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 www.myheritage.com.

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…


Water Garden in a Whiskey or Wine Barrel

Parrot Feather

Parrot Feather Plant


Terri O craft projectAfter you have gathered your supplies, and soaked your barrel overnight, creating this backyard garden showpiece should only take you about an hour.



  • Whiskey or wine barrel (You must soak barrel overnight so wooden slats swell properly before planting garden.)
  • Plastic tub liner (sits inside barrel)
  • Water pump (size: 80 to 120 gallons/hour. We used Pondworks Pump.)
  • 3/8-inch tubing
  • Dechlorinator (neutralizes chemicals in water)
  • Plants used: Water lily, Anacharis, Parrot’s Feather, Spiderwort
  • Easy access to hose






  1. Soak barrel overnight so slats swell and seal appropriately. Once dry, place plastic tub liner inside (It should fit snuggly).
  2. Fill up liner with water up to desired level.
  3. Set up water pump, according to package instructions. Remember, you want a device that pumps 80 to 120 gallons of water an hour. Once it’s installed you can adjust the flow, particularly if you’re using a decorative garden aerator, such as a frog.
  4. SAFETY TIP: Double-check outlet before you plug in. Make sure you use one that’s equipped with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) safety fuse.
  5. Now you’re ready to place plants in your water garden, starting with the most delicate, such as Anacharis. Plants that don’t need to be submersed should be elevated out of the water. We used upside down plastic plant containers.
  6. Maintain your water garden by pruning and feeding your plants, and always check your water level.

Can’t get enough gardening? Check out THIS VIDEO.

Decorated Bar Stool

One of the nice things about adding your choice of paint, fabric and trim to an unfinished bar stool is that what you create will perfectly match your decor.

You will use a paring knife on a potato to create the stamp that you will use on the fabric. In fact, vegetables make great stamps–maybe you want to take a look at this craft video.

Craft Supplies:DIY upholstered bar stool Terri O

  • Unfinished bar stool (Ours was 30 inches high.)
  • Spray paint, gold
  • Acrylic paint, cranberry
  • Spray sealer, satin polyurethane
  • 2-inch dense foam (enough to cover seat)
  • Trim
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Potato
  • Paring knife
  • Palette (for paint)

Project Instructions:

  1. Coat bar stool with spray paint, following directions on can. Let dry.
  2. Using the paring knife, carefully cut a design out of the potato. It’s easier if you cut the potato in half first, then carve out your shape. I carved out a star.
  3. Dip your star stamp in the acrylic paint and start stamping your stool. This dries fairly quickly.
  4. Once dry, spray stool with sealer. Follow directions on can.
  5. Now you’re ready to cover your seat with the dense foam. Cut to fit seat and glue down. This helps it from slipping off the stool.
  6. Cut out enough fabric to cover foam seat, leaving a little extra to tuck and staple underneath. It’s easier to do this if you turn the stool upside down on the fabric and center it up. I just “eyeballed” the tucking and stapling stage, but measure it out if that makes you feel more comfortable. Simply tuck and staple the fabric around the seat until fully secured. Trim off excess fabric.
  7. Using the glue gun, secure trim around the edge of the seat, working in small sections because glue dries quickly!

Completion Time: A couple of hours

You can also use a potato to craft a necklace. HERE is the link. Prefer your taters cooked and ready to eat? Make a breakfast burrito the Super Simple way!

Random Acts of Craft Fry Box

This sweetly simple little paper craft is great for adding a smile to face of your secret pal or adding a fresh touch of ambiance to a guest room.

super simple craft baskets

  1. Print out the template on plain copier paper or onto card stock for a sturdier version.  Cut out template and trace onto patterned paper.  If you have double sided patterned paper, this is the perfect time to use it, because you will want the inside of your container to be just as cute as the outside.  You could also make your own double sided paper by choosing 2 papers that coordinate and adhere them wrong sides together with a Xyron or sheet adhesive.
  2. Cut out and score the fold lines with a bone folder.  Assemble your box, gluing the side pieces together.
  3. Punch a hole on either side.  Add a ribbon or piece of yarn long enough to go over a doorknob.
  4. Embellish with stickers, rub ons, etc.
  5. Have fun personalizing it. Fill it with a favorite candy, dog treats for your favorite neighborhood pooch, or a small bouquet of flowers picked from your garden and deliver it (secretly) to your lucky recipient.  You can hang this little container on a doorknob and the possibilities for filling your completed container are endless!

Tip: If you set your punched holes with eyelets the holes will be sturdier.

You can find a fry box template on the Spellbinders Paper Crafts website (and check out some die cuts for embellishments of your own!

Tree Lanterns for Independence Day

Party planning for Independence Day?

Create a little ambiance outdoors with a  small cardboard box.

Yes, a box! But of course you will need to grab your box cutter, scissors, paint, glue tape, clothes pins, ribbon, maybe a paint pen, battery operated candles (Do not use real candles!!), and tissue paper to do it up right along with me!

These tree lanterns are truly super simple to craft and your guest will surely ooh and ahh.

Bonus:  cute mini lantern your children can make with a sheet of scrapbook paper,scissors, ribbon and tape.

Ready, set, view!

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