Happy Birthday Chick – CD Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Chick - CD Birthday Card

    I don't know about you but now that so much of my information is stored online I don't use discs as much as I used to. In fact, I've come across a few lately that have "gone bad". I'm not sure exactly what the terminology is for that but they are useless. I decided that in stead of tossing out the discs I would find something to do with them. And this something is a fun upcycled CD greeting … [Continue reading...]

Dealing with Hard Times and Big Changes

Dealing with Hard Times and Big Changes

    I remember the morning I dropped my two youngest off for the first day of the their High School Sophomore year. The oldest had graduated, the middle guy would graduate at the end of the year and these two would not be far behind. I saw that empty nest and I wasn't sure what it meant for me - a stay at home (mostly) business owner and tender of the home. A family chauffeur with only a two year degree and a few businesses … [Continue reading...]

Garden Trends for 2015

Garden Trends for 2015

  I've been pouring over seed catalogs the last few weeks trying to soothe my eyes from the blinding whiteness of all that is outdoors. These photos were taken last weekend but I hear rumor that most of it will be gone by the end of next week. We haven't seen grass since sometime in December. I'm not sure I remember what looks like! But I'll figure it all out pretty quick, I'm sure. Anyway, while going through my stacks of catalogs and … [Continue reading...]

Six Strand Polymer Clay Necklace

Six Strand Polymer Clay Necklace

      It has been a little while since I played with polymer clay (polymer clay pendants) but I was recently cleaning up and decided to make a necklace with some of the pendant pieces I came across. That is the down side to cleaning up around here. I always get side tracked by something and end up creating in stead of cleaning! The above beads I purchased at a local bead shop that closed this summer. Man, do I … [Continue reading...]

Mixed Media Spring Eggs

Vintage Dress Pattern Mixed Media Spring Eggs

    I don't know about you but lately I have spent many days indoors, drinking coffee, catching up on business and doing laundry. At one point I thought about going out but it was just too darn cold. I don't know about you but I'm beginning to NEED some spring in my world. We are getting closer but it's not here yet. At least not in NE Ohio. While you are waiting for SPRING to poke her head out you can create these little … [Continue reading...]

Fabulous Friday – Plus Size Fashion

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      I've recently started following several plus size fashion blogs and instagram accounts. I'm not sure if it is the winter doldrums, a breast cancer wake-up call or simply a desire to feel pretty. But I'm super into fashion at the moment. Do you think it might be because I've had to undress for MANY medical professionals lately? Maybe. Maybe it's simply an extension of my jewelry making? Maybe all of the … [Continue reading...]

Vintage Inspired Paper Clay Snowman

Vintage Inspired Paper Clay Snowman

      This is actually a project I made several years ago (2009 to be exact) but never posted the instructions here. I've been cleaning up my winter decorations and decided that it was time to share this little guy with all of you. I display him every winter and he has held up quite well. I love the vintage feel and that he looks like he's made of vanilla ice cream. The really good … [Continue reading...]

Plus America Decorative Roller and a Mixed Media Card

Plus America Decoration Roller

          This is a fun all-occasion card I created for FaveCrafts back in 2013 featuring Plus America Decoration Roller Stamps that I thought I would share here. Don't worry if you don't have the EXACT same materials I used. Experiment, have fun and use up some of the surplus craft supplies that I know you've got lying around.     Supplies: Brayer Tim Holtz Distress Ink - … [Continue reading...]

Taking Time for Yourself

Taking Time for Yourself

    It's nearly two pm on a Saturday afternoon, it is snowing and cold outside my snug little house in North East Ohio. (Do you see the goat peeping out the barn door?) And I'm still in my pajamas and slippers. I'm snuggly warm and sipping tea like I don't have a care in the world. Yeah, there is PLENTY I could be doing but none of it seems as important as some down time right now. Rest. Relaxation. … [Continue reading...]

Piano Stool Makeover

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  I've noticed one thing about having my kids grow up and that is that when they come home there are lots of extra butts in the house. Suddenly my family of six is a family of 10 or more and my little living room is barely big enough to hold everyone. Not that I mind at all, but there isn't enough seating for all of those butts. We've put this Meditation Pouf to use that I made last summer but it still isn't enough. This ratty and … [Continue reading...]

Creative Options – Grab ‘N Go

Creative Options - Grab 'N Go

      Last summer when I went to the International Polymer Clay Retreat not only did I not have an idea of which of my gazillion polymer clay tools I should take but I also didn't have anything to put all of the stuff in. You know, unless I wanted to just toss a bunch of stuff into a couple of tote bags and go. Which could be really dangerous as some of the polymer clay tools are sharp or pokey. Ouch! Not to mention … [Continue reading...]