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Oh H*LL NO!!

Oh Hell No 1Every now and then you find an embroidery design that just speaks to you.

Enough said! (Thank you Urban Threads Embroidery Designs)

Oh Hell No 3Dish towel pillows in assorted colors. $15.00 each plus shipping. Send a message at: to place an order. There is no limit to the color combinations. Dish towels available in with   Red, Black, Blue, Green, Lavender, Brown, Red/Green Plaid trim, OR Off white with Blue, Black or Multicolored Stripes. Oh Hell No 2Because some days you just have to say “Oh Hell No!”

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Learning Opportunities are the Best!

This is what can happen when you are always distracted by something shiny and sparkly, and have trouble focusing at times. It’s also when happens when “someone” tries to organize your craft supplies and puts the wrong cap on the cans of spray paint (because you are still using the spray paint, and leaving the cap off saves time, right that’s it), its about saving time.

20170318_140413_1489872875222_resizedI have been collecting and painting pine-cones for several weeks, and this was the day to finally put them together in a wreath.

20170318_140423_1489872873329_resizedI covered a wire wreath form with burlap ribbon, so the pine-cones could be glued on, knowing the wire form would give the wreath the stability needed. After all of the pine-cones were hot glued in place. I took the wreath outside to give it a coat of clear spray paint to add a shine and help preserve the project. I also had a burlap bow ready to place in the center. And that’s when it happened…..20170318_173329_1489872869366_resized

The “CLEAR” spray paint can with a CLEAR lid, was actually BLACK paint. Luckily I started on on side, so only a few pine-cones got a spurt of black. Yes I know I could pull the miss-pained cones off and replace them, or repaint them, but decided it was okay in the end, and it does make me laugh when I see it hanging on the door.

20170318_173322_1489872871558_resizedThis is not a mistake, it’s a learning opportunity! I will ALWAYS check paint before spraying a project in the future.


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Re-purposing Nature

Pine cones 10After seeing friends paint pine cones to look like Zinnia’s I was inspired and intrigued. A box full of old wooden picture frames seemed to be calling for a craft project as well.

Pine cones 1We picked up pine cones, large and small and baked them in the oven at 250 for about an hour (to kill and bugs or critters, and to help the pine cones open up).

Pine cones 2The pine cones were then cut (since we only used the bottoms)

Pine cones 4We thought we could use the tops as well, but when they were pained, they became very distorted. So only the bottoms were used.

Pine cones 5We used acrylic paint (rather than spray paint) dipping the pine cones into the paint and letting them drain and dry.

Pine cones 6We used red, yellow, pink and orange colored paint.

Pine cones 8Then we took an old wooden 8″x10″ frame and wrapped it with burlap ribbon.

Pine cones 9


A strip of ribbon was added so that the “flowers” could be glued across the corner of the frame.

Pine cones 10A fabric bow was attached and a saw tooth hanger (on the back) We also added a few silk leaves (from another project back in the fall) and there it is! Nature at it’s best!






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A few crates, some carpet, rope & nails = Crazy Cat Crate

Using a few crates, carpet samples, rope and some nails, these items were all re-purposed into a crazy Cat Crate in a few hours. 20170204_175213_1486257646387_resized


We were going to recycle the blue tube as the scratching pole, but it wasn’t tall enough. We substituted the tube with tomato stakes. 20170204_115146_1486258151618_resizedFirst we stained the crates with a pet friendly stain, and covered the flat board with a carpet sample (using a staple gun).



20170204_164254_1486258074722_resizedThen it was time to assemble. Nailing one crate to the carpeted piece, and the top crate in place.

20170204_172234_1486258030367_resizedWe cut tomato stakes to fit as the scratching posts and covered them with rope, using a hot glue gun to hold the rope in place.


20170204_170707_1486258034010_resizedThe scratching posts were nailed in place, and another carpet scrap was placed in the bottom….hopefully the cats will like it!






