Quilted pot holders

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Christmas pot holderI’m looking for some unique gift ideas for my sister’s in law and came across a great site that gave very good directions for quilted pot holders at allfreecrafts.com   There are tons of ideas on this site!  Just look at this beautiful pot holder!

I love the step by step directions with pictures on this site!  I’m one of those crafters that has to see a picture in order to make an item! lol!  Otherwise, I never know if I’m doing it right!

Check out some of their other great Christmas craft ideas at allfreecrafts.com

Happy crafting!

Unique lunch bags!

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Lunch bag from juice pouches

Oh, I wish my kids were still small!!! I love these lunch bags!

I found the idea over at ThriftyFun.com. They give you step by step directions on how to make them. They don’t look like they’d be hard at all. My girls used to drink the CrapiSun’s all the time when they were little! We threw these away constantly. Who knew I could have made money selling these things! And, my girls would have been the envy of all the other kids! lol!

There are lots of neat and inexpensive craft ideas over at ThriftyFun.com. Check them out!   I could spend hours there!

Foilage Friends

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I just love these Foilage Friends from Family Fun! Aren’t they just adorable!!!!
Use your imagination (and some paper, glue, and a pen or pencil) to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical menagerie.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
Autumn leaves from your yard
Paper
Glue
Pencils, pens, or crayons
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

1. Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding in your leaf piles. Below are some possibilities. When you’ve found leaves in your yard whose shapes you like, glue them to pieces of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to make your creatures complete. To preserve your creations, press them between two books.

Maple Butterfly 2. MAPLE: These leaves have three main points and lots of smaller ones; count them as they flutter by.

Rose Turtle 3. ROSE: The rounded shape of this bush’s leaves makes them look a lot like little shields.

Birch Bird 4. BIRCH: As big and tall as this white-bark tree can get, its leaves are as small and as light as feathers.

Geranium Hairdo 5. GERANIUM: You might flip your wig if you find one of these wild-looking leaves in your yard.

Barberry Fish 6. BARBERRY: While this plant doesn’t live underwater, its leaves resemble raindrops.

I just love them and can’t wait to make a few!  With all the leaves all over my yard, I k now I’ll have tons to choose from!  Let me know if you make any and post pictures of yours!

Creamer Bottle Snowmen!

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I love these and can’t wait to give it a try! Aren’t they adorable! I found the directions on the DLTK’s website after my friend Melissa posted about making them with her day care kids.Creamer bottle snowmen

Scarecrow Wreath

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Scarecrow wreathI just love fall! It’s my favorite season! I always get some corn stalks from one of my neighbors farm, lots of pumpkins and of course some beautiful mums and make a little display as you walk up our sidewalk. It’s too early to cut out the pumpkins, but as long as the weather doesn’t get too warm, they’ll be fine until a couple weeks before Halloween. Then we’ll carve out some jack-o-lanterns!

Here’s a cute little scarecrow wreath that I made last year. I picked up all the supplies to make it at Michaels. Isn’t he cute?

I love fall crafts too! So many possibilities! I’m planning to sew a fall table runner, hopefully tomorrow afternoon. My local quilt shop has some gorgeous material that I can’t wait to buy! lol!

Coasters…

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Coasters made by Dragonfly-CraftsAren’t these gorgeous?  My friend Fiona over at Dragonfly-Crafts made these to sell in her online shop and they went like hotcakes!

I’m going to be trying my hand at it this weekend.  I have some cute material that I think would make very nice coasters.  Now I have to decide who to give them to, or if I want to keep them for myself! lol!

Our Band Boosters are planning a Christmas Craft and Home Show in November and I’m planning to have a table with some items that I’ll be sewing, and I think I’ll make several sets of these.

You can purchase the book, Bend the Rules Sewing, that carries the pattern for these  coasters at Amazon.com.  Enjoy!

Seashell Wreath

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Seashell wreathI’m always looking for unique craft ideas, especially ones involving Seashells since we collected so many this summer! We found lots of little shells that were absolutely perfect when we were in Florida at the Gulf of Mexico. We were amazed at the thousands of shells under our feet as we walked on the beach! We had never seen so many before! But they were all pretty small.

We just got back from a beach in New Jersey last weekend and were a bit disappointed on our first day because we couldn’t seem to find many shells. There had been a bad storm a few days before we got there and the waves were very high. The kids weren’t even allowed to swim because of the undercurrent, so we spent the day just playing at the edge of the water. Two days later, we went back. Oh my! There were tons of perfect shells, and some of them were huge!!! We collected way too many!

After coming back for the beach I needed to find some craft ideas for all those shells! I came across this very unique idea for a Seashell Wreath that will make a very nice addition to our bathroom which has a Seashell shower curtain. I found the idea at Craftideas.info where there are tons of craft ideas for every season and occasion! Enjoy

Time for the Beach!

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Friday we leave for our annual Girl’s Weekend at the Beach! I can’t wait! My SIL and I are taking our daughter’s to the beach for an extended weekend. We go to a nice little area right outside of Tom’s River, which is north of Atlantic City. We stay at a campground, then drive over to Long Beach Island to swim each day.

I love living in PA, but if I were to ever move, I’d want to be close to the beach. I just love it there!

If I ever needed a mortgage for a new home, one place I’d definitely check out would be Personal Home Loan Mortgages which offers mortgages in New Jersey, as well as Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. You can find the best mortgage rates in New Jersey and view a Mortgage Broker Directory right on their site.  There are also some great rates in Texas too!  That’s one place I’ve never been, but would love to visit!

Vacation homes are becoming more and more popular these days. You can even find mortgages for them at Personal Home Loan Mortgages too. I’m sure I’ll see lots of vacation homes that I wouldn’t have any problem living in while we’re in New Jersey!

Seashell Windchime

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Shell wind chimeWhile we were camping over the weekend, I saw a beautiful seashell windchime at the camper next door. It was gorgeous! They used some beautiful shells hanging from clear fishing line, very similar to this one that I found over at Thrifty Fun.com. This site used a star at the top, with the shells dangling below, while the one I saw had a simple gold round ring.

These would be very easy to make and I definitely plan to make one when I get back from the beach! We’re heading there for 5 days in less than 3 weeks and I’m sure we’ll spend plenty of time looking for shells while we’re there.

We always seem to come home with tons of shells and we never know what to do with them… so now we’ll be giving these away!  Let’s see, I’m sure grandma will want one… and maybe even Aunt Kathy! lol!

We’ll post pictures of ours when we make them!

Summer Crafts for Kids

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My friend Aurelia Williams over at Real Life Solutions has a great page with some quick and easy Summer Craft ideas.

Graph paper designOne of her ideas is making graph paper drawings. I love doing this! The kids take a sheet of graph paper and a pen, pencil or markers. They draw a picture on the graph paper using only the lines on the graph paper. No curved lines allowed.  I can picture my youngest daughter Jillian sitting under a tree on a sunny day, graph paper in hand, coming up with all kinds of creations!

If you don’t have access to graph paper, you can make and download your own by going to Graph Paper Maker.

Let their imaginations run wild!

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