Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Storage

This is the BEST idea for storing Christmas ornaments. I love this idea from Design a la Mode!! So darn clever.

My only "additional thought" would be to add ribbon loops to each level of cups. Something to help pick up each level. Hope that makes sense, hot glue ribbon handles to each side so they are easier to pick up.

I'll have to try that this year when putting away all the ornaments.

Have a great day,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

It has been quite a while since I've entered anything here!!! So sorry about that! I've started substitute teaching in my kids' school. They are keeping me very busy and TIRED!!! After being home with my kids for almost 9 years, it is very hard to get back into the swing of things!
I've got some new crafts to post and promise to do it as soon as I get time. I miss sharing my thoughts and crafts with everyone!
Thanks so much for being patient!

Merry Christmas! I hope you were on Santa's good list and he delivers everything you wished for!

Happy Crafting.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Quote for the Day

I believe that everything happens for a reason, people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so that eventually you learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together!

~~Marilyn Monroe

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Candy Corn Fudge

This past weekend, I volunteered to bake at a Bake Sale at my church to support Pediatric Cancer Awareness and this was my creation. Being the lazy baker that I am, I searched for an easy recipe for fudge. On You Tube, of all places, I found this easy-peasy recipe! After trying out the easy fudge recipe and tasting it, I thought this really needs something....but what?!?! Ah ha, marshmallow!! So for the second batch I also melted some marshmallow and added that to the original mixture. This was better!! It actually had the texture of candy corn too. Pretty cute too if I do say so myself! The second change I tried was to use the small cupcake tins rather than the square pan and cut squares. Either way is great, I just didn't want to have to cut them up - I know my cutting skills and didn't want to risk making uneven pieces.

Don't forget to use PAM in the cupcake tin to make it easy to remove the treats.
Yea!! Super Duper cute! They were a big hit at the bake sale!! I just hoped they tasted good!

We asked for donations only for our baked goods and raised over $1400.00!!! Thanks so much to everyone!

Thanks for looking and have a great day,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

First Try at Fabric Spray Paint

I saw this cute spray fabric paint in Tuesday Morning, and I knew there was something I could do with it. So of course I bought it without having an exact idea of what to do with it. Thought I would contemplate it! So, being the "bag lady" that I am, thought I could spruce up one of my bags. Make it a little cuter, and try out the spray paint. Used my Sizzix to cut letters from shelf liner (has sticky back and is cheaper than vinyl!).
Next adhered the letters to my bag. This bag is from 5 Below, a store that sells all items for $5 or less! Kinda like the Dollar store. So I figured that if it didn't turn out exactly right, it wouldn't be a great loss! Randomly sprayed the paint over the letters and waited a couple minutes. Finally took the letters off! TAaaa DAaaaa! Not too bad. Next time I'll have to think of something cuter to put on the bag! Not too bad for my first try.

Thanks for looking and have a great day. Cathy

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Twas the Night before School Started

A friend shared this poem on Facebook! Too cute not to share. Enjoy parents!

Twas the night before school started,
When all through the town,
The parents were cheering...
It was a riotous sound!
By 8, kids were washed and tucked into bed...
Where memories of homework filled them with dread!
New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too!
New teachers, new friends...
Their anxiety grew!
The parents just giggled when they learned of this fright-and shouted upstairs:
Go To Bed! It's A School Night!!
Have fun kids!!!!!! Enjoy PARENTS!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shell Mirror

After our beach vacation this summer, my daughter had her usual bag of shells that she collected. The shell collecting is an annual event so I have to come up with a new craft for her each year! This year I found an old zebra print mirror that I thought would look nice painted and embellished with shells. This is the original mirror! YUCK!! Can't remember where I had this in the house, but I'm definitely embarrassed by this!!!

My original thought was to bring back a bag of sand and Mod Podge it to the mirror, then hot glue the shells on top. However, after the earthquake hit and Irene coming through I totally forgot to fill up a bag - bummer. Had to go with Plan B!
First I painted over the zebra print - YEA! Picked a sand-ish color.
This is an up close picture of the color, the first one seemed a little washed out.
Finally we added the shells and some tulle to hang it with. Not too bad, I like it! Next we are going to try to make a ceiling fan pull with some of the left overs. Not sure how to do it, but it will be a trial and error process.
Thanks for looking,
Have a great day

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quote for the Day

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.

