Sunday, March 6, 2016

I've been crafty, I swear!

Hi peeps!

I've been crafty, I swear.  I've put vinyl up on my walls, I've made decoration for my home (from scratch, NOT using my silhouette or cricut.  I know, go me.)  I've also painted furniture and my fireplace and a mirror I need to get hung!  In addition to that I was chained to my sewing machine yesterday and made something called "mama cloth" (and if you're not familiar but don't want to be grossed out, don't look that up.) paper flowers, and I'm fixin' to make some more as soon as I can get the coffee filters tea-dyed.  Yeah, I get the irony of that, why not just use coffee?  Because tea gives me the antique look I'm looking for.  But, I digress-  I just haven't blogged about it.  I know, I'm a horrible person.

I'm making the most of my almost-to-pushing-out-a-baby-but-not-quite-yet time.

Today, this is what I made and painted!

So, it's no secret that I'm countrifying/homesteading my house.  Yes, I LOVE the old farmhouse look.  I just like the down-home, comfy feeling I get from it.  May not be your bag, and that's ok!  Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.  But  here on the Wood homestead, I wanted something "comfy" and inviting.

So, those metallic stars that cost like $25+ a piece- we love 'em, right?  Yeah, I do.  I'm not about to pay $75 for 3 because- BUDGET!  Hello, champagne tastes on a sweet tea budget.  Sigh.  What's a girl to do?  OH yeah!  Pinterest to the rescue!  Yes, I'm in love and totally addicted to Pinterest.

You might call what we have is more than a fling, but less than an affair.

Anyway, back to the project.
You will need:
cereal boxes.(recycle those babies- you just need chipboard)
paint and brush.
floral wire
hot glue and gun.

Now, disclaimer:  This is NOT my pattern or idea.  I DID, however, adapt this to smaller than the stars she made because I used hamburger helper boxes. (total health food, I know.)  Basically, you're going to want a flexible(ish) chipboard.

I followed the blog directions here.

Once I cut them out and hot glued them all together, (5 points per star.) I painted them.  The colors I used were:
Anita's All Purpose Acrylic in 11025 Rust Red
Americana's Epresso
and Sherwin Williams Antique White.  (It's a dupe of Annie Sloan's Old White) I got it in a sample size when Lowes had their .99 cents paint sample sale (Because I have furniture that is BEGGING to be chalk-painted!)

I took floral wire, and created a little hanger that I hot glued onto the back of the stars and they're attached to my walls with pushpins!  Really, they're that light, it's chip board!  It cost me practically NOTHING to do this project!  I mean, I already had the paints for other projects, and my minions at the contents of the boxes, I just salvaged them from the recycle bin.  The floral wire, I've had and hot glue costs what?  $1.00?  Yeah, this project for the three stars maybe cost me .50 cents to make?  IDK.  That's WAY better than $75 for some metal ones, IMO!

Seriously, I'm in love with how they look.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

National Craft Month!

Hi All!

It's March 1st and it's National Craft Month!  I'm so excited to be back.  I am currently sitting at 9 1/2 months pregnant waiting for my LO to be born and I figured heck, why not utilize the time I'm home and make stuff, and prettify my house and...

Anyhoo, so that's where I've been.  Gestating and dreaming pinterest dreams of grandeur.

This is what I decided to do above the photo in my living room.

God is a big part of my life, and having His word written on my home brings me comfort. :)  This is part of Joshua 24:15.  "As for me and my House, we will serve the Lord."

I designed this on my Silhouette.

For the main font, I used Andalus  and for the Joshua 24:15, I used Dawning of a New Day.   (You can get it at for free!  I LOVE getting free fonts to use.  Pinterest is also a great place to find them that will easily cut out on your die cutter!)

This is what it looks like on my wall.  I lined up the "House," with "we" and made it 4 feet long to go above my picture.  I'm thinking I may do some flourishes above or below, or maybe both, IDK.  What do you think?

yes, I have 13 ft high ceilings as that opening on the right is the door to my dining room. :)  I LOVE this old house that I'm turning into MY house! (not just someone else's house we bought and live in.)

Ok, y'all.  Baby pending- I'll see you tomorrow with another project!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

12 days of Christmas, Day 3

Happy Turkey Day!

