Pinecone framed artwork

I finally get to use my pinecones I've been saving since March! For this project I used the mini pinecones, not the jumbo ones, but don't worry! I've got some jumbo pinecone crafts in the works! Yippie! First, I found a frame in my stash of extra stuff I'm not using. I love that this one is square. Next I grabbed all my mini pinecones. I patiently sat there and hot glued each pinecone directly onto the glass of the frame. It was actually really easy and took me about 10 or 15 minutes. I love that you can see through the frame. And here's the back … [Read more...]

Decor Ball Overload || Tutorial

Last week I had the privilege of doing a guest post at Blue Cricket Design. Here is a rendition of the post I made for her blog. I hope you all enjoy another decor ball post. More decor balls. Yes, I am crazy. I promise decor ball post. Maybe. I want to show you how to make a variety of decor balls. These are very popular right now - who doesn't love a basket of decor balls? Here's a tutorial on how to make pretty much any type of decor ball you could ever want. First, load up on your "gear". You need a basic ball to start with. For … [Read more...]

What goes around comes around || flower vase DIY

My husband took my baby girl (she's 5) out one Saturday morning for breakfast. When they came home she had a vase with flowers in it - just for moi! Yay!! Hubs is sweet like that (for bringing me flowers, NOT for ditching me for breakfast) Eventually the flowers died (these things lasted like 3 weeks!) and I was left with this cute little vase. I'm such a sucker for little glass vases. So most normal people would probably just give it to Goodwill, but I buy from Goodwill, not donate to Goodwill. I think it would be morally wrong for me to actually give something to Goodwill. … [Read more...]

Basic stuff I use

I've had quite a few people post comments or email me asking what products I'm using in my posts. I decided to go ahead and post a list of items I generally keep on hand. This is not a comprehensive list by any stretch of the imagination. I've just picked out the items that I use most on a day-to-day crafting basis. (This is from my Keepin' Myself Busy post.) Okay, for starters... Spray Paint. I own LOTS of Spray Paint. I primarily use Rust-oleum, but I use other brands as well. Here's what I currently have on-hand. From L to R: Rust-oleum for Plastic items - black, … [Read more...]

A can of beans? || DIY pencil holder

So the other day I made this jute ball out of a basketball and a floor mat. Remember? So I have a HUGE amount of jute floor mat material left over... ...and I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with it all (besides make another large jute ball for a future giveaway - check back frequently for deets!). Okay, so anyway, I'm trying to figure out what else I can hot glue this stuff too and the closest thing within reach was a just-washed can from beans or something. So natch' I grab the can and start gluing. Wound you expect any different? You know what? I … [Read more...]

Crafting with a floor mat and a basketball…

Yes, you read that right. I crafted with a floor mat and a basketball, both purchased at the Dollar Store. Here's my mat and my basketball. Can you guess what I've got up my sleeve? The mat is made up of some type of cheap jute/twine. Here's a closer look. And here's the ball. It's a Nurf-style basketball so it's kinda squishy. The first thing I did was spray-paint the ball all one color - I used the closet thing to brown that I had in my stash. It's a metallic color. Then I took my rug and carefully started untying and unraveling it. Then I took my hot … [Read more...]