Craft Corner Archives

Last week my aunt, her son and granddaughter (my cousins) came for a visit. We had a really good time showing them around our state – even visiting the Grand Canyon which was the first time for all 3 generations. You can see that my cousin is just a wee bit taller than me. 6′ 5″ versus my diminutive stature of 5′ 3″.   So while my aunt was here I asked her if she would show us how to tie a quilt. You see, my grandmother who has been gone for 17 years, loved to quilt. She made patterned quilts and tied quilts. I have at least 9 quilts right now that she gave just to me and my children (they each have one…

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Painted Rocks by the Castle Keeper Girls

We’re wrapping up the year for our Castle Keeper girls. They’ve just finished up their last monthly challenge which was to paint a rock. “A rock”, you say? Oh yes, and cute they are! ~~~~~ These owls and ladybugs were even named! “May I introduce you to Jethro, Francis, Kyle and Oliver?” Does that inspire you to make your own? But, wait! Before you run off to paint yours, I have a few more I would like to share. ūüôā This lovely butterfly is from the hand of an artist in Brazil. I wonder what type butterfly it is? The following rocks were collected while on special outings. One carried all the way from the bottom of the Grand Canyon… …and this one while on…

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Castle Keeper Girls Make Their Own Gift Wrap

Most of the time I haven’t any problem thinking of new challenges for the Castle Keeper girls. It’s actually kind of fun looking for ideas for the girls. This past month they did gift wrapping and bow toppers. They were to wrap a book or some other item (it did not have to be a real gift) and make their own wrapping paper as well as a bow topper.¬† The girls 13 and up had to do 4 different packages and 12 and under only had to do one. Here’s a sampling of their work.   Audrey (age 9) took a potato and dipped it in red paint to make her watermelon print. It’s an idea she saw on Pinterest.   The use of a…

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My Pantry Has a Name

It’s been almost 4 months since I asked for suggestions on what to name my new pantry. And after all this time I did decide on a name! Butler’s Pantry In yesteryears, the Butler’s Pantry was a place to store silverware and other kitchen items that were not edible. Although I loved so many of the suggestions that it was actually hard to choose one, I ended up picking Butler’s Pantry because I found it easiest to say when I was directing someone to go and get an item from there. It just seemed to slip out so easily. I finally got around to painting the name on the door the other day. I wish now I had did it different. I would have purchased…

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Old Woodworking Project Finds New Life as a Sign

I did manage to get the sign made that I mentioned in my last post about Getting Ready for the Holiday’s. It was fun and pretty easy to do. First I found my piece of wood in our pile of wood to be burned and I was so happy because it was some wood from a chair my son Seth had made when he was in high school¬† learning woodworking. He completed some basic projects and this chair was one of them. You may remember that I shared another project I made from this chair back in April – a coat hook. This is a picture of Seth and my mom the day of his high school graduation sitting on “the chair”. And here is…

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Painting a Wooden Headboard

I’m making progress people on my master bedroom! If you were to see my list of things to do in there – it is dated back to 2012. I am one slow mover! But a vision for what I’m wanting is clear in my mind (at least for 1/2 of the room). Remember that headboard I rescued from our burn pile? (You can read about my finds here.) I decided to see if it would work for my bedroom. First I lightly sanded it because it was starting to peel and blister from being left in the rain (before I rescued it). It’s not a high quality piece of wood. It’s just a veneer so I didn’t sand it too much. Then with the help…

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A Fun and Creative Handicraft – Glass Etching

What a great time the Castle Keeper girls had yesterday. We learned the very simple but oh, so creative art of glass etching. If you’re looking for a simple activity that is sort of addicting, this could be it. I’m itching to get me a few pieces of glass to personalize. Some supplies you will need are: Etching Cream Vinyl Reusable Stencils (these are so neat!) Rubbing Alcohol Cotton Balls Popsicle sticks   Step 1. Clean the surface that you want to etch using the cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. Step 2. Place stencil on surface. Step 3. Using popsicle stick place etching cream on stencil. You just want to dab it on. It doesn’t have to be very thick. Step 4. Let sit for…

