Thursday, November 10, 2011

:( heart is here, but I can't seem to be.

My head is bursting with ideas, but the time is not right.

Hope you understand.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Necklace Charm

Here is a fun, tailor-made gift idea for a friend or family member.

 I recently went to a craft show in our area and splurged on this necklace and earring set.  It was designed to hang a charm from, and I knew exactly what charm was needed.

First, I printed very small pictures of Pistol Pete -  THE mascot for the Oklahoma State Cowboys - onto card stock.  I actually ran the card stock through the printer - twice - to get a nice vibrant color.

Then, I painted clear nail polish over the entire design, front and back, and let it dry.  I learned to do this through error, for my first two attempts failed due to ink that ran.  


Next, I poured a very small amount of this product 

into the bottom of this bezel - and placed my cut out design on top.

Using E6000 glue, I attached small strips of rhinestones around the perimeter of the inside of the bezel.  It is best to glue these in place before using the dimensional medium, otherwise the rhinestones tend to fall over.

Finally, I dripped more of the Mod Podge into the bezel, completely covering the design, but not the rhinestones.  Allow this to dry for 12-24 hours.

Imagine what fun necklaces you can make that reflect your loved ones' personalities.  I know I would love something so personal.


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All of these products can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The total cost of this charm is probably about $2 by taking advantage of the sales at Hobby Lobby.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Glass Candle Gift

This candle idea is nothing new if you've been around Blogland at all.  By simply gluing some type of container onto a candlestick, you get a nice, yet inexpensive, hurricane glass container to fill with all sorts of fun things.


I have not seen this exact model out there, although surely it has to be.  To make my version, pick up these candle holders at the Dollar Tree ($1 each)

and glue them onto a glass candlesticks using E6000 glue.  
The one pictured here is also from the Dollar Tree ($1 each)

I prefer to find candlesticks at garage sales, because they are actually much nicer and run between . 50-$1 each.  

 I really, really like the size and shape of this candleholder.

I have a set on the top of my piano and just 
change the decor with the season.

Giving a pair makes a wonderful gift........

.......but an even lovelier gift is to put together 
several little bags of fillers.......

.......take pictures of the various designs you've come up with.......

and give a little photo book of ideas with the candleholders.

Your non-crafty friends will appreciate the extra thought.

Hopefully the pictures throughout this post
will give you lots of ideas to try.

The concavity of the jar allows a wreath to stay put
just by bending the wire form in a bit.

This wreath wouldn't stay up, 
so a touch of hot glue holds it in place.

I'm using a glade candle inside of mine
The shape of the candle 
matches the shape of the jar.

Aren't they elegant for just a few bucks?!!!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Gift of Reading

One of the greatest gifts in the reading.  
For 10 years, I had the privilege of homeschooling my kids and 

Oh, the books we have read!  

It's hard for me to think of what makes a great gift 
without thinking of books.

So, I thought I'd share a series of books we discovered during our homeschooling years.  This series is exciting, inspiring, life changing, and very enjoyable to read together as a family.  

The first book you should try - to see if you like the series is:

I promise, you will not be able to put this book down.

All of the books in this series are excellent.  
I've included pictures of our top 5.

The book titles I'm listing in this post are of Christian missionaries, but the company who publishes them also publishes an equally fascinating series on 
Heroes of American History.

You can check out their web-site here:

I have no connection with this company except for purchasing their books.  I simply wanted to share with you what a wonderful gift I believe these books would make.  Even though you're not making them and you will spend some money on this gift (6.99 each), you will get tremendous "Bang for Your Buck."

And if you read them with someone else - 
What a Gift!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My View From the Tub - Christmas Gifts

Do you have your gift list READY?


     SET .....

Actually, hold on for one minute........

Before you jump into to all the craziness that leads up to


Would you take just a couple of minutes to watch this video

Perhaps this water project isn't

where your passion lies.

This happens to be one of mine, but I am also

passionate about stopping

Human Trafficking 


Providing Blankets for

Impoverished People


North Africa


Giving to People

Who Have Lost Their Jobs.

Over the next several days, I'll be sharing

some gift ideas and some gifts that have

meant the most to me.

I sincerely hope you will share ideas back.

The value of a handmade gift is 

undervalued in our culture.

Let's change that!

If we really want to Occupy

This Christmas,

Let's give a little less to the 

Big Companies with all the Gadgets,

And a little more to the 80%

Who live on less than $10/day.

These are just 

My Views From the Tub 

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