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12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 3 ~ Easy Bead Necklace

This is a super easy necklace and it turns out so pretty. This is a great way to recycle an ugly old bead necklace. This necklace is meant to slip over your head. You can modify it by making this tie at the back of the neck so you can make it a smaller choker type necklace.


Ribbon (I used a velvet type of ribbon)

Needle & Thread

Old bead necklace

1. Cut the end of the necklace and pull the beads off.

2. Thread your needle and knot the end, then pull through a folded over piece or ribbon. Leaving enough ribbon to tie a bow when you are done beading.

3. Start by pulling a bead through the needle & thread and then pulling the needle through the ribbon, alternating beads on each side of the ribbon. (Its easier than it sounds)

4. Once you are done threading the beads onto the ribbon, knot the end of the thread. Tie a knot at the end of each side so that the knot covers the tied end of thread.

5.  Tie a bow on near the end of one side of beads and make sure and put some fray check on the ends of the bow where they were cut, so that they don’t fray.

Wrap up



12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 2 ~ Easy Dish Cloths

These easy to make dish clothes turn out so cute that you will want to make some for everyone you know.




Fray Check

Serger or Sewing Machine

1. Cut the dish clothes into 4 equal sections.

2. Cut the fabric to the same size. Putting wrong sides together(right sides facing out) serge around the edges. If you don’t have a serger you can use your sewing machine set to a zig-zag stitch.

3. Use your fray check on the ending stitches to keep them from coming apart.

Now wasn’t that super easy? And what great gifts for newly married couples, baby gifts and anyone who enjoys being in the kitchen! Just wrap up with a few kitchen gadgets and your good to go.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 1 ~ Yarn Wreath

Everyone needs a beautiful wreath to hang on the door and what better than this yarn wreath with gathered flowers. You could make one of these for yourself and make another for your friend. This wreath would make a great gift!



Wreath form

Flowers (for tutorial click here or here)

Glue gun & Glue

1. Take the glue gun and put a dab on the wreath and start wrapping the yarn around the wreath.

2. Continue wrapping the yarn around the wreath, making sure that none of the wreath shows.

3. Take your flowers and make a small arrangement in one section, using the glue gun to secure them.

4. Connect a piece ribbon or lace to the top making a loop to hang.


Recycled Collar Bib Necklace

I have been working on a lot of projects and most are half done, like I have said before, I start something and then stop and then when I go back I start something new, not sure why, but some disconnect in my brain somewhere I am sure. Anyhow I did finish this one but even after finishing it I feel like I need to add something more.

Let me tell you a little about where the materials came from: The half moon material came from a coat that I got from the goodwill. I just seam ripped it apart and took the collar and used the button for the center. The flower is from the jacket and from a silk shirt that I cut apart. And the funky beaded sequin leaf was barely hanging on a tank top. So I put them all together and got this – A beautiful Holiday necklace.

What do you think?

Our Visit to Sunny California

The hubb’s family reunion was in Los Angeles, Ca this year so the girls left on Saturday with the Grandparents and we left on Wednesday to meet them. They took a few days to get there and we took the car by its horns and did the quick day trip, 14 hours to be exact! Yes we drive a little fast when we get to Cali due to the 70 speed limit and the super straight roads.

We were able to go to Disneyland/Cal Adventure for the day on Thursday (and yes it really is the happiest place on earth, at least for me), we got to lounge by the pool(much needed rest) and we enjoyed some Mexican food at Mijares in Pasadena. I had some amazing flan and my hubby had some not-so-vegetarian-Menudo. YIKES!

Of course we got to spend time with my the hubb’s family and we enjoyed lots of stories which filled his aunts porch with uproarious laughter. We all had a great time. Our trip home was super quick, much like on the way down, but this time with the whole family. We made some great memories and now we are onto getting my oldest ready for college. This summer just seemed to fly by. Not to mention that my daughter who was just 5 yrs old yesterday is now 18 and leaving the house. How does that even happen?

Well here are the only two photos we took, it’s so sad….but I kept forgetting to bring my camera or I didn’t want to lug it around, those dang cameras are so big and I lost my battery charger for my tiny camera.

DIY Valentine Hearts to Hang

My daughter came up with this idea to hang hearts from a doorway or ceiling like those funky 60’s beads. We started cutting hearts and arranging them so that none of the hearts of the same size were next to each other. Here is what we came up with. We still haven’t hung them from the doorway, they are currently draped over the ceiling fan that hangs over the kitchen table.


1. Cut as many hearts as you think necessary. in different sizes.

2. Arrange in varied order.

3. Start sewing together. Make sure and leave space between each heart.

Easy Heart Garland

I found this new website and I am excited to share it with you, Made by Rae, she has some really great crafts and really cute kids. Anyhow last week she posted The Easiest Heart Garland. Evar. She used felt, but I was fresh out of felt so I, as always, used what I had, and made mine out of thick scrapbook paper. It worked and was so fun to make with my daughter.

1. Cute out as many hearts as you desire.

2. Sew them together in a pattern of colors or random, your choice.

3. Hang up and enjoy

So cute and super easy!

DIY Christmas Gifts Day 1 – Vinyl Record Bowl

What better way to recycle those old vinyl records than to turn them into a bowl. This is a super easy project and if you don’t happen to have vinyl records laying around, you can always pick one up at your local thrift store. These make great gifts for really anyone.


1. Set the oven at 200 and stick the record on top of a oven safe bowl on top of a cookie sheet


2. Wait for about 10 min until the record starts drooping


3. Take the record out of the oven and stick it inside a larger bowl and shape quickly before it gets hard


If you get the shape wrong, stick back in the oven to remold


and its finished!

DIY Holly Golightly Halloween Costume

My daughter has become a fan of Audrey Hepburn, what little girl hasn’t, even I am a fan. So she asked if she could dress up like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s for Halloween. I am looking forward to helping her with this.


My little girl has this exact photo on her wall and we are working on finding all she needs to look like Audrey in this photo. I am excited to do this because most everything she will need she already has, except for the long black gloves. Oh and the fact that her hair is very short may be a problem trying to make it look like a bee hive, but we will give it our best go. Check back for a photo of my daughter as Holly Golightly.

Here is what you need, you can be as extravagant or simple as you want and still get a great result:

  • Pearls – I would suggest a few strands and add a faux diamond broach to the front of the pearls.
  • Little black dress
  • Black long finger gloves
  • Tiara
  • Black heels

That’s it, simple!