Monday, December 8, 2014

Joy Block Christmas Gift & Decoration

Each year Hubs and I put a lot of thought into what to make for our friend and coworker gifts for Christmas.  We love, love, love making things and try really hard to come up with a product that is well done and that everyone will love as much as we do.

Last year we made these Joy blocks:
We used 2x6 blocks, Mod Podged scrapbook paper on, then added the 3x3 thin wood squares for the center.  We purchased the cute vinyl "Joy" pattern from the Silhouette website.  To finish them off, we couldn't find any pre-made toppers that we loved, so we just made our own using burlap, berries, pine cones, tree garland and leaves:

They were a hit, everyone seemed to really like them!  Mine looks darling in my hutch:

This is my Christmas Hutch for 2014:
I just adore this time of year!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Reversible Santa & Snowman Sign

Hello!  I hope you had as wonderful of a Thanksgiving as I did!  I can't believe how quickly 2014 has gone by.  I definitely haven't blogged nearly as much as I had planned, but it's okay because as I've looked back at my pictures from the last 11 months, I can honestly say that this year has been fantastic.  My arm issues and surgery were not at all fun and although it prevented me from crafting and blogging, I was still able to make some incredible memories with my family and see some beautiful parts of our country.  Soooo, hopefully 2015 can be about balance and blogging more!

Anyhow,  I've done a little bit of crafting and needed something "Christmasy" for my porch. This is what I came up with:

It stands about 4 feet tall.  The best part about it is that I made it reversible, so when Christmas is over, I can just turn it around, add a hat and scarf and I will have this for my winter porch:

He is covered in a an adorable coat of glitter paint, which my camera never shows very well, but he truly is darling and sparkly!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thanksgiving Sharpie Craft

I've had three small white plates that I've been debating on what to do with forever.  I found them at
Walmart for a dollar or so each.  They are about 5x5 in size. I decided to doodle on them with Sharpie's.  This is what I came up with:
The nice thing about Sharpie art on ceramic, is that if you make a mistake, you can just wipe it off with rubbing alcohol!  I drew the outlines of my designs with a fine black sharpie first, then colored them and then re-outlined them with the sharpie again.  Once I had everything done, I put them in an unheated oven and then set the temperature to 350 degrees and baked them for 40 minutes.

My Pilgrims:
 My Turkey:
And, my Native American's:
Super easy and fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party

I am so excited to be joining the fabulous Robin from Fluster Buster as a co-host to this week's Fluster's Creative Muster Linky Party!  After being out of my crafting zone for the last few months, I was so honored when Robin informed me that my Halloween Trio is this week's feature.  Thanks so much for such a wonderful welcome back, I truly appreciate it.  Head on over and share your latest projects, crafts, recipe's, etc. I can't wait to see everyone's link ups!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Drink: Bloody Eyeball Juice

I think it is fun to add a little "holiday" into our meals.  I always do a Halloween themed dinner for the actual holiday, but it's also fun to do it throughout the entire month.  I make lots of yummy stuff out of pumpkin, but drinks are another easy way to add some of that holiday fun into dinnertime.

Yesterday I made two big pots of stroganoff, one with beef for my family of carnivores, and one vegetarian friendly mushroom for me.  I also made the family's favorite pumpkin cake for dessert but thought it would be fun to add a fun drink to the menu. I decided on "Bloody Eyeball Juice":
The ingredients:

 I had found these awesome eyeballs at the Dollar Tree:

To make, just add ice, an eyeball (make sure to wash them first!), Sprite and as much grenadine as you want to make it "bloody":
Super easy, tastes great, and the kiddo's think it is so much fun!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Trio: Cat, Ghost & Pumpkin

I'm back!  I'm so happy!!!  I've been dealing with some pretty nasty nerve damage in my dominant arm since last Spring.  By about June, it got so bad that it took everything I had just to get through the day, so I had to stop doing pretty much anything that wasn't absolutely necessary.  I had surgery in August and the recovery has been less than fun.  I'm still not operating at 100%, but I'm tired of not being able to do the things that I love.  I didn't realize how big of a part of my life crafting and being able to express my creativity in that way is.  It truly makes me happy, and when I can't do it, I get depressed.  I hope that  I never have to go through another "craft-less" time in my life again!

Sooo anyhoodle, my first project back on the "job" was this Halloween trio for my porch.  My fabulous hubby cut me this wood:

This is what I did with it:

The ghost stands 2 feet.  The cat 18" and the pumpkin is 12":
It looks so adorable on my porch!  I'm so glad to be back to being able to craft again and look forward to getting back to 100%.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fabric Flower and Burlap Wreath...

I made this wreath a few months ago for Spring/Summer and hadn't shared it yet:

I handmade the fabric flowers using material, ribbons and buttons.  I love how they turned out:
It works for both Spring or Summer:

I hope ya'll are enjoying your summer as much as I am!