"Cookie Grams" in a Jar

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Necklaces, Gift Tags, Name Tags…

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I just love how versatile Paper Key Tags are for crafting. I have covered them with scrapbook paper and added letter stickers to use as gift tags. Make one for “MOM” this Mother’s Day, or use the letters “THX” to give a thank you gift. Or you can add them to a card as a cute embellishment.

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All you need are the key tags which you can find at office supply stores, craft stores and even some grocery stores.

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Then cut out a circle of scrapbook paper or a photograph to personalize it. Simply glue the circle on and punch a hole in the top over the existing hole.

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I currently have one on my scripture bag so I can quickly tell which one is mine. (We have a few black scripture bags in this house).

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Or for a really fun idea you can take your kids pictures and make a fun necklace for them or for Grandma for a fun Mother’s Day gift. Or add them to a bracelet with multiple pictures. I also thought they would be fun on bookmarks too.

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There really is no limit to the places these would be fun to use. And the best part is that they are really inexpensive and super easy to make.

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Hand Stamped Necklace

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Mother’s Day is coming up…do you know what you are getting the Mother’s in your life? Why not make them some easy hand stamped necklaces. One charm with each of their children’s initials for them to wear close to their heart. Or make one for yourself!

They are really easy to make all you need are a few supplies.

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You will need:
some metal stamping discs or squares (Hobby Lobby)
1/8 inch steel stamp set (Harbor Freight which I had for this project)
Pearls
1.5 to 2 inch head pins
metal jump rings
1.8 mm (or whatever) metal punch

(I tried to find some “less expensive” metal discs with holes already punched in them and found several online. However with shipping and handling, they were a little more than I wanted to pay. Then I found these discs with pre-attached hangers (?). I didn’t like the look and thought that I might be able to just cut them off with wire cutters. Well it turns out, one little twist with pliers is enough to take that attachment right off.

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After you remove the attachment, take your punch and put a hole in the top of the disc.

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Take the initial stamp tool that you need and then place it directly on the disc. I did this on a very hard surface…the cement in my garage.

I set a thin washcloth under the disc to protect it from scratching. This will not work on a table, etc. Then take a hammer and while holding the stamp VERY STEADY hit the stamp firmly in the middle a couple of times.

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Now take a black (or colored) permanent marker and color in the initial where it has indented in the metal. Quickly and lightly wipe the surface of the disc with a wet wipe to remove any excess ink.

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Take a head pin and place a pearl onto it. With some pliers twist the pin so that it bends back down on itself like in the picture.

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Then twist the extra wire around and around the top part of the wire directly above the pearl to secure the pearl and so that you also have an opening large enough to slide the pearl over the clasp of your chain necklace.

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Then simply slide a jump ring onto the initialed disc and attach it and the pearl to the chain necklace of your choice.

These necklaces are quite popular as you well know. They are so easy and make inexpensive gifts for anyone really. I have already made several of these for my sisters, sister-in-laws and a few friends for gifts already. Go ahead and try it. Let me know what you think!

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**Edit** A few of you asked where I got my punch. I got it from Beaducation. They also sell the metal discs, etc if you are not near a Hobby Lobby. One of my readers, Jennifer, sent me an email with this Beaducation website several months ago after I mentioned wanting to find some better washer necklaces. Thanks again Jennifer!

Washer Necklaces

The minute I saw these washer necklaces, I was in love. I think they are so cute. But the best part is that they are super easy to make. You just need the right equipment. I first saw them on Sugar Doodle who provides you with a great tutorial to make them here. Lately I have also seen them a few other places.

So go ahead and make some for yourself. After I saw the tutorial, I went to Harbor Freight to buy a steel stamp set. They just happened to be on sale that day and I had a 20% off coupon that I had found online. They let me use the coupon in addition to the sale price. It ended up costing me $4.00. Wahoo! I added some cute little charms which I found in the bead and jewelry aisle from Robert’s.

My sweet hubby bought me this necklace right after I had my fifth child for Christmas. Cute huh? I don’t think he paid $4.00 for it. But now I can make these cute gifts for my friends with their children’s name on them. I am currently looking for a place that sells disks like the charms above rather than washers. If I find them, I will be sure to update this post with a link.

I have also seen some cute washer necklaces that are made with cute paper. Check out what Stacie from the Creative Crate, has made. She provides you with a great tutorial here.

