Hello and Welcome

I am a first time blogger, welcome to my blog post.

I come from a long line of musicians and artists.  My mom cooks and my dad plays bass and sings.  I remember going to my grandmas and her and my aunt would always be doing something creative.  It didn’t matter who we visited there was always something going on whether it was painting, playing music, taking photos, writing, crocheting, baking or gardening.

When I was younger my mommom made the comment that even though school was out for the summer I always had a paper and pencil in my hand.  This was definitely a true statement; I loved to draw.  In middle school we learned basic sewing and my sister and I use to make stuff for our Barbie dolls but it was in high school I learned about crafting and i’ve been doing it ever since.  

I love to draw even though I no longer do it as much.  I like to sew and paint and whatever project takes my fancy after looking at Pinterest for hours. My favorite thing to do is make gifts for my family, whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or just because…..my family stands behind me and encourages me to keep moving forward.

I hope you enjoy my blog and i’m looking forward to sharing my new projects and all the fun with you!

I’m not sure where I found this picture but it was done by Fiona Childs and I think it fits.

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Tutorial: Sticky Note Make-over

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Welcome to my first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a sticky note take-along.  It makes a great gift for someone or for yourself.  I’ve also found they come in quite handy when i’m out and I need to leave a note for someone or if i’m out and need to remember something, I can write myself a note.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Sticky notes of your choice – I like to get them at the dollar store; you can the mini’s as shown below or the full size
  • Card Stock in two colors – you can find it wherever craft supplies are sold
  • Glue or glue tape
  • Mini hook and loop dots (1/2 in) – I get mine from the dollar store, they are alot cheaper than buying name brand
  • Stickers/embellishment of choice

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How to: Make Flower Fairy Babies

Welcome back!!!!  As you can see we are on week three for mystical themed crafts. These flower babies are fun and easy to make.  I made these for an event and the little kids loved them.  This is also a great project for a birthday party, a sleep over, or just a day of crafting.

What you will need:
  • Wooden baby doll pins (you can get them from amazon or a company that sells wood doll pins)
  • Acrylic paint (any color)
  • silk flowers
  • Hot glue gun or tacky glue

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Using the picture as your guide

Step 1:

Paint the body of the doll your choice of color or you can use marker and just color the body

Step 2:

Take your silk flowers and cut the flower off close to the base and glue it in place to the head

Step 3:

You can add a face if you like or leave it without one.  I chose to add just eyes; I did the closed eyes because it’s a small doll and fits better but feel free to do what your feeling 🙂

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Please feel free to comment your thoughts and also share what projects you are working on.  If you try this project, share your pictures to my facebook page and/or tag me on instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/TeresaJonesScholzCraftowneCottage/

Talk to you again soon.

Teresa

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How to: DIY Gnomes

Welcome back!

I’ve been busy trying out new projects; one of those projects are little Gnome dolls.  They are only about 1 1/2″ tall but are cute and easy to make.  They are a great project for those days where it’s rainy and you (or the kids) just need something to do or just something fun to make on the weekend.  You can order the doll pins from Amazon, they have a variety.  I’ve also ordered from company’s that make and sell these specifically.  I always try to compare prices.

Here is what you need:

  • Paint and a paint brush
  • Doll pins
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun or a quick drying tacky glue

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Step 1:

Paint the doll pins the color of your choice (photo below); it may take more than one coat so let the paint dry before applying the second.

Step 2:

Cut the hat from felt.  I didn’t have a pattern so I made my own; I just played around till I got one that worked. To figure it out cut a square from the felt and make a cone; adjust till you like what you have and cut into shape and glue it on.  If you are making multiples, I suggest tracing it to paper so you have a pattern you can keep.  You can also add a face if you like, I thought they looked cute without them.

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Picture shows the steps

As you can see the project is simple and easy; the hardest part is figuring out the hat.  I had fun making them and can’t wait to take them to my next craft show.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this project.  If you have any suggestions or tips i’d love to hear these as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

 

 

How to: DIY Unicorn Picture Frame

Hi there and welcome back!

It’s been a busy couple of months around here.  I went to a craft show event in North East MD called Unicorn Quest; it was a mystical themed event where you could find a lot of unicorn items, mermaids, fairies, and trolls.  There were quite a few people dressed up as mermaids and unicorns; lots of food, music, and events for the kids and an actual quest where you win prizes.

While getting ready for the event I looked at Pinterest, watched YouTube and just came up with some fun ideas for the event.  I crammed for the event and managed to get quite a bit done the week of the show.  One of those things was a unicorn picture frame.  I saw a lot of different ideas on how to do it but decided to just wing it and make it my own and today i’m sharing it with you.

What you will need:

  1. Acrylic paint and paint brush
  2. Wood picture frame
  3. Fun foam – for the horn
  4. Felt – for the ears
  5. stickers or silk flowers (tulle is optional)

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Step 1:

Paint the picture frame front and back; it may take more than one coat so be sure to let each coat dry before applying the second.

