Archive | April, 2011

Match Book Notepad

29 Apr

Here is something that makes a nice gift, easy to do.
You will need a sewing machine. (basic straight stitch) Notebook paper, and a piece of card stock.
I bought several small notebooks when school supplies came out, they were 5/$1.00 or you can cut paper and make your own.
You will need about 15 pages.  Mine measures 4 1/2 x 3 inches.   Cut your cardstock to twice the length plus 3/4 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch wider than your notebook paper.  Mine measures 9 3/4″ x 3 1/4″.  Fold up bottom edge 5/8 of an inch, tuck paper into this fold, then fold cardstock at top of paper.  Sew a 1/4″ in from the small fold to hold paper in place.  Tuck the long end under the small flap and you are done.

Mother’s Day

28 Apr

May 8th is Mother’s Day and the Crafty Crow has some wonderful ideas for presents kids can make.  This is one I would love from Creative Kismet. (in case my guys are looking at my blog) 

Driftwood wreath

25 Apr

Hi; while at the beach we went into an art gallery that had a wreath made out of driftwood and seashells.  So I said to myself “I can make that.”  I used a wire wreath made for flowers, per-wrapped wire with brown florist tape and hot glue. I bent the wire in half and wrapped the middle around the wire frame, added a piece of driftwood and gave a twist, add an other piece of wood and twist…keep going until you have about an inch of wire left and wrap that around the frame and start with a new wire and repeat.  Once I had all the driftwood in place I hot glued the wood, wire and frame from the back to give it support and make sure everything stayed in place.  Then back on the front I added my seashells and hot glued them in place.  A twist of wire on the top lets me hang it the hook.  This was a pretty easy project.  The one in the gallery was done with a masonite board wreath painted turquoise , but I couldn’t find the masonite board wreath, so I improvised.  It only cost about $5.00 and I am happy with the results.

I Love Flowers

22 Apr

OK;  I never knew how much I was attracted to flowers, but they always seem to catch my eye.  These flowers are made out of recycled egg cartons.  And this time of year I always have a collection of egg cartons.  Michele Made Me  gives wonderful instructions and photos.  I recycle because it is a cheap way to do crafts and it is fun to look at something and think outside the box.  What can I do with this???

Easter Bunny Pops

19 Apr

There are so many cute ideas out there for Easter decoration and crafts.  Here is one making bunnies out of lollipops .  The directions (with pictures) are easy to follow.

Easter Crafts Round-Up

15 Apr

Looking for some Easter crafts to do with your little one.  There are some great ideas on The Crafty Crow website.  I really like the Tissue Paper and Parsley Eggs

Vacation

13 Apr

We just got back from spending a week in the redwoods of California.  What fun!  It was so amazing to stand next to those giant trees.  I came back with a few ideas that I want to try.  One is a cool wreath made out of beach collections. (sea shells, driftwood, rocks)  I will post pictures and how-to after I get it finished.

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