Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Tutorial: An Easier Way to Make an Ornament Wreath for the Holidays!


I love bright ornament wreaths for decorating for the Christmas season.  But from personal experience, I know they can be a hassle to make.  Fitting all those ornaments together can be like working a jigsaw puzzle, and these wreaths can require A LOT of ornaments to look full and colorful. 


So I came up with a tutorial that creates an ornament wreath from a plain grapevine form that is easy to construct and needs a lot less ornaments. The resulting wreath is a festive and fun decoration for your holiday home.  I have all the directions with photos on my Hubpages!


I really love how my finished wreath came out.


I also wanted to reuse the artificial pine wreaths that I usually hang on my front windows.  So I found a way to decorate these smaller wreaths to match my larger ornament wreath.  There are directions for decorating these pine wreaths on my Hubpages too!  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Craft Project: Turn a Gift Box into a Holiday Floral Arrangement


I took a looong break from  crafting and blogging over the summer, but the upcoming holiday season has reinvigorated me and inspired some new projects.


I bought this cute Santa wine bottle gift box a few years ago at an after Christmas sale.  I loved the image on it, but didn't really have any plans for what to do with it.  Then I realized that I could repurpose and show off this festive container by using it as a vessel for a holiday floral arrangement.  In fact, you can use any medium or large size gift box to make a similar arrangement.


So I bought some floral foam and some fake greenery and berries to make an arrangement to use as a decoration for my holiday table or mantle.  I don't have any experience arranging flowers, but I've posted hints and suggestions, along with the full directions for this project, on my Hubpages.



I've also come up with a fun holiday project to use the box lid.  Check out my Hubpages for the full tutorial!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Saying "Hello" to Spring ~ Bee's Knees Wreath Tutorial


I wasn't planning to make a new wreath this spring, but as the weather got nicer, I decided I needed to celebrate with some fresh flowers to welcome visitors to our door.


 So I went to the store and bought some artificial pansies,some burlap and lace ribbon, and made this wreath.  (You can find a tutorial to make a similar wreath on my Hubpages.)

This flower wreath was fine, but I wanted to add some more color and fun. So I headed to my craft supplies for some paint and bubble wrap.



And ta-da!  I made this fun bee-friendly sign to hang in the middle of my wreath.  This sign was easy to make.  I have posted all the directions with photos on Hometalk.

I love how the finished sign came out and I smile every time I see my spring wreath hanging on my door :)  Check it out on Hometalk!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Crafting Crossover: Free Knitting Pattern for Confetti Cup Cozy


Many of you may not know that I also have a knitting blog called Fiber For Thought.  Well, I do.  There, I share information on all things knitting and yarn-y, including free knitting patterns.


And I just posted my latest free knitting pattern for my Confetti Fringe Cup Cozy, along with a similar pattern for the Confetti Fringe Pillow Cover.  I love these two patterns, particularly this cute and colorful cup cozy.  It's a quick and easy pattern and oh so satisfying :)  I think it's the perfect spring pick me up to brighten up your table, desk, or day! 

Check out these patterns and more on my knitting blog!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Recycled Birdhouse Planter or Flower Vase - Celebrating Spring with a New Tutorial and a Blog Hop!

Spring is on its way and I'm thrilled to celebrate its arrival with a new tutorial and a DIY My Spring Blog Hop!  #DIYMySpring


A new season is great inspiration for a new craft project, like this Recycled Birdhouse Planter or Flower Vase.

We're starting to have more sunny days than not, and I've noticed the soft sunlight coming through our front windows now.  I realized that this window area might be the perfect place to put some pretty African violet plants.  My mom always had African violets growing in her windows and I love their little blooms and soft colors.  But, alas, I'm not very good with houseplants.  I have more of an orange thumb than a green thumb (sad face).

So I thought if I made a pretty planter, maybe no one would notice that my plant was dying (LOL)  I came upon the idea to reuse a birdhouse as a vessel that could serve as a planter or a flower vase.


I "crafted" my recycled birdhouse out of household items, but you could also use a pre-made birdhouse as the base for your planter or flower vase.  I have all the directions with photos for making either a planter or flower vase on on my Hubpages!


Once you have your basic birdhouse, there's lots of fun ways to add details and personality.  I decorated my birdhouse with stencils and a sweet little bird made from clay.  You can find a full tutorial to make your own here on my Hubpages.  These cute birds are so fun to decorate with stamps and buttons.


This spring project is only one of many featured on Hometalk, as part of their DIY My Spring Blog Hop!  Please take a moment and check out all the other wonderful home decorating and craft ideas and watch for the hashtag #DIYMySpring!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

{Tutorial} How to Make Decorative Birds with Clay


I've been having a lot of fun making these clay birds from Sculpey and some items from around the house.  You can find the full tutorial on my Hubpages.


My favorite part is creating the designs on the wings.  I used various items I had hanging around, like vintage buttons and beads.  I made these birds to sit on a natural branch, but you can also use them to decorate a mantle, a flower pot or planter, a wreath, or as a Christmas ornament.



You can also add more decoration and color to these birds after they've hardened with colored pencils or paint.  You can find this easy step-by-step tutorial on my Hubpages!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Trying My Hand at Basketmaking


I've posted before about my love with handmade baskets, so I was thrilled to take my first basketmaking class this past weekend.


We made a woven market basket with a wooden handle.  The basket measures about 12 inches long and 8 inches wide.  The design included darker reed detailing and we got to choose our contrasting color.  I chose a wine color for this detail, which is hard to see in these photos.

Basket making isn't really easy, but the process is pretty straight forward.  It took us about 5 hours to make our baskets.  And it was a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.


I really love my finished basket.  It isn't perfect, but I'm very pleased with my first attempt.  I'm already scheduled to take another class and learn to make a different style of basket.