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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Before & After: From “Bad Candle” to “Fab Candle”! A Fleur-de-lis Embellished Candle

The “before”: What Can Be Done With This?

Before & After:

From “Bad” to “Fab”!

A Fleur-de-lis Embellished Candle

Can this candle be “Saved From the Trash” or from a life as the designated “emergency” candle?

I bought the really great re-usable metal fleur-de-lis candle embellishment and it came with a less than specular green candle.

If you know me you know I both CAN’T bear to throw anything that might be used in the next 100 years away (look for me on the TV show Hoarders in about 10 years!) and that I am too thrifty to get rid of anything that can be used again (hence the shed full of stuff!).

So, my question to myself was “Could I salvage this candle AND do it within my budget (FREE!)?”.

The "after". Fab!

Well, I think I did a pretty good job of giving this candle a new life. It wasn’t without a couple of mishaps, but I think that it came out better for those “slips of the scissors” than the way I originally planned.

If you are using a “trash” candle and would like to paint it, by all means, learn from my experience and paint the candle BEFORE you decorate it.

This candle should be used for DECORATIVE PURPOSES ONLY because of the paint and paper adhering to the candle.


  • Gold or black pillar      candle
  • Black flocked scrapbook      paper
  • Gold-tone      patterned scrapbook paper
  • Black & gold      patterned ribbon – narrow and wide
  • Gold-tone &      black ornamental buttons (shank back)
  • Gold-tone      fleur-de-lis candle insert or push-pin
  • Straight pins

Also Needed

  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Silver metallic permanent marker
  • Gold metallic paint (optional)
  • Gold glitter paint (optional)

Photo Tutorial

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again.



WOW: What a LOT of CUTE Crafts & More! (Linky Party)

ImageI found some super cute cookies (U KNOW how I love cookies!), craft projects & desserts here at this SUPER AWESOME LINKY PARTY!



Vintage Look-A-Likes: Mini Hat Pins & Mother’s Day Give-A-Way!



Mini Hat Pins

I am so happy to say this was featured on Craft Gossip in the post More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!!!

These faux-vintage cuties inspired by real vintage hat pins are made using corsage pins or T pins and buttons or beads!  Pictured are a few I made to inspire you to make your very own set.

Vintage is all the rage now but I’ve long wanted my own set of old-fashioned hat pins.  I just haven’t yet scoured the antique shops to find them.  But with all the blogging and pinning on decorative straight pins my mind turned to making my own “look-a-likes” to grace my pin cushion.

You can use vintage (or vintage look) materials or “new-fangled” plastics to create your very own set of lovelies that are as unique as real hat pins.   Use beads and buttons and lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s stash to make a memory craft for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters or other family members.  Almost everyone has a place this small memory can be pinned – in a pin cushion, in the top of a photo frame, even in a hat (be careful not to get stuck!).

Like my tea-cup pin cushion?  A link for a similar project tutorial, a cookie cutter pincushion, is listed below.  Wouldn’t these make a nice Mother’s Day gift?


MOTHER’S DAY GIVE-A-WAY: It being Mother’s Day I am giving away a “kit” with materials to make a dozen pins (does NOT include glue): corsage pins, T-pins, lace, beads, and seed beads.  Simply follow, rate,  pin or share this post then comment below letting me know you have done so.  My random number generator (a.k.a. my granddaughter) will choose a number for me and that person will win the “kit”.  Give-a-way ends tonight (May 13, 2012) at 12:00 midnight CST.

Ok, NO – NOT EVEN ONE – comments on Mother’s Day.  SO I will leave the give-a-way open until the Sunday AFTER – May 20th!  Still time for u to enter!


  • Corsage pins, 2 inch
  • T-pins, 2 inch
  • Seed beads
  • Beads
  • Buttons, shank backed
  • Lace

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Paint to match lace & buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion


This is an “on-hand” project aimed at using up those bits & pieces you already have in your craft and sewing stash.  I had everything I needed already so the cost of all my mini hat pins was $0!

  • T-pins & corsage pins: $1 and up.
  • Beads & buttons: $1 and up.
  • Lace: $1 and up.

