Fun for the Family Faux Finishes (Love Your Home’s Walls)

The reason why I love a faux finish is that each one is unique. A finish gives walls personality and texture. Depending on the look, I usually like to keep it to one wall or half way up or down a wall in a room. Dramatic finishes look amazing in small bathrooms and powder rooms.

The cost is so much cheaper than buying wall paper and you don’t have to rip it off when you don’t like it anymore. Depending on the size of your room and your wall you can easily do all of these finishes in an afternoon!

Linen Faux

Super Simple with Terri OTray to mix paint and glaze that will also fit your brush, Stir stick, Paint, Glaze, Big brush, Paper towels


  • Make sure your wall is primed and has the desired background color. Light colors work best for a base while using a darker color as the finish.
  • 2 to 3 ratio of paint to glaze.
  • Test on something else first like poster board to make sure you are getting desired color.
  • Working in sections do top to bottom first, then side to side.

Faux Wood finish

Super Simple with Terri OWood Graining tool, Paint, Glaze, Sponge brush or paint brush, Container to mix glaze and paint in


  • 1 to 1 ratio paint to glaze.
  • Apply mixture of paint and glaze down wall in same width of tool. I do two rows at a time.
  • Using tool and starting at top pull tool down and rock in a back and forth motion slowly.
  • If you don’t like how it looks you can go over it with your sponge brush and do it again.

Brushed Metal Finish

Super Simple with Terri OMetal glaze, Big brush, Long brush, Scraper, Tray for glaze, Paper towels


  • I tried one of the expensive decorative brushes. I took it back because it shed! Just use a sponge brush to apply the glaze then use a wallpaper brush or long stiff brush to get the effect.
  • Move your brush from left to right in a half circle. The more varied your strokes the better it looks.

One Step Faux-Tuscan

Super Simple with Terri OTire brush, Tray to hold paint and glaze, Paint, Glaze, Sponge brush


  • Make sure your wall is primed and has your desired base coat. The lightest color should be your base.
  • Working in small sections, apply paint and glaze mixture in a random strokes.
  • Using a circular motion and light touch, immediately use the tire brush to work the glaze and paint into dark and light spots. You have a little bit of time before it dries to move the paint around to create highs and lows.

One more (ok, 2) important tips!!! Before you apply a faux finish to your walls test it out on a piece of poster board. Be sure to paint the base color so you can see exactly what it’s going to look like before you go to the trouble of doing a wall or room you don’t like.

You don’t need to buy all those expensive fancy tools! I used a tire brush from Wal-Mart that cost $3.00!! They sell the faux brushes for $15 to 20 bucks at the stores. At 3 bucks you can buy 3 of them and get the whole family involved!

If you are near Kingman, Arizona, I’m teaching Wow Factor Walls and Night Blooming Luminaries at the Mohave Home and Garden Expo today (April 20) and tomorrow.

Got the urge to craft right now? Check out these Night Blooming Luminaries:

Recycled Glass Candle Holder

Flames in a Bucket

Painted Terra Cotta Pots Candle Holder

I will include the instructions for the Rice Paper Tap Light in my May newsletter. The sign up button is in the upper right on this page.

Kids Will Love Their Own Puppet Theater

I love children! They teach us to look at the world through fresh eyes and at a different height. “Look! A catterpillar!” They sing when they feel like it. They laugh with their whole bodies.
Super Simple CraftsThis project is great for the budding imaginations of three and four year olds. These simple handmade puppets will take you and your kids just a few minutes to make, while the puppet theater will take about an hour.
It’s also a fun project for slightly older siblings to put on a show for the younger ones or the whole family!
Handmade Puppets
Materials Needed:
For Photo Rod Puppet:
One of the following: dowell, skewer or straw
Photo (one you don’t mind cutting)
Construction paper

For Wooden Spoon Puppet:
Wooden spoon (one you won’t cook with again)
Paint or markers
Piece of fabric

For Marionette Puppet:
Pompoms (3 or 4 little yarn balls)
Little feathers (or any feathery-like material)
Popsickle stick
Tiny piece of felt (yellow)
Pair of tiny eyes

