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Pelargonium (Geranium) - closeup of beautiful red geranium bloom

Pelargonium (Geranium)Red has always attracted a lot of attention, and red flowers are always the most beautiful. Whether you are giving away or receiving flowers, red is a great choice.

 

Beautiful Amaryllis - red and red and white blooms in garden

Beautiful AmaryllisI love amaryllis because of its beautiful flowers, which last quite a long time and as by arrangement, they often flourish together.

 

Making Shank Buttons the Cheap Way Using Concrete - finished buttons

Making Shank Buttons Using ConcreteI want to share with you a method I have invented for making shank buttons out of concrete. This is a very easy and cheap method. As a result, you will get very original shank buttons.

 

A cat next to a can of cat food.

Making Sure Cats Get Enough WaterA couple of years ago, my older cat was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. He was very dehydrated and weak and would regularly vomit up his food. The vet gave him a subcutaneous water treatment and prescribed him special food for renal support but warned us that it was not a cure, just a way to keep him as stable as possible for the next few years.

 

Cute Mini XOXO Wood Sign - sign hanging on door knob

Cute Mini XOXO Wood SignDo you have any thin/small wood scraps? You can create cute little wood signs as Valentine's decorations.

 

Seed Pack Gifts - ready to gift

Seed Pack GiftsYou can save back seeds from organic produce. I get a subscription box and with it, sometimes heirloom varieties that I want to experiment with or share with friends who garden. To save seeds, you basically soak them for a minute to rinse off the goop and leave them out to dry on a paper towel for a day or so before storage. This project teaches you how to make cute, simple seed packs for gifting.

 

Yarn Heart Decoration

Yarn Heart DecorationInstead of purchasing a new plant pot for a specific holiday, you could make reusable decorations.

 

Drizzling icing and zest on top of the loaves.

Limoncello CakeI made these delicious lemon flavored cake loaves as a gift for Christmas. They would be a treat any time of the year and are made from a basic box of cake mix with some additions.

 

Felt Killer Hornet Ornament

Felt Killer Hornet OrnamentNothing says 2020 like an infestation of killer hornets! Do we even dare to ask "What's next?!"? You can make a single hornet or a whole swarm to adorn your tree.

 

Aluminum Leaf Earrings - finished set on neutral background

Aluminum Leaf EarringsThese 2 sets of aluminum leaf earrings are made from scrap aluminum from disposable pie pans and also an aluminum seal from a coffee can.

 

Keeping Track of Screws When Assembling a Treadmill - closeup of button head machine screws on blue painter's tape

Keeping Track of Screws When Assembling a TreadmillOrdering a treadmill in the middle of a pandemic has its own challenges. Just having to wait a month for delivery was the first. Add to that the delivery restrictions that were in place. There was no option to have it delivered to the house or to pay to have someone assemble it.

 

Fungi Photos - irregularly shaped fungi

Fungi PhotosWhile hanging out some laundry on a sunny November day, rare in this area, I spotted these interesting fungi. I am not sure what type these are. I love taking photos of mushrooms and other fungi. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Converting a Drawer Unit Into a Footstool - in service

Converting a Drawer Unit Into a FootstoolI recently gave a very large desk to a gal just across the road from me. I had used it less and less over the last year, so it was time.

 

Soap Jellies - plate of jellies

Soap JelliesOkay yes this sounds unusual, but these are in fact really cool and playful. They make traditional soap fun and more interesting for sure!! I found many recipes and ideas online, but when I tried them, the jellies would just fall apart and these so far have not done that! So I'd like to share how I make them and hopefully these will be a fun project for you to enjoy:)

 

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor Planter - two completed planters

Upcycled Water Bottle Indoor PlanterMake these cute indoor holiday themed planters with items you have around your home. They make a cute decor touch and are great for your plants to propagate in (instead of a plain plastic cup).

 

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Big Soap Bubbles - bubble floating over the counter

Big Soap BubblesSo I know winter is approaching and these aren't really typical to see at this time of year, but you can use them inside too! You just have to be prepared to clean up a little bit of a mess:)

 

DIY Crayon Lipgloss - lipgloss on the back of her hand

DIY Crayon LipglossYup you read it right. I'm going to show you how to make lipgloss out of crayons! It's really fun and easy, and it's interesting to try different crazy colors and see which is your favorite.

 

Buttoned Headband for Masks - woman wearing the headband with a mask attached around the buttons

Buttoned Headband for MasksThis headband is helpful when you have to wear a mask for extended periods of time and don't want the pressure on your ears. Your mask's straps loop around the buttons near your ears. I originally made this for my sister who is a makeup artist and has to be extra protective for herself and her clients at work. I used an old t-shirt's sleeve for this headband.