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A Simple Rainboot Make-over for Decoration Only

Twenty-two years ago, this little guy stole my heart. All 7 lbs. 1 oz. of him. And now, 22 years later, he’s made me a grandma and my heart is stolen all over again. I’m planning a baby shower for little Shalom that will be held this Saturday and yesterday I did a super simple project that I want to share with you. Hardly any time was involved, it’s easy and low-cost. All you will need is a pair of rubber boots that are ready to be thrown away. Like these. One of the boots has a 4″ crack where water can come in instead of keeping it out so it was perfect for this project. The first thing I did was put masking tape…

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One of my Castle Keepers showed me a neat little tip the other day when were getting ready for the reception /shower in our backyard.¬† She had learned it from a local scrapbooking store. You’ll need a stamping pad (any color). Take the edge of whatever you’re working with and dab it on the stamping pad. There is no right or wrong. If you only want the edges distressed, just lightly dab the edges. If you want some of the face marked, like in the picture below, you would just make sure the stamping pad hits more than the edge. Very simple and like I said, no right or wrong. I also did the distressing technique using the stamping pad on our banner “Love is…

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Painting Art for the Chicken Coop

Well my little chicken flock now has their own art. Inspired by Repurposed 4 Life with the chicken art she painted… I painted something of my own. Doing projects like this is great because it doesn’t have to be perfect. And it isn’t. ūüôā Trust me on that one. Here’s how I made it. 1. Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut out a hen with two chicks. 2. Then I traced around the cut-outs onto my board… 3. …then painted. But I didn’t like how the hen and chicks blended in with the background. You can’t really tell from the picture above but the contrast wasn’t enough to really make them stand out like I wanted.¬† So I primed the whole board for repainting. 4….

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Chalkboard Project – Inside the Kitchen Cupboards

EDITED: Be sure to see what I changed at the bottom of this post.   Well I am so excited to share with you this project.¬† I just love how it turned out! Remember this project where I painted sheet metal with chalkboard paint?¬† I’m still loving it. I got the idea to do the same thing on the inside of one of my kitchen cupboards. In the past I have taped recipes that I use frequently on the left hand cupboard and that has been something I’ve really liked. These are recipes that I use over and over and having them taped on the inside of the cupboard has just been so handy. Do you do this, too? My husband was needing some sheet…

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Make Your Own Magnetic Chalkboard

I am so excited to share this project that I did this past week.¬† There are times when I actually am successful at a craft project and my expectations and reality are one and the same. It actually kind of shocks me when that happens. ūüôā   In our stairwell, which leads downstairs to our guest quarters, I wanted to put up a collage of frames displaying pictures of family and friends.¬† As I started to think about it, I realized I would always have the same pictures in the frames and what I really wanted was to change it up every now and again. So I thought about making a magnetic chalkboard but¬†I¬†wasn’t too sure of how to go about doing it. In my…

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I don’t know if what I’m about to post really is a craft but hey, it did involve the Paper Cutter and Tape so let’s pretend it is, okay? I saw this idea the other day (maybe on Pinterest?) and thought it was so cute. It’s such a simple project. It took me less than 5 minutes.   I had some vintage looking Christmas music I had saved from another project that ended up being a big Fail…:( Isn’t the cover adorable?     …so I took that and used my paper-cutter to cut the music to the size of the candles. And here’s where the tape came in to perform its part.¬† I taped the music to the candles. The music doesn’t go completely…

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This Sunday will be Easter, a time to remember the greatest moment in history – Jesus’ resurrection. Have you all ever made Resurrection Cookies with your children?¬† It’s a great way to teach your little ones the story of Jesus’ last days on earth and then his resurrection.¬† We made them (Resurrection Cookies)¬† for the first time last year and the kids are looking forward to making them again. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. (Mark 16:6)   Here the other day, a doctor said, “I studied to be a minister, studied four years. I become an agnostic; I throwed the…