~~ Frieda Norris

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pom Pom Flowers

While out seaching for cute crafty ideas, I came across this easy to make pom pom flower. Very easy to make tutorial can be found here! I'm definitely making some for decoration, and a little addition to a gift! So darn cute. I love the white ones!
She also has a very cute pumpkin! Check it out here!!

Could probably make apples, and other fruit! Hmmmmm, makes me think.

Have a great day!
Thanks for looking,

Monday, July 18, 2011

Quote for the Day

"Don't exchange what you want MOST for what you want at the moment."

Wish I would have thought of this one, but I read it somewhere and took a picture of it. Don't know who to give credit to, sorry! I think this is my new all time favorite quote!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

One More Bag Creation

As I've admitted before, I'm a bag-aholic!! I'm checking on a 12 step program for this addiction!! Love creating and using reusable shopping bags. I have so many it is hard to count because they are everywhere and I forget where they are "stored"! (And by stored I mean I've put them somewhere and now I have no idea where they are!) Here is my latest creation, started with a 12"x18" canvas bag - BORING!!! With the help of my tons of material scraps, I added embellishments to spruce it up a little. Just kept making fabric flowers and hot gluing them onto the bag until it was all covered.

Hard to see some of the flowers, so here are a couple upclose. The black ones are difficult to see, but they are constructed like the purple one shown here.

Some are made with ribbon and some are from material scraps.

The gold one is from some type of wire mesh, not sure where I found this stuff!

The one with red and yellow is scraps from an old bed sheet. I used it for many projects, including one where I made a throw pillow! Stay tuned for details about that project. This is a sample of how I did the yellow/red stripes. Started with strip of bed sheet, added the stripes with a Sharpie marker and rolled it into a flower.

Probably more information than you ever thought you'd need, but there it is - my latest reusable shopping bag!

Thanks for looking and have a great day,


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My 1st Try at a Flag Cake

The flag cake was so cute, I had to try it myself. I used 2 boxes of white cake mix to make the entire cake. Started with white cake so I could add the red, white and blue food coloring.

Made cakes exactly according to Glory's instructions -

1 blue cake, with the center cut out
2- 8" red cakes
1- 8" white cake
She has
great directions on her site, check it out there.

I embellished with an exploding firework on top of my creation, but the colors are very bright. Note to self - use LOTS more food coloring next time!

Here is the inside of the cake. Turned out pretty nice! It was a big hit at our 4th of July celebration. Kids liked it.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

LOVE this July 4th Cake!

How awesome is this!?!?! What a great idea from Glory at Glorious Treats. Such a clever idea.
When I saw it I just wanted to say Ohhhhhh and Ahhhhh!! Check out the instructions and try your own Independence Day cake.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

End of Year Teacher Gifts

June crept up on me and it was so late in getting my teacher gifts together there wasn't enough time to create something cute! I went to me back-up plan! While walking through the Dollar Tree I saw some FUN things that I thought would make a great teacher gift. Started with the styrofoam cooler, then after walking around there were so many items that would be great as summer "things"!

Summer means July 4th to me! So I found some great Independence Day things that I would enjoy getting! The little red flip-flop looking thing is a nail kit (had a nail clipper, nail file and 2 other things but can't remember what they were!).

Finally the wrapping up was the most difficult part! Had to make 4 of these gifts, so carrying them into school was so funny! On the way into the building I dropped one, and broke the side of another one. GASP! With a litte extra glue, everything was good as new!

They were a big hit! Everyone LOVED them.

Have a great day!
Thanks for looking,


Monday, June 20, 2011

Quote for the Day

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

~~ Helen Keller

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sweat Shirt Shopping Bag

I'm a self admitted Bag Lady!! On a recent visit to my favorite store, Wal-Mart, I found this Halloween-ish sweat shirt for only $1.00!! WOW, of course I thought "What can I make with this?!!??". Of course, ANOTHER reusable shopping bag! My daughter asked, "Why do you keep making more, you have so many already?!! " Sadly I had no good response for her!

But as you can see it was only $1.00! Couldn't pass it up! I thought it was kinda cute too.

To keep with the red striped socks I thought it would be cute to have red handles. Found an old pair of my son's red sweat pants that would be perfect. Could cut them up in strips and braid to create handles.

A close up of the handles.

After cutting off the sleeves, had to trim the neckline to make it an even edge. That was the easy part! Next I sewed up the bottom edge of the "bag". So far so good.

I looked throuh my stash of remnents from JoAnn Fabrics to find a good color for the lining. Black was an easy choice.

