Give Thanks-A DIY to show your thanks

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Ever have a rough day? I am sure that everyone has had a rough day, at least once. Well that was my day yesterday. There was nothing in particular that was bad, it was just rough overall, and that is the way it stayed until the end of the day. At the very end of the day I went shopping and my friend was able to join me and it just made my day a whole lot better. It was wonderful to see her and it made a great way to end my day.

And that got me thinking, that even though my day may have been rough I can always give thanks. I am thankful for my family, friends, and my work, and this blog. Even if everything is not going according to plan, I am still thankful. So after I got home I went straight to my craft room and made this piece that says Give Thanks. It was cathartic to make it and it is a great reminder to always be thankful, even when it is hard.



I used stuff that I had in my craft room, which was nice to use up what I already had

  • I had these plastic dog tags that I found at Who Gives a Scrap. If you don’t have anything like this you can make your own with card stock.


  • Metallic Paint


  • Gesso, brushes, mod podge, glue, letters, sandpaper
  • Paper, ribbon, burlap, and anything else you need for the background


I saw these dog tags awhile ago and I thought they would be perfect for a project, but I wasn’t sure what. I  think they worked perfectly for this project.

I roughed up the surface with sandpaper then I applied a layer of black gesso


Once they gesso dried I sponged on different metallic paints. I kept on going until I found a look I was happy with. Then I added glitter letters to the tags to spell out Give Thanks.


For the background I Mod Podged on different papers I had in a random fashion. Then I added some ribbon and burlap and a faux pearl necklace to add more interest and texture.


Then I added string to the dog tags and then I glued it all together and put it in a frame. Now it is ready to hang and be a daily reminder.


I am pleased with how it turned out. How do you give thanks and what are you thankful for?


Transforming Your Old Figurines

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Meet Issac. He is my new friend that sits on my desk at work. It was a simple task of transforming an old figurine from a golden owl into something amazing. Why is his name Issac? No particular reason except I asked my son what his name should be and Issac as suggest, and the name stuck. Perfect name for an owl.


Now, I will admit I particularly like birds, especially Owls. But, when I saw this disguised looking owl at Goodwill I knew that he had to come home with me.


I just love how professional he looks with his suit and tie, He looks so serious. And the fact that he is a bust of an owl just cracked me up.  But he was gold. I didn’t think he really liked being a 70s fantastic golden owl, so I decided to help him out.  As I looked him over I noticed that he was white under his label so my thought is that he was originally white, which would be really cute as well.

But he needed to be Oil Rubbed Bronze.


Protect your work space and spray in light, even coats, repeating as necessary. When he is completely covered let him dry. Once he is dried he is ready for display and he is ready to impart his wisdom.


I love covering my thrift finds with spray paint. I painted this Candle Holder,  and these Porch Lights, and these lanterns.  You never know what I will paint next. 

DIY Skeleton Jewelry and Hair Clips

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Another day in Oct and another Halloween Craft. This time it is some DIY jewelry.  This is perfect for people who want to celebrate Halloween without going for the full blown costume. You can wear this at work or school without going over the top and it is easy to take off if needed.

Skeleton Jewerly

This is an easy project that looks so cute when you are done. First find some plastic Skeleton Garland. I found mine at the Dollar Store.

Skeleton garland

Then take it apart. I used different piece for different types jewelry and hair clips.

take the garland apart

I used the arms and legs from 1 skeleton to make hair clips. Just cut off the arms and legs and hot glue them to an alligator clip.

hair clips

arm bones hair clip

For the bracelet cut off some arms and legs, then punch a hole near the top. I used a needle punch, then I added jump rings to connect the pieces. Add a clasp and you are done.

punch a hole


I make a pair of skull earrings by adding jump rings and a french hook. Easy to do, and so cute when completed.

skull earrings

For the necklace I just added a jump ring to the top of a whole skeleton. I also made a necklace out of just the head.

skeleton necklace

I also made a hair clip out of a whole skeleton. This one was fun to wear.

skeleton hair clip

The skeletons made great jewelry and hair clips, they were fun to take apart and reassemble in new ways. And since they are light weight they are easy to wear for long periods of time.  These are great for almost anyone to celebrate Halloween or for anytime when they want to wear skulls and skeletons.

