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I have a couple more crosses for you chirpers. Here’s a different style.

I have made a couple different Burlap crosses for different people.  I combined by beading and Burlap in these 2.

For this first49fda0df17817d0644b90c50bbe53d75 one,  I used a pre-made cross that I got at Hobby Lobby and strung a very thin strand of seed beads randomly around the metal cross.  I love the heart medallion in the middle of this flat hammered bronze cross.  I wish I could find some like it.I wrapped red ribbon around the edge to cover the the border.

b03861fa3a1fdb494029781d3040eadaThis second one was a much larger cross that I covered in burlap by stapling it on the back. I covered the back with felt to cover up the staples and ugly edges.  I created a beaded cross by using 2 large concrete nails I got at Home Depot to represent the Nails used on Jesus.  I wrapped them tightly with various glass beads and created the center cross.  I mounted it on a secondary smaller wood cross that I first painted Brown and then covered with teal.  I used some heavy grit sand paper to scuff it up a bit to give it a distressed look.

Happy Mother’s Day, chirpers!


I’ve been working on a fun project that is Pinterest inspired.  (OH my Pinterest addiction!!!)

Being Catholic I adore my Rosaries.  I have several, ones I’ve bought, ones that were gifts, and some that are hand-made.  They are all very special to me and bring me special memories.  After seeing this handmade Rosary on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make one for my Mom for Mother’s Day.  It works out perfect actually – because she has 5 grandkids – one for each decade!!

This is the diagram I used to make sure that I got format correct.

Diagram of Rosary

I added the names in the middle of each decade with the birthstone stones in between each letter.  I used varied beads and different crosses – all that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I played around with it until I got it the way I wanted it to look.  I used medium strength beading string and crimping beads to hook the ends.  I used a combination of metal and glass beads for the look I achieved.

I loved the way it turned out so much,  I went ahead and made a second one for my Sister In Law!Rosary1

I hope you enjoy.

Hey Chirpers, welcome back!

I’ve wanted to try one of those giant rulers to use as a growth chart for a while. I thought my Dad’s 65th birthday would be a great time to try.  He’s very handy and crafty so I thought he’d really like it.Ruler3

I’ve seen them all over the interwebs and I wanted to try my hand at them.   I didn’t want to do all the measuring to make sure I got it all right, so I looked on and many people offer kits to make these, usually made with vinyl decals.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, as you all know, and I thought for sure, I can find a template and cut them myself.

Low and behold I found the following site:

Check out her other projects, too…..CUTE!!!

She provides terrific instructions for how to make it as well.


  • Pine Board 1″ X 8″ X 6′ (I went with the more expensive $19 board because it didn’t require sanding)
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Old Tshirt (for staining)
  • Brush
  • Vinyl (I used the Paper Studio brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • Decorative stones
  • Power Grip (To glue down the stones)


First I stained the board using a light stain.  You could use any color you like, but I thought since you’ll probably want to write the children’s heights on there — you’ll want to be able to see the writing.  The board didn’t need sanding and I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

Next I cut out the vinyl — using my Silhouette Cameo and the download file from the link above.  I also cut out all the kids names to run down the side — you could really do anything you’d like to personalize it!


After using transfer paper — you want to make sure that things are straight as possible.  Then I laid down the polyurethane gently over the top using a short paint brush.  This will ensure that the stickers don’t peel up over time!  My 5 year old son (big Red) wanted to help, so each time I laid down a section — He pulled off the transfer paper.  He was so slow and methodical about it.  It was so sweet.  After we got it all laid down he picked up some glass stones and put them between each name — he even picked each one of the colors himself.  He was so sweet and so loves helping.  I love the way it turned out.


Hey chirpers!

I combined my new found Modge Podge skills with my jewelry making skills and made some super cute picture frames for a charity auction.



  • 2 Wooden Picture Frames
  • Spray Paint
  • Glossy Modge Podge
  • 2 Wooden Knobs
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Rhinestones
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Loctite Power Grip

First I spray painted the wooden picture frames and then added the scrapbook paper with Spray Adhesive.  (I cut the scrapbook paper to size BEFORE I glued it to the frame!)   I picked 2 complimentary papers since the thought is that these would be for 2 Best Friends.  Next, I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo and cut the “Best Friends” text out of some textured card stock. This is an image I downloaded from the Silhouette Cameo store.  I don’t do it often, but I was looking for something with a little flair.  I placed the card stock and Modge Podged the text and the scrapbook paper to the frames.

Here is a great video on how to use Modge Podge without bubbles or wrinkles:

After letting everything dry (24 hours)  I used the Loctite Power Grip and glued the knob to the frame.  I embellished the text with the stick-on rhinestones for a little flair.


I added 2 Memory Wire bracelets with “Friend” charms on them to finish it off.  (See previous posts on how to make Memory Wire bracelets)

I think they came out super cute!!  I think it would be fun to do something similar for a graduation tassel or maybe even a racing medal of some sort.

