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Fairy Light Jar Signs

These turned out even prettier than I thought that they would! I am super excited to share them with you! I hope that if you like the way the pictures look, that you give them a try! They really don’t take a whole lot of work to put together, either. I hope you love them as much as I do!

As always, the first thing I did was cover my work space with some brown postal paper that I got from Dollar Tree for $1.00 for a roll of it. You can also buy this online, though!
Then I gathered all my supplies: 2 wooden plaques, 2 (32 oz) mason jars, white paint, paint brush, flowers of choice, fairy lights, twine, 2 wrought iron nail hooks, 2 nail backers. (I will list where you can buy everything online at the very bottom of this post)
I started by removing the stickers from the bottom of the jars.
Then I painted my plaques white. Be sure to paint everywhere that might be seen, all the sides, and a little around the back as well.
Then I removed the lids, and put my fairy lights in. (Keep the part that screws back on, but you won’t need the lid part)
Then I made an arrangement of my flowers how I liked it. I used lavender that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby, and I cut the bottom off with wire trimmers because it had wire in it, and then tied it together tightly with twine. You can use any color that you like, and as long as you don’t hot glue your flowers in place, you can change it any time you like!
Then I took twine, and wrapped it around the copper part that twisted back onto the jar several times, securing it with plenty of hot glue on back. (while it was ON the jar) I let the hot glue dry, then I made a small loop in one, and held it up to where I was going to put the hook, and looked to see where I wanted it to hang. I then hot glued a loop in the back the size of loop I wanted it to be. I did the same to the other one, making sure they would hang the same distance down.
Then I took a screw driver and installed the hook. (I probably should have done this first)
Then I put the flowers in the top, and hid the remote control in the flowers where you couldn’t see it.
I made a simple bow out of twine and attached it to the very front with some hot glue. (you can find this on youtube)
Then I simply hung them from the hooks!
I will most likely hot glue them to the backs of the boards to center them better, but I LOVE the way they turned out!

*Wooden plaques – Hobby Lobby $1.79 (when on sale) https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Painting-Surfaces/Wood/Rectangle-Wood-Plaque—9-x-12/p/20855
*Mason Jars – Hobby Lobby 32 oz. $1.44 each (on sale) https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Glass-Crafting/Glass-Containers/Glass-Mason-Jar—32-Ounce/p/21738
*Fairy Lights – Amazon 16 pack $15.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082X32XN9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
*White Paint – Wal-Mart $.50 at our local store (not sure how much for your store) https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-Barrel-Colors-Red-Apple-Paint-2-Fl-Oz/20897796?variantFieldId=actual_color
*Flowers – Hobby Lobby $1.99 (Full Price) https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Wedding/Sprays-Picks/Lavender-Pick/p/80748932
*Twine – 656 feet $7.49 https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Jute-Twine-Pack-Crafting/dp/B07BRQRTDL/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvp?cv_ct_cx=twine&keywords=twine&pd_rd_i=B07BRQRTDL&pd_rd_r=d579d531-83e7-4d07-90b1-a86ebc052eb1&pd_rd_w=FsxS5&pd_rd_wg=XwtYN&pf_rd_p=967d8720-e4cf-4d5d-9da3-53f47ca634a3&pf_rd_r=S60QEVW0V9JVA13JF4VY&psc=1&qid=1585717402&s=home-garden&sr=1-2-dd5817a1-1ba7-46c2-8996-f96e7b0f409c
*Wrought Iron Nail Hooks – Amazon 12 pack $17.38 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A81JZ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Easter Wine Glass Candle Holders

Okay you guys, my daughter and I did this craft, and it turned out SOOOOO flippin’ adorable! I mean, it was “awwww” adorable!! I saw some pictures of similar bunnies on Pinterest and I just HAD to try it! SOOOO here you guys go! I am posting my step by step process on how we made them! Yay!! Enjoy, stay safe, healthy and happy!

Okay, so as always, the first thing you want to do is gather your supplies! You’re going to need at least 1 wine glass. (We used 3.) Then you need white CHALK paint. It’s important that you use chalk paint, otherwise it might not stick to the glass. You also need some burlap or other ribbon of your choice to decorate the front, and burlap to cut out the ears, pink acrylic paint, and black and pink markers that are made to mark on glass. You’ll also need candles. I used votives, because that’s all I had, but slightly larger pillar candles look gorgeous! (It’s best to use the flameless candles) You will also need a hot glue gun, alcohol, and various other things like a paint brush etc.

