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This Suess preschool project is a craft you can do together.  You draw the shape.  Let them fill in the center and then you add the details and clean it up a little bit.

This is a super easy and very quick craft.  The longest part about it is the project is waiting for the paint to dry.  I used white fabric paint and white puffy paint.  The bow is free-handed and cut out of Oly-FUn

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Soup Singles – Italian Herb Soup Gift in a jar

Soup Singles - Italian HerbGifts in a jarWarm up a winter meal with Soup Singles – Italian Herb Gifts in a jar.  This soup single makes the perfect meal for one or an appetizer for two.  I added a few variations to the bottom of the ingredients if you are making a bunch of them for yourself.  I like to give them to my single friends and to my elderly neighbors.  And I will let you in on a little secret we keep them in our emergency travel kit.  For the kit I have them in vacuum sealed pouches.  We rotate out the food items every six months.  We keep enough food in it for our family of 4 to eat for 3-5 days, not including the rice.

To decorate the Soup Singles mason jar I used DecoArt Paint, Twine from Hemptique and Buttons Galore Buttons and my trusty hot glue gun from Adtech.

Ingredients Soup Singles in a jar:

  • 1 tablespoons lentils
  • 1 tablespoons split peas
  • 1 tablespoons barley
  • 1 tablespoons rice
  • 1 tablespoons dried mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon dried chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 chicken boullion cube added to the top

Instructions Soup Singles in a jar:

  1. Layer the ingredients into the jar or you can mix in a bowl and then add. I like the layered look.
  2. Seal jars.
  3. Can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

To Make Soup Singles in a jar:

  1. Add the soup contents into a 4 quart Dutch oven with 4-6 cups water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered 30 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Extras you can add to change it up a little:

  • can cooked chicken   and 1 can diced tomatoes
  •  frozen meatballs
  • 1 cups kale or spinach, coarsely chopped

For the Italian Meatball Version:

  1. Add frozen meatballs and kale, return to boiling, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until meatballs are heated through.
  2. For the canned chicken heat until warmed.

 

Bacon Ranch Parmesan seasoned crackers gift in a jar pyrography

Bacon Ranch Parmesan seasoned crackers gift in a jar pyrogrophy

Bacon Ranch Parmesan seasoned crackers gift in a jar make a great gift because everything is better with bacon.  Or so I have been told. I used to think it was butter, but I am convinced that bacon is better.  These seasoned crackers make a great gift to give or to have on hand at home.  My kids love them in tomato soup.

Bacon Ranch Parmesan seasoned crackers gift in a jar with pyrography

2 Tbsp powdered buttermilk
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 to 1/4 tsp bacon salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil

5 cups oyster crackers  ( a standard bag from the store)

Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and mix.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the dressing mix, dill weed, vegetable oil, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Add oyster crackers, and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gently after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving.

To decorate the jar you will need:

Fabric strip or ribbon and the spoon decorated with wood burning.  Tutorial for wood burning spoon

Instructions – Wrap fabric strip around the jar and tie on the spoon.

Journaled Tote Bag

Journaled Tote Bag with rosette flowers and instructions

Create a custom Journaled Tote Bag for you or for a friend.  I don’t know about you but I can always use an extra bag.  They are perfect for trips to the library, gym or to the grocery store.  If I am going  to carry something around I might as well carry something pretty and inspiring.

Materials for Journaled Tote Bag

  • Black canvas tote bag, 24”x16”
  • White cotton fabric, 1 yd.
  • Natural canvas, 10” square
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Sewing thread: black, white
  • Buttons Galore and More Laura Kelly Hand Dyed Sunshine Yellow Button Mix
  • Prima Marketing Dynasty Ivory Flower Centers

Basic Supplies for Journaled Tote Bag

plastic container, spoon, old towel, scissors, iron and pressing surface, paintbrushes, rubber gloves, straight pins, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery needle
  • Jacquard iDye for Natural Fabrics: Deep Orange, Chartreuse, Pink, Turquoise, Lilac
  • Jacquard Lumiere Paints: Hi-Lite Red, Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Metallic Olive Green, Neopaque White
  • Markers: Jacquard Tee Juice Black Medium Point Marker; fine-tip black
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions

