Hostess Tray Fit for a Queen (Or a Princess Charlotte!)

Krylon Fit For a Queen Serving Tray Makeover

I had this old hostess tray sitting around, and it really needed….something. It was plain and cheap, and faded into the background. I decided it needed some “oomph” and that when I used it, my guests should feel like a royalty! (Or maybe even me, on Mother’s Day?)  So I set to work. Here’s a sneak peek! (Disclosure: this is a sponsored tutorial designed my little ol’ me on behalf of Krylon. They supplied the paint and compensation. Thanks, Krylon!)    […]

Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Mothers Day DIY Gifts you can make in 4 hours or less!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner- but don’t despair! I’ve rounded up  a passel (yes, that’s a real word) of awesome DIY gift ideas that you can make in 3 to 4 hours (or even less!) And trust me, Mom still likes a nice handmade gift from the heart. Don’t we all? An InLinkz Link-up And here’s the thing…most of these are also great for teachers, hostess gifts, grads, or “just because” neighbor gifts. Do you really need a […]

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Hostess Gifts

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Yesterday I shared how I make my Peek-A-Boo Gift Tags for the hostess gifts that I’m giving this year, and I got a request for the recipe for the Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub- so you here go! And you know what? You can make this in under an hour!   I’ve had my Dad, Mom, and daughter all try this scrub and we ALL agree that it leaves your ands very soft and barely scented. With our harsh Ohio winters […]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Card (Video Tutorial)

15 Minute Mother's Day Card Tutorial

Need a last-minute Mother’s Day card? Or birthday or “Thank you” for that matter? I’ve got a quick card you can make in under 15 minutes with basic stamping supplies you probably have on hand. This card hinges on stamps. They can be from the same set or mixy-matchy…. but you need a t least 4 stamps and 4 colors that you like together. Here’s the list: 4 stamps (a selection of large, small, and graphic work best 4 ink […]

Mother’s Day Card Idea: Craft-It with Elmer’s Brands!

Mother's Day Card featuring Elmer's brands! Dot Runner

Mother’s Day is looming- and after making the Mini-Clipboard for my gift idea, of course I needed a card to match. Luckily, I have my Elmer’s adhesives and X-Acto tools on hand to make crafting my card a snap. First, I’ll show you the finished card: Inside: Making this card is easy! Just cut your cover paper the size of the card blank that you are using…and then adhere with a dry adhesive. My choice is the Elmer’s CraftBond Dot […]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – A Crafty Challenge Using Martha Stewart Crafts

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I love a good challenge. And I really love it when I get to craft with someone I admire and respect. So this week I was doubly-happy when Vicki O’Dell (the Creative Goddess) visited CTD WHQ (CraftTestDummies World Headquarters) and we cracked into a new box of goodies from the Martha Stewart Crafts “Stitched” line from EK Success. Here’s what we had to work with: We received a lovely selection of paper, tags, labels, borders, and stickers. We both loved […]

Mother’s Day Blog Carnival at!

Sweet Felt Needle Cases

I love CraftCritique– I really do! I met Sarah Moore, the founder, about a year ago and I can’t tell you how much her support has helped me in my quest as a Craft Evangelist! I write for them about twice a month, and occasionally I submit a project for their “blog carnivals.” This year, for the Mother’s Day Blog Carnival I submitted an old project- felt needle cases that any mom would love to tuck into her purse or […]

Mother’s Day Project on CraftsUnleashed & Thoughts on Infertility

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Just wanted to let y’all know that I posted a Mother’s Day project on CraftsUnleashed today. Here’s how I describe it on CU: The basket base of this craft was designed and featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine in April, 210, page 160. I just decided that it needed to “kicked up a notch” by personalizing it with photos. And my good friend and decor expert Stacy was the one who thought to use the fan pulls in a non-traditional […]

Recycled Can Brooches on CraftsUnleashed!

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When it comes to recycled crafts, I really kinda can’t help myself. I’ve got a bit of the magpie in me- I’m attracted to shiny things and I’m always trying to figure out how to use the little bits and bobs that attract me and reuse them into something fabulous. So now I’m using my Cuttlebug like a crazy person. (Watch out- if you’re in my house, the minute you are done with your soda I will snatch it from […]

Mother’s Day Bracelet Gift

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Mother’s Day really snuck up on me this year. Lucky for me, I’d gotten started on Mom’s giftie… can’t share it with you YET, as our Mother’s Day celebration will be delayed a week or two. And I purchased some hand-made goodies to give out, but I had to resort to (GASP) store-bought cards. Yipes. However, I did get to make one special gift that I can share. My BIL enlisted my help in making a special Mother’s Day bracelet […]

Nana’s Got a Brand New Bag

Or tote, or purse. Whatever. For my Mom’s birthday, she asked me to make her one of these “boutique bags.” I’d purchased instructions from an e-bay seller, and made up one for myself as a sample. Mom selected two coordinating prints from the collections I’d bought from Keepsake Quilting, and I made a bag up for her in an afternoon. The bag has 3 pockets built in, and I use the really stiff Peltex 72 (fusible on both sides) for […]

Martha’s Teacup Candles

Ok, here’s a great way to both recycled chipped or orphaned teacups and old candles: recycled teacup candles.  Just in time for Mothers’ Day, the idea is simple and elegant. To recap, you’ll gather some wonky candles from around your home. You know you have them- ones that got dinged up, ones that are burned 1/2 way down and look goofy, ones that have faded from the sun. Gather them up and pull out the wicks, and then melt them […]