Monday, August 27, 2012

Glowing Eyeball DIY

So it's almost Fall...and let me tell you I can't wait!

I'm blonde, and ghostly pale..I love the fall leaves, hoodies, Crock Pot cooking and Football :)

BUT..Halloween is my least favorite holiday.
However, I do enjoy it to some degree because my boys love it. gives me an excuse to I need one LOL!

So let's get to talking about my awesome Eyeball!

I found this 12 pack of plastic eyeballs at the Dollar Tree.
They have 3 different eyeball colors to pick from...
I think they were Yellow (like pictured), Red and Blue...but I could be wrong. 
Then I used a flame less tea light candle that I already had.

I got some help from my handsome assistant...
 Crafty Soccer Dad

We started with a drill bit that we thought was big enough..
it wasn't.
So we tried a bigger one in the already drilled hole and..

 Oops! It cracked!
Oh well, we had 11 more, so we tossed that one aside and started with the largest drill bit this time.

 It worked!

Final step consisted of putting the Eyeball on the flameless tea light, and turning on the light.  Yep, that easy.
Ok so here's the final result..
Drum roll please....

I just put the Eyeball on the tea light, turned it on and BAM!
How cool is that?

Ok it's cool but not as cool as when you turn the lights off..

That is so COOL!

You could use these as little nightlights in the bathroom if you know if you are into that sort of thing.

I have two boys, so I'm sure they will want one in their rooms.

I plan on having my studly assistant drill holes in all the rest and I will put them all over my house around Halloween time.
I will also put them outside on my porch too, maybe in my yard :)

You could put them in your Jack-O-Lanterns mouth too!

Lots of possibilities, but over all, this was a fun, very quick, and very inexpensive craft that will for sure be a huge hit!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 24, 2012

What I've been up to....

Hey everyone!

So sorry I've been out of touch the last couple of weeks.  I've just been so busy, I haven't had time to craft or think straight.

Both kids are starting school, soccer's starting, and I have a Craft Show in two weeks that I've been getting ready for.  Not to mention I have my Etsy Shop that keeps me busy.  Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way, I love all these things in my life, but I've just been running around like a chicken with it's head cut off LOL ;)

So much to do so little time.

So last time I blessed this blog with my presence I showed you how to make a Duct Tape Pouch w/ a Zipper.

At the end of the blog post I said that I couldn't wait to show you what I did with this project and I'd be back tomorrow...
well...stuff happens.

So here's what I got all excited about.
I made it into a Binder Pencil Pouch!
I added a strip of DT to the bottom, folded it over, but made sure to have the DT touch each other, sticky side to sticky side to make a flap.  Then I added Grommets to them.
Well here's where my excitement turned into a craft fail...
I used the wrong size Grommets, AND I broke my Grommet maker so it squished the grommets and they look horrible.  No worries though, I can just tear off that strip of DT and start over.
Until then, it's been sitting in a drawer :(

I've been super busy making DT wallets for my upcoming Craft Show.

Here is a sample of just a few of the wallets I've made...
of course I have a ton more..but you get the idea :)

I'm super excited for my upcoming show, and for school and soccer to start.  Getting back into a "normal" routine will be nice.
AND..I'll have more "me" time to Craft and work on my blog :)

Thanks for your patience, and Have an awesome day!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Duct Tape Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Hey Guys and Gals!
Today I'm going to show you how to make your very own Duct Tape Zipper Pouch.

The supplies you will need are:
Duct Tape 
Xacto Knife or Scissors
Zipper (I used 9")
Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue
Cutting Board and Ruler for Measuring

I chose to go with the Camo Print...I'll explain why later :)
And I chose a Black 9" Zipper
You can choose any length of color of your choice

I Pre-Cut the first 4 pieces of DT
I cut mine to 11.5 inches because the zipper part is 9" but there is added fabric on each end 
You will need to move FAST on the next step so make sure you have those first 4 pieces of DT handy

Heat up your heat gun while you are cutting out your 4 pieces of DT
You want it nice and hot

I could not take a photo of this step because I had to move fast before the glue here is what I did:
I put a thin line of hot glue along the zipper, making sure to not get it in the zipper part but close to it
The glue dries VERY fast so make sure your tape is ready..
Now put your strip of DT onto the Zipper, again close to the zipper part but not all the way to it..smooth it out
You need to leave some room for the zipper to slide back and fourth
Make sense?