Hi again, Chirpers

I was shopping at Versona and found some great bracelets that fit me.  This is a big deal for me because I have some pretty big wrists.  They were all silver and beaded and I bought 3.  After I brought them home and began examining them, I thought that I might could make some more


I started searching on YouTube for links on how to make similar bracelets, after all if you can’t find it on YouTube….it probably doesn’t exist!!!  Luckily, I didn’t have to search far or long:

This was a great, easy to follow video and also came with a supply list.

All the needed supplies I either had on hand or picked up at my favorite store, Hobby Lobby.


  • Memory Wire
  • Silver Beads
  • Colored Beads
  • Wrapping Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Embellishment charms

I used the Versona bracelets as a template for the right size and then began stringing my beads.  I just went with what felt good and what I liked.   I was really impressed with how they turned out!!!  My only wish is that I had thicker Memory Wire – more like the bracelets I bought.  I’ve worn these several times, however, and they’ve held up and look great!!!!

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Hello Chirpers — I’m back.  Sorry for the delay.

Here is a cross I made for a silent auction for a Faulkner County Circle of Friends event.  The proceeds of the auction benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital — an organization I am passionate about supporting!!!


I have been working diligently on several projects that I’m going to get out here for you to see.  The first is a Glass Marble Art Cross.   This was the first time I’ve tried a project with the glass marbles.  As I was at Hobby Lobby looking at supplies a really nice lady asked me if I wanted some advice….OF COURSE…..(I wish now I had gotten her contact information!!!).  She suggested the use of a power grip glue found at Home Depot instead of the regular glass glue.


Hobby Lobby:

  • 2 Wooden Crosses (1 Large, 1 smaller)
  • Glass Flat sided marbles
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glossy Modge Podge
  • Metal Decorative Flower
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Xacto Knife

Home Depot:

  • LocTite Power Grip
  • Spray Paint

First I spray painted both crosses with a Teal colored Spray paint as preparation.  I color coordinated the spray paint with the scrapbook paper I chose.

For the bottom, larger cross —

Next, I used Spray adhesive and sprayed the top of the cross and placed the Scrapbook paper on.  I let this dry for 24 hours before using an Xacto Knife to trm around the edges.  Finally, I finished by coating the paper with Glossy Modge Podge for a sturdy glossy finish.

For the top, smaller cross —

I used the LocTite Power Grip —  suggested by my anonymous friend, to attach the metal flower to the center of the cross.  Locktite

The LocTite worked great, i found it in the Paint section of Home Depot – It comes in a tube AND a caulk tube for larger projects.  It has incredible hold and dries CLEAR!!!!

The great thing about the metal flower I chose, is that it was on a spring — so it was easy to raise up to get under.  Next, I placed the flat marbles all around the cross placing it in dollops of the Power Grip.  Don’t get too much, because you don’t want a ton showing, but you don’t want too little, because you want to make sure you have a strong grip on the marbles.  Don’t worry if some comes up around the marbles — it does dry clear and looks great!

As a final step when both crosses were completely dry (I waited 24 hours) — I used the Power Grip to glue the smaller cross to the larger cross!

Mix and match the marbles and the paper and have fun with it.  I used mixed colored marbles, but you could easily go with all same colored marbles.

I’ve been looking for something to put over my mirror in my room.  My room is in Orange and I just couldn’t find something I really love.  I am a proud alumna of Kappa Delta sorority.   I have always loved our open motto “Ta Kala Diokommen” – “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest”.

I modified that a bit for my sign



I painted a wooden sign in some fun colors to match my bedroom.  Added the words by cutting them out on Cameo and modge podge’d them onto the sign.  Then I added some fun metal flowers that I got at Hobby Lobby.  I love the final look.  I hope you like it too.




Here is the pattern I used for the African Violets on the Elephant.  I used a couple of different shades of purple for fun.




I met this awesome woman via Faulkner County Circle of Friends.  She’s funny and smart and has a huge heart.   She recently joined Delta Sigma Theta.  Ella6The Delta mascot is the elephant and I found a really great free pattern on Pinterest that I wanted to make.

It’s really important to pay attention to the fine print, however.  This little elephant ended up being twice the size she should have been because I didn’t pay attention to this little statement:

Pattern uses UK terminology.

WHOOOOOPS!!!!!!  It’s important to note that UK and US terminology ARE different.  Thus why my elephant is bigger 😉

chain(ch) chain(ch)
single crochet (sc) double crochet (dc)
double crochet (dc) treble (tr)
half double crochet (hdc) half treble (htr)
triple crochet (trc) double treble (dtr)
slip stitch (sl st) slip stitch (sl st)

She turned out super cute though.  I did add a few of my own touches.   Some fun hair on her head, some special definition on her trunk and some African Violets the Delta’s flower on her booty just to make her super special.  I think she’ll be loved.

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It fits…it actually fits!!!


Look at this beautiful lady!!!  The headband looks great on her!