Beautiful yard Sign for all seasons

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in crafts, Moody Mom | 6 comments

I love yard work. Luckily, my ten-year-old daughter Bear is a fan of yard work also. A couple of years ago, hubby made a flower bed just for Bear. She has planted every flower and pulled every weed in her flower bed since then.

Recently, Bear decided she needed a sign to mark her flower bed. A quick trip to Michael’s and a few things from the house and we were ready to make our sign.

  1. Pre-cut unpainted wooden sign
  2. Small bottles of outdoor paint in desired colors
  3. Small unpainted wooden star
  4. Clear gloss spray paint
  5. Small nails
  6. Wooden stake

Bear decided to paint the entire sign red, her name in orange and the word garden in yellow. Since it is close to the 4th of July, we decided a red, white and blue star would be our first interchangeable decor.

After Bear was finished painting her sign and star, she applied a coat of clear gloss spray paint to protect the wood from weathering.

Hubby added the stake and nail for our star and Bear was ready to find the perfect spot in the yard for her sign.

Behold, the ever so beautiful Bear and her new yard sign.

Behold, the ever so beautiful Bear and her new yard sign.

Easter decor

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in crafts | Comments Off on Easter decor

Egg Tree

colorful plastic Easter eggs
fishing line
Directions: Insert fishing line into holes on top of plastic egg and tie together to make a loop. Decorate any tree you want.
egg tree


Toilet Paper Bunnies
toilet paper roll
construction paper
googly eyes
cotton balls
Directions: Cut and glue desired color of construction paper to cover roll.  In same color as the body, cut and glue bunny ears.  Use white paper for the inside on the ears. Attach eyes and cotton tail. Use pink paper to cut out triangles to  use for the nose. Draw the mouth and whiskers.
bear and bunnies
Easter mantel
For my mantel, I used yellow mesh, plastic eggs and Bear’s toilet paper bunnies. For the main focus of my Easter mantel, I used a very special stuffed bunny blanket that I received as a baby shower gift.


blanket bunny

DIY Initialed Coasters

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in crafts | 2 comments

I found these super cute but easy to make cork initialed coasters on Pinterest and just had to make them.


Cork coasters – I found some in the Garden department of Lowe’s

Printed initial – I used the font – Times Ten Bold in 800px in Photoshop,  I think. Instructions say to use David in 30o pt. size.

Stock paper


Sharpie or permanent marker


Choose your initial and print font

Trace font onto stock paper

Carefully cut out initial

Trace initial onto cork coasters using fine tip Sharpie

Fill in Initial with a wider Sharpie (I had to do several coats)


Trace initial onto stock paper.

Trace initial onto stock paper and carefully cut out.

Trace initial onto cork board.

Trace initial onto cork board.



Told you they were cute.


Super cute and super easy. Now time for the test. I decided to test my cork coasters during the Super Bowl. They worked like a charm!

The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for teacher

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in crafts, Moody Mom | 2 comments

After a full hour or so of pinning Valentine crafts on Pinterest, I decided it was go time – Time to get my crafting on!

I gathered my supplies, grabbed my daughter and starting making a Valentine’s gift for Rebecca’s teacher.

red stock paper
glue gun
cardboard paper
Valentine Hershey’s Kisses


Draw or trace a heart onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Trace the heart onto a piece of red stock paper and cut out two more hearts. Staple a piece of ribbon to the cardboard, forming a loop for hanging. Glue the red hearts onto each side of the cardboard heart. Use glue gun to attach Hershey’s to one or both sides of cardboard. Bear chose to use red on the outside and pink on the inside of the heart. We also left the middle open so Bear could write #1 teacher with a black sharpie.

Pretty darn cute, if you ask me!

Valentine craft and goodies

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in crafts, Moody Mom | 3 comments

Thanks to my trusty friend Pinterest and the need to be crafty. I am starting to get in the Valentine’s Day mood.

My daughter and I decided we needed a little Valentine decor in the living room.

First up, A set of Sweethearts Candle Holders

Shopping List:

  1. 2 medium glass vase
  2. 2 Small glass votive holders
  3. Bag of Sweetheart candy
  4. Valentine’s ribbon
  5. Flower or other decor


  1. Fill glass with candy
  2. Bury end glass votive in the middle of jars
  3. Add tea light candles to votive
  4. Tie ribbon around vase
  5. Garnish with decoration


sweetheart candle



I also needed a sweet treat for one of my co-worker’s birthday. Happy 40th, Angie!

Valentine’s Day Brown Sugar Blondies.


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter (melted)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg (beaten)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 to 1 1/3 cup Valentine M&M’s


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl and set aside. In medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and mix well. Cool slightly.

Add egg, vanilla and blend well. Add flour mixture a little at a time, mixing well. Mix in 2/3 cup M&M’s. Spread into 9x9x2 inch pan.

Sprinkle remaining M&M’s on top. Bake 20-25 minutes.


Looks yummy! I hope Angie likes them.

Looks yummy! I hope Angie likes them.


Safety pin watch craft

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in crafts, Margarita Mama | 1 comment

My best friend since childhood, Trisha, is one of those crafty people who’s always making cool things. I wish I was as crafty as she is, but the best I can do is copy some things she makes sometimes!