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DIY Halloween Erasers

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One of the best ways to spruce up your desk is to add some custom DIY erasers.  They are so easy to do and they look so cute on your desk at work or school. They also make perfect gifts, or they would be tons of fun to make at a party.



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  • Eraser Clay (I found this one on line at Amazon, but there are different brands, so pick one that works for you)


  • Molds (I used ice cube trays from the Dollar Store, or you can free form your designs)


  • Oven


The first thing you do is knead your clay. You want to warm it up and make it pliable and easy to work with.


Once the clay is easy to work with then press it into a mold you like. ( I used a mold because shaping things out of clay is not the easiest thing for me. Molds just made the process a lot easier) You can make almost anything out of the clay. It is really easy to work with.


Once you have your design pop it out of the mold. I just put a little on the bottom of the mold then I popped it out and added a layer on the bottom of the design to smooth out the bottom. You can also add enough clay to fill the whole mold. It does make a larger eraser, but it looks really cool. You can layer colors or mix them to make a new color. There are so many possibilites.


Bake the erasers according to the directions and let them fully cool before using.


They actually work. When I first got this product I thought they might be a little gimmicky and not work well, but I was pleasantly mistaken they actually work really well!


They turned out so cute I think I might need to make more for every holiday!



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DIY Faux Stone Pumpkins

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I hope your October is going well! I can’t believe how fast it is flying by! In fact the whole year is going too fast.

To celebrate everything pumpkin I made this easy, diy faux stone pumpkins.



  • Pumpkins ( I used ceramic ones from the dollar store, but almost any pumpkin will work)
  • stone-pumpkins-before-pic
  • Spray Paint Primer
  • Rust-oleum stone spray paint


After cleaning your pumpkin and protecting your work surface spray a coat of primer on all the pumpkins on all sides


Now it is time to paint. Have you seen this faux stone spray paint? It is awesome! I have a feeling that everything will become faux stone. The texture and look changes the closed you get to your project. It is a versatile tool that I have a feeling I will be using a lot in the future.


For 1 pumpkin I wanted to to use the darker color so I sprayed a base of oil rubbed bronze before the stone.


Then go to town painting the pumpkins. I did add a layer of the lighter color to the darker pumpkin because it was not matching well. But just keep going and paint layers according to the directions until you are happy with the results.  I am thrilled with how they turned out! So very cute


If you want you can spray a  sealer over the top to protect them.  I think these would look really cute outside as part of your outdoor decorations. Just be sure to protect them first.


And here they are as part of my DIY Painted Halloween Village display.  I think they added a nice touch to the display.


DIY Painted Halloween Village

Hello Everyone!

Halloween is fast approaching, and of course I get it in my head that I want to do some new Halloween decor.  At least this year I am getting it done before Halloween and not after, haha.

I saw a Halloween Village at the Dollar Store and thought it would be perfect to paint for Halloween



  • Ceramic houses (I found mine at the Dollar Store, but there are a lot of options out there. You could even use Christmas houses)
  • Metallic Paint
  • Gesso
  • Brushes, Stucco, Beads


When I saw these houses I thought that they were very cute, but the colors were not great. I didn’t think that they went together very well and the figurines were terrible.




Before the painting fun I had to prep the houses. I cleaned them then added a layer of Stucco to the roofs and anywhere there needed to be a rough detail. Then I added some beads to the grass area.




After the texture was dry I added a layer of black gesso. This gave me a blank canvas to work on. I did have to go back and touch up areas that I missed.


