Thursday, October 29


It's time to have sooo much fun!!!
It's time to make dreams come true!!!
It's time to play dress ups!!!

When my girls were wee littles, we would frequently have tea parties.
As they grew, we continued to have tea parties with more and more frills and dress-up fancies.

I need to go on a little tangent here.  Back in the late 1990's, I discovered Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  No, I did not read the book, I had 5 children at home and I didn't make time for reading (oops, another tangent!).  I watched this old black and white movie (1940's) on TV and loved it. 

 I didn't even know what the name of it was. When I found the name "Pride and Prejudice" I searched for more and discovered the 1995, 6-hour miniseries with the handsome Colin Firth version and watched it. I became a fan!

THEN (drum roll),  the 2005 Keira Knightley version came out and not only did I absolutely love it but my daughters loved it too.  My youngest daughter has watched the movie so many times she has the whole movie memorized.

We became obsessed with the Regency Era of Jane Austen and watched more movies based on her novels.

Over the last 10 years we have been gathering satin gloves, fans, parasols, and bonnets. I have also collected an assortment of tea party dishes (nothin' crazy, just a few).

 This year I brought it to a whole new level.  Starting in June I've been working on a new project. From age 9, I have been sewing and designing cloths. So, in June, I decided to combine my dream of the romantic life of Jane Austen with my practical sewing skills.  

Here are some of the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today, as I look outside it is cold and rainy, just like any countryside in England.  Needless to say, we will be taking our herbal tea and crumpets in the drawing room, next to a warm fire.  Where are my servants, the fire needs to be stoked (actually, I'm the one who's stoked.  I'm so excited to go back 200 years to the genteel times of 1815 at Pemberly).
I have more empire waist dresses I plan to sew, more bonnets to make, little purses (or I found out they are called "reticules") to crochet, etc.  The fun has just begun!!!

Saturday, March 14

Spring! Spring! Spring!


The time for new things. . .

I'm beginning to wonder if I might have Attention Deficit Disorder.  I go from one project to the next and always seem to be trying something new.  And with Springtime here there are SOOOO many projects I want to start -- it's ridiculous!  I will tell you one thing, Pinterest is certainly not helping this disorder!!!!!

This week I've been playing with Play Doh and making Easter related things . . .

 Play Doh Easter eggs

 Easter Bunny from Play Doh

Just click on the pics for the YouTube "how to" videos :)

Another project I've been working on over the last few weeks is a new YouTube channel.

 Creation Station Videos

It's called Creation Station and has lots of super fun videos for kids -- they love them!

Kids have fun creating, using their imagination, and learning all at the same time. 

Here are some of the exciting new videos for kids (just click on the picture to view it):

 Triceratops for Imaginext Batman

Play Doh Brontosaurus for Imaginext Robin

 Lalaloopsy's giant Play Doh Tennis Shoes

 Shopkins and Palace Pets ride on Play Doh Snails

 Disney Princess Elsa and Anna make Play Doh Olaf

It's so great for kids to discover the excitement of making things and then incorporating their creations into imaginative play with their toys.

You can click on any picture for your child to see the video, from there you can click on Creation Station or just click on Subscribe for your kids to see all the very latest Creation Station videos!!!

Happy Happy Happy

Saturday, June 7

Father's Day Cards!

It always seems so hard for me to figure out presents for men: fathers, father-in-laws, grandpas, husbands, son-in-laws, etc.  Because, let's face it, I'm not a man and still don't really understand how they think and what they would really like.

Sooooo, the best option is a card!!!!!  I can't go wrong with a homemade card.  In fact, my dad loved my homemade cards (or at least he acted like he loved them!)  And the men in your life will love a homemade Father's Day card too!!!

This years Father's Day card is made with a regular sized (8.5" x 11") piece of paper.  I used scrapbook paper with a design on one side and white on the back.  First, cut 2 inches off the length so it measures 6.5" x 11".  Then, write your sweet Father's Day sentiments on the white side of the paper. Now it is ready to fold.  Here is a how to video I made to show you much better than I could type out . . .
 how to fold a Father's Day bow tie

You know how I have 5 daughters (no sons), so I conned one of my daughters into putting on a white shirt and the paper bow tie.  She was so sweet to model the tie for me!

I also made a tie out of fabric.  It only takes about 5 minutes to make this simple tie.  
 how to fold a Father's Day card bow tie

It attaches to the shirt with a bobby pin. Simple, huh!

 how to make a father's day bow tie card
Here is a colorful paper bow tie . . .

 fathers day card bow tie

To all the fathers and other wonderful men in our lives . . . 
Happy Father's Day!!!

