FREE 50 Page Patriotic Crafts eBook

I received the greatest news yesterday…I was published in my first eBook from All Free Kids Crafts!  Yippee!  What an honor it was to be part of their Patriotic Crafts eBook along with 20 other great patriotic crafts!

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If you feel the need to “craft”, then this is a website you need to check out!  There are thousands of craft ideas for every occasion that will encourage you to get “crafting”.

american ebook left buttonHere is the Free 50 Page Patriotic Crafts eBook from All Free Kids Crafts!  You can find my patriotic craft on pages 30-31.

Happy Patriotic Crafting!

Colored Ice Balls

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I saw this idea on Pinterest awhile ago and I just had to try it.  It’s a simple idea to add some color and fun to the outdoors during the winter – make some Ice Balls!  You could make a bunch of them and set them on your front porch or steps, or line your sidewalk or drive with them!  Anywhere you place them, people will wonder how you made them!  Just one word of advice, make sure the ice has completely frozen before removing the balloon! I found out the hard way on what happens!

How to make Colored Ice Balls:  Grab some balloons (I know that everyone has some on hand somewhere in a junk drawer) and put a few drops of food coloring in the balloon first, then pull the lip of the balloon over your faucet and fill with cold water.  Carefully pull the balloon off the faucet and tie.  Shake the balloon a little to mix the food coloring.  Then, either set the balloon outside in the cold, or place in your freezer.  Once the water has frozen, remove the balloon and find a neat place for it outside!

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Like I mentioned above, make sure that the water has completely frozen before removing the balloon, or you will watch your food colored water run right out of your balloon, like I did.  Try this out today, and let me know how your frozen balls turned out! LOL

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How to Make a Night Light Cover from Melting Beads

Well, just when you think that you have exhausted all of your craftiness, we have gone and done it again!  Yep, we came up with a really neat way to make yourself a modern night light cover – – by melting some pony beads!

We headed out to the Dollar Store and picked up a Tinker Bell Night Light for $1 and knew that we could use this in our craft project.  The Tinker Bell front cover was removable (phew) from the night light and we were happy to see that, as we were prepared to cut it off if it was not.  (this saved us a step for sure)

Anyhow, if you viewed our first post on how to make a sun catcher from melting beads, you will remember how we got started.  If not, click here to catch up with the process.

First, we pulled out our metal mini loaf pan and started creating a design in the pan with pony beads.  Once we got our design complete, the next step is to head outside and get the grill all fired up.  Once the grill is nice and hot, place your metal loaf pan on the grill – – and watch as the beads start to melt.  This melting process takes between 10-15 minutes as the beads are laid in a single layer in the pan.  Once the beads are all melted, and you will know when to take them off the grill as the top of your design is all smooth with no bead bumps.  (once you do this, you will know what I mean)  Remove the pan from the grill (and remember that your pan is extremely hot) and let your pan cool.  Once the pan is cooled, just turn it over and tap the bottom of the pan and your melted bead design pops right out!

Now, comes the fun part – attaching your plastic design to the night light.  As we mentioned earlier, we removed the plastic Tinker Bell night light cover already, and since we did, we needed to add a little spacer between the night light and your new melted design, so we hot glued a clear pony bead to the front of the night light (which worked out perfectly).  If we did not add the clear bead to the front of the night light, our melted cover would have been a bit too close to the light bulb, so we did not want it to get too hot from the bulb and perhaps melt, so that is why we added a clear bead as a spacer.  Once the glue dried around the bead, we just hot glued the plastic design we just made onto the bead and just created the neatest modern night light cover ever!

The steps are quite simple, but making the bead design in the pan was the most fun part of this craft project.  You could go crazy and make all sorts of designs as the possibilities are endless.  Make some for yourself, your kids room, or even the kitchen as these will for sure be a great conversation piece!  Even make a night light cover so your pooch can see their water dish at night!

The Art of Doing Stuff

I ran across this great website called “The Art of Doing Stuff” and you can check it out here www.theartofdoingstuff.com .  Karen is the writer of this blog and she has great ideas on her site for re-purposing items, and lots of things to do with items you find at a Dollar Store.  It caught my interest and I subscribed immediately to her posts so I would not miss anything.  Karen just recently did a post about her friends dog and posted a really funny photo of the dog standing in a bird bath, and she asked for everyone to email her photo’s of their pets too, and Nikita was included in her recent post.  Here is the link to check out all of the great photographs of some adorable pets http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/pet-pictures/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theartofdoingstuff+%28The+Art+of+Doing+Stuff%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

Check out Karen’s website and you can see for yourself why you should subscribe to her posts and make sure if you leave a comment to tell her that Nikitaland referred her!   Have a great day “Doing Stuff”!

Present for Grandma

Shhhhh, don’t tell Grandma, but we made her something for Halloween!  Since Mommy has been busy cutting & sanding tombstones for Halloween, she thought it would be a nice surprise for Grandma if we made her one as a surprise.  What do you think? 

Daddy & Mommy found some nice wood numbers & embellishments at Pat Catans craft store to put on the tombstone.  Mommy even cut out the little bat that’s on top of the tombstone from some scrap pressed wood, and painted them.  They are going to spray the address number & little ghost with some Krylon Glowz spray paint too.  The Glowz paint is supposed to charge in light so that it will illuminate at night.  Pretty cool, eh? 

If you want one for yourself, let us know!  Daddy & Mommy have their tombstones for sale on eBay, but they can personalize one for you too!

Just don’t tell Grandma about her present – just keep it between us!