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Making More Room in the Pantry – Installing a Shelf

How’s your weekend going?¬† I’m off to my niece’s bridal shower today (yes, another one is getting married!) but I wanted to share with you a quick project that we did in the pantry this week. For¬†Emily’s wedding¬†¬†I had bought the commercial plastic wrap for all the little mini desserts¬†I made and¬†transported to the reception hall.¬† I didn’t use very much of the wrap but it served its purpose well.¬† I knew I wanted to have the plastic wrap somewhere where I could access it easily in the future but where.¬† My pantry¬†was quite full already and there was not room for this large box of wrap. This is my appliance center which holds my grain mill, juicer and bread machine.¬† The bread machine gets…

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From Pallet to Flag

Hello, ladies.¬† I’m pretty excited that I finally got to finish my flag project.¬† Two flags, as a matter of fact. I wanted to¬†paint a USA flag and a Canadian flag on old wood.¬† For my purposes, I used a pallet that we had lying around.¬† I removed the boards, cut them to the size I wanted and then we attached them together by laying a couple of strips of wood down and stapling the boards I wanted to them. Sorry,¬†I don’t have a picture of the underside to show you how we attached them but you probably have it figured out already anyways… right?   The next step was to prime the boards.¬† I used Kiltz.¬† I wanted to prime them so that I…

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My Sewing Corner Reveal

I¬†am really excited to tell you about a home project that we (ahem) my dad finished for us when both mom and dad were here around Christmas time.¬† A few years ago we¬†made a bedroom for our boys in the attic. (I’ve never posted pictures of it because I was trying to… I was really wanting to…¬† I¬†planned to show it after I had finished decorating it. No, it’s still not done.¬† It’s been 2 years and I’ve done virtually nothing.¬† Zilch. Nada But I’ve got plans people.¬† Plans to finally at least start on it. Nevertheless, I’m in the laundry room right now.¬† So let’s get back to that, shall we?¬† When we added stairs in the boys’ room to the attic, I ended…

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*A Unique Way to Display Christmas Cards

Hey everyone! I had a very good weekend.¬† Hope you did, too! This past week I had a moment of in-spi-ra-tion!¬† I love¬†those moments… since they’re not too frequent. ūüôā Anyways, have you ever seen where hotels/restaurants will cover their large pictures with wrapping paper so that they look like a gift? I saw some this week and it inspired me to take the gate I made 2 years ago for my mantle and wrap it. I’m placing my Christmas cards on it. So simple¬†but¬†a fun way to display the cards we receive.   ¬†How do you display¬†your Christmas cards?  

Painting an Old Picture Frame & Making a Chalk Board

Well how do you like that?! I left you all hanging without even a heeelllo to you this week. I’ve been busy doing some deep cleaning.¬† I got inspired after going for a day to my MIL’s and helping her.¬† My FIL was hit and ran over by a car 2 months ago and so mom¬†has been his personal care assistant since he got out of the hosptial.¬† She has nights off because all her boys (my husband included) each take a night on with dad so that she can get some rest.¬† Since Christmas is right around the corner and the whole family will be gathering for a 3 day get-together, I offered to help her do some cleaning. Dear Serenity got to come…

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Americal Girl Skirt Look-Alike

Serenity so impressed me last week when she made¬†a skirt for Audrey, using an American Girl doll skirt as her inspiration.¬† She used left-over material from a jean skirt she had made for herself. ¬† You can’t see it in this picture but on the doll’s skirt, hidden behind that fold is an embroidered heart. ¬† So Serenity embroidered one on Audrey’s skirt. ¬† Audrey posed like this on her own.¬† These kinds of things come so natural for a girl. ¬†It just makes me smile. ¬† Good job, Serenity. I’m proud of you!! I’m also linking up with Tackle It Tuesday.

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