decorative trimmings Rosettes.

Adding decorative trimmings to your sewing projects can really kick it up a notch.  For this iPad 2 shoulder bag I added ric-rac sent to me by Decorative Trimmings and my newest favorite batik fabric from Hoffman.

Transport and protect your iPad2 with simplicity and style using this easy-sew iPad case.  By using a light-weight fusible batting creating this lightly padded case is easier than ever and it also will help ensure protection from everyday bumps and scratches. The ability to  customize this envelope-style case to genuinely express your own personal style lies in the choice of fabrics, trims and notions selected. Due to the design utilizing multiple patterns of fabric, the combination options are truly endless. In addition to the personalization of style, the fact that the simplistic design allows for the addition and customization of size, shape and number of pockets used, once again allowing this fabulous iPad case to really meet all needs of both style and function.

decorative trimmings shoulder tote


To make the ipad2 shoulder bag with decorative trimmings:


  • Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread
  • Fairfield Processing –  Smooth Fuse Interfacing 1/2 yard
  • Velcro® Brand 1×1″  Square White Sew On
  • Grey button (optional)

Scissors, ruler or tape measure, iron, ironing board, sewing machine, straight pins, sewing needle and thread in a coordinating color.

Instructions for  the ipad2 shoulder bag with decorative trimmings:


Cutting guide:

For the layer with the fold-over flap, ( the longest piece)  cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of the fusible batting to measure 9 inches by 15 inches.

For the smaller layer cut two pieces of fabric that measure 9 inches by 11 inches and one piece of fusible batting that measures the same.

Sew your  Velcro® Brand 1×1″  Square  9 by 11 inch OUTER piece.  Then match it up with the INNER piece that is 9 inches by 15 inches. You are sewing both of these on the right side of the fabric.  They to line up when the flap is folded down.

With your Velcro® Brand 1×1″  Square  in place, iron your fusible fleece to your inner pieces. Iron it so that it is on the back side of the fabric. Lift and press the iron.  Do not move back and forth.  That will stretch your fabric.

With the right sides together pin the layers in place.  Next, sew the 2 outer pieces together and the 2 inner pieces together.  Trim off any excess fabric.  Leave one edge open so you can turn it right side out.   Repeat this step on the longer piece too. Trim off any excess threads.

Turn both of the pieces right side out and press both of the pieces flat.

Places the pieces together with the outside fabric on the inside. Start with the open edges and pin the two pieces together.  Sew around three of the four edges.  (This will form the pouch.)  Trim off any excess from the bottom and  press flat.  Turn the pieces right side out and press again. Trim off any excess threads.

Hand stitch on the button. Trim off any excess threads.
To adjust the measurements for any tablet or electronic device take the measurements of the device and add 1.5 inches to 2 inches.  If the piece is thick add the two inches.  If it is thin add 1.5.

To make the rosette with the rid-rac decorative trimmings:


dyed wood coasters

dyed wood coasters
dyed wood coasters

Give mom a gift she can use everyday.  Heck, you could make a set for your dad too.  These dyed wood coasters would make a great gift for almost anyone.  Hand-dye thin basswood strips and arrange them in colorful patterns on cork foam board. The foam board is sturdy, but lightweight, and the cork creates a great, nonabrasive base.  Make sure you cover them with a finish or the dye will bleed.


  • Elmer’s Cork Foam Board or cork
  • Basswood strips, 1/2” wide


  •  Liquid Dye: Apple Green, Purple, Lemon Yellow, Sunshine Orange, Cocoa Brown, Aquamarine
  • Adhesives: Adtech Hot glue gun Glue sticks for woodDecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze


