DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier

Hot Cocoa Carrier Gift front recycled craft tutorial

DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier

This adorable Hot Cocoa Carrier gift is not only cute but it has a tasty treat on the inside. Warm up this holiday season with hot chocolate. Make your own hot cocoa with the recipe at the bottom or purchase fancy gourmet flavors to place inside. Take away the chill with some liquid love given in a lovely container.  The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

size: 5-7/8”x5-7/8”

Materials for DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier

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Assorted flowers and leavesHot Cocoa Carrier Gift back
DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier is a great thank you gift or a just because present.  You can use this concept for Valentines and change of the color scheme.

Basic Supplies for DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier


Instructions for DIY Hot Cocoa Carrier

  • Die cut cardboard frame. Paint scalloped piece brown and heart red; dry brush scalloped edges and tabs white. Let dry.
  • Cut striped paper for frame front and music paper for back; decoupage to frame. Cut greenery paper square; adhere to center front of frame. Adhere scalloped piece over greenery paper; apply rub-ons to painted areas.
  • Cut red/white paper to fit inside can; cut music paper to cover outside of can. Adhere papers with line adhesive.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Shape 1/2”x1” cone nose. Insert toothpick in base; bake and let cool.
  • Hand-cut tiara shape from transparency; add gem flourish.
  • Cut foam ball in half. Using palette knife, apply snow paint to rounded side of one half. Press tiara to head. Let dry.
  • Dip pins in glue; pin bead eyes to face. Dip toothpick in glue; press nose to face.
  • Punch two holes 1/4” apart in center of frame opening. Punch two holes 1/4” apart in top edge of can. Wire can to backside of frame; curl wire ends with pliers to secure.
  • Insert gem brads in tabs. Adhere tabs, embellishments, heart, and snowman to frame. Punch holes in top edges of can; tie trim to holes for hanger.

Hot Chocolate mix:

10 cups dry milk powder
4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups powdered non-dairy creamer or vanilla 
In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined. Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Makes about 15 cups mix, or enough for about 45 servings.

For 1 serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mixture in a coffee cup or mug, and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with dollop of whipped cream or a few marshmallows, if desired.


Steampunk Bib Necklace tutorial

steampunk bib necklace  instructions 1.2
Steampunk Bib Necklace

If you are into Steampunk then create a fashion statement with this paper and paint necklace. You can change up the colors to go with your favorite outfits.


  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Chipboard Die-Cuts Collections: Sprockets, Washers (you can use other brands to achieve the same look)
  • Antique bronze large-link chain, 5” lengths, two
  • Antique bronze findings: jump rings, 11; clasp


  • Hole punch, 1/16”
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paints: Pewter, Emperor’s Gold, Bronze; Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Paint
  • Découpage medium
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

container of water, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), double-sided tape



  • On covered work surface, place six large sprockets (base pieces) and nine smaller sprockets and washers (top pieces). Paint all pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Turn all pieces over and paint Lamp Black. Let dry. See Photo 1, Photo 2, and Photo 3.


  • Paint base and top pieces Pewter, Emperor’s Gold, and Bronze. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed. Let dry. See Photo 4 and Photo 5.


  • Coat front and back of each piece with découpage medium to seal. Let dry.


  • Adhere pieces together by stacking top pieces on base pieces using paper glue. Let dry.


  • Position shapes with three on top row, two on center, and one on base on work surface.


  • For top row, use hole punch to punch holes on edges in top left and right corners of shapes and on bottom center of outer left and right shapes. See Photo 6. Align shapes in row and use pencil to mark holes on inside edges of shapes; punch holes through marks. Attach jump rings through holes linking shapes together. Attach 5” chain length to jump ring and jump ring through hole on top corner of left shape. Repeat process for right side using other 5” chain length. Attach clasp ends with jump rings on each end of chain length.


  • For center row, align row below top linked row. Mark with pencil where jump rings will attach top row to center row and center row across. Punch holes and attach pieces together using jump rings. Repeat process to join bottom base shape to center row using jump rings.


