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Fabric Beads

29 Jul

I think this looks like a lot of fun.  Love all the bright colors.  With just a few scraps of fabric and beads you can create some wonderful beads.

Feathered Nest Studio

Linda Matthews

fabric bead
Georgina Giles

ribbon beads
Carmi’s Art


Joyful Bird

25 Jul

Here is a fun art project for you and kids from Thistle Woods Farm.  I have everything in my stash, but the dollar store bird.  So can you guess where I am heading today?  Hope my dollar store has them, if not Michael’s is just down the road. Portlandia fans “Put a bird on it.”Scrappaper_Bird-730x487

Decoupage Paint Stick

17 Jul

I keep a weekly calendar of who needs to be where and of course it is posted on the refrigerator.  Today I came across this idea from Show and Tell U to decoupage a paint stick and add magnets.  I really like the idea.paint stick

Art from Recycled items

12 Jul

I came across these fantastic bowls made out of recycled egg cartons and that is what started my train of thought for today’s post.  You can find the instructions for the bowls at Sew Beastly.paper bowl

Turn junk mail into flower art, just follow the instructions at Grow Creative.junk mail flowersI don’t know about you, but I have bought t-shirts just for the artwork.  Then didn’t know what to do with them because I don’t wear t-shirts.  Love this idea from Trashy Crafter.  You can staple, pin, or glue a t-shirt around an art canvas.recycled-tshirt-canvas-art-for-home-trashy-crafter-3Here is another way to use junk mail by Crafty Foxes.junk mail

Painted Curtains

6 Jul

I came across this idea for hand painted curtains and thought they were absolutely beautiful, so of course I had to share.  I found the tutorial at Cuckoo for Design.Jonathan_Adler_inspired_DIY_curtains

Organized Car

3 Jul

Are you getting ready for a long car ride with the family?   My mom always had a tote bag filled with goodies for a long trip.  I am not sure how she got everything in that tote bag, but there were snacks, toys, washcloth kept wet in a plastic bag (this was before wipes), tissues and more.  For my guys I had a lot of the same things.  I get car sick if I read in the car, books on tape are wonderful way to pass the time.  We would make up games and play some of the old standards like “I spy”.  I have collected a few ideas to help make it an easier ride.  cereal containerdidterest

Cereal container for trash.

Organizing Art Supplies Fig Milkshakes

Great way to check those art supplies in one place.  School supplies are starting to appear in the store. Snack Box2DIY & Crafts.

I like the idea of have this for each kid, they can be in charge of when they are hungry. 489x653x14-remote-storage.jpg.pagespeed.ic.UZpQfnOJzRDIY & Crafts

This one is a win-win.  Storage and keep the seat clean under the booster seat.IMG_1155Tinker Frog

A sewing project for keeping the car tidy.


25 Jun

We just came home from spending a week at the Oregon Coast.  We rented a beautiful home, it was so relaxing and a nice vacation for the whole family.  But there was one thing in the home that really bothered me.  It looked like someone went to the craft store, bought a handful of flowers and plunked them in a vase.  So I redid them…was that wrong?  Then I got to thinking of the silk flowers I have in my own home, it’s time for an update.  Here are a few ideas I came across:

I really like these calla lilies by Something Turquoise.  As much as I like felt I think I would make them out of handmade paper.  Either way they are very pretty.SomethingTurquoise-DIY-felt-calla-lily_0001Spiky kraft paper flowers from Easy Paper Crafts may look hard to make, but really they are easy.  And just a few simple supplies.easypapercraftsThese crepe paper flowers take a little time, but I love the colors.  They are from Lia Griffith.Crepe_Paper_Ranunculus_BouquetCould it get any easier than these lovely tissue flowers fromWe Can Make Anything?titlephoto

T-shirt Yarn

22 Jun

Making yarn from old t-shirts is a lot of fun and very easy to do.  Check your thrift shops or garage sale for old t-shirts.  You need the ones that are made in a tube, they won’t have a side seam. Then follow the instructions for making t-shirt yarn at Callaloo Soup.  And if you are looking for something great to make out of this yarn check out her crochet baskets.tshirtyarn

Ideas for Clay

9 Jun

If you are looking for figures to make out of clay you might check your favorite search and look for fondant tutorials.  You can find some great designs.

MICKEY TUTORIAL FONDANTMickey is from Empezandoa Empezar and she has other designs too!


Cute little bee from Craftsy.

flowerBonnie Bakes has the tutorial for this pretty fondant flower.  If you are baking the clay you can use polyester batting to hold the petals up.

Put a Bird on it

7 Jun

I lived in Portland for seven years in my early adult life, so I think Portlandia is pretty funny.  One of our favorite episodes is “put a bird on it.”
portlandiaSo let’s do a little crafting with birds!


DIY stenciled tea towel by Sweet Living.owl moreThis is an art lesson for preschoolers, I thought is was nicely done. It is by Art and Soul Preschool.

CA birdWall art by Craftaholics Anonymousaw bird

That Artist Woman has a great tutorial on paper mache birds.quilt birdAnd for my quilting friends here is a patchwork bird by Nero’s Post and Patch.

So have fun and put a bird on it!


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