Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Charming Necklace

I decided to create a (green) necklace to wear on St. Patrick's Day to keep from getting pinched.  So I hunted through my collection of vintage jewelry and found this pendant that was missing the jewel.  It's two inches tall by one and a half inches wide.  Perfect.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere fine green glitter along the inside edge of the pendant, then fine white glitter in the center.  Meanwhile that dried, I made a very tiny label on my PC and used clear tape to attach it to a very tiny glass vial.  Which I then filled with fine green glitter (Lucky Dust) and sealed with a cork.  Then I applied a couple of drops of gel superglue onto the back of the vial and set it onto the center of the pendant.  I love using the gel (as opposed to liquid) superglue because it doesn't run and it sets instantly.  After that was all done, I went back into the vintage jewelry, pulled out a couple of  green beaded necklaces, took them apart and created one that matches perfectly!   So, there it is.  A very charming necklace, perfect to wear on St. Patrick's Day!! 
After St. Patrick's Day, I think I will remove that label and replace it with one for Halloween, one that will say something like....."Eye of Newt Powder" or "Magic Spell dust" or something a little more spooky!  
Yay!  I love it!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015


I decided to make some cute crocheted headbands with a crocheted flower on it because my little niece has been asking me to make one for her.  I did not have a pattern but I crocheted a regular headband and went online for a flower pattern, there are sooo many tutorials about that on youtube and so I took the basics and added my own idea to complete it.  I am happy with the final results.  I'll be making more of these in different colors for my niece and maybe add some sparkling rhinestones or other embellishments to the flowers. 
If you would like some instructions on crocheting these, search for them on youtube and watch the tutorials.  They are super informative!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Tabletop centerpieces.  These were a work in progress when this picture was taken.

The photo prop.  The sand filled buckets were topped with seashells later.

My niece asked me to help her decorate for her son's first birthday party, she chose a really cool Nautical theme.  She had decided on how she wanted the table centerpieces and bought pre-made Styrofoam cutouts of anchors, sailboats, lifesavers, lighthouses, letters for the wording, and one large #1 and smaller #1's at a nearby floral supply place.  We glued a strip of sailboat printed ribbon around the top rim of the buckets then painted and glittered the #1's and hot glued them onto the fronts of the buckets.  Red #1's on the blue buckets and blue #1's on the red buckets, then we filled up the buckets with sand and painted wooden skewers yellow, skewered them into the Styrofoam cutouts and inserted them into the sand.  I made the little "Happy Birthday" signs on my computer, printed them, cut them out and glued them on a skewer and inserted that into the sand too.  We scattered some purchased seashells on the sand to and attached one helium filled balloon to each bucket.   So cool!!
The photo prop was a little harder to create.  A ready made Styrofoam blank frame at a floral supply place was expensive, so we opted to purchase an 8ft x 4ft Styrofoam Panel at Home Depot for $13.00.  My sweet hubby cut it down to 4 feet wide and 3 feet high then cut out a square opening in the center leaving an 8 inch border all around.  We glittered the frame and attached all the cutouts, we had previously glittered the letters for the wording.  I used LOW temp hot glue because the hot temp hot glue will melt the Styrofoam.
The party was awesome and lots of guests took pictures of themselves in the photo frame! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tooth Fairy wall hanging

Tooth Fairy themed Altered Trap
Hi again!!  I went to a crafting class at my local public library recently and the craft was artistically Altered Mouse Traps, it was a really fun class!!  Some of us used the small mouse traps and others used the larger traps.  I used the larger trap.  We used wire cutters and needle nose pliers to remove most of the mechanisms leaving only the spring-action arm, this part will hold notes, cards, money and things of that nature that goes with the theme of your choosing.  It is really as easy as it looks, just embellish with trims, trinkets, old jewelry pieces, buttons, paint, scrapbook paper, old greeting card cutouts and anything your heart desires!!   You're limited by your own imagination!  You can go online and use Google to see many more really creative altered mouse traps.
I added a small drawstring pouch for holding the lost tooth and a small bottle of Fairy Dust to sprinkle just a little into the pouch along with the tooth.  The spring action arm can be lifted and the Tooth Fairy can slip in a dollar or two or five where it will be held securely.
One tip I will mention is to use small eyehooks or eye bolts, an eye bolt is a metal bolt with a loop at one end that are screwed into the wood.  They are used to firmly attach a securing eye to the bottom so that dangling things may then be tied to it, or to the top to attach a beaded hanger such as the one I attached to mine.
My theme for the one I created was "Tooth Fairy".  I had to bring it home from the class incomplete because I accidentally left some items that I needed to add to it at home!! Oy!!!
Some of the others made some really gorgeous ones!  Their themes were Vintage Jewelry, Christmas, Hearts and Steampunk!  Very Cool!!! 