After the gesso was dry it was time for the fun painting! I used metallic acrylic paint and I mixed some Mica Powder with soft gloss gel for the green. I just dry brushed the colors onto the housed, adding and blending as I went. Once I was happy with the look I went on to the next house, until I was finished with the project.




Here is an up close picture of the detail of one of the houses and the bridge.


And here it is on display in my home. I really liked this project, it was fun to watch the housed change right before my eyes. Good thing I bought more houses from the Dollar Store, now I can create even more villages, haha



Dragon Mixed Media Canvas

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I am loving mixed media! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite forms of crafting. I love finding objects and combining them to create art.
This project is a Finnabair inspired mixed media. She is wonderful and her projects inspire me to create new things and expand my horizon. And I find that the more mixed media projects I do the better they turn out. It is fun to see how different my techniques is since I started.

This time I did a Dragon themed collage. I found the really cute ceramic dragon and built the piece around that.  Here is how I made this collage.



  • Canvas
  • Found objects, papers, rhinestones, microbeads, stencils
  • Papers, stencils
  • Soft Gloss Gel, 3D Gel, Mica Powders, paint brushes, gesso


I had these really great old papers and doilies that I used as a base. The papers are a little fragile, but they make and interesting base.


I glued the papers down with soft gloss gel and I added a top coat of soft gloss gel to protect the paper. The fragile, old papers did end up bubbling a tiny bit, but I think that adds to the character of the piece. The papers were just really thin and the gel soaked through and caused tiny wrinkles.  Let it dry before going on.


Next start arranging a layer on the canvas. I used a plastic heart and some lace and cork at this stage. I also used a stencil in the corners and added micro beads to the wet paste to add texture and interest.


Keep adding layers to create interest and details.


Once I was happy with the arrangement I used black gesso on the collage in the middle and I edged the canvas in black gesso. I faded the gesso out from the center to blend into the canvas.


Next I started painiting. I added mica poswers to water to make a mist that I srayed in areas. But mostly I dry brushed the paint on the canvas. I mixed mica powders with soft gloss gel to create a paint.


Just dry brush paint all around, hightlighting high points and emphasing different points of interest.




Mixed Media is tons of fun and I can’t wait to complete my next project.


Tonight I am taking an embroidery class so I will share what I learn and have some new projects for you in the coming weeks.

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DIY Halloween Paper Lantern

Hello Everyone!

Halloween is fast approaching so I thought it would be fun to do an easy Halloween DIY. I have been doing a lot of mixed media projects that take a long time so easy was right up my alley.  The glitter that I added is hard to see, but trust me when I say that they are so cute.  This was a fun and easy way to spice up a dollar store paper lantern.



This is such an  easy project, let’s get started.


~ Paper lantern (I got mine from the dollar store, I thought the cat design was really cute)


~ Sitckles or White glue and glitter


This lantern was so cute I couldn’t pass it up, but it was lacking in the glitter department, so I decided to help it. I don’t know if you can see, but it is nice and plain, and not glittery. But not for long!


The first one I did was with Sickles. I just outlined the cat with black glitter Stickles and that made it so much cuter. Stickles are great, I used them for almost everything. Such and easy was to add glitter, and relatively mess free.

paper-lantern-stickles     paper-lantern-finished-stickles

The second one I wanted to see if glitter would look just as cute, and it did! Just take white glue and spread it in sections on the cat and pour black glitter on it.

paper-lantern-white-glue      paper-lantern-finished-glitter

I loved how they turned out! When they are lit you can’t see the shiny, glitter as well. But this way they look sparkly even in the day time.


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*I am so sorry if you got this email twice. This is just one more speed bump I am trying to get over with my blog. Hopefully next week will be better. Thank you for your understanding and patience!*

Hello Everyone!

