• Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    Recycled Butterfly Windchime







    One of my favorite things is hearing the soothing sound of windchimes as we sit outside in our carport jungle.  This awesome video shows you how to make whimsical butterfly windchimes out of soda cans.

    It is very cool to recycle something you would usually throw away to make a little treasure!






    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Lots of headband tutorials


    Every time I need a hair accessory to match a particular outfit, it seems like I can search and search the stores and not find a thing . . . that is what I love about making my own accessories, as well as the satisfaction of creation.

    Laurie at the Tip Junkie (one of my all time favorite blogs) has compiled a page of all types of headbands, complete with tutorials!

    Click here for Laurie's page on headband tutorials :)

    Thanks to Laurie for so much inspiration!





    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Beachy Shell Frame


    A visit to the beach is not complete without collecting some shells.  Honestly, I have boxes and jars of shells collected through the years.  The favorite thing I do with shells is paint them with white pearl enamel and sprinkle with shimmery translucent glitter . . . finished off with sealer.  It is a very nice effect that is perfect for so many projects.  Leaving them in their natural state is also beautiful.  Nature is perfect in its beauty!

    This shell frame is an awesome way to display shells from your beach visits :)

    Click here for the tutorial.






    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Man Shirt Messenger Bag


    It is about time that it has become fashionable for a man to have a bag to carry his stuff in.  I've never understood the concept of the poor guys having to stuff their stuff into their pockets.


    Another reason for man bags . . . ladies in a hurry to do the laundry lead to mishaps!


    I'm so guilty . . . and I'll never forget this . . . The Captain has a habit of leaving his wallet and stuff in his pockets.  When I'm in a hurry getting the laundry done, I run around the house gathering up clothes as I get the washer started.  You know where I'm going with this . . . when he went to look for his wallet, it was getting washed in his jeans!  Too funny now . . . but not so funny then, as he scrambled to get his wallet out of the wash and everything inside was soaked.  :) OK . . . I'll be honest and admit I thought it was funny at the time . . . he didn't!


    The time has come for man bags, although your man may need some coaxing to agree!  I'd love the combination of a flannel shirt and jeans for the bag . . . the manlier (is that a word?) the better so he will actually use it.


    Honestly, I love the design and would love to make one for myself as a tote bag or an organizer . . . very cool idea!  Thanks to Megan at The Crafty CPA for this awesome project!  Check out her blog for more clever ideas :)





    the crafty cpa



    Click here for the tutorial!



    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Recycled Newspaper Coasters



    Who knew that folded and coiled newspaper could look so beautiful?

    So many ideas are going through my crafty mind for all types of projects utilizing this technique.  Love the idea!  I'm sure they also look fabulous painted and sealed with Modge Podge.

    Find this recycling project and many more innovative ideas at . . .





    NewSBLBUTTON SBLC Buttons



    Click here for the coaster tutorial!


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    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Beautiful Decoupaged Jars


    Kristen at Lesson Plans has featured these decoupaged
     jars made out of custom created tissue paper.

    Another project for those like me who collect and
    recycle glass jars . . . and for fans of Mod Podge.

    Wouldn't this be an awesome project for the kids?

    Click here for the post on her blog.




    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Mod Podge Pots


    Mod Podge has to be one
     of the greatest inventions ever.

    Amy at Mod Podge Rocks has one of the best craft
    blogs around . . . one of my favorites!  I can get lost going
    through her blog for hours at a time.

    Many thanks to Amy for all you do!!
    Check out her blog!

    Amy recently featured this project on her blog . . . it comes
    from Ashley at Under the Sycamore, who got the idea from



    I love this project . . . another use for fabric scraps!

    How about buying a little extra fabric when making pillows or
    similar home decorating items to make some cute matching
    pots for your indoor plants?




    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Painted Floor Cloth


    OMG . . . I adore this laundry room!

    The floor cloth is hand painted on canvas . . . how cool is that?

    This project comes from Peggy and Liz on their mother/daughter 
    collaboration blog called Just About Home.

    Click here for the tutorial.



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