Friday, October 10, 2014


My Happy Harvest Scarecrow for this year!
Finally finished my Harvest scarecrow, I used my hubby's fishing waders and an old plaid shirt.  Stuffed it with wadded up paper,  My hubby set it up on the edge of the front porch for me.  I tucked bits of raffia here and there on his clothes for the finishing touch.  I LOVE the Fall season!!! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Personalized Festive Party Loot Bags!
Here are pictured only a few of the Party Loot Bags I hand painted for our little grandniece, Sophia,  for her very first birthday party.  She turned just 1 year old!!!  The theme was "Paint Party" and it was loads of fun for the kiddos, with many painting and crafting activities!!
These canvas bags were fun to design and paint.  My niece ordered these online, but I believe Hobby Lobby carries similar canvas bags.
I used dimensional glitter fabric paints from Tulip, and just free handed the graphics.  I cut to size a thin square of cardboard and slid it inside each bag before painting to provide a rigid and stable surface behind the canvas to paint on, the cardboard also protected the back side of the bag from any paint that might have seeped through the front side.  I allowed plenty of time for them to dry thoroughly.
They are nice and roomy and hold a lot of candy and party favors making them really ideal for personalized  Party Loot Bags!

Monday, September 29, 2014


Hi, today I'm posting about party centerpieces that I made for my godson, Jesus, that turned 3 years old recently.  The party theme was Firetrucks.  He LOVES Firetrucks!  So, how to create centerpieces around a firetruck theme....this is what I came up with, and made 14 centerpieces, this is how I made them....I used the following;

14  squares of Styrofoam (cut to desired size) these were 2 inches thick and 6 inches square
14  squares of pine lumber (cut to desired size) these were 2 inches thick and 6 inches square (optional)*
14  Number "3" Styrofoam shapes
1 roll yellow duct tape
1 roll red duct tape
2 packages of yellow tissue paper
2 packages of red tissue paper
1 package of red Holographic cellophane
14 large individually packaged lollipops
1 package red fine glitter
white glue
1 package U Floral pins (i found these at Hobby Lobby)
28 large Popsicle sticks
1 package wood skewers
Hot glue gun and glue sticks 
Themed graphics and text (I used my computer for this)

My hubby had some white pine lumber in his workshop and I had him cut 14 six by six inch squares, he did the same with the Styrofoam.
I hot glued the Styrofoam squares onto the wood squares, then took the duct taped and wrapped the yellow duct tape around each of the wood squares and then the red duct tape around the Styrofoam squares, I had to over lap a bit of the red tape over the yellow tape. *The wood base is mainly for weight, the party was outdoors and the centerpieces will stay in place on the tables even on a windy day, for indoor parties you do not have to add the wood base.
I cut the yellow and red tissue paper into 4x4 inch squares, about 24 yellow, about 15 red and 4 Holographic red for each centerpiece.  I pinched and gathered each tissue square in the center of the square and using the U floral pins I pinned two tissue squares at a time into the top inside edge of the Styrofoam all around, then did the same with the red tissue within the yellow square until it was nice and full.  I added a Holographic square the same way in the center of each centerpiece side and one in the top center.
I inserted wood skewers into and painted the "3"'s and waited for them to dry, then I brushed white glue on both sides and dipped them in the red glitter to coat.
I made the graphics on my computer and printed them on white card stock, cut them out and used just a bit of glue to secure them back to back, since they were going to be seen from both sides, then laminated them.  I made a small opening at the bottom of each one and inserted a large Popsicle stick and inserted the other end of the Popsicle stick into the Styrofoam with a bit of hot glue to secure, first making sure where exactly I wanted to place them, did the same with the "3"'s.  Then I inserted the large lollipop behind the number 3, but those were not glued down.
These were so cute and you can use whatever colors you'd like and decorate for any themed party! 
I hope I covered everything, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