 

Bag Holder for Picking Up Litter - adding a McDonald's cup to the bag

Bag Holder for Picking Up LitterThere is a great need for volunteers to help clean up our roads these days. I have found that the winter months are the best time for me as the grass is short and the litter is so accessible and there are no biting insects to bother me.

 

Baby (Cat) - long haired gray and white cat sitting on a chessboard

Baby (Cat)My little cat just HAD to try to play chess with me!

 

The broth after several hours of cooking.

Beef Bone BrothMy friend won the meat from an entire cow at a school raffle. She gave me about 6 pounds of beef bones to make broth and had another 4 pounds for herself. I made this recipe with her and then made it again at home. This nutritious broth can be used to make all sorts of soups: French onion, beef barley or even pho.

 

Candle Ring - finished candle ring

Candle RingThis candle ring is made from disposable aluminum pie pans and a 10" wire frame.

 

Succulent Driftwood Centerpiece - finished centerpiece planter lying on flagstone

Succulent Driftwood CenterpieceMake this beautiful succulent driftwood centerpiece for little to free (if you have the supplies on hand).

 

Pirate (Leopard Gecko) - spotted gecko in a terrarium

Pirate (Leopard Gecko)I got Pirate from one of my volleyball coaches in May of this year because she was moving a few states away and wouldn't be able to take her. Her name is Pirate because she only has 3 legs. 

 

Large Lip Balm - new tube of lip balm

Large Lip BalmLip balms are usually made the size for lizard lips. They are easy to lose too because of their size. With this colder and dryer season, I wanted something bigger. Here is how you can make one too from your excisting ones, or from new ones ! :)

 

Reusing an Upright Tissue Holder

Reusing an Upright Tissue HolderI know I have submitted a tip before about using a flat holder and a plastic canvas holder for other things, but this one is cool, too.

 

Mask Organizer/Hamper - finished organizer/hamper

Mask Organizer/HamperMy daughter has about 30 masks because she works at a school and must change them out daily, sometimes more than once a day. In order to keep them organized, I came up with this organizer/mini mask hamper which she can hang in her closet. It also helps her choose what color she wants to coordinate with what she wears each day. It has a front and back for efficient storage!

 

Quilted Hot Pad - finished pot holder with ring hanger added

Quilted Hot PadI was given some completed, pieced quilt squares and there was an extra quilt square I couldn't use in the quilt I was making. I don't like to throw useful things away, so I made it into this quilted hot pad.

 

Starburst Earrings - finished earrings hanging in front of red fabric

Starburst EarringsThese cute starburst earrings are a quick gift to make in a pinch and you only need a few supplies to make them.

 

Dog Potty Clean Up Station - old wooden box used for poop bag dispenser outside

Dog Potty Clean Up StationI found this wood box at the thrift store and then it set in my garage for 2 years. I knew one day it would come to mind what to use it fo. I am not sure what it was, maybe a box to hold a candle, it has a door that swings open and a hole in one end.

 

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Mini Flute Replica - finished flute

Mini Flute ReplicaBecause my daughter plays the flute, I made this mini flute for her to display on a shelf in her bedroom.

 

Burp Cloth - finished burp cloth

Burp ClothHere is how to make a nice baby gift using scraps of flannel.

 

Sunset Mountain Painting - painting on tile floor with jar candles

Sunset Mountain PaintingWell here we are, all stuck at home with two different pandemics going around. One, the most serous is of course covid-19, and the other is boredom! We can all agree we've caught ourselves more than once in the months we've been at home sitting on the couch and just thinking of what we can do rather then actually doing it lol!

 

Pine Cone 'Zinnias' - cone "zinnias" added to fall floral display

Pine Cone 'Zinnias'If you have a lot of small pine cones in your yard to decorate with, you can take them up a notch by painting the backs of them to create 'zinnias'. I incorporated them into my fall floral decor this year and really like their texture and color.

 

Saturn Hanging Decoration - finished

Saturn Hanging DecorationHere is a fun craft for your child to do especially if they're currently learning about the solar system. Saturn is my daughter's favorite and we made this together. She liked it so much, we are going to hang it in her room.

 

A plate of cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

Pancake DoughnutsIf you're craving doughnuts but are too lazy to mix and wait for your batter to rise, try this pancake mix-doughnut hack. Just mix and pipe then you'll have an easy and delicious doughnut snack!

 

Cute Upcycled TP Tube Gift Boxes - gift box

Upcycled TP Tube Gift BoxesOkay so I think it's safe to say we all have a lot of toilet paper rolls. Especially amid this pandemic, we all went through a little hoarding shopping spree of toilet paper! But it's okay;) instead of just endlessly throwing them out what do you say we have some fun and spread some love?

