2012 Craft Projects Review

2012 Craft Projects by Valerie

I can’t believe yet another year passed us by, as 2012 came to an end and we’re ready to start a brand new year….and some new craft projects too!  I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the craft projects that I made last year, and I definitely look forward to a new year of inspiration and creativity as I delve into some new areas.  I am sure that I have overlooked a lot of crafts for this post, but not because I did not like the outcome of them, rather the amount of them, and it was hard to choose which ones to show.

Not all of my crafts had a DIY tutorial with them, but I wanted to share with you the large list of projects that I tackled this year, which actually surprised me when I was putting this post together.  Looking at the photo above, from left to right, are just a sampling of the crafts I made:

  1. CEMENT HAND BUSINESS CARD HOLDER:  This was made with a latex glove filled with cement, and positioned just right, and while it was drying I pressed a small piece of wood in the palm of the hand to make the indent for the business cards.  
  2. PAINTED COASTERS FOR HALLOWEEN:  Simple project, purchased some cork coasters at our local store and spray painted them orange, then cut out some faces in card stock paper and painted the black faces on, then sealed the coaster with a nice coat of sealer.
  3. WOOD LOVE PLAQUE:  I made this item to sell on our eBay store and had great success!  It took quite a long time to cut this design out of wood, with all the curves it had, but it was well worth the time and effort.  To make the design of this plaque, I opened up Publishes and made four blank pages, then I played around with some fonts to see which one I liked best, then enlarged the font to a letter sized piece of paper, and printed it on card stock.  I then cut out each letter, and taped them together as the photo shows and used this as my template.
  5. CEMENT SKULL:  This was made from a cement skull mold and I mixed up some Quikrete, added a hook for hanging, and let it dry.
  6. CEMENT TEALIGHT HOLDERS:  Made from household containers, like a cologne box, or a plastic lid.  Very easy project to do!
  10. CEMENT “GROW” STEPPING STONE:  We purchased a neat cement mold from a seller on eBay and I made a few of these grow stepping stones.  The mold was amazing on how much detail it showed after it dried.  I love this!
  12. WOOD LETTER “A” MONOGRAM:  I made this for Roy’s sister for Christmas!
  16. PATRIOTIC WOOD BOXES:  How I made these were actually from an idea I saw on someone’s blog, but they were making clay houses for their catus.  I liked the idea and made a bigger version and designed mine out of wood.  I have used these little wood houses all over the house and even used them on Fourth of July for silverware holders too!
  17. WOOD BAT:  I love all the wood bats that I have made!  I even hot glued some lights to the back of one and now it glows when I hang it on the wall!  Neat idea, eh?
  18. PAPER MACHE SNOWMAN:  This is one of my favorite craft projects!
  19. HALLOWEEN CEMETERY COLUMNS MADE FROM BOXES:  These columns are a big hit on Pinterest!  I made them from some leftover boxes (all of the same size) and taped them together with masking tape, then spray painted them to look like cement block.  Everyone loved this idea!
  21. PATRIOTIC MONOGRAM FOR FRONT DOOR:  I hand drew a large “R” for my boyfriend and painted it in patriotic colors.  Got a lot of compliments on this!
  22. WOOD LETTER “N” LEASH HOOK:  I made this for our dog Nikita to hold all of her leashes.  I hot glued strong magnets to the back of it and it is now on our backdoor!
  23. PAPER MACHE PUMPKIN:  This is the first (of many) paper mache pumpkins that I will be making.  The process takes a long time, since you have to wait for each layer of paper mache to dry before adding the next layer, but we will be using lots of these pumpkins as props in our yard next Halloween.  We will also be selling them on eBay too once we get a few of them completed.
  24. WOOD “GROW” SIGN FOR OUR GARDEN:  Enough said about this garden sign – – you just want your garden to well, um….Grow!
  25. BENDABLE MUMMY GUY:  Just a little bendable mummy to sit on your shelf, or anywhere you wish him to be.  Lots of fun to make him and wrap him up in gauze!
  26. SOCK BUNNY TUTORIAL:  Now, these little bunnies will make a huge hit as a gift, for your pet, or placed in an Easter basket or Christmas stocking.  No matter how you use them, the recipient will be happy!

So, with 2012 behind us now, I am looking forward to a new year and some new craft projects!  One idea that I am anxiously waiting to start, is making adorable pillows that will brighten any room, and also figuring out how to make little pillows with photographs on them.  I know that Mod Podge has a medium photo transfer paste to do just that, and I can’t wait to try it out.  I want to try my hand at making little “Animal Pillows” with Nikita and Bella on them.  You could place these on a chair, couch, or the bed for an adorable accent!  Obviously, this will make a great blog post tutorial when I figure it out!  I can’t wait.

