Watermelon Baby Buggy – Baby Shower Centerpiece

I just love browsing farmer’s markets. There are always tasty samples of homemade preserves (plum or raspberry chipotle is my current fave), smiling people and super fresh vegetables and fruits.

Now is definitely the time to buy those succulent melons – water, cantaloupe, honey dew, Crenshaw…

Super Simple with Terri OThis baby shower centerpiece can be created a day ahead of time. However, put the fruit in just before serving. The buggy may leak, so put something beneath. Note: When I made the fruit salad buggy, I knew the gender to be a girl, but for a boy a watermelon race car flames painted on the sides instead of the ruffle would be fun. The whole project takes about an hour.

Have a simply marvelous day!


Materials Needed:

4 Granny Smith apples (or 2 grapefruit, halved)
4 10-inch wooden skewers
Cut fruit — watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, etc.
Masking tape
Glue gun

Step 1:

Using masking tape, tape off part of watermelon to be cut to form the shape of a buggy. Using tape as a guide, cut off that section and save to be diced for salad contents.

Step 2:

Scoop out rest of melon with a melon baller or cut out and dice for salad.

Step 3:

Shape excess rind into handle. Cut lace to fit across hood and thumbtack to sides.

Step 4:

Put skewers through watermelon shell to form axles of wheels. Stick apples onto ends of skewers.

Step 5:

Place handle at one end of buggy and return cut watermelon and other fruit to the cavity of the melon.


Stars and Stripe T-shirts and Guest Soaps

The day Americans celebrate freedom is midweek this year. For those of you celebrating your freedom at home, here’s a pre-party project for your bathroom plus one you can have super quick fun project an older teen can help the younger kids make.

Are there red white and blue towels in your bathroom this Fourth of July? How about white daisies and red carnations in a blue vase beside the sink? Well, you need soap for your Independence Day guests.

It’s pretty simple to make those pretty glycerin soaps with different colored shapes inside when you know how!

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Materials Needed:

Glycerin soap
Large soap molds
Small soap molds
Small paintbrush
Soap fragranceSoap colorant
Spray bottle filled with alcohol

Step 1:

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt a small amount of glycerin soap in microwave for approximately 1 minute; add soap colorant.

Step 2:

Carefully pour soap into small mold, making certain to fill mold to the top. Spray with alcohol to get rid of any bubbles, then place in freezer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Remove soap from molds and allow them to come to room temperature.

Step 4:

Using soap colorant, paint your small molds, then allow them to dry overnight.

Step 5:

Melt remaining glycerin soap in a medium-sized bowl for approximately 1 minute, or as needed, being careful not to burn the soap.

Step 6:

Add fragrance to melted soap. Note: A little goes a long way.

Step 7:

Carefully pour a small amount of soap into large mold; spray with alcohol to get rid of any bubbles, then place in freezer for approximately 2 minutes.

Step 8:

Place small soap pieces into the center of the large soap mold; spray with alcohol.

Step 9:

Heat remaining unused glycerin soap until just liquid. Make certain the soap won’t melt the small insert, then pour soap to the top of the large mold, spray with alcohol, then freeze 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 10:

Remove soap from molds, smooth sides of soap bars by rubbing sides, then trim as needed.

The kids will need supervision on this next one, but it goes pretty fast depending on how many little ones are celebrating.

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Materials Needed:

Crayola fabric crayons
Few sheets of white typing or copier paper
T-shirt, cloth bag or fabric item of your choice
Ironing cloth (optional)

Step 1:

Draw a picture or design on piece of paper. Remember, when you iron it on, it will be reversed. So, the design should look as it would in a mirror. (For example, the “S” in the Superman symbol would look backwards to you unless you held it up in a mirror.)

Step 2:

After finishing your drawing, brush off any excess crayon. Then, place the picture face down in the spot where you want to transfer the image.

Step 3:

Use an ironing cloth or an extra sheet of paper between the iron and picture so your iron isn’t damaged by the crayons.

Step 4:

Set iron on cotton setting and no steam. Put iron down over a portion of the fabric. Let sit for a couple seconds, lift and move to another spot. Do not rub back and forth with iron; it will smear image.

Step 5:

You can lift up the corners of your paper to see if your image has transferred, being careful not to shift paper. The design will also begin to show through the paper once it’s ironed.

Helpful Hints:

The colors become more vibrant once they are ironed onto fabric.

Have fun!

Remember to thank a veteran or someone in ser

Create a Potato Necklace

Did you play games with potatoes when you were a kid—tossing the hot potato or that one where you and your friends stood in two lines and you had to pass a potato from under one chin to another?

We aren’t going to play those games today. :0)

Super Simple with Terri OI have a necklace project that is simple for you to help your child make. It’s also perfect for a young Girl Scout Troop to create.

