Mini Scrapbook Using Project Life Cards

Here is a quick and cute way to use Project Life cards to make a mini scrapbook.

I love all the pretty Project Life kits that are available and have a hard time resisting when I see them in the craft store, especially if they are on sale. Sadly, I don’t have much patience for making big fancy scrapbooks with lots of photos and journaling.

My favorite way to use up these cute, patterned cards is to make a mini scrapbook bound by a simple metal ring. This one features a few pictures of my cat when she was a kitten, made with 4″x 4″ photo prints ordered from Printiki.

I like this style because I can keep adding to it as I get more pictures. All I did for most of the pictures was to tape them down with washi tape and write the date on the paper or directly on the photo.

I put her name on the cover page with metallic cardboard letters from the dollar section at Target.

Quick and easy mini photo album using Project Life cards

easy scrapbook with project life cards

Easy Jumbo Felted Wool Ball Cat Toy DIY

DIY Felted Wool Cat Toy

DIY Felted Wool Cat Toy

Here is a tutorial for a homemade cat toy that my cat absolutely loves. It’s simple to make, cheap, and durable (to withstand those vicious attacks!). The idea came from some wool dryer balls that I made a few years ago – once kitty found them….I think it’s needless to say they belong to her now. But I wanted one jumbo one that she could really sink her teeth and claws into, so I made a new one just for her.

All you really need is 100% wool yarn in any color. I used Patons Classic Wool in “New Denim.” I also had some of these lattice-style jingle balls laying around that don’t get a lot of play on their own so I used one as the core, but it’s not necessary.

All you really need to do is start wrapping the yarn around the ball, every which way, until it’s covered. Don’t worry about it being uneven or lumpy, it will smooth out pretty well on its own. Keep wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping until all the yarn is gone. (Preferably do this while your cat is in a very deep sleep in a far corner of the house, or she will make it a lot more complicated.)

Wool Ball Cat Toy DIY

Tuck the end of the yarn under somewhere to secure it. I wrapped with a couple of rubber bands just to make sure everything would stay tight.

Next, it’s going to go in the washing machine, so stick it inside an old nylon sock or pantyhose. I didn’t have either, so I used my mesh laundry bag and secured the top with a rubber band.

Throw it in the washer with a load of laundry and wash on hot (I put mine in with a load of towels). The hot water, detergent, and friction in the washer will work its magic and felt the ball into one solid piece so it won’t come unraveled.

Remove the rubber bands if you used them, and run the ball through the dryer with the rest of the laundry. It should come out fairly smooth and sturdy, but if it seems like it needs more help, run it through the laundry a second time.

That’s it! You can rub a little catnip on it to get your cat’s attention. I like it because it’s big enough to bite and kick at the same time – and my cat loves to kick!

Here are some other items my cat wishes she had, or already has and loves!

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  1. *Mad Scientist Toy for Cats – I think it would be super entertaining to watch my cat figure this one out – anything for a treat!
  2. *Our Pets Play-N-Treat Ball – I have these and my cat loves pushing them all over the house with her nose until the treats come out – we use it almost every day.
  3. *SmartCat Peek-a-Prize Toy Box – It’s like a puzzle for cats! I think my cat would love trying to fish all the different toys out of the box.
  4. *Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy – I think this will be the next one I get – simple, but entertaining (and it has good reviews).
  5. *TRIXIE Pet Products Parla Scratching Post – We have this also and it has been great – it can really take a beating and doesn’t tip over easily (plus the price can’t be beat!)

Jewelry Display Ideas for Craft Fair Booth

Jewelry Display Ideas for Craft Fairs

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As someone who has been doing the craft fair “thing” for just about ten years now, I have gone through my fair share of different jewelry display ideas. I like to make them myself when I can, but I am not above buying something pre-made if it’s just right.

At each show, I usually keep blank paper handy so I can jot down things I want to change about my booth, sketch ideas for new displays, or note problems that need solving (ex: keeping something from being blown over by wind!). Because of this, I am constantly thinking about ways to improve my set-up and make it a little better each time.

Here are a few ideas I found while browsing Pinterest and would love to incorporate in the future. Some are ready-made and available to purchase, while some include tutorials for DIY.

Make this jewelry display from copper pipes and fittings.

Copper Jewelry Stand Tutorial – eHow

This copper jewelry stand DIY is great, because there is no set amount of jewelry you have to use. Pile it on if you have a lot, or spread it out if you’re running low. It would also be cute to do a couple in different heights for longer/shorter necklaces.

Earring Display Holder – etsy

I love these handmade earring racks that are available in several colors on etsy! They would be perfect if you sell your earrings on cards as shown. It’s always a good idea to have a few displays that are vertical instead of everything being low to the table.

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*Gilt Jewelry Stand – Wisteria

This one is beautiful and simple, and available in three different sizes. The minimalist gold look fits right in with the displays I already use and won’t interfere with delicate pieces of jewelry.

Standing Earring Display Tutorial – TheOther128Hours

This tutorial for a standing earring display is perfect because you can customize the size of it and the number of hooks – I think setting up a couple of small ones around the booth would be great. Plus, it looks like it would hold up well on a windy day – one of my main requirements!


*Brass & Marble Jewelry Holder – CB2

This simple and sleek necklace stand from cb2 would look really nice paired with the other gold-tone one above. It’s subtle enough to go with almost any display style and looks small enough to fit just about anywhere.

This set of three necklace/bracelet stands from Amazon are a really good value and a great way to squeeze in extra inventory without taking up a lot of space. They are on my wish list, and I will probably break down and buy them very soon!

Best Black Bean BBQ Veggie Burgers!

The other day I wanted to make veggie burgers from scratch. I have made them before, but never found a recipe I really love.

After browsing through about 10 different recipes on Pinterest, I realized I didn’t have all of the ingredients for any of them.

I decided to wing it and I’m glad I did! The recipe below is not an exact science, and I’m sure it would be easy to substitute ingredients as long as the ratio of wet to dry is kept the same.

These ended up being the best Black Bean burgers, topped with BBQ sauce and avocado slices!


1 can black beans (15 oz.), rinsed and drained

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 c. cooked quinoa

1 c. baked sweet potato

1/2 c. ground oats (dry)

1 egg

1/4 c. breadcrumbs

2-3 tbs. salsa

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


In a large bowl, mash black beans with a fork until just a few beans remain whole.

Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing as you go, until everything is well combined.

Divide into six equal portions and form into a round patties.

To cook, heat a frying pan on medium/low heat with a little but of olive oil. Add patty/patties and cook 4-5 minutes on each side until hot throughout.

Add BBQ sauce to the patty while the second side is cooking and serve on a toasted bun with sliced avocado.