Showing posts from August, 2020

Wood Burning with a Pen

I have always wanted to try wood burning but was intimidated by it. I was watching a YouTube video of a DIYer I like, Designed to the Nines. She introduced me to the wood burning pen. I was excited to try it so I ordered me one. She also showed me tips on how to use my cricut machine for which I appreciate it. Check out her YouTube channel if you want great DIY tips. She also gives great tips on making an expensive item for just pennies. Designed to the NinesCheck out our Groovy New Life blog. Sharon posts many amazing articles for not only baby boomers to enjoy, but for everyone as well.

From Glass to Ceramic Vases

I love it when I see a craft idea that is different with amazing results. Sharon and I love Justin Wray and the DIY Dollar Tree and thrift flip crafts he creates. It was his video on taking thrift store glass vases and turning them into boho chic ceramic looking creations.  This is his video we got inspired by:

Creating a Bamboo Mirror

Sharon and I have see many small round mirrors with raffia, bamboo and jute decorating them. We just had to try this ourselves. Sharon found some place mats made of bamboo and bought some small round mirrors. We always like to give credit to the YouTube channels that inspired us to make these. Be sure to follow these talented DIYers: XOMaCennaKatia Nikolajew, and Justin Wray

Ghost Mirrors

Sharon has done this project before and wanted me to try my hand at it. I like the idea and how hers came out. Mine wasn't too bad for my first try.

Tissue Tye-Dye

Sharon and I watch lots of how-to DIY YouTube videos. We saw one of our favorites, XO MaCenna tye-dye items with tissue paper so we had to try it. I bought tissue paper at the store but didn't pay attention when she said we needed bleeding tissue paper. (Next time I will get it right.) We did have some success, and I will show the pictures, but watch her video if you want to do it right. (

See how awesome they would have turned out if I bought the right tissue paper. This is before we peeled off the tissue. None of the colors stuck to the items except yellow. BTW, you have to use organic material. It will not stick to synthetic cloth. At least I got that right.  Live and learn.

Upcycle Metal Baskets

I got these two metal baskets at Goodwill and wanted to change their look. I used jute on one and fluffy yarn on the other. I like the way they turned out.