Etched Glass Projects

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I made an etched glass vase for a friend’s wedding recently (and of course one for me) after seeing this idea from Martha Stewart. I eventually want to label some canisters by etching the glass and am on the lookout for some inexpensive glass jars.

You can etch anything that is glass with this Armor Etch cream and it is so easy to use. You will need the following:

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1. Armor Etch (found at craft stores); I bought mine with a 40% off coupon (of course) at Roberts since it is fairly expensive (about $7 full price).
2. Contact Paper (housewares department at Wal-Mart aka shelf liner or Laminating Sheets
3. Exact-o knife (razor blade)
4. tape
5. template or stencil (I printed a letter from my word program as my template)
6. paint brush

First start by making sure your glass surface is clean. Then cut out a piece of contact paper that is bigger than your stencil. You will want the contact paper to cover quite a bit of your glass surface to protect the glass from coming in contact with the cream where you don’t want it. Carefully peel the backing off of the contact paper and stick it onto the glass. Do this very carefully so that there are no bubbles or creases in the contact paper. You may need to rub some of the smaller bubbles out with your fingers.

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Now that the contact paper is on your glass, take your stencil and center it. Tape it down to keep it in place. Take your Exact-o knife and carefully cut out your stencil. You will have to push harder to make sure it cuts through the paper layer and the contact paper.

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Remove the contact paper where you want your glass to be etched (in this case it was the letter H).

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Paint the etch cream over the glass you would like etched (the letter H). I followed the directions on the bottle the first time but had to redo it to get the effect I wanted. So if you want your etching to turn out like mine did, I left the cream on for about 10 minutes.

I have also found that you can reuse the etching cream, so when the time is up, I scrape it back into the bottle. I then reapplied some more etching cream and left it on for another 5 minutes.

When you are finished with the second application, save the excess cream. Then leaving the contact paper on your vase, rinse off the cream with water. You will want to be careful where you rinse your cream off. The package cautions you from using porcelain sinks since the cream may damage the surface. I rinsed mine off outside in the hose over the grass. Now that it is clean, peel away the contact paper.

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I also etched one of my Pyrex 9×13 pans so that when I take dinner to my neighbors or other families in my church group, they know who the pan belongs to. These would be great gifts to give someone, don’t you think? To be able to read the name while looking into the pan, you need to tape the name onto the bottom of the pan so that it reads backwards. After it is taped, turn the pan right side up and see if you have taped it on so you can read the name correctly.

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I think the next thing I will be etching is one of the glass tile pendants, or my pumpkin pie dish for next Thanksgiving. The possibilities are endless.

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Bath Salts

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I have to say that I am in a bit of shock with how kind all of you have been. And I seriously just looked at my stat counter and swear it was only at 3,000. Where have you all come from?? I have enjoyed reading all of your nice comments and am inspired to try to keep the ideas coming. Thanks for all of your support!

Now, are any of you still looking for that last minute Mother’s Day gift? What mom wouldn’t enjoy a long, quiet, no kids allowed, soak in a hot tub? These are super easy, and chances are you already have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your home. This is a recipe which my sister used to make for her friends a few years ago.

3 cups epsom salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup table salt
Food or soap coloring
Scented essential oil

If you want more than one scent and color, separate into different bowls before adding the color and scent. Then you can have 2-3 different choices to choose from. Let the bath salts dry for 24 hours before placing them into your decorative jars.

**My sister reminded me that some essential oils are better when using on your skin than others are. Try to find the ones that contain mineral oils or natural oils and are free from acetone and drying ingredients.


Peppermint Foot Scrub Recipe

Make your own Peppermint Foot Scrub in a few simple steps with simple and easy to find ingredients…

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Remember the brown sugar scrub recipe I shared awhile back? How about making some yummy smelling, skin softening, Peppermint Foot Scrub? Perfect for the mother-to-be or the soccer mom who is constantly on the go. This stuff is amazing. The best part is how shockingly simple it is to make.

You will need the following ingredients:

Take 1 cup granulated sugar and pour into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favorite Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency (really, whatever looks good to you).

Add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Transfer the scrub to a cute bottle and Viola! Peppermint Foot Scrub.

You could really make this recipe with any flavor of essential oil you would like. Wouldn’t these make a nice gift for someone

Other sugar scrubs you might be interested in checking out:

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

"Things We Love About You" Scrapbooks

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Make your Mom, Grandmother, Spouse, Dad, or anyone a scrapbook containing any special number of things you love about them. This would be perfect for an anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a Birthday.

