Category Archives: Crafting

Boss’s Day Gift Idea!

Stumped on what to get your boss for Boss’s Day?

National Boss’s Day is observed on October 16th,… or the nearest working day.

This gift idea costs about $20 (plus liquor, in this gift variation) and is sure to be an office hit! 

Disclaimer: this was not my original idea,… but rather a variation of an ingenious idea a fellow pinner on Pinterest had!

The thick 20″x30″ poster board was $5.99 from Party City, I purchased all of the candy from CVS and I used black Sharpie fine point markers I already had at home, for the lettering. I used the fine point Sharpie because I found it easier to draw the lettering in pencil, then write over the pencil with the Sharpie and then thicken up the letters afterwards. 

Hot gluing the candy onto the board only took about 5 minutes… the lettering took the majority of the time… consuming approximately 2 hours.

I left the space at the bottom of the board, for the rest of my team to sign, before we present the gift to our boss. My boss is very fond of Jack… Jack Daniels whiskey LOL… so I signed the name ‘JACK’ (who is not a member of our team), in hopes that he’ll fall victim to my plan of asking… “who’s Jack?”… so we can then present him with the whiskey bottle gift!

With the variety of candy in stores, this gift could be tailored to your boss in so many ways. The possibilities are endless!!

I give this gift idea 4 paws!

Thanksgiving Turkey Wine Cork Craft Review!

I LOVE crafting with wine corks… and not that I need an excuse to drink wine LOL… but this is a good one! 

I did not come up with this ingenious idea…’Oregon Winette’ featured this craft on their blog in 2013… and I found it on Pinterest of course, LOL. The original idea on Pinterest featured the feathers made from pipe cleaners… which is cute… but I love actual feathers, so I decided to peruse the aisles of my local Michaels store for feathers that looked like they belonged on a turkey… and boy did I find some!

You will need the following items for this craft project:

  • 4 corks
  • 4 bamboo skewers
  • Glue Gun & Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Orange Felt
  • Red Felt
  • and Feathers!

You will also need these items or a variation of these items, to achieve the look of my completed turkeys:

  • White Index Cards
  • Double-sided Tape & Packing Tape (not pictured)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Yellow Highlighter
  • Paint Brush
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Washers (for weight, painted black, not pictured)

Step by Step Instructions :

    1. Put a skewer in the center of each cork. Takes a little bit of force & it should go  1/2″ to 3/4″ into the cork.
    2. Glue 2 eyes on each cork. I like when the eyes look crossed & goofy, I think they are more cute that way!
    3. Cut the orange triangle beaks & red wattles/ fleshy piece that dangles from the turkeys neck. I did this freehand & had to adjust the cuts slightly to look size appropriate on the cork. Then glue them on.
    4. Glue on the feathers! The feathers I found were a 360 degree flower shape… but the perfect tones & prints for this craft… so I just cut them in half to make it work! Some feathers fell off/ apart in the halving process… but it wasn’t anything my glue gun couldn’t fix!
    5. Create your Thanksgiving themed messages on the index cards. I cut them in half and stuck them together with the lined side not visible. Then I wrote my messages with black Sharpie & highlighted the text with yellow highlighter and taped them to the stick using the packing tape for durability.
    6. Glue the cork turkeys onto the painted washers, slightly off-center & to the back, so there’s room to paint the feet on.
    7. Paint the feet onto the washers using the orange paint and skinny paint brush. Just 3  lines slightly to the left & right of the center/beak. You may need to apply 2 to 3 coats to get the desired look.
    8. Display on your turkey day table… and get ready for the “OMG those are so adorable” compliments!!

    This was such a fun project I did with my mom… and pretty simple too! You could also make more or less & use as name cards for your guests & send them home with the cutie turkey as a party favor! I gave one to each family that attended our Thanksgiving gathering… to adorn their tables for years to come!

    The possibilities are endless when making these turkeys… just like I used real feathers, changing the look completely! 

    I am so thankful to the incredibly creative individual who originally came up with this idea… and the inventors of wine LOL!

    I give this craft project 4 paws!!

    Darby Smart To DIY For July 2015 Box Review

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    My 6th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit is the July 2015 project, which is “DIY Floral Chandelier” and included the following:

    • (7) Glass Vials
    • Brass Hoop
    • Microfiber Suede
    • Jute Cording
    • E6000 Glue
    • SPECIAL EXTRA!!  “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling zipper pouch —haha, LOVE this!

    I loved this months craft!!  I tied all the suede cords to the hoop, instead of gluing them like the instructions called for… because I thought it would be more secure that way and there was plenty of cord.  Otherwise, I followed the instructions step by step.  I did not use real flowers however, because of the maintenance and my lack of green thumb… for the flowers safety of course LOL.  I got this cluster of adorable flowers at Michael’s for only $5 and LOVE the result!

    I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

    I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

    Darby Smart To DIY For June 2015 Box Review

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    My 5th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit is the June 2015 project, which is “DIY Marbled Candle Holders” and included the following:

    • Premo! Grey Granite Oven Bake Clay
    • Sculpey Black Oven Bake Clay
    • (2) Sculpey White Oven Bake Clay
    • (4) Tea Light Candle Molds
    • (4) Tea Light Soy Wicks
    • Soy Candle Wax
    • Fresh Blooming Candle Fragrance

    (Disclaimer:  The photo above includes Mod Podge and a foam brush… which I put in the box in error.  I have so many Darby boxes to do right now… I’m getting the kit items all mixed up LOL!)