For the Photo Rod Puppet: Our puppet expert took a photo of a child, cut out the face and glued that onto a body made out of construction paper. You can make your own or cut out figure from an old greeting card, wrapping paper, etc. Simply glue a stick or skewer (We used a straw!) onto the back of your character.
For the Wooden Spoon Puppet: The part of the spoon you used to stir with is now the head of your new puppet! Glue a little yarn around the edge for some hair. Paint or draw on a face. Cut out a little square or triangle of fabric, gather it around the neck area and glue it down. With a pair of scissors, cut out a small hole on each side for a finger.
For the Marionette Puppet: One pompom will become the head of your bird marionette. The others glued together will make up the body. Glue all of the pieces together until you’ve created something that looks like a bird. Glue feathers onto the sides, a little felt beak and eyes on the head. Take a nice piece of string or thread and glue the center of it onto the popsickle stick. Glue each end of the string onto each side of your bird.
Helpful Hints:
Materials for toy theaters and handmade puppets are often found around the home or you can pick them up in any craft store.

Toy Theaters
Materials Needed:
For Marionette Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 12 inches by 12 inches by 8 inches.)
Construction paper (various colors to decorate interior walls)
Spray paint
Exacto knife

For Hand Puppet Stage:
Cardboard box (Ours measured 16 inches by 18 inches.)
Spray paint
Construction paper (or markers, stickers, etc.)
Sheer fabric for curtain
Exacto knife

Step 1:
To make a marionette stage, start with a fairly clean box. Place the box with flaps open, away from you. Using the Exacto knife (Adults only, please!), cut out a hole in top of the box (Ours measured 4-1/2 inches by 11-1/2 inches, allowing for a 3-1/2-inch border on each side).
Step 2:
You can cover the exterior sides with either construction paper or spray paint. If you choose to paint, be sure to do it outdoors. If you prefer paper, use tape to hold it down. (We chose green construction paper.)
Step 3:
Next, cover the top of the box with construction paper. Cut out a rectangle smaller than the hole cut out of the box. Cut slits at each inside corner and fold the tabs down, taping them to the inside of the box.
Step 4:
Cover inside walls of box. We used three pieces of blue construction paper (measuring 12 inches by 18 inches) covered with four cutouts of trees, each made from brown and green construction paper. The trees were glued before the paper was taped in place. For the floor, we used two pieces of green construction paper (One measured 12 inches by 18 inches; the other 6 inches by 18 inches). For the top, use a 6-inch-by-18-inch piece of blue construction paper. You can also create clouds by tearing out pieces of white paper and gluing them onto the blue construction paper.
Step 5:
To make a hand puppet stage, use another cardboard box (Ours was 16 inches by 18 inches). Cover or decorate the outside of box using construction paper, markers, stickers, etc. We spray painted ours red.
Step 6:
This next step is for an adult! Cut out a hole in the bottom of the box (Ours measured 13 inches by 15 inches.) using the Exacto knife. Tape flaps down inside box and, using sheer fabric, glue in a curtain on the inside of box at center.

For more things you can create and do with your little kids check out some of my featured videos on Favecrafts!

Create Mosaic Stepping Stones for Your Garden

One of the things I love about making a house into a home is how the garden and patio area evolves over time—that area needs a tree, and that’s the perfect shaded area for an extra bench and I think I will plant dahlias this year, or maybe Gerber Daisies. There’s a spot where I naturally step to turn on the hose so I can give my roses a little extra drink. The spot is bare making it the perfect place for a stepping stone!

Super Simple with Terri O

Mosaic Stepping Stones

It’s simple to make a stepping stone (or stones if you are planning a path) ,easy to complete in a weekend!

Materials Needed:

Cement stepping stone
Versabond bonding mortar
Polyblend sanded tile grout
Ceramic tiles
Large ziplock bag
2 disposable buckets
2 disposable stirring sticks

Step 1: I think it’s easiest to have your tiles broken before you start. Place ceramic tiles face down on newspaper and cover with a towel. Gently – but firmly – break tiles using your hammer.

