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The “Unique” Metal Basket

I was looking for a bowl, or a basket….something cool to take to a local consignment shop for displaying my brooches and bracelets.

I found this:


It was not cool. It was not attractive. When I got to the register, the gentleman said this:

“We have some really unique baskets here don’t we?”

“Yes, you do,” I replied.

But I don’t think we were using the word “unique” in the same way.

Let me assure you that it is possible to have buyers remorse before you actually buy an item. I just knew this item had the potential of being a great transformation…or an epic fail. So after carrying it around for a few minutes, I decided $2.00 was worth the risk. Now it has been staring at me for a few weeks,wanting to be transformed.

The first step was to remove the metal rings holding on the rope. If I couldn’t do this without damaging the box, I was pretty sure that this transformation would end up in the trash. With a pair of needle nose pliers and a husband, I was able to carefully remove the rings, which were spot welded on.

I painted over the peach with craft paint and added the blue fabric along the top edge. I attached one of my handmade fabric flower on the front (on top of the peach) and glued on the buttons. Lastly, I added the line of paint on the bottom with a small paint brush. And now, I have a cute metal basket to display my brooches and bracelets in!

Transformation: Success!





Introducing Transformation Tuesday

I’ve had the idea for a while now, and I’ve decided to make it official. On Tuesday’s I will be recycling, up-cycling, re-purposing, painting, editing, cutting, pasting, or any other number of things. In one word, transforming.

I’ll be starting this series with the transformation of the necklace pictured below.

#1 Before

I started by removing the heart pendant. I created a flower using fabric, ribbon and two vintage buttons. Once I decided where I wanted to place the flower, I warmed up my trusty hot glue gun and fired away. I unhooked the shortest chain from the same side that I wanted to place the flower. I gathered the short chain, along with the longest chain up by the flower and allowed them to hang down underneath. I glued them all to the back of the flower and covered it with black ribbon. I ended up with a necklace that now looks like this.

#1 After

I was able to complete this project in about 15 minutes and I ended up with a fabulous new necklace.

For tutorials on making your own fabric flowers, check out these ten at Skip to My Lou.

You can also glue a clip to the back of the flower to transform any beaded necklace you have by simply clipping on a flower. I wanted to rearrange the chains on this one, so I went with glue and ribbon instead of a clip.

Have other ideas for transformations you’d like to see? Want to transform something of your own and write a post about it?  I’d love to hear your ideas! Leave me a comment below or contact me by email.

#1 Transformation

Somewhat Simple

These Peas Taste Funny

Free Download: Kid’s Valentine’s Cards


Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and I’m happy to offer a new free download for the kids.

Click on the link below to download a high-resolution PDF. There are four cards per sheet. Print them off and let your child write their greeting on the back. I attached a sucker to the back with duct tape, but masking tape would work just as well.

Boy Valentine Card Free Download

Girl Valentine Card Free Download



I’m linking up to:

Michelle Paige’s Valentine Link Party

The DIY Show Off

DIY: Quick and Easy Celebration Banner


As I was preparing the house to have a few friends over on New Year’s Eve, I decided to make a quick banner to hang as we welcomed in 2012. This is a fast project that can be as simple or as complicated as you like and only requires a few items you likely already have on hand. We used this for New Year’s Eve, but tomorrow is Sissy’s birthday and I am going to turn this same banner into a birthday banner today simply by using the back side of each page.


Supplies Needed:

8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock


Black permanent marker

Colored Brush-type marker

Hole Punch



Step 1

Cut cardstock in half, then cut each in half again, to get four equal pieces.

Step 2

Write your letters, numbers, and/or shapes onto each  piece with a black marker. Go back over the lines with a colored brush marker. I used a different color for each letter and shape.

Step 3

Squeeze glue onto a scrap piece of paper, napkin or paper plate.  Lightly rub your index finger into the glue and then press your finger onto the page in random spots. Immediately add glitter to the glue dots you make with your finger.

Step 4

Once that dries, use your markers to loosely outline the dots. I also used the colored markers to make tiny random dots on each page.

Step 5

Punch a hole in the center of the top of each letter. String a piece of yarn through the sheets in order and hang for a quick and simple banner.





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DIY: Gift Card Holder

DIY gift card holder

As much as I try to avoid it, I usually conclude my gift buying with the purchase of gift cards for a few people. This year, I decided to try to make my own gift card holders using leftover food boxes. I would normally discard these boxes, but I found that they are flexible enough to fold well, while being sturdy enough to hold up to paint and glue. Some stores offer small tins or other novelty items to hold gift cards, but they can cost anywhere from $1 to $5. As an alternative, use household items to make your own holders using this tutorial.


Items you will need:


Disassemble the box carefully. Cut out the template and line up with the folds already on the box. (see below left)

Step 2

Outline the template with your pen and cut out along the lines you made. Line up the template once more and make a mark to indicate your fold line. (see below right)


Step 3

Fold at the line you just marked (as indicated in the left picture below). Unfold that section and fold the bottom tab over (see right picture below). Add glue and fold up. I found that you may need to trim some of the edges to make them straighter as you go along.


Step 4

Add glue to the other small tab and fold it over. At this point your holder should look like the picture on the left below.