These pendants are 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" square

The Owl paperweight is 4" x 2" and the coaster is 4 inches big
I'm having so much fun making these but there is a little problem with the resin not curing as hard as it should.  It seems that the humidity in this area is so high that it affects the curing process a little.  I'm going to have to do more research on that.  But, they are still pretty and wearable.
In the pictures you can see the cute pendants, an Owl paperweight I also made (love it) and my first drink coaster, I used puffy vinyl stickers on both and glitter (of course). The little characters in the pendants are buttons with the shanks removed. 
The coaster cured very well and is very hard, I guess the humidity wasn't so bad that day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section, and I will try my best to give you an answer. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


So much fun to create with EasyCast!!

 So, my son set up a ROKU Streaming Player device on our TV recently and I was searching for crafting stations to set up on it and I found some awesome video tutorials on how to cast resin to make drink coasters.  The one I loved was CraftKlatch and I was amazed at the beautiful coasters she was making, so I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought all the supplies I needed.  The only thing I couldn't find were the silicone molds but I happened to have a Wilton silicone hearts mold that I used for making heart shaped chocolate candies at Valentine's this year and I had some silicone cupcake molds too, so I tried my hand at making some resin heart pendents with the heart mold and also used the cupcake molds but only filled those to about 3/4 of an inch, those came out really cute too!! I was pretty happy with the results, especially since it was my first time at it, so now I'll be ordering some coaster molds soon, so stay tuned for those!
I used EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, Perfect Pearls pigment powders to add color, some plastic (three dimensional) cupcake, ladybug and heart buttons for the heart pendants, some puffy plastic sticker for the round ones, and lots of iridescent fine glitter.
Here is the link for the video tutorials I'm learning from, I think you'll enjoy them!

Friday, February 14, 2014



I love Hydrangeas!!  I painted these recently, and now it just needs framing.  It's 11"x14".   It was a challenge to paint such a beautiful flower but as it turned out,  it was not so bad.  One of these days I will try painting in oils, but acrylics work well for me.  Love, love,love to paint!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014


2 ft. by 3 ft. canvas

Finally decided to finish my paint chip art creation, I took the three 8x10 pieces of art I made last January (read about that here in the January 27, 2013 post) and  grouped and glued them on a 2ft by 3ft canvas that I had already painted black and speckled with grey paint.  I am happy enough with it to hang on my living room wall!!  I think I might make a few more with a different theme.
 I need some inspiration!!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More cards.....

Been creating some cards for the last couple of days, in between other projects I have going, here are 4 of them.  The bonnet girl I cut out free hand and just glued her together, it's for my aunt who lives in Georgia.
I love to use scrapbook paper and just layer.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Trash to Treasure.......

Trash to Treasure........... one empty cardboard beverage container
and some create a whimsical tools holder!

Hubby was going to toss this 6 bottle cardboard holder into the trash last week and I grabbed it away from him, looked it over and told him I was going to create a treasure from his trash!  He rolled his eyes and walked away.  I decided it would become a pretty holder for paintbrushes, pencils, pens, etc.

So, first, I spray painted it a couple of times, spray covers faster and dries faster than brushing the paint on.

Too give it extra stability, I took 6 empty plastic soda bottles, cut them down to size and slid one into each slot (refer to picture).  They fit perfectly snug.

Need 5 more empty plastic soda bottles.
Finished project!!  Now to fill it up!

