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Reusing Your Kid’s Drawings

Reusing Your Kid’s Drawings

Tweet I don’t know about you, but I’ve been at war with my son’s art. It was becoming an insurmountable pile of daily school drawings. Hating to discard it, I’ve come up with one creative way to reuse it. In three words-homemade greeting cards. Since Valentine’s was […]

This is Dedicated to Those Grieving the Loss of One Earring

This is Dedicated to Those Grieving the Loss of One Earring

Tweet {For anyone sad about their lonely leftover earring, you’ll appreciate this post.} I had a pair of golden earrings that I loved. So much. And then one day, I noticed there was just one. Sadly, I still don’t know what happened to that other […]

Creative Friday: A Mix Bag

Creative Friday: A Mix Bag

Like some of you, I’ve been here and there and everywhere lately. I haven’t had a ton of time to devote to my art. But I hope to pick it back up soon.

I have done a few fun things this week, however. I blogged about one thing that soothe’s my soul on Beliefnet and I’ve also created a free e-book of 8 creative crafts I’ve done over the years. It’s just a handy dandy little guide with how-tos and photos on everything I’ve concocted from faux flower balls to frames made out of pencils. Most of them are fast, easy and all are inexpensive. It’s free and fun and just something I’ve created for the few of you who have been so loyal, kind and sweet to me over the years I’ve tried to maintain this blog.

Just fill out the contact form on the right and I’ll email you the pdf.

Thank you all for supporting me and encouraging me to keep writing!

Hope you like it and please feel free to share to your loved ones. Have a great Friday the 13th!

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Creative Friday: Homemade Valentine’s Cards

Creative Friday: Homemade Valentine’s Cards

Tweet I thought about sending traditional Valentine’s Day cards from the store this year. It was a no-brainer. But when I really thought about it, it just didn’t make any sense. I had hundreds of extra envelopes leftover from my wedding invitations and Paper-Source blank […]

Creative Friday: Crafty Clothespins

Creative Friday: Crafty Clothespins

Tweet Have you noticed my laziness lately? I haven’t been crafting as much as talking about crafting. It’s something this guy reminded me of recently. How much of us are “hiding” behind easy, comfortable tasks because we’re afraid of confronting what’s really important and meaningful […]

Creative Friday: Having a Ball

Creative Friday: Having a Ball

While I’m crafting up my second article for my brand new column Inspiration Zone with The Writer magazine, I thought you’d enjoy this post on one of my favorite crafts. Thinking back, I don’t know how I had the energy, time or ingenuity to do this (not that it was that hard, but I also consider myself clueless when it comes to crafting). But every time I watch TV and see them hanging above, I’m so glad I found a way.

I hope you enjoy this end of the week post.

I’m happy to take a mini-writing break and reflect on how using creativity inspired me to keep pursuing my dreams. Whether you’re looking for creative holiday ideas (hey this could work for Halloween too. i see orange and black balls made with tissue paper.) or you’re just looking for inspiration, I hope you’ll check out my post below.

The Story of a Faux Flower Ball

My poor thumbs are raw from pushing in faux hydrangeas all night. But sadly, I still have one more flower ball left to go. I did get two up however, and the results are already starting to look like party central.

Here’s how I did it:

I started with a foam ball, a handful of faux hydrangeas, fishing line and a green floral wire from Michaels. Since I didn’t read any how-tos online, I basically made this craft up on my own. {I later learned that it’s much easier if you start by poking the thin wire through the foam ball-from the bottom to the top-first (kind of like threading a needle). Leave a little extra wire and then poke it back into the foam ball at the top making a loop. You’ll need that to hang the ball to the ceiling.}

What I did instead was use pinhead needles to adhere the flowers to the ball. Again, after a few tries I learned that I didn’t need the needles at all. When you remove all the flowers from their faux stems, you’ll see that they already have a sharp plastic tip, which fits nicely into the foam ball.

I had no strategy of where to push them in. I just made sure to fit as many flowers in one space to cover any bald spots.

 

Several hours later, I had this.

 

Here's the hook I made with floral wire.

 

You can't see it here. But I threaded fishing line to the top of that loop. I put a thumb tack through the ceiling and then tied the two ends of the fishing line to it.

 

I couldn't find another green foam ball so white would do. I also used blue faux hydrangeas on this one.

 

After much repetition, several hours and a few days, I had this.

 

Hallelujah they're done!

Just goes to show that you anyone can be creative. Takes a little work, okay a lot, but I think the feeling of seeing something you’ve accomplished is so worth it.

What have you created lately?

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Creative Friday

Creative Friday

Tweet I’m deeming Friday’s as a day devoted to fun and creativity {you can click on over here to see more of my crafty posts}. Although it’s not associated with Creative Thursday, one of my favorite blogs, it’s definitely dedicated to it in true wannabe […]

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