missing sock sign with hangers

missing socks

Make a missing sock sign with hangers for all those singletons.  In our house we always wonder where do those washed and dried socks go?  Keep pairs together, or ones still needing a match, with this cheerful laundry room sign.

Supplies for missing sock sign with hangers:

  • Walnut Hollow Wood Innkeeper Signboard, 4”x16”
  • Wooden items: clothespins, six; teardrops, 2-1/2”, three
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Adhesive-back rhinestones, 5/8”, six
  • Ribbon flowers with jewel centers, three
  • Heavy-duty wire, 24” length
  • Recycled pop tabs, two
  • Metal screws, two
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Bird Die
  • Alphabet rubber stamps and black pigment ink
  • Hand drill with bit, screwdriver
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cadmium Yellow, Lamp Black
  • Beacon Adhesives Tacky Glue


Basic Supplies for missing sock sign with hangers:

  • scissors, paintbrushes, wax candle, sandpaper, iron and pressing surface, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for missing sock sign with hangers:

1. On covered work surface, paint front of board and clothespins Lamp Black. Paint teardrop shapes Cadmium Yellow. When dry, rub wax candle on front of board and teardrop shapes. Paint signboard Cadmium Yellow and teardrop shapes Lamp Black. Let dry to touch; lightly sand shapes and board to reveal distressed surface.

2. Turn board over. Drill holes on top edges of board (for hanger).

3. Cut fabric scraps into 2-1/2”x6” strips. Machine-sew long edges of strips together to make three 7”x6” rectangles. Press fabric rectangles. Lay fabric rectangle on bird die and die cut three bird shapes using machine. Machine-sew using freeform motion around edges of each bird.
4. Use stamps and pigment ink to stamp “missing socks” at top of board. Let dry.
5. Adhere birds to front of board. Adhere teardrop shapes (wings) on fabric birds. Adhere clothespins to bottom of board.
6. Adhere ribbon flowers onto wings. Press rhinestones on center of each clothespin; spot glue to secure.
7. To hang, use screwdriver to affix screws with pop tabs into each hole on back of board. Insert wire ends through pop tab holes; twist to secure.

Easy Book Thongs Instructions

Easy Book Thongs book thong butterfly



Book thongs?  No, they are not anything offensive… lol and they are really quick and easy to make.  They are a fun and easy way to keep your place while reading books.   My kids lose the paper book marks and get frustrated when they lose their place in a book.  That is why I came up with a book thong using Oly*Fun and novelty buttons.   You can use a button that is pleasing to your child.  These particular buttons came from Buttons Galore and More.  They have a great variety of novelty buttons.  Oly*Fun craft sheets can be found in Joann Crafts stores.  Most big box stores carry the Craft packs and some even carry it by the bolt.  It is a really functional material.  It is tough like a fabric but can be cut and treated like paper because it does not unravel.

book thongs instructions

Supplies for book thongs:

  • Oly*Fun
  • Novelty Buttons
  • Hair elastics
  • scissors, pencil, ruler
  • Needle, thread and sewing machine

Instructions to make book thongs:

  1. Use the pencil to draw one inch lines across the crafts sheets.
  2. Cut along the line to create 1×12 strips of  Oly*fun.  You can trim them to a variety of lengths for different sized books.
  3. Fold one end of the strip over the hair elastic.  Sew a straight line using an 1/4 inch seem allowance.
  4. Repeat step 3 and trim the edges.
  5. Hand sew on a button on the other end of the strip.
  6. Place around a book and enjoy.



I made about a dozen book thongs in just around an hour.  They are really quick and easy to make.  If you would like more ideas for back to school check out the links below.

