Thursday, June 27, 2013

Creative Bucket List

Bucket List Alert!!! I have tried many, many times over the years to learn how to knit. There was just something about it that my brain couldn't wrap itself around but tonight I conquered it!!! I vowed recently to start making Thursday Creativity Night. Even though I have pressing deadlines I stayed true to myself and got out the yarn and needles.

Aleene's 4th of July Decorations

I so remember making these projects at Aleene's Creative Living back in 1999!  They are still so fun and so festive for the 4th of July.

Since I made these projects so long ago, you'll need to sub in a few items like the sheets of plastic from the craft store, use Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue, any tissue paper and any glue gun.

Aleene's Blast From the Past

4th of July Star Celebration Bowls

Spread the red, white and blue spirit with this easy and fun- to-make bowls.
I dusted off my Aleene's Creative Living television show archives and found this patriotic design for the 4th of July.  Just sub in any tissue paper brand and use the Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue for the reverse collage glue. 

This technique can be used for any occasion, just change the shapes you cut out of the tissue paper.  For an inexpensive party idea, head to a dollar store for the bowls.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Silverware Butterfly Garden Stake

I love, love, love this silverware butterfly created by a local artist.  I bought him at a recent craft show with a special friend in mind and thought I'd save it for Christmas since her birthday had already passed.  The occasion came this week when her cat of 16 years passed away and I wanted to give a little comfort gift.  I hope this whimsical gesture brings her comfort when she sees it in her garden

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Talent Show Display

I'm getting ready to share my Photo Memory Shoes with my Newcomers Club this week at the talent show. I'm adding some little touches to my display but I want the shoes to speak for themselves. The shoes are customizable with your photos and are perfect for a special occasion or every day.

Wine Photo Memory Shoes

Are you a wine lover? These shoes are ready for a day of wine tasting, dinner out or a day if shopping. They can be customized for your fav winery too!

Butterfly Photo Shoes

These butterfly shoes are my favorite!!! Butterflies not your thing? The shoes can be customized with your photos to make them uniquely you! You gotta love that! Go to my etsy store for the simple details.

Family Photo Memory Shoes

These flats are perfect for casual occasions and especially for someone like me who can't wear heels because of a broken ankle a while back Customize with your family photos or any theme you desire. Check them out at

Talent Show Pennants

If you know me, ordinary doesn't exist in my vocabo. My original intent was to print everyone's name on a piece of paper, fold it so it would stand and I'd be done. Here's what that idea morphed into. The dollar store was my friend from the plastic cups to the shredded paper filler. They will add some color and whimsy to the table talent portion of the show. Next...


They are taking over my kitchen. I'm off to the dollar store to get some filler for the pots while the plaster of Paris dries.

Friday, June 14, 2013


I'm getting my craft on tonight making name 'tags' for a talent show.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations

Who says Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations are just for cabinets?  

Two years are my finished stairs.
I had some leftover Cabinet Transformation from my kitchen make-over and decided to spruce up my stairs.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that my stairs were literally my down fall two plus years ago.  I was looking at my stairs, that had been neglected for 33 years, and was trying to decide what to do with them having a zero budget (my dream would be wrought iron).  That's when something went very wrong and I found myself laying at the bottom of the stairs.  I crawled to the phone which of course was on the top of my desk about 5' high, called a friend and an emergency visit later found out I had a broken ankle.  The stairs have totally gone by the wayside since then.


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer

Here's a cool bullseye t-shirt a friend made. She said it was fun, easy and a great learning experience.  She's ready to go buy some Tulip dye and make some more.
The Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer van rolled into San Luis Obispo yesterday at the Old Navy store for a fun-filled day of creativity.  Old Navy supplied the shirts and ilovetocreate supplied the Tulip One Step Tie Dye so everyone created and took home a free tie dyed shirt.  We had 'kids' of all ages creating shirts - one dad was out shopping and stopped to make a shirt for his daughter's eighth birthday today.  He said she loves making things so she'd be surprised at his creation.  We had entire families making shirts, we had little tiny kiddos who had to have a little help from mom or dad, we had college students - it was a fun-filled creative day.

One Mom said her daughter's birthday is in November and they can't do fun activities that time of year so she was going to have an end of the school year tie dye party next week.  Tulip has several ways to buy the dye and they even have a couple of large kits that make up to 24 shirts - look in your local paper or on line for discount coupons.  Instead of handing out sugary party favors, the kids get an entertaining activity at the party, something to take home and a  reminder of the fun party every time they wear the shirt.  I mentioned to the mom to look on line because there are tons of tie dye food ideas too! 

If you're in the San Luis Obispo area don't forget the van (and I) will be at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, July 18th from 6 - 8.  More details as we get closer to this fun event.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Free Tie-Dye T-Shirt in San Luis Obispo

Who's in? Come learn how to tie-dye and create a FREE t-shirt at the Old Navy store in San Luis Obispo (just off of 101 and Los Osos Valley Road)

I'll be there this Saturday, June 8th from 11:30 to 2:30 helping you make an awesome tie-dye shirt.  ilovetocreate (my former employer in Fresno) is supplying the t-shirts and the dye all you need to provide is YOU!!!  Come on out and have some awesome fun - no experience necessary.  Check out tie-dye projects, videos and techniques at  Learn more about the Tie Dye Your Summer tour and ways to win amazing prizes at!!!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Second Chance Prom

Record Cupcake Stand Centerpiece - This was a last minute add-on.  It's a project I did on TV a few years back and thought it would be perfect.  The base is a melted record with a regular record glued on top.  We'd add cupcakes in the prom colors, add some retro decorations and spin the night away!

Second Chance Prom


 Would you love to have a second chance to do it all over again?  A club I belong to is putting on a prom complete with a red carpet, a DJ, a celebrity guest, centerpieces, corsages - everything but a disco ball.

I was busy over the weekend creating some sample centerpieces to show to the committee this week.  Which one would you pick?
Swirled Elegance - A little scrap book paper, some wire swirls, crystals, flowers and we're ready to boogie!

Dollar Store Elegance - Create an elegant table setting for pennies (well, dollars).  Each person gets to take home the votive, complete with a battery operated flickering candle.

Candy Bar / Treat Centerpiece - I polled my facebook friends and so far this is the favorite - the base is a record, the bowl is created from a melted record and then I filled it with treats and tissue paper in the colors of the prom.