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Toiling along!

I’m kind of into the blue thing for my living room lately.  I normally just keep it kind of neutral and switch out the accent colors in there.  Anyone else having a love affair with blue and white like me?

Found some time recently to make up some toile pillow covers for my couch.  I’ve had this material forever it seems.  I’m not even sure what I bought it for originally.  I think to decorate some tables for something relating to Fourth of July in past years or something.  Anyway, every time I go to purge my material, I can always toss other things out, but this material always finds it’s way back into the basket.

Blue and White Toile DIY Pillow Covers

Finally! I made something from this material.  You can see the other pillow peeking out.  That is a pillow cover from Hobby Lobby.  I thought the toile covers and the Hobby Lobby ones complemented each other pretty well.

Why I was drawn to this material, I just don’t know.  It’s kind of a historical fabric I guess.  It’s got like civil war hats, guns, cannons, and all sorts of things on it.  Quite a weird mixture of objects on it.  Every time I look at it, I see something that I missed before!

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day.  If you didn’t get in on the Valentine’s Bible Memory Challenge this year, you can still pick up the download for it on this post.

Thanks for stopping in.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




Picking up strawberries and putting ’em in a basket!

Okay, I know it’s not exactly time for strawberries yet.  We have lots of strawberry fields around here and I love it when it is the season for them.  Love stopping by the side of the road at the little fruit stands and getting one of those big flats of them.  Delicious!

DIY Felt Strawberry Craft

Today I’m sharing with you a project I did last year.  I made some of these for my crafty friends as gifts.  Actually I made a sample along with all the cut-outs and supplies for them.  Kind of kit gifts.

I was putting a few touches of pink on my coffee cart in my kitchen for Valentine’s Day and so I pulled out some of these strawberries.  Anyway, I thought I’d share how to make them.
DIY Felt Strawberry Sewing Craft

For all my paper crafting friends, these require a couple older Stampin’ Up! Sizzix dies, so I hope you’ve held onto them.  You will need the Stampin’ Up!  Island Floral Bigz and the Originals Blossom Party dies.



  • Stampin’ Up! Island Floral Bigz Die
  • Stampin’ Up! Originals Blossom Party Die
  • Die Cut Machine
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Needle


  • Pink or Red Felt
  • Green Felt (for stem leaf)
  • White (for flower)
  • Matching Embroidery Floss (I used 2 strands)
  • Ribbon
  • Button
  • Polyfill
  • Hot glue

Felt Strawberry DIY Craft Project


  • With scissors, cut out enough felt for the 3 leaf flower on the Island Floral die (red or pink).
  • With scissors, cut enough green felt for the little pointy flower on the same die.
  • With scissors, cut enough felt for the smallest flower on the Blossom Party die.  The one with the hole in the center.
  • Die cut as many strawberry pieces as you desire.
  • Thread your needle with floss (2 strands).
  • Put two sides of the 3 petal flower (pink) together, knot your floss, and whip stitch (or any fancy stitch you desire) on the outside of the seam.   Start with the connecting end (not the pointed end).   You could pin these but I found it was easier just to pinch it shut and stitch it closed as I went along.
  • Next,  pull up another petal, and pinch together and keep on stitching around one more side – without stopping.  (This is why you must start at the connecting end for the first step.   If you start at the pointed end, you will need to knot off and start again before doing the second seam.  You might as well avoid that and knock out two seams at once so be sure to start your first seam beginning where the die-cut connects.)
  • Tie off at the end of the second seam, tucking the thread end inside.
  • Pull up the last petal and knot and make 3 or 4 stitches into the last seam on the outside as before.
  • Add in a small amount of stuffing through the open side.  It doesn’t take much to fill them.
  • Finish stitching last seam and knot off at the end.  You’ll just have to keep pressing in the stuffing to keep it out of your way as you stitch.
  • Hot glue on the green little flower for your stem top.
  • Hot glue on ribbon to center of the green stem top.
  • Hot glue the little white flower onto your green stem top.  There is a hole in the middle, so be careful and don’t glue your fingers!  You’ll be covering up that hole with a button.   I placed my little white flowers a little to the side, just under the bow, so they were kind of coming off the seam.
  • Hot glue on a button over the hole in the white flower.  I threaded some floss through my buttons.
  • That’s it.  You’ve grown your very own strawberry!

