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Cat Paw Photo Sign by Ella

This sign goes with my 11 year old, Ella’s Daisy Photo Sign. She and I love how these are turning out. I want to get back to Dollar General ASAP to try to get about 3 more signs so hopefully she can make a little wall next to her bed with various ideas on them, with the same color theme. She is super excited about the idea. I hope everyone is safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! (By the way, we are planning on creating a page on my site for my Ella for kiddos to follow! It will be Ella’s Corner, and it will have all kid friendly crafts on it!)

First she covered her lap desk with paper towels to keep it safe from getting paint on it. Then she gathered all of her supplies. She used a sign with a little thing that came out of the top that we found at Dollar General. She also used various paints, Mod podge, a sanding block, a saw tooth hanger, and various other supplies like paint brushes, a heat gun (not necessary), and a hammer.

The first step was to paint the sign completely black. She painted it all over, on the back and all the sides. She used 2 coats, making sure to dry each coat between coats with the heat gun. Then she sanded it just a little bit to even out the black paint on it. Then she drew the paw print with a pencil. She painted that in with the white paint, and dried that with the heat gun. Then she used the pastel paints to fill in each paw pad. She made sure that was dry, then she painted the top with a thin layer of Mod podge to keep it all safe, and dried it again. She turned it around and nailed in the saw tooth hanger to be able to hang the sign on the wall. That was it! Super simple!!! ❤️ 🐾

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Daisy Photo Sign by Ella

This sign was created completely by my 11 year old from beginning to end! She did such a wonderful job on this. I could not be any more proud of her!!! She is my little mini-me crafter. As always, I hope everyone is staying safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! ❤️

First she covered her lap desk with paper towels to keep it safe from getting paint on it. Then she gathered all of her supplies. She used a sign with a little thing that came out of the top that we found at Dollar General. She also used various paints, mod podge, a sanding block, a saw tooth hanger, and various other supplies like paint brushes, a heat gun (not necessary), and a hammer.

First, she painted the sign completely black all over (don’t forget the sides and back). Ella used two coats of paint, making sure to let each coat dry completely before moving on to the next step by using a heat gun. Then she sanded the paint making sure it was even all around. Not too hard, just enough to make it even. Next, she made random white dots around the canvas, making sure to leave enough space around them for the petals to come out of them. Then she dried those with the heat gun, and went back with pastel colors and went around the white dots and made petals on each one. After drying this layer with the heat gun, she applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to make sure it stayed safe. Then, she turned it around and applied a saw tooth hanger (making sure the “teeth” face down at the top of your picture) with a hammer. Then she was all finished! It really turned out super cute, and I think she is going to make more.

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Room Name Sign For Girl

I made this sweet sign for my daughter’s room that we are redecorating. She absolutely loved it! You can’t see very well from my first set of pictures, but you can’t see the glitter or the details extremely well but I plan on retaking the pictures when I can take them outside. (It’s been raining today all day) I’ll post the retaken pictures then. I really hope this post finds everyone safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!! 🥰 🤗

First I started by covering my work space with my postage paper to make sure my lap desk keeps clean. Then I gathered up all of my supplies, I thought I would be using for this craft. I used 3 long paint stir sticks, wide craft sticks, paint, mod podge, glitter, stencils, E6000, wooden alphabet letters, wooden beads, twine, and various other supplies such as a glue gun, sanding block, heavy duty scissors, regular scissors, paint brushes, and a pencil.

The first step was to sand down all of the paint sticks. No one wants a splinter! Then I lined up the three paint sticks the way I liked the way they looked, and then turned them around. I took the craft sticks, after the stir sticks were lined up straight, and put a mark on one where it would hold across the three sticks, but not show the outline. So I marked it a little bit short on each side, but long enough to make sure to hold the three sticks together when I put the wood glue on to hold it. Then I used the one craft stick that I marked and marked the rest of the sticks that I used. (I used a total of 5 to hold mine) Then I put just a tad of hot glue on them and I used wood glue to hold it down.

Then I let it dry and then turned it over and painted the whole front and sides black. I dried that with a heat gun. I sat that to the side and painted my letters with two coordinating colors. This took two coats of paint, making sure each coat is dry before applying the next. Then I painted designs on top of each letter with the opposite color. I used a heat gun and dried that, then used the sanding block to make it look a little aged.

Then I did the tiny flower stencil along the bottom and top. Coloring the flowers purple and the vines green. The sides I stenciled larger flowers. After the paint on that dried, I applied a light layer of mod podge, then a very light dusting of light pink fine glitter. I let that dry, then I attached my letters to the front by applying wood glue to the back, then some hot glue to help keep it attached while the wood glue dries. To make the hanger, I used twine and wooden beads I painted different colors and used different sizes for a different look. I just tied knots between beads and used a good amount of hot glue at each end to hold it. I later went in with a staple gun and just reinforced it with a staple on each side, just in case.