Also added red buttons on the bottom corners so the lining would stay in place and add another small detail.

Taaa-Daaaaaa the completed project!! I have yet another reusable shopping bag!!!

Thanks so much for looking!

Have a great day.


Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Teacher Appreciation Gifts

This year's teacher appreciation gifts were a "plan B"!! In the last couple of years I created etched plates that THANK the teachers for all their hard work. However, when this year rolled around I couldn't get my Cricut working correctly and had to resort to my stamp collection. After ruining one plate because I tried to use a stamp with words. Didn't make the connection that the words needed to be reversed and I couldn't figure out a quick way to stamp in reverse! Had to go with stamps with just pictures on them. This is the stack of 20 completed plates for my kids' teachers. Total there are 5 teachers - 4 plates for each.

I used the Stampin Up Cheers to You set to make these. First the martini plate - shaken not stirred!

A yummy strawberry daquari! Careful of a brain freeze! OOoooohhh!

Cheers with champagne!

Finally an ice cold beer! My favorite!

Thanks for looking, and have a great day,


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Quote for the Day

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

-- Elizabeth Bibesco

Friday, April 29, 2011

Quote for the Day

It's better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right.

-- Unknown

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Too Cute Umbrella Wreath

How adorable is this wreath!! Makes me think of a Jimmy Buffet concert - "cheeseburger in paradise... salt, salt, salt..."
Wish I would have thought of this beauty, thanks to Camilla at Family Chic for sharing this one. Check out her stuff there, so cute.
Thanks for looking,
Have a great day


Friday, April 15, 2011

"Springy" Teacher Frames

I've had this itching feeling for the past couple of weeks that I should do something for my kids' teachers for Easter. I know that I can't assume (everyone knows what happens when you assume something!) that everyone celebrates Easter so we decided that it will be a "Springy" gift! My idea was to use some Easter-y stuff that I had on hand and create something they could use. Of course my hot glue gun would be involved! Love that thing! I used my idea from a previous post, from Valentines Day. And, another frame here. The project started with a couple bags of $.50 bags of jelly beans,

a couple packages of peeps,

and a raw $1.00 frame.

My kids painted the frames for their teachers and I chose yellow (my favorite color) for my frame. Then just hot glued the accessories on. Easy peasy! They turned out pretty nice, if I do say so myself!

Total cost for each frame - less than $1.50!!

Thanks for looking.

Have a great day,


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One Pair of $3 Pants - 3 Projects

OMG!, I can't believe it is April already!!! I've been so lazy in posting to my blog. Unfortunately life has become extremely busy for me here and the first thing to go is my creative outlet! I miss it so much! Sorry for letting this go by the wayside. Recently, I found a pair of $3.00 courdoray boys pants that had a hole in them....immediately I knew there were going to be some craft projects for these poor tattered pants. Unfortunately I didn't think ahead when creating these projects. From the 2 pant legs I made these cup holders. It was pretty easy, just had to cut off the legs and sew up the bottoms. Buttons were added on the sides to make the bottoms flat. Finally I used old belts as the straps. Too cute. I love them because I added quilting inside of each to help keep beverages hot or cold. There is enough room in each one to use a blue "feezey thing" to help keep drinks cold. a>
This is a quick shot of the inside of each cup holder. The sunflower has quilting under the cotton material. This was the first one I completed. There isn't any additional material to cover the quilting - BORING!! :-) After visiting JoAnn Fabrics and fishing through their remnits bin I found the cute sunflower material. Thought that would look a little "happier" than just the blue quilting (which was also from the remnits bin at Joann's!).
My second project was to take the top part of the pants and make a reusable shopping bag. This was pretty easy to do also. I wish I had taken pictures of each step, but I'm not that good at recording each step - I promise to work on that! I started by cutting off the legs and sewing up the bottom of the bag. Used a hot glue gun to prevent the zipper from coming down, and to flatten down the flap of material in front of it.

Finally, I found some old belts to use as straps! That is my favorite part! Had to use bottons to help keep straps sewn on the bag. This was harder than I thought! Turned out pretty cute though.

This is an upclose view of the buttons holding the straps on, had to use one on the inside and one on the outside of each strap. A quick view of inside of the bag, used striped material to go along with the stripes from the courdory. I thought is was kinda cute! You can see the "security" buttons on the inside here. Overall it is pretty cute, and I love using it at a store! When checking out the cashier always comments on the bag. Thanks for looking! Have a good day. Cathy