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Last Day for me to bug you about the Bundle

OK, let me start by saying I AM THE WORST SALESPERSON EVER.

I think this comes from me not liking the hard sell from other people. I cannot stand feeling pressure to buy anything. Seriously. If a salesperson in a store comes up to me to talk about a product, I am more apt to walk out than actually buy it. I have to really really think about each and every purchase I make for me and my family and I love the quiet to do it in. I appreciate the back-off approach. And I am frugal, so it has to be a good price for me to even consider it.

With that said, I also like to make money. And to share when I think something is a good deal with my readers. This Ultimate DIY Bundle is a whole library of do it yourself resources for one price. The PDF patterns alone are worth it. For $34.95 you get 76 different ebooks and ecourses and 5 bonuses too. If you order it using my link, I get a portion of the sale too.

Today is the last day you can get it. So if you have been taking your time to think about it (like I would), now is the time to act.

That is it. The last you will hear it from me. If you choose to get it or not is up to you!


We will still be friends tomorrow.

Life update and still chance to get the bundle

Well, Falafel was up vomiting yesterday in the wee hours of the morning, and then in her bed the entire day with a fever. I spent the day doing the laundry that comes with that, wiping down all surfaces, and keeping her hydrated…and really hoping that no one else gets it!

I am also in the middle (literally) of a few sewing projects that I cannot wait to share with you, but alas, my trusty sewing machine of 20 years, my right hand, if you will, is not behaving itself. Jim and I pulled it apart and cleaned what we could, but ultimately, I think it needs to be tuned up by a professional. It has been 10 years since it has been serviced, so I guess it was just a matter of time. Ugh. I have never depended so heavily on a machine before in my life. It is a strange thing to realize that I am in love with an inanimate object.


There are only a few days to get the Ultimate DIY Bundle before it goes away!


I hope you all are healthy and doing what you love with those you love this weekend!

It is time to get The Ultimate DIY Bundle

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? I find myself always saying that! With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, running kids where they need to go, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on (seriously, where does all that laundry come from??!!), there’s very little time for sleep (and I really like sleep) – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest *sigh* and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.


Holidays & Seasonal

Home & Garden

Home Decor


Scrapbooking & Art Journaling


The Business of DIY



 **Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Come back tomorrow to see what I made with a pattern in this bundle!!

Gearing up for the New year with a repost

I hope your holiday was spent the way you wanted and love and kindness were in abundance! Our Christmas went by fast this year, and Santa was very good to us all.

And now, I cannot believe we are beginning a new year! I was scrolling through my archives and came across this post from 2012 and it seemed like I just wrote this yesterday. So I am reposting for your viewing pleasure!
I guess I have liked crafting with plastic animals (like these and these) and toilet paper tubes for some years now. At least I’m consistent. Ha!

With all of the whirling activity of Christmas coming to end, I felt the need to craft one more frivolous celebratory thing.

Gold and Silver animals to put in New Years’ Crackers!

I just hand painted silver and gold acrylic paint on some cheap plastic animals that we already had. Then after the coats dried, I brushed on some glitter glue to make them sparkle.

Even though my nose is so incredibly congested and I feel like something scraped off the bottom of a shoe, I wanted to break up the monotony of blowing my nose 4000 times, with a productive activity.

This was the perfect low-energy/ high yield craft.

The hippo is my favorite. He is so pretty.

I love looking at them all. It amazes me how a simple coat of paint can transform these cheap plastic toys into something quite festive.

I can’t decide which ones I like better, the Silver or the Gold.

Will you make a craft to ring in this New Year?

Anyone else fighting colds or flus right now?

Have a safe and sparkly New Year’s Eve!


Candy Cane Toilet Paper Tubes

I came up with yet another use for toilet paper tubes.

In actuality, the use is not new, but the design is.

You start out with one of these:


Then paint it white.


Take some blue painter’s tape and wrap diagonally around tube. Then paint all white areas, red.


