Category Archives: Crafts

Fiber Art With Hearts

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I thought it would be interesting to dig into my project archives and take a look at some of the Valentine crafts I’ve made in the past.

Crocheted Heart Embellished With Lace Trim, Flowers and Satin Bow -- Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for Both the Heart and the Lace Trim.

Crocheted Heart Embellished With Lace Trim, Flowers and Satin Bow — Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for Both the Heart and the Lace Trim.

Crocheted Heart Embellished With Lace Trim, Flowers and Czech Glass Button - Free Crochet Patterns Are Available for Both the Heart and the Lace Trim.

Crocheted Heart Embellished With Lace Trim, Flowers and Czech Glass Button.

Several years ago, I had such a great time embellishing these hearts that I’m thinking of crocheting a few more of them this year. My daughter is getting old enough that she might like to help me choose the embellishments for them. Lately, she’s had a thing for pompoms. Perhaps we could use a couple of these heart shapes to make a pompom embellished heart pouch or a child-sized purse for her to use for carrying her treasures.

Want to Make Some of These Fiber Art Hearts Too?

Embellishments for Heart #1 Shown Above:

  • Paper Flowers: Accent Scrapbooking
  • Chipboard Flower Button: American Crafts
  • Red Bow With Faux Pearl Accent: Offray

Embellishments for Heart #2 Shown Above:

  • Paper Flowers: Accent Scrapbooking
  • Czech Glass Button: I purchased a bunch of these lovelies from a seller in the Czech Republic who is apparently not selling online any more. Good thing there are many more incredible choices for finding Czech glass heart buttons.

I originally published this post on Feb. 26, 2010 and last updated it on January 9, 2018.

My Kittens Learn How to Crochet

12-12-2012 was an important day in history at our place. Why, you might ask? Well, that’s easy: It was the day my kittens learned how to crochet. Here’s how it happened:

Cindy says, Mommy, I'm going to learn how to crochet! She grabs my crochet hook and begins wrestling with my tape measure.

Cindy says, “Mommy, I’m going to learn how to crochet!” She grabs my crochet hook and begins wrestling with my tape measure.

Cute Kitten Grabs Crochet Hook. Then She Says, Can You Pleeze Splain to Me What Is This Thing For?

Then She Says, “Can You Pleeze ‘Splain to Me What Is This Thing For?”

Cute Kitten Bites a Crochet Hook

“I bite it?”

The Kitten Says, Mommy, this crochet book doesn't make any sense! My Response: Honey, you have the book upside down.

Gem says, “Mommy, this crochet book doesn’t make any sense!”
Me: “Honey, you have the book upside down.”

The cute cat says, Show me how to crochet, Mommy!

Izzy says, “Show me how to crochet, Mommy!”

OK Iz, I'll show you how to you crochet. Look here. This is how you make a single crochet stitch...

Me: “OK Iz, I’ll show you how to you crochet. Look here. This is how to do single crochet stitch…”

The cute cat says, I don't care about crochet, Mommy. I just want YARN!

Ginger says, “I don’t care about crochet, Mommy. I just want YARN!”

For anyone who really wants to learn how to crochet, the following pages will help:

Would You Like to Try a New Hobby?

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile now, you already know that I like to crochet, knit, scrapbook, rubber stamp, paint, draw, collage and make jewelry. I also occasionally dabble in other crafts like sewing, quilting and embroidery. Over the years, I’ve posted free instructions and ideas for many of the craft projects I’ve made; and I also spend many hours looking at craft blogs and websites on the internet looking for interesting crafts to share. So if you want to try a new craft or hobby, I have plenty of fun suggestions. If you think you’d like to get started with any of those hobbies, or others, the following links can help get you started:

Crafts and Hobbies 101:

Crochet was the first craft I ever got serious about. I don’t even remember how old I was when I got started with it — maybe 6 or 7 years old? So, I am now thirtysomething fortysomething (haha) and have been crocheting for quite awhile.