Step 2: Mix mortar according to directions on bag using one of the buckets and stirring sticks. Spread out a thick layer across top of cement stepping stone. (Or, work in small sections as you go.)

Step 3: Start placing your tile pieces along mortared top of stepping stone. You’ll have about 15 minutes or so to work before mortar starts to dry. Continue until top is covered with tile pieces.

Step 4: Once tile is set, you’ll have to let the mortar dry for a couple of days before grouting. Follow instructions on bag.

Step 5: To mix grout: Follow instructions on back of bag.

TERRI TIP: Pour mixed grout into a Ziplock baggie. Slice off a corner and you’ve created a pastry bag. This is a great way to grout a project like this. Place a thick layer of grout across top of tiles. Using your sponge, wipe excess off tiles and make sure grooves are filled in.

Take time to inhale the sweetness of spring!





Super Simple Garden in a Bag

I don’t know about you, but I love the way gardening makes me feel. There is something about digging in the dirt that can’t be beat for simple happiness. And seeing those first green shoots push through the earth, or flowers following the sun. Love it!

Super Simple with Terri ODave “The Garden Guy” Owens and I are making a garden in a bag in this video.

Living in the Southwest, where planting can start as early as March, I already have blossoms in my yard from pansies to bougainvillea. And the weather is gorgeous this time of year, especially in the evenings.

I love to light luminaries while my husband and I sit and talk about the day, or we gather with friends.

Want to learn how to make flower luminaries? I will be teaching a couple of workshops at the Mohave Home and Garden Show, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at the fairgrounds in Kingman, Arizona. In addition to the class on Night Blooming Luminaries I will also be teaching a Wow Factor Walls workshop–DIY faux finishes you can use for a variety of home décor projects.

Directions to the show and more can be found here.

See you there!


Fashion Onesies and Burb Cloths

It’s time again for the blog hop at Favecrafts.
Terri O
Click on the button above to check out some cool spring fashion ideas.
I have a baby shower to go to so I am making these cute, super simple onesies! I love one-of-a-kind gifts, don’t you?
Super SImple with Terri O


Level: Easy




· One package of onesies (note: they come in different sizes. I used 3-6 months)

· One package of “prefolded” 3-ply cloth diapers.

· So Soft paint from Deco Art

· Stamps

· Sponge brush

· Paint brushes

· Paper plate

· Glitter paint

· Fabric markers (optional)

· Small piece of cardboard or wax paper


  1. Pre wash the diapers and the onesies. Do not add fabric softener. If they are not flat and smooth after drying iron them to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Place cardboard or wax paper inside the onesie in case the paint seeps thru the fabric. It is pretty thin so it might.
  3. With sponge brush apply paint to stamps and stamp designs to front of onesie and along the edges of the diapers.
  4. Add any necessary detail with paint brush or glitter glue to stamped design. Let dry.
  5. Iron your finished designs with an iron on medium heat to set the paint or toss them in a hot dryer for about 10 minutes.

See how by clicking here.

Super Simple Yeast Bread with Basil and Ricotta Cheese

What, I ask you, smells better than bread fresh out of the oven? That warm scent that calls out to your taste buds.

St. Paddy’s Day is coming up and you need bread to celebrate along with that traditional corned beef and cabbage meal.

Yeast Bread with Basil and Ricotta Cheese sounds delicious, right? Tastes even better and it truly is super simple to mix the dough and bake it at home in 3 steps that will leave you with a couple of hours each between the steps to craft or something else.

Super Simple with Terri O

Step 1: The Dough

In a big bowl mix: 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon (or more) crushed garlic, and, dried basil. How much basil? Well, it must confess I mixed it in until it looked right… about 2 tablespoons. Now, open a packet of yeast and add it to the bowl. Stir a bit with a fork. Let the mixture sit about 10 minutes until bubbly. Next, gradually add 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour and mix thoroughly until if forms into a big ball of dough (You will have a bit of dough sticking to your hands at the end of this process but not much.) Cover your dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until double.