First, take off any stickers that might be on your wine glasses. I used alcohol to do this, and to clean them inside and out.
Next, paint the INSIDE of your wine glasses with white CHALK paint. I used 2 coats. Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before adding the second coat.
Then turn the glasses upside down (important) and draw the bunny faces on them. (I practiced on my brown postage paper before drawing on the glasses)
Then print out some bunny ears (I have a copy of the bunny ears in pdf form that I used below these directions). Cut them out, and put them under the burlap. I traced around the burlap with a black sharpie marker and then painted where the pink should go on the inside of the ears before I cut out 3 sets of ears.
Then I made the bow out of burlap, and a matching bow on the outside of that, and attached the ears on the back, with floral wire up the back of the burlap ears to help hold them up. (You can just use hot glue on the top part of the glass if you don’t have floral wire)
You attach the bow/ears to the base of the glass, and put a candle on top and it’s finished!

* Please note, I do not have any affiliate links at this time. I just research the best prices that I can find for you online. You might find better prices, please always look for what is best for YOU!

* Wine Glasses – I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99 for a set of 12 https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/salt-trade-white-wine-glasses-set-of-12/1012378114?skuId=12378114&mrkgcl=609&mrkgadid=3304700489&enginename=google&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_winebar_online&product_id=12378114&adtype=pla&product_channel=online&adpos=&creative=356208182086&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&utm_campaignid=71700000054078483&utm_adgroupid=58700005145007998&targetid=92700045204727950&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItMP0lYS36AIVDl8NCh17Kw8oEAkYAiABEgKDAPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
* White Chalk Paint – Wal-Mart $5.62 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waverly-Inspirations-Chalk-Acrylic-Paint-White-8-oz/45654792?selected=true
* Burlap – Amazon $13.94 (this will last you a good long time for small crafts) https://www.amazon.com/Afula-Burlap-BUR40-5YDS-Natural-Yards/dp/B07B9KLKXG/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=1-1-YnVybGFwIGZhYnJpYw%3D%3D-ac_d_rm&cv_ct_cx=burlap&dchild=1&keywords=burlap&pd_rd_i=B07B9KLKXG&pd_rd_r=6d4b7fc9-81c5-4ca4-b327-374b6c1b6a55&pd_rd_w=gFUP6&pd_rd_wg=Tbhtx&pf_rd_p=96e196e3-02fe-420a-8e27-9285fc9434dd&pf_rd_r=5FRQCYE3GW6CK51JMMGQ&psc=1&qid=1585187478
* Candles – Wal-Mart – $2.33 for 50 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Tealight-Candle-Pack-50-Count/45924265
* Black and Pink markers – Amazon $5.24 https://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Paint-Marker-Medium/dp/B0026HFZ32/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=pink+oil+based+marker&qid=1585187292&sr=8-6
* Pink Acrylic Paint – Wal-Mart $.50 (It says that on mine, may be different price for yours) https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-Barrel-Colors-Candy-Pink-Paint-2-Fl-Oz/20897806?selected=true

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Gorgeous Paint Stick Sign

Hey everyone! I hope this finds you all safe, healthy and HAPPY! I made this paint stick sign with paint sticks, pretty paper, and a wooden “Welcome” sign that I got on clearance a while back! (As well as other craft embellishments I had on hand such as ribbon and paint and twine and wooden beads) Please follow my blog if you like my crafts! I try to post a new craft every single Tuesday, and I plan on posting an Easter craft I did with my daughter later on today as well!! (My daughter did this paint stick craft with me, so some of the pictures that I am posting are of her craft, but it was the same process) If you have any special requests, be sure to email me!

The first step of this project is to gather all of your supplies: You will need 15 paint sticks (you only put paper on 12), several pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper (I used 5), mod podge, twine, a sanding block, craft paint of your choosing, glue gun, and various embellishments of your choosing! (get creative!) I will post all the craft supplies that I purchased at the end, and where you can purchase them online! (I have no affiliate links at this time, I just try to find you the best price possible)

I covered my craft space with brown postal paper to keep it from getting destroyed.

First, you need to put your paint stick down on the back side of your scrapbook paper and draw a line from end to end to cut out. Make this line a bit wider than the craft stick. You don’t want it to be thinner! You are going to need 12 of these cut out.

After this, you will mod podge it to the craft stick. I have posted a video below on how I did this.

Then you will take a sanding block and sand your paper in a downward motion to get the excess paper off the edges of the sticks. Don’t go upward, it will pull the paper off of the sticks.

Put them in the order that you like, and turn them over. Then get them nice and neatly together, as straight as possible. You will tack them together with a little bit of hot glue. Then put the 3 extra sticks across the top, middle and bottom of the back of the sign. You will put plenty of hot glue on these 3 sticks, and hold them in place for a good 30 seconds or so while they adhere.

After that hot glue has dried, flip your sign over, and you can begin to embellish the front however you want! (Get creative you guys!) Post pics in the discussion!

