I love this time of year for treasure hunting. Everyone is happy because winter is over... and they can start hawking their "stuff" once again..... good times, good times. I am always on the look out for more paint, glitter, glue, Mod Podge and any gems I can stick out in my pirate backyard. All of this combined was under $10.00. The two necklaces on the far right are stamped sterling silver, they were both .50¢ each.

The Singer sewing caddy was only $5.00 and came with a lot of thread, pins, several tape measures, buttons and bags of rhinestones.
A $2.00 shoe box filled with more thread, buttons and sewing machine bobbins was a happy find. (we all know how much thread costs these days)
I found another Disney Animator doll. Belle was a $2.00 scored treasure.
I also scored on an American Girl doll. She was only $2.00 as well. Her little sweater-shirt is wet from me sponging off a little dirt. I also bought some bronzed baby shoes. At only .75¢ it was a no-brainer on buying them.   
I also got a few pirate treasures.... A fabulous tin box, a pewter mug, a silver tray, an awesome lantern, pirate booty and seashells. I got all of this pictured below for only $8.00.

This weekend they are predicting rain again. Pooh. Makes it hard to hunt for treasures in the rain!
big hugs,


Happy Saint Patrick's Day

I tried my hand at making a green shamrock for Saint Patrick's day. 
I thought it was pretty cute... so I added a pin back to it and covered the bulk of the pin with some green felt.
It was super easy to make. Here is the pattern if your wanting to make one yourself: Using a magic circle as your base...
chain 3, 1 triple crochet, 1 double crochet, 1 triple crochet, chain 3 and slip stitch into the magic circle. Repeat two more times to make a three leaf shamrock. Once you have three shamrock petals, your needing a stem. Chain 6 and make a half double crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and then slip stitch back up the chain and slip stitch into the center of the shamrock and pull the magic circle super tight to close up all the crocheting, then simply cut and tie off the end of the yarn.
It only took me three minutes to make this little shamrock....so... I ended up making 72 Shamrock pins! Sixty for my grandkids classmates and the remaining 12 for me to pass out to my friends.
The shamrock is a three-leaved (or three-leafed) clover; the plant was used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. It has subsequently become a national symbol of Ireland. The word comes from Seamróg, the Irish name for the plant.

I'm planning on spending the next few days working out in my yard, it seems like it has been forever since I've been out there doing anything of substance. It's going to get ugly before it gets pretty... that's for sure!
big hugs,


Lucky Pennies

I managed to pull myself away from my yarn stash and actually go outside and play since it is now getting to be a decent temperature outside! I used metal letter stamps to create Lucky Penny necklaces.
I haven't done any metal stamping in ages--- but, I think they turned out pretty good considering. In the past, I've drilled holes into metal-- but I thought I'd try my hand at one of those jewelers hole punches they sell at the craft store. Worked beautifully once I got it figured out.

 I also made some paper shamrocks that hold a Hershey kiss in each shamrock petal. Caute! The paper shamrock is made with two long strips of paper... pretty cool huh.

 I made little St. Patrick's day cards too. I honestly don't know what I'm doing when it comes to making cards..... but what the who-haw.... they will end up in the trash, so no worries!
I tucked a four leaf clover tag into each card. Yep, I made those too. Don't they look super old?

I remember when I was in kindergarten and whomever found a four leaf clover got to wear a paper construction crown made by the teacher with the four leaf clover taped front and center on it..... ah good times, good times. 
Have you ever seen these sour cream inspired containers for holding small gifts?
They are super easy to make. I used cardstock scrapbooking paper cut at 4"x6" and hot glued each piece to create a tube, then I hot glued one end of the tube closed and tucked a small gift inside....
Then I pinched the other end of the tube closed making sure it was pinched vertically to the horizontal pinched other end and hot glued that end closed... and ta da.... instant cute container!
Uh oh....I spy with my eye... some green yarn.....
big hugs,


