Category Archives: Crafts

Making More Tiny things

Remember the food we made in yesterday’s post?

Well, those critters needed something to put their food on, right?


I bought some Sculpey after we ran out of the clay that came with the kit. It was so much easier to work with. Soft and pliable much quicker.


I also whipped up some spoons (under the direction of my 9 year old), along with a teeny tiny mouse.


She made most of these pots and pans. Can you tell which ones?


I should have photographed these with something to show how small  they are! The plates are about the size of a nickel.


These were put to use right away. The critters are very grateful.


Lastly, I just had to make one of these. It is so stinkin’ cute!


I know there will be many more times we break out the oven bake clay. It is an incredible boredom buster as well as a great way to connect with older kids. There is something so nourishing about playing with clay.

What activities do you and your kids enjoy doing together?

Mini clay food because even Critters need to eat

Falafel received this set  for her birthday in December,  and it has taken us this long to actually sit down and use it.


So we made some mini food for her Calico Critters (which she plays with all the time).


‘Cause even critters gotta eat. 

AND there is something so cute about miniature clay food, right?


Falafel, The Bee and I made these. We had a blast doing it. It was actually nice to sit with my girls and create. It always makes them quite chatty.


The book has step-by-step instructions (that we all could understand) to make so many different types of food. We also improvised a bit too.


I thought about painting little sesame seeds on the bagels. For now, I decided they will be plain.


The kit also comes with little eye screws to turn them into jewelery, but we only did this for a few since Falafel really just wanted to play with them.


We all loved it so much that I went to the store a few days later and bought some Sculpey to make more!


You’ll have to stop by tomorrow to check out what else we made with that clay.


Have you played with oven bake clay before? What have you made?

**This post contains affiliate links, so when you click on them and buy something from that link, I get a little something too. No one actually asked me to write it, though. I am just sharing something fun we did, with you.

Punny Valentines

I wanted to keep the Valentines for school this year simple. Not candy. Nothing fussy or expensive. I usually tend to go a bit overboard, but this year I ran out of steam.

I looked around at what we had in the house, and landed on oranges. Yup. We have 25 of those!

I then went to my good ol’ friend, the internet  and found these adorable printable tags from Crafting in the Rain, and that was it.

I ran it by Falafel for her approval even though I knew she would because that girl appreciates a good pun.


Absurdly simple.


We always have cello bags in the house.



What are you giving out for school Valentines?

Rounding up the hearts

I thought it might be helpful to do a Valentine round-up of my past projects as inspiration for you!


Here are a few posts (you can tell we really liked these) about making Gluten-Free salt-dough Valentines

here , here and here.


Heart bags


Pocket Hearts


Need something to keep your love notes in? Here is one of the first tutorials I wrote for a messenger bag!


Felt chains


This is one from 2010 using watercolors and salt.


This is one of my favorites!


Special skirt? YES.


Special outfit? Emphatic YES!


soft heart necklaces


And last, but SO not least….the food.

conversation hearts,

candycane hearts

chocolate hearts

Meringue kisses

So, how about you? Are you making anything special this Valentine’s Day? Food, clothing, decor, or gifts?

Felt Valentine Chain and an impromptu Link party

I finally got around to making something Valentine-y for our home that didn’t require any sewing!

My girls LOVE making paper chains. I can’t stand that we always have to get rid of them because the paper rips, and out here, the paper would get wet and it would inevitably become a moldy mess.


That is when you make…. FELT chains!


I started with cutting different colored 2″x8″ strips of felt. A whole bunch of them.


Then came some hot glue to glue them paperchain-style, and you get….


A felt chain that you can keep year after year! Make it as short or long as you’d like!


It doesn’t even need to be perfect. Just hold the glue in place long enough for it to stick (a few seconds). Falafel wanted to help, but last time she handled the hot glue gun she was burned, and even at 9 years old didn’t feel comfortable giving it another go. And that is OK. *So make sure if you have kids helping, they are old enough (capable and comfortable) of handling the hot glue gun.


Super simple project and it totally makes our house seem festive again (I actually missed having the Christmas decor up!).


Now it is YOUR turn! Show me what you made! It can be anything related to Valentine’s Day.


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.

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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)