  • sandpaper, rubber gloves, ruler, pencil, paper towels, stirring spoon, measuring cup, measuring spoon, plastic containers or bowls, craft knife, old pair of scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  1. Use ruler and pencil to draw 4” square on foam side of cork foam board. Use craft knife to cut out, using several passes to score and then cut through cork foam board.
  2. Use ruler and pencil to mark 15-20 lengths measuring 1/4”-4” on basswood strips. Use old pair of scissors to cut strips. Sand cut edges as needed.
  3. On covered work surface, separate basswood strips into six piles. Wearing rubber gloves, prepare six dye baths by mixing 1 Tbsp. of dye with 1 cup hot water in each plastic container. Stir mixtures until dyes have dissolved. Place piles of basswood strips into each dye bath. Let set for a few minutes; remove strips and let dry on paper towels.
  4. When dry, arrange dyed strips on foam side of cut square from Step 1. Arrange strips vertically and horizontally. When satisfied with arrangement, apply tacky glue onto back of strips. Press strips onto foam side of square; let set. If desired, layer strips along edges to create raised border. Let dry.
  5. Spray coaster with several coats of gloss glaze to seal. Let dry. Repeat process to create additional coasters.

dyed rosettes & twig wreath

twig wreathdyed rosettes & twig wreath

Dyed muslin rosettes transform this budget-friendly natural twig wreath into a colorful door accent.  If you do not have any trees in your yard you can get creative and go for a walk in a park and pick up a few.   If you do not want to get muslin you can use left over sheets and pillow cases.  I save mine. This twig wreath makes the perfect Earth Day project to make with your kids.


  • Recycled corrugated cardboard box
  • Muslin, one yd.
  • Natural or purchased twigs
  • Wire, 6” length


  • Liquid Dye: Tangerine, Aquamarine, Taupe, Cocoa Brown
  • Recycled plastic containers, four
  • Adtech Hot Glue gun and glue sticks


  • scissors, pencil, iron and pressing surface, spoon, rubber gloves, hot water, old towel, measuring cup, plastic tablecloth, awl, hand saw, ruler


  1. Wash muslin to remove fabric starches. Machine dry without fabric softener. Press with steam iron.
  2. Gather straight twigs from fallen tree branches or overgrown bushes. Or purchase twigs from local craft store. Use hand saw to cut sticks into 9”-12” lengths. (Note: To cover 10” wreath form, you will need approximately 55 pieces, depending on thickness of twigs.)
  3. Trace 10” circle onto flat side of corrugated cardboard box. Trace 5-1/2” circle on center of larger circle (for wreath shape). Use scissors to cut out wreath and opening.
  4. Tear twelve 2”-wide strips from muslin. Remove any excess strings from edges.
  5. Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Wearing rubber gloves, measure 1/2 cup of Tangerine dye with 1 cup of hot water (at least 140º F) in plastic container. Mix well with spoon. Repeat process to prepare separate dye paths for Aquamarine, Taupe, and Cocoa Brown dyes in remaining plastic containers. Submerge six strips into Tangerine dye bath and two strips each into Taupe, Cocoa, and Aquamarine dye baths. Remove strips and rinse under running water to remove excess dye until water runs clear. Place strips on old towel to remove excess water. Hang strips to dry.
  6. Adhere twigs to one side of cardboard wreath using tacky glue. Use generous amount of glue and let dry thoroughly overnight before handling.
  7. Use steam iron to press dyed strips. Starting at one end of strip, twist tightly and begin to roll into spiral shape. Use small amount of fabric glue to secure edges every 2”-3”. For Tangerine rosettes, use two strips of muslin, adhering one end of muslin to other end to make larger flower. For remaining rosettes, use one muslin strip.
  8. Use awl to pierce two small holes, approximately 1-1/2” apart, on one side of cardboard wreath. For hanger, place ends of wire into pierced holes and bend ends onto lengths to secure.
  9. Use fabric glue to adhere rosettes to wreath as shown. Let dry.

