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!!!!