Wednesday, November 23, 2011


There is a pie contest on Instructables this week.  This is one of my two entries, Chicken-or-Turkey-Pot-Pie.   I'm going nuts, but in a happy sort of way.

Here is the second entry,  Moms-Chocolate-Cream-Pie.  It's the way my Mom made it when I was growing up. Very, very good.

I solemnly swear that I will not do another Instructable before Dec. 1st.
(I've got 2 planned, but I won't publish them until after the first of the month.)
(I've got to find something else to fill my time.)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lighted Glass Blocks

This Instructable thing is so fun, but I have got to slow it down to one or two a month.  It's just that it is so fun and I seem to be good at it.  How-to-Make-a-Lighted-Glass-Block is my latest Instructable.  MDH and I have been making these for years, and this is the way we do it! Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011


I have become a member of a web sight called, Instructables.  On Pintrest, I noticed that a lot of the DIY projects I was interested in were from Instructables, so I did some investigating and discovered that I love it.  Basically people who belong to Instructables, created an instructable (read tutorial here) on how to make something you do well or are passionate about.  So far I have published 4 instructables.  Two I put on this blog.  We I have decided not to go into all that extra work.  I, instead, will show a picture of what the instructable is about and include a link to it, so that you can go directly to the instructable and view it yourself.  It's free to join, with lots of contests, etc.  It makes me smile :)

My latest Instructable is How-to-Tie-a-Florist-Bow.  Have some fun learning how to do this for yourself.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wooden Stocking Holder

This is the wood Christmas stocking holder I made for the "create-with-me" challenge for November at Ucreate.  Christmas Stockings are a big and the best part of Christmas at our house.  Twenty years ago, the first Christmas after my first husband died, I realized that we had enough money to give each other gifts or have a Christmas stocking stuffed with stuff, but not enough for both.  So we had a family meeting and decided to exchange Christmas Stockings.  We would exchange names and your job was to fill the Christmas stocking for the person whose name you drew.  Well, it has become a major Christmas tradition.  When we have had tough financial years, we still filled each others stockings.  That really is the best part of the gift giving.  We have a stocking hanger big enough for 5 stockings.  Since we are now empty nester's, a smaller one seemed appropriate. 
It was made with scraps from around the house, white vinyl that I already owned and cut on my cricut, the hooks I found in one of Grandpa's drawers, and I paid $.54 for the votive candle holder.  I glass etched snowflakes on the glass. I used Sugru to attach the glass to the board.  Not to bad.

Wooden Stocking Holders

This is the Christmas Stocking holder I made fro Grandpa and I for this Christmas.  It is part of the

Saturday, November 12, 2011


First a disclaimer, I did NOT make this doily.  It was knitted by a lady in my neighborhood.  I am jealous of her skills with the knitting needle.  I love this doily and wanted to display it in my home.
This is a doily I did make.  Not as fancy, nor as lovely, nor as large, but I did make it myself.  I even forgot to weave in the string and cut the end off.
This is what I did with those two doilies.  I glued them to a canvas and then I covered the whole thing with white paint.  I love it!  White on white is hard to see.
Here is another picture, taken while it hangs on my living room wall.  Yep, I love it.  I got the idea from pintrest.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Mini Match Rocket Tutorial

This is a fun little demonstration for Newton's Third Law of Motion. Since we are using fire, the usual precautions should apply. Fire the rockets outdoors, pointing away from people or pets. Here we go!
paper clip
matchbook matches
wood matches
straight pins
Step 1: Bend the Paper Clip into a rocket launcher.
Step 2:  Tear a match from the match book, and place it on a piece of 1 ½ inch by 1 inch foil.
Step 3:  Fold the foil in half, down over the top of the match.  Stick the straight pin, point toward the match head, along the stem of the match.
Step 4:  Roll the foil along the length of the match.  Make it tight.
Step 5:  Remove the straight pin.
Step 6:  Pull the stem of the match down a little and pinch the head of the foil tightly together.  If you don’t do this, the gases released by the match head will go out the top of the foil instead of the nozzle hole created by the straight pin.
Step 7:  Load the rocket on the launch pad.  Strike a match and put the flame under the head of the match so that it will ignite the match head in the foil and, when the head ignites, the gases created will shoot down the stem of the match and force the rocket itself to fire forward.  (See, Newton’s third law, Repeat after me:  “For each and every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.)
Ready Aim Fire!
Not a very big fire show, but what did you expect from a Mini Rocket!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tile Board Tutorial

About 10 years ago I started working at a craft store.  I love all the varied and many things I learned to do.  That is where I got the nickname, "Craft Know It All."  Some of the many things I know how to do during the 6 years I worked there was create tile boards.  This is something I do quite frequently.  When I receive a wedding announcement, I turn it into a tile board and give it to the Bride and Groom as their wedding gift.  I have not had anyone reject it, yet.  So here is the "How to Make a Tile board".  It includes all little secrets I have learned over the years.
This is what our finished project will look like.  This picture is already on the web, so my daughter told me to use it.
Here is the Supply list: 
Tile art board (You may be able to find them precut at a craft store, or cut your own out of high quality press board.)  
a picture
Modge Podge (or white glue)
paint brush
measuring cup
stirring stick
clear tape
3 -5 oz paper cups
saw tooth hanger
plastic bag
E-6000 glue
Step 1:  Take the clear tape and put it along the edges of the back of the tile board.  Envirotex Pour On is a Polymer that sticks to porous things, like wood and paper, and not to nonporous things like plastic.  This step will make the drips easier to remove later.
Step 2:  Paint the board on the front, in the trenches and around the edges with what ever color paint you desire. ( I chose black.)  Let it dry.
Step 3:  Using modge podge glue the picture to the board.  If you don't have modge podge, make your own by mixing equal parts of white glue and water. 
Step 4:  Modge podge over the top of the picture.  Make sure it is well covered.  Let it dry (may take a couple of hours).
Step 5:  Lay the plastic bag on your work surface, to catch the drips and there will be drips.
Step 6:  Place the 3 cups in a triangle and place the painted tile board on the cups.
Step 7:  Put on the gloves.  (This will prevent chemical reaction [it looks like a 1st degree burn, but it itches] with your skin from the Envirotex.)
Step 8:  Pour equal amounts of the Resin and the Hardener into the measuring cup.  For this board I used 2.5 oz. This is a Polymer that is created by the mixing of a resin and a hardener.  A chemical reaction takes place that will turn these two liquids into a hard, shiny, water proof surface.
Step 9:  Stir vigorously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides and the bottom.  This will be the trigger for the chemical reaction.  If you don't stir vigorously enough, it won't set up.  If that happens, pour another vigorously stirred coat, over the unsuccessful coat, and it will turn out fine.
Step 8:  Pour the the stirred Envirotex over the top of the tile board.  Use stirring stick to smooth the Envirotex around and make sure all the spots on the front and sides of the board are covered.  You may use the stick to scrape Envirotex off the plastic and put it back on the board.
Step 9:  Once the board is covered, now is the time to take care of the bubbles (vigorous stirring causes bubbles).  Take the straw and through the straw, blow out on to the bubbles. A chemical reaction between the CO2 in your breath and the bubbles will destroy the bubbles.  Don't breath in through the straw, the fumes can cause the chemical reaction on your mouth, and you don't want that.  Blow all over the board until the bubbles are all gone.
Step 10:  Now is the time, with your gloves still on, to add any embellishments you like.  Just set them into the Envirotex and when it sets up it will be permanent. Now walk away and let the chemical reaction take place.  SAFETY HINT!!! Keep it away from children and small pets.  I pour tile boards in a room where I can shut the door and walk away.  In one hour check go in to see if you need to blow out any more bubbles.  Other wise leave it alone for 12 or more hours to totally set.  It takes 48 hours to totally cure.
Step 11:  After 12 + hours, go in and turn the board over.  You will see the drips that are attached to the tape.  Just pull the tape off and you will end up with no drips on the back of your board.  You can also remove the set up drips on your plastic and use it over again.  If you use news paper, you will end up throwing it all away, with the stirring stick, straw etc.
No Drips!! Hurray!!!
Step 12: Using a strong glue (like E-6000), glue a saw tooth hanger on the back of the tile board. Let it dry for at least one hour. This will allow the tile board to be hung on a wall.
Finished product!  You can use photos, calendar pictures, wedding announcements, etc, etc, etc. Have lots of fun!

More Crafts...

Here are a few more crafts that I have completed:

This is my version of a flower pillow.  And, yes,  it resides on my bed.
These are milk jug monsters, etc... I used purple lights and the designs are out of vinyl.
And yes I do have flamingos in my front yard.  They remind me of Florida.

This is the grandson for Halloween.  I made his fishing pole and Mom made the fish. He wanted to dress up like "Grandpa".  He loves his grandpa.
Here is a black board. We made our own frame and used home made chalk board paint. Grandchildren love it!
Well that's all for now.  I have a few more projects under way.  Even a couple of tutorials.  We shall see what happens and when.