• 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

  • Inexpensive Display Shelf

    Ever since we rented a booth at an Antique Mall, we have been looking for inexpensive ways to display small items we’re selling. We’re working on several pieces of furniture to put our space, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something we’re only using as a display shelf. So, what to do…? I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works?? I removed some of the…

  • 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.…

  • 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…