Potato Necklace

Materials Needed:

2 potatoes
Yarn, string or fish line
Acrylic paint
Paper plates (for paint)
Darning needle

Step 1:

Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. This next step takes quite a bit of time: you want to dry out the potatoes so they will shrink and shrivel. You can do this one of two ways. Use a darning needle and thread the pieces through the middle onto a string of yarn, or place a toothpick in the middle of each piece and place in the oven (on a cookie sheet) for 6 hours at 200 degrees. The end result: you want them to be hard and blackened.

Step 2:

Once pieces have properly dried, they’re ready to paint. Use any color you’d like — turquoise paint actually makes the pieces look similar to real turquoise! Let dry.

Step 3:

Now you’re ready to string your painted pieces. potato pieces and beads on fishing line, yarn or string, for a beautiful necklace. Tie off the end with a knot.

Helpful Hints: Two potatoes yield approximately 20 pieces.


A Purse by Any Other Name… Clutch!

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Super Simple Beaded Clutch

Purse, pocketbook, handbag, or clutch, it is the one accessory a woman rarely goes without.

You can win a purse in horse racing, boxing, and once upon a time, each member of a crew on a ship that captured an enemy vessel was entitled to a share of the purse… aka money.

So naturally, the purse has come to be the one accessory women rarely go anywhere without.

I suspect these days they cell phone is probably a close second and if your cell phone is not in a pocket, it’s in… you guessed it… your purse!

We make a fashion statement with our purses. My assistant Carol claims her mother’s purse was “an infinite bags of holding and had everything but the bathroom sink.”

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We borrowed this photo and the painting is available from: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/51412

The purse is an accessory of many names and styles. An acquaintance of mine from New York calls it a “pocketbook”. My neighbor calls it a “handbag”. When someone refers to a purse as a “clutch”we know they are going out in style.
Beaded Clutch Materials:

Item you wish to decorate
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Seed and Bugle Beads —
Optional: Charms, Beaded ribbon


  1. Cut strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape and apply to item you wish to decorate. (The clutch above was a plain purse I found for a couple of bucks on sale.).
  2. Remove top plastic layer from tape and liberally apply Beads.
  3. Repeat process as necessary.


Tip: I made the clutch above super simple, but you could easily ad beaded ribbon to dangle from the bottom and an aesthetically place charm or two.

Rustic Room Divider

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Wood, Before and After

Room dividers give you a chance to update your space in just a couple of hours.

Plus, this rustic wood technique is simple to create on other surfaces in your home!

Time: A couple of hours

Materials Needed:

An old wooden door
Chicken wire
Tapered candle
Wood glue
Disposable bowl
Disposable paintbrush
Acrylic paint
Brass or metal accessories

Step 1:

Saw door in half lengthwise. My door had removable panels that I pulled out. I started my project by marking it up with a candle. Tip: Straight lines work best.

Step 2:

Once you have the wax markings you want, lightly apply strokes of acrylic paint. I chose a sage green color first (Be careful — it dries fast!). Gently sand. The areas with both wax and paint will come off, giving the door a nice, rustic look.

Step 3:

Repeat the candle marking (step 1). Next, lightly apply another coat of acrylic paint. This time I chose sandstone. Once dry, gently sand again.

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I filled in the panel areas with chicken wire, but “rusted” them first using a quick coat of coffee bean and sandstone. I used wood glue to attach the wire to the door.

Step 5:

Accessorize with trinkets or whatever fun pieces you have in your home!

Help Operation Write Home Make Cards for our military personnel overseas!

You know how wonderful it is to open your mailbox and find a handmade card from a friend inside.

Now imagine you are one of our many military personnel serving overseas where there is no place to buy a card for a loved one. You can help them this weekend by making blank cards that Operation Write Home will send to these brave men and women and in turn they can mail a special card to their someone special.

The instructions for card making for Operation Write Home are few, but important and are found HERE.

I have known Sandy Allnock, President of Operation Write Home for many years. OWH is an absolutely great non-profit cause!

Since 2007, the organiztion has sent 1.7 million handmade cards overseas!

Be a part of the fun and the cause! Thank a veteran over this Memorial Weekend!

If you can’t make cards now, remember, cards are needed year-around.

Cards can be simple

like the one CarolJean my DT member made below, top

or the ones I made and added today….

or elaborate, but, for the safety of our troops, no glitter or crystals please!

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DVD Give-Away and Card Making Blog Hop with Operation Write Home

The reason to participate in OPERATION WRITE HOME’s card making extravaganza is a win in itself. Operation Write Home is a non-profit that encourages others to make cards that our men and women serving the military overseas, often in combat zones, can send back home to their loved ones for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, I love you and all those other reasons that people send still send cards.

I’m sweetening the pot with a drawing for a set of my Paper, Fashion and Holiday crafting videos. I’ll choose one winner at random who makes a card and comments on the blog.

The DVDs are normally $9.99 each. From now until June 9, 2012, you can order a set for $25 through my assistant, Carol La Valley.