I am back! Thank you all so much for your patience with my long absence. It was never my intention to go silent for a month! I was trying to upgrade my blog to better serve you and in the process I broke it. In fact, it was so bad that tech support was baffled. They had no idea what I did and how they could fix it! (even my mom agreed that it is something that would only happen to me, haha) Anyway I am back online, and over the course of the next few weeks I will be working on cleaning up the blog and making it more used friendly. But for now I am back and I will be posting new projects weekly. I have a ton of ideas for Fall and Halloween so be on the look out of those projects in October.

If my blog ever goes down again you can keep up with me on Instagram

Let’s get into the latest project. I did another mixed media angel. I showed you how to make a mixed media angel that was black and gold. You can see it again here.


For this angel I went with lighter colors and I like the way it turned out.


  • Angel
  • White Gesso, soft gloss gel, Mica Powder, brushes
  • Ribbon, roses, wire and other embellishments


~ Make sure the angel is clean and dry,  then add a layer or 2 of gesso to get a good base for painting.

mixed-media-angel     mixed-media-angel-gesso

~ Start to add embellishments. Just like the previous angel I mixed micro bead with soft gloss gel for texture on the wings. Then I added ribbon for the dress, I just adhered it with 3D paste. Then I added some roses for interest and a wire halo and then I was done with the texture for the angel.


~ Once she was dry I added more gesso. I added a few layers to make sure she was all covered and ready for the paint.


~ Now time for the fun part, adding paint! I mixed Soft Gloss Gel with Mica Powders to make my own paint and then I applied it to the angel. I did some dry brushing and some heavier paining. I just kept at it until I was done.

starting-to-paint-mixed-media-angel     paint

When I was happy with the final result I added a clear protective coat of spray paint. Then I let her dry and now she is ready to be displayed. I am having a blast with these mixed media projects! What should I do next?

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Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

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Hello Everyone!

Fun Fact about me is that I love to visit factories. I love to see how things are made, what process are used and all the ingenuity that goes into a factory. I have been to power plants, fish farms, tea factories, candy factories, airplane factories, and many more. I love meeting the people that work there and learning all about what they make and how they do it. So when we went on our road trip a few weeks ago and learned that there was a pistachio farm on our route. So we just had to stop by and check it out.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Heart of the Desert

What a beautiful place, that was my first impression when we got there.  When we got there the weather was warm, but sunny and beautiful, and it was peaceful and the trees were just so awesome to look at.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM     Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

The first thing we did was get some pistachio ice cream while we were waiting for our tour to start. I forgot to take a picture of the ice cream, but believe me when I said that it was wonderful! So good and refreshing on a hot day.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM      Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Our tour started out looking at the trees and we learned about how they  grow the trees and more about the history of the company.

Then we went to the processing part of the pistachio. I had no idea that so much detail went into processing the pistachio. Machines do a lot of the work, but the last step is to check all the pistachios by hand. It is a tough job, but I appreciate all their hard work.

Our tour guide was wonderful. She was so informative and answered all our questions and helped us fully understand the process.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Tons of shells left over from de-shelling some of the pistachios. We even saw where they roast and season the pistachios. There are a ton of flavors and varieties. I am partial to the roasted and salted and the roasted and unsalted ones. (I know, I know, not very adventurous, but they are delicious any way you eat them.)

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Boxes and boxes of pistachio varieties. There is something for everyone.

Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Once we were done the boys wandered around the shop while the moms taste tested some wines. The wines were wonderful, it was so hard to choose what to buy, but I ended up purchasing a bottle of Riesling.

They have this wonderful patio where you sit and enjoy a glass of wine or you can rent it out for events. If we lived closer I think I would rent this patio for almost every event, it was so beautiful and peaceful.



Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM     Travel Journal- Heart of the Desert Pistachio Farm in Alamogordo, NM

Heart of the Desert is a great farm and the tour was wonderful. I am glad that we stopped by for a few hours.

What tours have you taken? Do you have any recommendations for me? We are headed to Florida in a few months and I would love to  hear your recommendations for factory tours in Florida. Thanks!!!

In case you missed it here is the link to the first part of our August Road trip:

Travel Journal-Ojo Caliente

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