Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Brandie Bell

Brandie Bell

Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone!

I hope your having a great day and will have an even better night! So what is Cinco De Mayo? Well, many people think it is the Mexican Independence Day but that is actually on September 16. Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico’s triumph over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Which was a big deal, the French had not lost in a long time.

So here we are! Let’s Fiesta then Siesta!

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Here are a few things to get you set for a fun and traditional Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

1. Food!

Chips & Guacamole!

Guacamole dips is made of avocados, chiles, onions, tomatoes, salt and lime! Mush it all together and PA-DOW Guacamole!

Now instead of buying corn chips you can heat up some oil, cut up some tortillas into quarters, fry them in the hot oil until crispy and PA-DOW better celebration chips!

Tamales, Tamales, Tamales.

Looking for a recipe? Check out for lots of Tamale       Recipes. But just so you know… none will compare to my Gramma’s! – Food.com http://www.food.com/recipe/traditional-tamales-pork-15286

Chalupas!

Now you can go to Fast Food or you can go to WikiHow and make your own!! Love it!                                                                                   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Taco-Bell-Beef-Chalupa-Supreme

2.  Loud Music!

Its just one day..so let it rip! Bust out the loudest Uuum Pa Pa, Uuum Pa Pa music you can find. Don’t have any you say?! Well here you go!

Got to LOVE Pandora: www.pandora.com/music/mexico

3. Crazy Lucha Libre Masks?

Well no…but Hey! Why Not! It’s a celebration! Not sure just how to make an awesome Lucha Libre Mask…

No Problem, click on over HappyThought.co.uk. This fantastic lady has not only given awesome instructions but there is also a free downloadable template! Its not too late Get printing!! https://happythought.co.uk/craft/printables/how-to-make-lucha-libre-masks-free-templates                                                                                          …no your NOT too old!

Have A Good Time!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

I love Frida

I love Frida

Oh and May the Fourth be with you!!

6 Amazing Recycled Basket Ideas from around the Web

Easter and baskets go hand in hand, inspiring this spectacular recycled basket post.

These amazing basket ideas have been gathered from around the web. They are brilliant and all from recycled materials.

enjoy!

1.)   Here is a great recycled basket pin by Tihamer L Nagy featuring recycled a  Hot Air Balloon made of newspaper:
Recycled Newspaper
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520236194431468823/

2.)  Check out this awesome basket out of maps tutorial: Flashback: Woven  Map Basket  By

Woven Map Basket

http://makezine.com/craft/flashback_woven_map_basket/

3.)  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs created a wonderful tutorial for making a basket       out of scraps of fabric.

Atkinsons Designs

Atkinsons Designs

http://terryatkinson.typepad.com/atkinsondesigns/2014/02/woven-fabric-basket.html

4.)  Denim Do Over came up with an amazing recycled denim cover for your basket:

Denim Do Over!

Denim Do Over!

http://www.denimdoover.com/2014/03/make-a-denim-basket-for-easter/

5.)  This fun little basket by Craft Elf is a great way to reuse all those empty soda bottles!

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

http://www.craftelf.com/Caft_elf_Easter_Soda_bottle_basket.htm

6.)  Baskets woven from recycled plastic bottles by Brainstorm. So Pretty!

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

http://ems-brainstorm.blogspot.com/2015/01/woven-baskets.html

I hope these earth friendly projects help you create something wonderful.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Yay! Finished Project!

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Once again I apologize for the huge blog fail. I am having some issues balancing work, blogging, the etsy store and the photography (phew!) but I will figure it out.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a great holiday season so far.

I had been in such a beading mood, I decided to do another peyote stitch Amulet Bag. If you’re not sure what an amulet bag is, it is basically a small bag that is worn around the neck, just about heart level.  Inside the amulet bag you can put small tokens or amulets or anything that means something special to you. It is found in much of the Native American culture. Personally I love them. They make wonderful gifts you can pass down.

Here is my newest amulet bag:

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Because I have been so awful at crafting lately I have compiled a short list of super awesome blog posts with fantastic Christmas crafting ideas.