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Sweet Strawberry Sign

Oh how adorable this sign is. I can almost smell how sweet those strawberries are! I saw a similar inspiration online, and it was just so cute, so I wanted to re-create it. I hand embroidered every single strawberry, but it was worth it! I went on YouTube to learn how to do a French knot. I am currently working on my section of the blog that will outline all of the stuff I’m researching and doing daily to work on MYSELF! I will start doing a daily entry into my own personal journal, and update the blog weekly for all of you to follow to see my failures and SUCCESSES! I really hope that this article finds you all Safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!! *hugs*

First I started with a clean craft space by having my lap table covered with postage paper. Then I gathered all the supplies I would need. I used a small sign I bought at Dollar General for $1.00. It measures 6 inches x 6 inches. I made a strawberry pdf. and printed it out for an outline. (It’s on the bottom of the page if you would like it as well) I also used red and green “easy felt”. I used white Waverly chalk paint, white embroidery thread and white pom pom trim. I also used buffalo check ribbon. I also used various other supplies such as embroidery needle, needle threader, paint brush, hot glue gun, scissors, pen and a heat gun.
First thing that I did was cut out my strawberries on my pdf file. I traced the bottom part on the red felt 8 times, and the stem on the green felt 8 times. then I wrote a small “T” at the top of each strawberry bottom, so I wouldn’t forget where the top of the strawberry was. I cut the tops of the strawberries out. (The stems) I used white embroidery thread, and watched YouTube to learn how to do a French Knot. I kept all of my strawberries still on the felt, and just embroidered one at a time before cutting the thread off on the back of each one. If you don’t want to do this, you could just use a white paint pen, and make dots on the strawberries would be my guess. (I have not tried this) I just wanted the look of the thread. After I finished all the strawberries, I used some hot glue on the back of each strawberry, just to secure the thread.
Next, I painted the sign white. It took 2 coats. I used my heat gun between coats to make sure it was dry between coats. Then I cut out all of the strawberry bottoms, and attached the tops with hot glue. after they all dried, I put them on the sign in a way that I thought looked nice and attached them with hot glue. I put the white pom pom border all around the edges with hot glue, and added the buffalo check ribbon at the top in a bow, and just used hot glue to create a hangar with it as well.

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Scratching Post (Kid Friendly Craft With Adult Supervision)

Hey there everyone! So I had a great week with my family. I am currently signed up to learn Graphic Design online, as well. I’m taking evening courses 2 nights a week. My schedule is filling up a little bit!! I am researching how to completely and totally revamp my life financially and mentally to make our family always feel relaxed and feel like we always know what’s going on, and what’s coming. I am also working on how to share all of this with you. Not only do I want to share it with you after I finish, to show you how to help do the same for yourself, but I want you to actually see me go through the process! I’ll be writing this in a separate post as well, but I wanted all of you to know this, in case you didn’t read my other post. Exciting things really are to come. All of this, and I still completely plan on doing my crafting still (it’s my JOY) and people have been commissioning me for work on the side!! Oh my!

This project really is SUPER simple, and just takes a few items to complete! One of our cats, keeps wanting to scratch next to our door, so I grabbed my daughter, and she and I made this hanging scratching post. My daughter did almost all of the work for this. She sanded the wood with the sanding block, stained the wood, and she actually ran the hot glue gun, as well. (She is 11) I created the vinyl lettering that she wanted in pink (our cats are girls, and that’s the color my daughter chose) on the Cricut, and I also did the wrapping on the rope as she glued it. I ran the staple gun as well. (not necessary, but I used one for extra stability) Ella even took the step by step pictures, as she did each process!

First, Ella gathered all of her supplies. On this, she used a 1-inx6-inx2-ft board, 1/4″ Sisal rope, twine (for the bow at the top) Waverly Antique Wax (to stain the board), we used a staple gun, and the vinyl lettering that I made on the Cricut, as well as various other crafting tools, such as a glue gun, paint brushes, and scissors. Ella took the wood plank and sanded it on all sides, corners and front and back, making sure every part was smooth. Next, you make sure that you get all the dust off of the wood. Then you can stain it or paint it whatever color you like, or you can leave it natural. When that is dry, then you need to start hot gluing your 1/4″ Sisal rope around the board. You should start at the bottom, on the back of the board. I started by using a staple gun, to use extra security, but the hot glue held really well. Then as I pulled the rope tight around each corner, Ella put glue on each end of the board. It took a while to do this, but it is completely secure, and doesn’t move around at all. When we got to the top, where we wanted to stop, (We marked a line, and went slightly past the line) we pulled it tight in the back, and I secured it with the staple gun again, and lots of glue from the glue gun. If you just held it tight, for the glue to dry, staples are not necessary.