I can’t stress this enough, be sure to check the FAQs on the OWH site about card making size and safety –no glitter!

It’s a long holiday weekend so no excuses.

Come on back to my blog  early tomorrow morning for all the details!




Super Simple Foil Dinners

I love the ease of foil dinners when I am camping with my family!

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Hamburger patty

An onion slice—I like purple or Vidalias

Potato slices

Carrots—sliced or quartered

Your favorite seasonings—I used garlic, sea salt and pepper

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Either double wrap the meal in foil or use heavy duty foil.

Cook foil dinners in the coals of your fire pit.

(Protect the forest! Please always remember to have a bucket of water near your fire pit.)


Tip: You can even make these at home for a meal with simple clean-up. Oven at 400 degrees, cook for about 50 minutes. If you don’t want to heat up your kitchen, place on your pre-heated outside grill—time varies with temperature.

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Simple Sunburn Save

Sunny days are here and even the careful among us can get burned while enjoying the nice weather.

You can soothe a sun burn with this one-time use facial mask you can whip up in your kitchen!

Salsa Facial Mask
1/2 small tomato
1/4 cucumber with peel, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 egg white (optional)

Instructions: In a food processor, combine tomato, cucumber, parsley and lemon juice; puree until smooth. If desired, stir in egg white. Apply mixture to your face; leave on 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Refrigerate remaining mask.

Did you know that human hair grows at a rate of about six inches per year?

Daily scalp massages (small clockwise motions with your fingertips) will help stimulate blood and accompanying nutrient flow to the hair follicles.

Jalapeño Hair Tonic
2 small or 1 large jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup vodka
2 Tbsp. castor oil

Instructions: Place chopped jalapeño in a ceramic bowl. Pour vodka over peppers; allow mixture to sit for several days. Strain off vodka and discard peppers. Add castor oil to vodka; pour into a clean bottle. Shake before using. Massage a small amount to scalp before going to bed. Avoid getting this in your eyes!

Show Your Love to Mom with a Flying Heart

I am here at the International Women’s Show in Michigan teaching classes with and sharing the ILOVETOCREATE stage with the Crafty Chica and Juliana Hudgins and we are having so much fun! This is my prize student, Juanita Fillip, from Thursday’s I LOVE MOM picture frame class. If you’d like to make the frame at home, here’s how:

Supply List from I Love to Create.com:Super Simple with Terri O

Flying Heart stencils 4×8 26762

Large Script Alphabet 7×10 26765

Small pouncers

Large pouncers

Black So Soft

Gold So Soft

Purple So Soft

Fabric Fusion glue

Glitter Bond

Lavender glitter

Gold Glitter

Other supplies:

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I LOVE MOM frame by Terri O

Wood frame with cut out heart


Paper towels

Paper plate

Water container



Piece of paper to sprinkle glitter on


  1. Stretch and twist your fabric to loosen it up. Pull on edges to create frayed edges. With light strokes paint fabric black working from the edges in. Let dry. Paint gold working edges in and let dry.
  2. Lay frame, facing up, on fabric and trace edges and heart with a pencil. Cut out shape and save the left over fabric. Twist and turn fabric and re-fray edges and inside of heart. You want to create a distressed look to the fabric. You can use the opportunity to take out your aggressions! Do the same with the left over pieces. I tied a few knots in the left over strips.
  3. Glue fabric to frame with Fabric Fusion. I used this glue because it dries clear and won’t show thru the fabric when it dries. I smooth the glue over the frame with my finger focusing on the edges of the frame and the heart. Lay fabric on frame. You might have wrinkles and folds but that is a good thing!! Don’t stress out about trying to make it perfect or smooth.
  4. Stencil Crown above the heart at an angle. I used black paint. Let dry.
  5. Stencil heart with wings at an angle at the bottom of the heart. I used purple shading it from the dark to light. Let dry. (this won’t take long)
  6. With the same stencil lay it just below the image you just stenciled and with your sponge, add the glitter bond. Place frame over a piece of paper and sprinkle the lavender glitter over the stencil. Shake off excess glitter on paper. Use the paper to put the leftover glitter back in your container.
  7. Use the crown stencil and place over the black crown and pounce with sponge and add glitter bond. Add gold glitter. Use the same paper under your project to replace the left over glitter.
  8. Cut out the letters M and O from your stencil sheets.
  9. Stencil the letter M to the right, top side of your frame.
  10. Below the M place the inside stencil of the O. You are doing a reverse stencil.
  11. Below the O place the M stencil again and stencil.
  12. Go back to the O and place the stencil over the O and add the glitter bond and sprinkle gold glitter.
  13. Using your left over paints on your pouncers, highlight the edges of your frame and the left over strips of fabric.
  14. Glue the fabric strips along the edges and corners of your frame.
  15.  Give to your favorite person in the whole world…Mom!