Message in a Bottle Party Invite

This post brought to you by ACTIVA-makers of colorful sand and air dry clay.DIY Party Invitation idea Message in a bottleMessage in a bottle party invitation idea  Add a handwritten noteThis is one of my absolute favorite projects to make with kids and adults!  You can write an invite, a love note, words of encouragement or a wish.  Whatever your message, roll it up, keeping it as skinny as you can.

Message in a bottle party invitation  Seal up the note with washi tapeSeal with washi tape or string.Message in a bottle party invitation idea with ACTIVA Scenic Sand and Republic of Tea bottleFor this bottle, I’m using a recycled Republic of Tea bottle.  You’ll also need some colorful ACTIVA sand, shells, glitter, aquarium stones, and ribbons or yarn.Message in a bottle party invite idea using Republic of Tea bottleThis is the Republic of Tea bottle I mentioned.  I love the curve and height of it (and the tea that was once inside). Message in a bottle sand craftUse a funnel to pour the Scenic Sand inside.  I put about an inch in the bottom.
Message in a bottle party invitation idea  don't for get the glitterNothing adds a bit of magic like retro glitter…or any glitter that you have on hand.  Shake the sand and glitter together after you pour.
Message in a bottle party invitation idea with ACTIVA sand and glitterDrop in the aquarium stones, shells, marbles, gems (Ooo!  Gems!) or whatever you like.
Message in a bottle party invitation idea using ACTIVA sandMake a message in a bottle party invitation ideaThe letter goes in next followed by the cap.  I’ve also used antique bottles and topped them with an old wine cork.
DIY Message in a bottle invite with recycled Republic of Tea bottleTie on bits of ribbon, yarn, crystals etc…
Message in a bottle party invitationAnd it’s ready to give.
Message in a bottle party inviteOr hang on a mailbox…or to drop in the ocean and make a wish!Message in a bottle party invitation idea from Candie CooperP.S.  I really think these would make the coolest wedding invitations.

Acorn Clothespin Fairies


Hello there!  We're Ginger and Bobby, friends of Candie's.  She asked us to pop by and tell you she's still writing her new jewelry making book for Lark Books.  We've seen the projects for it.  We're a little biased, but they are pretty great! 

Let us entertain you with our moves from Acorn du Cirque until she comes back.

By the way, Candie and her Mom, Jean, made us for the Plaid Kids Blog.  If you want to make some friends of your own, check out the Acorn Fairies tutorial there.

Winter Aid

DSCF7501 Y'all know I needed some winter aid if you read yesterday's post. I was pretty over the ice and brisk wind and numb fingers and toes.  Here's the thing though and tell me if you feel the same—I love the ambiance of a pretty winter day IF you don't have to  venture out  (unless it's a hike with sweetie, Rocker, of course).  Yesterday, the flakes were absolutely dreamy as they wistfully sailed by the window and I felt like I was in one of those snow globes that I've always wanted to make (see: "winter wonderland in a jar."  Boy, I do love Martha).  Dreamy or not, the fall brought me back to reality.  And how!

DSCF7509One thing I do to beat the chill is to cook something simple that has garlic or onions, and butter because well, you know why.  It smells amazing.  Second thing to do is make some muffins or biscuits so you have a reason to fire up the oven.  I also lit a couple candles and started a fire.  I totally act like I know what I'm doing, but truthfully by Feb 18th I'll be ready to burn my mittens and move to Florida.  You feel me?


So this is a long awaited carrot soup recipe that I've been wanting to try.  Last night I found myself with a heap of carrots that needed used so away I went.  I called a long distance friend while I peeled and chopped and it was so nice to catch up.  Which, while I'm thinking about it, I'm so happy it doesn't cost 87 cents a minute to talk long distance anymore.  Aren't you?  Ok, the soup recipe:  It hit the spot!  I had to make a few modifications because *I didn't read carefully because  I run back and forth to the living area where my computer is.  Because, firstly I don't want to put my Mac in the kitchen where soup or wine or stock could spill on the keyboard and fry it.  This has happened to a few friends and because I haven't bought Apple Support like said friends suggest, I'm not going there!  Why not print it?  Well,  the first is because I'm cheap when it comes to using my ink.  But let's say it was ink worthy, I can't seem to get a printer driver downloaded for my HP printer that is compatible with Mac.  Heh.  This is my life!  Crikey.

Ok back to the soup modifications:  I put one T of red curry paste and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper because the word on the review street was it was pretty spicy.  I added one can of pumpkin (*because my soup was too thin) and a T of brown sugar.  I also added dashes of  both pumpkin pie spice and ginger.  Yes, it got a little crazy.  Some of the reviews said it was too salty so be careful there.  Add a splash of cream or half and half and hit it with a cilantro garnish.  Done.  I loved it and can't wait to have a bowl for lunch.

P.S.  For all you beautiful nostalgics out there, I included the old school woven hot pad that my sister scored a set of at a flea market (thanks, Carrie!) in the finished soup shot.  Sweet, huh?  I have a loom or three down in my studio if anyone wants to come over and weave their own.  You know you want to.

Picture Blocks…

Hello readers!  Thanks for clicking over…   It's an honor to be featured on Crescendoh-thank you, Jenny.  Dear readers, I do hope you find some fun ideas over here from food to crafts, I love living a creative life.

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These photo blocks seem really timely since I have a few friends with babies on the way.  I can see them tucked in a nursery with pictures of grandma and grandpa or siblings.  Although, I think they are fun for big kids (like me) too.  You can find sweet little blocks in antique stores and ebay for around $1 each. 

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I pulled the twirly wire photo holders from a pre-made photo holder.  Michael's has some unfinished wood blocks with the coils right now for 99cents that you could use (they were tucked in a dollar rack at our store).  Drill a hole in the center of the block, string some beads and even a thimble on the wire and glue them in the hole.  Done!

A moment of silence now as this week I have managed to lose my SD camera card that had 1090 pictures on it.  Shame on me for not downloading them sooner.  Argh.  Lesson learned.  Although, maybe now that I have admitted to losing it to the world, it will turn up!  Fingers crossed.