Archive for January, 2016

Glass Projects

For some time, I had been wanting to make a set of “Redneck Wine Glasses”.  I had collected the mason jars and after searching thrift shops, finally found the glass candlesticks I also needed.

All I need next was to find the right adhesive.  I wanted something easy to use that would dry clear.  It also needed to be water resistant.


I found Loctite’s Go2 Glue at my local Michael’s store. It was just the thing. It was less than $10 plus I had a 40% off coupon. It worked exactly like the instructions indicated, curing in 24 hours. Since completing my original projects, I have found this glue to come in handy for other repairs. One of the best features is the container that has not clogged or glued itself shut while in storage in between projects.


My wine glasses came out perfectly! I was so pleased with the results. Even though my hubby thinks they are silly and refuses to use them, they are still a lot of fun. I don’t have an issue with using them!


I made a second set for my daughter and her boyfriend, complete with wine glass charms. I used wine charm hoops and lettered beads I had on hand to make the personalized charms.


My last project was a pedestal I created for holding bottles on my bathroom sink. I had been looking for a cake plate or dessert server without any success at the thrift shops. When I found this glass serving plate I went to plan B.


I found a coordinating candle holder that I was able to attach to the bottom of the serving plate.


It turned out exactly like what I had envisioned. And no complaints from my hubby on this one!

School Days

With my son graduating high school in the spring, I am on a mission to finish as many of his scrapbook pages as possible.  It’s quite the daunting task.  We have thousands of digital photos.  I was originally going chronologically, but I was only up to 2003.  If I continued on that path, it wasn’t very likely that I’d get to any of his middle school pages let along his high school pages.

I decided to work backwards, starting with more recent events.  While sorting through my scrapbook papers to set aside all the royal blues and reds for marching band pages, I ran across the ones I had collected for school photos.  In our family it is tradition each year to photograph the first day of school.  It was a lot of fun to collect those photos and put them side by side to see the transformation from little boy to young man.  I also made some fun discoveries.

Here are the pages I’ve completed so far:



I never noticed until now that I picked out the same shirt for him to wear for school pictures both years. I was happy that I had saved his IDs. He only grew three inches and only gained three pounds in a year. No wonder that shirt still fit!




First Day of School pages for First, Second, and Third/Fourth Grade. He was quite the ham.




First Day of School pages for Seventh and Eighth Grade and Freshman year. By this time he was picking out what he wanted to wear himself. Again, I didn’t realize until now that he wore that same t-shirt for the first day of school three years in a row. It’s pretty clear that it was one of his favorites.




By Sophomore year, he was slightly less than amused with his Paparazzi Mom.  I still continued taking pictures.  I warned him that resistance was futile and the photos would be made public.  Junior year includes the infamous “I’m Not Going to Cooperate” pose (top right corner).  I reminded him he might as well submit because I was going to continue to take pictures until I got a good one.  Senior year shows that with age comes wisdom.  My handsome, much more mature looking son cooperated right away with a dashing smile (and a new favorite t-shirt).

Easily Amused

A few years ago I was introduced to A Muse Studios.  Since that time I have had the opportunity to try out a number of their products and make some fun cards.










A Muse stamps come in cling mount sets in handy DVD-style cases for easy storage.  They also have a complete line of inks, papers, tools and embellishments.  Their complete current catalog can be downloaded at


A New Idea for the Never Ending Card

I’ve posted about this type of card before — May 1, 2010 and March 27, 2012. As you might guess, this is one of my favorite cards to make. If you’ve never seen one before, you are in for a treat. The card folds over and over on itself to give you four different views.

This time around, rather than using stamped images, I used photographs. This made for a fantastic card for our Mom’s birthday.





The base of the card is 4 pieces of 4 inch by 8 inch card stock.  It is actually a quite easy design to assemble.  I’ve included the instructions for the card base below.

Never Ending Card Instructions

Coordinated papers, mats, and embellishments complete the look.  I’ve made up a number of these to have on hand just waiting for photos.

8-1/2 inch by 8-1/2 inch envelopes for these cards can be ordered at

New Life to an Old Card Table

Long before there were folding resin tables, there were card tables.  My Mom had one.  Both of my grandmothers had one.  They were usually square and the perfect size for playing cards.  I remember my Mom frequently using hers in the living room to wrap presents at Christmas, to work puzzles, or for other projects.  When I was little I would cover the card table with a blanket and pretend it was a tent.

The surface of the table was actually made from sturdy card board.  Some had a coated paper finish that could be wiped off.  Over time, though, the table would begin to show its age.  A small scratch or a tiny gouge would compromise the protected surface and begin to grow.  While the table lost its attractiveness, it did not lose its usefulness.

Somehow, one of those tables managed to survive and follow me on my journeys through my adult life.  After all those years, it was rather sad looking.  I wish I had thought to take a “before” photo.  Reluctant to retire it, I decided to give it a new life.


The idea really wasn’t new. I had seen it many years ago while watching “Here’s Carol Duvall” long before she began to appear on HGTV. Her project called for fabric, but I had the idea to do a collage of magazine and catalog photos. I was only about 12 years old when my Mom allowed me to give her card table a face lift. I worked for days cutting out and pasting tiny photos over the damaged table top. This time around, I had quite a collection of already trimmed Mary Engelbreit artwork that I had saved from calendars. I had the table top covered in no time.


The final step was to seal the collage work with clear Con-Tact paper, carefully seaming it in the middle and trimming it around the edge. Washable and stain resistant, Con-Tact paper makes for the perfect protective finish.

I was thrilled with the result. I love Mary Engelbreit and her artwork is so colorful, cheery, and inspiring — quite the appropriate addition of extra table space in my craft room. The old card table will continue to serve for many more years to come!

Who Needs Ribbons or Sticky Bows?

My daughter moved into her own place last February. She’s been enjoying experimenting with cooking, decorating, and making it a home of her own. This Christmas, without the easy access to Mom’s wrapping stash, she decided to do her own thing with her wrappings.




She selected the environmental friendliness and simplicity of plain craft paper tied with candy striped string. Instead of using tags, she wrote the tos and froms on the paper. And then as a perfect and pretty accent, she topped each package with a woven paper star snowflake.


The idea came from one of her pins on Pinterest. She added her own twist by brushing the paper strips with glitter glaze prior to assembling the snowflakes.

Later, after she had completed the monochrome snowflakes, she tried some in two and three colors. They were stunning. We determined that they would make beautiful hanging decorations for parties at any time of the year.

Detailed instructions for making these fabulous paper star snowflakes can be found at

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