Monday, September 15, 2014

Art Collage Wall

When we moved in our new house I decided we need a collage wall somewhere for my daughter's art. She took art classes last year at The Little Paint Brush and had some from Art Camp at her school. The two framed watercolors were my sisters' idea as a surprise to me. Still not sure how they managed that.

I tried to design it so that I could add to it if she creates more pieces. Since a lot of it had red and blue colors, I decided it should go in the "red room." So called because of the red bunk bed that lives in there. For now. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chalkboard Art

Saw this: 

Made this:

This is the huge chalkboard in my dining room. I love changing the message. Next up-something Halloweenish! Yay! I can't wait for Halloween. I just moved to a neighborhood where people decorate and celebrate, so I have been buying decorations like crazy. I need to put them out!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Graduation and Birthday Combo

My daughter's birthday and my sister's graduation happened to fall on the same day this year, so we decided to let them share a party.

Paper cups were used as a target for Nerf gun competitions.

I love the mint green bike Jordan got for Christmas and it went with the decor, so I used it as a backdrop of sorts.

The gift table was decorated with a paper chain. I love pulling out furniture at parties that coordinates with the decor. This little antique table was the perfect green color. I think maybe it was a child's table, but I'm not sure. It is too low to be a side table, but higher than coffee tables.

Thank you gifts were tiny magnetic clipboard note pads from Michael's. I love the yellow ombre crepe paper.

Of course, we had to have some old pictures of the graduate to embarrass her.

I combined a banner from a Studio Calico kit with Neapolitan scrapbook paper to make more of an impact.

Party lollies were easy to make from the Dear Lizzy kit to stick in candy buckets.

The cake was simple with a miniature Happy Birthday banner. I love these! My mom made the cake, of course.

My daughter seems to leave a trail of Calico Critters wherever she goes. I found this one in front of the paper chevron straws. She loves all small things. Wonder who she gets that from?

Remember this bucket from the baby shower? We used it to ice down root beer.

Cookies made by Aunt Mandy were a huge hit. I didn't even get a chocolate one!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Sole Hope

In honor of Feel Good Friday I want to tell you about an organization I recently learned about from my friend who is a Noonday Ambassador. Have you heard of Sole Hope yet? 
We host shoe cutting parties. Huh? My friends get together in my new craft room and cut shoe patterns onto old jeans and mail them to Uganda (and drink wine.) There, the shoes are sewn by women who previously had few job options. Then, the shoes are given to children to keep jiggers out of their feet. Win! Win! Win! 
Want to know more? Visit to get a packet and host your own party!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Halloween Skull Centerpiece

Remember those Dollar Tree Halloween Finds I showed you last week? Here is the first project I made using the glitter skull. is having a Fall Dollar Store Craft Contest and I decided to try my hand at it.

So I made another trip to the Dollar Tree.

Can you believe all of these items were close to a dollar each? 

The items you will need are:

Glitter Skull-Dollar Tree
Craft Foam Sheets-Dollar Tree
Copper Scrubbers-Dollar Tree or Fred's Dollar Store
Black Crepe Paper Streamers-Dollar Tree or Fred's Dollar Store
Orange Cupcake Liners- Fred's Dollar Store
Dictionary or book-Dollar Tree or Fred's Dollar Store
Paper Doilies-Dollar Tree
Black Glitter Ribbon-Michael's dollar ribbon bins
Spider Web Place Mat- Ross for $1.99 (They have great decor right now!)
Candlestick-Goodwill for $1 (I looked for them at three dollar stores and they were all out. Dollar Tree normally has glass ones that would work as a pedestal for this. I spray painted this one. You can see it in its former life here.)

I started by making the top hat using a sheet of orange craft foam. I didn't have any black because I used it all on a different project. I cut a strip 2 inches wide.

Next, I traced a circle onto the craft foam with a ribbon spool and cut it out. This will be the base of the top hat.

Then, I rolled the strip of craft foam into a 1 1/4 cylinder and glued it closed. Let that dry and glue the cylinder onto the base circle. Cut a circle to fit the top of the cylinder. I used a 1 1/4 inch circle punch but, you could use something to trace if you don't have a punch.

Glue the top circle onto the hat and trim with ribbon. Set aside to dry.

While the hat is drying, work on the other trimmings. Cut a circle from scrap cardstock, poster, or cardboard. It doesn't have to be black because it won't show. It just needs to be a good bit smaller than your doily. This is just a base to glue down your black crepe paper ruffle.

Ring the edge of your cardstock circle with glue and smoosh crepe paper making sure it is slightly smaller than the doily but bigger than the bottom of the skull so all the layers will show.

Rip a few pages out of the dictionary and make a lolly. 

I would tell you how, but Rhonna Farrer does an awesome job on her video which you can find here.

Unroll the copper scrubber and cut it down the center. I used my Tonic scissors, but you can probably use old scissors or wire cutters if you don't have them.

Wear work gloves to pull the copper apart then smash it back together until your "nest" is the size you want it based on your candlestick. This is metal and will cut your hands when you pull, so wear gloves, be careful, and take your time. I LOVE the shimmery effect! It's worth the effort.

The last step is to hot glue each layer down. I didn't glue down my copper because I use the candlestick for my apothecary. 

I love the finished Halloween centerpiece for your table or fireplace mantel.


I made a slightly more expensive version with lace trim on the top hat and spider web wired ribbon. I love both!

Monday, September 1, 2014

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Friday, August 29, 2014


Loving this gift from a sweet friend Noonday Ambassador. A portion of the profits went to Sole Hope, an organization that puts shoes on kids in Uganda. Thanks friend!!