Monthly Archives: March 2013

Scraps with Purpose

March 29th 2013
My friend (Hi Amy) thinks I’m crazy. “Why are you keeping all these scraps?” And she asks that about everything I avoid tossing: felt, fabric, buttons, ribbons, jar lids, batting, you name it.
But there is a method to my madness. Eventually, I will see something or think of something for which the “leftovers” will come in very handy. Case in point? Leftover batting strips from quilts. (above)

I can’t take credit for this fabulous idea of a Coffee Cup Cozy. I saw it in a Quilts and More magazine a couple of years ago, (yes that long!) 
The pattern is here if you want to use it.  
Since I couldn’t find my magazine and it didn’t occur to me to look online, I just traced a coffee cup wrapper and improvised as I went.  That was a much faster option at 10pm. I think that makes it my own version. : )
I tried several cup models to make sure it would work.
Isn’t my label cute?
I did however, remember their clever fastening system, bought those bands and buttons way back and the coffee fabric too! (Hi Ms. Chin)
I made them in no time at all and of course gave the “prototypes” away.  The question was, do they keep the coffee hot longer or protect your hand from the heat of your coffee cup? 
I just think they look pretty!! ; )
So sisters, what do you think? Leave a comment and I’ll make you one,,, 
because I certainly don’t drink coffee!  And as I write I have another idea brewing about repurposing this little item, since my daughter is always asking for more napkins because her Frosty is too cold…

Well, what do you think?


Christmas Once a Month Project #2

March 26th 2013
Although I have started late on this great Christmas Project Challenge, read more about it by clicking the button below

The Crafty Quilter

I am quickly catching up and hope to post a “fabric type” Christmas Project by the time April 15th comes around (cross your fingers). 

In the meantime, here is my second Christmas Once a Month Project, Snow Themed Sled… Gee! I hope this counts as a Christmas Project. (Julie, what do you say?) I was going to make it for my classroom to decorate through December and January but as with most of my projects as of late, I never finish them in time for the occasion. : (   But I am working on that, really!

Wooden Sled purchased at Michaels for $9.99
First Step: Seal it with this product below.

Choose your paint options. I opted out of my preferred red to give it a wintry feel.
Blue and silver.

Got some pretty Scrapbook embellishments during my first visit to Hobby Lobby.
(I was like a kid in a candy store) 
No, no, no. Don’t assume that painting wood items from a craft store will be that easy. Even the 4 inch letters I have used in the past have had to be sanded and resealed and given 2 coats of paint. This sled was no different. Except I used Tack Cloth to get all the “dust” off to make sure it was smooth. Plus, the rough edges would surely give its handlers splinters.



This was really a piece of cake. The hardest part was all the sanding and waiting for paint to dry.
I could have added a blue or snowy ribbon for hanging, but I liked the rope it came with.


Christmas Once a Month Project

March 23rd 2013
I just found this fabulous follow along project at, what a great idea!
As if I needed any prompting for Christmas crafts, when my list has been ongoing for several years now. : ) This will help to keep me accountable, I hope.
To see what they projects they’ve conjured up, click the button below to see some of Julie’s projects and click here, here and here for the crafts of eamylove who has also joined the fun! They post the Christmas project on the 15th of each month. I missed it this month so I have 3 to catch up on and a fourth for April, stay tuned, I promise to make something new!
The Crafty Quilter

Project #1 for the Christmas Once a Month Project: Wooden Filagree Christmas Tree

I love Lands End, yes the clothing company. And yes, who doesn’t love the quintessential New England style and feel of it? Who doesn’t want to just jump right into the pages? I do!  So I enjoy looking through their catalogs. Specifically however, I really like some of their Christmas Catalog Covers which, over the years, have been downright “file” material. What do I mean? Well. some of their cover art for Christmas has been really clever over the years so I have been known to keep them for future reference for bulletin board ideas, crafts or just because I appreciate the art. Never mind that google can’t find them! Oh, well!!

But I digress. Case in point, last year’s cover is a tree done in Paper Quilling, a craft you can read about here (you have to scroll down a little) but it is not to be confused with this kind of quilling.
While I was researching, I found out about an uncanny resemblance  from another quiller here . You can read more about her project here. She was inspired by this artist. I really enjoyed looking at her work!  All that to say, my craft does not involve quilling but imitates it in another media.

1. Wooden Filigree Tree
2. Martha Stewart Glitter Collection
3. Martha Stewart Glittering Glue*.
*I took this to mean it was for the verb, “glittering,” not as the adjective the glue is glittering, which is yet to be seen.
I was originally just going to use Modge Podge for this project because I know it will work. But this adorable little aqua bottle of “glittering glue” from Martha Stewart was $2 or $3.99 which was totally reasonable. So yes, I fell for the cute packaging of the Craft Diva herself.  I only desire maybe .001% of her success, right? Just enough to pay the bills, is that so wrong?
This craft really didn’t take that long to do at all, maybe 30 minutes or less? The fine glitter can be a bit messy but I used a large manila paper under and poured the excess back into the teeny jars. Make sure you wipe the paper with something before starting the next color so they don’t get mixed. Then when I was all done, I just wiped the table clean with something damp.
Take a look…
The glue has a brush attached! Neat! But I needed a smaller brush.

I did two different greens and started one color at a time.
After the 2 greens, I added the gold, wish is was more yellow than gold…
Red. Thought I’d have more trouble with the colors converging, but no!
Looks better in natural light.

Added orange and blue.

All done!
Here is the comparison:



A Moment to Stop…

March 20th 2013

Teaching is an admirable profession (although not always perceived as one) with great perks like Summers off, Spring Break and Winter Recess.  But those perks are very necessary due to the very nature of the job, teaching is not all that we do! 
Not only do we have get everything “learned” before the state test (PRESSURE!!!!), we have to redirect, mother, nurse, counsel, nurture, guide, intervene, remediate, discipline, instruct, educate, reason, argue, negotiate, defend and entertain. We also have to check, reteach, evaluate, assess, confer, compare data, and do it all over again when we meet with the parents and/or administrators.
By Tuesday, my co-teacher and I were already spent.

So I decided that I would take full advantage of the textbook perfect weather we were having in Miami and I went outside to my backyard.

I thought it would be the perfect time to read a little and pray a little and spend some time…
And as it turned out, I hardly heard Him when He quietly suggested I take a nap.

There I was on His bed of grass, blanketed by His blue sky, warmed by His sun, lulled by His breeze and sung to by His birds. 
Psalms 23:1-3
The Lord is my shepherd,B)’>
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,D)’>
He guides meF)’>
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