Again, I have no affiliate links to anyone at this time. I really just try to find the best prices online that I can, but please feel free to search for what’s best for YOU!!! 🙂
* Paint Sticks – Amazon ($15.96 for 100) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00397Q6F4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
* Scrapbook Paper – Hobby Lobby (normally 4/$1.00) https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=scrapbook+paper
* Mod Podge – Amazon ($4.86 for 8 oz.) https://www.amazon.com/CS11201-Mod-Podge-8-Ounce-1-Pack/dp/B003W0XR8M/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2177SDD8WK6XR&dchild=1&keywords=mod+podge&qid=1585176754&s=arts-crafts&sprefix=mod%2Carts-crafts%2C164&sr=1-2
* Wooden Beads – (I use these all the time $13.99 for 700 beads) Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VB7V6R4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
* Twine – Amazon ($9.49 for 1000 feet) https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Artworks-Wrapping-Picture-Gardening/dp/B081C1GRKM/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=twine&qid=1585176695&s=arts-crafts&sr=1-18

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Country Style Vase

This is a super easy, and quick craft that you can do from the comfort of your bed! (It can take about an hour and 1/2 from start to finish without something to dry the paint) You can choose whatever colors you like for your paint and flowers, so it’s completely customizable, and my version was extremely budget friendly! (I bought my supplies at Dollar Tree, and Dollar General (other than the paint). My 11 year old even helped me out a lot on this craft! She loves to craft with mom. Below, find all the instructions, and pictures of the how to on how to make this adorable vase! I hope you love it as much as I did! Let me know if you have any questions at all! (I was inspired by a Pinterest post)

  • First be sure to cover your work area with something where you aren’t worried about getting paint on it. (I use postage paper from Dollar Tree taped to my lap desk)
  • Gather all your supplies: I will link where to find everything online below, but I found my things in local stores for cheaper. I got 2 sets of glass salt and pepper shakers (a total of 4) at Dollar Tree for $1.00 per set. I got the butter dish (you can use the glass kind, or the plastic kind) from Dollar Tree for $1.00. I got the cream and blue flowers for $3.00 per set at Dollar General, but only used 1/2 of each bunch. I already had the twine, but I bought it at Dollar General a while back for $1.00. I used chalk paint that I purchased at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price @ $4.50 a jar. I used a sanding block I purchased at Dollar Tree for $1.00.
  • I started by sanding 3 of the shakers (that’s all my butter dish would hold, some butter dishes hold more. You might want to check to see how many yours will hold, also, you won’t need the silver tops to them), then I sanded my butter dish, to make sure the paint holds to the glass and plastic better. Then wipe it off with a wet wipe, or spray with alcohol and wipe down with a paper towel to get the bits off.
  • Then I painted the shakers, and the butter dish 2 coats of ivory chalk paint. (If you use anything other than chalk paint, or spray paint it might not adhere) Be sure to let the paint dry completely between painting the coats. (I use a heat gun to speed up the process, but that’s not necessary at all)
  • Then I hot glued the twine around each of the shakers at the top. Not at the VERY top, but right after where the twist part at the top stops for the silver shaker part. (if that makes sense…)
  • Then I took really small wooden beads (and just hot glued them on the bottom side of where my dish would be sitting on the counter, so it would be more of a “pedestal” look)
  • Then I hot glued the butter dish (upside down to hold the salt and pepper shakers) as far back to the “bottom part” as possible and as centered as possible. Then I hot glued each of the shakers down as best as I could into the butter dish to keep them steady, without using a huge amount of glue. I made a simple jute bow on front, and hot glued that to the center front.
  • I clipped 2-3 stems of flower per shaker and just sat it in. You can change it out with the seasons! SO adorable!!! Love it!
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Super Cute Four Leaf Clover

Hey everyone!!  Today has been another super busy day, but as promised, I have a craft for you!  Okay, it is a new one for me too, so as I was doing a step by step for you, I was experimenting myself!  Please always feel free to customize your own stuff to make it yours too!  This blog is to get you crafting in comfort, however that needs to happen.  If you want a yellow clover, you make a yellow clover!  Do what makes you HAPPY! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at any time!  I took a picture of the list of items I thought I was going to use to create this, but there might be a couple of items added or taken away during the crafting process.  If so, I will always be sure to include it in the picture taking, and link it where you can purchase everything at the very end!

