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DIY Olaf Pet Rocks


Frozen is still HUGE!!!! Last month our Girl Scout troop put on a Frozen themed event for the younger troops in the area. Being that retro crafts are in, the girls developed an updated Pet Rocks project – Pet Olafs! Our good friends at ilovetocreate generously sponsored this make n take with Tulip paints, which we totally love!!



Aren’t those guys fun??? Yeah, some girls went “off script” but they had a great time creating and getting painty.



Here’s the supplies you need to make these:

Here’s how we made them:

1. Paint the rock any color, as desired, using the Tulip Soft paints and brushes. Olaf is white but you can paint him any color you want. These Tulip Soft Fabric Paints dry quickly and have a wonderful soft, smooth texture that makes them easy for kids to paint with.

2. Using hot glue, add googly eyes to the Olaf.

3. If you want your Pet Olaf to have hair, bend a chenille stem into a hair shape and hot glue to the top. 

4. To make a carrot nose, coil a chenille stem into a spiral shape and then glue to the rock. Or use a pom pom, again securing with hot glue.

5. Bend brown chenille stems into arms and glue them to Olaf.

Now you’re ready to party with your Pet Rock!! Make sure you don’t overfeed it and that you don’t out it in the sun (Olaf likes the summer but he doesn’t know that he’ll melt so you gotta watch out for his safety).

A big thank you from our troop to for sponsoring this project!!


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And could you please please pretty please leave them a little note to let them know how cool it is that they are supporting girls in leadership positions??! I’d love that!! Just click here to tweet or go to their Facebook Page and leave a comment. Thanks!

Tweet: Thank you @ilovetocreate for supporting and empowering girls, like Troop 317! The Pet Olafs they made were super cute! #frozen #thankyou

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How to Color Paper Mache Fast


Christmas is coming!!!! I know, I know….it’s “too early”. But you and I both have seen the aisles of every craft store brimming with holiday goodness for us to buy. A recent trend I’ve seen cropping back up is paper mache everything — trees and stars and ornaments and advent calendars….. oh my! In the interest of time and sanity, who wants to decoupage and paint and meticulously deal with covering up all that brown? Not I. And, since friends don’t let friends make craft mistakes, well, I made the world’s shortest craft video for you. Here’s how to color paper mache, fast!

All you need is a Color Catcher (or a box) to catch the overspray, a bottle of spray ink, and a paper mache item.

How do you color paper mache projects??

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Online Craft Classes Now on Etsy

If you’ve registered for any of my classes at My Creative Classroom, you’ve probably received an email that the site is closing. I’ve been working on building a classroom onto my website here for a few months and I plan to get that open very very soon. But in the meantime, I needed a way to offer the class content from these online craft classes to everyone who took the classes. 

Organized Crafter - Collage

Enter etsy… Woot Woot!! I’ve put all of my past MCC classes onto DVDs on etsy. Anyone can purchase the DVDs and they essentially give you lifetime access to all the videos, pdfs, and project photos from each class. Some of these classes have had hundreds of people attend them online and benefit from them immensely! The Organized Crafter is one of my favorites because it has helped so many people identify how they create, come to terms with shopping and hoarding issues, and get their space back to the way it should – a supportive place to create. Because these classes span my entire 5+ year tenure at MCC, some of them are admittedly “old”. My photos have improved, my videos improved since I made some of these classes … in Social Marketing for Crafters for example, some details have changed since I created the class. But the bulk of the info is still wonderfully useful! And because of this, I am offering a discount on all of the DVDs. You see, to make it fair to everyone who did take the classes, I can’t offer them out the gate at a discount to eveyone. But for a limited time, I am offering a DISCOUNT coupon on any of the DVDs!! This means some of them are less than $10 each!!!

Purchase any DVD (or combination of DVDs) for $15 or more and receive $5 off your order with this coupon: ONLINECLASS5

Purchase any DVD (or combination of DVDs) for $50 or more and receive $20 off your order with this coupon: ONLINECLASS20

These codes expire on August 31, 2014 so use them quick!!! These coupons only good for DVD purchases and will not be honored for other items in the shop. 

Check out all the class DVDS available for purchase here: Past Classes on DVD


Here are all of the past classes, offered as DVDs:

The Organized Crafter:

Social Marketing for Crafters:

The Painted Page:

A Crafter’s Approach to ICE Resin

A Very Faux Christmas:

Silhouette Glass Etching:

Silhouette Off the Page:

Silhouette Printables:

Silhouette Cameo Basics:

Silhouette 101:

Silhouette 102:

Prima Pretties:

Nifty Gifty:

Flea Market Finds

Fast and Frugal Scrappin’

Dictionary Couture:

Crafting A Handmade Business on Etsy

Bind it all Masterz – Beyond the Book:

All About Flowers:

I wasn’t able to make complete versions of some classes that were taught by a group of instructors since I don’thave rights to their content so I am not offering those classes as DVDs butI will offer the lessons in some form, probably a download. That would included classes like Wrap It Up, Mini Albums, and All About Halloween. Please sign up on my email list to get notifications of when those classes will be ready – the sign up form is in the sidebar here on my blog.

