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This is so simple but such a cute idea to dress up a plain paper bag. I just had to share it. I got this in Florida at a gift shop. It is what they put small purchases in.


Tailor the material to suit your needs. If it’s for a boy, find some camo fabric. Flowers or butterflies for a girl. This would be a great and cheap idea for birthday party gift bags. The bow is stapled to the bag. Can’t get much more simple. Here are a few other ideas for this bag:

  • Cookies for a neighbor
  • Surprise bags for you kids
  • Fill it with chocolate for a friend
  • Thank you gifts for teachers
  • Specialty tea or coffee for mom or grandma

Can you think of another use for this cute bag? Please share your ideas.


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Photo Transfer Project

I’ve discovered two new crafty type projects that I absolutely love. The first one is called Hypertufa. Ever heard of it? I will be discussing this project in a later post. My first attempt at it is curing outside in the sun. This project is not for the impatient. Usually I am very impatient but I think I can handle this. It takes several weeks for the final product to be ready to use. I will have lots of fun experimenting.

The second project I discovered is photo transfers. I read an article on this subject and ever since have been scouring the internet for how-to tutorials and videos on how to do it. I use transparencies and gel medium to transfer the photos onto canvas or watercolor paper.  Of course it is all trial and error. But me being me, I wanted the first try to come out perfect. Didn’t happen. The more I do it and the more techniques I try, the better the outcome. Here are some pictures of some of my attempts so far….

This is one of the first ones I did. I accidentally put it on here sideways. Sorry! It’s ok but not great.

This is a little better.

And another one that is a little better. I know, the subject is the same but I was fixated on these flowers for the first several attempts at perfecting this. I will move on to another subject soon.

These are my favorites so far.

And yes, the same flowers again. But I really love how this turned out. This one was done on watercolor paper. I love the artsy, gritty quality. They remind me of watercolors. I think these will look great in frames. Can’t wait to continue experimenting with this project.

So what do you think? I would love to hear your opinion on these.

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Artist Boy

This past weekend one of my son’s drawings was featured at an art show at our high school. There were probably about 200 different art pieces from students throughout our school district. Kindergarten all the way up through 12th grade. I was amazed at some of the talent that was on display. Had I not been in a hurry, I would have taken my time and stopped at each piece to admire.  But unfortunately I had an Usborne event that I had to be at and wasn’t able to enjoy all the art.

 But I wanted to share my son’s drawing with you. He loves to draw. And I love that he loves to draw. I encourage him as much as I can. He doesn’t get his talent from me though. I wanted to get a picture of him with his drawing but it was to high on the wall. He says that it is supposed to be one of the flowers from Alice in Wonderland. It’s very abstract….don’t ya think! I cannot wait to frame it and find the perfect spot in our house for it.

Cade's Art Show Drawing

Do you have artistic children in your house? How do you encourage them?


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Happy Valentines Day

Cade and I spent yesterday afternoon making cookies and these cute little heart crayons to put in his treat bags for school.

Crayon Hearts


We soaked our selected crayons for for about 10-15 minutes in warm water. That helped some of the paper come off easier. However, we still had some issues with the paper on certain crayons. Guess who got to deal with those? But once the paper was off, we broke all the crayons and put them in silicone heart molds. Cade chose the colors he wanted to mix together. I put them in the oven for about 10 minutes. Oven temp was set at 320. Once they cooled, they popped right out.

Later I will be sharing a picture of Cade’s Valentines Box that we made. In our mad dash this morning I forgot to take a picture of it.

What fun things did you get to do for Valentines Day this year? I would love to hear how you celebrate with your kids.