“I’d rather be thrifting” bag

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My daughter is an expert at shopping the thrift stores

and finding a great deal… 

When she asked me to make her a tote bag similar to the ones she’d seen online.

I knew exactly where to start.  I used a large canvas bag from Canvas Corp Brands

and ironed on a fun saying using Joy® embroidered letters.

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It’s quick and easy – just preheat your iron to the cotton setting, then remove the paper liner

on back of each letter (exposing the temporary adhesive) and press into place on your tote bag

to spell out your quote. Cover the letters with a cotton cloth and iron for about 30 seconds.

I ironed it again from the back of the fabric for another 30 seconds.

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Fast, Quick, Personalized and Ready to Go!

We’re thinking of adding “take me to a flea market” on the other side.


This project was created and sponsored by Joy SA.

Crafting with Kids: Serenity’s Craft Bag

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When it comes to craft supplies for some reason people tend to refer to me.

So when I heard that my 5 year old niece was looking for beads and craft supplies for her

birthday, I jumped all over that one.

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I had a small 8″ x 8″ canvas bag from Canvas Corps and iron-on letters from Creating with Joy.

Who doesn’t like a personalized bag, to let everyone know just who’s bag it is?

I filled Serenity’s bag with a divided container full of beads and gave her paintbrushes,

pom poms, craft stems and pink scissors.  (Things a typical 5 year old might need.)

True story…

Sad Nick Face

One Sunday, my 5 year old grandson, said to me, “Grandma, let’s do a project.”

I looked him straight in the eyes and said…

“Do I look like the kind of Grandma that does projects?”

He gave me the saddest look, not knowing what to say.

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When his mom started laughing, a big smile emerged.

I can’t remember if we did a project or not.

Making a place for Dad’s coffee

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Dad comes over every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for dinner.

It’s our weekly ritual.

He arrives at 5:30, sits in the leather chair closest to the television, in time for the evening news.

While he watches the news, I make dinner.  That’s the routine.

Dad sits in that particular chair so he can read the closed captioning.

Unfortunately, that’s the one chair that doesn’t have an end table.

Occasionally… he’ll give me a hard time telling me I need a table so he can put his coffee

cup down.  Problem is there’s no room to put one there.

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Problem Solved…

I noticed this old stool down in the basement, paint splattered and water stained.  (a little ugly)

A make-over was in order and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I wish you could of saw the smile when I told him why I did this.  (I had to sneak the first picture)

He thought it was perfect.

Easily put away when not in use.

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Old Stool Make-0ver Products Used:                                                   (*affiliate link)

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Old Stool Make Over Steps


  1. I gave the top of the table a quick sanding with my palm sander to smooth out the paint splatters.  (I could of sanded the legs but I was lazy.)
  2. I used Tattered Angels Decor and DIY, Ebony*, I love that you don’t need to do any sanding or priming.  I love the smooth matte finish that it gives.  I gave the table 2 coats of paint and some touch ups.
  3. Allow the paint to fully dry and cure before starting the stenciling.
  4. I custom mixed Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint relic and everlasting for a light contrast to the ebony black finish.
  5. Center the stencil onto the middle of the stool and tape down the edges with removable painter’s tape to keep the stencil from moving.
  6. Use stipple brush to apply Chalky Finish paint inside open stencil areas.
  7. Remove Stencil.
  8. For the time being, I’ve decided to leave the stool as is.  You may want to apply a finishing wax to help protect the paint.


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Stitched Sampler

Stitched Sampler

I hate throwing anything away that might possibly be used on a project later.

In an effort to make room and not become a hoarder,

I actually threw these little scraps of fabric away.   (It was hard, I love these prints.)

But…Only minutes later, while I was making a permanent home for my new sewing machine

that I got for Christmas,  (thanks Nick and Bonnie) I got the idea to make a stitched sampler.

What a great use for little pieces of fabric.

Now, bear in mind that this is my first real project on my new machine.

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I misted the iron-on embroidered letters from Joy SA and the white decorative trim with

Tattered Angels Ruby Slipper Chalkboard Mist Paint and stitched to my hearts desire.

I cut a large die-cut square out of premium gray felt using my Accu-cut machine.

I’m pretty please with the way it turned out.

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This project was created for and sponsored by Joy SA.

How to Make a Mini Rose Topiary

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Maybe it has something to do with my short stature, but, I have always had a thing for

miniatures.  My momma always told me “Good things come in small packages”.

(which I whole-heartily believed)

The Mini Rose Topiary is a project that can be easily adapted to make larger topiaries.

I just happen to like mine mini.

How to make a Mini Rose Topiary

How to make a Mini Rose Topiary

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  1. Spray Roses and small wood heart with the Mistable Paint.   Allow plenty of time to dry.
  2. Paint the 2″ Smoothfoam Ball  and the wood dowel with the green acrylic paint.
  3. Poke hole into the end of the 2″ ball.  Squirt a little glue in the hole and insert the painted dowel.
  4. Starting at the top of the ball.  Glue roses, one by one, onto the ball with a fast drying glue until covered.  After the rose ball is formed, you may want to go back and re-mist the flowers for additional coverage.
  5. Cover the wood spool with the ticking material and glue the end in place.  Tie a small piece of crinkle ribbon around the ticking and glue the wood heart on top.
  6. Insert rose topiary into the small wood spool.

