Snips and Snails and New Tools


I did a few small things this week, no big projects.  But it’s Handmade Monday again and there is only one more before Valentine’s Day! Plus it’s the 52nd one, which means we’ve been doing this for an entire year. I got in almost at the beginning of it, so I’ve been doing this for just short of a year too. I’m sure everyone has made all sorts of cute things with hearts and things, and I can’t wait to go see what they’re doing.  Click the link and check it out after you’re done here.  🙂

I posted a candle in a cup I did using Penny’s method, so if that interests you, please check it out here.  It turned out so well, as you can see from the photo here (I did finally light it!) I’ll share it again!

I get so many good ideas from other bloggers.  Penny, at Planet Penny has such a fun blog, and in addition to good ideas and beautiful things to look at, it’s always fun to read.

I have also been working on a little jar for a young boy for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a little difficult to make things for boys for this particular holiday.  Girls are easy, jewelry and well, everything just fits.  I ended up making something not all that Valentine-like but it came out cute enough to share anyway.  I didn’t take photos as I went, but it wasn’t rocket science so, I’m really just going to share a photo of the best part.  The jar is a plastic jar that shaving cream comes in, then Mod Podged with green tissue paper.  I put the boys name on one side and “Stuff” on the other –both cut with the Cricut of course because I could never cut letters out by hand.

I then made a little snail with Sculpy and made him some antennae with copper wire I had in my jewelry making box.  I used 2 little beads for eyes.  I made the shell and body separate so I could paint them different colors easily, using acrylic paint.

I attached him to the lid with hot glue, but he came off once, so I cleaned the hot glue off of everything and reattached him using hot glue and then put white glue around the edges.  Hopefully he will stay put.

He is so cute, I’m thinking of making some more and maybe painting a little smile on his face!

I also made a Valentine’s Day card.  I’m not going to mention who it’s for in case they see this (and this person does sometimes read my blog!).  I’m not quite done with it, but I wanted to share what I have done so far because I thought it turned out not too bad.  I really didn’t have much in mind when I started except that I had a bag full of red hearts of various sizes I had cut with my Cricut and I had a new tool (which I will tell you about in a minute) and some red ribbon.

I started with a precut white cardstock (the kind that comes in sheets with 2 cards per sheet and you feed them through a printer–I have a package of them for making cards on the printer).  I used my cool new tool and cut out a heart “window” toward the bottom.  I had a piece of red woven something that is, well, I don’t really know what it is.  It feels like something between paper and fabric.  I can’t remember where I got it, but it’s been in my “stash” for a long time.  I glued it behind the heart “window” and then decided to try cutting a heart out of it with my new tool.  That worked, altho it left the edges fuzzy and I had to trim it a little.

Then I just added hearts until I liked the way it looked.  I put the heart from the “window” inside one of the bigger red hearts, and let everything dry.  Then I made a bow with some organdy ribbon and sewed it on.  I hope I can mail this without crushing the bow too badly.

Oh, my new toy, er, tool is a Fiskar’s Squeeze Punch.  They are a little pricey, but they were on sale so I bought a couple of different ones.  I love them because you can cut “windows” OR you can cut shapes.  Just one more fun thing, and very, very easy to use.

Only one more week until Valentine’s Day, so I had better get these things in the mail!

Getting Organized

Handmade Monday is here!  I do look forward to it, as it keeps me going no matter what and it’s becoming a Monday habit to go and see what everyone else is doing, even if I don’t get around to it the rest of the week.  So please do yourself a favor and click that little link above (or this one!) for Handmade Monday and see what all the fuss is about.  AFTER you see what I’ve done this time, of course.  🙂

I’m not going to blather on much here, except to say that if you missed it, I did post a Valentiney jar I made last week here as I promised I would. I also posted photos of some of my Mom’s knitting here in honor of her birthday this weekend.

But, for now, please head over and see how I solved one storage problem made some simple Ribbon Jars for my thin ribbon.

Pink Heart and Soul

More Sculpey, more hearts, more glass etching.  I did this little jar as a gift for my Great Niece.  I thought it would be perfect for holding jewelry or other small trinkets, but I put a few Sculpey beads in there for her when I mailed it because she does make things.