Skill Level: 

Novice to Expert and All Crafters In-between!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble materials. Dig in your stash for any stray beads and buttons. This is a great project to use “onlies” and beads from broken jewelry, vintage or modern!

Photo 2: I only had a few corsage pins on-hand so I added a bow to the top of a T-pin to be able to use these. These also worked really great for the buttons I used as it gives you a place to securely glue the button so it doesn’t slide around. Paint the “t” of the T pin to match your lace or the back of the button in order to make it less visible (optional). .Insert a T pin into the middle of a 2 inch piece of lace.  Skip this step with the corsage pins.

Photo 3: Tie a knot in the lace.

Photo 4: Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the top of the pin with a toothpick and thread on beads or buttons. Push it securely against the top of the pin.  Wipe of excess glue and hold it for a few seconds for the glue to set. Add a dab of glue before adding each bead. I used three beads on most pins but if you have small beads you may want to try five. Since the E6000 is not going to set hard as a rock immediately you have plenty of time to change your mind about the bead arrangement. Stick your pins in a pin cushion to allow them time to dry.   It will take about 12 hours for the glue to set permanently. And that’s it – your very own imitation hat pins are ready for display and gifting!


Photo 5: Once your Faux-Vintage Hat Pins are dry they are ready to package for gifting.


To gift your faux-vintage hat pins glue fabric to an index card. After the glue dries cut a piece of wide enough to hold three or more pins with pinking shears. Make a fold in the card and then insert the pins through it. So no one will get stuck, use E6000 glue to attach a large button to a round mini eraser, let dry overnight then stick it on the end of the pins.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.  Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts  a.k.a. melba

Sharing a Great Post: Stretching Before Crafting

I would have uploaded a photo of me stretching, but you just don’t WANT to see that!

Sharing a Great Post: Stretching Before Crafting

This blog is a nice reminder for all of us!   Just like with any exercise you need to stretch before you begin (and during) crafting!  The video comes from Deb Roby via Sister Diane — aka Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod fame.


I also do a stretch during computer work that works well for crafting too.  Squeeze your shoulders together like you are squeezing a lemon between them – hold the squeeze as long as you can or at least to the count of 30 – then release.  Great reliever of tension.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 24: Simple Stencils

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore!

Post # 24:  Simple Stencils

 Sure, you can buy stencils, but why when you can use cookie cutters and some plastic binder dividers you already have on hand?  A simple stencil can easily be made with these items and a craft knife. 

 In a pinch you can use the cookie cutter itself as a stencil.  Use your cutters with stencil paint, give them to your children to trace & color shapes, or use them to create a unique cake topper and more.

  •  Make really large letters for project signs!
  • Make your own custom phrase!
  • Make custom party decorations!
  • Make your own coloring pages!
  • Much more!


  • Plastic dividers: on-hand or $1.  Making these stencils cheap enough to make and use once!


  • Thin clear plastic

 Also needed

  • Craft knife
  • Cookie cutter
  • Permanent marker


Photo 1: Place the plastic film on a self-heal map or a thick piece of cardboard. Place the cookie cutter on top of the plastic film.

Photo 2: Trace the cutter with the marker while holding it firmly down. Don't worry if you miss up (I did!). If you need a larger or smaller stencil than the cutter you have just trace the design onto plain paper and then enlarge or shrink it with your printer.

Photo 3: Freehand any details, etc.

Photo 3: Freehand any details, etc.

Photo 4: Use the craft knife to cut around the trace line. And presto! Your very own cookie cutter stencil is ready!

Photo 4: Use the craft knife to cut around the trace line. And presto! Your very own cookie cutter stencil is ready!


  1.  Keep a look-out for thin plastic binder dividers and stock up. I got my latest ones at Dollar General for 50 cents a set on sale – that’s a LOT of stencils!   When using your plastic stencil, spray Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Easy-Tack) on the back and then stick it to the wall, tee shirt, etc.  Then you’re ready to stencil.  If you need to store your stencil cover the sticky side with cellophane food wrap.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Easter Garland

Easter Garland Right Side Upper

Easter Garland

Were has the time “flown”? It seems like yesterday was Valentine’s Day! I wanted to share with you my Easter Garland. I’ve done tutorials on some of these and will post the last few after Easter so you can get a jump start on next year!

