Category Archives: Crafts

Scripture pictures and frames

Over the past few years, we have played with adding Scripture to pictures we’ve taken as we “walk”.Β  Here is a post about the frames we made from our old pickets as 2014 Christmas gifts, and a link to a new page on this blog that will house the pictures. πŸ™‚

IMG_0297IMG_2810IMG_2651You’ll notice we had to change the location of the white note – not a good idea to cover up the hole where the dowel rod should go, lol! πŸ™‚


Since I didn’t have enough pockets for each frame, some got envelopes instead. πŸ™‚

IMG_2659Click here for a link to the Scripture pictures page on this blog…

Snowmen from old socks

This idea was originally from a Facebook craft post that was circulating last year – snowmen made from old socks, filled with rice. It seemed like a doable idea for us, since we always have holey socks… AND I’ve been searching for a craft to use up some old dried beans that I had bought before we started growing our own a few years ago. Soooo, my snowmen are filled with dried beans, instead. Worked like a charm! πŸ™‚

Besides the rubberbands, I also tied string around them as a safety precaution. (Because at our house, rubber bands break quite often and usually at inopportune moments, lol!) πŸ™‚

By far, this was my favorite craft this Christmas! Just some tacky glue, my hot glue gun, and a plethora of miscellaneous odds and ends I keep for future projects. I’d STILL be makin’ them, but I ran out of beans, even after buying 10 more pounds of them at the Dollar Store, lol! I have a feeling I may cave and buy more beans so I can create more of these cuties during the year… πŸ™‚

























Puzzle piece frames

A friend retired from teaching a couple years ago & gave us a bunch of puzzles she found when cleaning out her schoolroom. One of the larger puzzles was missing pieces, but I just couldn’t throw them away… So in a coffee can they went – just waiting to be transformed into SOMETHING… πŸ™‚

Guess this was the year! My original plan was to make ornaments, but I wasn’t happy with any of my samples. Then I became enamored with the words “peace” and “piece”, and this frame/pic is the end result. πŸ™‚

Very indicative of the journey the Lord has us on… πŸ™‚



Hodge podge floor lamp

Mike made me this unique floor lamp table for Christmas from scrap treasures he found. His brother was getting rid of a floor lamp with a broken base, so he salvaged it. Then he found an old rusty milk can in the barn, cleaned it up, protected it with POR-15, and gave it a fresh coat of paint. (His mom remembers the milk can from long ago, but doesn’t remember why it was fitted with the spicket on the front. Mike actually attached the lamp to the lid without damaging the can, so technically, it’s still useable…) Then he found an old silo door, cleaned it up, & varnished it. Attached it all together, & “whell-ah”, a new creation. I LOVE IT!! πŸ™‚

Still need to find a lampshade that will work on it… Not having much success at finding physical stores with longer lampshades to look at, in person. Since this lamp is higher than an average sized one, we’re thinking a shade 16-22″ would help to disguise its height. Or Mike said he could make the pole shorter, though he wasn’t too excited about doing that.




I’m also not opposed to making our own. Found some amazing ideas on the internet – here are a couple ideas…



Wonder what we’ll come up with & how long it will take us, lol? I’m thinking these wire frames on etsy have a lot of potential…hmmm… πŸ™‚

Any suggestions are welcome… πŸ™‚

Personalized Cooperstown ornaments

John and Linda at the Cooperstown Bed & Breakfast sent our boys home with snacks for the 9 hour drive & some fun little gifts. I was excited about these two cross-stitched ornaments. I thought it would be fun to stitch dates on the backs as a keepsake of their trip. πŸ™‚

Downloaded a free alphabet pattern & mapped it first on graph paper. My knots had to show since the pillow was already completed, but I think it kinda adds to their charm… πŸ™‚

Now, each boy will have their own to take with them someday. LOVE gifts like that! πŸ™‚