To see last year's Father's Day card, click here: 

 shirt and tie Fathers Day card

Thursday, May 1

More Mother's Day Ideas ! ! !

I did it.  I got the other Mother's Day projects done that I wanted to do -- miracle of miracles!
I'm just going to breeze through them quickly. The 3 projects are quick and easy and things that kids can do or at least help with if you'd like (a fun little mother's day gift for a grandma too!).

All 3 projects can also be used for dozens of other things, like:
Party favors (nut/candy cups)
Wedding/ bridal showers
Baby showers
Birthday parties
Easter baskets
Place settings

You can access the "how to" videos by clicking on the photos or the link in pink. 

 How to make a paper plate basket

The first and quickest project is a paper plate basket. 
Have the kids decorate both sides of a paper plate (especially the bottom of it).  Then you just need scissors and glue (chenille pipe cleaners are optional). Click below for my YouTube video:

Next is a butterfly basket simply made out of 8.5" x 11" cardstock.  Kids will have fun coloring the butterflies!

All you need is cardstock paper, markers or crayons, scissors, tape or glue, and optional chenille pipe cleaners.  Click on the photo or link below for the "how to" video:

Last, but not least, is a beautiful dress shaped card for your Mum!

The card in the middle would be more for a wedding/bridal shower and the one to the right might be more for a birthday party.  The dress on the right would be a perfect dress card for mom!!!

This card is made with cardstock, ribbon, and a little scrap piece of fabric.  Here is the link to the "how to" video (or click on the photo):

Have fun with these projects and to all the mothers out there . . . HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ! ! !

Monday, April 28

Mother's Day Ideas!

Here are a couple of ideas that can be used for all sorts of things like wedding showers, baby showers, spring and summer parties, birthday parties, home decor, and MOTHER'S DAY!!!

How to make an umbrella gift, decoration, party favor

This cute umbrella is easily made out of paper, chenille (pipe cleaner), and ribbon (or yarn).  You can make them any size. 
Large ones, made out of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, make great decorations. 
Medium size ones, made out of regular 8.5" x 11" copy paper, make great cards (the umbrella can be flat and fit in an envelop), or fill it with candy and it makes a great gift.
Small ones, made out of 6" x 6" paper, make great nut cups or party favors by each plate setting.

You can see the "how to" video I did by clicking below or on the photo above:

The next project is also great for MOTHER'S DAY and for weddings and anywhere in your home.  The natural, rustic look is so popular right now.  The flower bouquet would look terrific as a centerpiece on a burlap table runner. 

how to make tp tube flowers
The possibilities are endless.  All you have to do is start saving all of your toilet paper tubes.  Yes, you heard me, the gorgeous flowers are made out of toilet paper tubes!!! 
Click on the photo above or the link below for the "how to" video:
I hope to post a couple of more Mother's day ideas soon -- we'll see how I do!

Monday, April 14

Paper Stained Glass Easter Egg!!!


How to make a stained glass paper Easter egg

This was a little project I did with my grandkids.  They had so much fun!  They were all coloring and it didn't matter how they colored or if they went outside of the lines.  Just a great big scribbling fest!

How to make a stained glass paper Easter egg

I picked up some poster paper (15 cents a foot) at a craft store, drew the egg on it with a pencil and let the grandkids go at it!

I did a little "how to" video with instructions to make the stained glass paper Easter egg and also for the solid colored Easter egg too.  Just click below or on any of the photos to start the video :)

How to make a snowflakish Easter Egg!!!
You can decorate a whole house with these large (3 feet by 2 feet) Easter eggs.  You can buy the poster paper in a lot of different colors: pink, red, green, blue, purple, yellow, orange, etc. 

I get more compliments on these simple to make paper Easter eggs than I do on any of my other Easter decorations.

Have so much fun with this quick and easy project and . . .

Happy Easter Time!!!

Friday, April 11

Easter Egg Time!!!

Happy Happy April Everyone!!!
Isn't springtime the best; not too hot, not too cold, just right . . .

Easter is later this year.  This is good, it's given me time to make something I've wanted to do for a long time.
My mom has this wire tree on a rock that she purchased years and years ago.  When I was a kid, I got to hang cute little miniture Christmas ornaments on it.
Years later after I was grown and gone, my mom started hanging hearts on it for Valentines Day, then eggs for Easter, then little bats and jack o' lanterns on it for Halloween.
Anyway, I have wanted a tree like that for a long time and have never seen one in any stores, so I made one and it was easy!!!