I am LOVING this hop so far!  There's so much talent here, and I'm sure that you are too.  Thank you for taking part of your holiday and spending it with us.  I am grateful!  Me?  Oh, I'll be elbow deep in 2 (yes 2!) turkeys today!

Here's today's lineup:
1. Lisa Pontious -  <------- Start Here!
Connie -  (Guest Designer)
2. Madge -
3. Ashley W -
4. Sandy Hentzel -
5. Elizabeth Jeanne -
6. Angela -
7. Alicia -
8. Miranda -
9. Daphne -
10. Rhonda -
11. Charmagne -
12. Barbara-
13. Lisa F -
14. Sharondalyn - Http://
15. Jessi -     <------Should have come from Here.
16. Heather - Http://

Now, on to my project!

Another easy project!  See, simple is my semi-theme this year.  I used the same Faith pack papers that I used yesterday.  Here's what you'll need:

4" square of paper, cut into a triangle shape.  (accordian fold this from bottom to top)
A2 size card
glue stick

Ok, so everyone remember making paper fans in grade school?  Yup, do the same thing!  I have more of these little trees that you'll see later in the hop. :)  (great idea came to me when I made this card.  Well, I think it is anyway.)

Use the glue stick to glue on the tree, and the bow to the cardstock.  If you wish, you could stamp a sentiment on the bottom, but I chose to keep it simple and write my message inside!

Now, on to my question...

What is your most hated thing about this season?  Mine is I ALWAYS feel rushed, like I HAVE to get things done or the entire holiday will be ruined and it'll be all my fault and I'll be hated and ostracized Scarlet Letter style!  You know the feeling- "Burn her, she's a witch!" shout the villagers kind of thing....

Have a wonderful day, a fabulous holiday and see you tomorrow, lovelies!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

12 days of Christmas- Day 2

Hey y'all, welcome back!

I'm having so much fun doing this hop!

Here's today's lineup.  If you're here on your own, please start at Lisa's blog at Honeybearz Designs (first link) and you can hop along with us!  I'm the last in the hop, so thanks for sticking with us so far!

1. Lisa Pontious -   <------ Start Here!
Carolyn - (Guest Designer)
2. Madge -
3. Ashley W -
4. Sandy Hentzel -…/scrapbook-blessings-club-5722003
5. Elizabeth Jeanne -
6. Angela -
7. Alicia -
8. Miranda -
9. Daphne -
10. Rhonda -
11. Charmagne -
12. Barbara-
13. Lisa F -
14. Sharondalyn - Http://
15. Jessi -   <--------- Should have come from here.
16. Heather - Http://

My project today is another simple one!

See?  Oh, seriously- ignore my cobwebs.  (As you can see, we're still decorated for Halloween! Sure... that's what we'll call it!)

You'll need:
bakers twine
1" hole punch
different colored paper (I used The Paper Stuido's "Faith" pack.)
glue stick.

Another project to do with the kiddos!
Measure out a length of twine and arrange 1/2 your circles on it.  Glue stick the rounds and add a topper.  basically, you're stringing the paper along the twine and making a 1" paper circle sandwich out of it.

These actually turned out a lot cuter than I expected them to!  I plan on making a huge one with the kids later so we can string it on the tree, and the mantle!

So, today my question is what is your favorite thing to do with small peoples during the holidays?  We do several things, because I'm convinced the memories are much better than the "things" they'll get.  I mean, seriously- do you remember everything you got for your 9th Christmas?  No?  me neither.  But, anyway, we have a gingerbread house competition (I make gingerbread houses and we decorate them.  I'll be easier to buy them, but with 6 kids that crap can get expensive!), and we go "Light Seeing" with some homemade hot chocolate.  We decorate cookies (also take with us when we go look at lights) and I do a Christmas Eve box- with new pajamas in it- I sew their pants and give them a new t-shirt in it, they get a pack of hot chocolate and we make popcorn while we watch the Nativity Story.

Those are our kid-traditions. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

12 days of Christmas, Day 1

Hey, y'all!

It's Christmastime again!  I'm so excited.  Another year gone quickly and in truth it kind of flew by for me!  Oh, guess what- we're expecting baby #7!

