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table runner

Have I said before that I’m thrilled that macrame is back in style?  I am, I’m totally thrilled!  I’ve been working on a macrame table runner, but because I’ve had too many projects going at once, it took awhile for me to finish it.  Now that it is finished, I love it! Read more….

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macramé wreath

I just created my first instructional eBook on Amazon and I could not possibly be more excited!  First, because WOW, I created an eBook!  (Not bad for a baby boomer grandma!)  Second, because of what the book is about.

I’ve mentioned this before, I’m a 70’s girl.  Do you remember what craft was really popular in the 70’s?  Yes, macramé!  I love macramé and I couldn’t be happier about the fact that it is making a comeback.

This is a pattern for a fall wreath that will look beautiful on your front door, or hanging on an inside wall.

The flexibility of the wreath is great.  You can make it in colors and choose decorative items to coordinate with any season.  Thinking ahead toward Christmas?  Choose Christmas colors and items to complement.

It’s easy to make too, so don’t be intimidated.

There are only 5 basic knots used:

  1. Reverse Larks Head
  2. Double Half Hitch
  3. Square Knot
  4. Alternating Square Knots
  5. Half Knot

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lemonade standDo your kids want a lemonade stand, but you’re balking at the idea because you don’t have anywhere to store it between uses?  That was my thought when I decided to build this portable one for my grandkids.

I’m at a place where I want to declutter my home and my life.  I am so tired of “stuff”.  Do you feel that way?  The longer you live in one spot the more “stuff” you seem to acquire. 

We had been planning a yard sale for a few months timed in conjunction with a community wide yard sale held every year.  I wanted the kids to have a lemonade stand, so I started thinking about a way to make one that could easily be put away for another time.  Read more….

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“Anchors Aweigh” Nautical Creation!

nautical anchorDo you have a home near the beach, or just love nautical home decorations?  Or perhaps you need a special gift for someone else who does?  Make this wood cut-out anchor craft!

I would love to have a home close to the beach.  I would decorate it completely nautical and stroll the beach every morning or evening looking for anything the sea happened to have washed ashore that I could add to my collection.

I don’t have that home near the beach yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep dreaming! Read more….

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Considering your first fairy garden?

fairy garden

Have you tried your hand at making a fairy garden, or maybe a gnome garden yet?  If you’ve been looking at all of the cute gardens on Pinterest, but feel intimidated about making your own, just jump in and give it a try!

With every craft or DIY project I make, I compare myself to others and feel inadequate.  In my eyes my projects never turn out as good as all of the others I see, however like most of us I’m my own worst critic!  So if we’re making it for ourselves and our home, aren’t we the only ones we have to please? And won’t we improve with each attempt?

So, with that thought in mind, I just completed my second fairy garden! Read more….

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macrame mobilTrade in your traditional baby crib mobile for this easy to make macramé mobile that can be used long after the baby starts to pull his/her self up in the crib! The typical crib mobile, though usually very pretty, can only be left on the crib until the baby starts pulling up, then off it comes.  Very short lived for the money we pay for them!

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Dollhouse on base

Do you ever feel like some of your kids or grandkids toys just aren’t worth all your effort?  I admit I do! And it happens to be the toy that my 5 year old granddaughter loves to play with the most.  It is the Fisher Price Loving Family dollhouse, complete with all of the furnishings.

The dollhouse requires being opened up and the furniture carefully and lovingly arranged in each room to fit the make believe world of the day.  Then when it’s time Read more….

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HeaderMaking a traditional Christmas wreath using simple materials you may already have is a fun way to go back to basics plus save some money on decorations, which I’m all in favor of!

Supplies you will need are:

  • Small tree branches (pine, fir, cedar)
  • Two wire coat hangers
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Pruning shears
  • Any decorative items you choose to add to your wreath

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Making little pumpkin votives

IMG_1959making pumpkin votives

It is difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us.   The holidays have snuck up on me.   A couple of days ago I was looking at the little pumpkins I have on my hearth and thinking I didn’t want to simply throw them away.   So I decided to try something new to use them one last time…making them into votive holders for our Thanksgiving table. read more….

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Making maracas from dried gourds

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Decorated gourds make beautiful centerpieces, bird houses, baskets, candles and … maracas! When visiting our pumpkin patch this year we were inspired by the display of beautifully carved and painted gourds that have been crafted into instruments and other decorative pieces.

The pumpkin patch had piles and piles of old dried out gourds of all shapes and sizes. It looked like a graveyard of gourds making for a cool looking Halloween display. The very small gourds were the perfect size for maracas so we bought a few to attempt making our own instruments. Cleaning, filling and painting the gourds turned read more….

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