  • 1. For ease in painting edges of chipboard shapes, use double-sided tape to hold shapes on covered work surface.

10 Inspiring Embroidery Projects

Embroidery is one of those crafting techniques that has so many uses. From embellishing pillows to hand stitching your own note cards, embroidery is one of those skills that is great to have! I’ve collected 10 great embroidery projects to get you inspired and working with an embroidery needle on a new project.

10 Great Embroidery Projects

One of the best things about embroidery is how different each and every project can be. It is so easy to really customize whatever you are working on thanks to endless thread options and tons of different stitches.

01 - 733 Blog - Monster Embroidery Hoop Art
Monster Embroidered Hoop Art from Twin Dragonfly Designs for Seven Thirty Three

02 - 30 Minute Crafts - Embroidered Card
Cross Stitched Heart Card from 30 Minutes Crafts

03 - Do Small Things with Love - Framed Satin Stitch
Framed Satin Stitch from Do Small Things with Love

04 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Dog Towel
Embroidered Dog Towel from Condo Blues

05 - Mommy is CooCoo - Embroidered Pillow
Embroidered Pillow from Mommy is Coo Coo

06 - The Sewing Loft - Summertime Embroidery
Summertime Embroidery Pattern from The Sewing Loft

07 - Do Small Things with Love - Embroidered Portrait
Embroidered Portrait with Felt Flowers from Do Small Things with Love

08 - The Country Chic Cottage - Hoop Ornaments
Embroidered Hoop Ornaments from The Country Chic Cottage

09 - Bombshell Bling - Handstitched Cards
Embroidered Notecards from Bombshell Bling

10 - Condo Blues - Embroidered Love Note
Embroidered Love Note from Condo Blues

Seuss preschool craft

cat in the Hat Dr Suess main

Dr. Seuss is awesome and his books were some of my favorites and have now become staples in out home.  The kids love them.  This Seuss preschool craft project is a craft you can easily do together with your child.  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.

diy cat-in-the-hat-craft idea a painted t shirt Pinterest


Materials and Instructions for painted Dr. Seuss t-shirt:

You can look at the pictures and get the basic idea of what to do.  I used a 1/2″ paint brush to make the shape of the Cat in the Hat’s white patch and let my daughter fill it in.  It was perfectly fine that is was messy.  Allow paint to dry between coats.  While it was drying we cut a bow out of Oly-fun.  We decided that the bow should be pinned on so she could take it off for play time.  If you wanted to you could use a needle and thread to sew it on or you could even use a hot glue gun to adhere it.

Add the additional paint to fill in the white patch and then add the dimensional paint to created a raised fur effect.  My daughter only did a few of these and made me finish the rest.  It took me 5 minutes and it would probably have taken her about 10-15.
Make sure you click on the linked image above to check out the other Craft Lightning ideas about Dr. Seuss.

This is the link to my Dr. Seuss Party favors from last year.


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. Below are affiliate links where I earn a very small commission if you purhcase the items. The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Ingredients Soup Singles in a jar:

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.


 Try this great gift in a jar too!




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.


  • 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 and use fun mixed media techniques.  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 and 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

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

Tools for journaled tote:

  • 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 to make journaled tote:

1. On covered work surface, use paints to create color swatches on tote as shown then paint Metallic Gold along bottom of bag; dry brush Neopaque White. Let dry and paint section of Neopaque White along top edge of bag; dry brush Metallic Gold. Let dry and add Hi-Lite Red and Metallic Silver randomly along top and bottom of bag and let the surface 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 then follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix 2 cups of hot water with Deep Orange dye in plastic container. Stir well with mixing spoon and 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. Create the 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. To make the flower centers, cut small 1” circles from remaining dyed fabric or roll remaining strips into small spirals an adhere flower centers onto flowers. Adhere Ivory Flower Centers and rhinestones onto flower centers. Adhere flowers onto front of tote using photo as guide and 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 and knot and clip thread ends.


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”


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 1. Ink paper edges as desired.