Totally Crazed about DIY Carrots

This is it.  I am putting my crazed obsession for all things DIY carrots into this post.  I sent packages to the other Lauras in our #laurasarecool gang and they created fun things with the carrot contents too.  Here is what I created using Kunin Group orange felt, fabrics and Outrageous Orange buttons from Buttons Galore.  Little CARROTS!

They match the big one that I made for Kunin Group and I LOVE them!

Look at the back of the BIG carrot pillow.  It is a little bunny house.  Cute, right!

Here are links to LOTS of great carrot projects.  I love them all.  They are so fun for Easter and springtime.

AND what fun would a craze be without a giveaway.  Enter to win some fabulous carrot stuff and a $15 gift card to Starbucks!

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And because I am a little over the top…here is a super awesome fun fabulous CARROT word search.  You know you want to print it and start circling words in orange!  It is FREE and it is HERE.

Yay for Carrots, Friend Sharing and Making Things,


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PYOP Carrot Themed Ceramics

Who else LOVES to paint ceramics?  My crazy fascination with creating carrot themed fun around my house this spring has carried over to ceramics.  I created this adorable little carrot plate to use when we leave a treat for the bunny the night before Easter.

I did it in a quick few very simple steps.

Paint the carrot first with three coats of Duncan Concepts Neon Orange, letting each coat dry before applying the next.

Add the green tops the same way with Duncan Concepts Green Apple.

Paint a couple of lines on the carrot with Duncan Concepts Bright Straw.

Then add your dots in the color of your choice with the end of a pencil by dipping it in the paint for each one using the eraser end.

After it is glazed and fired, it is tooooo cute.

I painted this last night to go with my new coffee from World Market.  I am not even kidding!  Carrot Cake Coffee!!!  It needs its own mug.  I will share it when it is out of my amazing Skutt kiln on Instagram.

You can hop (ha ha ha) on over to your local Paint Your Own Pottery studio and make these too.  They are easy peasy and so adorable for decorating this spring!


Happy All Things Carrot,


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Create a Carrot Charm with Clay

I am not sure what it is about this springtime arriving, but I have a new found passion for all things carrot.  I have thought this through and I am pretty sure it is the combination of orange and green that makes me pretty happy!  I decided to create a carrot charm with Sculpey clay and I am pretty thrilled to say that it came out super fun.

Here is what you will need.

Here is what you do.

Here is what it looks like before it gets baked.

Follow the baking instructions that come in the package to get the best results.  I love the Bake Shop clay because it is easy to use when I work with my kids and the colors are bright and vivid.

Ta Da!

Happy Creating and Cheers to Carrots Lovers Everywhere,


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A Night Owl Blog Creative Team Giveaway – $150 Target Card

Welcome to the A Night Owl March Creative Team Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today members of the A Night Owl creative team are joining up to bring you an amazing $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway! And we all KNOW you love Target, so what are you waiting for? Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below!

Open in the USA and Canada.

Ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

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Have you visited A Night Owl Blog lately!  If not, hop over and check out the amazing things happening and being shared by this awesome creative team HERE!

I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about being a part of this amazing group of designers and super proud to have another carrot project being featured over there.  It’s a carrot that I made for some festive Easter decor from burlap.  You can find out how to make it HERE.

Happy Creating and Spreading Easter Cheer, Target Fun and Carrot Love,


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DIY Birthday Gift Wrapping with Fabric Markers

Customized gift wrap make any present just that much more meaningful and special.   I created this DIY birthday gift wrapping idea for Laura’s birthday this weekend and I did it with a plain box, a canvas bag, canvas scrap strips and Tulip Fabric Markers.

Isn’t is totally adorable.  If you are wondering about the buttons, they are from my BRIGHTS collection with Buttons Galore and attached with Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab.

I love the little canvas gift bag to match…

So here are eight reasons why I took the time to create this for Laura.

  1. She is my local bestie and I love her.  (okay so that’s really 2)
  2. I love to create.
  3. I love to create most for people I love.
  4. Tulip Fabric Markers are fun and easy to work with.
  5. I like to use up my scraps of stuff and I had canvas scraps.
  6. Buttons make me happy so they probably make her happy too.
  7. This idea is easy peasy so I hope it inspires other to do it too.
  8. Remember #1 counted as 2.

A super tip for being successful when using these fabric markers on canvas is to do your colors first THEN outline in black.

Happy Creating and Celebrating,



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Four Educational Ideas with my Die and Die-Cuts from Ellison

I can hardly believe that my dies with Ellison/Sizzix have been available on the market for almost a year already.  Once the dream became a reality and I started living with it, I got busy creating and sharing.  As an inagural member of the Ellison Design Team I am honored to promote not only my dies but those of amazing and creative educators who share a common vision.  Here are four educational ideas with my dies and die-cuts from Ellison that have been posted and shared…rounded up together in one quick place.

I used the FISH die from the Calendar Collection (one of 12 awesome designs) to create a project with McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss.  You can find the details HERE.

I used the FLOWER from the Calendar Collection to create an awesome chair pocket for supply and book storage and you can read about it HERE.

I used the Umbrella, also from the Calendar Collection, to create a partnership and teamwork strategy that you can read about HERE.

And the APPLE, of course from the Calendar Collection too, was used to create an extension activity for Ten Apples Up on Top.  You can check it out HERE!

Please share with teachers and friends with kids.  Learning is contagious when we get excited and spread the love.



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Easter Decor – World Market Style

I love decorating my home and my studio for the holidays.  I love that with World Market, I can mix up the amazingness of their products with my creativity and DIY lifestyle to make Easter decor that works for me…with a little World Market style.

Here’s the deal about being an ambassador for World Market.  I am spelling it out in bullets to make it super clear as to what it means to me.

  • I am a part of something magnificient…a team of awesome, creative bloggers.
  • I sometimes get paid for sharing content.  I sometimes share simply because I truly love it.
  • I promote the things that mean something to me.  Being authentic matters most.
  • I have a great reason to shop often and buy fun things that fit into my career.
  • I LOVE that the products are from all over the world.
  • I have been a World Market fan forever.  You should see my throw pillow collection.
  • I am proud of partnering with World Market to grow their business.
  • It is about more than making money to me.  It is about friendship, creativity, cooking, decorating, sharing and growing.
  • The team at World Market is professional, fun and inspiring.

And so on that note, I share some Easter awesomeness with you because it makes me happy.  Here is a collage of pics from a recent shopping trip to World Market.  I went in to get pasta.  I came out with so much more.  I made this collage on my phone in the Photofy App and shared it on my shopping day on my Instagram account.  I love it and am proud to also license my art to their company.  #somuchfun (can you hashtag in a blog post?  I just did.)

Here is how I used the fun things I bought in my home.  I know, super fun, right?

Right now World Market is running a fun Easter Pinterest campaign and you can jump in and play.

Enter Cost Plus World Market’s Pinterest Easter Style Hunt Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 World Market Gift Card! Details HERE. Hop to it!

Happy Shopping, Decorating and Being Authentic!



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