We put the lettering on the wood, where Ella wanted it placed, then we measured out how much Sisal rope we would need for the sign to hang down correctly from the door handle. (So it wouldn’t hang down and touch the floor) We then just hot glued the Sisal rope on at the very top really well, to hold the sign. After that, we just made a really simple bow out of our jute twine, and put it on there for looks and put it up on our door! Hopefully, this solves our door scratching problem!

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Grateful/Thankful/Blessed Coaster Sign

I really love the crackle and the color in this sign. I know it is only a small pop of yellow, but I think it’s just adorable. Stay Safe, Healthy and HAPPY my amazing friends! *hugs*

First, I covered my lap table with brown postage paper! (now if you follow my blogs, I know you’re not surprised by this!!) Next I gathered my supplies I thought I would be using! I used 3 coasters, twine, wood beads, ivory chalk paint, yellow paint, vinyl decals, or you can write it with a black paint pen as well by hand, and draw the flower. If you would like me to make the decals for this project for you, please read the supply list at the bottom. It was a really simple flower. You will also need other supplies such as a glue gun, paint brushes, black sharpie and scissors.

First I painted the coasters ivory several times (making sure to let the paint dry between coats). Then I changed my mind and wanted to paint it a grey color. After I painted it grey, I changed my mind again, and went back to ivory. Haha, so I painted lots of coats of paint. By the time I was finished, it had a crackle finish on it. I really liked it.

Then I put on my vinyl decals that I made with my Cricut. My flower did not have black in the middle, so I just colored it in by hand with a black sharpie. I really love the way they turned out. As I stated above, if you don’t have a Cricut, you can just write it yourself, or if you would like, I can make the decals for you for a small cost. Just read the supplies below for cost information.

Next I colored 4 wooden beads yellow. I let them dry well, and triple knotted a long piece of twine. I put some hot glue on the other end of the twine to make it easier to put the wood beads on. I put a bead on, then I attached a twine tassel that I made. The more that I worked with the tassel, the better it looked. At first I wasn’t sure about it, but it looked much better the more that I played with it. I knotted the twine above the bead very well, then I attached it to the bottom coaster with a very good amount of hot glue. then I took the hot glue to the top of the coaster and went straight up and hot glued it to the top of the back of the coaster. Then I tied another triple knot after the glue had dried well, and put on another bead. I did this all the way up, until all the coasters were attached and there was a bead at the very top. Then you should create a hanger with the twine. I did a loop, but I think that if you did a hanger where it held on both sides, then came up and had a yellow bead at the top, I think that would be more steady. I’m not sure if that’s the case, though since I didn’t do this. At any rate, I think it really turned out super cute! I love it!

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Coffee Bean Sign

Another sign for my upcoming (and unknown by my poor husband) coffee nook! If I make another, I’ll make the frame a black, most likely. I wanted a little color in my life, though! I was feeling a little crazy today! Haha!! I love the color purple too. So there we are! I was super nervous about this sign because I free hand drew the coffee cup, and that is NOT my forte! It all seemed to work out, though. I always have fun crafting. It’s exciting going along and seeing if your project is going to be really good, or just “alright”. I love how my coffee cup turned out, and I can always change my frame color if I want! Right now I’m loving the frame too, though! Yay! I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did! Stay Safe, Healthy and HAPPY, my friends!!! *hugs*

You know I always start off by covering my craft table with brown postage paper. I love my craft table, and want to keep it nice. 🙂 Then I gathered all of my supplies! I used a 5×7 frame, a 5x7canvas panel, whole coffee beans (make sure when you order them, they are whole and not ground), white chalk paint, purple metallic paint, and various other supplies such as a hot glue gun (I used lots of hot glue), paint brushes, and tweezers. Then I took the glass out of my frame, and sat it to the side. I took a pencil and drew out my coffee cup, being sure not to get too close to the edges, so when I put the coffee beans on, it wouldn’t be too close to the frame to put back on. I also drew dots for the steam to give me some idea on how I wanted the shape to go.

Then I started all the outline of the cup with dabs of hot glue on low heat. This means you have to go faster. I went all around, and then up and did the steam. Then I completely filled in the cup as evenly as possible. When all the glue was completely dried, I took the tweezers and pulled off the extra hot glue, to where it looked better.

I then painted the frame completely with white chalk paint. I made sure to get the insides of the frame, and the outsides as well. When that dried, I put on two coats of the metallic purple paint. I waited for each coat to finish drying before putting on the next coat. Then I put it all together!