Then I went to town embellishing until I was happy with it!!  I used all kinds of trinkets, scrapbook paper, beads, paper flowers, etc., etc., etc.!!
Hopefully you can make one too!!  I LOVE to recycle!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Silk Flower Art in Rustic Frames

I had these two wooden, 8"x8", rather rustic looking frames that were just laying around with nothing to do,  they were too pretty to just throw into a storage box, so I thought and thought on what I could use them for.  So, I pulled out two colorful silk  flowers from my collection, cut them apart and hot glued them back together into the 4x4 inch opening with some large leaves and there you go!  Flower art!

Monday, February 11, 2013


Making Valentine cards today.  I love using Recollections packaged blank cards with envelopes, they come in many wonderful colors!!  
Those heart shaped paper doilies are so perfect for Valentine projects, the only problem is gluing them down with the bulk and mess of liquid glue, so, instead I ran it through the Xyron machine, to make it like a sticker, just peel and stick. Love it, but my Xyron is sooooo old!  I need a new one.
I also made a rose with ribbon and glued a sparklie in the center, and also added some Diamond mesh wrap roll sparkle rhinestone ribbon on the bottom and on the upper right hand side of the card.  You can find this awesome ribbon at floral supply places, or, you can Google it and find it online.  It is very versatile, flexible and can be cut into any shape.  I highly recommend this product, I just love it!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Art using paint chips

Anytime we make a trip to Home Depot or Lowes, I make a bee line to the paint department.   I LOVE to look at all the different color paint chips they have on display......for the!!  I pick and choose lots of those paint chips every time and bring them home with me, they can be used in many art projects......but they just sit there...... in a box......... with all the others I collected before.  So I decided to make art with them!  I had two 8x10 canvases and sprayed painted both black, then used my fingers to paint one foreground in teal and the other in a nice rich green.  I then painted a black heart in the center and took the teal paint chips and cut them up in different sizes and glued them in the heart in a mosaic style and did the same for the second one with green paint chips.  After all was dry, I wrote out "Faith" on the green and "Hope" on the  teal.  I am very happy with the end results, two more canvases are waiting to be made up the same way, with other inspiring words.   Can't hardly wait to work on them!!  I'll post those pics when they are finished.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


I made many, many fresh floral arrangements using just red roses, for a December  wedding last week.  Tall and short arrangements for the tables at the reception.  I was helping a friend who booked the wedding.  All in all we used well over 1000 fresh red roses!    The red roses are pretty hardy and are easy to work with, it's just labor intensive to make so many arrangements.  Here are a few pics...
                                                                Work in progress.....
                                                              More work in progress....

At the reception hall
(the lighting was minimal)

These were on the Bride and Grooms table, she wanted the red roses with some red carnations mixed in, three graduating sizes on mirrors.  So very pretty.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Handmade dish towel apron

I had been looking for an apron with a dish towel attached but had no luck finding one, so I decided to make my own!  I bought two  seasonal dish towels at the dollar store.  I used one (side ways) for the skirt part of the apron and cut the second  towel  in half, using one half for the bodice part of the apron..  I sewed the other half to the front (skirt) of the apron (for easy wiping of the hands when cooking).  Then sewed some grosgrain ribbon to each side of the apron for the ties. When I sewed the bodice to the skirt of the apron I realized that the top of the towel (top part of the bodice) had a folded edge creating a perfect casing to feed the grosgrain ribbon through for the ties that go around the neck. And there you have it!!  An apron made with dish towels!!  ^_^
It only took me about an hour from start to finish, It might not be perfect but I love it!!!  Oooh, maybe I can make some for Christmas gifts!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


I have been busy today, in between errands, making some Thank You cards!  I used my new ATG!  I had a great time creating these.  I used my Cuttle Bug for embossing, assorted punches, pop dots, ribbon, colored art pens, stickers, daisy paper edger and of course some assorted colored card stock.
I am trying to re-train myself to put things away as soon as I am through with them, so I don't wind up with my table full of stuff when I'm finished!!!  So far, so good!

