October 31st, 2006
A few weeks ago I posted about how to make bubble magnets from those clear marbles that you can find at dollar stores. We had a church activity where we were told to bring a glass item. Then we all sat down & glued these same pebbles to our glass items. I just used a salad bowl I got at the thrift shop for $1.50, the pebbles & glue were practically free. You could assembly line a lot of these gifts for practically nothing. Getting the pebbles to stick was a little exasperating, it’s a good thing we are not a swearing people. Super glue for glass worked the best. Another hint is to place the glue on the stone & let it set up for a few seconds before trying to place it on the glass. These aren’t dishwasher safe, but they would make great Christmas presents. We did bowls, vases, stemware, votives, candleholders, anything glass. You can do this in random patterns, or even just around the rim of the bowl. For a more elegant look, try using the clear glass pebbles. I’m addicted to gluing these baubles (they really should make a name for these, any suggestions would be appreciated) on everything in sight. I need some sort of support group to quit. Works for me!
October 30th, 2006
It snowed here in September, so cute winter items are a must because it seems like we use them most of the year. I love making hand knitted/crocheted items, but it just takes sooo long. Enter the “knitting loom”. These are very inexpensive & easy to use. (Only $19.99 for all 4) Great beginner project. Kids can even use these. You can make scarves, hats, booties, squares for an afghan & much more. I can make a baby hat or pair of baby booties in an hour with one of these looms instead of 4-5 hours if I knit or crochet it. Great for using all those scraps of yarn. I make a lot of items with this, & donate them to charity. Here are some of my favorite free patterns for knitting looms.
Step by step instructions with pictures on how to get started with your knitting loom.
Even make dolls with the loom.
Free scarf & poncho patterns & much more from Roberts.
Save a lot of money on Christmas gifts this year, or even start your own craft business with these easy to use looms.
October 24th, 2006
Halloween is every kids dreams, & a lot of parents worst nightmare. First you have to get the costume, then the candy, figure out how to keep them safe & warm, then worry about them all night, & pay for the dentists bills later. We live in the country, so houses are pretty far apart. My church does what we call a “trunk or treat”. Everyone comes & parks their cars in the parking lot & opens up their trunks, where they keep the candy. Then all of the kids go around to each car & go “trunk or treating”. It’s great because they get aren’t out in the cold for too long, don’t get too tired, you know everyone there & can keep an eye on them, but they still get to see their friends & wear their costumes, & get candy! Works for me!
October 23rd, 2006
I wanted a canopy for my bedroom, but it’s me, I wanted it to be free! So I took a white sheer curtain that I had & threaded 7″ of ribbon through the curtainrod pocket. I pulled it tight, then hung it from a hook in my ceiling with the extra ribbon. The circumference (Check me out using words like circumference, don’t get used to it) is much smaller than the one in the picture, but it still works. It is an instant bedroom makeover. There’s no sewing involved & takes mere seconds. This would be gorgeous using a tapestry curtain for an elegant master bedroom. For a kids room you can hot glue on feathers, fake flowers, or ribbon.