Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tennis Ball Sachets for a Charity Tennis Tournament

I made some tennis ball sachets - they are party favors for a charity tennis event.

Supply List:

lid from can of tennis balls

white pen

yellow felt


black embroidery thread

white embroidery thread

yellow embroidery thread

embroidery needle

sachet filler


Trace the lid of a tennis ball can with a white pen onto the yellow felt and carefully cut out the circles.

On the front of the tennis ball - sew a white looped line in white and Penn in black thread.

Sew the front piece onto a yellow plain piece with yellow thread. Before sewing the tennis ball closed add some sachet filler. Then sew the tennis ball closed and tie off with a small knot.

I bought the sachet filler at Micheals. 

These tennis balls make great party favors. They can be kept in a tennis bag or a lingree drawer.

I placed them in cellophane bags and tied off with a black ribbon.

You could also make these sachets into baseballs with white felt and red thread or basketballs with orange felt and black thread. 

Tennis Anyone?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Bracelets

In honor of Earth Day - I made some bracelets. Only using items that I had in my craft cabinet.

I made some recycle bracelets.

To make these bracelets - I found some ABC beads and used them to spell out environmental messages. I also found some Earth beads that I probably bought last year. I simply strung the beads and letters on beading elastic.

Every day should be Earth day! Recycle, reuse, repurpose. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaching 1st Grade Religion Class

Today  I substitute taught  first grade Religion class - they were so well behaved, such good readers and a lot of fun. I wanted to take them all home with me!

We were still learning about the Easter story. 

 I printed out a lot of coloring and worksheets.

We also learned about John 3;16 - with this coloring sheet.

I also made them some John 3;16 candy bars.

I simply took some Hershey bars.

And I wrapped the candy bars in heavy white card stock.

Then I taped the John 3;16 patch onto the candy bar. I made the patch on another log post.

At the end of class we played Holy Hangman and the kids loved it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Felt Eggs With Little Pockets

Today I made some felt eggs with little pockets. The pockets can hold candy or gift cards. And if your family member or friend has a short name it can be sewn onto the egg.

Supply List:

egg cookie cutter or template

white felt

embroidery thread



small beads

bits of lace and rick-rack

small buttons

glue gun

glue sticks


Cut eggs out of white felt. Cut one egg in half with a zig-zag pattern.

Decorate the bottom zig=zag piece with lace, rick-rack, beads and buttons.

Sew the zig-zag piece onto the front of the egg.

Sew the name of the recipient on the top of the egg.

The back of the egg is a little messy. 

So hot glue another felt egg onto the back of the egg. This covers up the messy stitches.

Now the candy can be added.

Since I gave up sweets for Lent - I had to decline the free sample. Bummer, I know.

I taped the See's egg to the back of the felt egg. And added the lollipop and See's small chocolate eggs inside the little pocket. Gift cards can also be added to the pocket.

Happy Easter to You!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beauty and the Beast - Belle Bracelets

My daughter's favorite Disney movie was "Beauty and the Beast" we must have watched it every day for 6 months in a row. So of course now that she is 24 - we went to see the movie and it was awesome. Before we went to the movie - I gave her bracelets to wear and give to her friends.

Supply List:

yellow beads

rose bead

beading elastic

small blue or clear beads


jewelry glue


I bought the beads on 55% off all strung beads day. Yeah me!

The Stretch Magic and jewelry glue are in the bead section as well. If I am out of jewelry glue I use clear nail polish.

Step 1 - Cut a 12" piece of elastic beading thread. Tie and odd colored bead about two inches on the thread. 

Step 2 - Thread about 7" of the yellow seed beads. 

Step 3 - Add a small blue or clear bead, the rose and another blue or clear bead and tie the bracelet off with five or six tight knots. 

Step 4 - Using the jewelry glue add a small tab over the knot.

Step5 - Cut off the extra string- as close to the knot as possible.

It's the tale as old as time - Beauty and the Beast. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

John 3:16 Patch

This is a wonderful craft to make this Lenten season. These patches can be used as bookmarks if you choose to sew a long brown ribbon to the back of the patch. The patch can be sewn or glued onto your Bible study bag or notebook. I also think they would be a nice addition to an Easter basket.

