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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

DIY Scrapbook Paper Christmas Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive craft that will help add a festive cheery to your holiday decor?  I'll show yo how to make these easy Christmas scrapbook paper coasters!

Here is a quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:



Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode #20 ~ Thanksgiving Grateful Sign ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to make a grateful sign for Thanksgiving!  

Here is a quick video tutorial to show you exactly how I made it:

Thanksgiving Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

If you like the rustic accessories to add to your home decor, these easy and inexpensive Thanksgiving Coasters are the perfect project!


Here is a quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Centerpiece DIY ~ Fall Crafts ~ Craft Klatch

Looking for a beautiful and inexpensive centerpiece for Thanksgiving?  With a little makeover of Dollar Tree pumpkins, you can make your Thanksgiving table extra festive!

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them:


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Brain Candleholder ~ Craft Klatch ~ Halloween DIY

I found a brain jello mold at the dollar store and decided to use it to make a brain candleholder for Halloween.  Halloween may be over for this year, but it's never too early to start planning for next year!

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pet Paw Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

If you love your pets as much as I do, you probably like making stuff to honor them.  I have two kitties and I happened upon these paw cut outs and thought it was a perfect opportunity to make one in honor of each.  The gray one is for Spooky and the black one for Pouffy. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Snow White Coasters ~ DIY ~ Disney Princesses ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Continuing with the Disney Princess coasters, today we are tackling Snow White!!!  I concentrated on Snow White and the evil stepmother, but you can also do the same thing with the seven dwarves.

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them:



Friday, October 13, 2017

Apple Bars ~ In the Kitchen with Mona and Greg

Greg and I are back in the kitchen.  Today we are making Apple Bars, which are perfect for fall, or really any time of year!

Here is a quickie video to see exactly how we made them:



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Art Decor DIY ~ Dollar Store Crafts ~ Craft Klatch

Make some Easy Halloween Art using some inexpensive items from the Dollar Tree and the craft store!  Easy and inexpensive!

Here is the quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!



Halloween DIY | Candy Corn Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Create Halloween Decor with these easy and fun Candy Corn Coasters DIY!  It's really easy, inexpensive and the kids can paint them!

Here is the quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them:


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Big Glam Resin Gem Paperweight DIY ~ Craft Klatch ~ Home Decor

Glam up your desk with the big DIY resin gem!  It's really easy to make! 

Check out this quick video to see exactly how I made it!



Sugar Skull Decoration! Resin Craft ~ Halloween DIY ~ Craft Klatch

Create this big Sugar Skull as a Halloween Decoration or for a Day of the Dead decoration! 

Here is a quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!  

Cat Silhouette Coaster ~ Halloween DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Make a Halloween cat silhouette coaster, using your Cricut and resin!  It's a great DIY!

Here is a quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!



Raised Spider Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

I thought I'd try to go a little 3-D on this coaster and make a raised spider coaster for Halloween!  It is fully functional, but might be easier to knock down, so this is for fun, user beware!

Here is the quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it!


Halloween Spider Silhouette Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

It's always fun to make things for Halloween!  I like to make more involved project and easy projects.  This one is pretty easy.  I've also wanted to get my Cricut involved in my Halloween projects and this seemed perfect!

Here is the quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I did it!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Outdoor Table Makeover DIY ~ Emoji Table ~ Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode #19 ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to do this DIY table makeover.  I found this table in the trash and want to give it a fun new look!  It is a total transformation!

Here is a quick video tutorial to see exactly how I made it:


Halloween Skull Coaster DIY ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to make this spooky skull coaster!  

Here is the DIY video tutorial.  It's quick!

DIY Paper Clip Coaster ~ Home Decor ~ Craft Klatch

You can create stunning home decor items, using items from the dollar store!  Colorful, eye catching and just plain fun!

Here is the quick video, so you can see exactly how I did it:



Whimsical Crab Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Make a Crabby Coaster in this DIY craft video!  So fun!!! 

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Garden Bench Makeover ~Garbage to Gorgeous™ Episode #18 ~ Craft Klatch

If you watch me with any regularity, you know I love a good makeover and I love things that are free!  I found this bench on the side of the road, waiting for the trash.  It was just crying out, "Save me!  Save me!"  How could I resist?