TIP:  Try making a topiary using larger Smoothfoam balls and silk flowers inserted into a pail, vase or containers.

The Mini Rose Topiary was created for and sponsored by Smoothfoam™ The Crafter’s Foam.


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How to Create a Wedding Memories Card Box

I am honored to have had my Wedding Memories Card Box featured as a special project in

DIY Wedding Magazine’s Holiday Issue.

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The Wedding Memories Cards Box is a dual-purpose box to hold cards at the Reception

and then to be used later to store the Wedding Memories to be cherished for years to come.

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I started with a plain wood box from Walnut Hollow and Chalky Finish Paint from Deco Art to create a soft timeless finish.

Supplies Used:    (*amazon affiliate links)

Finished Size: 9” x 12” x 3 1/2”

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  1. Paint the top portion of the cornice box with “Vintage” Chalky Finish paint and the bottom portion of the box with “Timeless” Chalky Finish paint. (Inside and out)
  2. Lightly sand the box to smooth out the finish.
  3. Position “Mod Quatrefoil” stencil over the top of the box. Secure the stencil in place with the painter’s tape to prevent slipping. Use stipple brush to apply “Whisper” Chalky Finish paint inside open stencil areas.
  4. Remove stencil.
  5. Position and stencil “Mod Quatrefoil” pattern onto the sides of box.
  6. Allow paint to dry for a few hours and lightly sand over the stenciled area to give a slightly worn look.
  7. Apply clear crème wax onto the inside and outside of the box.
  8. Wait one hour and buff box using a soft, clean rag.
  9. Measure and apply decorative paper onto the inside of the box.
  10. Tie a long length of Antique White Satin ribbon around the top of the box, tying a bow on the top.
  11. Cut cream cardstock into five 2 1/4” x 3 1/2” pieces.
  12. Stencil the letters to spell “CARDS” onto cream cardstock using the 3” Simple Script Alphabet.
  13. On the inside of the box: Clip the letters onto the ribbon using the mini clothespins.

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This project was sponsored by Deco Arts and Walnut Hollow. 

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DIY Etching on a Mirror

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It all started with an inexpensive gold mirror that my daughter didn’t want anymore.

I had spray painted it red and left it like that for a couple of years.  (it was o.k.)

I took it off the shelf, while cleaning the other day, and decided it needed an immediate update.

Of course, I had to stop cleaning.  (when inspiration strikes)

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This is how I etched my mirror…                                                                       (*affiliate links)

  • I removed the mirror from the frame.  I gave the red frame a light sanding and then painted it with Tattered Angels Decor and DIY Paint, Ebony*.
  • I cut an oval mask using etchall etchmask*  vinyl and centered it on the mirror.  Make sure to burnish the vinyl to get out air bubbles and to make sure the all edges all down.
  • Apply a thick coat of etchall Etching Crème* over the sides of the mirror using the squeegee.  It’s important to get an even coat of etching crème to achieve a consistent even etch.  (remember more is better)
  • Wait 15 minutes.  Scrape excess etching crème from the mirror and return the extra etching crème back into the bottle. (it’s reusable)
  • Rinse mirror with warm water to clean.
  • Remove mask and dry.
  • Return the mirror back into the frame.  Apply the gold “love” rub-on onto the mirror.

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New to Etching?  You might want to check out the video on the Etchall getting started page.

The Etched Mirror project was created for and sponsored by Etchall®.

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My 4 x 4 Canvas

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As a member of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew we

were asked to create a 4″ x 4″ canvas to represent “you”.

As a returning member we were given the choice to stay with the one we created

last year or make a new one.  I decided I needed a new one.

One that looked a little more my style.

As you might guess, I love the color red.  I also love taking pictures.

Since receiving my new camera last year for Christmas, I have taken over 15,000 pictures.

Most of those pictures are of family or of projects I am working on.

The camera is never put away.  (always on the counter, ready to go to work)

So this is me described in a canvas.  (at least for now)

You & Me Valentine’s Frame

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner…

I wanted to share a simple little project that’s really quick and easy to put together.

A Valentine’s Frame using the You & Me Collection from Simple Stories.

This cute little frame, from Canvas Corp Brands, is only 6″ x 6″ and I love how versatile

it is to decorate.  The larger section is perfect for a 4″ x 6″ picture and if white’s not your

style it’s available in wood stained.  I added dimension to the frame by adding

cubes made from cardstock behind the “love you lots” and “pail of flowers”.

I dressed it up by gluing on metal corners from Tim Holtz.

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Merry Christmas Gift Bag

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Make your Christmas Gift Bags a little more special with iron-on letters from Joy.

Merry Christmas Gift Bag Supplies

Start with a plain drawstring bag.  (Mine was from Canvas Corp.)

Replace the drawstring cording on the bag with red and white gingham ribbon and add iron-on

letters in red and neon yellow.  (in person the neon yellow looked lime to me)

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Glue white lace, rick rack, buttons and a small wreath to the front of the bag.

For a truly personalized gift add a name instead of Merry Christmas.


This project was created for and sponsored by Joy SA.