Fill it with candy or cocoa!

Hi friends! How many of you need a quick gift right now? Something cute for your child’s teacher, scout leader or maybe a special neighbor? These sweet hand-painted mugs are easy to make and so chic. They are inspired by the trendy confetti style items popping up everywhere.

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You can fill these with cocoa packets, individually wrapped tea bags or even candy for a thoughtful and useful gift. Watch the video to see how it is made!

This video is sponsored by Curious.com. If you enjoyed today’s project you might also like the DIY Christmas Crafts course or one of the thousands of other classes that make DIYing the holidays so much easier. They have classes on EVERYTHING from crafts to cooking to technology and more and right now if you give a course you get one for free (you get the value of the course you give in your account to spend on classes for yourself) but don’t wait, the Give & Get event is only through Thursday 12/18/14.

Supplies:
White ceramic mugs (dollar store) and tiles (home improvement store)
Folk Art Enamels paint in your choice of colors
Contact paper or stickers
Cotton swabs (AKA Q-Tips), Waxed paper, Cork or felt pads, Rubbing alcohol, Paper towels

Follow along with the easy steps in the video and have fun! Remember that this project is easy enough to make with the kids so share the joy and til next time happy crafting!

Do you want to paint a snowman?

You totally just sang that didn’t you? I could not resist, sorry! I was changing my fall decorations over to Christmas decorations the other day and was just about to toss my gourds into the woods when I noticed that one had completely dried out! It must have been because it was over my fireplace so the heat dried it instead of it rotting. I thought it would make a great surface to paint on. I was right!

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This project is super easy to paint and don’t worry if you don’t have a dried out gourd lying around, you can use a burnt out light bulb or Christmas ball for this. You will also need acrylic paint, felt, a pom-pom, red sequins, a green paper scrap and scissors.

Pretty easy huh? If you can think of any other things that can be substituted for the gourd leave a comment, it will be helpful to other readers that may not have the same supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What YEAR is it anyway?

Hi friends! Yesterday I made a bunch of clay ornaments to use as gift tags on Christmas presents and I left all of my supplies out so my kids could make some if they wanted today. Well, my girls took one look at the ornaments and said “Mom, what does that say 2015?” To which I replied “Because that is this year.” The girls looked at each other and said “No it’s not!” I guess I am just ahead for next year! LOL!

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Luckily I only stamped the date on one ornament! Working with polymer clay is really fun. There are some pitfalls I want to help you avoid though. There are different kinds of polymer clay and they all have a purpose. I thought about making this video really short and showing only the step by step (that seems to be the popular thing to do among YouTube crafters) but I really wanted to explain a little more in-depth so you can avoid making brittle ornaments or burning your clay. Maybe it is over explaining, what do you think? You can let me know in the comments below. :D

Supplies:
polymer clay
stamps
ink (pigment-metallic looks really pretty!)
plastic wrap
rolling-pin or pasta machine
oven
needle tool, pin or straw
cookie cutter
mica powder (optional)

Directions (these are brief since I explained so much in the video):
Condition the clay be kneading or rolling through the pasta machine several times. Flatten the clay and place plastic wrap on top, cut with a cookie cutter. Remove plastic wrap and excess clay. Make a hole for the ribbon. Dust with mica powder if desired. Stamp snowflake with pigment ink. Bake according to package instructions. After cool, add ribbon for hanging.

I also wanted to give you some more info on the 2014 holiday lights contest sponsored by USA Today:

You can enter the USA TODAY contest by uploading a photo of your own holiday lights display here The winner of this photo contest gets a $5,000 gift card from USA TODAY!

It does not matter how big or small, they want to see ALL of your best holiday light displays! Don’t wait, you have until 12/10/14 to enter!

On the 12th you can vote for your favorite out of the 10 finalists! 2 voters will win $1000 and $1500 gift cards from USA Today! Voting begins here on 12/12/14

Good luck to all who enter and vote! Winner will be announced on 12/22/14

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Here Kitty, Kitty….

Hi friends! As you may know we recently adopted a couple of cats from the animal shelter. I thought it would be nice to make a fun toy for them with some new ribbon from Offray.com! They will soon be releasing a new line of photo ribbon and they sent me the new aquarium print and I thought it would be purrrrfect for a cat toy!

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The coolest thing about this toy is that is jingles, crinkles and contains catnip!  I was able to make the crinkle by using a bit of Mylar survival blanket that you can pick up at Wal-Mart for $1. I will have enough material from that blanket to make tons of pet and baby toys! Just make sure to NEVER leave a pet or baby around the plain Mylar material because it is a suffocation risk. Once you sew a small amount inside a toy it is fine but a big sheet of it is like a big plastic bag. Safety first!

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Supplies:

  • Cloth (scraps are great)
  • Mylar survival blanket (or recycle some Mylar from food packaging)
  • Ribbon: 5/8″ Orange Grosgrain and 2 1/4″ Aquarium Printed Satin
  • Fabric shears
  • Catnip and a cat jingle bell
  • Sewing machine or a needle and thread.
  • Fabric glue (I like Jewel It) and Fray Check
  • Google eye
  • Iron for pressing
  • Sewing pins

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Cut two pieces of fabric 5″ square (or whatever size you wish) and press. Cut a piece of Mylar 1/2″ smaller so it will fit the toy after it is sewn.

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Place the fabric right sides together. Cut a 6″ piece of grosgrain and thread it though the cat bell.

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Place the bell in-between the fabric and let the ribbon ends stick out so that when you sew the toy together the ribbon will be secured. (I did it backwards the first time and had to rip the stitches out in that corner and turn it around LOL!) Sew 3 sides shut so you have a pouch.