Monday, October 2, 2017

Bead Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

If you want to make an easy home decor accessory all you need are beads and some resin!  These beads were a gift, but you can find beautiful beads at the craft store or online.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Best Creation Iron On Giveaway!!! DIY

The generous folks at Best Creation Inc are sponsoring a giveaway to my YouTube subscribers, so if you haven't yet, be sure to subscribe!!!

There are a bunch of ways to enter, so be sure to take advantage of it everyday!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DIY Beach Decor, Crafts and DIYs ~ Craft Klatch

I created one of a kind, inexpensive, beachy decor for my home!  I used beautiful iron on vinyl from http://www.BestCreationInc.com.  I also used some items from Dollar Tree and customized them to go with the beach theme.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Super Easy Shark Trivia Coasters for Shark Week! ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

I did a few projects for Shark Week and this was one of them. We are talking easy...I mean super easy...okay to do last minute...shark trivia coasters.  If you are as intrigued by sharks as I am, then you know there are a bunch of interesting facts to be found!  They are super fun conversation starters at a party too!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Back To School Projects & VersaChalk Giveaway!!! Craft Klatch

Back to school is in our sights, so it seems only fitting to DIY some great projects for your books, your locker, your desk, or your dorm room!  Today VersaChalk is helping me do just that!  Check out the projects and at the end I will tell you about the amazing GIVEAWAY they are offering!!!

In addition to the giveaway, the fine folks at VersaChalk are offering free white markers to the first 50 people at their website!!!  Use the code KLATCHFREE at checkout!   


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Garbage to Gorgeous® #17: Glam Resin Table Makeover ~ DIY

Garbage to Gorgeous® is back!!!  I've had this table in my garage FOR-E-VER!  

I found the table on the side of the road, in the trash.  The top had broken slate and it was a little rusty.  I decided to go for a glam resin look, while adding natural elements.  The last time I did something like this, it was the Beauty of Nature Coaster and I wanted to try it on a larger scale.  


Friday, June 30, 2017

Fourth Of July Easy Coasters ~ THERE'S STILL TIME!!!

If you need a last minute decoration to liven up your Fourth of July decor, you can make coasters that you can get the kids involved in and also use them as fun conversation starters!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

15 Fourth of July Crafts, DIY and Food Roundup!




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Acrylic Pour Art ~ Red, White and Blue Star Art ~ Craft Klatch DIY

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Create a unique 4th of July decoration for your home decor!  I'm experimenting with an acrylic pour!  This is my first acrylic pour, but it won't be my last!! :)

DIY Beauty and The Beast Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Easy and Fun Glitter Fish Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch

Try making some fun glitter fish coasters!  I guarantee it's a craft project, you will love it!  I made them with coasters in mind, but they can just as easily be room decorations.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

BBQ Wreath For Summer! Craft Klatch

Summer means cookouts and barbecues!  Kick off summer with this BBQ Wreath!  It's a one-of-a-kind!  I'll show you how to make it using dollar store items!


DIY Flip Flop Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Yay Summer!!!  I love summer and one of my most favorite things to wear are flip flops!!  Today we are crafting fun flip flops in this DIY craft tutorial.

When I make these wood coaster, remember you can use them and have kids paint them and that would be crazy fun!  If you don't want to make them out of wood, you can always use cork or clay as alternative materials!


Monday, May 29, 2017

DIY: Paper Mart Washi Tape Fourth of July Decorations!

Create festive Fourth of July decorations using washi tape from Paper Mart! Easy and fun crafts!

Be sure to visit Paper Mart for their large washi tape selection and great wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes, etc!  I also used inexpensive items from the dollar store to create a votive and silverware holders that will make your buffet table more patriotic!  I used a dollar store frame as a place to mount a washi tape covered wood star.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Glam Glitter Geode Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday

I did another geode coaster experiment.  This one was specifically to create a geode look that also had more pronounced color stripes. It worked and they came out with a glam funky flair!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

56 Beachy Crafts and DIYs!





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Watercolor Effect Bookmarks DIY | Craft Klatch

With Mother's Day coming up, you might need a last minute gift and this watercolor effect bookmark is easy, inexpensive and uses Sharpies!  It's a great scrapbooking technique too!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

DIY: How To Make Resin Geode Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Resin is a beautiful medium and I love the look of geodes.  I've tried to create the look of geodes, using resin.  This is my second attempt and I like how they turned out, but I think I might try yet one more version.

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You will need:

Wood pieces (if you don't want to cut our own):  http://amzn.to/2qJK7Ab


White pigment:  http://amzn.to/2qASOQd

Purple pigment: http://amzn.to/2pPdbbM


Pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/2pP88Iq

White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Gold nail polish:  http://amzn.to/2piw4k9

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Cut your wood pieces, or purchase precut wood rounds.




2.  Paint the top white and the bottom and sides black.  I used regular acrylic paint and did two coats each.



3.  Once the paint has dried, you can mix your resin.  I mixed two ounces.  I then separated the resin into smaller cups and worked in the different colors.  

4.  I began pouring the resin on the rounds, but made sure to have the rounds elevated on a cup.




5.  I poured resin right in the middle and altered the colors, which forced the resin to move out toward the edges, in a ring pattern.  



6.  You need to realize, as the resin spreads and takes on a life of its own, it will take on a different pattern and you have limited control.  



7.  Once they resin has spread over the wood, use a lighter or a torch to pop the bubbles.




8.  As the resin drips down the sizes, be sure to use a stir stick, or spatula to remove the drips.



9.  Let them cure a minimum of 12 hours before handling them.

I think they turned out beautifully, but I have an idea to keep the veining and stripes bolder, as you would see in an actual geode.  Here is that video:









Here is the first one I tried:






Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Sunday, May 7, 2017

DIY: How to Make a Mixed Media Pet Art Project | Craft Klatch

I have two cats.  I love them.  I worry about them.  They have become a part of me and have shaped who I am.  You can call me the crazy cat lady.  I'm at peace with that.  I do love my cats, but I love all animals.  I don't think you have to be a dog person, or a cat person.  I think you can just be an animal person and I don't understand how anyone can be mean to them.  


Let me give you a little background.  Spooky was a stray that showed up 13 years ago.  She's was between six months to a year at that time.  I came home from Walmart on a Saturday morning and there she was at my door.  She walked right in and stayed.  I let her out to see if she would go home, but she didn't.  She moved in.  I put up signs, called the police and local vets and nobody claimed her.  So she stayed.  The first day she was in the house, she would be laying in the dining room and the next thing I know, she's in the bedroom.  She never passed me and never made a sound, so her name became Spooky.  Turns out she's a girl.


Fast forward to four years ago and a black cat took up residence in our garage.  We fed it and wanted to try to get it into the house because it was cold, snowy and January in Chicago.  Let's just use the word miserable.  The cat had beautiful amber eyes and short black hair.  So we called it Amber.  Turns out Amber is a boy.  

Amber would come every day for breakfast and dinner.  One night, Amber was outside and looking down a path that leads next door and it looked like he was talking to someone, or something.  I went outside and slowly walked to look down the path.  It was dark and I couldn't really see anything, but I thought I saw a shadow of something.  Then I saw that it was another black cat.  Oh boy... 

We started feeding both and put a heating pad in the garage, until we could figure out what to do.  The other black cat had long hair, but looked like a mess! 


I would put the food out for both in the morning and Greg would ask, which one was there.  I'd look out the side window and say, "It's Amber."  or "It's the Pouffy one."  So, Pouffy became Pouffy.  Turns out Pouffy is a boy.  Maybe I shouldn't be allowed to name pets...  Some mornings we would find those two curled up together on the chair on our front porch.  They were quite a pair.  

We worked with an organization, to get them fixed and we had to trap them to do so.  Pouffy was so skinny, he didn't set off the trap...(I'm trying not to cry).  We finally figured it all out (ALL Greg because I was crying when we had to trap them).  They went to a vet, got checked out, received all of their shots and Amber was fixed.  We got the call that Amber was definitely a feral cat, but Pouffy had already been fixed and was chipped.  He had an owner.  

We found out he was originally rescued from the mean streets of Chicago, as a baby.  The organization that rescued him had socialized him and then he was put up for adoption.  We live out in the suburbs of Chicago and the family that adopted him is somewhere near us, but they could not give us anymore information.  The lady that socialized him called the owners and found out that they had thrown him out, in the middle of winter, because "he didn't bond with the kids".  WTF?!?!?!  You don't just throw him out!  I have a lot of words for people like that, but I will keep them to myself.  The lady that had rescued him and socialized him said, when they adopted him, she specifically said they could bring him back anytime, no questions asked.  Now I have pure, unbridled disgust for people like that.  

Pouffy became ours.  Pouffy was literally a bag of bones.  His fur was matted and tangled and disgusting.  He was so shy, but sooooooo sweet.  When they came home, they took up residence in our guest room, for weeks.  I had to cut out chunks of Pouffy's fur because I couldn't brush or comb through it.  Pouffy was used to people, so he was immediately affectionate, once he came to trust us.  

Amber was different.  He was tough but sweet.  He was a really nice cat.  He liked us, but he was never affectionate. That was just who he was and we loved him for it.  I would pet him with a feather and play with him.  Eventually, he let me touch him, but he seemed like he was putting up with it more than actually enjoying it.  He was definitely the tough one.  He always looked out for Pouffy and we are convinced if Pouffy had not met up with Amber, he never would have survived.  Amber saved him.  



As the weather warmed up, they went outside and would hang around in our courtyard and come in every night and play together.  We found out Amber had a parasite, from eating dirt (before we were feeding him).  We took him to our vet and had that taken care of.  Then he was feeling better and one day he just left.  It was like he found a home for Pouffy.  He knew Pouffy was taken care of and he could go.  He didn't need to do it anymore.  He could move on.  We were sad.  Pouffy was sad.  

Spooky had chosen to move in next door, with my parents and just visit, while the new arrivals were getting settled.  When Amber left, she came back.  Pouffy and Spooky would get into it for a while.  Pouffy wanted a pal to play with and Spooky, having been an only cat and older, wanted nothing to do with him.

After four years, they still have their moments where they slap each other for a minute, but overall they have come to accept each other for who they are.  Now that you have read all of that, you might understand why I wanted to do a project for Pouffy.  He had a rough start, so he deserves love.  And Amber, we think about you everyday!!!

So today we are making a Mixed Media Pet Art Project, starring Pouffy!



You will need:
5x7 canvas board:  http://amzn.to/2ppafSF
Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2qx8Y9C
Stencil:  http://amzn.to/2ppaLA5
Acrylic paint
Bugle beads 

Charms:  check out the clearance aisle at the craft store


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Paint the canvas blue and let it dry.
2.  Use a polka dot stencil and add the yellow polka dots.  Let it dry.
3.  Print and cut out a picture of your pet.
4.  Using Mod Podge, I adhered the picture of Pouffy to the canvas.  I covered the entire canvas with Mod Podge.
5.  Then I added little embellishments I have collected over the years, including a key, a bird, a question mark, an exclamation mark and bugle beads.

When it all dries, you can frame it or display it on a little easel.  Hang it on the wall, or have it on your desk.  It's a great reminder of your little fuzzy loved one!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

DIY: How to Make Jalapeno Drink Coasters | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday

I don't enjoy eating spicy foods, or jalapeños, but I do like the look of them!  This is great if you do love spicy food, or it would make a great gift for someone who does.  Maybe for Father's Day?  Certainly it works as a great addition to your Cinco de Mayo decorations!  When I make these wood coasters, don't just think about them as coasters.  You can enlarge them and have them be really fun decorations, like wall decor, or something you might have sitting on a mantel or shelf, or the buffet table during a celebration.




You will need:
1/4' plywood:  go to hardware store
Saw:  http://amzn.to/2ptcaWG
Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/2qmlCIw
Red and green acrylic paint

Sand paper or Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2pFNbjO

Here is the video tutorial, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don't miss a thing:






Directions:
1.  Draw a jalapeño.  Make sure it is large enough to accommodate having a glass sitting on it.  Cut it out.
2.  Trace it onto 1/4 inch plywood and cut out.
3.  Make sure to sand the edges.
4.  Paint the jalapeño.  Start with the red.  This will take a minimum of two coats.  Let it dry.
5.  With a pencil, lightly draw on the area that will be green for the top of the jalapeño.
6.  With a thin brush, paint the green.  This will also take a minimum of two coats.  Let it dry.
7.  Once dry, you want to seal it.  I used Triple Thick, which works great and has a good look.  It will withstand the use of cold drinks.  You can use an outdoor sealer, if you want to have something a little more durable and if you think it might be wet for hours at a time.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona