Saturday, November 10, 2012

Football and Birthday Cards

Dallas Cowboys Jersey

Dallas Cowboys Jersey (another version)

Indianapolis Colts Jersey

Inside Card

Football Card

Another view of Football Card


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY Cell Phone Charger Cup

A simple but unique way to keep your charger cords up and off your counters and floors while charging your cell phone and/or ipod. A way to reduce, reuse and recycle a plastic bottle.  
These Cell Phone Charger Cups are the coolest, most useful, easy projects that are very popular with our guest in our home.    

The conversation always starts off with, "what is that?" lol. Once our guest figures it out they light up with a look of "That is Genius!" Of course I agree with them and not because I am full of myself and my great little charger cup hanging on my wall, but rather because IT IS genius! I always end up giving my cup away knowing I can always make another one! The wonderfully creative lady that came up with this neat idea can be found at Make it and Love it where you can find the complete tutorial on how to make one yourself.

I used a Dial Body Wash pump bottle the kind you find at Sams Club, they are a little bigger in diameter than the lotion bottles used in the tutorial. I also used scrapbook paper on this cup because the paper matched that Old World feel  I was going for. The paper was a little tricky until it completely dried, I have also used fabric which turns out a bit nicer in my opinon.  

You can go one step further and decorate the front with a  fabric flower creating a vintage shabby look.  
If you decide make one too share yours, I would love to see how it turns out! (8


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mini Baby Minky Lovey Blanket

 Minky's are mini, soft, lush, blankie squares usually made from Minky fabric for babies and toddlers alike. It is a quick go to not a replacement for a full size baby blanket, but rather a quick on the go security blanket.

Here is the version I made for Kylee my 5 month old niece. It has Minky fabric on one side and soft fluffy flannel on the other side.

I love personalizing them with a quick initial applique. These are a great beginner sewing project and make cute baby shower gifts.


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Friday, September 28, 2012

Dollar Store Makeover

I bought a bunch of these plaques from the dollar store the other day 
and they must have thought I was nuts! But I had a plan!

I brought them home and painted them to my hearts content...

Then I sanded up the edges and this beautiful red color popped through...I was super excited!

I added a cute little picture of my niece w/decoupage and I had some great little plaques 
for the family wall. I think these could make some cute gifts come Christmas.

I can't decide if I like the blue or white better...what do you think? I think several of these would look very cute on a painted board or by themselves clustered on the wall. I wonder what else I can do with these...hmmmmm?


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Make a Wish Birthday Card

A simple layout. 

A bit of ribbon flare.

A printed make a wish tag matted.

Equals a fabulous card.

Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY Dog Sweatshirt

I made some easy little sweatshirts with appliques on them for the puppies! 
Bo here is modeling a up cycled sweatshirt with an Army Camouflage heart on it.

While Diesel is sporting dad's favorite football team "The Raiders" wah wah wah! Go Packers!

"I've got my eye on you!"

A super easy design with a up cycled patch from dad's old shirt and unfinished edges.

Lesson learned...think out your background before taking cute pictures
and get somewhere the lighting is good!  

Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shutter Speed

More camera fun. Playing around with my shutter speed.


Hmmmm...gotta work on that lighting a little bit.


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Monday, September 10, 2012

Drop Cloth Hop Scotch Mat

Yep, it's a Hop Scotch Mat made from a drop cloth! Ever since I made this project at Christmas last year, for my 7 year old niece, katelynn I have been finding all sorts of new projects to make with them. Coming soon! If you think about it...what kiddo dosen't like to jump, hop, skip, and bounce around? It's really a perfect gift. Especially for inside on those cold rainy days when everyone is getting a bit of cabin fever.

This is actually a knockoff version of a picture I found. 

I changed a couple little things but I REALLY liked the original colors and design of the photo so I used that as my guide. But you can be as creative and funky as you want with this, remember it is a blank canvass! (8 Sorry that was my attempt for humor! LOL This was fun project as I reminisced about my hop scotching days. I've been thinking about making a couple more to have on hand as birthday gifts for some of cute kiddos I know.

You can find the tutorial and original post over at my old site kinzykateslilstitches blog. If you make one please share it and link back to Thanks (8


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Friday, September 7, 2012


I love me some creamy Bokeh! So you may or may not have figured out that I am NOT a professional (8 photographer, but it is important to have good, clear photos with good lighting when you are blogging. A good picture is worth a thousand words!

So, I have been practicing and learning to use my camera and as I do I share my pictures so I can look back and see how far I have come. Hopefully they inspire you to pull out your camera and start snappin' away.

This is Diesel, my Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie mix).

You can find more of my photo's here.


Thanks for stopping by...Carlene

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Washer Dog Tags

Ok, so I'm stuck on washers and maybe you are too or maybe you don't know anything about them. Well let me start off with saying it's not anything new, but I am so fascinated by the possibilities of these small, inexpensive, disc and the things that you can do with them. Here is just one example. 

Here is what you need:
Metal Stamps
Cloth & Alcohol Rub

All I did was pick up (buy) a cheap set of metal stampers from Harbor Freight. They are on sale right now for $8.99. If you use the 20% off coupon you can get them for about $7. I think I only paid $5. when I bought mine. Super cheap!

I  laid my washers out on the garage floor and with my stamper in one hand and my hammer in the other I tap tap tapped away. I suggest doing a practice run first using a scrap piece of metal or another washer you don't plan to use for your project.

When you have the finished image on to your washer, take your sharpie and color in the image, then wipe off the excess ink with a damp cloth or use alcohol rub on a cloth and rub away any remaining ink. All that will be left is the ink inside the stamped image. (8 

Have Fun and ENJOY!

Thanks for stopping by...Carlene