Painting sunflowers with One Stroke

sunflower on orange background

The glorious sunflower, beautiful to look at and so easy to paint! One Stroke Painting allows you to blend, shade and highlight all at the same time, making it not only easy but the fastest way to paint. With just a few minutes of practice, anyone will be able to create a simple sunflower painting following my step by step … Continue reading

Painting hydrangeas with One Stroke

pink hydrangea painting before glitter

Hydrangeas are easy flowers to paint using the One Stroke Painting technique. The strokes are so simple that any beginner can master them in a very short time. I’ll show you in this step by step tutorial how I made this easy hydrangea flower painting so that you can make one for yourself. I’ll also show you how to embellish … Continue reading

Three paper star patterns for party decorations

paper stars

Here are three easy folded paper stars you can make to decorate for holidays and special occasions: a five-pointed star, an eight-pointed star, and a double-sided eight-pointed star. You’ll get completely different looks suitable for every occasion just by changing the colors or patterns. For patriotic holidays like July 4th and Memorial Day, use red, white and blue. For Christmas … Continue reading

Simple glass painting ideas for recycled jars

simple glass painting ideas

Want to save your empty glass jars from the recycling bin? You can upcycle them into decorative containers by painting them with simple designs. This tutorial shows easy techniques anybody can do using sponges, glass enamel paint and some office supplies. Painting on glass and other nonporous surfaces is not difficult. Although it seems a bit intimidating, all you need … Continue reading

Folk art sheep sculpture made from clay

mini sheep sculpture

  Meet Sheena the sheep, an adorable 3″ tall folk art sheep sculpture made from paperclay. I’ve always loved sheep. They have the most delightful faces and magnificent shaggy wool! Over the years I’ve made many sheep cloth dolls. But I wanted a little sculpture to go with my miniature spring and Valentine trees, so Sheena the sheep was born. … Continue reading

Sewing tutorial: fabric cuff bracelets

animal print fabric cuff bracelet

This tutorial shows how fast and easy it is to make cuff bracelets out of fabric. This is a great way to use fabric scraps from your stash. You can even use an old pair of jeans or a favorite shirt that’s seen better days, anything you want. You’ll also learn three different closure methods for cuff bracelets. Cuff bracelets … Continue reading

Sewing tutorial: angel kitty pin

angel kitty pin

Here’s a step by step tutorial for making a super cute angel kitty pin. All you need are a few fabric scraps, buttons and beads. So gather up those little odds and ends you saved from other projects, the crazier the better. This is a great project for anyone who loves cats or cat jewelry. You’ll also learn some other … Continue reading

Dogs losing fur

Photo credit: Lilly Full Haircut by BrownPolyester, on Flickr

Why is my dog losing fur? There are many reasons why a dog might be losing its fur. In general, a healthy dog is a hairy dog. So if your dog’s hair starts looking thinner, that’s a sign something’s wrong. Learn six common reasons for dogs losing their fur, the symptoms for each and what you can do about them. … Continue reading