How to make the wire tree
Just click on the photo above or on the link below for a "how to" video I did to show you how to do it:

The possibilities are endless on how big you want to make it, or how wide you want the trunk, or what color wire to make it with.  You can also choose how full of branches you want the tree to have etc.

The eggs are a fun, quick, and easy project too.  Not to mention, perfect for my little tree!

How to make clay Easter eggs
These cute Easter eggs are made from oven bake clay.
Here's a "how to" video I did to show you how to make them, just click on the photo above or on the link below:

How To Make Easter Egg Ornaments

The clay eggs can also super easily be made into earrings, a bracelet, and a necklace.  And you can make them any size you want.  Here's a pic of the ones I made with a ruler, so you can see how big they are.

How to make clay Easter eggs

Enjoy this lovely springtime and Easter season!!!

Wednesday, January 22

Weave a Heart Basket

Here is a really fun Valentines project to make.  
The "how to" video I did has step-by-step instructions.  The link is immediately below:

If the kids need something to hold their Valentines in from school, this heart basket is perfect and it is easy to make.

The large size (shown above)makes a great door decoration and you can either leave it empty or fill it with with stuff for your door decor (fillers could include red and white tulle, artificial flowers, more hearts, red cellophane, or whatever!).

On the large heart basket, I used two sheets of poster board (a red one and a white one).  For smaller ones, you can use regular copy paper or scrapbook paper.

The smaller heart basket also makes a pretty Valentine decoration and a great gift with a heart shaped sugar cookie or other Valentine candies inside of it!

This heart basket is a project for adults and kids both. It is quick and easy and only involves paper and scissors (a pencil, ruler, and tape or stapler are handy too).

Happy Valentines Day preparations!!!
~Feel the love start to flow ~

Monday, January 20

Scandinavian Star Bow

When I first saw this star bow, it was as a Christmas decoration.  I've seen it on gifts, as a tree ornament, and also as a Christmas tree topper. 

With two different colors of paper, I thought the star bow decoration would be super cute as a red and white Valentine decoration.
Here is a link to the You Tube video I made on how to fold the Star Bow:

For those with secret romantic inclinations, you can write love notes on the strips of paper or ribbon before you fold it for your lover to undo and read.  Oh!

The finished Star Bow measures 4 1/2 inches.  This size bow uses 1" by 20" strips of paper.  For a larger star bow you would use longer and wider strips of paper or ribbon (and, of course, for a smaller star bow, you'd use narrower and shorter strips of paper).

I will be using this as a hanging decoration on my three corner cupboard for Valentines Day.  Maybe, I'll use it as a gift topper too, if I actually decide to give anyone a Valentines gift, hmmmm.

This is a lot of fun to fold as long as the paper strips don't rip.  Ribbon is easier to work with, but it doesn't seem to hold its shape as well and it comes apart more easily.

Have a loving time getting into the Valentines spirit!!!

Wednesday, December 18

Christmas Tree Lanterns

I know . . . time is running short.  Here is a quick and easy craft to keep youngsters busy while you get your baking and wrapping done.  
Here is a link to the step-by-step You Tube video I made on how to fold the light lantern:

All they need is a piece of copy paper.  Really that is all.  Oh, maybe some scissors to cut the paper into a square.

Then they just follow the video (and they can start the video, pause it, stop it, watch it over and over, to follow each fold to make, then they blow some air into it to puff it up) and make the origami paper mini light bulb cover. 

If you have colored tree lights then the white paper takes on the color of the light bulb.  If your tree lights are all white, you can use different colors of copy paper to make the lanterns a variety of colors. 

In the above picture the red and blue lanterns are made of white paper.  The yellow lantern was made with pastel yellow copy paper.
Or just use white paper on white lights to diffuse the light and make a beautiful larger soft light.

It's really amazing to see how this little paper lantern can transform a mini light!  You just slip the lantern over the light bulb --- it's so easy and the effect is amazing!!!

Disclaimer:  Use at your own disgression.  Do not cover any lights that produce any heat.  You are responsible for your safety in using these lanterns on safe lights. 

These origami lanterns are also used as water balloons.  So once the kiddies learn how to fold the lantern, then they can fold them for water balloons in the summertime!  Cool, huh!!!

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