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Learn how to crochet a Lucky Pouch Bag (free tutorial)

I wanted to make a free tutorial on YouTube demonstrating how to crochet my Lucky Pouch Bag  Crochet design.
I am happy to announce that day has finally come. You can check out my YouTube tutorial below.

The craft thread is found in a variety of colors.  I think you will find the Pouch Bag is quick and easy to crochet; which means You can make quick gifts just in time for the holidays.

They are small; average size is 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

Try alternating red, and white for the Christmas spirit. Fill them up with coins, candy, rocks, lip balm, or anything that will fit, and tie them to the outside of the box.

Make them up as a tree ornament filled with Potpourri, or fill it with mistletoe.

I have also found the pouch bag, good used as a sachet. Simply fill them with lavender or any herb scent or cedar chips, and hang them in the closet or tuck away in a shoe.

There are many uses, if you let your imagination run free.

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How To Help Your Kids; Spark Their Imagination With Rock Painting


When I was a little girl, my grandmother would come up with really fun ways to entertain me. She’d drive us to the rock quarry where we’d pick out rocks to bring home, glue together, and paint.

The intention was to pick out rocks of different shapes and size to form specific animals when glued together.

For instance flat round, (big or small) type rocks worked well for the head.   An elongated shaped rock, worked well for the body, and the legs could be made from medium-sized round pebble type rocks, (we might use several, depending on what we were trying to create).

What a blast we would have together, we’d spend hours making turtles, dogs, cats, mice, or whatever we could imagine from the rocks.

It wasn’t just the act of picking rocks, and making something from them that was so much fun. It was more about making memories, and spending time with my grandmother.  We bonded as we created these little creatures with our imaginations.

Who would have thought a few rocks, acrylic paint, glue, and our mutual love of art, could turn into a lifetime of artistic adventure I’d never forget!

More importantly I learned how to entertain myself through art; how to captivate and use my God-given imagination.

Our times spent together created memories that I have long cherished after she passed.

I’d always remember the time my grandmother gave me, and what value it had.  If ever I wanted to connect with her, it would be through memory, of our time spent.  It was a spark of imagination that became my “go-to” when I needed time to de-stress.

As an adult, my imagination took  art to a whole new level.

I love abstract art and have found it easier for me to paint from my imagination when there is something there to work with.    I have found the more odd-shaped the rock, the easier it is for me to come up with images from the rocks natural inclusions.

What I discover sometimes even rocks have stories to tell.  It’s amazing at what came from these rocks as I painted.

Rocks became keep sake and memorandums. Each place I’d visit, I would pick up a rock or two or three. I seem drawn to heart-shaped rocks or abstract odd shapes.  I’d use rocks to remind me of a special place, moment, or time, or just because I found it beautiful. I usually pick them up from many places such as the ocean, lake, or find one as I’m walking on the street. It really doesn’t matter. If I’m inspired to pick it up, I will. What I do with it, will come later.

I decided they would make nice gifts.

They are far nicer than a greeting card. I began painting rocks with messages and glued a magnet to the back. People really enjoy this ingenious idea!   It not only sends the person a message of love it’s a reminder of the person who made it.

I created this video demonstrating some of the rock paintings I have completed.  My hope is that in doing so, it may inspire someone else to discover for themselves, what imagination can bring forth from the rocks, and what great abstract art they make.

It might actually be the one thing you could do with your own child or someone special that will help them learn to use their imagination, which in turn would give them something positive and creative to do with their time. These days kids can easily lose touch with these natural gifts we have been given.

Kids have wild imaginations. Are you are a teacher?  It’s a super fun class project to do with your students. I guarantee you will become their favorite teacher, and one they won’t forget!

For me creating art is twofold. Not only do I love to paint, and create. I love to inspire others to see what a little imagination, paint brush, and acrylic paint, can do.

Besides having fun– painting works wonders to reduce stress. Turn on your favorite music; get out the rocks, and get to painting. See what comes up and out.  Get ready to be amazed!





How to Quickly Tie Dye with Acrylic Paint

This video tutorial demonstration explains the quick and easy version, of my two part video series on How to Tie Dye using Acrylic Paint.

What you will learn, is how to quickly add a Tie Dyed look, to a shirt with print. Also “How to Hide Permanent Stains” by utilizing this method.


How to Tie Dye using Acrylic Paint

I absolutely love coming up with ideas for accomplishing what hasn’t been done yet. Over the past several weeks I’ve really been into tie dye. It all started out with the idea to turn a boring t-shirt into a work of true art by applying color to it.

At first I began using sharpie pen science, and this worked great until I washed the garment. What I found was that the colors quickly faded, after one wash. Needless to say, I knew this method wasn’t going to work. I want my t-shirts to look fresh, and colorful.

The traditional ways of tie dye is to use rit color dye, which I didn’t have nor did I want to buy. My mind began to shuffle through my personal library of craft products. I had lots of acrylic paint.

Using google search engine, I typed in the phrase “tie dye using acrylic paint”. I found only a few articles or tutorials actually using acrylic paint for tie dye. The process involved diluting it with boiling water. I didn’t want to try this because I knew that acrylic paint had lots of other chemicals in it, which causes stiffness in fabric when dry. I didn’t feel this process would actually be helpful in removing those chemicals thus removing stiffness associated with dried acrylic paint once applied to fabric.

So… What did I do? I became a little impatient because, I would rather be experimenting about it, instead of reading. So that is what I did and decided to use the method of rubbing alcohol combining acrylic paints.    Picked out a few colors of paint, splattered them  to a tray, and began painting  the t-shirt.  Afterward, I poured alcohol over the painted material, slipped on rubber gloves to rub, twist, and remove the excess oils or whatever didn’t belong there and it worked! What was left was the absorption of color to my shirt.

As I went along using this method, other ideas began to formulate. Finally, I documented the ideas and made a couple of how to videos for using Acrylic Paint for Tie Dye. Click the links below to view.

Part 1

Part 2

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