I’ve been a pretty dark place recently. Dealing with post-partum depression/anxiety and the end of my marriage has left me drained and with a creative block. I was cleaning out my over stuffed craft room when my three year old found a bag of beads I had stored away for ‘someday’. She loves making things and aside from painting & ‘key-dough’ we haven’t done much recently. I’ve called them CD spinners because they’re made of CDs and they spin but Mary likes to call them ‘tree jewelry’. Whatever you call them, it’s a quick from project to do with the kids. They won’t even notice they’re working on their fine motor skills! [Read more…]
We’ve reached the point where I’m turning kitchen recyclables into Halloween stuff (this isn’t even the only project I’ve got this year using tin cans). My husband is just happy I’m not buying anything. This project is in the kid-friendly Halloween category. There is a bit of a wait with all the paint drying but you can put this together in an afternoon.
I like to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable as a wreath. I know, I’m a rebel, totally the kid your mom would never want you to hang out with (actually she probably would, I live a pretty boring life). In the past used a Sun Hat and twigs shaped like a star. Last year my Spider Web Halloween Wreath was your typical round grapevine wreath but this year I wanted something different. I also wanted to tie it to my Sanderson Broom Co. Sign that’s hanging next to the front door. Also, I didn’t want to buy anything.
I was pretty late signing up for the A-Z craft month so pickings were slim when it came to letter options. I happened to have an x-acto knife on my desk at the time so I snapped up the ‘X’ spot with little to no idea of a project. I discovered a huge bag of wine corks in my craft room and that’s when this idea was born.
Side note: a few weeks ago I sliced my finger open with a dull x-acto knife and ended up in the ER for some fancy super glue. Let me be your cautionary tale, don’t be stupid with these things! They can be dangerous! [Read more…]
Disclosure: As a part of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program I received the paint used in this post for free. All opinions, thoughts and ideas are my own.
Do you ever plan a project and then, when you get to the first step you realize it’s never going to work? When I received my box of paint for DecoArt I pulled out my stash or random mason jars and got ready to work. Then I realized it would never work. My plan involved painting on the outside of the jars. All of my jars have embossing on all sides of the jars, so it wasn’t going to work. Back to my stash of random jars (we buy a lot of bulk items from the Mennonite Store and transfer them to old glass jars so we have a whole cabinet full and I eat a jar of pickles every 2 days) and I pulled out a stash pickle jars, including the mega jar. [Read more…]