This was a little face cream jar.  I simply removed the label and cleaned it. Then I used my Cricut to make the letters of her name and put them where I wanted it.  I am not the best at getting things all lined up, but I managed to get it pretty straight this time.  🙂

Then I used my etching cream.  If you haven’t done that before you can find more info and tutorial here.  As always, be careful with the etching cream, remember, it’s strong enough to etch glass.

I made a heart out of Sculpey and painted it pink with acrylic paint. I am not much of a Sculpey expert, I’m just following the directions on the box.  It says to bake in the oven at 275 F for 15 minutes for each 1/4 inch of thickness. I am finding that it seems to need longer, but I also know from experience that you can burn it, so keep an eye on it.  I set the timer and check it every 10 minutes or so.

I used a lighter pink on the lid and sprayed both that and the heart with a couple of coats of Folk Art Lacquer to help seal and give them a little nicer finish.  I used hot glue to attach the heart.

Lastly, I finished the edge of the lid with organza ribbon wrapped around twice (glued with plain white glue) and then a thin white sparkly ribbon over that also affixed with white glue.  Threading the little beads on the small ribbon was difficult!  But I like the way it gave it a more finished look.  I always have a problem figuring out what to do with jar lid edges.

Oh, and I etched a little unicorn on the other side of the jar.  Just because.  



Cookie Jar for a Doggie Friend

I promised a friend of mine a cookie jar for her Black Labrador, Yogi ages ago. I had thought I could find a nice large recyclable jar to use, but I never was able to find one.  I finally bought the same type I used for cocoa last year, hoping it was made of the sort of glass that would etch. Of course with all of the crazy things that went on in my life in the fall, the roof leak, the kitchen redo, Christmas and being sick it sat there and didn’t get done. Until now.

Originally I had simply intended to put his name on one side and maybe “cookies” or a picture of a dog, or a bone or something on the other. However I wasn’t thrilled with any of the picture options I had in any of my Cricut cartridges, and I didn’t think I could freehand something suitable so I decided to put his name on it and do something else.

I thought at first I might be able to buy a little figurine I didn’t find anything I liked, so I gave up on that idea fairly quickly.

My sister-in-law does the most wonderful things with Sculpey clay, and I have a large stash  so I decided to see if I could make a Black Lab for the lid of the jar. I had to call my sister-in-law for advice, but I’m pleased with how this turned out.

I didn’t take photos as I went along, so no tutorial. For an etching tutorial you can look here. I will do some more Sculpey and do some tutorials on that, it was really fun. My SIL does AWESOME stuff, and I wish she would do some tutorials for me!

BTW it IS time again for Handmade Monday!  Pop on over and check out all of the wonderful things everyone is doing.  I know we are all right back into the swing of things.  I’m going to go myself and get a few good ideas!  🙂  Thanks for stopping by.

As for Yogi’s jar, it’s going into the mail hopefully tomorrow so my friend can fill it up with cookies!  I hope he likes it.  He’s a good dog!  🙂


Recycle Love

I love Yankee Candle jars. They’re pretty and it always seems a shame to get rid of them.  I generally put them into the recycle bin though, because I can’t think of anything to do with them.  I had wanted to etch them, but I really thought they were made of some sort of Pyrex and couldn’t be etched.  However, I discovered I was wrong!  I can’t tell you how happy I am about this.  I feel like dancing!  Now I wish I had all of those I put in the recycle bin back! Oh well, it gives me a great excuse to burn more candles.

So, check this out before you head off to the other Handmade Monday blogs.  It’s fun, it’s easy and you can surely think of something  you need to store! I thought this one turned out fun because I was recycling jars for recycled crayons and recycling ideas from my other projects!  It was sort of a recyclorama!  🙂

I think this particular jar with the heart crayons would be an awesome Valentine’s Day gift.  Check it out at Reusing Candle Jars.




Mixed Media

I have not felt very creative lately, I completely missed last weeks Handmade Monday not because I forgot but because I didn’t make anything, and this weeks first project idea was a complete disaster (read it just didn’t come out very interesting or well so I’m not even blogging about it).  But then I got another idea, and I not only liked it, I kind of love it!