Ok, my news is up, so welcome to the blog hop with Honeybearz Designs!  I'm so honored that Lisa has asked me again to be in it!  Ok, I lied- I kind of begged her.  I mean on a level of talent, everyone else in this hop is Martha Stewart and I'm sitting here like Internet Explorer.

So, here's the lineup.

1. Lisa Pontious -   <----- START HERE!
Julie Warren (Guest Designer)
2. Madge -
3. Ashley W -
4. Sandy Hentzel -
5. Elizabeth Jeanne -
6. Angela -
7. Alicia -
8. Miranda -
9. Daphne -
10. Rhonda -
11. Charmagne -
12. Robin -
13. Barbara-
14. Lisa F -
15. Sharondalyn - Http://
16. Jessi -  <----------- Should have come from here.
17. Heather - Http://

Are you having fun yet?  Because I am!  I am loving everyone's creations!

On to mine....

This year, I wanted to go more "simple".  Basically, I wanted kids to be able to do this.  I used things that I already had, and of course, you probably won't have them on hand, but lucky for you- you can likely get it from the dollar store!

Ok, this is what I did:

see?  Simple!

This is what I used:
1 red glass vase,
Glitter paper (3" wide)
rick rack (Hobby Lobby)
1 button (walmart, in a pack of like 100 or something.)
glue stick!

Cut the tree out of glitter paper.  I used my paper cutter, we call it a "schwonk", because that's the sound it makes.  Yeah, I have kids, what can I do?  Glue it to the vase.  Make a bow out of rick rack and glue it to the bottom.  Glue a button to the top.  Light candle inside.  BOOM, BABY!  Done!

As always, I ask a question after the post.  So, my question today is:  What type of Christmas do you do?  Do you do full-on North Pole set up in your home, or do you just put up a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?  I prefer something in between.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 11

Well, it's last day of the blog hop eve.  I wanted to do so much, I just didn't have the cash to do everything.  Oh well, that tends to happen around this time of year, doesn't it?

What did I do today?  Well, I made another simple card.  I'm into simplicity this year.  I have about a squajillion and one things I have to do- and now I have rehearsals on top of it!  Yup!  I made the cast of Les Miserables!  I can't tell you just how excited I really am!!!

So, simplifying so I can get everything out and done is best for me-

This one is slightly more involved than the other cards I did.

Here's what I did:

Here's waht you'll need:
kraft A2 sized cardstock,
christmas paper
baker's twine
glitter glue.

Cut out a simple tree and glue it to the card a little higher than center.  (you want room for hte presents.)  cut out random squares and rectangles for your "presents".  tie a bow and glue it to the top of the tree.  add glitter glue dots in random pattern on your tree.  You can do red to make it pop better, all I had on hand was green right now.  (kids dried out my other supplies.)

tie twine around the presents and glue them to the card.  With a pen, a marker, or a stick pin where you stabbed your finger with blood, write "joy" on the bottom right hand of the card.  Or you could be awesome and use a stamp.  I didn't have a stamp.

Tada.  you're done!

Question of the day:  Star or Angel on top of the tree?

Here's the lineup:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 10

WOOT!  we're 10 days into it, can you believe it? :(

If you're here in the lineup, word.  If you're here randomly, please go to Lisa's blog- she's got some blog candy for you.

OK, so today's project is versatile!  You can use it for Christmas, or Valentine's day or just becuase you like red roses.

I made roses.  THEY ARE SO COOL!  and so easy to make!

Here's what I did:

(I'm having the hardest time getting my photos to me so I can upload them here.  I'm so sorry, please be patient, it'll happen when I can upload them.

Here's what you need:
red and green card stock
SVG file from (This one here)
3/8" dowel rod
green floral tape

Here's how you do it:

Mary and Leo are geniuses when it comes to svg files.

Question of the day:  how do you pronounce poinsettia?  In our house it's poin-set-TEA-uh.  not poin-set-uh.  There's an i there.  It's not silent.  URGH! (can you tell- pet peeve?)  Now, head on over to Jessica!  She's got something awesome for you!

Here's the lineup:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 days of Christmas - day 9

Hello and happy December 2nd, y'all!  Hope you're having a wonderful day.  (I am and I"ll tell you why in a little bit.)  Today is the 9th day in the hop and I hope that you're here from the lineup, if not, please start at Lisa's blog.  She's giving away blog candy that you can win.

