Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Another pretty quilted table scarf!

Another pretty quilted table scarf made by my mom! On my list to make a small quilting project soon!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A lovely "origami bouquet"!

My daughter made this beautiful origami bouquet for me. This arrangement would be a nice display on your office desk to show co-workers your colorful personality! The website below can help you get started and learn more about this traditional Japanese art of paper folding.


Also, check out the direct link below to the page on their website where they have included my photo along with their instructions on how to make a flower. Thank you "Origami Way"!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Easiest beaded loop earrings anyone can make!

All you need is loop earrings and add a few beads. Switch beads out with other colors to match your outfit. This is super easy to do!

"Jewelry making" done the easy way!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A recipe to share,"Broccoli and Bacon Salad"

I must admit, I am a "tweaker" when it comes to recipes. I occasionally get a recipe that I like to tweak a bit. Lots of times, you may tweak a recipe because you don't have a particular ingredient so you substitute something else or maybe the recipe needs less salt, sugar, etc. Sometimes you may just want to add something completely different. Whatever the case may be, don't be afraid to experiment with recipes. Just make sure, as you are "tweaking," to write it down so you will have the recipe to share. This is my version of Broccoli and Bacon Salad...Enjoy!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Refresh an old eucalyptus tree


I wanted to throw out this eucalyptus tree I have had  for a really long time and decided to give it new life by spray painting the container and replacing the moss with an updated new color. The leaves are delicate to clean, so use a spray duster canister.

"An Upcycle Project"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sterling Silver Beaded Earrings....Simple to make!

You just need these basic jewelry tools (long nose pliers, round nose pliers and cutting pliers.)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Repaint old pottery!


Wayyyyyyy long ago, I made this in college. It started looking ancient and I was just about to kick it to the curb for someone else to pick up or pass up. I got out my red spray paint and gave it one good coat. After it dried, I brushed on water-downed black latex paint and quickly wiped it off with a wet rag. Looks better, I guess it's a keeper for now!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Candlesticks customized to fit your color scheme!

These were unfinished wood candlesticks where I brushed on latex paint (any craft paint works well too) and immediately used a damp rag to wipe off. When dry, I brushed on gold craft paint in random areas and also used a damp rag to wipe off. The trick to this project is to work fast!

A great gift idea too!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The perfect quilted table scarf!

This lovely table scarf was quilted by my mom.
Quilting is one of her gifted passions!

Friday, July 12, 2013

A coffee table makeover...Finally!

After 28 years of scrapes and dents, I sanded the top down to the bare wood, gave it a stain and put several coats of polyurethane.. I spray painted the bottom black and distressed it with the sander and gave it a couple of coats of paste wax. New again!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Matching aprons...a fun sewing project!

Create something fun to wear for your little girl and her doll with matching aprons. I took an adult size apron pattern and sized it down to a girl size and then did a lot of guess work and made a doll one too. This is a nice gift idea and something a little girl will cherish!

Something Fun to Sew!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Trash to treasure, "My pot of gold that is green!"


This was on the curb ready for trash pickup at a neighbor's house. It actually looked a lot worse than the picture. I cleaned it with a wire brush and scrubbed a lot of dirt off. Then I spray painted the pot with Rust-oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover in Satin eden, which bonds well to plastics.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Table trash to this...

My husband found this table by the curb as he was driving by in the neighborhood and brought it home. This piece looked like the 70's table that you would place a round table cloth on top and used it for a side table. I did not want this inside my house and decided to put it on my patio, so I spray painted it...I also spray painted the old plastic pot on top that I had for many years and was the mauve color that was popular then (not anymore..for me at least!) The bottom pot was an old clay pot that I painted with craft paint. 

Just something to give my patio some color!

Another "upcycled" project!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ther other brand just doesn't "measure up" to Pyrex!

The Pyrex measuring cup on the left I have used for over 20 years and you can still read the amounts, but the other brand on the right I have had for only five years and the measurement amounts are wearing away.

Pyrex, in my opinion, is the way to go when it comes to measuring cups!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Add a little decorating for a July 4th picinic!

Art & Crafts

Repurpose old wine bottles for vases to put your flags in.You can also use glass paint on a clear bottle and fill with glass stones. Quick and easy decorating idea!