  • 1. On covered work surface, use paints to create color swatches on tote as shown. Paint Metallic Gold along bottom of bag; drybrush Neopaque White. Let dry. Paint section of Neopaque White along top edge of bag; drybrush Metallic Gold. Let dry. Add Hi-Lite Red and Metallic Silver randomly along top and bottom of bag. Let dry.
  • 2. Cut white cotton fabric in half; set one half aside for use in Step 5. Tear other half into 2”-wide strips. Machine-sew straight stitch using white thread joining strips on short edges, creating one long strip measuring approximately 2 yds. long. Cut sewn strip into five shorter strips for dyeing.
  • 3. Wearing rubber gloves, follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix 2 cups of hot water with Deep Orange dye in plastic container. Stir well with mixing spoon. Submerge one fabric strip into dye bath. Remove and rinse under cool water. Squeeze out excess dye with old towel. Hang to dry. Repeat process to dye remaining four strips Chartreuse, Pink, Lilac, and Turquoise. Let dry.
  • 4. While strips are drying, freehand draw and cut out seven leaves from natural canvas. Paint leaves Metallic Olive; let dry. Machine-sew straight stitch for vein lines and leaf outlines using black thread. Knot and clip thread ends.
  • 5. Cut remaining white fabric into two 2”x10” and one 2”x8” strips. Position fabric on work surface. Use Medium Point Black marker to write “Be the Change” and “you want to see” on longer strips and “in the world” on shorter strip. Pin strips in place on front of tote. Machine-sew zigzag stitch around edges of sayings using black thread. Remove pins. Lightly drybrush around strips Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold. Let dry.
  • 6. Use iron to press dyed strips. Cut 1/2”x12” Turquoise strip (for stem). Use fine-tip black marker to journal message or sentiment down length of stem.
  • 7. For rolled flowers, twist one end of dyed strip inward and roll into spiral. Continue, adding small amount of fabric glue every 1-1/2” to 2” on spiral. Create rolled flowers that are various sizes by using more or less of dyed strips. Create one Lilac, one Pink, one Turquoise, and two Deep Orange flowers.
  • 8. For ruffled flowers, use sewing machine and white thread to knife pleat dyed strips down center. Roll strips into spirals, adding small amount of glue every 1-1/2” to 2” on spiral. Adhere end to secure.
  • 9. For flower centers, cut small 1” circles from remaining dyed fabric or roll remaining strips into small spirals. Adhere flower centers onto flowers. Adhere Ivory Flower Centers and rhinestones onto flower centers. Adhere flowers onto front of tote using photo as guide. Adhere journaled stem along left side of tote and leaves around flowers.
  • 10. Use embroidery needle and three strands of black embroidery floss to attach buttons onto flowers and leaves. Knot and clip thread ends.
  • Tip
  • 1. Add ruffled lace, fabric bows, and other embellishments onto tote handles as desired.

Sparkling Jewelry Organizer

This Sparkling Jewelry Organizer is a very special piece to me and I think it is great way to start the new year, sharing a bit of the past and getting organized for the new year.  The Sparkling Jewelry Organizer  was my very first project published in a print magazine.  The magazine was Crafts ‘N Things.  If not for this piece being picked up by the Editor Abby,  I am not sure what I would be doing or if this website would even exist. This is the piece that jump started it all.  I am often asked what my style is and I usually say I do not have one.  Looking back 10 years later, I guess I do.  This is still my favorite color combination, I love the mix of patterns and textures and I love the sparkle.  This piece sums me up perfectly.

first published piece

 

Sparkling Jewelry Organizer

Sparkling Jewelry Organizer

Materials for Sparkling Jewelry Organizer:

  • Bare Elements Shelley case 7-1/4″ tall
  • Assorted Blush Collection Papers
  • Assorted Flat Back Crystals, 6mm: red; blue; crystal
  • Lt. blue velvet ribbon, 3/8”

Tools

  • Crillon Stamp Set
  • ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads: Ice Blue; Warm Red; Dk. Brown; Creamy Brown
  • Adhesives: Zip Dry Paper Glue; Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions for Sparkling Jewelry Organizer:

STEP 1

  • Choose five coordinating paper for inside of box, one for exterior, one for band, and one for lid. Ink all inside and all inside and outside box edges and creases.

STEP 2

  • Trace lid on back of blue pattern paper; cut out. Use Warm Red ink to stamp image in center. Follow BeJeweler Pro manufacturer’s instructions to affix crystals to stamped design.

STEP 3

  • For lid sides, cut 5/8”x12” strip from blue patterned. Cut strip to fit each section length. Stamp image on four short rectangles and apply crystals in same way as Step 2.

STEP 4

  • For each tray, cut 1-5/8”x12” strip from a different patterned paper. Cut strip to fit each 1-1/2”- and 2-1/4”-long sections. (Note: Adjust strips accordingly where trays are attached.)

