Thursday, November 30, 2017


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Pottery Butter Dish

It has been quite a month of sharing all kinds of past pottery projects I created. It sure has inspired me to want to get back to it and get my studio created. Maybe that will be a future post where I should you my pottery studio.

Anyways, this was a butter dish I made for my mom. It was way harder than I figured it would be because the clay shrinks and I wasn't getting the top to fit in nicely to the curves of the base of the butter dish. It took me 3 tries to finally get one that worked. Good thing I started making it really early and had time to make so many dishes. LOL!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DIY Concert Shirts

I am so excited! We are seeing Katy Perry on Friday night. I haven't made my shirt yet, but I made matching shirts and jackets for my daughter and her friend (we gave her friend them for her birthday when her mom was surprising her with the tickets for her birthday).

This summer we went to see Shawn Mendes (made the girls the matching blue shirts) and Charlie Puth (made us moms the matching ATTENT!ON shirts) using my Silhouette machine. I think it is fun to have our own concert t-shirts that I can make in advance and we can wear there. Concert t-shirts are really expensive once you get there and it's not in my budget to pay that much for a shirt (I think the cheapest ones at Shawn Mendes were $35) as well as pay for the tickets AND parking AND concessions.

By now, you gave seen that I enjoying using the Heat Transfer vinyl and have made several items:

  • Teacher T-Shirts
  • Girls Beach Weekend Tanks
  • Road Trip Shirts
  • SWIM pants
  • Name Headbands
  • Llama-Corn Pillowcases
  • Pun Kitchen Towels (spoiler alert!)
And then there is the regular vinyl I have used in the Silhouette Machine:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rolo Bites

I have shared how to make these before, but why not do it again. They are easy and a crows favorite and take minimal ingredients and minimal time.

Rolo Bites
1 Bag of each: Pretzels, Holiday M&Ms and Rolos (unwrapped)

Directions: A bag of Rolos has about 4 dozen Rolos in in, so you will not need a whole bag of pretzels or M&Ms, unless of course you want to buy more bags of Rolos.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Assemble noses with Rolo inside a circle preztel. Bake for 3 minutes to slightly melt them.

Press an M&M in the top of melted Rolo. Allow to cool. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2 Pottery Pieces: Wind Chime and Tea Holder

These were both gifts. The wind chime I had made for my mom (& one for myself as well) and the tea holder I made for a friend. I had previously blogged about how I made the Pottery Leaf Tea Cozy 2 years ago (yes, that is how long ago I made these pieces, I told you it has been a while!).

Friday, November 17, 2017

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Did you know there are a lot of things in your kitchen that you can grow or root?
An avocado is one of those things. We try to grow an avocado seed once before but we didn't have a fun little Gadget like this. I had a friend who had grown one without a gadget like this but she said it wasn't easy to do and not all of them were successful so I am really hoping that this little Avoseedo floating boat that the avocado seed rest in well help us start growing our own avocado tree.

A couple of things that I have noted on the packaging is that it says it will take 1 to 4 months for the avocado pit to germinate and start growing. It says this is dependent on the breed of the avocado and the temperature. And I have to make sure to change the water every 2 to 3 weeks.

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Check back with me in March to see how this is going. I live in MN, so my growing temperature during the winter is only room temperature and we have less sunlight this time of the year, so it may take a while.

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This is a coloring project that my son did for Halloween that came from Colortime Crafts. The project came with this canvas trick or treat bag and the markers to use and directions on how to use them. You want to make sure you have a piece of cardboard between the canvas layers so that the fabric marker doesn't seep through.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pottery Baptism Gift

I made this cross for my godson Lincoln as a baptismal gift. I made the 2 pieces separately and used crazy glue to put them together. To write his name on it I had first tried a Gold Sharpie, but that wouldn't really work over the glaze, so I ended up using gold acrylic paint to paint on his name.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pottery Soap Dishes

In continuing to share with you past pottery projects, these are a couple of pottery soap dishes that I made for my kids' teachers for Christmas gift and then my kids made homemade glycerin soap to put in them.

For some other pottery soap dishes and soap ideas, check out these:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Pottery Cow Platter

I thought since I shared one of the old pottery pieces I created a while back, I might as share some of the rest of them this month. So, don't expect instructions other than I made them with slab rolling. I made this for my dad (who is a farmer) for a Christmas present and had made mini cheesecakes that I have him to put on his platter.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Frank Woodfill Wildlife Preserve

This was my son's idea to bike over to this wildlife preserve and do a Nature Scavenger Hunt. His scavenger hunt basically consisted of him trying to find things that he found interesting. It is a nice little place to explore and has some short trails as well. There is supposed to be a geocache here, but we didn't find it. Not sure a wooded area is best for a micro cache, too hard to find.

We have actually gone here to hike around and explore and do a nature scavenger hunt another time and you can see all those pictures on this Wordless Wednesday Frank Woodfill Wildlife Refuge post.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FREE Admission to National Parks for Veteran's Weekend (Nov 11-12)

Black Bay in the fall

In honor of Veteran's Weekend, there is FREE VEHICLE ADMISSION at all National Parks. YOu have 2 days to get out and enjoy the nature in these places for FREE!

Front cover of a newspaper featuring a houseboat with a campfire burning

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pottery Plant Tray

I made this pottery plant try via slab rolling to act as a base for these three potted aloe vera plants. I actually rooted these three baby aloe vera plants from my mother plant before potting them up for this gift that I gave to a friend for her birthday (which happens to be today).

Be sure to check back on other Tuesday and Thursdays this month as I am going to be sharing a variety of past pottery projects including soap dishes, cow platter, butter dish, baptismal gift, wind chime, and tea holder.