DIY Tin Can Vase

February 18, 2016, in
Hey, friends, I'm glad you stopped by!  I want to let you in on a little secret......I love tin cans!  I use them in my workroom to hold paint brushes, scissors, pencils, glue sticks and so much more.

Tin cans are made to hold liquid, so they are perfect to use as a vase.  Today I want to show you how I used two tin cans to make one vase with an antique finish.


This is how I turned two into one

I started with Two Empty Soup Cans


A Basic Can Opener is the only tool I used for this project.


I took the bottom off one of the cans with the can opener


Now I have a cylinder


 I used LIQUID NAIL ADHESIVE to join the two cans together.


Now it is one tall vase


To give it an antique look...I used a foam brush and gave it several coats of black craft paint.  I mixed and layered different craft paint colors.  I used: black, burnt umber, turquoise & gold metallic craft paint.


I made stencils by cutting numbers off a tag. (The kind you get when you service your car)  I painted the back of the numbers gray and pressed them on the can and peeled them off.  I used a thin paintbrush to fill in the empty spaces.


I love how the cotton spray stems look in the vase!!  The stems come in a set of three and you can purchase them at

Happy Valentine's Weekend My Friends!

I love Epsom salt...have you tried it? 
Epsom salt can be used in many ways and has many health benefits. 
 One of the ways I love to use it is in the tub.

Epsom salt can be purchased at the drug store for a few dollars.  
It is high in magnesium and is absorbed through the skin.  

Treat Yourself good with my soothing BATH cocktail recipe:
Mix two cups of Epsom salt and one Tablespoon of coconut oil in warm/hot bath water.
This all-natural remedy soothes my achy muscles and leaves my skin silky smooth.
For aromatherapy, I add lavender oil.

I love Epsom salt so much... I put it in this pretty glass bottle that I recycled.  I personalized the bottle with a faux pearl monogram and a bright pink ribbon purchased at Michaels craft store.
It's the perfect me gift or a sweet gift to give to someone you love.

Treat yourself good and have a Beautiful Valentine's Day! 

How To Make A Pom-Pom Snowball

February 10, 2016, in ,
Hi, friends...Are you enjoying the winter or are you thinking of spring?  I have spring on my mind, but mother nature...thinks differently.  It's been snowing here for the past three days so I've been busy making snowballs...not the frosty kind but warm fuzzy snowballs made with yarn.


 I put together an easy tutorial for you to follow  

You will need:
yarn, scissors and your hand

Cut a strand of yarn about six to twelve inches long and lay it on a flat surface.  
You will use it later to tie your pom-pom


Using the skein drape a strand of yarn over the front of your hand


Wrap the yarn loosely around your hand about 100 times


Carefully slide the yarn from your hand and place it on top of the piece you previously cut.


Lift both sides up and tie a tight knot on top of  the rolled yarn


 Tie a tight knot!!

Next cut all the loops

After all the loops are cut, the soon to be pom-pom will have a lot of spider legs

Don't worry you are heading in the right direction. 

Hold your pom-pom in one hand and give it a good trim all around.


 Keep trimming until it is round like a ball.

This is what it should look like when you are finished.


You can cut off the two long pieces of yarn or leave them intact.
 It all depends on how you want to use your pom-pom.

For easy cleaning up use a Ziploc bag to store all the fuzzy clippings.
The clippings can be used for stuffing for other craft projects.


If you missed my post on how to make a pom-pom bouquet you can check it out here by clicking on this link Forever Blooming Pom-Pom Bouquet


 Happy Friday!  

Hi's another stormy winter day here on Long Island, with up to 12 inches of snow expected. I thought it would be the perfect day to stay inside and cozy things up for Valentine's Day.  
 I like to use what I have and keep it Simple
Do you remember the roses I purchased from the grocery store?  How to Revive Wilted Roses  Yes I still have them! I dried the blooms and arranged them in a marble mortar and scattered the petals in a blue & white transferware dish.
This wreath is so easy to's ridiculous
Simply cover a corn wreath form with burlap and tie a ribbon around it. I used black and white plaid ribbon that I already had. I made the vintage sheet music hearts a couple of years ago. You can check out the post at the bottom of this page for an easy to follow tutorial on how to make them.  I also added a bonus post for those who like red and white for Valentine's Day.

Simple pom-pom bouquets and a photo of my daughter that I made are added to the entryway chest.

Here is the link on how I made the vintage sheet music hearts:

Plus The Bonus Post Using Red & White:

So tell me how you like to decorate for Valentine's Day?...
Do you go all out or do you keep it simple like me?

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