• TPiaP Tutorial Series – Sea Glass Clock

    It’s Two Peas in a Pod Tuesday! That means House of 34 and CereusArt are sharing another beach themed DIY tutorial with you. Mosey on over to CereusArt to check out the full “how-to” on this DIY Sea Glass Clock!   More TPiaP Tutorials Shell Topped Bottles Starfish Napkin Holder Sea Shell Door Stop Sea Shell Candle Holder DIY Shell and Rope Coasters

  • Rope Candle Holder

    Happy Weekend! I just finished up a very easy and inexpensive rope candle holder project. I have candles everywhere. They are an easy way to decorate. And a great way to add a punch of color! But I thought they needed a bit of embellishment. 😉 Take a look… 1.  I bought the glass vase at the Dollar Store.  It worked well for this craft because it has a lip at the bottom that helped hold the rope in place. 2.  The glass was wrapped with parchment paper. Tape does not stick to parchment paper so I used a long piece of packaging tape to wrap all the way around…

  • Creating a Wall Collage

    I’ve been wanting to create a wall collage of old family pictures. Seemed like a simple thing to do. Not so when you can’t make up your mind. 😉 I bought and returned more frames than I care to admit, then ended up using all the ones I already had. Saved a bunch of money… not so much on time. But that’s okay! Old pictures are so beautiful. I have several from the 1920’s and 1930’s of my grandparents. I’m not completely finished with the wall collage, but it’s close. Aside from figuring out the arrangement of the frames, this was an easy and inexpensive way to update a wall.…

  • One Shelf in One Cabinet Organized

    I’m not an organized person. Not At All. I want to be. Truly I do.  But when it comes down to it, if I can hide a disaster behind a door, then shut the door I will. Problem solved. The end. But there’s Pinterest. And Pinterest has oodles and oodles of organization tips. Everything you need to feel completely inadequate and totally disheveled. 😉 It’s where you find your INSPIRATION! After spending some time on Pinterest, I decided to give organization a try. My “medicine cabinet” consisted of two cupboards. Not because I have a lot of drugs, but because I’m a mess. When one cabinet became trashed and overcrowded, I…

  • Cork Key Chain

    My BFF received the cutest cork key chain as a gift recently.  Handmade.  I love handmade! These are super easy to make, and the supplies are very inexpensive. The only problem was deciding what beads and/or charms to buy. I wanted them all. There are many sites that will show you how to make cork key chains. And every site is a little different. I bought supplies based on the key chain my friend had. If there are rules to putting the key chain together, I’m sure I broke them all. But… “there are no rules in creativity“… says me. 🙂 Supplies purchased: Washers (from Lowes) Finishing Washers (from Lowes)…

  • Pretty in White Paper House

    I have another paper house to share with you. This one is small, made with cream card stock. I’m telling ya, if you get started, you are going to hook on making paper houses! I made the pattern myself, but if you would like ready-made templates, check out THIS SITE. It has oodles of ideas and templates, all from different websites/bloggers. The materials used can be found at Michael’s. 1. Card Stock 2. Decoupage glue (Martha Stewart Crafts) 3. Extra Fine Glitter in “Snow” (Recollections) 4. Elmer’s “Xtreme” glue stick. (This is the best glue to use when gluing the house together. I tried so many different adhesives!) 5. Buffalo…

  • DIY Paper Houses for Christmas

    Christmas Paper Houses After making the DIY Christmas Village Houses from wood (and loving it!), I decided to try it with paper. I started out using cardboard from a shoe box, then a cereal box, then white card stock. All of them worked, but I liked using the white card stock paper because I’m lazy and did not want to paint anything. Also, paper is very easy to cut and much kinder on old fingers. There are many websites with free printable patterns for paper houses, but I ended up making my own. It was easier for me to draw the pattern on the back side of the card stock, making it…

  • DIY Christmas Village Houses

    Last week I decided I would be a watercolor painter. Bought the paint and the paper, painted a few landscapes, then discovered I suck at it. Onward. This past week, I thought it would be fun to be a maker of Christmas village houses. This worked out a little bit better. 😉 I have oodles of scrap wood in the garage, so this was a cost-free project. I made a template for the two “peak” sides of the house. I should have made the roof angle 45 degrees, but I didn’t. A 45 degree angle would have made cutting the roof pieces a whole lot easier. Live and learn. I…

  • Posts of Christmas Past

    Christmas is the season that pushes my brain into overdrive! It doesn’t help that I have friends just as crazy about the holidays as me. 🙂 My big obsession, at the moment, is making small village houses. Some are made from wood scraps, another is made from cardboard. I should be ready to blog a tutorial / inspiration post soon. Until then, I have rounded up some very simple, easy to make, Holiday crafts and decor from posts of Christmas past. Hope you find some creative / DIY ideas to inspire you! Yarn Wreath This House Believes Sign Wood Shim Christmas Star Fireplace “Floating” Ornaments Ribbon Covered Styrofoam Balls Music Sheet Trees…