An InLinkz Link-up

Quick Teacher Gift

Back-to-School-teacher gift


Preschool – Back to School backpack

Back view of Rit Dye back pack

Sand art necklaces for kids

Sand art necklace

Sand art necklaces

Sand art necklaces make a great activity for a beach themed birthday party. My daughter turned 5 and we had a mermaid party. Mermaids sit on beaches so I sort of combined the two. As the mom of the party girl, I took the liberty to make  it beach and mermaid. While looking through the Oriental Trading online store for party supplies I saw the necklaces and decided that would be the crafty activity because it was fun, easy and something the kids could take with them. I ordered an 8 pack of sand, a dozen necklaces and two dozen little aqua buckets. The aqua buckets served two purposes. One to hold the sand so the children could scoop it out easier and also as their party favor. My mom wrote their name on a bucket with an Elmer’s pen. (also from Oriental Trading) The little party favor buckets I will show in another post because they were filled with fantastic candy from the candy bar. Oriental Trading supplied me with the candy, buckets, shell necklaces and colored sand. I ordered the other supplies used for the party.

sand art necklace station

Supplies for sand art necklaces:

Colored sand
small containers for the sand
Glue (optional)

Instructions for sand art necklaces

To create the sand art activity station I poured sand from the large jars into the buckets and place them on a wood tray. I placed two spoons for each color in the buckets. Tiny funnels are needed to get the sand into the shell necklace.
We placed the tray on a card table in the middle of the yard so that the kids were able to make a mess and so I would not worry about cleaning afterwards. We simply dumped the excess into the yard.
My biggest tip would be to make sure they fill sand to the top of the container. If it is packed full the pattern they create will stay in place when they shake it. (Trust me when I say YES they shake it.) You might need to tap it once or twice before the cap is placed on. Once they filled the shells, I wanted them to be a bit more secure. To seal the shell containers, I placed a drop of permanent glue on the cap to prevent them from opening. This step is up to you but I would recommend it highly.

The kids had a blast making them. Some pictures of this part of the party.

IMG_7547  sand art summer activity

gigi the wild child mermaid party sand art  IMG_7595


beach themed Candy bar decorations

Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations

Beach themed candy bar decorations were a hit at my daughters 5th birthday party. She had a mermaid themed birthday party. I took liberty and included beach type things too. We had a candy bar buffet with different candy types that were given beach themed names like – Salt Water taffy, Golden Sea Pearl bubble gum balls, Green Sea pearl Sixlets, Fish Bait Gummy Worms and Gold coins. The candy and the buckets  were sent to me by Oriental Trading Co. and I received product samples in exchange for my honest review.  The beach themed Candy bar decorations were delicious according to the kids in attendance.  It is candy, what’s not to love?  I created the decorations for the outside of the jars using this tutorial and the labels for the candy were made from art I purchased from Ann Krier at Whimsyville and this tutorial.

The names for the beach themed Candy bar decorations if you want to copy and paste the list:

Salt Water taffy (Taffy)
Golden Sea Pearl bubble gum balls (Gum balls)
Turquoise Sea Pearls (Chocolates)
Fish Bait Gummy Worms
Gold coins

Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations taffy

Supplies for beach themed candy bar decorations:


Beach Themed Candy Bar Decorations sea pearls

The candy from the buffet went home in personalized mini beach buckets and the shell sand art were the other favors. I tried to keep it as junk free as possible. I try to keep the piles of plastic crap to a minimum in our house so we picked something that could be reused. My daughter uses her bucket on her desk with pens in it.

To personalize the mini bucket – have someone with neat handwriting (my mom – not me) write the names of the children on each bucket as they arrive. If you do it in the beginning it will give the names time to dry. I think the extra time helps it to stay on better and prevents smearing. I could be wrong.. LOL but I will still stick with my theory.

To decorate the jars my mom and I made a ton of Polymer Clay Star fish using the same technique that was used on the headband. ( link) Unbleached muslin is one thing I pretty much always have on hand. It is really inexpensive. I purchase it by the bolt I use it so much. One reason I use it is because I love how it frays. To create an awesome frayed edge, snip one edge of the fabric about an inch and then rip it off of the main fabric. Do that for as many strips as you need. I think I used about an 1/4th of a yard for the entire party. When it is only $1.20 a yard it comes to about $0.60 for all the strips on the jars. I am totally positive I used less than a $1 of muslin. To top of the frayed muslin strips after tying them on anything and everything, I hot glued on starfish.