Bacon Ranch Crackers Gift in a Jar

Bacon Ranch Crackers 2 gift in a jar

Buttermilk Bacon Ranch Crackers are totally awesome according to my kids and I think I might agree.  They make a great gift in a jar and a snack to have on hand for movie nights.  In my world bacon is like butter and it makes everything better.  When you combine bacon with buttermilk ranch powdered dressing you have hit the trifecta of flavor.  Excellent snack or appetizer to give as a gift for the food lover on your gift list.  They also make a nice simple hosts gift and a thank you gift when you do not know what to get the person.
The recipe below is a powdered mix I make in bulk and keep on hand.  It does not have to be used for Bacon Ranch Crackers only.  You can add it to sour cream or mayonnaise to make a dip or dressing, sprinkle it over chicken for a marinade or any way you would use a powdered mix from the store.

Homemade Buttermilk Bacon Ranch Dressing Mix:

2 Tbsp powdered buttermilk
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp bacon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
( 1/4 tsp salt optional)
5 cups oyster crackers  ( a standard bag from the store)

(equal to one packet of store-bought)

Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and mix carefully.   If you want to make the dressing mix in a double batch you can store the remainder in a canning jar or zip top bag.

Directions for Bacon Ranch Crackers Gift in a Jar:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the spices.   Add oyster crackers and olive oil and toss to coat.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gently after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving.

Materials for Pyrography Spoon:

  • Wood Spoons
  • Pattern Hot Stamp
  • Creative Versa-Tool
  • Twine
  • Button
  • scissors

Then I used a pattern Hot Stamp from the Creative Versa-Tool to add the circles on the back and the front of the spoon.
wood burning spoons
You can draw images or stamp images and the follow the lines with the wood burning tool
draw pattern on spoon before wood burning

If you are interested in learning other ways to do a wood burn spoon you can check out this thinks to Pyrography Spoons

I hope you enjoy the Bacon Ranch Crackers as much as my family does.

Faux Tile Technique Butterfly

faux tile butterfly necklace2
size: 16”

Materials for Faux Tile:

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey White Oven-Bake Clay
  • Cousin Corp. assorted beads: Pearl/Crystal Green Mix, Orange/Yellow Mix, Glass Green Mix
  • Silver findings: eye pins, 1-1/2”, eight; jump rings, four; connectors, two; bead caps, four; toggle clasp

Basic Supplies for Faux Tile:

paintbrush, toothpick, cornstarch, sandpaper, damp paper towel or baby wipes


  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Essentials Tool Kit, Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Glossy Glaze
  • Round-nose pliers and wire cutters
  • Butterfly rubber stamp
  • Jacquard Orange Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions for for Faux Tile:

1. Run clay through clay conditioning machine on medium thickness; do not roll too thin.

2. Dust stamp with cornstarch and tap to remove excess. Stamp butterfly image into clay and remove rubber stamp. Trim excess clay using blade from tool kit. Poke holes on each wing using toothpick. See Photo 1. (see photos)

3. Bake butterfly pendant on parchment-lined baking sheet for half baking time suggested on manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. While butterfly pendant is cooling, place one dollop of Translucent Liquid Sculpey on covered work surface. Add three drops of Orange alcohol ink to top of dollop. Let rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix contents together using toothpick. See Photo 2. (see photos)

5. Gently sand rough edges on butterfly pendant. Remove dust with damp paper towel or baby wipe.

6. Paint mixture on butterfly pendant coating entire piece. See Photo 3. Add one drop of Orange alcohol ink to painted butterfly. See Photo 4. Let set. Return butterfly pendant to oven and bake for 20 minutes following manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool. (see photos)

7. For necklace, on first eye pin, alternate orange and turquoise beads threading four of each color. Use round-nose pliers to form loop at end of eye pin; trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to butterfly through poked hole on wing. See Photo 5. (see photos)

8. On next eye pin, thread bead cap, green pearl, bead cap; form loop at end. Trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to previous threaded eye pin.

9. On next eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to previous threaded eye pin. Attach silver connector to end.

