Some Gift Ideas For The Holidays – Creations From Donna

 

 

 

Hi there,

 

 

I wanted to share with you a few creations from Donna, (one of my guest bloggers).  🙂

She is best known for her custom hand painted mailboxes. And her various home decor items are exceptionally exquisite! Below are some of her holiday items. 🙂

 

 

I Especially Like…

 

 

Nativity Scene with Open Bible Christmas Verse
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s Red
Decorative Santa Boot Filled with Silk Poinsettia’s

 

 

 

DIY Crocheted Home Accents

 

 

 

A Post From Danielle…One of my guest bloggers

 

 

When it comes time to decorate a new home or add new life to your current residence, you don’t have to break the bank shopping for new accessories. Flex your DIY muscle and crochet some accents that will dress up your surroundings with ease and add a pop of color. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Afghan

A great addition to your home, that will also look great thrown over a chair or the back of a couch, is a crocheted afghan. It will also keep you warm during these cold winter months. Try a solid-color throw for a room that is alive in color or furnishings. If your home has walls you can’t paint (such as an apartment with strict rules about modifications), crochet a throw in a bold color or pattern to use as a focal point and way to dress up your surroundings.

Trivets, Coasters, Placemats

Protect your countertops from hot pans and add a little zing to your kitchen or dining room table with crocheted trivets. They’re an easy craft that you can make while you’re watching television, or if you’re looking for a quick project that will use up yarn you have lying around. You can make them in a variety of designs, such as posies or hexagons.

Coasters and placemats will let you dress up your dining room table with a little DIY flair without going to a tremendous expense, especially if you like changing out your décor on a regular basis. Try a project that celebrates the holidays (something red, pink, or romantic for Valentine’s Day, for instance) or a patterned design that will complement everyday dishware.

Dishcloths, Dish Scrubbers, Potholders

If you’re a go green kind of person, you’ll likely be interested in reusable dishcloths that will help you clean up around the kitchen. Use sturdy and washable crocheted dish scrubbers to relieve yourself of using sponges to wash dishes, which can harbor bacteria and need to be replaced often. Use dishcloths to wipe up a quick spill and potholders to grab hot dishes out of the oven.

Reusable Bags

Crocheted bags will look great hanging in your kitchen between grocery store trips and might just inspire your friends and family to make their own bags (or at least use plastic and paper bags less often). Use the bags to bring home fresh produce from the farmers’ market or as lunch bags during the work week. They’re easily balled up and taken with you when running errands so you can accessorize while also being kind to the planet.

The ideas don’t stop here. Whether you dress up your kitchen or stay snuggy warm during family movie night, crocheted accents are fun and easy to make and will always come in your favorite colors. Share your favorite crochet projects in the comments below!

Danielle is an avid DIYer who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. From quilting with a sewing machine to cutting wood with a table saw, she will attempt any kind of creative project at least once.

Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog

Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Grandson or Granddaughter – Guest Post

I thought these Halloween costumes were awesome ideas! And a great post by Danielle at eatbreatheblog.com.

Halloween is literally just days away. Sure, you can buy your grandson an elaborate Halloween costume, but it may be more memorable to make the outfit yourself. If your grandson or granddaughter will be with you this Halloween, why not help by creating a winning costume? Many of these ideas just take a tiny bit of effort and time, and are much more affordable and memorable than anything you could buy.

Stoplight

This stoplight costume is adorable, and so simple to make. With a few pieces of cardboard, some ribbon and a black sweat suit, you can turn your grandson into an adorable traffic light. Just be sure that he isn’t holding up the cars as you trick or treat!

stop light halloween costume

Fall Tree

Dress your grandson up like a fall tree with this cleaver idea. A big hat, brown sweat suit and some autumn leaf garland from the craft store make an adorable boys Halloween costume. Glue everything in place and you are ready to go!

LECC Halloween Party 2010

Robot

Check out this robot! A cardboard box and some duct tape never looked so good. Your grandson will be the talk of the neighborhood when he goes out like this!

