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Turkey Time – A Cute Thanksgiving Craft

If you have kids, they are gonna love the Apple Turkey Character or the Pilgrim Turkey Character. Just a little acrylic paint and some Woodsies wood shapes make these little guys quick & easy (and inexpensive) to make. They will look darling on your Thanksgiving table – and add a place card with a push pin if you want!

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft, Easy & Fun!

And here is a matching Pilgrim Apple Character!

Quick & Easy Apple Pilgrim


November 17, 2010   No Comments

Halloween Craft Projects

I painted these with DecoArt Americana Acrylics, my favorite acrylic paint. In fact, it’s the only acrylic paint I use. I simply love the smooth creamy texture, and well, when you are as busy as I am, finding a paint that covers without needing more than one or two coats is a real timesaver.

Halloween Slate:

This is a fun, quick project to paint. Make this Halloween Friends Slate and write a saying to greet everyone to your home!

You can also personalize it with your name if you wish. Add a jute hanger to hang it on your door, or a sawtooth hanger to hang on your wall.

Halloween Photo Frame:

It wouldn’t be Autumn without a trip to the Pumpkin Patch to select pumpkins! Paint this frame to show off your little cuties picking out their Halloween pumpkins. The sweeties in this photo are my grand nieces, aren’t they cute?

Witch Candy Dish:

Here’s a Witch Candy Dish made with Clay Pots. Spread candy in the saucer for your favorite Trick or Treaters. Can’t you just see this as a table centerpiece?

Enjoy, and Happy Autumn!

September 28, 2010   No Comments

NEW! My Projects for Baby’s Nursery

Check out my newest projects!

I’ve been busy creating a vignette of Baby Nursery projects.  The nursery grouping includes a Duck Gift Pot made from a clay pot, a painted peg hanger, wall canvas, monogram letter name, duck theme photo frame and a painted duck onsie. I wanted to do something bright and cheery, so I chose a cute little duck theme and painted it in yellow, turquoise and light sage green. But remember, you can change the colors eaily to another combination….dark pink, light pink and yellow, sage green, lvory and yellow, or beige, blue and yellow….the combinations are endless!







September 22, 2010   No Comments

Get an Early Start on Christmas Ornaments

aka: Fun with the Kids!

My good friend, Angel Hartline, creates fabulous digital scrapbook kits, so be sure to visit her site to check out her blog and etsy store. AngelHartLine.com (http://www NULL.angelhartline NULL.com)

Until I get the chance to write instructions and do a couple of tutorials on some projects tucked away in the “to complete” box, I’m going to post some projects from my CHA Supershow Workshop for you. These Woodsie® ornaments are so quick and easy to make, and so much fun, I’m sure you’ll want to let the kids help. I can’t wait for the day when my grandchildren are old enough to make fun projects with me!


This coming week, in addition to working on projects, it’s time to straighten out the design room, which at this point is, unfortunately, my entire house. It’s getting hard to move around with boxes of supplies and crafts tucked literally everywhere! I’d post a picture, but the housekeeping police would surely arrest me and throw away the key.

I guess my consolation is that housework in Texas in August a good thing…it’s just too hot to be outside for long. Painting up these Christmas ornaments reminded me that it will be nice fall weather soon, then before you know it, holiday time will be here.

Please don’t forget about our weekly prize contest! I need some more folks to enter, please, please! Just open the “Contests” tag for more information. And, please be sure to share the crafty goodness and tell all your friends about the contest – I’d appreciate it.

Till next time…happy crafting from Just Crafty Me!

Jean Kievlan

August 14, 2010   3 Comments

Let’s Get Crafty and Paint Halloween Decorations

We’re off and running with some fun designs for you, starting with decorating your home for Halloween. I just attended one of my major trade shows of the year, CHA Summer in Chicago (Craft and Hobby Assn.). Lots of cool stuff there, but one thing that stood out were all the scrapbook paper designs for Halloween! Hope some of these great designs make it to your local scrapbook store…..and mine!

Did you know, that next to Christmas, Halloween is the most “decorated” holiday? Which means, of course, you’ll want to join in the fun and create something special. I painted these colorful Ghost Houses using unfinished wood houses.

When working with imported wood (yes, that means from China), it’s important to prepare your surface for painting by sealing it with a water based sealer, then sanding when dry to smooth the surface. This will allow paint to cover the surface, without any burrs, flaws or incomplete coverage. A little prep time up front leads to a quality finish!

You can use your painted Ghost House anywhere in your home, but it makes an especially nice table centerpiece. Put it on a dinner plate, then sprinkle candy corn around it…yummy! These houses make a fun family project too. The little ghost comes with the house, so these are sure to be a hit with your kids.


July 29, 2010   No Comments