Cameo Jewelry Box

I am out of the running for the So You Think Your Crafty challenge this week. It was a lot of fun, and I am glad I had the opportunity to be in it. This week’s theme was Paint. I spent a lot of time deciding what project to do. I thought about doing furniture or painting an entire room, but decided I would be rushed and it probably wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted. Sometimes simpler, is better. Such is the case with this Cameo Jewelry Box. I found this little cedar box at the thrift store. It looked old and unloved. I liked the unique details it had, although they were difficult distinguish against the dark wood. The top and front of the box had old brass plated cameos on them. I love cameos! The finish had long worn off and the brass was no longer shinny and beautiful as it once was. I painted the box with two coats of General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint both inside and out. I left a circle in the center of the lid where the original grain of the wood would show. I found the silhouette graphic online, printed and cut it out.  I used Mod Podge to adhere it to the area in side the circle. The finishing touch was a bit of gold braid that I glued around the circle with craft glue. The bottom of the box has a scrap piece of black suede in it. Something about the black makes the jewelry look even more…
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How to Make a Holiday Cheese Board for Entertaining

Entertaining is easy with a beautiful cheese tray and some wine. Here’s how to put together a tasty display for every appetite. Cheese Board How to: I love entertaining. It is so much fun to have friends and family over for a meal or even just an appetizer. Part of the attraction is that I like to buy a few special things that we don’t eat on an every day basis to serve when we have company. A cheese tray is always part of the plan for entertaining at our house. We enjoy shopping for unique cheeses, and paring them with other fruity, savory, sweet or salty components. Our favorite cheese boards include a little of everything to satisfy even the pickiest eater. I like to combine domestic and imported cheeses. I also be sure to have a variety of cow’s milk, sheep and goat cheese selections for those who can’t eat dairy products. Here’s how the cheese board gets put together: Sweet ingredients: Thinly sliced apples, Candied Walnuts, red grapes, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries. Savory ingredients: Roasted pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, crunchy Italian bread sticks, slices of chewed French baguette and crisp gluten free crackers. There are so many cheese to choose from! I like to look for a variety of color and texture when choosing cheeses to make the board visually appealing as well as tasty. Soft Cheeses: •Mild goat cheese •Port Wine Cheese Spread •Swiss Almond Cheese Spread •Brie •Port Salute Medium Cheeses: •Petite Basque Sheep’s Milk Cheese from France •Stripey Jack Cheese from England (Double…
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So You Think Your Crafty Week 3

    Here we are on Week 3 of the 8 Week So You Think Your Crafty Challenge! I am still part of the challenge, but this is bound to be the toughest week yet! This week’s theme is “Paint”. I love painting, but will I make the cut? Last week’s winning project was Virginia with her tiny little Peg Doll Craft. Isn’t it cute? Congrats Virginia!

So You Think Your Crafty Week 2 Giveaway

  Hello Friends! Glad you are back for another look at the So You Think Your Crafty Contest! The good news is that I have made it to week 2! Yippee! The bad news is that I did not win the So You Think Your Crafty week 1 challenge. Oh, well! I am still having a great time coming up with project ideas to share with you. Right now, the Week 2 Projects are posted on the SYTYC website and ready for your vote! I am hard at work on my next project which you will see later in the week, but for now…. The winning entry for last week’s STASH BUST competition was this beautiful Mixed Media Bracelet from Ashley at  My Craftily Ever After. Isn’t it pretty? The complete tutorial is on her blog today. The week 2 challenge will be even tougher as now there are only 7 of us in the competition. Each week one person will be “sent home” until the end of the competition. Crazy right? This week you can win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card! You can buy yourself some great crafty supplies with that money! Enter the give away below! a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Spooky Succulent Garden

Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays. However, I usually have one small decoration around this time of year. This time, I made a Spooky Succulent Garden. Succulents are about the spookiest thing I can think of. They are sharp, odd shapes and colors, and have almost no roots. The best thing is that they require almost no care. I started with a saucer filled with cactus soil and some succulents that needed transplanting. I came across these mini figurines at the Dollar Tree and I thought they would work great for this project. I had the crows left over from my decorations from last year, but I think they also came from the Dollar Tree. To make the garden, I decided where to put the plants first. I wanted the “castle” to be the center of attention at the back of the tray and tried it out on a plastic container.  In the end, I decided to use a flower frog to put it on.  If you don’t have a frog, a plastic container would still work. Then I placed the trees, sticking them down into the soil to anchor them. I purchased black aquarium gravel at Walmart to make the plants stand out and give the entire garden that spooky appearance. I removed the castle because I wanted it to sit on top of the soil along with the other figurines. I put the gravel over the soil, and patted it in place. I placed the castle on top of the soil next. The castle is sitting on…
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Wool Wave Pillow

    This project is part of the So You Think Your Crafty Contest. To say that I am excited about being a part of this competition is a big understatement. Our theme for Week One, was “Stash Bust”. I have been hoarding pieces of wool for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. These are 1/4 yard cuts of wool. Some are hand dyed, some are re-purposed. Usually they are used in quilting or appliqués, but I had a different idea for them. My vision was a Wool Wave Pillow. This pillow only took about an hour to make from start to finish. I created the wave pattern by cutting rectangular strips of wool 3 1/2″ wide. I used this piece of wavy Frog Tape as a pattern for the wave design, and cut ONE of the LONG edges into this wave pattern. After trimming the first piece, I cut 8 more identical ones for a total of 9 pieces.   I cut each piece from a different color of wool, you could use all the same colors if you wish. The next step was to stitch them together. I found that my wool stretched slightly as I worked with it because of the bias cuts, which made it a bit difficult to sew. I would recommend putting a piece of Stitch Witchery underneath each seam and fusing them together with a warm iron before stitching to eliminate some of the stretch. Stitch Witchery is available from Amazon.com. To sew the pieces together, I…
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So You Think Your Crafty Interview

I have been asked to join the So You Think Your Crafty Challenge. I am thrilled and excited for this new opportunity. The So You Think Your Crafty Challenge will be 10 weeks of theme inspired projects done by 10 different bloggers. Each week, you the reader, will get to vote on your favorite projects. Each week, one blogger will be eliminated and “sent home”. Sounds like fun does’t it? I am busy preparing for this new adventure. I added my new blog buttons to my sidebar, you will see one of them pictured above. My button will be pictured on the So You Think Your Crafty website during this challenge. Feel free to grab my button anytime! My friend Tauni from the SNAP Conference is the brains behind this blogger challenge. Part of the fun is getting to know the other bloggers involved in the competition. I have decided to answer Tauni’s  interview questions here for all of your to read. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog. I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since. When did you start crafting and what are your…
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