 

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When my parents were celebrating their 61st and 67th birthdays (which was just yesterday right momma?) my sister, the amazing scrapbooker, had the great idea of making each of them a scrapbook that listed 61 and 67 things we (their children) loved and appreciated about each of them.

 

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She was living far away at the time and had all of the siblings come up with a list of things we would like to include in the book. Then she rounded them up and together we came up with what would officially go in the books. We scoured our pictures and rounded up enough to also go into the books.

 

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Then the rest of us sat back and twiddled our thumbs while she did all of the hard work. It was better that way, since she has the best scrapbooking skills amongst us.

 

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My parents birthdays are within 10 days of one another and so when my scrapbooking sister was able to come for a visit, we gave them to my parents at a birthday party we threw for them.

 

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She also included a page where we had all of the grandkids share what they loved aobut their Grandma and Papa.

We have since spent a lot of time looking through them, remembering and laughing about the good times and hilarious trips we had together growing up. Although they were quite time consuming and took up a lot of my sister’s free time and talent, they were one of the best presents my parents have enjoyed getting. This Mother’s Day may be a little to close to pull this one off, but someone is having a birthday or anniversary who would love to receive this. Heavens…I want one!

 

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Picture Blocks

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Does your mom, grandmother, or even you need some updated pictures of the kids or grandkids? Make some of these cute picture blocks for the favorite women in your life. They are super easy. I got this idea from my sister who had a friend make these a few years ago.

I went to Home Depot and bought a long square post (in the fence section). You can also buy precut blocks of wood now at Home Depot and in your craft stores. Mine happened to be 4 inches. So I had the hubby cut it into 4 inch sections so that each block was 4 inches square.

Sand all the rough areas of the block and then paint or stain with the color of your choice. Let dry completely.

Then I took some picture of the kids and in Photoshop cropped their faces to measure 3.75 inches by 3.75 inches (to fit onto the 4 inch block). You will need 4 different pictures for each picture block, so that each side of the block has a different picture on it of the same kid. You may need to paste your 3.75 x 3.75 picture onto a new blank photoshop background that measure 6×4 so that your photo store will not enlarge it to fit a 6×4 template they print on? Make sense? I made my photos black and white because I wanted black blocks, but colored pictures would also be cute.

Print your pictures from your favorite photo store. Having your pictures on real photo paper is important so that the ink does not run and the texture of the wood does not show through the finished photo.

 

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Cut out your photos and paint Modge Podge (I prefer the Matte finish to the glossy) onto the back of each picture. Place one photo on each of the 4 sides of your block. Let the Modge Podge dry. When it has dried, paint Modge Podge over the entire surface of each of the four sides and let it dry. You may want two or threelayers on the front of the four pictures. And there you have it!

 

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The nice thing about these picture blocks is that you can fit a lot more into one area than photos in frames. This is perfect for the Grandmother with 19 grandchildren. Now she can have room on her shelf to show off all of her grandkids!

*P.S. Thanks for all your kind words and comments! I really appreciate them!

Garden Stepping Stones For Mother’s Day

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Looking for an easy and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift? A few years ago my siblings and I made some stepping stones to give to my mom for Mother’s Day. We had one made for each of her grandchildren. Each stone had a footprint and handprint and the name of the child on it. They are really easy to make and look so cute in your garden or flower beds.

All you need is a small bag of cement (Home Depot or Lowe’s), water, a stick to mix your cement (a paint stir stick works great) and a bucket, some trays that go under flower pots to collect the water (what are they called?), a popsicle stick and jewels if you would like to add some bling to your stone.

Mix your cement according to the directions on the package. Evenly distribute the cement into each of your trays (you will need 1 for every stone you are making).

 

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When the cement has set-up so that it holds the imprint of your finger, place your footprint and handprint in the cement.

 

 

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Then with a popsicle stick carve the name into the cement. I used some paper towels to soak up the excess water so that I could see the name as I continued to work on each letter.

 

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After you have put the footprints and name in your cement, you will not want to move them. Let them dry completely. This may take 2 to 4 days total. When they are dry they should come right out of the trays and be ready to go in your garden.

I have always wanted some stepping stones for my own flower beds. Last year my hubby and kids made me some for Mother’s Day! They turned out so cute. Now all I need is for my new plants to grow in my planter and fill up some of that weed prone space!

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