So, why am I having an amazing day?  Well, last night I had callbacks for Les Miserables!  I have wanted to be in it since I saw Lea Salonga do it about 20 years ago!  TOTALLY in love with it (as was everyone at callbacks last night!) and I will hear something by noon tomorrow. :D

Anyhoo, on to my project:

A very simple card.  I like simple.

Here's what you need:
an ornament shape cut out (I fussy cut this.)
brown cardstock- A2 size.
glue stick.

Here's how you do it:
glue the ornament on to the folded card.

See?  it doesn't get easier than that.

Question of the day:  What is your favorite Christmas movie?  Mine is the Nativity Story, and Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Here's the lineup:

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 8

WOOHOO!  Welcome back, you're with me this far.  I'm happier than a puppy with a chew toy!

First thing's first- go back to Lisa's blog if you're  not here from the beginning of the hop.

Today is day 8 and I have another project for you!  First, how talented are these wonderfully creative people I'm in this hop with?  They're like crazy gifted and here I am like internet explorer- eating paste.

This is today's project:

They were SUPER easy to do- so much so that your kindergartener can do this with you.
Here's what you'll need:
christmas paper
template.  (You can draw one easily- I"ll tell you how.)
glue stick
twine or string.

Here's what you do:
It's a lot easier to draw a christmas bulb than you'd imagine.  Do you remember cutting out symmetrical hearts when we were kids?  You'd fold the paper in half and then draw the 1/2 heart and cut it out and boom, you'd have a "perfect" heart?  That's what I did in card stock, EXCEPT- the top part is flatter, and you draw on a little square "tab" to the top.  When you open it up, it'll look like this:

So, you get what I mean.

Ok, so after you draw your template and open it up, you trace 9 of them on 12x12 christmas paper.  I was able to get 18 out of 1 sheet, which gives you 2 ornaments.  after you cut them all out, fold them in half with the pretty side in.  You can ALSO do this with 2 sided paper and alternate front and back.  (in that case do an even number of bulbs papers)  once they're all folded and creased, put some glue on one side and line the next one on top to match.  repeat and stack them all.  Cut a length of twine so that you can either put it directly on the tree, or you can string a hook on it.  glue it on and then glue the last side to the first side forming a 3D ornament.

Tada!  they're pretty fast to do and SUPER easy to make.  and how lucky of a girl am I to find glitter gingham paper?  Yeah, that feeds my country side and my super-girly side at the same time!

Question of the day:  What is your favorite Christmas Carol?  Mine is Mary did you know, and O Holy Night.  Oh, and Linda Eder's version of Do You See What I See (or whatever it's called- the Perry Como version to this day reminds me of gremlins.).

Here's the lineup:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

12 days of Christmas- day 7

I AM SO SORRY!  Last night was the iron bowl, and I was up late and overslept.  I thought I had it on a schedule timer, but apparently not.  Mea culpa.

Hello and welcome back!  Day 7.  I can't believe it.  If you're here in the lineup, awesome, welcome you're good to go, but if you're here randomly, please start at Lisa's blog so you don't miss out on the goodies!

I finally made something with paper!  I know, the paper junkie make something with paper this blog hop?  But I did!  And it's cute.

By now you know my computer is s-l-o-w-l-y creeping it's way back to me from HP so I can't use my silhouette.  BUT I can fussy cut!  I made a card, and I have no idea what the technique is called, (though I've seen it before) but I quilt, so I figured it's not taht different from making a log cabin quilt.

Here's what you'll need:
kraft cardstock
christmas paper cut into 1"x 2" strips.
3D sticker (I got this from walmart)
cookie cutter
glue stick

Here's how you do it:
I traced around the cookie cutter in the inside of the card cut to 4 x 5 1/2.  I cut out the star and started gluing strips of paper around the edges until it was covered how I liked it.  (I'm sure there's a tutorial on youtube or something to tell you how to do it.  I have no idea how to explain it to you or even what the technique is called!)

Embelish how you want, but I used a "holiday time Handmade Sticker" from Walmart I got about a bazillion years ago.

Question of the day:  How many presents are usually under your tree?   We do 1 want, 1 need and 1 spiritual gift for each child.  (that's 18 things in our home!) and we also stuff stockings.

Here's the lineup: