Easily Found Items become Super Fun and Pretty Easter Centerpieces

flowerveggie-easter-TerriONeed a centerpiece for your Easter table that is just a little bit different and has all the colors of spring? Place a pot within a vase of veggies! You can eat them the next day.

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Make PEEPS part of your decor for the holiday in their own little nests!

Supplies:
Glass containers
Colored Easter grass
Candy: jelly beans, peeps, chocolate eggs etc.
Cut up veggies
Flowers

Tips:
· Look for glass containers where you can fit smaller ones inside the larger ones.
· Cut up veggies or buy them pre-cut to save time. Cover them in water to keep them fresh so you can eat them the next day.
· When layering, use the heaviest product first then layer with the lighter ones as you move up.

Watch me put them together on Sonoran Living.

What is going on your Easter table?

 

Hop Into Spring with a Bunny or Three, or Four — You’ll Adore this Quick, Super Art Simple Project

This is such a simple project to do. I think it would be cute in a set of 3. One in blue, yellow and pink!

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Supplies:
Canvas
Acrylic paint/ brushes
Bunny print out (visit my Pinterest page for the stencil )
Burlap
Spray adhesive
Felt, batting or any kind of fabric to cut out a bunny shape

1. Paint canvas and let dry.
2. Cut out a square of burlap slightly smaller than the canvas.
3. Trace the bunny shape onto some fabric and cut it out.
4. Using spray adhesive spray the back of the bunny and the back of the burlap. Adhere to canvas.

Are you ready to do the bunny hop!? Check out my Sonoran Living video to see a few more darling bunnies and the fabric I used!

Don’t be afraid to doodle! Photo Postcard Craft

Ah ’tis St. Paddy’s own day around the corner. I’ve the Wicked Tinkers playing bagpipes in the background and I’m doodling on pictures that will become simple, silly post cards I’ll mail across the miles.

You only need a few items:

4×6 inch photos and post card stamp (34 cents as of March 2015)

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Painters Paint Pens and Bic Mark It Markers — they were in reach in the pen jar on my desk :)

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“The only thing worse in life than being talked about and that is not being talked about.” Oscar Wilde

Just doodle and have fun!

Hmm… looking at it on screen I may add a necklace to my gypsy…. and a bracelet bangle, but I am sure as I will wear green on March 17 that you get the idea.

This angel would work with a birthday sentiment too!

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You Can Turn a Wooden Bowl into a Work of Art with a Single Craft Tool

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Supplies:

IKEA Bamboo bowl sku # 602.143.43

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Wood burning tool available at most craft stores (such as this one from Plaid – they usually come with several tips and you may also purchase stencils to trace your own designs

wood burning kit

pencil

tracing paper

Optional: Makers to color the outside.

Tips to wood burning:

1. First practice, practice, practice. Use a piece of throw away wood to try out all the different tips and see what they can do.

2. If you are not comfortable with burning directly onto the wood then trace or draw your design onto the wood.

3. If you are burning onto wood on the outside of a piece, you may decide to put a clear varnish over it to protect it.

Click here to see how the different tips of the wood burning tool work.

What kind of decoration will you put on your bowl and who will you show it off to first?

Fresh Flower Arranging Made Super Simple

Arrange your cut flowers with this delightful new vase (as featured on SimpleSteals).

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Click here to see the arrangement!

I love the idea of beautiful fresh flowers growing in my home, especially for holidays such as Valentine’s and Easter. This idea came to me after checking out Pinterest.

Supplies:

Bulbs

Container

Glass beads or rocks

Water

Terri’s tips:

  1. First make sure you check your water level daily.
  2. I found that I had to clean out the vase occasionally. It got kind of smelly and slimy. It’s easy to do.
  3. If your bulbs don’t sprout after a week or so check to see they may not. Just pull them and add new ones.
  4. If your blubs are growing to grow tall make sure your vase is tall enough to support them. I actually started mine in a smaller container then once they sprouted I moved them to a larger one.
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How to Dry Your Own Flowers and Have DIY Materials On-Hand for Crafting

 

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Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine: Here’s how to craft a Valentine

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Kiss Me – I Love You – Be Mine

Here’s how to craft a Valentine

Card for the one that you adore

To tell him forever, “I love you”

and a whole lot more!

Card materials and supplies:

Scrapbook paper: white and 2 complementary papers with patterns

Embellishments such as colored paste-on rhinestones, punch out paper curlie Qs, heart buttons in different sizes, red or pink stamp pad, red sting or thin ribbon, and Valentine-themed tickets

Photograph

Scissors, craft glue sick and glue dots, corner rounder, and a hole punch.

Card instructions:

Watch how easy it is to make this card with a Xyron or you can do it this way:

1. Cut white paper, fold in half, distress edges with ink.

2. Crop your picture.

3. Cut one of the patterned papers smaller than the card and 2 pieces of the other patterned paper small enough to fit a bit bigger than your photo.