My secret to making parties look extravagant is to use one decoration and place it on everything. When I say everything I really mean it. I add it to baskets, serving dishes, serving trays, light fixtures, ice buckets and anything else I can. I reuse the same dishes and containers for most events. I keep my basic pieces just that basic. The extra details come in the less expensive things to change like linens and little decorative accents.

Mermaid themed cupcake tower

Mermaid themed cupcake tower
mermaid themed cupcake tower

Make a mermaid themed cupcake tower for your mermaid themed party ideas

Make a mermaid themed cupcake tower to coordinate with your mermaid party decorations using Olyfun and a few other pieces.  My daughters 5th birthday party was mermaid themed and the invitations were my inspiration for the mermaid themed cupcake tower.  I used Oly-fun to cut into scallops to imitate the scales on a mermaid tail.  The invitations  shown here are very whimsical and creative and I tried to imitate that feel with the tower.  I was so proud of myself for actually being able to keep it random.  It was all I could do to keep myself from making a color pattern for the scales.  I found the lids to stacking boxes were cheaper when purchased as a set.  This is my little mermaid hamming it up for the camera.
 mermaid party ideas
If you would like to make the starfish headband click here.

Supplies for a mermaid themed cupcake tower:

  • Olyfun in Grape, Sea Green, Sky Blue, Bubblegum and Kiwi
  • Scissors
  • papier-mache stacking box lids or treys
  • Americana Acrylic Paint in ——
  • paint brush or sponge brush
  • Jute cording
  • Cool Tool low -temp glue gun and glue sticks.
  • 3 metal buckets or terra cotta pots
 mermaid cupcake tower diy

Instructions for a mermaid themed cupcake tower:

  1. Paint the rims of the lids of the stacking boxes.  I use the 3 largest. Allow the lids to dry.
  2. Cut a 150 to 200 scallops.  Mix the colors up randomly.
  3. Use the low-temp glue gun to adhere the scallops around the edges of the lids. Add as many layers as you would like around each layer.  I added more layers at the bottom than the top
  4. Hot glue jute cording around the rim of the lids to cover the raw edges of the scallops.
  5. Add a generous amount of melted glue around the rim of the metal buckets and press them onto the under side of the rims.  Make sure you center them before they dry.

mermaid party ideas

Easy Earrings

easy earrings

Easy earrings to make and give in a hand stamped gift box.  Make these quick earrings to coordinate the with any outfit.  Once you learn the Easy Earring technique you will be making earrings for every one.  They really are simple, quick and easy.  I love to give them as hostess gifts.  They are really nice to have on hand when you need to send a little thanks to someone.  I personally think that when you tie the time to make a gift for someone that it is like giving more because you are giving up your time to make them something they will like.

sizes: box, 3-1/4″x1″x2-1/4″; earrings, 2″

Materials for Easy Earrings

  • Creative Imagination Bare Elements gift box with mirror
  • Beads, in three various sizes, six
  • Silver findings: two 2” head pins, two ear wires

Tools for Easy Earrings:

  • Acrylic block
  • Beadalon Chain-nose Pliers; Designer Flush Cutter Stamp
  • Clearsnap Ancient Page Navy Ink
  • ColorBox Cat’s Eye Fluid Chalk Queque: Misty Meadow
  • Rubber stamp, in print of choice

Directions to make Easy Earrings and gift box:

Hand stamped Gift Box

1. Starting with the lightest colored inkpad, apply inkpads directly to surface of box in long sweeping strokes. Use darker-colored ink for inside of box. Layer and blend colors for desired coverage. Let dry.

2. Randomly stamp image on gift box to create collage look. Set aside to dry.

Easy Earrings

1. String three beads onto each head pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach loop to lower loop on each ear wire. Trim excess wire.

See really they are Easy Earrings.  Once you make a few you will be hooked.  Practice the loop a few times on extra ear wires if you are afraid of making mistakes.  When you make things by hand they might not always be perfect and that is okay too.