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Dog Sign With Leash Tail

Oh my gosh! Could this sign be any more adorable? I love animals, so this sign just called to me. When I completed it, I was just in love! I made one for each of my dogs. I have two male dogs, and one female dog. I put a little bow on the female dog, and they were just the cutest signs in the world. I loved the tails, and the bow, and just everything! If you don’t have a Cricut (or even if you do) and you would like me to create the vinyl part of the sign for you, I can. Just scroll down to the bottom and I will have some details for you. I hope this blog post find you Safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! *hugs*

First I started off by covering my work space with brown postage paper that I bought from Dollar Tree. Then I gathered all of my supplies I thought I was going to use for my project. I had a piece of wood cut at Lowes. It measured 7 1/2″ across x 9″ down when it was cut. I also used Waverly Wax, twine, wooden beads, a sanding block, the vinyl print out with the dog and the dog’s name, a black coat hook, white paint, and various other supplies such as scissors, ruler, paint brushes, water spritzer, paper towels or baby wipes, Styrofoam bowl, phyllips screwdriver and glue gun!

First of all, I sanded all edges making the whole piece of wood completely smooth. Then I used my water mister (you can just use a water bottle) and I misted the wood down really well, and also misted down my Waverly wax that I put to the side to stain the wood with. Right after I stained the wood, I wiped it down really well with a baby wipe.

Next I put all my beads into a bowl, and added the paint and misted it with water as well. I let the beads roll around by shaking them around in circles in the bowl to get really good coverage on all of them. I set them to the side to dry while I applied the vinyl decals. (I used my Cricut to make the decals. If you would like me to make the decal for you, please scroll to the bottom for details)

After I got the decals in the right spot, I put the coat hook in the right spot, and used my little handy dandy screw driver to screw it down. It took a bit of elbow grease to get it in there well, but was very possible. On my girl dog sign, I put a little flower on the head with some hot glue.

Then I triple knotted the end of the twine to keep the wooden bead on. I used some hot glue on the end of the twine to make it easier to thread the wooden beads. I tied knots between each bead to leave space. When I was satisfied with the length, I hot glued both ends to the sign. I used quite a bit of hot glue to make sure it holds well.

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Coffee Hug in a Mug Sign

This sign turned out absolutely adorable! It was actually VERY simple to make, and it makes me wanna make more! I made it for the coffee nook that my husband isn’t aware that I wanna create yet! Haha I’m bound and determined to have a coffee nook that is my own little space! I want to decorate it, and change it with the seasons and make it mine! *daydreaming* This is absolutely one sign that is going in my future nook! I hope you like it as much as I do. As always, if you have any questions at all, please always feel free to message me at the email at the right. Also, sign up to get emails from me! I don’t send them out yet, but soon I plan on sending out some monthly emails with crafts and tips that I have done from the comfort of my bed!!! *exciting* Please Stay Safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!! **Hugs**

As always, I started off by covering my lap craft table with brown postage paper that I bought at Dollar Tree. Then I gathered all of my supplies I thought I was going to use. I almost always end up using something else here and there, but I try to get everything I can think of together. With this project I used a 5×7 frame from Hobby Lobby, Chalk paint in “Elephant” by Waverly, Chalk paint in white by DecoArt, Large craft sticks, twine, and I created the print out I used on my Cricut *At the bottom of the page, I’ve put details on how you can purchase a decal from me very cheap if you need one*. I also used various other supplies such as my glue gun, paint brushes, heavy duty scissors (mine are Fissors) to cut the craft sticks, regular scissors, ruler, sand block, and a button I had in my stash.

First I took the frame apart and set the glass aside. You won’t be needing the glass for this project. Then I took the cardboard on the inside and set the craft stick on it straight. I marked two lines on each end showing where they needed to be cut off. I also stacked them up to see how many I needed. (I used 9) Then I made the marks on each of my sticks. I cut off the ends on each of the 9 sticks, so they were all the right size. I used white DecoArt chalk paint and painted them all with 2 coats, making sure to let the first coat dry completely first. Then I glued them all very close to each other on the cardboard, making sure they were on straight, and lined up. Once they were all on there, I painted the frame with 2 coats of Waverly chalk paint in Elephant color. Again, making sure that the coats were dry before putting on the second coat. Once it was all dry, I lightly took my sanding block, and took it over the little bumps that were on the frame to let some of the antique look come through. After that, I applied that vinyl decal that I made on my Cricut on my craft sticks. *At the bottom of the page, I’m writing details on how I am selling the decals to my online family VERY cheap if you need one* I inserted that back in the frame, and then created the little bow with some twine by watching YouTube. I’m terrible with bows, but this one I just wrapped it around in a big circle around my four fingers around and around about 10 times, then I tied it in the middle with just a knot. Then I literally just cut each end to create the fringed bow on each side. I just put a little heart button I had in my stash in the middle that I thought would look cute!