Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

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This week’s photo challenge is create. Immediately I thought of the craft project I just finished this week, but thought I would expand. All of these projects were created using the mod podge technique, which is basically a glue-like substance. It’s amazing!

This is a book journal with reading quotations that I mod podged onto a plain notebook.
I created this picture with magazine clippings to make a heart. I used mod podge again for this project.
Magazine clippings were used again to create a rainbow pattern. I used mod podge again.
Finally, I used mod podge again to create this vase from an empty juice container. This time I used tissue paper. Those are fake flowers to last longer, but unfortunately there’s no lovely smell.

Craft Project: Book Journal

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A few days ago I discussed keeping a book journal of books I have read. I planned to review the books and think about what I gained or learned. Recently, I made a book journal to write how I felt after reading the book. If you haven’t tried mod podge you are missing out.

Stage 1: Plain wire notebook about 3″ x 5″ with a plastic cover for extra strength.
Stage 2: I used my favorite ‘reading’ quotes and printed then cut carefully, so each would fit onto the notebook cover. I kept the words together with plain tape. This took the most time.
Stage 3: I copied the quotes onto colored card stock paper, which is a tad thicker. Next, I cut each quote with a paper-cutter to get it more even.
This is the preparations to mod podge. I used newspaper, glue-like substance on a plate, and a foam-like paint brush.
Stage 4: Apply a thin layer of the glue-like substance onto the notebook then put the quotes carefully where you would like them positioned. I practiced beforehand to make sure I knew where they would fit.
Stage 5: Apply a thin coat of glue-like substance onto the entire surface after each has been placed. You then need to wait a few hours to let it dry. I waited overnight.

You can’t read them clearly, but I highlighted each quote in the past. Now that I have my book journal I need to actually use it. Have you ever kept track of the books you’ve read? How do you move from one book to the next?

A few favorite ‘reading’ quotes:

In the case of good books the point is not to see how many of them you can get through; but rather how many can get through to you.

– Mortimer J. Adler

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

– Paul Sweeney

You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book.

– Sherry K. Plummer

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.

– Louisa May Alcott

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

– J. K. Rowling

A – Z Photo Challenge: Y is for Yellow & Yarn

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Y is for yellow. I’m sure many people will select yellow for Y, so I tried to find a pretty photo. I took this this photo at Pt. Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.
Y is for yarn. I’ve knitted with many of these colorful yarns.

Non-edible Cinnamon ‘Cookies’

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Are you looking for a cookie that smells delightful, has no calories, and lasts many Christmas seasons? Well, the cookie isn’t exactly a cookie; instead it’s a Christmas ornament. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for Christmas, since the wonderful cinnamon smell and decorations can be enjoyed year round. This craft is a wonderful activity for young children, but remind them not to eat it.


–          1 cup of cinnamon
–          1 TBSP of nutmeg
–          1 TBSP of cloves
–          1 – 2 TBSP of Elmer’s Glue (The glue isn’t necessary, but it holds the substance better.)
–          ¾ cup of apple sauce
–          Drinking straw
–          Ribbon
–          Cookie cutters


–          Mix all the spices and apple sauce into a bowl. Do not add the glue.
–          Depending upon the dryness or moisture you may need to add more cinnamon or apple sauce.
–          Knead the dough. Trust me your hands get very sticky
–          Add a little glue and mix thoroughly.
–          Roll the cinnamon dough onto a clean flat surface. Use cinnamon if it becomes too sticky on the rolling-pin.
–          The dough should be about ¼ inch thick, so that it doesn’t break.
–          Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
–          Use a straw to put a hole for a ribbon. This needs to be done before the dough dries.
–          Place cinnamon ornaments onto a ungreased cookie sheet.
–          Bake the ornaments at 200 F for about 1 ½ – 2 hours. Turn the ornaments over about every 30 minutes. If you don’t want to dry the ornaments in the oven, then put them in a dry location. They should dry in about 4 days. I baked mine and the smell was heavenly. You may wish they were cookies.

–          When the ornaments dry, put a ribbon through the hole.

Put the ornaments upon the tree, wreath, or even attach onto a present. When the season is over, package the cinnamon ornaments in paper towels to keep the smell.


The wonder of mod podge

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My inspiration for today’s post is from two sources: an empty orange juice container and this week’s photo challenge (flowers). I thought to myself, ‘Hmm I’ve got an empty orange juice jug and it looks like I can do something with it’. If you haven’t already been a fan of the wonder of Mod Podge then you are missing out. It’s basically a heavy glue used to finish projects, photo collages, stick puzzle pieces together, and more. I’ve mod podged clipboards, glass, picture frames, small containers, and now an orange juice jug.

The process is simple. Take your items (photos, magazine clippings, etc.) and apply where you’d like them then apply a top coat to hold in place and water seal.

Project includes:  empty & dry container,  mod podge, bowl or plate to put mod podge on,  brush or foam bristle,  tissue paper, and newspaper to work upon



The tissue paper was applied on the container. I then put a heavy coat on the entire project. Don’t be worried it should appear white. It will dry clear. I usually let it dry for a day before I do anything else.

This is the final result with bright artificial flowers. The craft is easy and fun. The entire project, including the orange juice, was about $15.