15 minute teacher gift – a lanyard

A 15 minute teacher gift is about all I can squeeze into my schedule and into my budget.  Not that I don’t appreciate teachers.  Because believe me, I do!  I could never do what they do day in and day out.  The least I can do is make them a gift they can use.  The lanyard can be customized to their favorite colors or to the school colors.  A 15 minute lanyard is the perfect gift for a teacher.   Lanyards are perfect to hold id cards and keys.   They also make nice gifts for coaches to use with whistles.  You can use supplies from your stash, recycle an old shirt or use precut strips from a package.  I used left over precut strips from another project to make  this diy lanyard.  Since I used precut strips I actually made two in 15 minutes.  I use steam with my iron and it gives really crisp edges so I did not need to pin the strip together before sewing.  You might need pins.   Click on the logo for other 15 minute teacher gift ideas.
 15 minute teacher gift lanyard 2

Materials for 15 minute lanyard:

  • One precut fabric strip or a 3×36” cut strip
  • 1″ swivel hook
  • scissors
  • Iron, ironing surface
  • sewing macine
  • coordinating thread
  • needle
  • pre-made crochet flower (optional)
  • two buttons (optional)

teacher gift lanyard

Instructions for 15 minute gift  – Lanyard :

  1.  Cut a strip of fabric to 3 x 36 inches.  Press flat.
  2.  Fold in half lengthwise and press the strip to create a crease in the center of the strip.  The crisper the edge the easier to sew.
  3.  make a lanyard
  4.  Open the strip and fold the outer edges in.  They should touch the center.  Press again, keeping the edges crisp.
  5. Using a straight stitch sew the edges closed.  Approximately an  1/8″ Stay as close to the edge as possible.  Repeat for other side.
  6. Wrap end around metal piece and sew edges down.  Stitch a square with an X through it to secure.
  7. Add embellishments as desired.
  8. lanyard embellishment

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

A Casting Resin Necklace DIY –  Fanciful Flowers.  Create a necklace in any color or flower you would like with this easy to follow tutorial.

Materials for Resin Necklace

  • Paper flowers, in various sizes
  • Cousin: Antique Gold chain; Antique Gold Starter Pack; Classic Pearl Elegance beads: 8mm Round Rose, 8mm Round Glass Turquoise Pearl, 6mm Round Glass Ecru Pearl; Clear Monfilament #8
  • Alumilite Corp.: Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin

Basic Supplies for Resin Necklace

paintbrushes, rubber gloves, scissors


  • Jacquard Products: Lumiere Paints: Pearlescent Turquoise, Bright Gold, Pearlescent Magenta, Halo Blue Gold, Crimson; Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment Interference: Blue, Solar Gold; Pearl Ex Varnish
  • Cousin: Precision Comfort Round-Nose Pliers, Needle-Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters
  • Hand drill with 1/16” bit

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers  1

Directions for resin necklace:

1. Mix Amazing Mold Putty following manufacturer’s instructions. Press paper flower into mold. Use tip of round-nose pliers to make sure each petal is pressed into mold. Repeat step for remaining small paper flower. Allow mold to set for approx. 20 minutes. Remove flowers from molds. Use small amount water to remove residue. Gently pat mold dry.

2. Mix Amazing Casting Resin following manufacturer’s instructions. Slowly pour resin into mold. Once resin has set, remove it from mold. Repeat for remaining flower.

3. Paint small flower petals Magenta and center Halo Blue Gold. Let dry. Lightly brush coat of Crimson on petals. Paint large flower petals Turquoise and center Bright Gold. Apply Interference Blue powder on petals and Solar Gold powder on center. Let dry. Apply varnish on flowers. Let dry.

4. Drill two holes on each end of flower petals and two holes in centers of flowers.

5. Thread monofilament through center holes and through three pearls. Tie pearls off on back of flower. Repeat for each flower.

6. Place one jump ring into each hole on petals. Attach small flowers to large flower with additional jump ring.

7. Thread the following onto eye pin: blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead, ecru pearl, blue seed bead, pink pearl, blue seed bead. Form loop at end and secure to jump ring on pink flower. Repeat for other flower. Cut two 7” chain lengths. Secure eye pin onto each end of chain.

