Book Review * Make in a Day – Wedding Crafts

Are you a DIY person ? Look for a way to save money for your big day ? Read on as this author gives you tips to make your day special and takes only a Day to make :

It’s one of the most important days of your life. Or it’s the wedding of your dear friend or a beloved family member — what can you do to help make it as memorable and personal as possible? Add a graceful and unique touch to the celebration with handcrafted decorations and keepsakes! This practical guide will show you how to quickly and easily create a terrific variety of ornaments: a centerpiece, guest gift, tablescape, and more. You don’t need any crafting experience for these easy projects, and best of all, they can be completed in less than a single day.
Each book in Dover’s Make in a Day series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something simple but special. Supplies are easy to find and are readily available at major craft stores. Other titles in the series include Make in a Day: Modern Wreaths, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts,Make in a Day: Paper Flowers, Make in a Day: Garlands, and Make in a Day: Centerpieces.

Net Galley Book Review :

Released 16th Jan 2019 by Dover publications, it’s 66 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book is perfect for all of us DIY ers and crafters with great pictures and tutorials to inspire us to get started. This book highlights wedding but with a few changes can be used for any type of celebration you need help decorating on a budget. With all the materials easily sourced at local craft stores this book is a big winner to me. So if you are planning a party -read this book…. Lisa

Homemade Peanut Brittle

Today is National Peanut Brittle Day !! So make a batch and give as gifts or care packages to your love ones away from home-

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 C light corn syrup
  • !/2 C Water
  • 1 C butter in chunks
  • 2 C raw peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Butter 2 Cookie sheets : Combine sugar,corn syrup and water in a heavy sauce pan . Cook on Medium heat for 8-12 minutes. After it comes to a Boil ad butter in slowly while stirring for another 15-25 minutes ( candy thermometer reads 280) . Stir in peanuts and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes (reach 305 ). Take off stove- and add baking soda . Pour hot mixtures onto prepared cookie sheet and let cool and harden.

DIY for gift giving :

I know you kept those old metal cookie tins from Christmas. Time to recycle cookie tins for a great container – just a little spray paint and a ribbon and your set. ( you may have to do a little sanding if its very glossy finish ) but spray paint comes in great colors these days, -so have fun. Lisa

Backyard Flowers in bloom

Happy Friday morning ! Its a beautiful day in South Louisiana but cold. I know not really if you live any where else. But January in Louisiana can run from Warm (short sleeve weather ) to Cold in a single week. But Today is a perfect time to go out and explore the outdoors and plan my new garden spot for the upcoming Spring.

Ever Blooming Roses:

My roses bloom about year round here . And I use them in lots of different things .So I keep them free of pesticide and chemicals So that I can use them in recipes . Rosewater is one of my favorite things to make and give when they are fresh and I also dry them for future use in crafts. Lisa

Home made Rose water  recipe :  You need Roses and distilled water to make this. And a clean jar for storage. 

  1. Remove petals from stems and run them under water to clean.
  2. Add petals to a large pot and top with enough distilled water to just cover . Not to much water is need.
  3. Cook over medium-low heat bring the water to a simmer .
  4. simmer for 20-30 minutes or until petals have lost their color and Water is a pale pink.
  5. Strain the mixture and discard petals.
  6. place water in a glass jar to store. Keeps 7 days at room temperature or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

A true Southern Classic : Camille

Japan – In Japan the camellia flower is called “Tsubaki” and symbolizes the divine. It is often used in religious and sacred ceremonies. It also represents the coming of spring. Korea – In Korea the camellias flowers is a symbol of faithfulness andlongevity.


Meaning & Symbolism of Narcissus / Daffodils. Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodil is virtually synonymous with spring. Though their botanicname is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.”

Holiday Gifts from Nature*

Happy Saturday ! Today I am visiting Nature for my holiday gifts . Gift paper recycled from grocery bags ,  my spice cabinet used for decoration and a gift made from dried fruit from my  hydra tor. Enjoy – Lisa 



Back to Nature gift wrap :   Book

  • Paper bag  cut for wrapping paper
  • Colored twin
  • flower
  • Burlap fabric
  • Eucalyptus  leaves /Cinnamon sticks

Christmas potpourri

  • Dried Orange
  • Dried lemon, apple,cranberries
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Cloves & Star anise
  • Candid ginger
  • Cinnamon & Eucalyptus
  1. all ingredients in medium saucepan.
  2. Simmer on low heat.
  3. Add more water as needed.

HINT * I  buy bulk spices at the local Chinese market  or  ethnic  section in the grocery store.  Lisa 



Gift Bag : 

  • Flower,Tag leaves & burlap  with a brown paper bag ,





Crafts from the Home * DIY Candle making

Today’s craft from the Home -is easy DIY Candles.  Made with used cat cans. I always have these on hand because i have a cat that only eat canned cat food, So Mom recycles  them into candle holders – perfect for the holiday .Use them outside in pumpkins or tables cape these are fun and easy to make.  Lisa 


My container  is Cat Food cans. Remove label and clean. 



Basic Candle making Steps: 



  • Prepare work area
  • Melt your choice of wax ( microwave )
  • Adhesive wick to container  (glue dot)
  • add Fragrance & color (mix)
  • Pour Wax into container
  • Let Cool
  • Trim wick

*I use both soy and bees wax pellets   and melt in microwave slowly . But be careful when taking out of microwave its very hot.  

*I use wicks with metal bases –  place a small glue dot  underneath to hold in place. 

you can use old wax crayons for color dye. 

Decorating the Cans : Halloween and Christmas  examples : 






Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Today is My Craft Day ! And it’s all about Thanksgiving items to make & share this holiday season –

This is an old one but a goody & perfect for you to take as a hist gift –

  • Fabric ( cotton fat quarter)
  • Dish towel
  • Button
  • Typing paper for making a pattern /but you can free hand it.
  • Sewing machine /button whole maker  ( or you can use Velcro)
  • Not a sewer – My Mom has some with Crocheted Top

These are great for Christmas Fund raisers or Craft shows: 

I measured the top of the folded towel – traced out a basic fold over shape. Cut out two from material & sewed right sides together leaving a spot open to turn, Then turned -sewed bottom straight edge to folded towel – Folded over made button hole & attached button. Perfect to hang on stove or anywhere with handle. Lisa

I used a Thanksgiving towel from Dollar store – but could be any holiday or just basic towel to match decor colors.   Lisa







Using up Scrapbook Stash !

Are you a long time paper crafter?  Do you have a stash of old paper,stickers and embellishments ?  What do you do with it ? 

Some suggestion ?

  • Donate to & other organizations
  • Give to friends that scrap book
  • Garage sales – have your own or with friends
  • Craig list -E bay


My Newest Project is using it up with old pictures I haven’t scraped yet ( Win,Win) this is an old baseball pictures of my son and baseball stickers.

But you can use the paper for so much more-

Do you have any suggestions ?




Craft Table * Apples

Uses for  Apples –


Dried Fruit for Potpourri

More  examples   homemade

At Holiday time I dry fruit in my Dehydrator    for fall gifts. In bags ready to give as gifts. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can use an oven.

Cut citrus peels such as orange and lemon into small pieces no larger than 1/2″ wide. Cut them into thin slices no larger than 1/4″ thick. Slice apples, peaches and pears into thin slices no larger than 1/4″ thick. Save the peels and dehydrate these as well to add to your potpourri
Dry Apples   for Decorations –
 To dry apples, slice paper thin and place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet in 150 degree oven for 30 minutes.
They can  be used for dried Apple Slice wreath and Ornaments .
Simmer Pot on Stove / Old small crock pot
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 anise stars
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • cut up apples and fruit
  • Water

Make sure if you use this on the stove you keep an eye on it. If you have a small crockpot its a great way to use one.   Lisa

Mosquito & Ant Spray * Homemade

Today @ My Craft Table – it’s home made and and mosquito  help. With kids and pets this is a fun and useful  project for this time if year. Lisa


With the rains – and water in South Louisiana comes the bugs. Mesquites  and Ants can be a big problem. But with a few items you can make your own without harmful chemicals.



These plants and essential oils are great for these recipes.

Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Geranium, Lavender, Mint.



My Ant Kitchen spry – is super Easy.

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Water
  3. Vinger

Mixed half and half. Works great. You can also use Lemon juice.

Also -if you need Bathroom/Bedroom – you can sprinkle baby powder in corners.


Mosquitoes Spray

2 Tablespoon Witch Hazel

2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4 teaspoon Vodka (preservative)

10 drops of favorite above essential oil.



Candles for  Outside –

Container for candle ( jar or receyled metal can)

Soy Wax  ( or you can melt old used candles)


Citronella   oil   for fragrance,

  • Melt wax  ( in double boiler / Microwave)
  • Attach wick in container
  • Add fragrance to wax
  • Pour Hot wax – and let Cool

**Be careful while working with wax -can burn.

For Table decoration-

Use small containers of Lavenders ,Mint and Rosemary as table decorations and gifts.

Mason Jars  candles –

  • Place slices of fresh lemons.Mint leaves and Rosemary
  • Filled with Water
  • Float Candles on top .

Let Rock Today * My Craft Table

Today’s Craft Table Fun-  Rocks and No Not the Pet Rock Kind!

I have been reading and see lots of articles about Rocks and crafts – I thought I can do that -so outside I went to a Rock pile.

But What kind?

  • Size and shape based on projects –
  • Needed that on top if I wanted to paint or stamp on
  • Flat on bottom if I needed to use as a stand
  • Not to big -so it was out of place.

So I picked them out. Gave them a good scrub -let Dry overnight.

Painted a base coat -let Dry.

Now What to Make?


Rock 1 – Directions

  1. I decided to make an owl ( they are cool /wise)
  2. I decided to use fine tip markers to make my design and then paint.

Modge Podge to set – Let Dry.


Next 2 Rocks with smooth bottoms –

Wrapper wire ( flower wire from Dollar Tree) – and made picture and place card holders. I can see these as table decorations for parties and picnics.

  1. Measure off a piece of wire for the photo holder. Wrap around a circle shape (i used a marker a couple of times )
  2. than the rest of the wire farm the neck ( depending on use adjust height}
  3. wraps around the rock base.



Try this out with you kids -I am sure you can come up with some great inexpensive idea for your garden or Table. These Rocks are No Pet Rocks.   Lisa