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Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

20170106_153445_resizedSorry, but I just had to do it, as it is actually snowing in North Carolina as this post is being written. So with that in mind, I thought the door needed a snowman wreath. I started with 2 metal wreat forms, a 6″ and a 12″, and two spools of tulle. 20170105_183444_1483734987844_resized

I wrapped the wreaths with baby blue ribbon, but white would have worked just as well. Then cut 60-18″ pieces of tulle for the large wreath, and about 40- 16″ pieces of tulle for the smaller wreath.


Using a half lark knot, I then started attaching the tulle to the two wreaths.


After finishing the larger wreath, then I started on the smaller wreath.


After both wreaths were finished, then I used a piece of white coverd wire to atttach the two wreaths together.


And with that I had a Snowman! I first tried adding a ribbon bow tie and a “hair” bow, but wasn’t that thrilled with the outcome. So then I found one of my daughters hat and scarf sets from MANY years ago, and pinned them on instead.20170105_202156_1483735035198_resized

A little wire to attach it to the door, and there it is, a Snowman!


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Weddings and Wedding Flowers!

It is so exciting when a couple gets married, but even more exciting when you can do all of the decorations, including the flowers! 20161211_073804-1_resized The brides bouquet was simple yet full of memories since it contained the words from her friends and family. 20161123_230319_1481631688652_resizedOur Bride did not want cut flowers, so we searched the internet and found some flowers made out of old books. Knowing how much she loves books, we wouldn’t dream of cutting up any, so we did the next best thing. The wedding attendants, bride and groom all sent in “words” which were complied in a document, then printed on pale blue and grey paper. 20161123_230328_1481631685234_resizedThe words were cut into petals , shaped a curled. 20161123_230505_1481631682474_resized Then slowly shaped into flowers for the wedding party. 20161130_210321_resized This was one of the bridesmaids bouquets.


And the brides bouquet!

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Keep on Creating!

During this time of the year, I find it hard to keep a balance between filling orders, and staying creative. While the ordered are what allows me to have the resources to obtain supplies and projects, it is a fine line.

I has honored to spend time in China recently on an educational trip, and learned from the students and people of the areas that we visited, that being creative feeds your soul.

Students in China spend time every day not only learning Chinese arts and crafts, but also learning to cook, sew, dance, and play music. This along with their daily studies of math, science, learning to speak English and study Chinese history keeps their educational system strong.

The children of China were just like the children if the United States, joyful, happy, inquisitive and eager to learn.  We have more in common than we are different. Students working together to create art

Collaberation is just as important for Chinese students as it is for American students. These students mixed a water based liquid, then dropped paint in it. The paint floated as they swirled and moved it around the pan.

Painting together

They then placed paper on top of the paint, and this was the result of theit work. (I was invited to help too!)

Plate designs

This picture was made by scoring china plates with an engraving tool. It is made up of thousands of dots.

Clay art

The students are allowed to choose which “Clubs” they would like to participate in. This girl showed me how to make a clay cat (which was not near as good as the Panda she gave me).

Primary Cooking Club

These primary school students made yummy chocolate chip cookies in their cooking club.

High School Cooking Club

While these High School students made Cream Puffs in their cooking club.


And yes, they taught me how to use a sewing machine! I did not let on that I have been sewing since I was their age. I let them “teach ” me how to sew a straight line and make a casing for a bag they were working on.

Yes, we are all the same. Creativity has no limits or boundries.

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For the Dogs (again)

As many of you know, we also have a business making dog treats, Megan’s Mutt Munchies ( As the holiday’s near, we are always looking for some new ideas and products that enhance both, our love of creating, and healthy wholesome dog treats!

This week, we recycled some candle jars and mason jars into treat jars!

Treat jar - Ruff

All of the jar bands are available in many colors and attach with velcro at the back. Seen here – Ruff Day….Jar, band and treats retail – $12.00

Treat Jar - Paws

Paws Off shown in khaki with black stitching. Jar, band and treats retail – $12.00

Treat jar - Good Dog

Good Dog – Jar, band and treats retail – $12.00

Treat JarsEnjoy – oh and share with your favorite four legged friends!