Remove the tape (carefully) and touch up the white that came off.


Use as is for napkin rings….


OR cut in half and also use as napkin rings.


OR these can even be made into gift/treat/money holders by folding in the ends.


There is something about candy canes that make me happy.


I am sure there are many more uses for these, but my brain is all mushy from the Nutcracker whirlwind we are in.


What have YOU made today?

And what’s your favorite color? (My nod to Buddy The Elf)

More animal gifts

I took the animal gifts (that I posted about yesterday) one step further.


I painted them white!


It gives the illusion they are made of something other than plastic. AND It made the creepier ones look a little, well.. less creepy.


Add a little ribbon for color, and they become very festive.


I think they will make nice present toppers. Even the spider.


What have YOU made today??

Animal Adornments


I have seen people all over blog land making things with plastic animals, and I just had to try it. I think it is a brilliant idea! Goodness knows we have tons of these things around.


I took a bunch of old plastic toys, and with my smallest drill bit, drilled holes in them. Then twisted in an eye screw. That is it!


They make great key chains or ornaments…


Even necklaces!


I think whatever you use them as, they make great gifts.

Jingle Bows, Jingle Bows, Jingle Bow Clips

After making these last year, I knew I had to do it again. Only this time, I added a little something jingly.


All you need to make these is:

Mini bows (I got mine at the dollar store)

Hair clips

Strong glue (I used E6000)

Mini Jingle Bells

**Full tutorial here **


I remove the little paper tab thingy on the back of the bows first. Then glue on a bow. On a few of them, I glued on a jingle bell for extra fun!


Insert into hair….or clip onto gifts!


This is a super easy and fun way to add a little Holiday cheer!

What have YOU made today?

Let the Holiday crafting commence!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that this time of year is so very nutty with both our girls’ birthdays, plus my Dad’s birthday (and quite a few other relatives) plus Christmas. So you can expect my posts to be bouncing back and forth and all around from here until the New Year!

This week, I had laryngitis and was in bed for a few days, and miraculously, on Thanksgiving day, my voice came back! Just as surprising, on that same day, Falafel got the stomach flu. Which means that with all the glorious food, there was vomit and high fever. It was a rather somber meal for sure. Yesterday her fever started to go down, and there was no more throwing up (yay!).

With being stuck in the house for days now, I really needed to make something!

So I made these:


They are so simple and so fun!


I started with 4 tiles (found at Home Depot), and painted a black line around the edges. I had this great vintage pin-up fabric and another with peppermints and carefully cut what I wanted out. Because somehow tiny scantily clad women and peppermint candies go together??!! Yes.


I then took watered down Elmer’s glue and painted over the entire tile, gluing down the tiny pin-up girl and candy swirls.


I even added a little glitter glue to give them some sparkle.


To make them easier to move over surfaces, I took 4 self adhesive felt circles (also found at Home Depot) and stuck them on the back.


I love how they turned out. The brilliant part about this is how very little they cost to make! Scraps of fabric work, and the tiles really were only cents. I can imagine doing more sets of these, only with different fabrics.


Add a little raffia and they are all ready for gifting!

What are you crafting for the Holidays?

Minion Rocks

Well, it is that season again. The season of celebrations and all the mayhem that goes with them.

Falafel’s Birthday is up first after Thanksgiving. Since both girls have Birthdays 4 days apart (and 6 years) in December, we have family rules (you can read about here).

The theme for her Birthday party this year is “Despicable Me: Minions“.


Over the Summer, I gathered a whole can full of smooth roundish stones from the beach to save for a rainy day. They were perfect for this project!


I just took some acrylic paint and free-handed minions.


Then I painted over it (once dried) with some clear gloss.


They are far from perfect, but my girl loves them.


We are planning on making some carnival-type games and these are one of the “prizes”.


I love the simplicity of these. Just paint and rocks.

I hope the party guests will like them as much as the Birthday girl.