Shell Crafts

Shell CraftsShell Crafts
Check out LoveToKnow for my tutorial article on crafts to make with shells.

Read on for the story behind this article.

DSCF8579A lot of times when I have a new assignment I don’t have all the items I need. I have to decide on whether it is more economical to purchase things I need or pass on the assignment. Usually I send out requests to local Facebook friends, but most of those things are borrowed for photos and measurements and can be returned in the same condition. The shells for these projects were a different story. You know what they say, as soon as you get rid of something you will need it. That was the issue here so…off I went to Walmart to see if a bag of shells would cause me to pass on the article.

DSCF8519There was a lady in the same aisle as I was looking at the shells and trying to make my decision. Out of the blue she said she had a bag of shells at home I could have if I wanted them. She didn’t know me and had no idea what I was going to do with them, but she made my day with her random act of kindness. We exchanged phone numbers and she gave me her address. I know, right? She gave me (a stranger) her address without knowing a thing about me. We arranged a time later that day for me to pick them up. Meanwhile, when she got home she took pics of the shells and sent them to me to make sure they were what I wanted. This lady was so sweet on so many levels. They were fabulous! Of course I picked them up and used them. Since that day I have been on the look out for a pay-it-forward of my own. I haven’t come across the perfect opportunity yet, but I will.

DSCF8573After all the horrible stories I am constantly seeing on the news, the complete randomness of this kind act has renewed my faith in humanity. Thank you again, Dawn!

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Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder-Free Pattern

DSCF6057-001Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder

I just finished this tutorial for Love To Know last week. It works up very quickly, making it ideal for packaging those last-minute Christmas gift cards.

You can find the free tutorial here.


Old Stencil Ornaments

DSCF6121Old Stencil Ornaments

There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.

It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.

DSCF5672The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.

I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.

DSCF5683A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.

DSCF6126And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.

DSCF6124A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…

DSCF6128…and a bow completed the look.


Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

DSCF6024-001Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

It seems like this time of year gets more hectic every year, but I think I can finally see the end of the tunnel. I have almost completed my shopping, participated in my last craft show of the season, have gotten caught up on writing commitments and am ready to bake up a storm.

Speaking of writing commitments, I want to share my pine cone tree ornament tutorials.

DSCF6012-001Angel Pine Cone

DSCF6018-001Snowman Pine Cone

DSCF6010-001Snow Glittered Pine Cone

I had pine cones littering my lawn a couple of months ago. I gathered them as they fell and threw them in a pot on the deck. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but it sure beat having them fly like small missiles every time my husband mowed the lawn.

You can find the article with full tutorials here.


Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5849Restyled Ice Skates

DSCF5630I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.

DSCF5637The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.

DSCF5649After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.

DSCF5653When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.

DSCF5654I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the bootDSCF5645.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.

DSCF5849Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.


I haven’t done it in quite a bit, but what better time to party than during the holidays! This is where I am partying this week. Come check out all the great ideas!

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