Monday, August 20, 2012


Visited with my cousins Norma and Nora a couple of days ago, we had loads of  fun!  I love spending time with them because they are awesome!!  Well, Norma and I had an amazing surprise waiting for us.....Nora gifted each of us a brand spanking new Scotch ATG!!!!!  Wow!!!!!  Was I surprised!!!  I had mentioned to Nora a while back, that I have been wanting to get one for the longest time....and she acted on that and gave me one......I started to cry because that was just the sweetest and most thoughtful gift....and it came directly from her heart. It was a genuine gift of love. She even gave us some self adhesive sparklies to bling them up with (which I promptly did)!!!
 I  LOVE  IT   ♥ Thank you Nora, you are an amazing woman!!  Love you!!!
Now, down to some serious paper crafting using my new ATG!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Deco Old Fashioned Milk Can

My best friend, Elsie, gave me this wonderful huge old fashion metal milk container.  I decided it needed some decoration, so I primed it, then gave it a couple of coats of white paint.
The theme in my kitchen is "Chefs", and I have some "Chefs" wall paper trim I had bought to use for decorating, that I had actually never used, and I thought it would be so perfect for this milk container!  So, I measured around the can and cut the wall paper trim to size, wrapped it around the can and glued it down.  I think it looks so cool!!!  I'm really happy with how it turned out!  Best of all, it was soooo easy!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I bought a blank hot pink child's apron, some really colorful bits of fabric and some iron-on fusible webbing.  I decided I wanted to make a large ice cream cone on the top front of this apron.  So, I took the fusible webbing and ironed it onto some yummy pink polka dot fabric and did the same to some star studded blue fabric and some fabric with cherries on it.  Cut out the shapes, positioned them on the apron and ironed them on, adding the cherry on top and a drop of melting ice cream on one side. I outlined it with dimensional glitter glue (for fabric) for added glitz.  Loved it!  Really easy but soooo pretty!!  Early start on Christmas gifts!!!♥

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I have been working on some crafts for a crafts fair, here are some pictures of some Sewing Kits that I made with glass canning jars and lids, I really like them and I'm thinking of keeping one for myself. : )  They are "sew" easy to make.


I love Carousel Horses and I am always on the lookout for material or scrapbook paper with that theme and I recently found some beautiful carousel horse wall decor stickers, so I grabbed some up along with some papier-mache boxes.  I painted the boxes inside and out then decoupaged the horses on to the lid of the boxes, added some pretty trim, sparkly gems and lots of fine glitter.  They will make really nice treasure boxes for some lucky little girls.  I think (hope) these will sell at the craft fair.

Monday, April 23, 2012


I've been making some jean pocket crafts out of old jean that don't fit anymore and have some jean legs left over, so I'm searching my brain for some crafty ideas for them.....suddenly it hit me.......maybe I can slip the bottom of the jean leg onto an empty coffee can!  It can be used for a silk floral arrangement or just place a jar of water in it and fill with Daisies!!  It can also be a catch-all for pen and pencils or fill with scissors, crafting supplies or whatever strikes your fancy!!
If you would like to create one too, just gather a few items that you probably already have at home;
1 large empty coffee can with plastic lid (save lid)
1 bluejean leg
1 small jean pocket...the small one that's inside the front jean pocket (the regular pockets might be too big)
Hot glue
Trims and lace for embellishments

This is the inside view, you can see the plastic lid at the bottom

 Cut the jean leg at the knee, slip it, hem side first, over the open end of the coffee can all the way down until the hem is flush with the bottom of the can.  The jeans I was working with just so happened to fit snug on the coffee can.  Tuck the top of the jean leg into the can, if it bunches too much at  the bottom, trim it to where it lays flat on the bottom.  Measure the inside bottom of the can then take the plastic lid, apply the measurement to it and trim off the excess until it fits snuggly into the inside bottom over the trimmed jean fabric, thus giving you a clean, smooth bottom in the can..  Glue the small pocket onto the outside, making sure not to glue it shut, and embellish away!!!
I'm making several to sell at the next craft show!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


These are some really cool bracelets to show school spirit for this upcoming high school football season.  They're so easy to make and can be made as simple or as fancy as you like and in any color combination that you desire!
Here's a list of supplies you'll need;
1mm diameter Stretch bead and jewelry cord
Jump rings
Football trinkets
Small cowbells
Needle nose pliers (for opening and closing jump rings)
Pony beads or Jewelry beads in your desired colors

All of these items can be found at most crafts stores or online.