8. Attach jump rings on ends of chain length. Attach clasp on one end of chain and toggle on other end.

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea pecan pie iced tea cocktail

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea, yes you read that right.  We are crafting cocktails in the kitchen. So, if you don’t want to craft a cocktail that is cool and refreshing as well as delicious then you should click around the other pages and find another type of craft to do.    I belong to a monthly dinner club and each month there is a different theme and we sign up for different courses.  Our theme this month was nut.  I signed up for a cocktail and had absolutely no clue what I was going to make.  I knew I could fall back on something expected with peanuts if needed.

The one of the best local places to go near Cincinnati is across the river into Kentucky and visit the Party Source  I purchased a brand of whiskey called Foggy Dog by Three Boys Farm Distillery  They make whiskey in small batches and sell locally around the region.


Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea Recipe

Supplies for making cocktail – approximately 60 ounces

Pitcher, long spoon, cutting board, knife,

10  packets Stevia
4    cups tea
3    cups Pecan Pie Whisky
1    cup orange juice
1    cup sweet and sour mix
7    dashes bitters
1    pinch of salt


Directions for making Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher.  Stir in ice.  Then pour in a glass with a few cubes.  Garnish with lemon slices.  If you are making ahead, refrigerate the pitcher of iced tea then serve over ice.  If you would rather garnish with orange slices you can do that too.

I hope you enjoy the cocktail that was “crafted” in the kitchen.  If you like the idea of pecan pie iced tea they also make other flavors like blueberry cream, apple pie and other.   I look forward to trying a few more of the flavored whiskey.


jam and jelly gift set – Country Fair

jam and jelly gift set - Country Fair

jam and jelly gift set – Country Fair style.  Jam and Jelly gift set make a great gift for almost anyone.  You can create packaging for any occasion and make the jam and jelly gift set based on what berries are in season.

Materials and tools

  • Recycled 4-pack coffee drink carton and bottles
  • Patterned papers: red/cream polka dot; red/cream stripes; black Swiss dots
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Light Mocha; Lamp Black’ Traditional Burnt Umber
  • Melissa Francis Vintage Label (Heart & Home Collectibles)
  • Wool Felt (National Nonwovens): Cottage Red; Camouflage
  • White scrapbooking mesh
  • Black pebble beads (five per strawberry)
  • Natural hemp
  • Blue floral scraps
  • Red flat back buttons, two
  • Tiny Alphas rubber stamps (Hero Arts)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Embroidery floss: red; green
  • Marvy Craft Punches (Uchida): 3” Scalloped; 2” Circle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sanding block
  • Paper trimmer
  • Rubber bands

Directions for jam gift set

1. Paint carton Traditional Burnt Umber and lids Light Mocha. When dry, dry brush lids Lamp Black for an enamelware look. Dry brush edges of die cut tag. Apply varnish to lids.

2. Cut patterned papers to fit all sides of carton. Glue papers to carton. Use paper trimmer to cut 2”x5-1/4” rectangle from kraft cardstock; glue to carton front. Trim edges of vintage tag and glue to die cut tag. Glue buttons to ends of tag and tag to carton front over center of craft strip. Cut four 1-1/4”x7” strips from mesh; wrap and glue around bottles. Punch four scalloped circles from Swiss dots paper and four circles from kraft cardstock. Stamp circle labels as shown. Layer circles together and glue to front of bottles.

3. Print and cut out patterns. For each bottles cut two strawberries from Cottage Red felt and stem from Camouflage felt. Use red floss to sew beads to one strawberry piece for seeds. Layer strawberry pieces together and blanket stitch around edges, leaving 1” opening for stuffing. Stuff with a quarter-sized piece of batting and blanket stitch closed. Use green floss to sew details to stem and sew to strawberry.

4. Cut 36” length from hemp. Center and sew hemp to back center of strawberry. Tie hemp around bottle neck several times and knot. Cut pieces of blue floral and glue inside hemp. Fill jars with jams and jellies.