Halloween 2008

Flower Pot

If you can find a lightweight flower pot that your little granddaughter can stand in, then you can create this flowerpot costume quite easily. Have your spouse carve out the bottom and sand the edges so she can stand in it. Add a headband, some felt and some suspenders round out the costume. For just a little bit of money, she can have something adorable and unique to wear this Halloween.

Flower

Fairy/Princess Tutu

Tutus are one of the easiest, and most adorable, costumes to make for a little girl. A little bit of elastic and some colorful tulle can easily transform into a ballerina, fairy or princess. You don’t even have to know how to sew, because all you do is look strips of tulle around the elastic, tie them off and you have a tutu. Add a matching top or onsie and some tights and the costume is complete.

No Sew Tutu

Cardboard Pony and Cowgirl

If your granddaughter is obsessed with horses — and what little girl isn’t — why not make her into one? This cute pony from Kid’s Stuff World is a great idea. You can make this a dual costume by dressing up like a cowgirl yourself and wrangling your little one!

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Tug Boat and Captain

Does your grandson love boats and ships? Why not make him this little tugboat, and then complement the costume by dressing as a ship’s captain, complete with sailor hat and sash? Or, turn the ship into a pirate ship, and make your own captain hook!

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This year, your grandchild can have a memorable costume if you are willing to put in a little time. so grab your glue gun, scissors and a cardboard box and get to work!

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys coming up with creative boys Halloween costume ideas each Halloween to try on her nephews. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Out Of The Craft Closet

Thanks Tammy, for inviting me to post on your fun blog! My name is Nickalli, and I’m going to use this opportunity to come out of the crafting closet. Yes, I have a secret. A crafting secret.

For those of you who know me, I like to do a little bit of everything. I have to try it all; sometimes just to find out that I really don’t like to do, or can’t do, something. I can’t arrange flowers to save my life, and I don’t like to cross stitch anything larger than the size a silver dollar.

One thing I found that I love to do, that most of my friends don’t know about, is silk ribbon embroidery. Ever heard of it? It isn’t a main stream craft, it’s a little Victorian, antique even. I took a class about 15 years ago and fell in love. You see it mostly as a small decoration on clothing, highlighted on a pillow, or the fancy stitches on a crazy quilt.

The stitches are the same as cross stitching (straight stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy, french knots, etc.) but instead of using embroidery floss, you are using ribbon. The widths of the ribbon go from very narrow 2mm, to really wide 13mm, the two most common sizes are 4mm and 7mm (about the width of my thumb). I love to add in different textures with charms, floss and beads as well.

I think my favorite part about silk ribbon embroidery is that once you learn a few basic stitches, it all comes together so fast and in no time at all you have a beautiful piece of artwork. Just by varying the color and widths of ribbon one stitch can take on the appearance of an entire field of flowers.


When I first began, it was hard to find anything outside of the class I took and books (this is one of my favorites). Now, with the internet – it’s an amazing time to take up this beautiful craft. There are a ton of examples, youtube videos and instructions. Please go out there and have a look around!!

Please contact me Here if you’d like to take a class in person or have questions. In the meantime, I’ll be sipping some tea in the parlor and perfecting my stitches while watching Sense & Sensibility.

Easy Tips for Making a High School Pride Quilt

By: Danielle

If a teenager you know is graduating from high school this year and you want to offer a going-away gift that’s both practical and sentimental, a “high school pride” quilt is the perfect choice. It’s a unique way to preserve some of the most memorable moments from high school.

As the saying goes, “Well begun is half done,” and that’s especially true when assembling a quilt. Follow these tips to ensure the project goes smoothly and is completed in time for graduation:

· Make sure your sewing machine has been serviced and is in good working order.
· Find scissors, extra bobbins and sewing machine accessories before starting. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project and finding out you don’t have all the necessary supplies.
· Choose a neutral-colored thread that works with all your pieces so you don’t have to constantly change bobbins.
· Finish one task at a time; cut all pieces first, stitch pieces into blocks, join the blocks together, etc. Jumping from task to task wastes time.