 Thanks for stopping by today! Please let me know in the comments or via email if you have any questions about the classes or DVDs. IF you took my class at MCC and did not receive an email from me about the specific DVD for your class, please email me privately. I hope this solution works well for everyone involved!!



Healthy After School Snacks The Kids Will Devour – with California Raisins

Every which way we turn in the store, there is some kind of packaged this or that full of sugar that is vying for my kids’ attention so that they will beg and plead for me to buy it. Where are all the healthy after school snacks? Shopping as a “paleo” family has been a real challenge in this day of sugar laden crud that we’re encouraged to buy with coupons and in the interest of convenience. With back to school here, this challenge is even more so top of my mind as I am really struggling with filling second grader Matthew’s lunch and after school snack with healthy items that he will actually eat.  I love California Raisins and wish that Matt would eat them in the box but he just won’t. He’s a weird little dude. We figured out that he LOVES to eat yummy raisins if they are included in a trail mix, which is a great California Raisin snack. But geez, trail mix every day?! The kid is gonna tell horror stories about his childhood…

The trail mix is great (I’ll share the recipe below) but we needed something else for him to snack on as well. With all the other kids around him eating packaged sweets, the boy needed something, anything, to help his sweet tooth. A couple Christmases ago, Katie received a mini donut making machine as a gift from “Santa Claus”. That might have been more than a couple years since high schoolers don’t get visits from Santa Claus … LOL Anyways, we have this donut maker and being “paleo”, well, we don’t eat donuts anymore. We did a little research and found a cinnamon raisin bagel recipe online. All it needed was a little paleo juicing up!! Rather than fire up the oven on these still hot August nights, we decided to use the donut machine to make California Raisin Donut Bagels, or “California Raisin Donagels”. 

California Raisin Cinnamon Donut Bagels Donagels by Jennifer Priest TITLE

I made sure to purchase “California Raisins” in the box at my local grocery store. This variety of raisins are easy to find in stores as they are marked as “California Raisins” right on the package. And check this out –  California Raisins are the most economical dried fruit (according to the USDA) and have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added sugar!!  Raisins are naturally sweet so there was no need to add sugar for sweetness AND this makes this dish even more paleo friendly. California Raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit you can feel good about sending with your kids as they head back to school or offering as part of an after-school snack. The ingredient list on the box says it all: Raisins. How often do you see that these days?? Plus, raisins offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving). I bought both golden raisins and the classic raisins to give this recipe a little more interest and we set about converting the recipe to be “paleo-friendly”. 

How to Make Donagels Collage


California Raisin Donagels
Raisins are naturally sweet so there was no need to add sugar for sweetness AND this makes this dish even more paleo friendly!
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1529 calories
101 g
558 g
118 g
37 g
55 g
496 g
1502 g
45 g
0 g
56 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1529
Calories from Fat 1002
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 118g
Saturated Fat 55g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 34g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 558mg
Sodium 1502mg
Total Carbohydrates 101g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Sugars 45g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
  2. 1.5 Tbsp Golden Flax Meal
  3. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  4. 2 tsp Cinnamon or 1 tsp Nutmeg
  5. 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (unsweetened)
  6. 3 Organic Eggs
  7. 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  8. 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  9. 1 Tbsp Agave or Organic Honey
  10. 1/4 Cup Golden California Raisins
  11. 1/4 Cup California Raisins (purple)
  12. 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the Oven the 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Combine all of the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing well.
  5. Add raisins and nuts (optional)
  6. Heat donut maker and grease lightly with Coconut Oil to prevent sticking. Spoon mixture into the sections of the donut maker and cook for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove the "donagels" from the donut maker and allow to cool.
  1. You can add powdered sugar to top the donagels but they're already really sweet from the raisins.
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Now, go dust off that ole donut maker and create some healthy snacks for the kids with California Raisins! For more paleo snacks and recipes, check out my other blog, Paleo Priests.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Guest Designer: Origami Wallet Fold Album and Book Pendant with ANCHOR Kit

We’re so excited to share Guest Designer Trisha Neals’ projects created with our September 2014 kit, ANCHOR. You can sign up to receive ANCHOR on our subscritpions page — this kit ships Setpember 1st!

Anchor Sept 2014 KIT CLUB Collage

The Hydrangea Hippo September Kit, ANCHOR, is so full of summer fun, I literally squealed as I pulled all the beach themed papers,  luscious trims, and beautiful baubles from the box.

