Intergalactic Bead Show: No Star Trek Uniform Required

Intergalactic Bead Show: No Star Trek Uniform Required

I know if may sound like a funny name but the Intergalactic Bead Show is a great time. My sister and I recently hosted a jewelry making party. It was great fun and you can see in this post some of the wonderful things people made. It got me thinking about the bead show and how AWESOME it is to go. I went out to the sight and low and behold the bead show is in Nashville this coming weekend. Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s Father’s Day weekend and I am pretty sure your husband does not want to go to the bead show. That may be true however if you don’t have all weekend plans to spoil that special Dad in your life I highly recommend this event.   The bead variety is amazing and at many booths you will find prices that are more reasonable then what you can find at Hobby Lobby. (You won’t hear me say that often.) They usually have great metal pieces, beautiful glass and pearls in every size and color.   If you have a wedding coming up and can’t find jewelry… Go there… get some beads and make some.   They also usually have people doing jewelry demos. I have been inspired by some of the pieces I have seen there. I don’t where a lot of jewelry myself but I love making it for others. This event is a must see if you like pretty, shiny things.     Live Long & Make Jewelry! Talk to you...
The Spring Jelly Jar

The Spring Jelly Jar

I became a florist literally overnight. It was 1999 and my sister, Marcie and I partnered up to take over a local flower and gift shop in a small town near us. My sister had worked at the shop for a few years but I had never made a fresh arrangement in my life! One day I was an employee at Wal-Mart and the next day I was a florist and co-owner of a business. I learned a great deal in the short time I was a business owner. I like to refer to it as a CRASH course in the school of business. The crash part being a story for another day.   I can say that I learned, rather quickly, how to do some basic arranging.  What smelled good, what lasted a long time, and how to make something look full and pretty with little effort. You may think that flower arranging is too hard but I am going to share with you one of my favorite types of arrangements, the Spring Jelly Jar.   Here is what you need: A wide mouth jar A frog lid for a wide mouth jar (You can get this at Hobby Lobby. Click here.) Flowers (See buying directions below.) Water Towel Sharp Scissors Ribbon (Optional)     What Flowers to Buy: Buying flowers can be intimidating so let me give you the basics for this arrangement. 1: Buy something that is tall, lean and smells good. (Kind of like picking out a boyfriend.) This flower will be the center of the arrangement. I use a flower called Stock. Not a fancy...
Felt Nightmare Eating Monsters

Felt Nightmare Eating Monsters

My sister Sarah and I have been gone for the last two weeks on a 3,560 mile adventure from Nashville to Nebraska to North Dakota back to Nebraska and then home. We were able to see all 10 of other siblings, the majority of our nieces and nephews and celebrate our Mom’s birthday. We attended a huge Easter celebration, a soccer game of a great nieces and even took time for a movie. On top of seeing several of our loved ones we also got to eat at every one of our favorite places including getting an angel cream donut from a fuel station in a small town called Humphrey, NE. It was a successful trip.   This was our first trip to North Dakota. Our sister Deidre lives there with her husband and four children. We also have two brothers in that area and our parents recently moved there as well. We had never been to ND to visit so while we were in Nebraska we decided to make the trip.   Since we were visiting for the first time we wanted to take our three nephews and one niece a little something special. I love making things for children out of felt. It is a very versatile and forgiving medium. It doesn’t have sharp edges, no small pieces that can be eaten and it is pretty durable. Sarah and I decided on making Felt Monsters for the three boys. Deidre’s boys have trouble sleeping, they suffer from night terrors so she has to be really careful what they watch for TV and the stories they read. She...
Sweets & Bunnies: Felt Lollipop Pattern

Sweets & Bunnies: Felt Lollipop Pattern

  Sweets and bunnies are two great parts of Easter, so why not put those two things together. This is a wonderful project to do for the kids in your life or with the kids in your life.   If I tally all of my nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews the total comes out to a little over THREE DOZEN (For more info on me check out About for this blog). This year I am going to spend Easter with the majority of the three dozen. That means I’m  leaving behind my Tennessee nieces and nephews. My TN kiddos are my friends children who I have adopted to sugar up, watch shows, play ball and teach to craft.  I wanted them to have a little something from me for Easter. This project is fairly simple. It requires good cutting skills, gluing and a simple straight stitch.   What is a straight stitch you ask? Glad you did. Here is the basics of a straight stitch. You start from the back of your piece of felt and bring your needle up at A. Then put your needle back into the felt at B. The distance between stitches is up to you but the smaller and more close together the more secure your project will be. I recommend about a 1/4 inch apart. Everyone get out your ruler and practice… Just Kidding! No need for a ruler, just eyeball it. You can do it. Continue the process, come up at C and down at D and so on until you have sewn around your project.       For our Bunny Lollipop we will only...
Craft for Charity

Craft for Charity

One of my favorite reasons for crafting is to help a local charity. This is also a really good way to use up all of those supplies you bought, so you have room for new ones. This year some of my good friends joined me in making gorgeous valentines for a local hospice center. We created cards for the patients’ care givers; friends, spouses, sons and daughters who are dedicated to someone that they LOVE. I want to share the amazing cards created by my friends and hopefully inspire you to make cards of your own. Today’s cards have the same design structure, but as you can see from this picture, the varieties are endless. This is what I call a Three-Quarter card. The Three-Quarter card is made by covering the majority of the card with a lovely printed paper, leaving just one-quarter of the card showing. Then, using strips of paper or washi tape, you create a finished edge. Did You Know? Washi Tape is a decorative tape in bright colors found everywhere from Hobby Lobby & JoAnn’s to Dollar General & Target.  Last, but not least, you embellish with a Valentine’s Day sticker; glitter hearts, mustache stickers, or sweet little blue birds, the choices are endless. What I like about this design structure is you can buy a package of cards*, one package of stickers, two or three pieces of Valentine’s paper and some washi tape and you are set to make at least a dozen masterpieces. I hope these cards are an inspiration to you. Watch for more images this week. Talk to you soon!   *Supply Tip: I buy packages of cards and...
Hugs & Kisses Valentine

Hugs & Kisses Valentine

This week we are going to create an adorable card and learn two ways to sew on a four-hole button. The card should take about 10-15 minutes depending on how well you can sew on a button, so you can easily make more than one. First up, is the supply list:     A card and envelope, any color, any shape doesn’t matter as long five buttons in a row will fit on it and look good 5- four hole buttons, various sizes or colors are fine. Piece of colored card stock. Something to contrast with your buttons Paper Piercer or small Awl Needle & Thread Glue or double sided tape Scissors for cutting thread A pair of decorative scissors (optional) Step 1: Measure your card. I do this to ensure that the piece of colored card stock I cut will fit well on the card. I am using a 4 inch by 5 ½ inch card. Step 2: Cut a piece of card stock that is the length of the card and is about a third of the width of the card. Mine will be cut to 2 ¼ inches by 5 1/2 inches. Step 3: Lay the buttons in a row on the colored piece of card stock. The buttons need to be laid on the paper, so that the holes in the buttons make a square like two colons (::) in a row. Important note: You can use a ruler to get the buttons laid out, but remember this is a HOMEMADE card not a Hallmark Card. Perfection is manufactured not homemade. Every little flaw adds character....