vid...so bear with me!..and you can only watch it if you promise not to make fun of me!...i realize i have alot to learn on the movie making business...but i think from what a managed to actually get on camera...you'll be able to make one of these!...lol...enoy!...

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Unique gifts: Gold fish for gifts

Sewing patterns:Heart Felt Pillow tutorial

I had some felt that I needed to find a purpose for from my Studio 5 appearance. So I decided to make a pillow using the same technique with the folded circles. (Sorry about the bad picture, it is the best I could do…we need some sunshine around these parts).
It took about the same amount of time as the wreath. I did not need as many circles and instead of using a 3 inch circle, I used one that was 2.25 inches.

Unique crafts: IY - "Perler Beads"? $0 Guarantee! with straws

up.  Make your own faux Perler Beads!  Zero cost guarantee but ... 100% quality and satisfatory...that's will depends how 'open minded' you are to my 'new idea'!

A sample of my 'creation'...it suppose to spell " i  u" but it sort of out of shape at the end...Well, I'm not a perfectionist anyway.  Just want to share with you all the 'idea',  the 'result' will be perfect if I have more patience...
Unique crafts: IY - "Perler Beads"? $0 Guarantee! with straws
 
OK.  Happy with the sample above so far?  Now, let me show you the 'idea' or the 'method'.

You will need :-
1.  A piece of release paper or what you call a backing paper from sticker sheet.  Yes, the sticker sheet your kids use up... remove the sticking paper, keep the waxing paper.  Yup, I keep this all the time to substitute wax paper when 'in need'.  Or, you can use your wax paper if you have that in hand.

Refashion for women: Clutch bag makeover


Seeing as blogger rudely deleted my post from yesterday of my clutch bag and didn't return it to my blog as their maintenance page informed me it would I'm having to repost it again!

So a small dilemma happened when I last wanted a black bag for night out.. my little black clutch bag looked sad, worn and well, hideous to be honest... in the end I changed my whole outift as I didn't want to be seen with such an awful looking bag. The other day I had a brainwave and thought I could make it over as it's only the outer fabric that's shabby.

And after a little bit of thinking and throwing fabrics out of the drawer this is what I came up with....
Refashion for women: Clutch bag makeover  
If you want have a go at this too then you'll need:
  • a clutch bag
  • complementing colour fabric
  • fabric flower
  • 22 x 6mm beads
  • glue gun
  • scissors

Recycling paper: How to Make Book Page Medallions / Rosettes

Book Page Medallion Craft

This craft is part of the 13 Days of Halloween project. Download number templates for the project, as well as the bug template for Day 3, in the tips and supplies post. Links to all of the crafts from this project can be found in the main 13 Days of Halloween post.
Medallions, rosettes, accordion fold circles … whatever you call them, they’re a neat detail that you can use as everything from ornaments to gift embellishments. I love the look of old book pages in this craft, but you can use any paper that you’d like. I would recommend a text weight paper, as opposed to cardstock, since it’s easier to bend and fold.
 Recycling paper:  How to Make Book Page Medallions / Rosettes

Food gifts: how to make kite cookiesa

I have a to-do list and a cannot wait to-do list.  These were on the cannot wait list.  I’ve been dreaming of  cute little kite cookies with cute little tails for a very long time, and finally I got around to trying them out!

I have a to-do list and a cannot wait to-do list.  These were on the cannot wait list.  I’ve been dreaming of  cute little kite cookies with cute little tails for a very long time, and finally I got around to trying them out!
These were so easy to make.  For the kite cookie, any diamond shaped cutter will work, but I didn’t have one large enough, so I squished a square cutter until it was the right shape.
To make the kite part of the cookie you will need:
  • flood and piping icing in the color of your choice
  • coordinating sanding sugar {optional}
These cookies can be approached from several angles.  This time I decided to experiment with the dimensional look.  You could also flood the entire cookie and then add the lines.  I might do it this way the next time I make these.
  First I use piping icing to divide the kite into four sections.
After the cookies are outlined, fill alternating sections.  Give that about 30 minutes to dry, then fill the rest of them.
Let these dry overnight.  This is a great time to put together your kite tails.

To make cookie kite tails you will need:
  • Colored ribbon
  • Twine; I got mine from The Twinery, and I LOVE IT!  If you cannot decide on a specific color, I recommend the Colorful Bunch Sampler Pack.
Cut the ribbon pieces that are a little less than two inches long and the twine into twelve inch lengths.
Then, tie the twine around the middle of each ribbon section to create the bows.   I have two tips to offer.  First, use a candle lighter to seal the edges of the ribbon so it won’t fray while you’re handling it.  Second, if you have a pair of free hands around, this would be a good time to ask for help.  With Bernie holding the ribbon, making these was a snap.
When you are finished, you will have a tail that looks like this
Before connecting the tails, I added a sanding sugar outline, however you can skip this step if you like.  If you want to go for it, you can view my how-to apply sanding sugar video HERE.
Once the cookies are completely dry, it’s time to secure them to the cookie.  Using white royal icing, pipe a small bit onto the back of the cookie near the bottom.  Then press the twine into the icing.
Immediately lay the cookie string side down on a clean sheet of waxed paper.  The reason for doing this is to ensure that the back layer of the icing dries flat.  The sting will be secure, but the RI will not stick to wax paper.  If you skip this step, the cookie probably won’t lay flat.
After they’re dry peel them from the paper, and you’ll have the cutest kite cookies you’ve ever seen!
These will FLY right off of your party table…
Have a great week everyone!
These were so easy to make.  For the kite cookie, any diamond shaped cutter will work, but I didn’t have one large enough, so I squished a square cutter until it was the right shape.
To make the kite part of the cookie you will need:
  • flood and piping icing in the color of your choice
  • coordinating sanding sugar {optional}
These cookies can be approached from several angles.  This time I decided to experiment with the dimensional look.  You could also flood the entire cookie and then add the lines.  I might do it this way the next time I make these.
  First I use piping icing to divide the kite into four sections.