A Quilt for Any Student


It doesn’t matter if your student was the most outgoing athlete or an introverted artist – it’s easy to find mementos to create a high school spirit quilt if you think outside the box. Photos, newspaper clippings, drawings, copies of schoolwork, playbills, scripts, sheet music and copies of pages from the yearbook can all be transferred onto fabric to make a quilt block.

Athletic jerseys, T-shirts from clubs and special events or band uniforms can be cut into blocks. If the grad doesn’t want to give up old uniforms, recreate them with solid fabric and fabric paints. Make a photocopy of a jersey for a pattern and transfer it to fabric using transfer paper. Use school colors for the background, joining pieces and backing.

Visit the high school spirit shop to see what might work for a quilt. You can attach pennants, patches and other booster items onto squares for extra embellishment. Use only washable items for applique if you want the quilt to be functional.

Don’t forget the school mascot. Make a block representing the mascot and position it in the middle of the quilt. If the grad is full of school spirit, make the mascot’s block the biggest and the focus of the quilt.

There’s more than one way to approach a high school pride quilt, and the project can be adapted for any skill level. Beginners can use simple one-square blocks and more advanced quilters can make intricate masterpieces. Give your graduate a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys sewing and making quilts for her friends and family. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com

Photo taken from http://kristenbronson.wordpress.com/

Crocheted Star

By: Darlene Demell

Crochet Hook: 9 or 1.4 mm hook (steel)

Yarn Weight: (0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.

Star measures 2½” across.
Materials:

AUNT LYDIA’S® “Classic Crochet Thread”, Size 10: 1 Ball each 422 Golden Yellow, 494 Victory Red, and 484
Myrtle Green OR J&P COATS® Royale™ “Classic Crochet Thread”, Size 10: 1 Ball each 422 Golden Yellow, 494 Victory Red, and 484 Myrtle Green.
Steel Crochet Hook: 1.4mm [US 8].
Tapestry needle, buttons, hanging hook.

ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dec = decrease; inc = increase; mm = millimeters; rnd = round; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); yo = yarn over; * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.

STAR (Make 2 of each color): Ch 2.

Rnd 1: 5 Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join rounds.
Place a contrasting color thread between first and last sts to note the beginning and end of the rnd and move up each rnd.
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each sc around – 10 sc.
Rnd 3: * 2 Sc in next sc – inc made; sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 15 sc.
Rnd 4: [Inc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 5 times – 20 sc.
Rnd 5: [Inc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 5 times – 25 sc.
Rnd 6: [Inc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 5 times – 30 sc.
Rnd 7: [Inc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 5 times; slip st in next sc – 35 sc. Remove contrast thread.

First Point-
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in next 8 sc; TURN.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1; draw up a loop in each of first 2 sc, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook – dec made; sc in each sc across; turn – 7 sts.
Rows 5-9: Ch 1, dec, sc in each sc across; turn – 2 sts at end of Row 9.
Row 10: Ch 1, dec – 1 st. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

2nd Point-
Row 1: With right side facing, attach thread in same sc where the last sc of Row 1 of previous point was made; ch 1, sc in same place, sc in next 7 sc; turn – 8 sc.
Rows 2-10: Repeat Rows 2-10 of First Point.
3rd and 4th Points: Work same as 2nd Point.
5th Point-Row 1: With right side facing, attach thread in same sc where the last sc of Row 1 of previous point was made; ch 1, sc in same place, sc in next 6 sc, sc in same sc as first sc of Row 1 of First Point; turn – 8 sc.
Rows 2-10: Repeat Rows 2-10 of First Point.

FINISHING:
With wrong sides together and tapestry needle, sew 2 matching stars together on 4 points; turn right side out; stuff lightly; sew last point closed. Sew a button on each side of ornament. Insert hook and hang.

Read more Here.

The New Fad: Knitted Scarves

By: Darlene Demell

Tammy, remember a while back I mentioned I was working on knitted scarves that are the “in” thing around here now? Well I have a lot made already and am still working on more. I have new colors now and will be getting other colors soon.

Here are two photos of some I have done.

