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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



Crayons * My Craft Table

Today ! On my Craft Table it’s all about Crayons. Every year at Back to School time I buy new crayons ( I love the smell) – But what to do with the old or broken Crayons ? Make something New –  Lisa

My Box of Crayons!



Melted Crayon Wreath-

  1. Parchment Paper
  2. Shave Crayons onto Paper ( can use sharpener)
  3. Fold over paper and Melt with hot Iron ( can run /so cover surface)
  4. Let Cool – and Peel off pieces.
  5. I glued my pieces in a Fall wreath pattern and Decorate.

You can use the peeled off pieces for card background or other crafts, Lisa





These are Silicon molds I had – 

  1. Peel Off labels
  2. Break into pieces to fill the Mold.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes (until melted)
  4. Let Cool
  5. Pop Out – New Crayons Made .



All these great crafts can be made in any color by varying the colors you use.

Fall ( orange,yellow green)

Christmas ( red,green, gold, metallic)

Winter ( Blue,White,Silver,metallic)

Spring/Easter ( Blue,yellow,green,pastels)

Enjoy – playing with Crayons.   Lisa

Gifts to make &and Share

Happy  Friday !

As many know I’am  a crafter -Not only do I love papercrafts but  I enjoy exploring other crafts . So today I’am sharing some of my fun DIY crafts I make.


I love experimenting with Soap making – using Soap base and mixing herbs and fragrances. I made a batch for Christmas gifts with rave reviews.

This batch – mixed with honey, lemon and fresh rosemary using goat milk base melted in microwave and poured into molds to set.


Lip Gloss –  Love the stuff.  This is an easy mix of coconut oil and beeswax . Flavoring ? You can use koolaid for color and taste.  These small mesh bags can be bought or made .

You can also use- dried berries, natural essential oils  and sugar free drink mix for color and fragrance.  There’s lots of fun easy recipes out on the web.  Lisa

  • You can also use beeswax / coconut oil and your favorite fragrance poured in small molds to make wax melts.  ( I bought from dollar store small plastic ice cube trays)

I would start with a kit to try to see if you enjoy it before investing a lot of money. Lisa


It’s No surprise I’am a Reader from a family of Book Lovers – Bookmarks are a fun an easy craft – these supplies can be found in any craft store or big box store. These book charms ( Hobby Lobby ) are so wonderful.

  • Teacher gift – that’s around the corner for us -these are easy to make and very inexpensive to make. Lisa




Wine Charms – You can buy the loops or make them yourself with wire. Make each a little diffrent for the gift recipient by changing colors or charms .  I usually make a set of 4/6 of them all diffrent from each other by changing out the charms.  Lisa

  • House warming gift – Bridal  shower gift or doing a wine tasting party.



Monday Project – Fabric gifts

Hello –  Monday !

I thought i would start may week off with my first Project with some fabric gifts-

My mother was a sewer and made all my sister and mine closeth  from an  early age. i learned the basic but it was years later that I actually used that talent to make something.

A quilt for my Grandmother. Now most people start little but might fist item was a yellow and blue quilt to cover her bed at the nursing home. I used a kit I bought at JoAnn fabric and taught myself to quilt. It was partially hand quilted and partily machine quilted – I made lots of mistakes but it was a learning experience.


This is a full size quilt that was issued as a block a month kit. I made this about 20 years ago. The colors have faded after may washes – but the memories are there. Lisa


Now I don;t think You have time to do a whole quilt but maybe something small. Like the postcard size quilt below. Made with what i had on hand. It’s small in size that can be mailed if needed. Perfect to use up you fabric leftovers.


Post card size- 4×6 . Finished by Zig zagging edges. Ribbon,lace buttons and flowers in your choice of colors. Sandwich with lite  batting and quilted. Can be mailed or framed for a gift.  Lisa


Post card idea’s/ or mini quilts –   that kids can make with help-

Cut a piece of 4×6 inch fabric and let your kids ( with help) – practice there sewing – use diffrent color thread and machine stitches..

Use stamp to stamp images on solid fabric ( set with iron)

Lets kids sign there name & date -with fabric markers. Or fabric paint can be used to decorate with handprints or decorations.

Let your kids cut some shapes and applica them on the front.

  • Use your imagination and have fum. Handmade gifts are the best.

DIY craft 

Had a old baking sheet I spray painted to hold some magnets. Mine white but you could do any color.

From Office Depot small square clips I decorated with scrapbook supplies.

Great gift or can be used in bedroom or kitchen to hold notes,recipes or photos. Have fun making this. Lisa