Chalk it up!

It’s time for another Friday Find!  This week I’m not sharing anything from online but something I found in the Target Dollar Spot.  We all love that place, don’t we?  Things just hop into my shopping cart when I get near those dollar bins.  I really have to just avoid that part of the store as much as I can.

That Target Dollar Spot is responsible for me decorating for holidays that I never would have dreamed of decorating for before.  What’s with that?  I had a Valentine’s party going on in my kitchen this year on my shelves just because of the Target Dollar Spot.  Had a cute little Valentine’s banner with tassels and everything.

Just the other day a bunny towel and a little spring bucket jumped into my cart.  Well…the bunny hopped!

Target Spot Find: Mini Chalkboards #womensministry

You have gotta love these little chalkboards.  I know so many of you of follow me do women’s ministry events and these would make such cute little easels for labeling food dishes or even materials on a ladies retreat table.  They would be cute for name place cards at a holiday meal at home too because you could reuse them.  Something you don’t have to throw away is always a great thing.

These come in pink and black but when I saw them I passed the pink up.  Snapped a pic to share but then I went back the next day and ALL of the pink ones were gone and most of the black ones were gone as well.   Someone was probably doing a wedding or something and wanted them for place settings.  I went back to grab a pink one but boo…they were gone.

You can actually find mini easels a lot of places but I just thought the easel part of these were really nice compared to some.

Target Spot Mini Chalkboard Easil find

Thanks for stopping in.  What’s everyone up to this weekend?  I’ve got a furniture makeover project I’ll be working on this weekend.  I got an old curio cupboard from Craigslist for $10 that I’ll be tackling.

Just an FYI, no I don’t get paid by Target.  Just sharing cause I like to share the stuff I like.

Have a creative day,

Have a creative day!




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!




Don’t get mugged!

It’s time for another Friday Find!  Sharing a new video today from Wonder Forest (Dana) over on You Tube.  Dana is a great water color artist and has lots of tips and things like that.  She just did a new video on You Tube, making marble painted mugs.  So darling!

I’m thinking this might be a cute project for women’s ministry groups.   She uses porcelain paint on these but that will go a long way as it doesn’t require much so this would be great for a group to tackle.  Looks like fun to me!

I’m embedding the video here but you can check out Wonder Forest’s You Tube channel here in case you are into water coloring.  Dana makes it pretty easy.  She offers a workshop too.  Maybe when I get some extra cash, I’ll take it because I would so love to learn more from her.

Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Me?  Well, I’ll be cleaning in my garage.  My husband and I are doing the purging thing.  Well…I am.  I’m not seeming to get much help with this right now.  Everyone in my family is so busy, but I am determined to get rid of the clutter everywhere in my house.  Hey!  Spring’s a coming!!  Hope you are doing something more fun this weekend than cleaning.

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!




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