Transform Plain Craft Paper into Gift Wrap

I imagine you made a super cool gift (or spent a lot of time picking out just the right present) — here’s a simple way you can step your gift giving up a notch by making your own unique gift wrap!

Terri_O_shows_3_unique_ways_to_wrap_a_gi_1860400000_7152051_ver1.0_640_480You can buy rolls of plain paper at the craft store. It’s usually called craft paper and it comes in lots of colors.

Supplies used to embellish:

Large size stamps

Acrylic paint

Spray bottles or spray paint

Permanent markers

1.   I used ColorArtz Airbrush Starter Kit  spray paints to create the background. Let dry.

2.   Stamp and let dry

3.   Write a personal message

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Simple Ways to Get Rid of Product Build-up and Give your Hair a Healthy Shine at Home

home remedy for product buildup on hair terri oThe environment can be brutal on your hair. So I have 3 super simple recipes you can make yourself. Chances are you already have the ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is how to get rid of product build up-

Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle and spritz on your hair. Rinse immediately. IF YOU HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR COLORIST FIRST.

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Now that you have removed the gunk let’s add some shine! After shampooing your hair, rinse with cooled tea.

Hair is made of protein and giving it a healthy dose of nutrients every couple of weeks is a good idea. It helps strengthen your hair and add tons of moisture. Here are two recipes to choose from:

  1. Smash a ripe avocado and add a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Work into wet hair and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Be sure to mash it up really well otherwise the chunks will just fall on the ground and cause a mess.
  2. Or you can whip up an egg and apply it to your hair leaving on for 10 to 20 minutes. This one is a little messy but effective.

Make Your Own Erasable Laminated Bulletin Board

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Need an erasable memo board in your own style and decor? It is super simple to make this one yourself in just a few minutes.

You will need a laminator for this project. The one I used comes from
It’s a great machine and there are so many projects you can make with it. Totally worth the investment.

12×12 laminator sheet
12 x12 scrapbook paper
Stickers or anything you want to add to it
Dry erase pen

1. Cut about ¼ inch off 2 sides of the scrapbook paper. You want your paper to fit inside the laminator sheet so the there is a border on all sides. This way your project will be sealed all the way around.
2. Embellish your paper. I used tags and stickers. Attach them with adhesive.
3. Place your embellished paper inside the laminator sheet and run it thru.
4. The idea is to use this on the go. If you want you can also make an 8×11 size and punch holes in it so it fits in your notebook.


Check out this cork memo board too!

Decorative Corkboards

This is a super simple way to create a memo board for a bedroom or family message station.

cork memo board Terri O

You can buy packages of 12×12 corkboards at Target or Wal-Mart. These boards can be painted and glued. I suggest doubling them up because they are very thin.

Supplies I used to decorate them:
Peel and stick rhinestones

Terri’s Stuffed Strawberries


Deliciousness for your 4th!

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

20 medium size strawberries

Pkg. of fresh blueberries

Mix together the cheese, sugar and vanilla and put into a pastry bag. If you don’t have a pastry bag just cut off the tip of a large zip lock bag.

Clean strawberries. Slice off the top to remove leaves and leave a flat surface. Turn the berry upside down then from the tip make two crisscross slices.

Open the strawberry and insert a blueberry. That helps prop it open so you can fill it with the cream cheese mixture.

Top with a blueberry and enjoy!



Super Simple Shelf with Painters Paint Markers

Like to color?

Terri O uses Painters Paint MarkersCan you use a shape template or draw a little freehand?

Painters marker Super SimpleI found this shelf at a yard sale for a $1 and I had these Painters Paint Markers in lovely spring colors: lilac, ocean, tangerine,citron, and coral. The set is called Sherbet Swirl.

Let’s get started!

You will need Painters, scratch paper and whatever you are decorating.

You may also need shaped templates.

To get the pens started, shake well and then press the tip down onto your scratch paper for about 8 to 10 seconds until the ink fills the tip.

Now you are ready to paint.

Tip: Remember this is wet paint, so if you are using a template, do not drag the template through an image you already painted.

It took about 20 minutes  for the paint to dry.

Now I just have to figure out where to hand this cute shelf.

Super Simple Painted Shelf




Make Dremmeled Tiles for Stepping Stones or Display

dremel tile decorWant to decorate your own tiles to add character to a room? This project takes just a couple of hours.

Materials Needed:

Terra cota tile
Dremmel tool (Make sure the bit can be used with glass and stone.)
Polyblend tile grout (North Sea Green) and disposable tub
Carbon tracing paper
Floor shine and hardener
Safety glasses
Bucket of water

Step 1:

Put one coat of sealer on tile. Let dry. Use carbon paper and trace pattern onto tile with pencil.