STEP 5

  • For exterior sides, cut 1-3/4”x7” and 2-1/4”x7” rectangles from floral print paper; glue. Repeat for inside, adjusting paper height for trays.

STEP 6

  • For front two pieces, cut two 1”x7” floral print strips; glue. Cut two 1-1/2”x12” strips from red patterned paper; join strips together in back and glue horizontally around box, trimming excess at front. Glue strips to box, 1-1/2” from bottom.

STEP 7

  • Use Fabri-Tac to glue velvet ribbon strips around red strip borders as shown. Tie green ribbon knots and trim loose ends. Use Fabri-Tac to glue knots to box front.

STEP 8

  • On exterior panels, affix crystals to flower centers as desired.

STEP 9

  • For tray cushions, trace lid on paper, adding 1/4” to each side for octagon template; cut out. For each cushion, cut two octagons from fabric. Sew right sides together, leaving open on one side for turning. Turn right side out through opening. Stuff; sew opening closed. Repeat to make four cushions.

Note

  • 1. Ink paper edges as desired.

Glitzy Glam Necklace

Glitzy Glam Necklace Glitz & Glam NecklaceCreate some shimmer in your wardrobe with this Glitzy Glam necklace and the easy to follow instructions written below.

Materials for the Glitzy Glam Necklace:

  • Cousin Corporation of America: Silver Chain, 20” length; Gold Mix Glass Beads: 6mm, 8mm, 12mm; Crystazzi beads: 8mm Aqua Round, 8mm Indicolite Round, 4-6mm Aqua and Indicolite Bicone Mix
  • Cousin Corporation of America, findings: Hammered Toggle Clasp; Bits and Pieces: Silver Findings: 2” Head Pins with Silver Ball, 2mm Crimp Beads, Jump Rings, Silver-lined Bead; Teal and Bronze Mix

Tools

  • Cousin Corporation of America: Precision Comfort Round Nose Pliers, Needle Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters

Directions for the Glitzy Glam Necklace:

STEP 1

  • Use pliers to open two jump rings; attach toggle pieces to silver chain on each end. Close jump rings.

STEP 2

  • Find center of necklace for center dangle placement. Create center headpin by adding beads in desired pattern for 1-3/4”. Form loop at end of headpin; attach loop to center of necklace chain. Close loop.

STEP 3

  • Thread next two headpins in same manner, reducing size of beaded area on headpins by 1/8”. Use wire cutters to trim headpin. Repeat process until all headpins are beaded.

STEP 4

  • Form loops on end of beaded headpins; attach to necklace chain from center dangle outward. Repeat process, mirroring attachments, for other side of necklace. Attach two beaded dangles per chain link.

Tip

  • Use two pairs of jewelry pliers when creating loops. Hold headpin with one pair of pliers and use second pair to grasp end of headpin and curl into beaded loop.Enjoy your newly created Glitzy Glam Necklace while celebrating the holiday season.

Many Blessings Jar

many blessings jarA Many Blessings Jar is a great way to create a new tradition.  A great way to start the new year is with a Blessings Jar. Write something each day that you are thankful for on a slip of paper and add it to the jar. On New Years Eve, dump out all the blessings from the entire year and go through it together as a family. you can look back and see what made a difference in your life each day.  It is a simple yet such a heartfelt gift you can give to friends and family.

Materials for Blessings Jar

  • Glass quart canning jar
  • Spray Paints (Krylon): Brushed Metallic: Carmel Latte; Champagne Nouveau; Indoor/Outdoor: Leather Brown
  • Say It In Studs Swirls (Prima Marketing)
  • Silk Flowers (Prima Marketing)
  • Jute Cording (Toner)

Tools

  • Rubber Stamps (Hampton Art): floral; sentiment
  • Chalk Ink (Clearsnap): Dark Brown; Deep Green
  • Sponge
  • Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 All-Purpose Adhesive

Directions

STEP 1

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint jar Champagne Nouveau and lid Carmel Latte. Let dry. Spray Leather Brown paint on sponge and lightly sponge paint lid and base of jar as shown.

STEP 2

  • Use Dark Brown ink to stamp floral image and Deep Green to stamp sentiment.

STEP 3

  • Adhere stud embellishment and flowers to jar as shown.

STEP 4

  • Wrap jute cording around lid several times; knot and trim ends.