Supply List:

cream felt - cut into 2" circles

brown felt - cut into 3" circles

black or brown marker

brown embroidery thread

cross bead or button

embroidery needle



Step 1 - cut out 2" cream felt circle and write John 3:16 on the felt with a black or brown marker.

Step 2 - sew over the John 3:16 with brown embroidery thread.

Step 3 - Sew in a cross bead or button.

Step 4 - cut dark brown felt into 3" circles.

Step 5 - Sew the cream circle onto the dark brown circle with a running stitch.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wire and Bead Crosses

This is an easy craft for older children to make during this Lenten season. I used beads that I had in my craft cabinet. I wished that I had brown beads - but no such luck.  These crosses would also be nice to include in an Easter basket.

Supply List:

20 gauge wire

24 gauge wire

Colorful beads

Silver spacer beads

Wire cutters

Long nose needle pliers

The wire can be purchased in the bead section of most craft stores. 

Cut a 2" and 3" piece of 20 gauge wire.

Cut a 4" piece of 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the area were the pieces meet to make the cross. Twist the wire around 3 or 4 times. Trim the ends and twist around withe the needle nose pliers.

Start beading with beads and spacers. Cut the wire ends so they are 1/4" long and using the needle nose pliers  twist into a small loop.

Cut a 12" piece of 24 gauge wire. Start winding the wire around the beads top to bottom and side to side. This step really stabilizes the cross.

These can be used to make Christmas ornaments, bookmarks and necklaces. You can make the crosses smaller or larger - whatever you prefer.

I  am planning on using these on a cake or a cupcakes. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Selfie Patches


gray felt - two inch circles

hot pink felt - three inch circles

cameo silhouette bead

black marker

sharp scissors

black embroidery thread

embrodiary needle

Write selfie with a black marker and using black embroidery thread sew over the marker and tack the bead in the middle of the circle.

Sew the gray circle onto the hot pink circle with a running stitch. And now you have a patch. I think it would look cute on a wrapped gift or sewn onto a pair of jeans.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hot Cross Buns

Today I made Hot Cross Buns! I have always wanted to make Hot Cross Buns and I must say they turned out awesome and were surprising easy to make. I read so many Hot Cross Bun recipes online and finally settled on the recipe and her recipe was easy to follow and I had every ingredient already in my cupboard and refrigerator. Add if I can make homemade Hot Cross Buns - so can you!

Ingredients for Buns:

1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1/2 cup sugar

4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 eggs

4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) softened

1 cup raisins

Syrup Glaze:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Cream Cheese Icing:

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon water


In a small bowl combine the lukewarm milk, sugar and yeast. Stir and let it rest for 10 minutes. Once the bubbles start forming you will know that the yeast is activating.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook add the 4 cups of flour, salt and nutmeg.

Add the eggs and butter to the activated yeast mixture and stir until combined.

Add the yeast mixture to the flour and mix on medium-low for 5 minutes. Add the raisins and continue to mix for another minute.

The dough should be elastic and not stuck to the side of the bowl.

In a large bowl add a tablespoon of canola oil and use a paper towel to spread the oil all around the bowl.

Add the dough to the bowl rolling the dough around so that it is completely covered with oil.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place in your kitchen and let rise for 2 hours until the dough is almost doubled in size.

Get out a large casserole type pan - I used a 13" x 9" glass pan. Lightly spray the bottom of the pan with a non-stick baking spray.

Divide the dough into 15 equal balls. Roll the balls until they are smooth.

Cover the buns with a clean damp cloth and place in a warm place in your kitchen for 1/2 hour until they are doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Once the buns have doubled in size they will be ready for the oven,

Bake the buns in the 375 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes until they are a light golden brown.

 While the buns are baking the syrup and icing can be prepared.

To make the syrup bring the water and sugar to a boil on low heat. Let the mixture boil for a minute or two until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make the icing whisk all of the ingredients together and put the mixture into a zipper topped bag and put it in the refrigerator until it is ready to use.

When the buns come out of the oven brush them with the sugar syrup.

The sugar syrup gives the buns a beautiful shine.  Let the buns cool for 10 minutes.

Remove the icing from refrigerator. Push the icing down to one corner and twist. Snipe off a small piece and start piping the crosses.

A perfect snack with a cup of tea. Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I hope that  everyone has a blessed Easter with family and friends.