What a Wonderful World “Painting”

To call this a painting is a bit of a stretch. It’s more of a gluing. And NO, this time there is absolutely not hot glue for this project. Surprising I know. This “gluing” is something a little more special to me than I thought it would be. You see my grandmother passed away years ago, and the song “What a Wonderful World” was played at the funeral. Every time my mother hears this song she is reminded of her mother. So I thought to myself, I have to do something with this song for her Christmas present. I started by printing three copies of the music score and cut them up into strips, then I used tea and coffee and water to “age” it, and let it completely dry by preheating the oven to 200 and baking it for about 7 minutes, then pulling them our to rest. I then took a canvas and Elmer’s Clear Dry Glue and painted the glue onto the canvas. Next I took the music and painted the backs with glue. Next, I attached the music, and once the canvas was covered, I put a layer of glue on top. Once the glue dried I painted the words WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD on it, and a few other sentimental notes. That’s all to it folks… Here are some pictures of the project…





I was thinking about tucking the sides down, but after much consideration I decided I wanted it to be different so I left them out.


Super Mario Crochet Blanket!


This blanket. Oh this blanket… As much as I love how it will turn out, this blanket has been a pain (literally) to get done in time for my brother’s Birthday, which is Christmas day BTW. It’s a love hate relationship at this point, but with only 40 more squares to knock out and the border to finish I’m “Super” stoked. I know I’m so punny.

The story starts about two months ago, when one over excited and completely delusional Me decides that this blanket will be the BEST present in the entire world for my Older Brother, who is like a ten year old at heart at times. Not only is it a “throw” (I had to) back to us growing up, but it’s one of his favorite games… So skip a month ahead, just after Thanksgiving. I’ve found a pattern, and have modified it and have painstakingly started to make this blanket…


Needless to say I had to undo a row I messed up, and reattach! Steadily I worked on this blanket, a few squares a day. Here it is the on the 16th…


Monday is over, and here I have a zillion more squares to make so I kick it into over drive on THURSDAY the 19th… (I’m too much of a procrastinator for my own good sometimes.)


Now, FIVE DAYS before Christmas I have forty squares and the edging to go. Call me Crazy, but I may be able to finish it by Saturday… MAYBE.

Moral of the story? Don’t decide to do the impossible at last minute! 🙂 My new goal in all of this is to go ahead and make all sorts of squares so when I do find a to die for pattern it won’t take me forever and a day to finish. We’ll see if that ACTUALLY happens. Once the blanket is complete I will be adding the Instructable on the squares themselves. God Bless!


Here is the finished blanket! I finished it two days before Christmas and I’m so excited! My brother loved it!


Here is the pattern for the squares.


Yarn… I used Red Heart in Red (2), Navy (2), Green (1), Turquoa (I think that’s how you spell it…3), Peach (4) and Black( 2 or 3 I can’t remember…)

Size G Hook


dc, double crochet, ch, chain, slst, slip stitch, fpdc, front post double crochet


Round 1: ch5, sl stitch to 1st ch to form a ring.

R2: Ch 3 (counts as dc only on first ch 3 of each row now and throughout), 2dc,* ch3, 3dc*, repeat *twice, ch 3, join with sl st to top of beginning ch.

R3: Ch3, *dc in next 3 stitchs, 2dc in ch3 space, ch3, 2dc in ch3 space*, repeat *twice, dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in ch3 space, ch3, 1dc in ch3 space, join with slst to top of beginning ch, slst across to next ch3 space.

R4: Ch3, 1dc in ch3 space,* ch3, 2dc in ch3 space, dc in next 3 stitches, fpdc in next, dc in next 3 stitches,  2dc in ch3 space*, repeat * twice, ch3, 2dc in ch3 space, dc in next 3 stitches, fpcd in next, dc in next 3 stitches, join with slst to top of beginning ch, slst in next space, DO NOT fasten off, leave about 12-14 inches for sewing.

The total count of squares ended up being 192, with 38 red, 42 peach, 32 black, 32 navy, 10 green and 38 turquoa. I altered between just making the squares and adding as I went throughout this project, but the end result was absolutely awesome. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

God Bless!

Merry and Bright Lighted Painting

In the midst of all of my Holiday projects that I have steadily been knocking out I found this pretty awesome picture on pinterest. I will never get over pinterest, it’s the reason I procrastinate. SO here I am scrolling through the cutest of things, when I come across this… And I just fell. Fell absolutely in love with it.


1 canvas (The ones with the “wood lip” work best)

Acrylic Paint (choose your own colors! I used Black, Blue, White and Yeller)


Something to cut through the canvas (I used a little paring knife)

Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (I use this for almost everything, I’m so glad I have two glue guns!)

Ribbon of your choice


Of course I have canvases, paints and Christmas lights, so I get to work. I wanted to take a darker approach to this though. I started by taking a pencil to the back of my canvas and marking where I wanted my lights. Then I took the paring knife and cut tiny holes where the pencil marks were. Next I turned the painting over (probably not the smartest idea with the holes, but nothing leaked through. THANK GOODNESS!) and painted my picture. Once the paint has dried (ten minutes tops) I flipped it back over, and placed a circle of glue right around the edge of the hole, poked the first light of the strand through, held it there for a few seconds and moved onto the next hole. WARNING! The tip of the light WILL HAVE HOT GLUE ON IT, so before it dries I wiped it off with a paper towel. Once I got the hang of everything I was putting multiple lights in multiple holes.


The Best Part?! When you plug it in!!!


Even better? When you attach the ribbon and don’t have to hold it anymore. I just placed some hot glue on the top where I wanted the ribbon and held it down for a tad bit.


I should have turned the lights off for that last picture, but I’m not always the brightest now am I?

God Bless!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Anyone?

So my wonderful sister surprised me on Wednesday with a great project I’ve been meaning to do. Ugly Christmas Sweaters! This year we are starting a new Holiday tradition, can you tell I’m excited?

She spent $19 on two old sweaters from a local re-sale shop, and nick nacks, like feathers, little bon-bon balls, pipe cleaners and jewels. Needless to say the pillow I used for her birthday present was used, or the stuffing at least. I started by just painting the base for his face, and then taking the stuffing from the pillow and hot gluing it to the shirt, haha I know me and my hot glue… Then I painted on his face used some feathers for the top of Santa’s hat, a little more paint, hot glue and stuffing and voila… Ugly Sweater Done!

Tis the Season!

Two Sweaters for $19 bucks, I’m in! Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas! God Bless!