Scrapbooking Retreat!

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I can hardly wait, my SIL and I are heading to Erie, PA for a weekend long scrapbooking retreat!

Scrapbook workshopI caught the scrapbooking bug about 12 years ago when I was invited to my first Creative Memories class. For a year, I went faithfully to the monthly crops and worked on my albums. Then it dawned on me that I would probably save money if I became a consultant and purchased the supplies at cost! So I signed on and began to build a business. Jillian was only 1 at the time, and Becca had just started Kindergarten, so it worked out perfectly for me. I was able to be home with them, and conduct my classes and workshops in the evenings when Daddy was home to watch them. I was with CM for about 5 years, but decided to become a customer again when my girls became involved in too many after school activities and I felt like I was missing things with them because of classes and workshops.

Anyway, I don’t find a lot of time to scrap during the evenings because I hate to get everything out onto the dining room table, then have to put it all away when I’m done since I don’t have an actual Craft room. So, I look forward to these weekend crops a lot! I tend to get quite a bit done in the 3 days we are there!

My biggest fear is that I’ll gain 5 pounds over the weekend!  The women all bring lots of snacks and goodies to share while we crop.  I’ll have to make sure that I take frequent breaks and work less and walk more so that I don’t gain back any weight that I’ve already lost! lol!

So, I leave Friday for our weekend getaway! I’ll post some pictures of some of my pages when I get back.

Rag Quilt to benefit Hannah

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I made and sent this Rag Quilt to my cousin Lisa in Florida to raffle off at a benefit in honor of her little girl,Frog Quilt Hannah. The benefit was held on March 31st to help raise money for the ongoing costs of Hannah’s medical care. Hannah was diagnosed Memorial Day 2006 with a very rare brain stem tumor, Pontine Glioma. Most children with this tumor only live 10-12 months after diagnosis. She receives chemo and radiation on an ongoing basis, which has helped to shrink the tumor a bit. In October, they performed a very rare Gamma Knife procedure that they hoped would help stop the growth of the tumor. They’ve done two MRI’s since then and the tumor has shown no further growth. Amen! This is indeed a miracle! Hannah is now at almost 11 months and is still going strong!Frog Quilt 2

You can read more about Hannah and her journey here. She is a beautiful, sweet little girl who continues to need prayers daily. I will get to meet Hannah and her whole family when we go to Florida in June for my own daughter’s Becca’s Make A Wish!

The Obsession Meme

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I was tagged to do this meme where I tell you about five things I am obsessed with. Since this is a craft blog, I’ll tell you about five craft projects that I am truly obsessed with!

1. Scrapbooking. I learned about scrapbooking from a friend of mine when my youngest daughter was just a baby… and she’s 13 now. I have albums done for almost every year of my kid’s lives. I love going to weekend scrapbooking workshops where we spend from Friday night until Sunday afternoon doing nothing but scrapping! I’m leaving Friday for one in Erie PA! I can’t wait!

2. Making rag quilts. I love making these! You can change the designs and colors to make every one so unique! You can view a picture of one that I have made here.

3. Sewing clothes. I’ve made myself quite a few outfits and even the girls have allowed me to make them a few! I like to make shirts the best, but I’m not fond of zippers :)

4. Drawing. While it’s not truly a craft, I love to draw. Mostly I like to draw cartoons, but I’ve drawn a few scenes as well.Arts & Crafts

5. Painting ceramics. I’ve made a few very cute ceramic items, mostly ones for holidays. My favorite is one I made of a Santa sitting by a fireplace reading a child a story….

Now it’s my turn to tag five others to tell me about their own obsessions. I like to check with folks first and make sure they want to play, so I’ll edit this after I have five rounded up.

I have three takers so far! Make sure you check out their posts!

MK at Coffee Shop Chatter

Wendy at Adventures of a Suburban WAHM

The Blog Hog

If anyone else wants to participate and I haven’t tagged you, please feel free to join in the fun! All I ask is that put a link back to this post! Have an awesome day!

Making Paper Beads

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In Victorian times, women in England gathered in dining rooms to make beads by rolling scraps of wallpaper on knitting needles. They would then string the beads on long pieces of yarn to create curtains that separated rooms. You can make these beads from recycled scrap paper, and string them together to make jewelry!

Paper BeadsWhat you’ll need:

  • scraps of wallpaper, magazine pictures, used wrapping paper, colored paper, etc.
  • pencil, ruler, and scissors
  • paste
  • drinking straws
  • thread or yarn

Before you begin, gather all of your supplies together and put them on your work surface. Read all of the directions from start to finish. Now you are ready to begin.

  1. With your scissors, cut long triangles from your paper scraps that are about 1/2-inch wide and 2 1/2-inches long. Make a template to trace, if you wish.
  2. Cover one side of a triangle with paste. Put the paste on the inside of the paper so that the colorful pattern will be on the outside of your bead.
  3. Place the triangle’s glued short side on a drinking straw.
  4. Wrap the paper completely around itself on the straw.
  5. Cut away the straw at both ends of the rolled paper.
  6. To make beads with different shapes, vary the size and shape of the paper triangles that you cut.
  7. Let your beads dry, and then string them together on your thread or yarn. Knot the ends of the thread together.

Warning labels

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I thought these were hilarious! These are  warning labels on toys and craft products:

“Do not use as ear plugs.” — On a package of silly putty.

“Choking hazard: This toy is a small ball.” – On the label for a cheap rubber ball toy.

“Not for human consumption.” — On a package of dice.

“Not to be used as a personal flotation device.” — On a 6×10 inch inflatable picture frame.

“Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.” – On a pair of shin guards made for bicyclists.

“This product not intended for use as a dental drill.” — On an electric rotary tool.

“Caution: This is not a safety protective device.” — On a plastic toy helmet used as a container for popcorn.

“Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth.” — On a novelty rock garden set called “Popcorn Rock.”

“Warning: May contain small parts.” — On a frisbee.

“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.” — On a child sized Superman costume.

Candle Votives

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votiveHere’s a very easy project that anyone can make….All you need is some tissue paper, glue, a votive holder and a brush.

Start by putting about three tablespoons of white glue into a jar or cup and add about one tablespoon of water. You want it about the consistency of watery paint.

Cut your tissue paper into small squares or other patterns. For a more random stained glass look, tear the paper into random varied shapes.

Brush some of the diluted glue onto the glass. I like to work on a couple of rows or a small section at a time. You don’t need a lot of glue, just enough for the paper to stick.

Working on one small section at a time, layer on the tissue paper pieces. You can layer colors on top of colors to give different effects as the light shines through - both in changing the color and the translucence.

Once one section is finished, brush some glue onto the next section and add tissue to that section.

Once the votive holder is completely covered to your liking, lightly brush a coat of diluted glue over the entire outside.

Let the holders dry for a bit and then add another light coat of glue. I like to add about four coats to give a nice, hard, shiny covering.


Once the votive holder is dry, drop in a votive candle, light, and enjoy!



Jesus Painting

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Please take the time to watch this YouTube video. It’s pretty long, but so worth watching! Very touching. Very beautiful. Very powerful.

Jesus Painting

God Bless You all….


Easter Egg Wreath

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My mom made this wreath at the Senior Center today for her apartment door. Didn’t she do a great job? They bought a whole bunch of different size plastic eggs, then hot glued them onto a straw wreath. They do crafts about once a month and always seem to come up with unique ideas.

Napkin Applique Easter Eggs

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These make beautiful eggs and are fun to make. The hardest part is blowing the egg out the hole. We’re planning to make these tonight!

What You Need

  • Raw eggs
  • Straight pin
  • Sponge brush
  • School glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Decorative paper napkins (flower or Easter designs are nice)
  • Paper plate
  • Wax paper

How To Make It

  1. Prick egg at both ends with straight pin. Make the hole on the bottom a little larger.
  2. Blow the egg out.
  3. Wash off egg and dry.
  4. Put some glue on a paper plate.
  5. Divide the napkin into layers. Keep only the top decorated layer.
  6. Tear the napkin into about 2″ or smaller pieces.
  7. Sponge brush glue on part of the egg.
  8. Lay a piece of the napkin, right side up, over the egg. Smooth.
  9. Continue covering egg with glue and napkins.
  10. Finish with one coat of glue over entire egg to seal.
  11. Let dry completely.
  12. Use your eggs in baskets, table decorations, or any place you would like.
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