Knitted Scarves 1

Knitted Scarves 2

More Craft Content :: What’s On My Plate :: Priorities

 

 

 

 

Hello there 🙂

This post has been a long time coming. This past year sure has been a busy one! Been a little too busy for me. My time has been split in way too many directions. I’ll be making some important decisions between now and January!

What’s Been On My Plate?

 

* This Blog – My Pride and Joy, It’s a Keeper! 🙂 A PRIORITY

 

* My First WAH Website, It’s Been My Baby Since 2005 – Not Sure???


* My Other Dust Collecting WAH Website, It’s Going! 🙂

* My Craft Blog, It’s Going! 🙁 Not Enough Time!

* Content Writing For Sites and Blogs – I Have to Keep This Going to Keep my Head Above Water! 😉 A PRIORITY

 

* Writing For Clients – This Is Definitely Something I Want To Keep Doing and, Even More Of It In 2013! 🙂
* Hubby – Definitely a Keeper! LOL… AND Need To Give Him More Of My Time!


* Laundry – No Comment!


* Cleaning – No Comment!


* Finances – No Comment!


* Me Time – Definitely a Lot More Of This in 2013!! A PRIORITY lol

 

* New Website (In The Thinking Stage) – Yes, I’m dwelling on another website. IF I decide to go ahead with it, this one will be for My Freelance and Ghostwriting Services, and Writing Opportunities in General. (Maybe) A PRIORITY

 

* Being A Grandmother – THIS ONE’S A KEEPER FOR SURE!!!! I have awesome news…however, I can’t broadcast this yet!! LOL

 

Our vacation in December will definitely put some needed perspective on everything

 

A Note About My Craft Blog – The blog itself is going soon. However, I will keep most of the content that’s on it by transferring it on This Blog.

 

So we’ll see what’s ahead for the coming year?? A lot could happen between now and then! lol

 

However, stay tuned Here for sure for new stuff I have planned for 2013.

 

Giveaways :: Reviews :: Crafts :: Grandparenting Tips :: Parenting Tips :: Recipes :: and much more!

 

Have an awesome day! 😉

3 Craft Ideas Grandparents Can Give To Their Graduating Grandkids – Guest Post

As a grandparent, there’s nothing better than to see your grandchild all grown up and graduating from school. It’s a memorable time for the whole family. To celebrate this special occasion, try giving your grandchild a handmade graduation gift.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on graduation gifts. In fact, with a little creativity, you can make your grandchild the perfect gift. It can be functional, memorable and fit perfectly into his or her personality. Here are three easy, homemade, graduation gift ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift #1: Memory or Career Charm Bracelet

Let her know how proud you are that she’s chosen a specific professional career to pursue. Give her a charm bracelet that has charms shaped as instruments, tools or other items that represent her future career. Is your graduate going to become a veterinarian, animal biologist or horticulturist? Place different animal and flower charms on the bracelet. Or place representations of tools on the bracelet as the instruments that the grandchild will use in her future profession, such as:

· Stethoscopes, microscopes or scalpels for the future doctor

· Textbooks, rulers, pens and desks for the future teacher

· Saws, hammers, drills and wrenches for a future carpenter

You can also decorate the bracelet with little memory charms that highlight your grandchildren’s accomplishments throughout her life. Attach award symbols if she won any special contests, sports charms for her outdoor activities or musical instruments if she was involved with band. Anything that was a happy memory for your granddaughter could be placed as a charm on the bracelet.

Gift #2: Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are popular with everyone, and you can place things in them your grandchildren will love. Make a “Grandmother’s Home Cooking” gift basket filled with homemade cookies, jelly preserves and slices of their favorite breads or cakes. Include a recipe book they can use to make their favorite foods so they can continue to have a taste of grandma’s delicious home cooking even when they’re away at college.

You can also make gift baskets based on their profession. Fill a gift basket with a toothbrush, toothpaste, drill and dental mirror for your grandchild if he or she plans to become a dentist. Or place a socket wrench, lube gun, oil pan and screwdriver in the basket if your graduate plans on becoming an auto mechanic.

