A wife, a mom, a full time job and a craft obsession that borders OCD. My goal is too turn my crafty treasures into a business that I love. Here I will share the ups & downs, lessons learned, new experiences and maybe even some mom humor :) It's that thing called life, and what you make of it is up to you. Sometimes brilliant and sometimes messy, having fun along the way!
100 Days of Holiday Inspiration-Felt Witch Hat-90 Days & Counting
100 Days Crafts, Gifts & More!
Continuing on with our 100 Days of Holiday Inspiration, today's craft is Felt Witches Hats. These are so cute and can be used for so many different things. They are mini in size, perfect for decor or for dressing up you daughter's baby doll. (I've even considered trying to get one on my cat, if she'll let me!)
These little cuties can be purchased at Punch Place Plus in quantities of 5. If you are having a Halloween party this year then you should consider stocking up on these. Great to "make and take" crafts for guests or as party favors in general.
I decided to decorate one like my favorite Halloween treat: Candy Corn. All you need for this besides the hat is some ribbon, DST (Double Stick Tape, also at Punch Place Plus) and any additional decorations (like the candy corn resin pictured below.) Also, it's a good idea to heat seal your ribbon ends by running them quickly through a flame like a lighter or a candle. Be careful not to singe them or catch fire.
(Note: The DST comes in handy for so many different crafts. I use it all the time and a roll lasts for a long time.)
Next, line each strand of ribbon with some of the DST.
Now start wrapping from the bottom up, making sure to smooth out as much as you can. Because of the cone shape the ribbon will not lay perfectly flat, but I really like the way it gives it more character.
The last thing I did was take my candy corn resin and affix it to the front with some hot glue.
Ta da! I think it's a cute addition to our holiday decor. At least for as long as it stays there. Once dear daughter finds it, I'm sure it will end up atop a doll's head.
What do you think about my little candy corn mini witch hat?
I started a post on this a few weeks ago and started getting so far in to it that it was looking more like a book than a post. So, I decided to break it down in to a mini series called:
Planning an Organized Home
It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past. The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??". It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.
The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents. While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much. I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works. If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing. I attempted to copy our chart to thi…
I started out the new year with great intentions. I have a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned. So what happened?That thing called life. My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th. On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday. His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th. Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral. Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already. Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up. Stomach flu. Worst I think I have ever seen. Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor. Strep infection. At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him. Now I'm not feeling so well. We can't seem to catch a break.Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things. I have a se…
100 Days of Crafts, Gifts & More
This next project is one that was recently brought to my attention by a friend asking if I could make them. I really don't know the proper name for them but it's a ribbon key chain made using a large wood bead.
I toyed around with this for a while trying to decide the best way to make one, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. For the most part these are pretty easy to make.
1" wood beads
(I found these at Joann's)
You will also want to find a way of propping up these beads so you can paint them. I was ever so elegant in mine.
Yes, I used a paint brush. But I also was able to place some on dowel rods and then stood them up in a block of foam to paint.
For mine, I painted them red and added a hand painted bulldog paw for my daughter's school mascot. You could hand paint anything you like or use stickers. I finish them up with by covering them thoroughly w…