Leather Coasters

Along with the leather ornaments I made, I also did some coasters.  My Dad’s cousin had made some larger circles that she had set aside for a project, and they were too big to turn into ornaments. I added our family name to the one set, and for the other set I added some cute drink sayings.  I used a permanent silver vinyl for this project.

Stepping Stone

We have done a lot of gardening this year, and wanted to add some decorations from the kids as keepsakes.   We bought a kit for stepping stones at the craft store and decorated it with the stones that came with it, had them put their handprints on it and carved their name and year.  They look great in the garden and stand out with the colors.

Yearly School Picture Wall Decor

I wanted to make a wall decor for my kids school pictures to be displayed.  I found a thin piece of wood that I could stain and attach vinyl letters/numbers, and also have room to attach their photos.  I wanted it to look a little rustic so I attached a rope through the middle and spaced out clothes pins for each years picture.   Along the top, I attached the vinyl for their names and along the bottom I attached the vinyl for each K, 1, 2, 3, etc.

Wine Cork Snowmen Ornaments

I had a jar collecting of Wine Corks, and I was waiting to find the perfect project to use them for.  I decided to make snowmen, by painting them white and using a permanent marker to make the faces and buttons.  For the scarfs, I used some scrapbook paper that was Christmas themed.  I will attach a small loop on the top and ribbon to finish them out. 

Fluffy Scarves

I started picking up knitting again this year. I made these 2 scarves out of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn. The orange and pink one is for my daughter and the white one is for me. Each one is done with Seed Stitch – alternating knit stitch and purl stitch on an odd number of stiches. I love this yarn for scarves because it’s soft, thick and has a little stretch to it!

Easy Birthday Cake

My daughter recently had a birthday and she was very specific about the cake that she wanted so instead of trying to find it we made it together.  She wanted strawberry cake with vanilla frosting.  We found a strawberry mix and poured it into two 8 inch pans baking as instructed on the box.  We sprayed the pans very well so that they would easily come out without falling apart.  

Cute gift idea for teacher

Each year my daughter likes to make her teacher something for Christmas.  This is the first year when she has more than one teacher, so we had to think of something that would be cheap but could be customized for each teacher.  I challenged her to come up with something that would use up some of the arts and craft supplies that we already had.