Step 2:

Safety tip: Put on glasses for this next step! Follow outline of pattern with dremmel tool.

Step 3:

Use sponge and wipe excess dust off tile. Now you’re ready to grout.

Step 4:

This next step is a great one for the kids! Mix grout according to instructions. Spread across tile, filling in dremmeled pattern. Wipe off excess with clean sponge. You may need to make several passes before tile comes clean.

Step 5:

Let grout dry at least 1 hour. Seal again.

Helpful Hints:

These tiles are great as stepping stones or for displaying. DO NOT eat off of them — they contain lead.

Savory Apple Brunch Pastry

Savory Apple Brunch Pastry

Simple, fast and tasty!

Does not look exciting yet but when topped with all the ingredients it is going to be amazing!

Does not look exciting yet but when topped with all the ingredients it is going to be amazing!


Pastry Dough

Shredded Cheese: Pamesan/Romano is pictured

Apple slices (thin): Gala is pictured

Onion (chopped): Red is pictured




  1. Follow pastry dough directions for oven temperature. I used rolled pastry sheets I found at Trader Joe’s and simply left the dough on the parchment paper and placed it on the cookie sheet.
  2. Sprinkle top with cheese.
  3. Sprinkle chopped onion.
  4. Arrange apple slices.

    Ready to go into the oven!

    Ready to go into the oven!

  5. Sprinkle with dill
  6. Bake until just golden brown—about 12 minutes give or take.

It is also easy to be adventurous with this pastry by changing the variety of apples, cheeses, onions and herbs used.

Guyere Cheese and Granny Smith Apples?

Yellow Apples and Rosemary for the herb?

Cheddar and  Red Delicious Apples with cinnamon sugar instead of onion?

super simple with terri o apple brunch pastryWhat will you choose?

Really Simple Ornaments Little Kids Can Make (with a little supervision)

Love ‘Em Ornaments

I bet you have a box of duplicate photos in your craft area, and if not, I bet you have a printer.

terrio-simple-photo-ornamenYou can help your children decorate a Christmas tree with photos of family rolled and placed in clear plastic ornaments.

Trust me, this is much easier than building a ship in a bottle and is a simple project for little hands.

  1. I cut this wedding photo into a heart shape.
  2. It didn’t quite unroll like I wanted so I simply used the eraser end of a pencil to uncurl it and viola!
  3. Instant ornament.

This would be a fun project to make as a theme:

VINTAGE—print  the photos in a sepia tone and tie the ornament at the top with ribbon

FAR AWAY—use photos of all those friends and family you are missing

Easy embellishments:

  • lace
  • ribbon
  • paste on jewels

lace-and-flowers-terri-oFestive Lace and Flowers

  1. Water down a small amount of white craft glue—about 2/3rds glue to 1/3rd water
  2. Pour into clear plastic ornament and swil around until insides are coated.
  3. Pour in glitter and swirl around. Let dry.
  4. Use a tacky craft glue to adhere a stip of ribbon and a few small flowers to the outside of the ornament and let dry. (My assistant scored a bag of lace scaps recently at a moving sale.)

terri-o-simple-ornamentGlitter on the Outside Ornament

  1. Draw glue lines on the outside of an ornament—I used a clear plastic one.
  2. Turn it in one hand as you sprinkle glitter with the other—do this over a sheet of paper and you can put any excess glitter back into its jar.
  3. Let dry.



Family Reunion Ideas

Is your family having a reunion over the Thanksgiving holiday?

My family went to one this summer and used the website

Every family member can be invited to participate and add their own photos. You can also elect to get monthly reminders of birthdays and anniversaries.

Create a keepsake by printing out the family tree and old photos. We treasure ours and love to look at old family photos.

Instead of T-shirts, which nobody will ever wear again, try ordering silicone bracelets in a variety of colors.

You can create a color for each branch. For example red can be for 1st cousins, green for 2nd cousins, etc. That way everyone you don”t already know is easily recognizable.

A fun way to decorate the tables is to string a cotton rope from one candlestick to another. Attach photos from past and present with a mini clothespin. Ask family members to send photos to you or post them on a site. You can easily print them up for all to enjoy can collect.

Last, create a family tree.  I painted it on a board freehand and used colored inkpads for people to stamp their thumbprint. Use an artist pen or a micro fine scrapbooking pen to write the names.

Here are a few ideas as you to that reunion, or even over the river and through the woods to grandmother”s house for Thanksgiving…