Decoupage Ornament

Decoupages Ornaments tear dropMaterials

  • Two coordinating decorative papers
  • Papier-mâché ornament
  • Desired embellishments
  • Ribbon or heavy string

Tools

  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Dauber or sponge
  • Brown ink

Directions

  • 1. Create sophisticated ornaments on a shoestring. For each ornament, choose two coordinating decorative papers, then trim and adhere papers to cover alternating sides of papier-mâché ornament. Use dauber or sponge and brown ink to antique edges. Embellish as desired.
  • 2. Make a set of these charming ornaments packaged in a coordinating découpaged gift box for a lovely, budget savvy gift idea.Decoupages Ornaments star

Christmas Scene

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I recently joined a fb group of bloggers and some of us are joining up and having a Christmas Home Blog Tour.  I am not doing a walk through of my home per se, I thought it would be more fun to share pictures of my favorite decorations.  And give a little back ground on why they are displayed each year.

I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of my Christmas decor here and linking you to all the other homes in the tour so you can enjoy them all!

Friday December 12th
Saturday December 13th
Sunday December 14th
Monday December 15th
Now for a few of my favorite things -
This is the monogram I made for my front door. (how to make a monogram door hanger) It matches the colors on my tree.  Our tree and I have a love hate relationship.  We pull it out every other year when we travel over Christmas.  On The Christmases we are in town we do a live tree and on when we do a lot of traveling we put up our fake tree.  We have done this for the past twelve years and the fake tree decided to start shedding like a real tree.  But I can say that it has more than done its duty considering we purchased in for $10 when a store found 3 of them in their storage room in the middle of July.
Country Chic Monogram Wreath Monogram Door Hanger. Twine or sisal wrapped around a wreath, letter or frame is a great idea for your next DIY craft. Holiday door decoration inspiration.

The next picture is of my new favorite crafty technique.  Wood burning.  I have used the wood burning tool on anything that has not moved this year.  Wood Slice Snowman Instructions 
Wood burining wood slice snowman ornament country chic Christmas 365 Days of Crafts

 

We were married in December and went to Mexico over Christmas for our Honeymoon.  While we were there we purchased a sweet little nacamiento from the cutest little old lady. It has been a part of our Christmas tradition for 17 years now.   Sweet baby Jesus has been lost and found many times.  Usually in the hands of a child.  Luckily none of the pieces have ever been lost or broken.

nacemiento

A few things were added this years since our house is a little bigger than the last.  On my painted buffet I added a little winter scene.  The scene will not have to put put away immediately after Christmas and the kids like rearranging it.  Nothing in my house is off limits to the kids.  I gee up in a house where we were not allowed to touch anything and everything was spotless.  My house is clean but well lived in and my kids know to touch gently.  Yes, that is always a work in progress.

winter scene

 

winter scene bits

Icelettes in the lantern

So there you have a little peak into my decorations for the holidays.  Check out the other bloggers and their decor.  If you want to make any of the projects.  Click on the highlighted text.

scrap fabric bird ornaments

scrap fabric bird ornaments

Create one of a kind ornaments and use up your fabric scraps at the same time.  These scrap fabric bird ornaments can be made in any color combination and with any left over embellishments you have on hand. Make them for ornaments, as package toppers or sew them together and make a garland.  Scrap fabric bird ornaments can be fringed to create a vintage feel.

Materials for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • Wool Felt scraps (National Nonwovens): Cottage Red; Moss Green; Haybale
  • Tea dyed muslin scraps
  • Assorted fabric scraps
  • Craft mirrors, 1”
  • Flower centers
  • Jeweled brads
  • Polyfil fiberfill stuffing (Fairfield Processing)
  • Grosgrain ribbon of choice, 3/8”

Basic Supplies for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • Glue
  • Holiday sentiment rubber stamps of choice
  • Black pigment ink
  • Sizzix BigShot Machine
  • Sizzix Bigz Die: Bird with Wing
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions for Scrap fabric Bird Ornaments

  • 1. Die cut two bird shapes from wool felt. Print and cut pattern fabric scraps bird ornaments template. Cut two wings from tea dyed muslin. Stamp sentiment on one wing and heat set with iron. Die cut one small triangle for beak from an alternating color. Place small scrap of felt over portion of die cut. Glue to one of the wool felt bird pieces, cutting off existing beak.
  • 2. Layer bird pieces together. Machine sew, 1/4” from edge, in a contrasting thread, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Repeat for wing and lightly stuff pieces. Machine sew openings closed.
  • 3. Double ribbon for hanger and glue ends to front of bird. Glue wing to front of bird to hide ribbon ends. Wrap fabric or ribbon scraps into a loose bow and glue to bird below wing. (Note: Designer frayed fabric edges for a vintage look.) Glue desired embellishments to center of bow.