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  1. I started off by printing off my Four Leaf Clover.  I just found one I liked online.  At the bottom is a link to the one that I used, you can use any one that you like, though.  You may have to do some resizing if you use a different one, though. Also, before I begin, I like to cover my work area with some cheap packing paper that I get at the Dollar Store. You can get it online too! I’ll link it for you at the bottom. I just tape it on. My work area, is just a wooden lap desk I got a really long time ago. I’ll make another post sometime soon about how I keep everything within easy reach for myself.
  2. I cut out my clover, on the outside edges. (The outer green part)
  3. I put my clover on my FLAT canvas (make sure that it isn’t framed, just a thin piece) Don’t place the clover too high, too low, and not too far right and not too far left.  If you do, the frame won’t go on it at the end. Leave about 1” in all directions) I centered mine as best as I could.  I didn’t measure it.  I just “eyeballed it” to see what looked right.
  4. I held down my clover steady while tracing around it lightly, (but dark enough to still see) making sure that it stayed even as possible. (It doesn’t need to be absolutely perfect)
  5. Remove the clover paper (you can save it for later if you want to make another one sometime)
  6. Start gluing on the buttons with E6000 (I used all different sizes and variations of green, using the larger (and cheaper) green ones on bottom, otherwise you just cover the small ones up. *Note* You might want to have a small plate for the E6000 to sit on, it likes to leak. Also, I try to save the small ones to fill in gaps later on when you’re at the end of the project.  (When doing this part, try to keep them as flat as possible) This part has no real perfection to it.  My buttons overlap, and go all over, but I try very hard to never go out of the pencil lines I drew. (Then it won’t look like a clover anymore)
  7. After I have completely covered the whole clover, I wait 15 minutes, and take tweezers, and pull off the little strings of glue on top.  You don’t have to do this, but they drive me crazy.  Haha.
  8. On the frame, remove the glass, and the paper/any anything but the actual frame. Save the frame and very back only. You can keep the glass for another project if you’d like, or throw it away. I take the backing out to paint the picture frame you have whatever color you prefer, so it doesn’t dry, and stick closed.  I chose “classic green”. I had to paint mine with 2 coats to get good coverage, but let the first coat dry before applying the second coat.
  9. I made a wooden hangar to go on back by first staining five 16mm wooden beads with Waverly stain wax (I very lightly spritzed the beads with a bit of water to dilute the stain a bit) that I found at Wal-Mart, and then letting those dry.  Then I painted five more 16mm wooden beads the same color I painted the frame, then let those dry. Be sure to wash your brushes before the paint and stain dries on them to keep your brushes in good condition!
  10. I tied a double knot at the end (leaving about 2 inches of twine after the knot), to hold on the first bead, then I put a tiny dab of hot glue on the other end of my jute to help thread the beads. Then I alternated the beads on jute with a DOUBLE knot between each bead.  Then I double knotted after the last bead, and I just hot glued it on the back sides of the frame with lots of hot glue to make sure it holds well.

I think it turned out super CUTE!!  I’m lovin’ it.  Let me know if you guys like it!  Leave me a comment below, yay or nay! I am super excited about next weeks craft you guys!  I really think you are going to like it too.  Subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss it.  Also, be sure to share this with anyone who you think might benefit from being able to craft from the comfort of their bed! 

You will also need some basic crafting supplies such as a hot glue gun, scissors, pencil, paint brushes, some paper plates, tweezers, and I use a lot of baby wipes and paper towels! Oh, and patience, lots of that!
*The brown craft paper I use to cover my wood lap table, I get from the dollar store for a dollar, but here is a link where you can get it online at Wal-Mart, or if you plan on crafting a lot, Amazon is a better deal. Just choose what is best for you. Wal-Mart $4.97 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Duck-Brand-Kraft-Paper-Roll-2-5-Ft-x-30-Ft-Brown/20531383
Amazon – $16.89 https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Wrapping-Packing-Shipping-Covering/dp/B07S71N4TF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=postage+paper&qid=1583879072&s=arts-crafts&sr=1-1

I promised you guys that I was going to upload a picture of at least one of my new shirts, and here it is! This shirt couldn’t be more me. I say this all the time. It is always flying out of my mouth!!! If anyone wants a Geez Louise shirt, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!! Weeee! So excited!

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One Crazy Week!

Hey everyone! I have had one crazy week! My sweet daughter plays volleyball, (I am the coach, I just have to sit as often as possible!) and it feels like we have had back to back practices! When we aren’t having practices, I’m planning one, or trying to update the parents, or trying to plan for the games. Whew!

I HAVE been really thinking about what craft I want to post for this Tuesday! I am thinking it is going to be a St. Patty’s day craft! I hope you guys agree, because I have all the supplies already!!! The following Tuesday, more than likely, I will do just a nice home decorating craft of some sort, then an Easter craft. I might throw in a children’s Easter craft in there on a Thursday or Friday, too. (I already have an adorable one in mind)

Also, I created a couple of shirts that are just SOOOO me over the weekend. I couldn’t be more excited. WEEEEE! I made one for me and one for my daughter! My husband and son refuse to wear this one. Haha! I’ll get one on them someday though! Mark my words!!! 🙂 My daughter and I are going to wear them for when I make the tutorial and upload it on Tuesday. It may have a small video, if I can figure that out. If not, I’ll be sure to include at least a picture. If I get enough interest in them, I might sell them! You’ll have to let me know!! Okay, so look for my upload on Tuesday, excitement is just oozing out of me right now!!!

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