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Industrial Lamp

Industrial LampWhile attending an arts festival, we saw a lamp like this and decided to make our own.

 

Acorn Elves

Acorn ElvesThese are acorns I gathered near Salem, Massachusetts this fall while on a trip there. They came from my husband's ancestor's property where they settled in 1634. I wanted to make some kind of keepsake out of them and found this idea. So Christmas decorations seemed like a fun idea. I also crafted with my 11-year-old granddaugheter and she had fun making them too.

 

Old Jewelry Pendant

Old Jewelry PendantThis was made from old jewelry and charms that I have been collecting.

 

Nativity Ornament

Nativity OrnamentMade from old wooden clothespins.

 

Scrappy Quilt

Scrappy Christmas QuiltJust another fun technique for a quick quilt using Christmas fabric scraps. Just fabric, no batting or flannel!

 

Lacey Barefoot Baby Sandals

Lacey Barefoot Baby SandalsI saw a baby wearing this type of sandal and thought they were adorable. Inexpensive to make and so cute!

 

Zig Zag Christmas Table Runner

Zig Zag Christmas Table RunnerThis table runner could be used for any holiday themed table runner. I had a lot of Christmas fabric so I made a Christmas themed one. It was a fun way to use up scraps other than making a traditional nine patch block, etc.

 

Square in Square Quilt Block

Square in Square Quilt BlockEasy quilt block pattern with a square inside.

 

Halloween Masks

Halloween MasksI made these for my daughter-in-law's special needs class from leftover scraps of felt. I looked online for ideas for decorating the masks and found a basic pattern.

 

Eyeglass Hanger

Eyeglass HangerMade from a little bit of wood and a chain makes your reading glasses readily accessible.

 

Granny Square Quilt Block

Granny Square Quilt BlockThis block is a way to use up smaller size quilt scraps. You can make a potholder, a table runner, or a quilt using this fun design.

 

Pista Necklace

Pista NecklaceJust got a bag of pistachios from my mom-in-law. I enjoyed snacking on it while setting aside the shells because it gave me another concept of art. It's amazing 'cause the shells are hard and I know it is a stable material for handicrafts. Here's the first craft I made from pista shells.

 

Personalized Flat Felt Doll

Personalized Flat Felt DollMy grandson likes Mario so I made him a personalized "Mario" doll.

 

Spin Me Around Quilt Block

Spin Me Around Quilt BlockScrap strip quilt block design

 

4th of July Inspired Paper Cup Rocket

4th of July Inspired Paper Cup RocketI made a paper cup toy to entertain my youngest child. I thought the 4th of July would be a nice subject for this art since it is already fast approaching.

 

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Bicycle Wreath

Bicycle WreathAnother idea for wreath making for the bicycle lover.

 

Crochet Rose

Crochet RoseThese are simple, little crochet roses that you could use to decorate something. I made 25 of them to go on a quilt I made.

 

Tablet Holder

Tablet HolderThis project makes a handy addition to the kitchen if you are following a recipe from the internet while cooking or it can be used anytime you need to prop up the iPad while you are doing something.

 

Crochet and Fabric Fusion Quilt

Crochet and Fabric Fusion QuiltThis was my year long "T.V." project. It was time consuming but fun to make. It is more of a display quilt.

 

The finished butter flower knife.

"Butter" Knife FlowerIn a previous posting, I submitted a craft on making a dragonfly out of forks and butter knives. This craft shows how I used up the "leftovers" from the dragonfly which was a "thrifty" use of leftovers. It is made from the end pieces of forks and knives.

 

The finished quilt block.

Dresden Plate Quilt BlockLearning a new quilt block design and made it into a table runner.

 

The completed Silverware Dragonfly

Silverware DragonflyUsing old silverware to create an outdoor sculpture adds interest to my collection of backyard sculptures. Some of this old silverware was what I used in my childhood my parents had given to me. I wasn't sure how I could use these "keepsake" knives and then came across this idea.

 

The finished Folded Flower Table Runner

Folded Flower Table RunnerThis was a cute and different table runner to make. Reminded me a little bit of paper folding or origami.

 

The completed drink in glass jars.

Ginger Turmeric Apple Wellness ShotsHere is a simple and quick 5 ingredient recipe my husband and I make for the week. Wellness shots are so expensive (they average $4 each and for 2 people a week that would be $56).

 

The completed Strip Block Potholder

Strip Block PotholderI've become interested in quilting and all of the neat ideas for quilt blocks. Because there are so many, I decided I would make a variety of quilt blocks and turn them into potholders so I can try out a lot more designs and it wouldn't be as time consuming.

 

The completed beverage server.

Garden Themed Beverage Server/Bird BathMade this punch bowl bird bath to serve punch in at a wedding reception with a garden theme.