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Step 2:

After the paint is completely dry cut two ears from felt.  For the center of the ears you can either color it in with a sharpie or cut coordinating felt for the inside of the ears; both work.  I chose felt for this one.

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Step 3:

Cut the horn from the fun foam.  I chose to use one that was already glittered, however, you can use a plain one and add the glitter yourself.  I didn’t have a pattern, so I just winged it.

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Step 4:

After adding the ears and horn, you are now ready to add the flowers.  There are a lot of different paper flower choices; I got mine from the dollar store.  You can also use silk, it depends on whats available to you and your preference.  For this project I chose stickers which I added hot glue to.  I find that the 3-dimensional adhesive doesn’t work when it’s humid and they fall off.

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Step 5:

To finish off the frame I took the heart paper insert and traced it onto scrapbook paper with some fun sentiments.  I adhered it to some fun foam and popped it into the frame for sturdiness.  Since the frames do not come with a vellum cover you can add one yourself or leave it open (old sticker plastic works as long as it’s not imprinted). Once that’s done, you can add embellishments if you want or call it finished.  I decided for these to add a cute little butterfly to each one.

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I wasn’t too sure of the stickers I chose but I think they turned out alright 🙂

Please feel free to share you unicorn project adventures with me, i’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

Garden makeover….

Gardening is one of my many hobbies…I enjoy creating new beds and planting new plants and watching everything grow.  We recently finished our fence (finally) and have begun expanding our garden.  My husband surprised me with a new batch of daylilies and I went to Walmart and Lowes and bought some new flowers along with an apple tree.  We had to cut down the apple tree the previous owner planted because it was too big to move (it was not in a good spot) and it was getting smothered with vines.

There are so many pretty plants to choose from and depending on if you’re working in the shade, partial shade, or full sun, you buy plants depending on where you are working at the time.  I have found that you have to get the plants you like as you see them because they go quick and when you go back they are usually gone.

While on a shopping exertion with my daughter we found a plant called Dragon’s Blood, it’s color is a rich red and looks like feather tufts; turns out it’s in the celosia family and is an annual in my area but they are pretty.  I also found some rocket trumpets in pretty reds and pinks which I planted around the apple tree.  I have to go back for a few more delphiniums, i’m out of balance, ha ha.  My daughter added a couple flamingo’s which she named Otis and Pearl…LOL.

In my small front yard I took out the hydrandgea bush and replaced it with some blue delphiniums, red&green coleus, and white impatients.  I really wanted to do a red/white/blue garden and can’t wait for everything to fill in and bush up. My daughter picked out some pretty little yellow bells to fill in an empty spot.  They look like sunshine on these rainy days.

I also decided to spruce up around a couple of the trees….I think they turned out pretty.

I also have a cutting garden…we added some shasta daisies and black eyed susans (my personal favorite and the state flower) to the abundant cone flowers.  This garden gets so many bees, butterflies, and finches once it all blooms.  I love that it gets so full of life and the butterflies are amazing.  I think i’m done with the front and side yards for now 🙂

Next project is to finish the garden, add a grilling patio, and paint the deck……  All before my daughter’s graduation party.  PHew!!!  I also really want to be able to enjoy deck time with the family; so the sooner it gets done the sooner we can have deck time.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my garden!

Teresa

Spring time is here…

Hello there!

It has been quite some time since I posted anything… I wanted to reach out to all of you and just say “hello!”  Hard to believe that winter is over and spring is here and the end of May is quickly approaching.  I most definitely had the winter blues, between work and home and having cabin fever a slight depression hit me for about a month.  Work wasn’t going like I would have liked it to and it felt like I couldn’t get anything right and the housework wasn’t getting done so the clutter just built.  My husband said he couldn’t get anything done with the fence or the cars because I am always working or busy on the weekend running errands and such.  I ended up just having to take a couple days off to get myself together.  Who knew that being out in the sun for three full days would help that much along with finally getting my house clean and the clutter cleared.

These are some of my lovelies….  I love to garden and have to decided to make my garden bigger now that we are putting up a fence.  I’ve already planted some new day lilies and clematis.  I can’t wait to see how everything fills in once it starts growing.  We still have a lot of work to do and I am putting in a Fairy garden….need to put in lots of bright flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and of course Fairies.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Teresa

p.s. May your day be fabulous and your coffee always hot 🙂

 

 

 

National Hobby Month

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Whats your hobby?

I craft, paint, draw, sew, scrapbook, make paper products, bake, garden, and do alot of other things.  I enjoy trying new things and being challenged (even if I do get frustrated. lol)

Some of my favorite projects are the paper products I make and some of my sewn items.  I also enjoy painting, and making toys which go over well with the kids; I try to change it up based on the show i’m doing and time of year it is.

Here are a few of the things i’ve made….

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I find crafting in any form is a great stress reliever and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s also become a family affair with my husband and daughter.  It’s a great way to spend time together.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Teresa