Dr. Seuss Headbands

I find myself still crocheting Dr. Seuss items... you would think my hands would be a tangled-painful-mess after crocheting the sixty Cat in the Hat bookmarks I blogged about in my previous post, but they seem to be unfazed by it. So,  I made a "Cat in the Hat" headband with cat ears for my grandaughter to wear for the upcoming celebration on March 2nd. I used the pattern on Sarah's blog, "Repeat Crafter Me."
 I think it turned out pretty cute. I just hope she likes it and wants to wear it.
 It was a super easy pattern, so you guessed it, I whipped up a bunch more. No, not sixty. Just five in total. One for my grandaughter and her teacher. One for my grandson's teacher and the other two for the teacher's they had last year. I finished all of these in one day!
I probably should box up all my yarn and put it out in the garage so I can get some house work done.... Oh wait... I was going to Google how to do "Yarn Pooling" using variegated yarn.... no, no, no, walk away from the yarn. Box it up- box it up...
big hugs,


Dr. Seuss Day

Dr. Seuss day is fast approaching. This year it falls on Thursday, March the 2nd. It is also known as "National Read Across America Day." But "Dr. Seuss Day" sounds so much more fun! In honor of this fun-filled reading day at my grandkids school, I thought I would make them both a fun Cat in the Hat bookmark.
I found a crochet pattern online, I think I have it pinned to one of my Pinterest boards, either under "Crochet" or "bookmarks" any~who, the little hat bookmark whipped up pretty fast.
 So fast in fact.... that I whipped up sixty of them. Not only can my grandkids have fun with them, but their classmates can too.
big hugs,


Valentine Pockets

My friend Sandra gave me a little paper Valentine pocket (with chocolate in it) recently... and I fell in love with it, I fell hard. So simple--- yet over the top adorable. So, of course, I had to make a bazillion myself to pass out to some of my friends...

Currently, I am in the mindset of using what I have on hand... so the paper choices I made are not really Valentine themed---- but I don't think any of my friends will mind one bit.
Of course, I had to make it my own and switch things up a little bit, because that's how I roll. I made mine bigger and instead of pulling one side down, I kept both ends up.... and glued the front pieces into place creating a pocket on the outside as well as on the inside.

I wrapped a piece of chocolate in pink tissue paper and stuffed that into the larger pocket. 
 Here you can see the size difference. I punched a hole and tied the little pocket closed--- I decided after tying this one... to leave the rest untied so that my friends could get to their chocolate faster! I'm a good friend like that!Here are instructions on how to fold an origami cup/Seed Envelope if you would like to make some yourself. You need to start off with a square piece of paper, I used an 8"x 8" sheet of card stock scrapbooking paper to get the size I wanted. I stopped at the fourth step shown below and glued a piece of a gold doily over the edge of the outer pocket. It really isn't a true pocket as the bottom isn't fully closed, but it is perfect to hold a Valentine :-)
I can see myself making a lot more of these in the future. Saint Patricks day, Easter... maybe even using them as part of a place setting with names on them. I could even whip up some using maps and pass them out for our upcoming Pirate parties! Aaaarrrgggghhhh~ Thank you Sandra for the inspiration--- and of course, the chocolate!
big hugs,


Valentine Cupids

I bought a box of six Fontanini Angels (two of each kind) a few months back, I immediately thought of turning them into little Valentine Cupids!
I added some iridescent glitter to the wings and let that dry...
Next, I added fine gold glitter to each piece of the cherubs sash and let that dry. I then made each one a quiver covered in red glitter and added two arrows with each tip covered in pink fine glitter to finish them off.
Lastly, I added a ribbon hanger to each one before wrapping them up.

The photos make these little cupids covered in glitter to appear a little garish--- but in person they are not SO brash. I have talked  a bunch of my friends into having a Valentines day swap... of sorts. Ok-ok-ok, its a party with presents, yes, that's how I presented it to them! *wink* There is a group of six of us that get together to craft and visit with each other a few times a month... so I thought it would be fun to craft for each other.
I have already informed them that we are going to be having a "Saint Patrick's day" party too... Why should kids have all the fun right?
big hugs,