Sunday 31 March 2013

Easy Easter Basket

 Happy Easter Everyone!

Are you stuck for a quick and last minute Easter basket? 
You can easily make your own....

You will need: 
 A basket, a small rectangle of wood, chalkboard paint or sticker and paint.

Make a hole at each end of the wooden tag and cut a cahlboard sticker to size and stick on to the tag, or alternatively paint the tag.

Paint the basket,add the chalkboard tag once dry and write your message...

 Fill with yummy treats!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend and take care everyone,

Follow me on Facebook :-)



Friday 29 March 2013

Spring Bling Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

We had a great week sharing all our projects for Spring Bling Week

Have you seen all the fabulous pieces we've shared this week?

 Bingo Marker Spoon Pendant by Holly from 504 Main / Beaded Wire Earrings by Kate from Cheap Craft Mama / Mixed Media Bracelet by Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects / Color Block Earrings by Kara from Happy Go Lucky / Pearl Cluster Earrings by Kara from Happy Go Lucky / Stamped Washer Necklace by Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects / Woven Ankle Bracelet by Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects / Handstamped Ring by Amy from One Artsy Mama / Amber Dangle Necklace by Rebecca from My Girlish Whims / Druzy-Style Resin Necklace by Adrianne from Hour Hour Projects / Simple Statement Necklace by Natalie from North Shore Days

Now for the best part. 
We are giving away 4 different prize packages!!  How awesome is that?

Just use the rafflecopter below and you'll be entered to win one of the following 4 prize packages.

 The winner of prize package #1 will receive a woven ankle bracelet, a rose necklace- the winner can choose from ivory, gray, peach, pink, or turquoise for the rose, a pair of filigree earrings in winner's choice of color, and a pair of color block earrings.

 The winner of prize package #2 will receive a bingo marker spoon pendant - winner can choose any number between #1-98, a pair of beaded wired earrings, a pearl ring and a simple statement necklace.

The winner of prize package will receive a bird nest necklace by TLC Creations, $25 shop credit to Bangle Wood Crafts, and photo bracelet kit from Photo Jewelry Making

TLC Creations:  Shop / Facebook / Pinterest
Bangle Wood Crafts:  Shop / Facebook / Pinterest
Photo Jewelry Making:  Shop / Facebook

The winner of prize package #4 will receive a $50 Shop Credit to Lisa Leonards Designs

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take care everyone,

Remember to follow me on Facebook :-)




Tuesday 26 March 2013

Simple Statement Necklace

Hey Everyone,

 This week I’m working with 6 other bloggers to bring you Spring Bling Week – a week of tutorials and resources on jewelry!  We’ll be wrapping up on Friday with an awesome giveaway, so be sure to come back all week! 

Today I am going to show you all how to make this simple and sweet Statement Necklace and one of you will be in to win it too...

 What you need for 1 necklace:
  A minimum of 5 beads, long headpins, jump rings, a clasp, a charm, pliers and a chain (measured to the desired length).
Don't worry if you don't have pair of round nose pliers, you can use ordinary ones just fine.


What to do:

1. Thread a bead onto a long headpin and bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle.
2. Using the round nosed jewelry pliers bend the headpin back around to form a loop.
3. Twist the wire of the headpin around the loop.
4 - 5. Keep twisting around the loop, pulling the wire neatly in a circle
6. Grip the wire with the pliers and tuck and tighten the end. Repeat these steps for beads 1 to 4.
7. For the centre bead, make a loop in the headpin first, thread the bead on and repeat the above steps.
8. Gently uncurl the loop and add the charm 

9. Attach the centre bead to the centre of the chain using a jump ring.

Then add the other beads onto either side of the centre bead at equal intervals. 
Finish off the necklace with a clasp

They are so easy to make, I whipped up a couple more! I think the bronze one is my favourite and the pink one has already been claimed by Payton.

Sweet and easy statement necklace!
I really hope you enjoyed my tutorial and I hope I inspired you to try something new today

  Remember to stop by and visit these other fantastic blogs taking part this week:

Kara from Happy Go Lucky 

Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects

Rebecca from My Girlish Whims

Amy from One Artsy Mama

Holly from 504 Main

Kate from Cheap Crafty Mama

Take care everyone,

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook :-)


 Linking up to these great parties

Friday 22 March 2013

Cute Easter Chicks

Hey Everyone,

Easter is next weekend...can you believe it? Time is just flying at the moment and I admit to having to race to catch up lately...

I wanted to find an easy craft I could do with the kids, that wasn't messy and  didn't take forever. And while googling "kids Easter crafts" I found these adorable chicks at Paging Supermom

This is the easiest kids' craft EVER!!!