So, here is the thing.  I mentioned to my awesome neighbor Pam that if she had some extra jars I needed them for projects.  I was thinking the odd throwaway mayo jar or pickle jar.  Well, she gave me 2 cases of Ball Jars that she had.  They have been sitting in my kitchen waiting for inspiration to hit me.  I couldn’t etch them, obviously since they have embossed writing on them, and I wasn’t yet up for doing Christmas things in jars.

But, todays project was PERFECT for Ball Jars. I hope you’ll agree.  And I still have more of those jars to play with.  🙂

So, for now, head over to Make It and let’s make some Glittery Mod Podge Jar Candles.
And don’t forget to head over to Handmade Monday, I’m so very late today, but that’s where I’m going right now!

Finished candle

Dress Up an Old Bottle

I had to find a way to put two of my favorite things together, paper mache and used glass jars. I always have liked the shape of salad dressing bottles, but they invariably look like salad dressing bottles. However, the other day, I had an idea. I wasn’t exactly sure where it would go (if you follow my blog at all, I think that might sound a little familiar to you!) but I thought I would just go with it and see where it led.

It was a little more time consuming than I had expected, because it took a LOT longer to dry than I thought it would, but I am REALLY pleased with the result AND I can see other possibilities. I’m sure I’m not the first to do something like this, but, so what? Maybe someone reading this hasn’t thought of it either. So, let’s go on over to Make It and you can also make your own Paper Mache Bottle.

The Mother of Invention

It’s Handmade Monday again! Seems to happen every week. I hope ya’ll are heading over there and checking out all the cool things all the other ladies are doing, they do some really awesome crafts.

For some reason I seem to be stuck on those crazy Mod Podge Jars. I had an idea when I was mixing the food coloring into the Mod Podge, watching the color swirl around and thought, wouldn’t it be pretty if it was sort of marbled on, not just uniformly spread? I also wanted to experiment a little with better ways of getting it on the outside of the jars like has been suggested so you can use the jars and not get the Mod Podge wet or scratch it, and just experiment.

Frankly, that’s what I like to do. Experiment. The most fun of all is figuring out how to do something. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all. And sometimes that’s really disappointing, but I think I enjoy the process even more than I enjoy the finished product. I bet a lot of crafters are like that. Maybe I should take a poll. 🙂

Anyway, at first I thought something to hold the jars with, like those canning jar wrenches, but that still presented a problem. It would still touch the outside of the jar AND I would have to order one, so I would not have it right away.

However, in talking to my Dad an idea started to form and I then talked to Jeff and he came up with the perfect solution. A stand that the jar can hang on, made of pipe. Perfect! It’s made from a pipe and a metal flange, which makes a nice stable stand. It will hold a variety of sizes of jars.

So, I’ve babbled long enough, let’s head over to Make it and Let’s Do More Jars!

A Different Twist on the Blue Jar

Last night I decided to try making a Tinted Blue Jar in red.  But what I really had been thinking about was if there was a way to put a decoration on it.  Was there a way to make something (hearts?) clear, with the rest of the jar red?  Hmmm.  I had discussed this with my very smart husband previously, and I had suggested using my Cricut to leave voids in shapes and then peeling them off.  But he wisely said, “Yes, but won’t they be embedded in the Mod Podge after it dries?  And when you try to peel them off, won’t you risk peeling the color off too?”

OK, yes, I expect so.  But, I thought I would do a little experiment anyway.  I had an extra jar just sitting around waiting for a new life, and I really wanted to see what red looked like, so I went ahead!  Well, it actually turned into something a little different.  I like when that happens.  I guess I will have to call it a Tinted Red Heart Jar.

Blue Recycled Jar

More uses for used glass jars! This is purely decorative, since you can’t put anything wet or edible in it, because I am certain it would wash off. But it looks beautiful, just like those old blue canning jars you can buy. But, you are reusing something you probably would have tossed out.

I used a little food jar, but I think this would also be a great thing to do with some of those nondescript vases you get flowers in, those plain clear ones. Of course, you can’t put real cut flowers in them once you do this, because that would require water, but a dried arrangement, or just to set it on a shelf or fill it with stones or marbles or, be creative.

So, head over to Make it and check out the Tinted Blue Jar.