You can use a clip to hold the tabs down that you just glued, or you can sit a jar or book on top of it until the glue dries.

Turn the holder over to the cardboard colored side. Add ribbon with glue or tape. The ribbon should be at least 10 inches long. (I used glue first, then the tape to hold it in place).


Step 5

Add glue liberally to the entire cardboard colored side. Add wrapping paper and smooth out. Cut around the edges of the holder, being careful not to cut your ribbon. You can leave a flap to fold up and glue inside the holder, or trim to the edge.

Cut out and glue the “Have a Holly Jolly Day” image that was included with your template to the front of the holder. Glue the “To and From” label inside or on the back of the holder.


Step 6

Tie the ribbon tightly in a bow. Hang on the tree or attach to a present.


DIY – Recycled Christmas Cards

As Seen On:

I have thrown away many Christmas cards over the years, but last year, I decided to keep them with the hope that I could turn them into new cards this year. I started by choosing 4 cards that had colors that coordinated well. I tore these up into pieces that were roughly the same size.

Next, I glued the pieces onto cardstock that I had already cut to the right size for small cards.

Once the glue is dried, the fun begins. You can use the sewing machine, embroidery thread, tissue paper, paint, markers, stamps, or images printed from the computer to finish the cards. Here are some examples that I did.

(Above) After I had glued the pieces on to resemble a patchwork pattern, I used the sewing machine to stitch straight lines along all the edges. Make sure you set the stitch length to be long or you will end up cutting through the card. I glued on a piece of tissue paper, wrote Merry Christmas on a piece of white cardstock and glued that on. To finish I glued the button that I had threaded a piece of ribbon through.

(Above) I painted around the outside edge of the card pieces with white craft paint. Once that dried, I zig zag stitched around all the edges. I used a stamp from a Stampin Up stamp set, and added color with my markers.  I mounted that to a piece of yellow card stock and glued the whole thing down.

(Above) For this card I wildly stitched around the three card pieces I had glued down. Then I cut the letters JOY out of another card and glued them on to each square.

The great thing about this project is you can get really detailed, or keep it really simple. Plus, it’s a great way to make a handmade card for Christmas inexpensively.

Here are the samples that I designed.

DIY – Christmas Card Wreath

Items you’ll need:

Hot glue gun

12″ embroidery hoop

5 clothespins

1 roll of ribbon (Note: 3/8″ wide covers a regular sized clothespin)

Wreath bow – Buy one or make your own by following this tutorial

3 Christmas bells

Optional: 5 buttons to attach to the clothespins


1. Prepare the Clothespins

Cut 5 lengths of ribbon 4 1/2″ long. Use the hot glue gun to attach the ribbon to the underside of the top of the clothespin. Pull tight across and glue under the other end of the clothespin. Optional: attach five buttons to the end of the clothespins. Set these aside.

2. Prepare the Bells

Cut three pieces of ribbon in the following lengths: 9″, 11″ and 13″. Put one end of the ribbon through the hole in the top of the bell and tie a knot in the ribbon 5 times in a row. Use a little hot glue to hold the ribbon together after tying the last knot and trim the short end of the ribbon. Once you have all the bells finished, tie all three together around the tightening screw on the hoop.

3. Prepare the Embroidery Hoop

Mark the 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 positions on the embroidery hoop with a pencil or pen.

4. Attach the Wreath Bow

Attach the bow to the tightening screw. If you are using wire, you can make a loop with it to hang the bow on, or you use the hoop itself for hanging.

5. Attach the Clothespins

Put hot glue onto the mark you made at 2:00 on the hoop and attach one of the clothespins. Press and hold for a minute. Repeat until all five clothespins are attached.

Here are some ways you could alter this project:

Spray paint the hoop

Spray paint the clothespins

Wrap ribbon around the hoop before attaching the clothespins

Add glitter to the front edge of the hoop with ModPodge or watered down school glue

Add more clothespins by moving them closer together

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Delicate Construction

DIY – Painted Pumpkins

Painting pumpkins is SO much easier than carving pumpkins with young children. Carving has its place – please don’t misunderstand. But when your children all are under the age of 7, painting is the way to go.

Things You’ll Need:

Newspaper – to protect your table
Acrylic/Craft paint – Apple Barrel worked well on our pumpkins
Paper plate for pallets
Water cups, napkins, and towel
Other Optional Items: Stencils, stamps, spray paint, paint markers

Within half an hour we had each finished painting our pumpkins.We had an Indian, a unique pumpkin face, a colorful abstract and a monogram.

For my monogrammed pumpkin, I used the end of a cork to make the assorted dots, the end of a paintbrush to make smaller white dots, and the tip of my index finger to make the red circles around the large circle. I did try to use a regular sharpie to add the lines, but a black paint sharpie worked much better.

And…bonus…I did not have pumpkin guts or pumpkin stink anywhere on my body.

We were all very happy and had a fun time.

So what is your favorite thing to do with pumpkins, carve them, paint them, or eat them?

If you want to get more inspiration for fancy painted pumpkins to decorate your home, check out these links:

Painted Patterned Pumpkins – Alisa Burke

Pumpkins with Panache – Cloth, Paper, Scissors

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