Enjoy!

Amazing Christmas Craft Ideas (45 pics) DumpADay.com – http://www.dumpaday.com/genius-ideas-2/amazing-christmas-craft-ideas-45-pics/

40 Amazing Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas You can Make Yourself Diyncrafts.com – http://www.diyncrafts.com/9513/homemade/40-amazing-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-can-make

Top 38 Easy and Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make – Woohome.com – http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/top-38-easy-and-cheap-diy-christmas-crafts-kids-can-make
Twenty Amazing Christmas Crafts – Tots100.co.uk – http://www.tots100.co.uk/2014/12/08/twenty-amazing-christmas-crafts/

Quick Christmas Crafts – Craftsbits.com – http://craftbits.com/project/quick-christmas-crafts/

Happy Holidays! I will try to keep up!

so….

Y’all come back now ya here! 😀

Upcycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder

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Hello!!

I hope this Halloween week has been fantastically spooky! I keep watching scary movies and giving myself nightmares!

I have one more Jar Project for Halloween. The recycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder! This project is super simple!

What you need:

  • A Jar
  • Some Paint – Acrylic works really well
  • Mod Podge- optional
  • green string or ribbon
  • battery candle

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Add just a few drops of the paint and Mod Podge to the jar. I used a bit of ink spray but it just to brighten the color.

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Then put the cap on, and shake and swirl. You may have to do this a few times while it dries to get the right amount of paint around it.  I wanted it a little clear and streaky so i just let it dry as is. but you can keep coating until its nice and consistent.

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Once done with the paint, flip the jar upside down on a plate or stack of old newspapers so the excess paint has somewhere to go. Let dry.

I drew the face on with sharpie while the cap was on and I was swirling the paint around, but you can certainly wait until its dry. I did intend to Mod Podge the eyes nose and mouth with a fine brush then add black glitter, I was just too busy.

After everything is dry, add a bit of glue or Mod Podge to the very top of the jar and add either string or ribbon for a more finished look.

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Once that is dry, add your battery candle and enjoy!!

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Quick and Easy Jar Decoration

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Hello Everyone! I hope your Halloween season has been spooktacular so far!

Here is a super easy and quick way to add some pops of color and decoration around the house with stuff you probably already have.

These adorable fabric wrapped jars are great to add to any center piece, or table or just about anywhere. You can even add a candle and make them super awesome candle holders. Or shove some candy in them for a cool display

You just need:

  1. A jar (the one I used is super small they are about 2 inches. I think they are used for spices.
  2. Some fabric. (any will do, it just needs to be big enough to stuff into the jar.
  3. A bit of ribbon

Thats it!

Here is my little jar.

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Jar and Fabric, The fabric is super sheer shinny material.

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Lay down your material, then lay your jar in the center on top. I used 2 layers of fabric because the material was so sheer.

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Tuck the fabric into the jar. Press it all the way in so it doesn’t come back out.

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Wrap some ribbon around the top, and tie a bow.

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And there you go!

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A super simple, very quick way to add a bit decor this holiday season!

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Happy Crafting!!!

What simple ways do you like to dress up you home for the holidays?

Adventures of Caterpillar Friend

This is just a fun photo post for anyone that did not see the daily updates of Caterpillar Friend on Twitter or Facebook:

How I met Caterpillar Friend…

So let’s start at the beginning. It all started with the balcony…

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and my loved tomato plant that I grew from a rotten tomato.

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The tomato plant grew to almost 6 feet tall! It was full of tomatoes and lots of pretty green leaves. One morning I went out to water the tomato plant and noticed half the leaves were gone, and the other half were all chewed up. So I explored and explored.

Then I found them, little caterpillars all over the plant!

I refuse to use pesticides or anything like that, so I just sat there picking them off for relocation to the park across the street.

But…I kept one…for the love of science, in a very cozy jar 😀

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(No caterpillars were harmed during the making of this post!)

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He didnt want to go at first but once he realized he could fly I let him go.

I love science! Do you?