In 2013, I also want to delve heavily into making paper mache pumpkins in all shapes and sizes!  Once I get a few completed, we will list them for sale on our eBay store.  What?  You did not know that we have an eBay store?  Shame on you!  You can view our eBay store by clicking on any of the buttons on the side of this blog!  As an eBay seller, we sell mostly seasonal items, and since we love Halloween, we thought that the paper mache pumpkins would be a huge hit.

Anyhow, looking back on the crafts that I made in 2012 has truly blown me away, as I amazed myself at how many things I actually created.  Look out 2013, I’ve got a lot of work to do!  🙂

Halloween is Coming…Are You Ready?

Halloween is only 148 days away and we are getting ready for our favorite time of year.  We have a great selection of Halloween products & home decorations to fit all of your needs from a simple Halloween placemat to animated foggers for your own home haunt.  We also have handmade wood tombstones available for you to paint & personalize the way you want for your front yard without fear of them falling down like the styrofoam ones do in a wind.  There are so many things to choose from, so we know that you will be able to find something that will perk your interest. 

Halloween is not only for kids anymore, as more and more adults (like us) have a lot of fun decorating for the witching hour.  For example, last year we made a cemetery gateway out of boxes and created a lighted entrance for our trick-or-treaters to walk through and had our fog machines setup to add a smokey entrance for all the kids.  They loved it and just stood there in the fog that eerily hung in the air around them!  Halloween for us, is all about creativity – the more creative you are, the greater the effect.

Halloween would not be complete without a great pumpkin to carve.  Instead of heading out to a store to buy a pumpkin, why not try growing your own?  We grew Connecticut Field Pumpkins last year and dried our seeds, and now you can purchase some of our seeds for yourself!  We had so much fun growing our pumpkins last year and watching them grow, as the leaves grew to more than 17″ in size and produced 20 pound pumpkins! 

Check out our Halloween products today and see if we have something to fit your needs, and check back often as we add things weekly!   Happy Haunting!

NOTE:  Click on any photo to be redirected to our eBay Store for product information.




Don’t Lose Your Head

Cement Skull

We think about Halloween all the time, and there’s only 266 days left until it’s here!  We are always looking for new & unique items to bring to you to enhance your Halloween decorating and enlarge your prop collection. 

We are proud to announce our new CEMENT SKULLS for Halloween that you can use in your own “Home Haunt” or hang on your wall in your home.  No matter where you decide to place it, it will definitely be a conversation piece!  Skull weighs in at a little over 3 pounds 11 ounces and is approximately 7 1/2″ x 5″ x 2 1/2″.   Each skull that is made will be slightly different from the photo shown due to how the cement dries.  When you place your order for your skull, we will start your mold for you and it will take a few days for the skull to completely dry before we can ship it to you.  Any questions, let us know!  We are here to enhance your scare factor for Halloween!  Keep checking back on our website for additional cement items, as we will be adding more items!  www.themesnthings.com
And for an example, you can even add “eyes” to your stone skull for a more eerie look! 

TGIF: When the Sun Shines, Spring Fever Hits!

TGIF and we are blessed to see the sun in it’s full brightness today!  We have not had many bad snowy days here and seeing the sun shine today gets that Spring Fever mojo going!  All that Mommy wants to do is head outside to do yardwork, (Yes, she loves yardwork!) like cutting the grass, running the edger to make everything look perfect, planting flowers and everything else that goes along with being outside. 

I am enjoying the day with Mommy and she has been watching me sit by the backdoor looking out so intensly, so she decided to take me on a short walk today to get some fresh air!  I had so much fun sniffing…everything!  But, when we got back home, I had to get my legs & paws cleaned because it is muddy outside. 

"GROW" Stepping Stone

Since the Spring Fever has hit this house, we wanted to share with you what Daddy & Mommy have been working on.  They will be announcing the new Stepping Stones that will be available soon for sale on their website, but if you live locally to us, you can pick up your stepping stone and save on the shipping costs!   This will be the first of many garden accessories that they will have, and since they are a Seasonal Seller, they thought that adding garden stones & plaques would be a great addition to their product line.  This beautiful detailed GROW Stepping Stone would look great in your garden this year or it would make a great gift for a gardener, or for Mother’s Day!  Wait until you see the beautiful garden plaques that we will have and since we love Halloween so much, we will also have skulls too!  All of our stepping stones, plaques, and skulls will be made out of cement so they will hold up nicely during the seasons.

What plans do you have for your landscaping this year?  Do you have any big plans?  More flowers?  Adding a bird bath?  Fire Pit?  How are you going to change your yard this year to make it more enjoyable?

With Love Always,