 

Lego Minifig Toothpaste Cap - LEGO tube cap

Lego Minifig Toothpaste CapHere is a fun and cute craft to make with your toothpaste cap. Most caps look like this and have a 'bow' in the back. After you draw on it, put it back on the tube or use as finger puppet ! :)

 

Topsy Turvy Cinderella Doll - finished dolls

Topsy Turvy Cinderella DollLet me show you how to make two dolls in one, a princess and a peasant!

 

Garden Bed from Recyled Bed Frame  - planter in the yard

Garden Bed from Recyled Bed FrameWe had a broken bed and had planned on making a grow box this fall for our winter garden, so we used bed parts to make it.

 

Rainbow Unicorn Wall Decoration - unicorn lying on a wood floor

Rainbow Unicorn Wall DecorationHere is an inexpensive and cute rainbow unicorn wall decoration made from paper, glitter paint, and some tulle. For a more sturdy unicorn, you could use white cardboard.

 

Chocolate Cowboy Hats - edible cowboy hats

Chocolate Cowboy HatsThese chocolate cowboy hats are a wonderful edible craft. I am making them for my nephew's birthday/Halloween party where he will be dressing up as Woody, the cowboy from Toy Story (his absolute favourite). These only take a few food items and a bit of patience. They would also be awesome for a western movie lover or a baby shower!

 

Scrubbers Using "Scrubby" Yarn - finished scrubby with a hook and the darning needle lying across it

Scrubbers Using "Scrubby" YarnThere are so many cool crafts supplies out there anymore. I recently wanted to make my cousin a "scrubby" and found the perfect yarn.

 

Painted Happy Birthday Banner - finished banner lying on the floor

Painted Happy Birthday BannerHere is another inexpensive, cute, and colorful "Happy Birthday Banner" you can make with paper, paint, decorative scissors, a hole puncher, and yarn. This is perfect to hang for a child's birthday!

 

Upcycled Bridal Garter

Upcycled Bridal GarterI had a bridal garter that we couldn't even give away in my area. I made it into a skirt for a Barbie doll. I also cut off the long ribbons in the front to a more manageable length.

 

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Plastic Fabric Cell Phone Cooler - view of cooler with pocket attached

Plastic Fabric Cell Phone CoolerI made a cell phone cooler for keeping my cell phone cool in hot weather.

 

Birthday Cake Gift Box - round birthday cake shaped gift box

Birthday Cake Gift BoxMake a simple greeting card and gift box in one for any occasion. Gifts made with great efforts are appreciated most. And no matter how simple it is, remember that it's always the thought that counts.

 

Mini Baking Tin Pumpkins - hanging on a door

Mini Baking Tin PumpkinsI saw the cutest mini pumpkins made from tins and did my own spin on them. Theirs was somehow glued together, but mine failed, so I improvised. I hope you like them.

 

Praying Mantis in My Backyard   - mantis with a caterpillar of some sort

Praying Mantis in My BackyardWe have a couple of praying mantises in our backyard. They like to hang out in our apple tree and passion fruit vine. Sometimes they are hard to spot because they camouflage so well. I just happened to have my camera out when I saw this praying mantis catch it's prey! It is very fascinating to see how small its mouth is yet it has such a big appetite.

 

Sticker Scrap Happy Birthday Card - completed card

Sticker Scrap Happy Birthday CardWhat do you typically do with your sticker scraps? You can use them! Here's how I made this simple birthday card for my dad!

 

Happy Birthday Cut Letter Banner - finished banner lying on the floor

Happy Birthday Cut Letter BannerI like to purchase decorative paper pad sheets when I find them on sale or on clearance, because they are so versatile. I used different pieces of paper from the paper pad to create this colorful Happy Birthday letter banner.

 

Finches Dining on Rudbeckia Seeds - late flowers and finches eating the seeds of the earlier blooms

Finches Dining on Rudbeckia SeedsTypically I don't deadhead my rudbeckia for this very reason. At the end of the season the birds love to eat the seeds. I had to take this photo through a window as there was no good way to get closer without scaring these sweeties away. They appear to be female gold finches or juveniles. I have nyjer thistle feeders further south in the same part of the garden.

 

A Rose of Sharon in bloom.

Rose of Sharon Bloom (Hibiscus syriacus)My little Rose of Sharon plant got a slow start this season, but is now blooming again! I just had given it a drink right before taking this photo. I love the color of the flowers.

 

Peeling Bark on a Madrone Tree - peeling bark on a madrone

Peeling Bark on a Madrone TreeTo me, one of the most interesting and striking characteristics of madrone trees is the beautiful mahogany colored bark which crazes and then flakes off year round exposing the underlying green bark which will turn brown, then orangish, and finally this deep hue before it sloughs again.

 

Craft Stick Crate Gift Basket - pink tissue paper and small gifts

Craft Stick Crate Gift BasketHere is a cute mini gift basket you can make out of simple craft sticks. This crate measures about 5.25" L x 2.75" W x 2.5" H. It is a great size for smaller gifts!

 

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card - new finished front layout with the cake in the center

Rainbow Happy Birthday CardI was cleaning out my garage and found this Behr interiors paint color booklet. Instead of tossing it, I was inspired to make a birthday card for my daughter featuring a rainbow heart punch out theme.

 

Bug Sculpture - bug added to flowers and tea pot bird feeder from other projects

Bug SculptureI made this with broken a patio chair and misc metal pieces. This is what happens when your husband stands on a patio chair, falls off, and it breaks! You make a bug sculpture! We used all of the chair except the seat which was actually the only part of the chair that broke and was unuseable.

 

Non Pleated Child's Mask - child wearing the purple floral mask

Non Pleated Child's MaskThis easy to make mask is a great option for children. It is easy to put on and fits their face snuggly without gapping.

 

A plate of lamb chops with asparagus.

Herb Butter Lamb ChopsIt's easy to make your lamb chops super elegant with this quick and easy method. All you need to do is pan sear the lamb, then use its juices to make a pan butter with sizzling herbs. I used mint and parsley here.

 

A plate of roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto.

Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top PestoThis is a beautiful side dish with vibrant flavours. Use the carrots' own greens to make a pesto to serve with it. I added a bit of mint and lemon to really make it pop. I used pine nuts, but you can use cashews or something similar, too.

 

Non Pleated Child's Mask - child wearing the purple floral mask

Non Pleated Child's MaskThis easy to make mask is a great option for children. It is easy to put on and fits their face snuggly without gapping.

 

Scrappy Funky Doll - finished doll

Scrappy Funky DollThis doll is made from scraps of muslin, fabric, and felt.

 

Making an Emergency Bug Out Box

Making an Emergency Bug Out BoxThere's a new guy in my trunk...BOB (Bug Out Box). There is no way to miss what Oregon and Washington is going through right now. I came up with something that will help me, and perhaps you, sleep better at night. A bug out box. Here is why we need one. We may only have two minutes to get out..

 

Make Your Own Box Fan Air Filter - filter taped to the fan

Make Your Own Box Fan Air FilterWith all the wildfires right now air quality has gone down throughout the west coast. Here's an easy way to make a room air filter out of a box fan and a furnace filter.

 

Muscovy Duckling - baby in blanket

Muscovy DucklingThis baby came from mama duck, whose name is Wings. She is a very good mama ;) This is one of our 9 Muscovy babies. This baby is so pretty, and sweet. She (or he) needed a bath and some cuddles. I had to share ;)

 

Upcycled Wooden Table - applying the vinyl

Upcycled Wooden TableI got this table for free and upcycled it for about $5. (I already had basic supplies of paint, brushes, stain, varnish, and sandpaper. The only things I purchased was the vinyl and a small bottle of acrylic craft paint.) The top was not wood, but the legs of the table were, so I decided to do a combination of wood, paint, and vinyl for the top. It turned out rather unique!

 

Tea Cup Bird Feeder/Bird Bath - finished

Tea Cup Bird Feeder/Bird BathThis little piece will fit in perfectly with the glass sculpture flowers I made earlier this summer.

 

Mask Chain Holder - finished mask chain holder

Mask Chain HolderMy daughter works at a school and because of covid19 needs to wear a mask. At times, during the day, she isn't required to wear a mask and wanted a convenient way to keep the mask handy. Here is what I designed.

 

Circle Faux Flower Planter - view of the finished faux planter from a slight angle

Circle Faux Flower PlanterRecreate this cute circle faux flower planter for your desk, office/home. This could also be hung too.

 

Making Pastel Hair Dyes - mermaid ombré hair color

Making Pastel Hair DyesYou can save lots of money mixing up your own shades of colour instead of buying multiple colours when you want to do your own ombre hair. Due to the pandemic, I've been finding ways to save money, but still have things like fun hair colours and styles. Follow along to find out how to get this thrifty yet beautiful mermaid-inspired ombre hair by making pastels.

 

Swag Decoration For Less - swag on garden arch

Swag Decoration For LessWe have a vinyl arch in our backyard. It's pretty plain, so I decided to spruce it up with simple supplies (faux flowers/fillers, zip ties, and a bow).

 

masks hanging from the swatters

Face Mask HolderWe all have several masks. Some we were given, some we made, and some we purchased. They all have one thing in common. They need a place in the house.

 

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