    The How-To instructions for this project were easy to follow and simple to carry out.  I always like to put my own creative spin on the projects… so instead of making 4 mini votives… I made one large heart, which I now have 4 tea light candles for!

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    I am SO loving how it turned out… and couldn’t be happier with the results!  As for the floral fragrance… OMG… the best smelling candle scent!!  This DIY project was fun and absolutely worth the cost.

    I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

    I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

    Darby Smart To DIY For May 2015 Box Review

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    My 4th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit arrived! YAY!!  This month’s project was “DIY Photo Transfer Album” and included the following:

    • Wooden “album”, 2 wood pieces with pre-cut holes
    • 4 photo transfer images
    • Mod Podge – photo transfer
    • Foam brush
    • Leather cord

    I wanted to do something a little bit different with my kit, so I also used the wood burning creativity set that I recently purchased from DarbySmart.com for another project.

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    I love that this kit was a Father’s Day craft to give to my wonderful Daddy… Yes,… I’m 34 and still call him Daddy LOL!

    On occasion, I am a procrastinator… and this project was no exception… but in my defense… some of my best work happens at the last minute LOL!  Upon reading the online instructions …on Father’s Day… I discovered that the photo transfer portion of the project needed to dry for at least 48 hours …  sadly I did not have 48 hours.  I had intended to put the “Happy Father’s Day!” image on the front and the dandelion field on the back, and the inside would contain my wood burned message.  The process appeared to be easy,… I just simply didn’t have the 48 hours of dry time, so I had to proceed without the image transfers.

    I wrote my message with the wood burning tool, which heated up after a few minutes and only 2 burns to my fingers LOL. With 4 options to choose from, I used the calligraphy tip, which took my handwriting all the way back to kindergarten haaha.  At first I was frustrated with how it looked like a 5 year old wrote it… but then it grew on me and seemed endearing.  I tied the cords on the side and secured my wood burned creation to the top of his gift with a bow.

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    I was happy with the final result and Daddy liked his creative card. Next up… we are going to use the burning tool to add designs to some wooden kitchen utensils for each other!

    I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

    I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

    Mail for the Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Mailbox Craft Project Review

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    What is the most practical wedding gift when the bride and groom are in their 30’s, own a home and are already living in an established household?!… cards containing a monetary gift!  I wanted to come up with a creative way to house those wonderful gifts… so I decided to make this mailbox!  I saw variations of this project on pinterest, but I put my own creative spin on it.  For this project, I used the following:

    • Architectural black metal mailbox 20.8″L x 6.6″W x 8.8″H,  $27 from Lowes.com
    • White scrapbook sticker letters (I had these on hand)
    • Cardboard cut-out letters, silver with rhinestone detail (I had these on hand)
    • Rhinestone letter stickers (I had these on hand)
    • E6000 adhesive (I had this on hand, but I bought it at Michaels)

    This was a super simple project!  Because the mailbox already had the straight line embossments on it,… it was extremely easy to make sure the letters were applied in a straight line.  Most scrapbook letters are repositionable, if you don’t press down firmly on them.  So when making sure the letters are centered left to right, loosely position the sticker letters on the mailbox, adjust until centered and then press firmly on them to secure their position.  I secured the cardboard cut-out Mr and Mrs letters with E6000 adhesive.

    If your local Michaels or other craft store is anything like mine,… they have a whole aisle of sticker, rhinestone and cardboard cut-out letters to choose from, …so you can customize your mailbox to your wedding color scheme!

    I give this craft project 4 paws!

    Darby Smart To DIY For April 2015 Box Review

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    My 3rd Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit arrived! YAY!!  I signed up for the 3-month subscription and paid only $28 total for it because there was a promotion of 1-month free!  That is under $10 per monthly DIY kit… such an amazing deal! Regular pricing is $19 per month, $114 for 6 months or $199 for 1 year.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com.  This month’s project was “Create Your Own Perfume” and included the following:

    • 2 perfume glass bottles
    • Perfume plastic dropper
    • Grapeseed Oil
    • Cucumber melon scent
    • Geranium scent
    • Lavender scent

    I held onto this project for a few weeks, so that my mom and I could make this together on Mother’s Day.  I thought it would be a fun/ unique idea… and it was!  It was a very simple craft, given that we only had 3 scents to work with.  I wish now that I had purchased a few extra scents, bottles and more grapeseed oil, so that we could have really had some fun with it and experimented!

    One setback,… It was very hard to control the cucumber melon & lavender “drop” recommendations into the perfume bottles, since we were unable to use the dropper with those types of bottles.  The first bottle we made was predominantly cucumber melon with notes of geranium and lavender… it came out OK… so we added a bunch more cucumber melon and it smelled better.  We both preferred the cucumber melon fruity scent over the others, so we decided to make the 2nd one, my moms, using only the cucumber melon.  We liked it!… It’s a nice, light, fresh scented oil perfume.

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    Although I wish we had more options, as I stated earlier… we still had fun and it was a perfect mother/ daughter craft that neither of us had attempted until now!  I used nail polish to paint a floral design on my mom’s bottle.

    Now whenever we spritz ourselves with our scented oil creations… we’ll be reminded of this marvelous Mother’s Day!  Make a note to try this out with your mom for Mother’s Day next year… but order lots of scents and extra supplies!

    I give this DIY box 3 paws.