Strawberry diy craft

Tip:  If you wanted to, you could sew on some little clear seed beads.

Hope you enjoyed the project.  Let me know if you make any.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




Keeping it under glass!

Since I have so many ideas I’ve saved and I love sharing, I thought as I have ended Takeaway Tuesdays, I would start up Friday Finds.  Every Friday I will share with you some type of fun project or idea that I have found on the internet.  I know so many of you come here looking for ideas for women’s ministry and there are lots of great ideas floating around the web that we can use and try for our ministries.

To get us started, I have found a great little product from Factory Direct Craft.  I’ve ordered from there in the past for projects I’ve done.  Spring is coming and will be here before we know it so when I spied these little terrariums on their website, a bell went off.  Ding!  What a fun little project for favors or for making a group craft at a spring retreat.

DIY Terrariums to try

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

I was thinking maybe find some of those little things like they decorate the little fairy gardens with.  So many ideas for these!

DIY Plastic Terrariums

Photo Source:  Factory Direct Craft

Right now they are 7.99 for 6.  Even with adding a few supplies, it’s not a bad price for a group project.  Especially as this is something new.  At least for me.  I’ve never decorated a mini cloche.  Have you?  Finding new craft projects for retreats is getting harder and harder.  At least I think so.  People ask me all the time for ideas for retreat crafts and sometimes I just feel so empty of creativity where this kind of stuff is concerned.


You can find these little clothes on the Factory Direct Craft website at the link below:

Miniature Acrylic Cloches

I love cloches and would love a regular size one for my home.  (Not one of these mini plastic ones.  Haha!)  I’m on the look out for one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…or two legs.  Why are they so expensive?  They are just glass!

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will enjoy Friday Finds!

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




Takeaway Tuesdays on the Made2bCreative BlogFilled with a little Christmas!

First of all, let me apologize about last week’s Takeaway Tuesday.  To be honest, I completely forgot about posting.  That day was a shopping day with my daughter, Tara.  Sorry I forgot about ya’ll!  We had a nice time out together though.  She’s 18 and still at home and taking college classes, but I do try to spend time with her when I can.  I know she won’t stay home forever.

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest Christmas ornaments I know how to make—filled clear ornaments.  I purchased my clear ornaments from Hobby Lobby but you can get them in almost any craft store.

DIY Filled Christmas Ornament from Clear Bulbs

Mine in the photo is filled with Epson salts, a little plastic Boxwood greenery, and berries.  You can fill them with almost anything.


Fill Ideas for Clear Ornaments:

  • Ribbon or string (to embellish and add a hanger with)
  • Epson Salt
  • Glitter
  • Paint (you squeeze a little in and roll them around)
  • Berries
  • Greenery
  • Twigs
  • Mini pinecones
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Rope
  • Beads
  • Pearls
  • Feathers
  • Rolled paper strips
  • Moss
  • Miniature figurines such as animals
  • Miniature Christmas trees
  • Buttons
  • Lace scraps
  • Jingle bells
  • Photos
  • Stickers (for the outside)
  • Mini letter blocks
  • Candy such as M&Ms
  • Bath Salts
  • Popcorn
  • Hot cocoa mix and marshmallows
  • Check the dollhouse section for miniature items
  • Use your imagination and creativity….the list could go on and on!


Tip:  If you use Epson Salt and put items on top of it, you will need to slide your ornament very slowly upright (if you use the ones like from Hobby Lobby that open vertically) so that your items don’t get buried beneath the salts.

Here are a few filled ornaments from online so you can get some more ideas:


Thanks for stopping in.  Feel free to comment.  I love hearing from you.


Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




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