May 23

D.I.Y Creative Flip Flops


This is a great project for kids to help with or even complete on their own. Here is a quick and very inexpensive way to JAZZ up a pair of flip flops. I recently took Brazos shopping and bought a couple of summer outfits that also came with matching flip flops…so let’s create our own embellishments for them.

Material needed: Flip flops, ribbon, balloons, material cut into strips. You can easily make anyone of these flip flops under $5. We also purchased these inexpensive black pair at Walmart for around $2.50. Balloons were $1 a bag, used two bags. The ribbon and material I had in my crafting supplies.

Your basically just tying the balloons, ribbon or cut material onto the flip flop straps. The balloons I tied once, but on the ribbon and material I double knotted. Don’t the balloon ones look cute on?

Hoot! Hoot! Rebecca

Apr 25

Handstitched Travel Bag

Found this American Tourister travel bag at a thrift store for $5. It was one of those things that I didn’t pick up when I saw it but then obsessed about it the rest of the day. Yes I went back down there at 8 pm that evening  to get it and SO HAPPY that I did. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep it as is or add a little pizazz to it. Found the idea off one of my favorite blogs to read, A Beautiful Mess.

Basic supplies needed: A Bag,Yarn, and Tapestry Needles. (My thumb is a little sore, it was tough to push the needle through the material, but so worth the pain…Don’t you think?)

I’ll be carrying this daily. Yes I carry a bag full of journals, pens, markers, glue scissors. You just never know when you might have the opportunity to CREATE.

Happy Hoot-A-Loo, Rebecca

Feb 22

Fabulous Vintage Finds for Scrapbooking and Beyond

Went to my favorite antique store on Monday. Had to share my FABULOUS Vintage finds. I have a list of items that I’m always looking for and one was this old SCRABBLE GAME. I’ve wanted one for a while to use on crafting and scrapbooking projects. I knew if I waited long enough one would come around. Here are my finds:

 Old Metal buckets~ Upcoming craft idea

Vintage Seed Packets~ These packets still have seeds, but my plans are to make copies of them to use in scrapbooking projects and my new Garden Journal

Compound Word Flashcards and Lotto Game (I was completely thrilled to find this) The round wooden pieces alone are sold through the Tim Holtz Scrapbooking Line and I paid about the same for the entire game. Can’t wait to use these on a project.

Buttons~ Collecting these as I go along for an upcoming canvas project, My trial project for this bigger planned project is here.

Hoot-A-Loo! Rebecca


Feb 09

For the Love of Buttons

I LOVE Buttons! ALL buttons, vintage, new, white and colorful. I’m drawn to jars of buttons and have picked them up at garage sales,estate sales, and thrift store. Inspired by a post form Lil’Blue Boo, you can view it here. I wanted to make a mini version of a BIGGER project I plan to do. Using about 250 buttons and a 8″ x 6″ canvas. Here is what I created

I painted the canvas with Gesso , penciled a heart shape and colored the outside of the heart with acrylic paint. Glued the buttons down with an industrial strength adhesive.  After the glue dried I used a tooth brush to remove the strings that the glue created. Here is a close upDSCN6807 (608x640)

Makes a great addition to the monthly mantelDSCN6810 (640x480)

My daughter Brazos even enjoyed helping me pick out the buttons, putting them in her little hand and helping by handing them to me. I love that she is in to making and creating too.

Hoot! Hoot!, Rebecca

Jan 31

Creative Journaling

Find a window of opportunity to write, color, glue, paint, and allow your mind to be creative. Sometimes I just need an area to do this without taking on a BIG project.

Here are a couple of mini scrapbooks that I have created to do just that. Using some journaling ideas from a class I took over the summer called EXPLORE by Shimelle. So easy to create, using chipboard and album rings.

I find that 4×6 is a great size to add photos right in, add a photo of yourself.

Write a postcard to yourself, mail it and add to your journal

Write about everyday life

 Here is another journal that I haven’t added anyting to YET…

Using the SMASH albums to fill with hopeful dreams for my future.

Happy Creative Journaling!

Hoot-A-Loo, Rebecca


Jan 26

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie EVER!


I promise you this is the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe EVER! Super easy to follow for the oooiest gooiest cookies. I found this recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cookie Jar Cook Book. What is different from the recipes found on-line by Betty? There is no vanilla in these.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. sugar

3/4 c. packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 t. bakin soda

1/2 t. salt

1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

1 pkg. (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix butter, sugars and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until brown, 8-10 minutes. (Centers will be soft). Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet.

Serve warm with a glass of milk or a hot cup of tea. These also make great gifts for co-workers, teachers or neighbors.

Hoot! Hoot! Goodness!, Rebecca

Jan 25

Hello Mellow Yellow

Yellow has become my go to color lately. I’m finding myself drawn to it, I’m even wanting my kitchen yellow, okay maybe just one wall, would it go with my current color, hummm not so much…maybe. The kitchen is a fern/olive green color. So maybe I will go with splashes of yellow, starting with this vintage ice chest. Love this ice crest we found at Warrenton Trade Days last spring. They have come a long way in ice chests. We really did try to use it, but yeah insulation not so good. So lets decorate with it!

Hoot-A-Loo, Rebecca

Jan 24

D.I.Y. Creating One of a Kind Journal Covers

I’m a journaler. Is journaler really not a word?!? I’ve been writing in a journal for about 14 years. Over the past few years I began adding pictures, memorabilia, and ephemera. Yes, it’s become a scrapbook of sorts, I also write a lot. It’s therapeutic to write, express, get things on paper. I also use journals to make to do lists, projects I would like to complete, ideas, etc. So in the process of writing, documenting and making lists I wanted to make even the cover an expression of myself. Here is a few samples of this:

I actually made this journal for a co-worker that is expecting her first child. I expressed the idea of documenting everyday life with her new bundle of joy. She loved it. So I had to get her something to start with. I love to encourage people to document their story. Here is the original journal followed by the decorated cover. 

Used products by Bella Road and October Afternoon. Kept it Simple

Here is another plain notebook I purchased at the Doller Tree for $1. I was going to completely use Tim Holtz products, but I am so into these nature packets my K&Company I had to use pieces from it.

Final Cover I finished off with Stickles Glitter by Ranger. Gives it a little sparkle don’t you think?

Below is a process I used for this floral journal. Before starting, set the stage, create an area full of pieces of paper, material, things that you love and just begin to piece them together.

Sewing Vellum onto burlap

Working on finding the perfect or not-so-perfect addition for the cover


Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink to add color to shipping tag

Final Cover.  This dragonfly was actually a Christmas ornament I purchased years ago. Loved it, just not on the tree. So I finally found a home for it.

I encourage you to grap a notebook or journal…sit, write about your favorite things, cut pictures you like from magazines, add photos, tell your story. Have fun creating a one of a kind journal for yourself.

Hoot-A-Loo, Rebecca