The Chalk Board Table Project

With my daughter’s growing obsession for the new Lego sets, I have been wanting to make room in her play room to give her more space to build her Lego Heartlake City. We spent a couple of days reorganizing the room, clearing out all of the toys that she has outgrown. This kinda made me feel a little melancholy to realize how quickly my baby girl has grown up. She is now part of the robotics team at her school and absolutely loves to build and create things.


We already had one 6 foot table set up in the playroom. It just so happened that we found an old wooden 6 foot table at a church sale. It was used as a craft table and had a lot of paint stains on it. It was actually made with particle board. I discovered that it had some rather deep scratches, and I did not want to sand it down for fear that I would take it down to far. So I cleaned the surface of the table and trimmed off the rough edges with a razor blade.


At Menards, I purchased a quart of black chalkboard paint. I began this project by masking the edges of the table with tape. With a paint roller, the first coat was applied to the table going long ways. After this coat dried, I applied the next coat short ways. This helped to minimize the roller lines from showing. The table took a total of four coats of paint. I let the table sit for three days and then we moved it into the playroom.


We began moving some of the Lego sets onto the table. My daughter has a lot of new ideas and plans to redesign and rebuild her city. I did hear some talk about drawing in a roadway system on her new table. As with any great project, this will take some time to complete. Can’t wait to see what she creates!



Christmas Is Coming

One of my new Christmas gift card holders is featured in this great Christmas treasury. It’s not too early to start planning!

An Early Peek at Christmas

It's coming… 93 days away! Get some early ideas for the season.

Christmas Table Runner

Enchanted Night Christmas Ornament - Xmas Tree Decor - Silent Night Wood Ornament - Back in Stock

Christmas Wreath, 12" Red Polka Dot Burlap Christmas Wreath

Candle Center Piece-  Christmas Candle with tapers - Christmas Center Piece

Christmas wrapping papers, Digital papers, Scrapbook papers, gingerbread, plaids, allover prints

Christmas Snowflake Tags Holiday Gift Tags Handmade Tags Homemade Tags Hanging Tags Gift Bag Tags Green Snowflake Greeting Tags To From Tags

Christmas Tree Skirt - Joyful Angels 110

Homemade painted personal wood frame with 3d Christmas signs  on bottom

Cowboy Christmas Quilted Hanging Dish Towel, Hanging KItchen Towel, Quilted Dish Towel, Custom Kitchen Towel, Cowboy Boot

16 Christmas images in 2 sizes for personalized, homemade cards, gift tags, or anything else, in a digital collage sheet download - QCCHR01

Vintage Christmas Ornaments and Homemade Noel Box

Holiday Season Purse, Christmas, Laurel Burch fabric

Gift Card Holder, Handmade, Happy Holidays, Christmas Trees, Red and Green, Embossed

Christmas Butter Cookie Sampler -Customizable

Santa surprise ball handmade unique gift unwind for fun & surprises Retro Advent Christmas

Hand Painted CHRISTMAS Gift Bags, a DIY Painting Craft E-Pattern by Donna Atkins. Sheep, Santa, Red Saltbox


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DSCN0344Thought it would be fun to start off my week by participating in the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. This week’s theme is Around The Town.

For this particular challenge, I wanted to feature a sophisticated design. My entry for this challenge is the Flapper Girl Birthday Greeting Card. She is hand stamped in black ink onto bright white smooth cardstock and watercolored using ruby red, cameo coral and so saffron inks. The greeting card base and frame are made with licorice twist smooth cardstock that has been enhanced with dry embossed polka dots. The card is embellished with a handmade die cut city skyline in navy pearl smooth cardstock and gemstone silver textured cardstock. It is attached to the greeting card with foam dimensionals.

The cardstock used is from Core’dinations and Bazzill Basics. Inks are from Stampin’ Up. The skyline image is created with Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

To join in the challenge, visit the Cupcake Inspirations Blog and get inspired!

Handmade Christmas Gift Card Holder

Christmas Snowflake Gift Card Holder

Christmas Snowflake Gift Card Holder

Often times, ideas and inspiration for new product ideas come to me when I least expect it. This was the case last week when I headed over to Hobby Lobby for some supplies. I selected what I needed and spent some time looking around at all of the items out for the upcoming fall and Christmas season. When I stepped up to the cash register area, there were several people ahead of me. As I waited, I noticed a rack with gift cards and enclosure envelopes. I like giving gift cards, especially during the Christmas season. Usually I put them into one of my handmade greeting cards. I got to thinking, and came up with an idea to combine a greeting card and a gift card holder together. After I returned home to my design studio, I began experimenting with different styles and finally settled on a design that opens like a greeting card, holds the gift card securely and has it pop up when the card is opened. DSCN4841The belly band is both functional and decorative. To open the gift card holder, just slide the band off. I opted not to include an envelope, to make it look more festive when placed into a Christmas stocking or into a gift basket.

Several different styles of handmade Christmas gift card holders are available in my Etsy Shop. These would make great gifts for family, friends, teachers as well as co-workers.

Happy Holidays Christmas Trees Gift Card Holder

Happy Holidays Christmas Trees Gift Card Holder

Merry Christmas Text Gift Card Holder

Merry Christmas Text Gift Card Holder

Thoughts of Autumn

As I say goodbye to the summer, my thoughts travel quickly to my most favorite time of year, autumn. I have already noticed a cooler, crisper change to the air and have been watching for the leaves to begin their glorious color change. Along with playing in the fallen leaves, one of things I have always loved about autumn is Halloween, especially when I was a small child. Things have changed so much over the years, when I was young, I can remember going out to trick or treat and getting the most amazing homemade goodies. My first stop was always at the house down the street that offered caramel apples, then there was the warm apple cider followed by the stop for popcorn balls. Of course, there was always a ton of candy too. My mother always made wonderful sugar cookies in the shape of pumpkins, cats and witches. I still have her set of cookie cutters and make these cookies for my family. My girls also request that I make caramel apples and popcorn balls. To me, autumn is a special time to share warm memories, traditions and a great time to get back into the kitchen and make some nice cozy comfort food.

This morning it is cool and rainy outside, so here I am getting cozy with my cup of hot chocolate working on Halloween designs. I have been busy making some new greeting card designs. This year is my daughter’s last year of grade school, so I am trying to make it really special for her. I was thinking ahead for something that I could do for her classroom Halloween party. So I came up with a totally new design, Halloween candy bar holders.

Featured are some of my newest designs for the upcoming Halloween season. Happy Haunting!

Never Forget – A Tribute Treasury On Etsy

A stunning tribute treasury remembering a day we all will never forget, 9 11. I am truly honored to be included.

Never Forget…

Honoring those that have endured.

Rubber Stamp, Wood Mounted, World Trade Center, We Will Not Forget, 9 11

The Colors Of Freedom Sign

9-11  LOve Birds Wedding Cake Toppers, Decorations, Showers, Gifts We Will Not Forget

Red / White / Blue Patriotic USA American Flag Clip On Bow Tie

No Day Shall Erase

12x12 Memorial Stamp Accent Pillow

September 11 Napkins / We Will Never Forget 9/11 / Red - White - Blue / Flight 93 - Twin Towers - Pentagon

United We Stand 9/11 Flag Pin Set Of 2 Pins Sept 11 Rhinestone & Enamel By Monet Patriotic

FDNY Firefighter Fireman 9/11 Military Baby Infant Toddler Girls Dress  You Pick Size

Spirit of America XI

9-11 Memorial Mini Shadow Box

Ground Zero Heroes Fireman Memorial 9-11 Patriotic Red White and Blue USPS Stamp 100% Cotton Infinity Loop Circle Scarf

9 11 (September 11th) Memorial Christmas Ornament - LARGE - Red, White & Blue

Patriotic Necklace, Go USA Birch Wood Pendant - Perfect for July 4th in Four Color Choices, Red, White, and Blue United States of America

COURAGE  personalized canvas print honoring your firefighter hero

September 11 2001 memorial  pendant, Memorial Photo necklace charm (PD0274)


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The Pumpkins Are Coming – An Etsy Treasury

Autumn is my favorite time of year! One of my Halloween greeting cards, along with many other adorable pumpkin items are included in this Etsy Treasury.

The pumpkins are coming, the pumpkins are coming

CROCHET PATTERN Halloween Pumpkins Baby Booties Crochet PATTERN - Chart & Written Pattern

Pumpkin Spice  Soy Candle - Pumpkin Candle - Fall Candles - Fall gifts - Scented Soy Candles - For the home -  Made in Michigan

Vintage Set of 2 Crotchet Coasters / Trivet / Pot Holders Smiling Pumpkin

Fall Harvest Pumpkins and Corn -  Stained Glass Look - Fall Thanksgiving Decor - Framed Art -  Fall Window Decor - Thanksgiving Home Decor

Halloween Pumpkins, Hand Painted, Wood Pumpkins, Halloween Decor

Needle felted pumpkin - Set of Three, the halloween & thanksgiving home decor, eco decorations.

Pumpkin Dress Pillow Case Dress Halloween Dress Orange Girls Toddler Dress Jack O Lantern Pillowcase Dress Pumpkin Costume

Fall wedding cake topper, pumpkin bride and groom, Halloween wedding, cute, funny, orange

Pumpkin Coasters, Orange Cotton Crochet Coasters Set of 4, Fall, Harvest, Thanksgiving Decor, Ready to Ship

Hand- blown glass pumpkins, made in Corning NY

Pumpkin Head Bracelet - Halloween Handmade Polymer Funny Clay Faces on Every Bead - Orange

Handmade Greeting Card, Halloween, Trick Or Treat, Jack- O- Lantern, Black And Orange, Die Cut

CROCHET PATTERN Halloween Pumpkins Amigurumi Crochet Pattern, Instant PDF Download - Chart & Written Pattern

Pumpkin Teeth 3 Pack Halloween Special. (36pcs)Teeth in Total. True Blood Style Fangs for Masks ,Costumes, Dolls, and Halloween

Edible Fondant "Pumpkin Patch" Set- Cake/Cupcake Toppers-Set of 12

BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! 5 Digital Pumpkins Clip Art Autumn, Halloween, Holidays, Fall Clip Art. Commercial and Personal use,


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