 

The completed springtime tile craft.

Five-Minute Springtime CraftThis project is easy and inexpensive. All you need is a tile, a sticker, and a small easel!

 

Bell pepper seedlings in recycled containers.

Start Bell Pepper Plants EarlyTo ensure a good crop of bell peppers, it is important to remember that they require a long growing season. You can start the seed now (2/25)

 

Foods containing fiber.

Fiber Is The WordDoes your diet contain complex carbs, lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber? Fish, lean meats such as beef or pork, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables include these needed nutrients. The body needs certain nutrients to help it remain healthy, lose weight, maintain weight, and live longer. Instead of counting and keeping track of calories, it might be easier to keep track of fiber. In doing so, you may begin automatically to look for foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruit which are usually lower in calories than other foods.

 

The completed pullout box pieces.

Surprise Pullout BoxHere's another craft idea that I learned from my son. He is preparing a lot of unique valentine greetings for his teachers. What I like most about these crafts is that you won't need to spend so much for a gift. And it will take only 10 minutes to make.

 

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The completed tile centerpiece.

Tabletop Tile CenterpieceMod podge tile base for wedding reception garden themed table centerpiece. After the reception, these tiles can be given to guests to use as hot plates on their table at home.

 

The completed book frame.

Book Picture FrameA unique way to display pictures, vintage garden style!

 

The completed box filled with candy.

Origami Heart BoxMy eldest is the sweetest person next to his dad. The most thoughtful kid ever. I saw him cut out some pieces of art paper and asked him what it's for and he said he'll give it to his teacher. He said he doesn't have much money to buy her a gift so he tried searching for ideas online. I helped him with his work and it turned out really nice.

 

Adding a heart to the finished gnome.

Seasonal Gnome Porch SitterThis is a gnome that can stand upright on the front porch and be decorated with changeable holiday or seasonal decor. This one is for Valentine's Day. For other holidays, you could use a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day, an egg or an Easter basket with eggs for Easter, flowers for spring, flag for 4th of July, school book or apple for fall, pumpkin for Halloween, and tree for Christmas.

 

The completed book safe.

Vintage Book SafeThis is a storage book I created for my daughter's fairytale/garden wedding theme. The storage on the inside will be used to store her wedding advice cards.

 

Two heart shaped stockings for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day StockingsI started the tradition of Valentine Day stockings a few years ago. We enjoyed filling them with sweets and love notes.

 

The completed basket.

Crochet BasketMade with a CD base, this was a fun little basket to make. I filled it with a small tube of lotion and some treats for a friend's birthday gift.

 

The completed goodie bag.

Christmas Goodie BagsSanta or elf "long johns" are filled with small candies for Christmas. I made these for my daughter-in-law's special needs students.

 

the finished egg carton cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossom Out of Egg CartonsFor my son's school project, he only needed the plastic bottle vase. As a "mom of extra", I insisted on making the flowers to put into his vase. What I like about making this project is that I don't have to go to the craft shop to find the materials. I used what I can only find around the house.

 

The completed spool tree.

Spool Christmas TreeMade from fabric and old wooden spools

 

The completed basket.

Woven T-shirt Yarn BasketWith my leftover t-shirt yarn from another project, I made this basket to hold mail. It is nice and sturdy made from the yarn.

 

Three versions of the wreaths.

$1 Store WreathI bought the wreath forms at Dollar Tree to make these three similar but different Christmas wreaths.

 

Vintage Ancestor Ornament

Vintage Ancestor OrnamentMaking these for Christmas for each of my five children using vintage "1960s" pictures of my husband's family and my family.

 

Starbucks price information.

Saving Money at Starbucks

I'm a coffee drinker so when I go to Starbucks, it's often to get a drip coffee. I ordered this one day and the man behind me in line turned to his wife and said, "See, you can just order coffee." Black coffee drinkers definitely save money at Starbucks but there are some strategies that can make your Lattes and Frappuccinos less expensive too.

 

The finished Roll Holder Basket

Roll Holder BasketOld-fashioned roll basket!

 

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Assembling the screw and nail organizer.

Screw and Nail OrganizerGreat organizer for small spaces! Holds sixteen jars in a 15 inch space! My husband's original storage container.

 

The completed patchwork table topper.

Fall Pumpkin Patchwork Table TopperA good way to use scraps. My daughter-in-law loves the fall season and pumpkins, so I made this for her.

 

A couple in costume for Halloween.

Ice Cream Cone CostumeThis is a fairly quick "couples" Halloween costume that I made for my daughter and her boyfriend who works at an ice cream shop.