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Slide the Mylar square in the pouch and pour in some catnip.

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Cut an 8″ long piece of the photo print ribbon, fold it in half and place the ends in the pouch and pin it in place. The fold in the raw edges and sew the pouch shut.

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I thought it would be cute to add a folded ribbon fish to this project. I fount the tutorial here. Make sure you use Fray-Check on and cut areas of ribbon.  Grosgrain is pretty fray resistant but this is a cat toy after all. Glue the ribbon fish to the toy and glue on a googly eye. I used Jewel It glue because it is really good at securing plastic to cloth.

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You can hang the toy for a doorknob or fling it across the floor at your cat. Don’t act like you want them to play with it of they will instantly distrust the toy, and you for giving it to them and then they will go back to playing with a q-tip (don’t ask me how I know.) Ungrateful cats.

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Keep your eye out in stores for the brand new line of photo-realistic ribbon from Offray. You can find the Grosgrain ribbon I used currently on the Offray website and you can use my coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. I hope this inspires you to make some toys for your furry friends, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sparkle & Shine Snowflakes! {easy craft for kids!}

Hi friends and happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! By now the turkey and sides have been put in the fridge, the dishes have been washed and you may be sitting down and enjoying some much deserved relaxation. Or maybe you have got your second wind and you are ready to shop, if so, more power to you! I have never done black Friday and stores are not allowed to open in Thanksgiving in Maine so I am content to stay home and be cozy with my family. One thing I always loved about after Thanksgiving dinner was the crafts we would make (except for those darn baking crystal sun-catchers…those were aggravating) mom would give us girls a project to work on while she addressed Christmas cards. I wish I was that organized! But even I can lay out a few bowls of beads and some pipe cleaners so my kids can make some special ornaments!

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These are really easy and inexpensive and you probably have the supplies on hand. All you need are plastic beads and pipe cleaners. If you do not have pipe cleaners you can get them for a steal from our sponsor Papermart.  Watch the video to see how I made these:

Tips!

  • If you have small children make the snowflake form for them but let them string on the beads.
  • Use old or cheap scissors for cutting the pipe cleaners because they might nick your nice ones. Those scissors can be your pipe cleaner scissors, wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the handle so you will remember!
  • Use leftover beads from other projects. The mix-matched ones your kids will pick will make them all the more special.
  • Fishing line makes an excellent hanger.

Now, if I can get my Christmas cards addressed before mid-December I will be doing great! Enjoy this wonderful day with your family and til next time happy crafting!

Wanna Win Some Templates from GreenSneakers?

Hi Friends! Today I want to show you a fun papercraft project and give you the chance to win some of the templates I used OR you can pick different ones!

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My Friends at GreenSneakers are letting you pick your prize! All you have to do is visit www.greensneakers.com and find 2 templates you would like to win, then come back here and tell me what you would like to win by leaving a comment. How cool is that? Maybe you would like to win a Kreate-a-Lope envelope maker, A2 slider card, or the baker’s box templates I used in today’s tutorial. It is up to you! I will draw a winner at random next Wednesday the 26th. If you feel like shopping you can get 20% off your order with the coupon code Lind20 and don’t worry if you shop and then win, they will let you pick a different prize, that way everyone can take advantage of the sale and the contest! Happy shopping and picking! Now watch the video to see what you can make with some of their awesome templates!

I’m sure you can think of a lot of ways to use these templates! I hope you didn’t freak out too badly when you saw what I did to my stamp but hey, sometimes you have to take drastic measures for your art! I want to thank GreenSneakers for partnering with me to bring you this fun giveaway. I hope it gets your creative juices flowing and maybe inspires you to make a batch of Christmas cards or note card sets for Christmas gifts or craft fair items. The coupon code Lind20 is good though 11/30/14 so don’t delay, they only run this sale once a year! Thanks so much for playing and til next time happy crafting!

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Contest and Coupon Details: Contest is open to US residents only. Winner will be selected at random 11/26/14. No purchase necessary. Coupon code Lind20 good through 11/30/14 and 20% off sale is available worldwide. You must log in at www.greensneakers.com to see the discount in your shopping cart, don’t worry, it’s easy. Good luck to all who play!

 

 

“Wine” a bit {you’ll feel better!}

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint wine glasses BUT if wine is not your thing you can use this technique to paint on any kind of glassware you like such as plates or mugs. Just be sure that the paint will not come in contact with food, notice how my vines are painted below the “lip line.” A couple of days ago I showed you how to paint a wine display and today I will show you how to paint the glasses:

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I designed this project to match the palette on the bottle of 2013 Grenache wine from Uproot. They are offering all of my blog readers 15% off their purchase now through December 31st with the coupon code FRUGAL. I think that this set would make a wonderful gift for any wine lover! You do not need to be a painter to make this. All you need is a #1 round brush, a 1/4″ angle brush and Folk Art Enamels (or your choice of permanent glass paint.) Watch the tutorial to see how it’s done.

Make sure to read the label on the glass paint you use to learn how to care for your hand-painted glasses. I like to air dry mine and then bake it in the oven to speed up curing time. All of that info can be found on whatever glass paint you choose.  You may choose to use different colors than I did because you are trying to match different colors or because you prefer another wine.  I wanted to share the color palette I used. I like how Uproot makes a flavor palette so you can see how much or a particular flavor is in the wine, it helps you pick the perfect bottle even if you are not an expert.

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Actually I think that color palette would be cute to paint on some white bowls or mugs with cocoa as a gift. You could outfit a kitchen in this color scheme! I hope you enjoyed these tutorials. I want to thank Uproot wines for sponsoring this post and remind you to use the code frugal to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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