Uncle Sam Figurine-make it your own

I found this little guy at Michaels, on a clearance for only $2.99!  He was so cute, but as you know by now, I can’t leave well enough alone.  I always have to make it ‘my own’.

Uncle Sam finished

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Patriotic Napkin Rings

I’ve been searching for wooden napkin rings for months.  Why wooden?  Because I can customize them with paint to make them ‘mine’.  Store bought ones are okay, but when I get a project in my head, nothing else will do.  (I like to have my napkin rings match my tablescapes.)

Finished Napkin Ring..-close up

This was so easy to do, and here’s how I did it:


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Patriotic Decorated Candles

I had a lot of fun with this one.   I’ve been playing with decorations for the 4th of July, and the thought of decorated candles come naturally to me.  (I guess it’s because I love the look and feel of candlelight).

Patriotic Decorated Candles


As usual, it’s an incredibly easy project to do.

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4th of July Tablescape

Decorating for the holidays is always so much fun for me.  It’s an easy way to redecorate without spending a small fortune.  I still can’t get over how a change in a tablecloth, place mats, & a centerpiece can make the dining area look completely different.  The 4th of July is a fun tablescape to do because it’s filled with bright colors & sparkle!  This year, I really wanted to emphasize the color red.

4th of JulyTablescape

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Patriotic Wreath – tutorial

I’m still having a ball working on decorations for the 4th of July!  The table is almost ready to be set, the decorative pieces are done for a vignette or two.  But the door was  naked!

It needed a wreath.

Patriotic Wreath

Here’s how I made it:

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Adding Glitter to Wooden Letters – tutorial

By now, you know how much I love the sparkle of glitter.  Adding glitter to ‘things’ is easy. I’ve seen glittered letters selling for a small fortune, ($7 – $10 each) and it’s so inexpensive to do it yourself.

I’m still immersed in the patriotic theme, so I wanted to make some letters sparkle for another project that I’m working on.  Here’s what I’m up to today!

Glittered Letters

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Patriotic Hanging Sign

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and it’s really put me in the crafting mood.  I’ve been in a crafting frenzy lately.  (you know it’s bad when you realize it’s 5:00 in the morning & your glue gun is still smoking)  I started my frenzy with a patriotic sign that could be hung on a wall, door, or as you will eventually see, a wreath.

Hanging Sign.

This frenzy started with gift cards that I got for my birthday.  (everyone knows that they can never go wrong with a gift card to a craft store)  I started at Joanne Fabrics, they were having a 70% off sale, and then to Michaels (they had their 4th decorations on a clearance already!)

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Diy Pin Cushions – tutorial

Pin cushions are a must in any sewing room.  They can be very expensive if bought in a conventional store.  But they’re very easy to make yourself.  And when you make your own, you can customize them to the way you like them.  They can be as fancy or streamlined as you choose.  Shabby Chic, floral, animal prints, plain, it’s up to you!  That’s the beauty of making your own.

Diy Pin Cushions

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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