Repeat on the other side of the Zipper, adding a line of Hot Glue and then putting your strip of DT down on top of it, smoothing the DT down onto the fabric of the Zipper

Now flip it over and do it again to the back side
Adding Hot Glue from left to right, adding your DT Strip, and smoothing it out
This can get a little tricky if you don't have some experience with DT
Once those two pieces of DT touch each other they are stuck

Wheww! The hard part is over!
Flip the piece back over to the front and start adding more strips of DT, overlapping about 1/2"
I added 5 pieces on each side..meaning
I added a piece, flipped it over, added a piece flipped it over, etc..
 Work on one side at a time

Once I added all the DT to one side of the pouch, making a DT Fabric if you will, I folded up the sticky end so there was no sticky

Next I got to working on the other side, repeating the same process with another 5 Strips of DT
Only don't fold up that last piece of sticky just yet..

Fold the pouch together to form the "pouch" and take the sticky from one side and stick it over the the other side..
Ugh..hard to explain but super easy to do
You just sealed up the bottom
So now your pouch is almost complete, we just need to close up the sides now that the bottom is all sealed up

If you need to trim up your sides to even them up, do that now..
Ready?  Okie Dokie let's finish this bad boy :)

Cut a strip of DT 1/2"-1" longer than your sides
I cut 1/2" off the width so my strip was 1 1/2" wide and 6" long

Put your strip onto the side of the Pouch right up to where the Zipper starts...flip over and add a little slice to the DT like I did in the photo
Fold that skinny piece down over the pouch
This seals up the "hole" at the ends of the zippers

Now cut off that rectangular piece and toss it in the trash
Or reuse it for something else, but we don't need it 
Fold over that strip to secure the side of the Pouch

Repeat same technique on other side

You did it!  Look at our amazing Duct Tape Zipper Pouch!

Now realize all the options you have with this right?
It can be any size and/or length

You can use it for a tremendous amount of things!
Makeup, Toys, Money, Wallet, Use it as a clutch, Put Coupons in it, Toiletries bag..I mean I could go on and on

Now stay tuned tomorrow, because I am going to show you something absolutely amazing that I am going to do with this pouch!

I'm taking it up a notch, are you ready!
I'm so excited to show you!!
This is why I chose to use the Camo Print...what I'm making tomorrow with this pouch is for my son...
Any ideas???

Until tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blueberry Muffins w/ Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Topping

Ooooohhhh Ahhhhhhhhh!

Yep that's right...Are you drooling yet?
You should be, cause these Blueberry Muffins are to die for!

My husband bought a ton of Blueberries...About 20 lbs!

We've been munching on them like crazy, but I wanted to make some muffins for my boys and my hubby to take to work.

I thought I'd share the recipe with you :) 
So here it goes:

1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 White Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
 1/3 Cup Milk
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Topping Ingredients:
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/3 All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Butter, Cubed
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 C Flour, 3/4 C Sugar, Salt and Baking Powder.  Place Vegetable Oil into a 1 Cup Measuring Cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.  Mix this with the flour mixture.  Fold in Blueberries.  Fill 12 standard muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 full.
  3. Make Streusel Topping: Mix together 1/2 C Sugar, 1/3 C Flour, 1/4 C Butter, and 1 1/2 t Cinnamon.  Mix with a fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake in Oven for 20-25 or until done.

These were so simple and fast to make but they look like they took forever!
So go impress your friends and family and make some of these delicious Fresh Blueberry Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Streusel Topping :)

Have a great day! 

*This recipe is from*