Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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Patriotic Projects for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day for many reasons. For many, it is the day that summer officially begins. Pools begin to open, it’s finally acceptable to wear white pants again, backyard cookouts are in full swing. But more importantly, it’s a day set aside to remember the service members who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. To honor these brave men and women, we wear patriotic colors and wave our flag proudly. Here are a few patriotic projects that are perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.  If you’ve jumped on the Cricut train, this project is perfect for you! Kelly at Here Comes The Sun shares all her tips for creating this patriotic tee that will complete your Memorial Day outfit. D.D.’s Cottage and Design created this simple banner as a patriotic addition to her mantle. This patriotic wreath is the perfect way to dress up your front door for summertime. Kenarry shares an excellent tutorial on how to create this wreath. You could even trade out the sign on top with a phrase of your choosing! While this isn’t exactly a project, I couldn’t help but share. This creative balloon flag created by Ella Claire is such a fun way to decorate your backyard for a Memorial Day cookout! This is my favorite patriotic project. (I may be a bit biased.) I had so much fun creating this pillow last year, I’m so excited to display it again this year! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details! This inexpensive craft would be a wonderful patriotic centerpiece or decoration for your front porch…
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Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt Craft

Graduations are coming up quick! Here’s a fun t-shirt you can make as a gift for your graduate!   Crafting a T-Shirt I recently started using a Cricut Maker for a few projects on my sewing blog. Now I have become seriously addicted to making things with the Cricut! This easy project has a bit of snarky humor in it. Our youngest son is graduating this year and we love to make grammar jokes at our house. It’s a nerdy homeschool thing that we do. Who knew grammar was so fun? Haha! For this project, I am partnering with a group of talented crafty bloggers to bring you all kinds of end of the school year crafts you can make with a Cricut machine. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to be inspired! Supplies Needed: A black t-shirt White Iron on Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV as it’s called A Cricut Machine Standard 12′ x 12″ Cricut Green Cutting Matt Iron and Ironing Board Weeding Tools (for removing the vinyl you don’t use) Directions: Download this FREE file from my profile in Design Space.   Place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting matt. Smooth out with a roller or press firmly to remove wrinkles and bubbles. Load the matt into the Cricut machine, press the cut button. Remove the matt after it’s finished cutting the words to be placed on the shirt. Remove the unnecessary vinyl with the weeding tool, pull it off gently from the matt side of the vinyl, leaving the words…
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Craft Room Organization Inspiration

Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites.  I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl. Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details are over on her blog. If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around. I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one! This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional)…
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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! Quilters Planner and Magazine Creativity Requires Planning Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot. However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot! After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it! The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on. Creative Project Resources Towards the back of the planner are the resource pages. There are spots for each project…
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15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze.  This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.   Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap…
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DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them!  Doll Clothes Garland There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie  or Ken doll quite well. Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here. These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project.  If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas.  They turned out pretty nice! For this project you will need: Doll Clothes Garland Supplies 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric. 1 yard or more of twine Miniature clothes pins McCalls pattern #6051 This project was a bit of a mash up with the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces…
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Sew Fabulous Mens Holiday Pajamas

Some families have a tradition of wearing matching pajamas for Christmas Eve. This pattern is great for making easy memorable pajamas!  Men’s Hoodie Pattern I loved this pattern the moment I saw it. Our adult children are way past the age of wearing matching pajamas, but this pattern seemed like it would work for all of them. It’s technically not for pajamas, but the casual style and trendy hoodie is something that they all love. The pattern calls for knit and woven fabric which is rather unusual. The front of the shirt, the placket, pockets and front pieces are all woven material. The sleeves, back and hood are a cotton knit. Soft woven cottons and jersey knits make great sleeping attire and I love them together in this pajama set. I haven’t made the pants yet, more on that soon! Hoffman Holiday Fabric Collection This Near and Deer holiday fabric collection from Hoffman Fabrics is perfect for guys. It’s not too cutesy, or outrageously colored. It even has manly deer and stripes. Our son was thrilled with my fabric choices for this project. You can’t go wrong with classic black and white! Sewing Pattern Adjustments The cotton fabric is 44″ wide, but since the only woven pieces are in the front cutting the narrow width wasn’t hard. I added 2″ to the length at the waist for this McCalls M747 pattern. My system is to cut the pattern apart and measure the gap for the amount needed. The pattern seemed to fit well overall and was very straight forward to sew…
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12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year.  These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape. Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes. You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor. You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life. Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique. Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings. Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings. Every child…
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