What you need:

Coloured card, googly eyes, craft glue and scissors. 
Feathers optional.

What to do:
Cut a circle for the head. Cut a rectangle for the beak, and shape it into a triangle.
Glue the beak and eyes on.
Cut slits on each side of the head (if you want to make a banner, otherwise this step can be skipped)
And glue a feather onto the back of the head (optional)

 How adorable are they? 
They look so worried..bless them
String them together (I used nylon line) and hang them up around the house.

From start to finish each chick took me about 5 minutes. And the kids loved making them too. 

Its starting to look like Easter....

Take care everyone,



Thursday 14 March 2013


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 Today I am taking part in Tongue in Cheek Tuesday... Junk in our Trunks link party! My good blog buddies Mel from Mellywood's Mansion and Danni from Silo Hill Farm have twisted my arm encouraged me to share my junk, as they co-host with 3 other awesome bloggers...

Today I'm gonna show you my craft area...I'm usually a neat freak but lets just say...not so much at the moment!!!
We have a little house as I've mentioned before and my craft space is pretty much in full view of our everyday lives....

Right.... Jumping straight into the horror...

 My craft cupboard....those drawers are full! But lets have a little looky at the crap on top...
My phone - yup thats fine. The Sky TV remote.... not the right place and dont know why its here.
A mouse and keyboard for Sean's computer and some computer stuff... dumped there by the man himself... Some projects I'm working on....Ugly!! An eyesore!!! Oh look my camera's instruction manual - yeah that's a great spot for it!

 Right next to the craft cupboard... my beachy side table with my sewing machine stacked on top of it!
That book shoved down the side is my sewing machine's instruction manual. See a pattern here people???  
Right next to the machine, a bucket of thread... and some beads balancing on top.... There's my little drawer system for storing my created jewelry pieces  and yes that's a princess crown on the floor! right next to the foot of the sewing machine is the cover for it... Hmmm.... not good!

 Next stop... the dining table... not too bad I guess -there you can see my bead soup that I'm working on...
But lets look a little closer at the COMPUTER that's sitting on the table!!!! Its been there for 2 months! That's 8 WEEKS!!! What is the man doing????
 And next to the computer a few power tools (under the yellow birthday card for Gabe). Grrrrrr.... 

Anyhoo.....right behind me is my storage chest...and yes that's sewing that's sitting there NOT being done, a storage box for said sewing, which is stacked in a cardboard box instead....I guess I've left it for now because I want to paint that chest soon. A bag of books and the box for the slip and slide all balancing on top! Nice!

Lets end the horror here shall we?... this is Gabe's entertainment centre - he has his gaming consoles in the cupboard and the computer.... but looky on the floor! 

Sigh....I'm done...

 Take care everyone



Tuesday 12 March 2013

Beaded Memory Wire Ring

Hey Everyone,

I shared this super easy memory wire ring a few weeks ago at My Favorite Finds.
 Did you know I was a monthly contributor at My Favorite Finds? Well I am - you should check out Carrie's blog, its so awesome...and I'm there!!!

Okay so onto the ring...
What you will need:
Ring memory wire , beads of your choice, a blingy button and long nosed pliers. ( I also used jewelry pliers but if you don't have those, its no biggie)

What to do:
Cut a length of memory wire roughly the the number of times you want it to wrap around your finger.
Thread the button on first and position it in the middle of your ring.
Thread beads on one side until you're satisfied with how it looks, then loop the end to finish it off. 
Continue on the other side of the button, cut off excess wire,  loop and end off. 
I didn't worry how the ends looked, as long as they dont stab your finger when the ring is on.

So, so easy...

I have to admit that it's a little too blingy for me and when I do get around to making myself one, I'll use a more subtle button.

However it does look really cute on my friend's hand, don't you think?

 I hope you have been inspired to try this super easy project today, it doesn't take up a lot of time and the end result is really rewarding especially if you're giving it as a gift.

 Take care everyone


Linking to these awesome parties:

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Bead Soup Party

As some of you know, I am a part of a Facebook group called Bead Soup Cafe, every year Lori Anderson puts together an awesome blog party called The Bead Soup Blog Party

This year there are over 500 entries from all over the world. We are paired with a partner and we send each other a "soup" of beads. We then create pieces from those beads and reveal on our given dates. 

We have to use the focal and the clasp, but we can use some of our own beads in the creation too.The sky is the limit!!!

This year my partner is Carmen from Little Maketto.

Here is a wee sneak peak of the soup I sent Carmen...

 And here is what she sent me....

Look at all the interesting beads and colours...

 The focal and clasp
mixing the soup....

Stay tuned for the reveal next month.... until then I'm going to have so much fun creating.

Take care everyone,