4. Glue papers, photo and embellishments as shown in the photo above.

Click here for recipes to cook your love breakfast to go with the card.

Watch this segment of Sonoran Living.

Brewed with Love – A Tea Across the Miles (or closer to home) Craft

tea-supersimplewith-TerriOTea blending is easy.

Go to your local health or whole foods store, find the jars of loose leaf teas, then let your eyes and nose get to crafting your perfect blends.

Chai blends well with citrus.

You might like the lovely scent of jasmine with green tea.

How about Rooibos and pomegranate with hints of apples and lemons?

Passionflower with chamomile is calming.

Oolong and white aid weightloss.

Black tea with ginger could make your breath smell sweet while getting rid of your headache.

Green tea with mint leaves and natural chocolate flavor might be just the thing for Valentine’s Day.

However you blend your tea, when you want to share it, here is a super simple way to wrap it up pretty like the photo above.

You’ll need: a tea bag filled loose leaf tea blend, cut about a 4 x 1 inch length of paper, a 1.5 x 1 inch piece of contrasting paper, and a piece of white paper to go inside the small rectangle.

1. Write a saying.

2. Glue the saying as pictured and tape the back.

Simple!

Do you have a friend you miss? I think tea and a pretty antique cup might be a lovely gift to send. The two of you two can set a time and sip together over a Skype call as you chat.

 

 

Little Hands Big Hearts Canvas Valentine Kids Can Make for Grandparents and other Important Loved Ones

Try_this_homemade_Valentine_s_Day_projec_2535530000_13020515_ver1.0_640_480I was inspired with this project from Pinterest. It’s so easy and fun to make. One important tip…preparation is everything with this project!

Supplies:
Canvas
Acrylic paint
Sponge brushes
Wet rag
Paper plate
Marker
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Make sure you place something under the canvas to support it before you do the handprints. Also have everything ready before you bring the kids in. It’s hard to wrangle kids with wet paint on their hands!

Once the paint dries draw a heart around their prints and write a little message!

http://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/try-this-homemade-valentines-day-project

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Paper Fortune Cookies

supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioFortune Cookies are the treat at the end of a meal in a Chinese restaurant in America, although according to an article in the Smithsonian, the cookies originated in Japan. Here’s a link to my blog for both paper and edible ones.

How long has it been since you ate in a Chinese restaurant, opened your fortune cookie, and read a fortune that forecast the future? Ages, right?

Why not make your own?

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Making fortune cookies out of paper is super simple compared to making the edible cookies so I will share those instructions here.

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You will need:

Scissors and a lid to trace that is about 4.25 inches diameter or a circle cutter

Pen or pencil

Patterned scrapbook paper

Glue dots or double-sided tape

 

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  1. Cut your circle.
  2. Fold your paper in half.
  3. Make a crease perpendicular to the half with your forefinger as shown.
  4. As you are doing this, use your thumb and middle finger to pull the open ends closed while allowing one of the rounded paper edges you are holding in your other hand to slide under the other rounded edge. (Doing it is much simpler than describing how to do it!)
  5. Open it up to add your fortune and close it again.
  6. Add 2 glue dots to secure.fortune-paper-4

 

Not so super simple, but really a treat, are edible fortune cookies in a treat box. These little treasures sell for 35 cents each with your choice of one personalized saying  and this price  is in quantities of 500.

Make your own bonus: You can adjust the fortunes to the gift or party!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folding Paper Photo Books

paper folding picture bookGo crazy making Folding Paper Photo Books for everyone you love.

Materials and Tools:

5 – 12×12 inch double sided design scrapbook paper

coordinating embellishments

scissors

bone folder

adhesive – glue or tape runner

cardboard (like from a gift box, not corrugated)

wire ribbon

Instructions:

For the pages….

1) Fold paper into triangle.

2) Open back up and fold paper in half.

3) Open again and fold paper in half the other way.

4) Bring the edges in making it a 6×6 inch square.

5) Repeat Steps 1 through 4 with two more sheets of paper.

For the covers….

6) Cut 2 6×6 inch pieces of cardboard.

7) Cut 2 approximately 7×7 inch pieces of scrapbook paper.

8) Center the cardboard on the paper and adhere.

9) Fold over the outer edges but don’t adhere yet.

Trick: If you miter (cut the corners off at an angle, your project will lay flatter.

Another cover option:

Use fabric and craft foam instead. Cut the fabric to go over the craft foam. If you miter the fabric, you may need to paint on a bit of fray check.

10) Fold the paper edges over the cardboard and adhere.

11) Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere to cardboard showing side of  one of the covers.

Put it together…

12) Adhere the covers each to one of the unfolded sides of the 6×6 inch squares.

13) Adhere the unfolded corners of the squares as shown in the photo.

Now you are ready to add pictures and tie the bow!