April Hoop Hop!!!


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You think you've jumped through hoops to win prizes before??! 
We'll you haven't seen nothing like this….
We're literally asking you to jump through hoops to win this prize!! Using Mr. Linky below, post your link to a photo of you jumping through a hoop. This is the only way to enter to win this super awesome grand prize:
Twenty Pages In One Day Kit + 
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($300 value) from Hydrangea Hippo
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Project 12×12 Kit
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($300 value) from Hydrangea Hippo
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Now for the craftin'. Today I am sharing the most fabulous of toot-torials with you. If you're like me, you spend alot of time in the bathroom. It's the best quiet time ever–no one comes to bother you, the kids and the hubby stay away. No phone ringing, no noisy TV. Most people take advanatge of this precious “me” time by reading a magazine or book. Well, I'm telling you, don't squander your time away on a magazine. Some premium craft time can be had in the tranquility of your powder room!! There's all kinds of great paper products at your disposal, right there in the bathroom, plus, they're super affordable.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
  • TV tray
  • 3M self adhesive wall hooks to hold scissors and various tools
  • Shelf for adhesive
  • A reason to visit the powder room.

And you're ready to start crafting.

This first project is so fun and affordable I can't stand it! You'll need a roll of toilet paper, some yarn or string, and button to create this fabulous toilet paper flower!! As a bonus, if you have a runny nose, you can take it apart to use it and make a fresh one on your next bathroom visit.
And let's talk price–one toilet paper roll will yield 842 of these flowers (I know because I tested it one day). A 4 pack of toilet paper is about $2!!! Where else can you get 2500 flowers for $2?! I am so gonna sell these on etsy because I could make a mint, even if I sold them for a penny. Watch out Prima!

I have tile floors in my bathroom and they get really cold during nighttime visits. No problem. You can make yourself fashionable slippers from handy supplies already in your bathroom. How amazing is that?! Talk about intelligent design. Way to go on inventing the maxi pad, Johnson & Johnson. Here's another maxi tip–scatter them around your car and in your purse. They are great anti-theft devices. Whose gonna wanna cross the maxi pad minefield to steal your stereo or wallet? Ahhh, such a versatile invention, that good, reliable maxi is.

Here's some great videos about making maxi pad slippers. Even though I did not make these videos myself, I am a master at using Google and found this on my search. I got the magic touch you know – I can type “videos of maxi pad slippers” better than anyone else I know. You're not REALLY an expert craft blogger unless you post links to projects other people created instead of creating them yourself. So here they are, other people's work that I am posting as content on my own blog:


Okay, really, I had to make some because I really did get cold while crafting in the bathroom so here they are:


My next two projects are really fun and green too. After you've made your 842 toilet paper flowers, you'll have a toilet paper tube leftover. In fact, someone might have left you a gift of an empty roll in the holder–sweet!! Now you'll have TWO tubes to craft with. Now I've heard people say you can make “candy poppers” with these, filling them with candy. Um no. I'll craft in the crapper but food near there is a no-go in this household. Here are a couple ideas you CAN do (officially endorsed by hydrangeahippo) in the bathroom:
Toilet Paper Mini Book
Yeah, that chipboard the tube is made from is perfect for your next mini mini book. You can even bind it with the Bind It All! 
Flatten the tubes, about 3-4 tubes. Paint them or cover them with paper.
Bind the tubes together. I used my Bind It All but you can sew them together or punch holes and use binder rings to bind them. Decorate and add inserts in the pockets made by the tubes. I like to pre-treat my tubes with Lysol for my friends who are germophobes.
Toilet Paper Tube Hair Flower
This project is great if you are at a party or dinner and need something to spiff up your look in a jiffy. You'll need a toilet paper tube, scissors, 2 glue dots (you probably have one on the bottom of your shoe if you craft alot), and a button (try the inside of your shirt for the spare button). A hair clip or bobby pin is an added bonus!
Flatten the tube. Cut it into strips so you have rings that have points on either end. These will be the petals. Cut a circle from a magazine or one of those subscription cards in the magazine (I hate those things). You can use the tube as a circle template, before you cut it of course. Put the glue dot on the center of the circle. Press the ends of the petals into the glue dot to make a flower. Put the glue dot on the back of the button. Press the bottom on top of the center of the flower to help hold it all together. Slip onto a bobby pin or hair clip and re-enter the party in style!
That's all for now! Hope you'll come back for another toot-torial soon!
Happy Hopping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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