 

Tissue Paper Roll Face Switch Toy

Tissue Paper Roll Face Switch ToyI got the idea from my eldest son. I found him playing with a tissue paper roll as if he was telling a story with 3 characters and changing his voice as he switched the tp roll.

 

Adding the words to the "spines" and a ribbon.

Halloween Trick or Treat Books DecorationThese wooden "books" could be painted different colors for different holidays with different names on the sides. This set is for Halloween.

 

A pumpkin made from a round chair leg.

Sofa Legs as PumpkinsHere is a cute and fun way to repurpose the legs off an old couch that will be discarded. Many are round shaped. Simply unscrew the legs, paint them, and put a ribbon on top. They are nice decorations for Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. They can be made into personalized handmade gifts, and balloon string holders too.

 

A painted milk jug to resemble a sugar skull, with a candle at the top.

Day of the Dead Milk Gallon SkullHere is an easy and fun way to make a Day of the Dead, or most commonly known as Dia De Los Muertos, decorated skull. Simply use an empty and clean milk gallon jug with the handle facing forward. Use permanent markers or paint brushes and paint. You can also glue on glitter, etc. If you want to give it a cool effect at night, place a tea light on top as shown, or cut a hole at the bottom of the jug and insert it underneath. Enjoy !

 

Scarecrow

Scrap Wood ScarecrowCute for fall! We had some scraps of "plank" wood leftover from an old backyard playset. My husband cut the planks and screwed and glued the parts together to form a scarecrow with a hat.

 

The completed candy corn decorations.

Wooden Candy Corn DecorationA little paint and some wood to make these cute and fun Halloween decorations!

 

The finished Teacher's Day Card

Teacher's Day CardTomorrow we'll be celebrating World Teacher's Day. My son asked me to help him do a simple greeting card with a small token attached to it. He chose to put a box of chalk since "it's the best reminder of being a teacher", he said.

 

A basil plant growing in a canning jar.

Indoor Canning Jar Herb GardenI used these cute Mason jar glasses to plant an indoor herb garden.

 

The finished pumpkin candle holder.

Pumpkin Candle HolderA nice fall table centerpiece!

 

Two socks made into octopus dolls.

Octopus SocksHere is a way to reuse old socks and turn them into octopus sea creatures !

 

The completed canning jar pumpkin.

Canning Ring PumpkinDon't know what to do with those extra canning rings? I have a lot more rings than seals so when I saw this cute project idea, I knew just what to do with the extra rings.

 

Three finished stuffed pumpkins.

Easy Stuffed Pumpkins'Tis the season for pumpkins (almost)! A great way to use up excess fabric pieces for a beautiful fall decoration.

 

The completed Kinetic Wind Spoon Sculpture

Kinetic Wind Spoon SculptureI saw a kinetic wind sculpture on Facebook and so I looked up a few ideas with how to make one. My husband was the brains behind this project and used a few ideas from various sources and added his own. Following is what we came up with.

 

The completed strip square quilt.

Strip Quilt SquareI was given a lot of fabric from a friend. Part of the donation included long strips of fabric so I found this quilt pattern for using up strips of fabric.

 

The hanging fan pull.

Fan PullMade from a wooden spool and a few trinkets

 

The completed Zucchini Gratin

Zucchini GratinDo you want a delicious, balanced and not expensive dish? Zucchini gratin is just such a dish. This is a fancy side dish out of everyday vegetables. There are many variations on cooking zucchini gratin. I am sharing my French friend's recipe.

 

The completed quilt pattern.

Nine Patch Quilt SquareSimple instructions for making a nine patch quilt square.

 

The completed quilted hot pad.

Loghouse Hexagon Quilted Hot PadMade from scrap strips of fabric.

 

The completed decorative rosettes.

Rosette DecorationI wanted to add an embellishment to a nightgown I made so I made these little rosettes from the leftover fabric.

 

The completed ceramic looking vase.

Recycled Ceramic Look VaseI used plaster of Paris to make this ceramic looking vase from a soda bottle.

 

The completed loom knit bag.

Loom Knit BagThere are many options for making things from a knit hat loom besides a hat. I found this fairly simple pattern to make a "purse" which could be used for a swimming bag (has holes for the wet swimming suit to dry) or for whatever purpose you might want to use it for.

 

Bow Quilt Pattern

Bow Quilt PatternTrying out another simple quilt pattern. This project shows how to make one bow square. These squares can then be put together to make a cute quilt, whatever, size you want.

 

The completed fabric playhouse.

Portable PlayhouseThis is a Goldilocks and the Three Bears playhouse. I used a pattern online and adapted it for this fairy tale story.

 

The completed flags next to a sign.

Create Your Own Pride FlagFor a Pride month activity I created this craft for the art room. Everyone can make their own flag, either a traditional rainbow, or one of the many other flags which represent different identities.

 

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