Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Pom Pom Hearts: Fun, Fuzzy, & Unforgettable

Do you have yarn in baskets, bags, boxes or tucked away in the closet of your craft space? Pom pom makers (Click here for a four pack.) are the perfect way to transform that random yarn into something beautiful. I recently hosted a craft day with some of my favorite people; where we created some gorgeous pom pom hearts to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Check out my YouTube videos on how to create a stunning heart for your home. Supplies Needed: Variety of yarn Pom pom makers in two sizes Plastic canvas 5 mesh Ribbon Misc. Tools: Scissors, sharpie, thin crochet hook (optional) Basic Steps: Create the pom poms for your heart. View video 1. Cut the plastic canvas to the designed shaped. The numbers below are described in the video. View video 2. 29 up 2 over 10 up 1 over 5 up 9 on the diagonal 11 over 9 on the diagonal 14 down Repeat for the other half Tie the pom poms to the plastic canvas. View video 3. Hang with a ribbon. End of video 3. Check out some of the hearts that were made during the craft day. Thanks ladies for letting me share your amazing creations.   Talk to you... read more
Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Cricut Iron-On Vinyl Tote Bag

Have you ever been going along, enjoying life, crafting, sewing and baking, thinking to yourself, you are up on all the latest things… and then WHAM you get smacked in the imagination with something AMAZING! I was searching for craft ideas when I ran across cutting vinyl with my Cricut©.  There was a short 2 minute video on YouTube about how it is done so I watched it.  Next thing I know I have opened my Amazon account and starting ordering rolls of vinyl to get started. Well that was the beginning of my Vinyl Obsession.   Sometimes I think I can eat just one Oreo and then a row is gone. Well that is kind of how it feels when ordering vinyl. I started with just one role and soon I found myself wanting more. As you can see from my pile of empty cardboard rolls a couple really wasn’t enough. I wish I could say that was all I bought but it is not. I found a company online, vinylsupply.com, that sells a ton of great colors in permanent, removable and iron-on vinyl. They also sell chalkboard and dry erase vinyl for a reasonable price compared to the prices on Amazon. I have tried several different products from this site and they have all been great.   Tips for using Iron-On Vinyl: If you are like me and just starting out using iron-on vinyl, here are a few things you should know.   Wash Your Article First: I did not wash my first bag before ironing my design on it and when I did wash it the bag shrank almost 2 inches. This made part of my letters fall... read more
British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

I have recently started watching the British Sewing Bee with a friend of mine. It’s so charming and creative! I am loving the use of words such as unpicking (using a seam ripper) and haberdashery (a place that holds sewing notions, fabric and trims). The show consists of three sewing challenges, pattern, alteration and one they had time to practice. It is kind of like the Great British Bake Off. During the pattern challenge the participants get handed a pattern they have never seen before. They then have 2-4 hours to create things like shirts, skirts, dungarees (overalls) or jackets. The second challenge is taking something off the rack and altering it. Could be a plain wool skirt, an oversized t-shirt, a suit or even a wedding dress. The participants usually only have 90 minutes for this one. It is always amazing to see what they do in such a short amount of time. The third challenge is something they had time to practice. It’s usually a full garment and complicated use of fabrics and patterns. The ones I have seen so far have made all kinds of amazing garments. Needless to say watching the show has put me in the mood to sew and luckily for me, I know how to! For our August craft day, we spent time making a small wall hanging. Here is our basic layout:   A few years back I picked up a book with 6″X6″ quilt block patterns. Each lady, who came to craft day, choose a block or two to make for the center of their quilt and then we started... read more
Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

Cardboard + Felt + Yarn = 1 Charming Basket

  I was strolling through Michaels one afternoon checking to see if they had any new yo-yo makers, because I am obsessed with them, when I stumbled upon a Clover basket template. I grabbed it off the hook and looked it over and thought this may be fun, so I took it home. When I got home I ripped open the package like a two year old with a new toy. Then I got down to business. I read through the directions and looked at some examples online and the next time I was near a craft store I bought a variety of yarn, cord and raffia to start creating. As I worked through the basket making process, I discovered a few tips and tricks that may help you as you try it out. Tip 1#: Material I have used a variety of yarns and cords and some work better than others. Here is a tip or two on choosing material: I liked variegated yarn it really makes your basket look amazing. The thicker the yarn the faster your basket goes together. Fuzzy yarn works well as long as it is not bulky. You can see from my two examples below that a thin fuzzy yarn makes a great basket and a bulky fuzzy yarn makes a great nest. I made one basket with green cord and used a raffia top. I think this basket looks the most like a “real” one. In fact, most people I showed could not believe I made that basket. This material comes in great colors and is just as easy to use as yarn. Tip 2#: Process... read more
Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

Whoever Has the Most Paper When They Die Wins!

If you’re a paper crafter as I am then I’m sure you can relate to the title of this post. It seems like we will go out of our way to buy paper, find a good sale, search through shelves of clearance and locate that one special piece of paper that all too often sits on a shelf for months…maybe years! A few months back I was wandering around the paper aisle of my local Hobby Lobby. I was looking at the pads of paper. There are some for boys, some for girls, some for weddings and some for pets. Some of the pads are made of chalkboard paper, some white board paper and some of burlap. I was just checking out each one thinking I could use this to make invitations or I could make this one into an art piece for some frames I got on sale for the guest room. Oh, this one is cool I could use this for my decoupage projects. Then I picked up that $20 pack of paper and I thumbed through it and I found a piece of paper that sparked a memory. I love it… its perfect… its bright and colorful and remember how when I was little and my parents got me a new View Master for my birthday! This is it… I LOVE this paper.   Then the inevitable happens. The paper ends up in my cart and then my craft room and then six months later I stumble across it when I’m cleaning up my Christmas projects and I think, what was I going to do with this?... read more
Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

Valentine’s Yo-Yo Tea Towel

I recently fell back in LOVE with yo-yo crafts! Partly because I got some amazing yo-yo makers for Christmas and partly because they are so stinking cute and versatile. My first yo-yo project was a Christmas clown kit that my sister’s mother-in-law asked me to make, for the annual Christmas festival in our small town. I sewed yo-yos while watching TV, while babysitting, and while riding in the car to church. I can’t quite recall how many yo-yo’s I needed but I was determined to finish the project in a week in order to get a new project during our craft time on Saturday mornings. I remember the clown being made of multiple sized yo-yos and in vibrant colors and patterns just like any self-respecting clown would wear.   The memory of my clowning around (pardon the pun) spurred in me a need to sew some tiny little circles of fabric. First things first, research. While I was researching I found some simply, snap together yo-yo makers. These tools allow you to quickly and easily make yo-yos in different sizes and shapes including circles, hearts, flowers, butterflies and clovers. I know it sounds like a Lucky Charms commercial but there really are some wonderful templates out there.   To get us started with the yo-yo tea towel we are going to need the following supplies: Sharp Scissors Thread and Needle Valentine’s Day fabric – You can use multiple prints or just one. Each extra large yo-yo will need at least a     5 ½ inch square of fabric. The butterfly maker needs about 5 inches and the small maker needs at least 3 inches. Yo-Yo Makers... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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.... read more