Perhaps you’ve never given any thought to learning how to crochet. Has anyone ever explained to you how much fun it is? Or how relaxing it is? Or how easy it is? Or how affordable it is to get started with? Maybe not. Well, I recently wrote a new article: Crochet for Beginners. The article provides basic considerations you should know about before getting started.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet, this is a fantastic time to jump in and give it a try.


See Also: The Best Crochet Books for Beginners

More Wonderful Hobbies I Recommend:

Hope you’ll make good use of the information! Happy “hobbying”! 🙂


This page was originally posted on July 25, 2010 and was last updated on January 9, 2018.

Best Scrapbooking Embellishments

Ask ten different scrapbookers what they think the best scrapbooking embellishments are, and you’ll get ten different sets of answers; it’s a highly subjective question.

If you were to ask me what I think the best scrapbooking embellishments are, these are the answers I’d have given you in March of 2010 when I originally wrote this post. I’m updating the post to make it current for 2018, because I’m getting back into scrapbooking after having taken a break from it. Surprisingly, many of my old favorites are still available and still current for 2018.

Clear Scraps Slides:

Clear Scraps slides are still available from the Clear Scraps website, and they still get my vote as deserving of a spot on the list of best scrapbooking embellishments.

This romantic Valentine's Day themed scrapbook layout includes some of my picks for the best scrapbooking embellishments. Scrapbook Layout Made With Clear Scraps Acrylics and Be Loved Papers from My Mind's Eye.

This romantic Valentine’s Day themed scrapbook layout includes some of my picks for the best scrapbooking embellishments. Scrapbook Layout Made With Clear Scraps Acrylics and Be Loved Papers from My Mind’s Eye.

Scrapbook Layout With Clear Scraps Slides

Scrapbook Layout With Clear Scraps Slides — Patterned Papers & Other Embellishments by Scrap Within Reach & My Mind’s Eye

A Clear Scraps Slide Embellishment Adorns the Cover of This Mini Album

A Clear Scraps Slide Embellishment Adorns the Cover of This Mini Album

Scrapbook Layout With Clear Scraps Embellishments

Scrapbook Layout With Clear Scraps Embellishments

Clear Scraps slides come in packages of 4, and each one is a different shape and size. These embellishments are made with clear acrylic, and they go with everything. They add visual interest to a project without cluttering it up.

I especially love using Clear Scraps slides on “guy” layouts. My husband isn’t all that enthusiastic about seeing ribbon and glitter on his mountain biking pages, but he really likes how the slides accentuate his photos and make them look more interesting.

You can alter the slides in creative ways — ink or stamp them with Stazon ink, color them with alcohol inks, draw on them with paint markers, emboss them, etc.

Above, I’ve pictured a few examples of my scrapbooking projects made using these slides.

Letter Stickers by Reminisce

Reminisce makes a variety of letter stickers, and I’ve tried a bunch of them. So far, I really like all the ones I’ve tried, but my favorites are the older block-letter fonts. The fantastic thing about them is that they make the same font in a variety of different colors. This appeals to me because using them throughout an album gives all the album pages a coordinated appearance, yet I can still use different colors that match my photos and papers.

Also, the letters are really sticky. They don’t fall off once you stick them down.

I have bunches of layouts made with these, and at one point the photos were all posted online. They aren’t online at the moment — sorry. I’m going to have to eventually re-upload the pictures of these:

Thickers Letter Stickers by American Crafts

When I want to add dimension to the cover of a mini album, Thickers are the embellishments I reach for. I occasionally use Thickers on 12×12 pages, but I enjoy them most on album covers– typically, clear album covers or chipboard album covers.

These are still available and going strong as of January 2018, and they still make my list of best scrapbooking embellishments.

Where to Buy Thickers Letter Stickers:

Handmade Scrapbooking Embellishments:

It would be a mistake for me to end this list without mentioning handmade embellishments. All the items listed above are embellishments you can buy ready-made. If you really want to make a layout special and meaningful, I think that making your own embellishments is preferable. Now that I think about it, handmade embellishments really should be #1 at the top of the list.

Making Your Own Scrapbook Embellishments:

This page was originally posted on Mar 16, 2010 and was last updated on January 9, 2018.