10. On last eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to silver connector. Attach one end of toggle clasp to other end of threaded eye pin. See Photo 6. (see photos)

11. Repeat Steps 7-10 creating other side of necklace.


1. Use Sculpey Glossy Glaze to add shine to pendant after painting.


If you would like to see a step out tutorial for the polymer clay faux tile technique.

Girlfriends Mini Book


Girlfriends Mini Book
The Girlfriends Mini Book is a great way to document a favorite event with your bff. This mini-book  is made with coordinating paper, flowers and images are stamped in a coordinating ink. Buy the paper together and turn this scrapbook session into a fun evening sharing supplies and reminiscing about the event.  This project also makes a great graduation gift for your bestie.

Materials for the Girlfriends Mini Book:

  • Mini Board Book (Kaiser Craft)
  • Country Grove Paper Collection (Kaiser Craft)
  • Pearls (Kaiser Craft)
  • Flowers (Kaiser Craft)
  • Rub-ons (Kaiser Craft)
  • Shellz Buttons (Bleumenthal Lansing)
  • Photos of choice

Tools for the Girlfriends Mini Book

  • Rubber stamps (Unity Stamp Co.): Vintage Blue Bells; Daisy Days; Lifetime of Inspiration
  • Ink pads (Clearsnap): Watermark; Olive Pastel Chalk Ink
  • TopBoss Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder (Clearsnap)
  • Gel pen (Sakura)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Zip Dry Paper Glue; Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Computer and printer

Girlfriends Mini Book inside

  • 1. Cover front and back covers with paper. Sand and ink edges. Stamp around edges of pages with Watermark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder while still wet. Tap to remove excess powder and use heat gun to emboss.
  • 2. Cut strip from decorative paper and use scallopedge scissors to trim edges. Punch holes in scallops. Ink edges Olive.
  • 3. Glue photos to book and flowers to edges as desired. Glue pearls to flower centers and stamped designs.
  • 4. Adhere strip to chipboard. Trim excess paper from edges and sand smooth. Ink edges Olive. Use stylus to apply rub-on.
  • 5. Repeat these techniques for inside pages for a unified look.
    Girlfriends Mini Book

Make a French Country Flowerpot and Towel

French Country Flowerpot & TowelGive your kitchen a little ooh la la with this french country flowerpot andTowel DIY.  The right decorative accents can make a big difference when decorating your home.  You can get the customized look when you make things yourself. These two pieces also make a great gift or start to a gift basket.  Add some gourmet food to the french country flower pot like herb de provence, or lavender seasoning salt.  If you click the link you can get the recipe to make your own seasoning salt. Add things the recipient would like or even french herbs to use in cooking.  

Materials for French Country Flowerpot and Towel:

  • Clay pot, 10” tall
  • Natural cotton dishtowel
  • Cotton fabrics, 1/8 yd.: red gingham; beige script; black/white dots
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): French Vanilla; Country Red
  • Stick fusible webbing
  • Black seed beads, 11/0
  • Embroidery floss: black; white


  • Manuscript Background rubber stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Black pigment ink
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Beading needle and thread
  • Embroidery needle

Directions to make French Country Flowerpot and Towel:

1. Paint bottom of pot French Vanilla and lip Country Red. When dry, lay pot on surface and stamp, rolling stamp across pot. Repeat by lining up stamp with previous image until pot bottom is covered with manuscript.

2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to back of fabrics. Use scallop-edge scissors to cut 4-1/2” oval from red gingham, and regular scissors to cut 4” oval from script fabric. Print and cut out pattern. Cut rooster from black/white dot fabric. Fuse ovals together and rooster to script fabric.

3. Use three strands of black floss to blanket stitch edges of rooster and oval. Sew seed bead to each scallop.

4. Glue oval to center of pot.

5. For towel, repeat Step 2. Fuse ovals to towel and repeat Step 3. If desired, use black floss to blanket stitch bottom of towel edges.