Tray of supplies

Just simply cut a strand of the stretchy cord at desired length, leaving a few extra inches to allow for knotting.
Attach the jump rings onto the trinkets that you will be adding to the bracelet.  Feed beads and football trinkets onto the cord until you reach the length you need, knot the cord a couple of times and trim off excess.  Side a bead over the knot to hide it.  Now you have made an awesome Football Spirit bracelet!!  Add as many bells and trinkets as you like, the more the better!!

Friday, January 6, 2012


 Hi guys!!   I've got a very cool project that is really a lot of fun to make!   My darling cousin Nora Flores showed me how to create these charming boxes that can be made into purses or adorable boxes for treasures! These make wonderful gifts as well!!  And guess what!  They started out life as Cereal boxes!  Yep, simple cereal boxes that will now be altered and transformed into a beautiful piece of functional art!!  We can do our part in recycling trash to treasures!!!   Things you will need for this project are....
One large to medium empty cereal box, scissors, ruler, pen, decorative papers or card stock, glue or paper adhesives, decorative embellishments and a bit of Hook and Loop fasteners (Velcro, for flap to close securely)

Pic #1 is of the cereal box cut to the size I needed for this project........

1. Take the cereal box and measure the size you would like the finished box to be, (I measured 6 inches from bottom to top) and draw a line across the front crosswise, and along both sides as well

2. Turn the box around to the back and measure 11 inches from bottom to top, draw a line across the back side crosswise, this side has to be longer than the front because it will serve as the flap that folds over the front

3. Using scissors or an X-Acto knife, carefully cut the box along the line you drew across the front side and also the two sides equally. DO NOT CUT THE BACK SIDE OF THE BOX (look at this first picture for reference)
                                 Pic. #1

4. Referring to the back side of the box now, cut the line across the top of the box where you measured 11 inches high

You should now have your box looking like the one in my picture. Bring the flap over and fold across the front of the box like a flap for a purse. You can use a bone folder on the folds.

                                          Pic. #2
Now comes the FUN part!! Using decorative papers or card stock of your choosing, cover the whole box and you can also cover the inside to make it look finished. Then you may embellish to your hearts content!! Use various ribbons, flowers, rhinestones, lace, tulle, etc., etc. You are only limited by your imagination!!
You could also make it a purse by cutting slits on the top flap and slipping some ribbon though those slits then knotting the ends of each ribbon on the inside, leaving the ribbon long enough to use as a handle.  Very cool!!

Here is the finished product!!  I chose brown and cream colors, which go together nicely.  I used cream ribbon to make a flower for the lower left side and for the bow on the upper right side.

Inside can see the Velcro dot used to secure the flap when its closed.

The polka dotted one you see in the picture below,  was the very first one I ever made, the dots are glittered and sparkly.   I used ribbon to make the flowers on the lower right side.  

I used printed scrapbook paper with small polka dots for the inside.  Notice the Velcro dots that I use to secure the flap when its closed.

I had lots of fun making this project, I love recycling.  I use the box with the polka dots to hide my wire cutters and needle nose pliers and other tools from my hubby because he will take them to use in his work and I will never see them again!! I have even spray painted the tools purple or pink and slathered glitter all over them but that does not deter him, he says "A purple hammer works just as good as a black one"!  Oy!!!  So...........he would never think to look inside this pretty sparkly pink polka dot box for my tools!!!  Bwahahaa!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'Thank You' card using paper bags

I created a 'Thank You' card from white paper bags using two bags, decorative papers, cricut cutouts, glitter, card stock and lots of white glue. Using only two paper bags made for an easy card to make. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube on how to make cards using paper bags. My cousins Nora Flores and Norma Jasso showed my how to create these!! I love it!!!!