Tip: I like to use filtered water so I know it will interact properly with the yeast.

Step 2: Kneading Your Love…

…into the dough that is! Cover your counter or table top with a piece of wax paper. Sprinkle flower onto the wax paper. Take half the dough out of the bowl, place on the wax paper and gently knead out the air bubbles with your fists. Use your hands to form the bread into a round loaf. Place on a pizza stone and let rise until double. Repeat for second half of dough.

Tip:  If you sprinkle a little water on your counter top the wax paper will stick to the counter instead of trying to curl up.

Step 3: Mmmmmm, Smells Yummy

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread on center rack and bake for at least 13 minutes, perhaps 2 to 4 more depending on your oven. The top will become a lovely golden brown. Use hot pads to take it out of the oven and put on a rack to cool. Butter the top if you wish.

Your bread will cut better with a serrated knife when it has cooled a bit, but I have known eager family members to sneak into into the kitchen. (Maybe those who sneak bread before dinner get to load the dish washer?)


Rockin' Pop Art Plate and Cup

I”ll be helping you rock St. Paddy”s Day with super simple projects in my March 2012 newsletter. Here is a craft project  to get you and your kids started in the meantime. If you don”t know what music they love already, you will by the time you are done crafting this plate and cup.

Put a CD on and let the fun begin!

Super Simple with Terri OCraft Supplies Needed:

·    12 x 12 heavy cardstock for placemat

·    a glue stick or Xyron Create A Sticker #510

·    CollagePauge Sparkle instant decoupage by Duncan Crafts

·    Sponge brush

·    Favorite pictures from magazines, candy wrappers, clip art or photos.

·    Clear glass plates

·    Plastic cups

·    Paint pens

Tip: If you use photos I suggest making copies on regular paper and using the copies. Otherwise the photo paper is too thick.

Project Instructions for the Plate:

Clean back of plate with soap and water to remove oils from your hands.

Cut up your favorite pictures and lay them out. Set your plate on top to see if that is how you like your design.

Tip: Remember you are working backwards. In other words, the image you lay down first will be on top. Start with your smaller cut outs first and work your way up to the bigger ones.

Paint the back of your plate with CollagePauge and lay your images on the plate face down. You have to work fast because the glue dries fast. If it dries just use more. Keep layering your paper until you cover your plate and keep layering with CollagePauge too. Let dry.

Instructions for the Placemat and Cups:

Run your images thru your sticker maker. I use the permanent adhesive roller. If you don’t have a Xyron you can use a glue stick.

Write and draw messages all over your placemat and cup. Get your friends to sign it and write fun messages. If you want to keep your placemat forever you can laminate it.

Tip: Even though the CollagePauge says it is water resistant I recommend that you wash your plate and cup by hand. Do not put in the dishwasher.


Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Combine pumpkin, beaten egg, oil and milk in a medium bowl. Make a well in dry ingredients; add pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in chopped cranberries. Fill muffin cups and bake for 22-25 minutes.Makes 12 muffins 

Thanks to for this delicious recipe!

Eye Lift Tip

Quick Eye Lift

Make up expert Gloria Banuelos from The Cos Bar has a great tip for a quick mid-day eye lift. By using your favorite under eye cream mixed with a highlighter, you can give your eyes a fresh, just woke up look. It moisturizes and highlights at the same time. Gloria says if you don’t have a small brush handy use your ring finger to apply. Around mid-day when you are feeling tired mix a dab of cream and dab of highlighter together. Gloria used the back of her hand. Apply under your eyes. The combination will hydrate and highlight at the same time giving you a fresh look! I used the Teamine cream. It reduces puffiness and fine lines.

Taco Salad in a Bag

This is probably the best idea yet when it comes to getting your kids involved in meal time. You can use any type of chip and any ingredients your kids will eat. This is also a perfect time to sneak in some new foods too.  Have fun and get creative!





Small bag of chips, snack size
Cooked hamburger
Whatever else you can come up with!



1. Smash the bag of chips.
2. Add your ingredients
3. Eat!



For a healthy alternative use turkey burger and organic veggies!