1. Use rooster pot as a gift basket and fill with gourmet treats.

Make a Quick teacher gift

Teacher Gift

Make a teacher gift that is quick and thoughtful.  Place a gift card with a personalized note from your child inside the gift box.  The box can be used on their desk if there is enough room after all the greatest teacher mugs.  I could not help myself on the apple buttons.  I would only give this too an early education teacher.  Not cool enough for the over 10 kids to see.  Make sure it is a gift card to a place that is on their wish list or to a place  you know they love.
Back-to-School-teacher gift

Materials to create a dyed wooden gift Teacher Gift box:

  • Wooden box available at local craft stores. Generally around a dollar
  • Dye in Aqua
  • Adtech Adhesive Glue Gun and glue sticks
  • Back to School ButtonsTutti Fruity
  • Misc.  Paper towels, plastic grocery bag, sand paper, disposable container for dye.

Directions to make the wooden teacher gift box:

  1. If the box has rough edges you can sand them smooth with sandpaper.  Wipe off dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.
  2. Dip the box in heated dye bath.  Tap to remove excess.
  3. Place a paper towel on a plastic bag.  The paper towel is used to gather excess dye.
  4. Once the wood is dry you can add the button embellishments.
  5. Always cover your work surface when working with dye.  Gloves are a great option too.  I use metal tongs to keep my hands clean.Enjoy the process.You can change out the buttons for any occasion too.  Spring flowers for Easter maybe?  If you want to see other quick and awesome Teacher Appreciation crafts click on the link below.

recycled can craft for Easter with free printable graphics

How about a recycled can craft for Easter?  This recycled can craft is really quick and you can choose the graphic for it and make it for any occasion.

recycled can craft for easter


I printed the graphic on printable fabric that is purchased in almost any craft store.  The graphic Fairy has a post with 30 FREE printable vintage Easter graphics. 

You can pick and choose which one you like best or use one of your choosing.  I thought the darling girl and her sweet bunny were perfect for my house.  I love the soft look of the bunny and the color on her dress matches the colors in my house.  The graphics Fairy has a great selection of printables that are free for your use.

Supplies for recycled can craft for Easter:

  • 60 oz can
  • burlap
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
  • Printable fabric and printer
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • jute cording
  • button

Instructions for recycled can craft for Easter:

  1. Wash and dry a large can. Mine was left over from diced tomatoes that I used in chili for the super bowl.
  2. Cut a piece of burlap to fit around the can and use the hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the can.  You can sew around the burlap to stop fraying.
  3. Print the graphic and sew around the edges in a random pattern.
  4. Trim around the graphic and fray the edges.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the image.
  5. Wrap jute cording around the top and tie in a knot.  Add a couple of strands of cording into the knot and fray the edges
  6. Add a dollop of hot glue and press the button into the glue.  Hold while it dries.



Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle

Crystal Bangle  super simple bangle bracelet


Turn a boring wood bangle into a Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle. Get your wrist ready for a night out on the town with this sparklicious bracelet.

sparkle bangle Crystal Bangle

Materials for Crystal Bangle:

  • Crystal Sheets from Connie Crystal in black and white
  • bangle bracelet
  • black ink
  • hot pink paint
  • clear sealer
  • crystal sheets in black and white
  • jewelry glue
  • misc.- paint brush, tack cloth, sand paper

Directions for Crystal Bangle:

  1. Smooth any rough images with sand paper.  Remove debris.
  2. sparkle bangle
  3. Paint inside of bangle and allow to dry.  Sand and add a second coat if needed.IMG_6133
  4. Apply ink to exterior of the bangle.  You can apply it to the bangle or roll the bangle into the ink.
    apply clear coat to wood bangle
  5. Trim the crystal sheets to fit the size of the bangle and then adhere.  Allow the glue to dry a then wear for a night out on the town.

Connie Crystal logo Connie Crystal provided the crystal sheet for this project.