Why am I craft blogging on Easter? because I am “home alone 2”. I stayed at home on Christmas because I had just had surgery. Now I have planter fasciitis (inflammation of the covering of the muscle on the BOTTOM of the foot) and each step is so painful (even with that drated boot!) that I didn’t go to Easter dinner either. So y’all eat some ham and coconut cake for me!

I hope everyone has had a Blessed Easter!

buggaalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Reblog: 106 Things To Put In Easter Eggs

Just in time for Easter, here are 106 things to put in Easter Eggs (mostly non-candy) courtesy of Feels Like Home!


Update On What I Won!

Update On What I Won!

The sender of the package I won recently replied to my desperate plea to find out who sent the package.  So now I can tell you who sent the great package!

Check out the updated post here:


Thank you so much Leanne of Because (I Think) I Can!


buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Check Out What I Won!

I Won This!  Yeah!

I got a package the other day that I won from a GIVE-A-WAY.  unfortunately the package was wet and I set it aside to dry.  AND OF COURSE IT GOT THROWN AWAY!!!  I (wrongly) THOUGHT that I’d be able to find easily the person who sent it by checking my comments!

So I posted a “Please help me find the SENDER so they can know that I greatly appreciate the DISTRESS INK and SHARPIE PAINT MARKERS!” plea.

And ta-da!  The sender commented!  Yeah, now I can let you know who it’s from!

This give-a-way comes courtesy of Leanne of Because (I Think) I Can fame.


Take a look at her blog.  She has LOTS of great stuff there and some FANTASTIC GIVE-A-WAYS like the one I won!  A quote on her “About” sums up her philosophy on crafting.  I absolutely LOVE it.  It is very similar to my own.

I come up with these new ideas all the time, insisting I do them, just because I think I can!

Be sure not to miss her “Fame on Friday” and find some great bloggers that may or may not be new to you!

Thank you again Leanna!

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Pay It Forward

Isn't it lovely? How did she ever know I am gaga over ladybugs? And Kasey gave her LOTS of spots too. You DO know the ledgend that if you find a ladybug in your house be sure to count the spots and that is how much luck you wil lhave that year.

Pay It Forward

We’ve all heard about “paying it forward” and know that this is a concept of doing nice things for other people to “pay back” the people who have done nice things for us, like lend us that $1 we need to have enough to pay for the week’s groceries or who gave us that 40% off coupon at the craft store.

Well, way back in February I ran across a post by Kacey Messier of “Middle of the Road” about a crafty version of paying it forward.  The premise behind this post is that you receive a handmade gift from a person who has in their turn received a gift from someone else.  You then post about the gift and select three people to send a handmade gift of your own to.

Well Kasey kept her end of the deal up and more or less promptly sent me a fantabalous gift after I indicated that I was interested in participating.  I however have been delinquent in posting about the gift and sending out my 3 gifts!

This is a short excerpt from her post and the link to the complete post.

Okay, so almost a year ago Lonna started this “Pay it Forward” project. She made gifts for three people. Each person she made a gift for had to make gifts for three more people and so on . . . I got my gift from Lonna, but I have not even gotten my three people to make gifts for yet.

Here is the link to her “Pay It Forward” post.   Stop in to see what she has to say about deadlines and to see her gift.   Do check out her blog, it’s full of “wonderful things”.


“Rules” For Participtation:

  1. Agree to take part in this project.
  2. Answer a few simple quesions about yourself:  What do you like/dislike.  What do you collect.  What are the colors of your kitchen, bath, etc.
  3. Once the gift is recieved re-blog or link this post on your blog and include a photo of the gift you recieved.
  4. Recruit three people to recieve a handmade gift from you.  The gifts must be crafted, parts can be purchased but the whole item cannot be.
  5. Mail or deliver the gifts within one month of recieving your gift.

Your Invite To Participate

I’d LOVE to send you a homemade “something” as a gift!

If you are interested in participating in this project please comment below. I will send a handmade gift to each of the first three people to respond.

If you are one of the first three please send me an e-mail to buggal1989@yahoo.com and give me some insight into your personal tastes so I can create something you’d like just for you!


buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

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