Trisha, with Kayla, Ava and Kendall at the Lincoln Children's Museum in November

Trisha, with Kayla, Ava and Kendall at the Lincoln Children’s Museum in November

She made me this really cool watch for Christmas, and I immediately got compliments on it. I also figured it was a project that a lot of people could duplicate — even those who are less crafty like me.



safety pins


1MM elastic thread

watch face

Here are Trisha’s instructions:

You can buy packages of small beads at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Joanne’s. Hobby Lobby has packages of colored beads that go together nicely though, so rather than putting the colors together myself, I went with these.

Also, bigger beads are easier to work with than small seed beads.  With this size of bead, each safety pin held about 6 beads.  I used anywhere between 45 and 55 safety pins, depending on the size of the wrist.


So, if you’re using this size of bead and making a watch with 50 safety pins, you’ll need 300 beads.  I got 2 watches + out of the packages I bought at Hobby Lobby.

Once all of the beads are on your safety pins, you want to string them onto the elastic thread rotating the safety pins.



watch beads

String them both at the top and the bottom of the pin and then string your watch face onto the elastic as well, just like a bead and tie it at the ends with a small knot.

 Voila! The finished watch is a one of a kind!

Glass pebble soap dispenser

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in crafts, Moody Mom | 6 comments

After cleaning out the closet in Bear’s bathroom, I noticed some blue glass beads that I have been meaning to do something with. I thought about just slapping them into a glass bowl and being done with it. After being “Pinterest Inspired,” I decided to break out the trusty glue gun and “bedazzle” a mason jar soap dispenser that Santa left in my stocking.


Plain mason jar soap dispenser that Santa purchased at Kirklands.

Plain mason jar soap dispenser that Santa purchased at Kirklands.

I started off trying to arrange the pebbles in some sort of fashion, but that got old and boring. Instead, I added some hot glue on the back of a stone and started sticking them all over the jar.

Super cute and super easy.

Super cute and super easy.

Congrats to Victoria for winning the Monster Truck tickets!


Christmas Craft: Poinsettia Flower Bundles

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in crafts | 1 comment

Thanks to one of my BFF’s Stacie for showing me how to make these wonderful Poinsettia Bundles!

Supplies you will need:

Small round  Styrofoam balls. I got a pack of six for under $3 at Hobby Lobby.

Two bushes of small poinsettia flowers for each Styrofoam ball. Michael’s had them for $.99 a bush.

One small cluster of whatever accent flower you want. I choose gold glittery pine cones with gold and green leaves. Michael’s had these for $.99 a bush also.


Christmas ribbon.

Wire cutters.

Glue gun and glue sticks.



Begin by  cutting the poinsettia off their stems, leaving enough stem to stick into the styrofoam. We don’t want the greenery from the poinsettia.

Next, fold and cut  the ribbon at your desired length to make a long pretty loop for hanging. Use on of the floral stem to make a pin and push the ribbon into your styrofoam. Be sure to hot glue over pin and under the ribbon.

Use the glue gun to secure the back of the poinsettia to their stems. Add a little hot glue onto the tip of the poinsettia and push them into the foam making sure to cover all the ball.

Add a flower over the ribbon to hide the wire holding it down.

Secure the backs of your accent flower with the glue gun and begin adding them to your flower bundle to add accent and to fill in any blank spots. I also used some of the leaves from the pine cones.




Behold, a beautiful Poinsettia flower ready to hang.


Ready to hang!


This post originally ran December of 2011.



Video tutorial for Boutique Sashay Yarn Scarf

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in crafts, Moody Mom | 1 comment

]Moody Mom here.

First I would like to thank my wonderful and talented sister-in-law, Opal,  for supplying Little Rock Mamas with this awesome scarf tutorial. Opal had given Rebecca one of these scarves for Christmas last year. It was so gorgeous, I asked Opal if she would make one for me. Guess what I received for my birthday this year? A lovely scarf, which matched Rebecca’s and  this totally awesome tutorial to use on Little Rock Mamas. OK, that’s enough of my scarf praise, on to the tutorial. Be sure to show Opal some love on her blog –



Supply list:

  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Yarn
  • Size 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles (10 or 16 inches long)
  • Sewing needle or machine and matching sewing thread.

It takes about 4 hours to make the long scarf with 2 skeins, casting on 10 stitches.

10 inch needles work best. You can make it with the 16 inch needles but you don’t need the longer ones for the scarf.
Yarn can be found at the following stores: Walmart, Michaels and JoAnn. Opal did such a wonderful job on the videos, I think I might try to make one myself.
I hope everyone enjoys the video tutorials – happy knitting!

Perfect Halloween Party Favors

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in crafts, Halloween | 2 comments

Check out these super cute Hershey’s Bar Halloween wrappers from Woman’s Day.

I stumbled upon these while looking for ideas for Bear’s 10th Birthday party. Since she is an October baby, we tend to stick to the Halloween theme.


purple, black and white stock paper




Hershey’s bar

googly eyes

templates for wrappers, which can be found here!


Simply trace your template onto desired color, cut and decorate. Add googly eyes, fold wrapper and tape it around your Hershey’s.

I think my bats with the huge eyes are the cutest.

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