Gift #3: Scrapbooks

When your grandchildren graduate, they will be leaving behind friends, people and town events they loved as they head off to college. Don’t let them forget home. Create scrapbooks with photos of favorite hang-out spots, best friends and family events they may miss out on while taking classes. Decorate the outside of scrapbooks with stickers and craft items of the old school and new college emblems, the studied profession and other things that symbolize the new life ahead.

Handcrafted Items Shows Them your Love

Grandchildren will love gifts you took time and effort to make. They’ll cherish the memories and be proud of their chosen profession. Your graduation craft gifts will be a part of their lives and hearts forever.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, recently helped create an auto mechanic’s graduation gift basket containing a torque wrench, grease gun, tire pressure gauge, and channel-lock pliers. And lots of duct tape. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Craft Time with the Kids – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you live in horse country or just have grandkids that like horses, planning a horse craft afternoon is a great way to spend some quality time with your grandchildren. Stock up on your craft supplies, put on your creative hat and get to work making some fun projects the kids will be proud to display. Of course, you’ll need to tailor the projects to the ages of the kids, but here are some ideas to get you started.

 

 


Shopping for Supplies

Many projects can be made with recycled materials, but you’ll need to plan in advance to stock up on the right materials before craft day. Pick a project and start saving items right away. You can also start a craft supplies collection with cardboard tubes, egg cartons, plastic containers, paper bags, shoe boxes, scraps of fabric, string and whatever else you could see reusing instead of trashing. When you need to purchase supplies, you can often find coupons for craft stores in the Sunday paper to help reduce the cost. Seasonal craft supplies often go on sale after the season is over, so look for potting stuff at the end of the summer or yarn when the weather starts to warm up.

 

Setting up a Craft Area

Regardless of the type of project you pick, the craft is likely to get a little messy, and the grandkids will have more fun if you get to fully engage with them rather than worrying about the mess they’re making. If the weather is nice, the kids would probably enjoy making the craft outside at a patio table. If you’re inside, consider getting a disposable tablecloth so you don’t have to worry about glue, and put down newspaper on the ground if the table is over carpet or a rug.

 

Fun Horse Projects

There are countless horse craft projects you can do, and the best ones will depend on how old the grandkids are and what aspects of horses they’re interested in. You can find tons of ideas for horse craft projects online at sites like Pinterest, but here are a few ideas to get started:

 

 

· Horse Planter: Instead of planting spring herbs in a plain pot, make horse-shaped planters out of peat pots. These make great gifts, too. Use a larger peat pot for the horse’s body and cut a slit in a smaller peat pot to fit it over the rim of the larger one and make the head. Decorate the horse’s head with paper cutout ears, a feather or yarn mane, and googly eyes. Add popsicle stick legs and you’re ready to plant something in the larger peat pot!

 

 

· Stick Horse: It’s always fun to ride a pretend stick horse around the house or yard, and it’s even better if it’s a homemade one. There are plenty of ways to make a stick horse, depending on how durable you want it to be. Older kids will enjoy making a well-crafted horse, perhaps to give to a younger sibling, out of a sock, felt, yarn, stuffing and a dowel. For a quicker craft project with less expensive materials, opt for a horse with a paper bag for the head and a cardboard wrapping paper tube as the stick.

 

 

· Horse Decorations: If you have granddaughters who have horse figurines, one fun idea would be to create accessories for the horses to wear. Girls can create a saddle out of felt and jewels, reins out of beads and string, and braid glittery string into the horse’s tail. Make sure they have their horses there so they know what size to make all of the accessories.

 

 

The most important part with these craft projects is to have fun while you work on them together. Let the kids be creative, and don’t get too held up on making sure they do the project correctly. They’ll probably ask for help when they need it, and as long as they’re enjoying themselves, they should feel free to deviate from the plan. They may even come up with their own ideas to work on after they finish the craft!

 

Danielle loves spending time crafting with children. She’s always on the lookout for coupons for craft supplies and knick-knacks. Her relaxing activities include crafting, gardening and crocheting.