 Trisha Neal Mini BookCollage 

My first project with this kit is an origami wallet album, inspired by my daughter’s Florida adventure.  One sheet of 12 x 12 forms the four inside pockets, while a smaller piece of patterned paper is simply bound to the folded signature for a cover. This leaves a perfect opportunity to add some of the kit’s gorgeous beads and bits to the outside spine of the album.  I love small books and albums, and the more tactile, the better, so each pocket holds at least one pull tag with a photo on one side and plenty of room to journal on the other.  A great thing about this book format is that there are side pockets, as well–I left these empty for the girl child to fill with other ephemera from her trip.

Trisha Neal Pendant Book Collage

 Also included in ANCHOR are plenty of jump rings, and a sheet of  small  cardstock stickers that coordinate with the paper.  Add those two things together, and I’m making a book pendant every time!  This tiny book is almost 1 3/4 inches by 2 inches, with five hand stitched signatures, and a cover constructed from a double thickness of the patterned paper.  The cheerful daisy keychain and jump rings of beads and ribbons are attached to an eyelet from my stash placed at the top of the book’s spine, and the pages are embellished with the cardstock stickers (PERFECT size!!!) and tiny trimmings of the coordinating papers.

 A big THANK YOU to Jennifer for the opportunity to dive into this delightful kit and preserve some summer memories!




Watercolor Curtains – An Alternative Way to Tie Dye


We’ve been updating our family room with a modern, but warm feeling décor style. One of the biggest challenges has been finding curtains for the back wall of windows and doors. I needed a practical, colorful, easy to clean solution as these curtains cover access to the back door, a high traffic area in our home. In addition, the ceilings are high so the curtains needed to be 103” long at a minimum. Time to break out the sewing machine! After months of shopping for fabric and coming up empty, I decided to make my own custom fabric using iLoveToCreate’s Tulip® One-Step Tie Dye Kits. I love the look of watercolor washes, the ways the colors blend together and the way that you can use a lot of different colors to create a unified look. This watercolor curtains techique was just the ticket!

Here’s What You Need:

  • Tulip® One-Step Tie Dye™ in desired colors
  • Tulip® One-Step Spray Dye Kit™
  • Fabric or Curtain Panels
  • Water
  • Tarp or Plastic Sheeting
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Plastic Gloves

And here’s what to do:

Prep: I purchased 40 yards of wide cotton fabric and washed it to prep it. Then I cut it into 110” long panels, hemming both ends of the fabric. You can use purchased or handmade curtain panels for this project but you must wash them before dyeing.

Step 1: Soak the panels in water. A large plastic bin might be the easiest way to do this all at once. It is important that the panels are very wet. You can also use a hose with a sprayer to wet the panels.


Step 2: Lay plastic or a tarp on your work surface. This should be something non-porous that you can roll the panels into after you’ve dyed them.


Step 3: Lay one panel on the work surface. Squeeze the Tulip® One-Step Tie Dye™ bottles to “puff” out some of the powdered dye onto the wet fabric as desired. Do not add water to the Tulip One Step Tie Dye bottles.  Add as much of each color as desired. Use the Tulip® One-Step Spray Dye Kit™ to cover larger areas with dye. The powdered dye will give a splattered effect while the spray dye will spread color over large areas.


Step 4: Stack a second panel and then a third panel on top of the first panel. The dye will soak through from one panel to the other. Add more water if needed.


Step 5: Repeat the dyeing process on each panel.

Step 6: Roll the panels in the plastic or tarp and place inside of a plastic tub or large plastic bag. Allow to set for 6-8 hours.

Step 7: Unroll the panels and rinse the excess dye from the panels. This is messy so it’s a good idea to do this outside if you have a lot of panels to rinse.

Step 8: Wash and dry the panels in the washing machine. Hang on your curtain rods and enjoy!


These watercolor curtains add just the right punch of color to my space in a unique and artsy way. Fingerprints don’t show up on them and they are easy to care for and wash. And added bonus was discovered the morning after I installed them – the sunrise shines through the curtains and bathes the room in a warm, colorful light. It’s a wonderful way to start the day!

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Last Chance to Enter the Football, Fall, and Back to School Giveaway!

Last chance to celebrate all that is Fall –  we are having a virtual pinning party on August 22-23rd! To join in, just click on the image below to go the Pinterest board and follow the instructions in the board’s header to join! Easy!

FootBall Fall Back to School Pin Party

Be sure to check out the Party Host’s great blogs and Fall ideas, then add your own to the Pinterest board. 

Here are the other blogs that are participating – be sure to check them all out!

The Flying C

The Prairie Paint Company

An Allie Event

A Healthy Life for Me

Denise Designed

Always Never Done   

Stow & Tell U

Me Plus 3…Today

Ella and Annie Magazine

Hydrangea Hippo

You can use this handy dandy widget below to enter — my fingers are crossed for you! 

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