A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

For my last blog post, I decided to throw out all ideas of a theme and simply post about a lot of ideas that have caught my eye lately. I would love to re-create all of these! Everyone has those random things that we are unnaturally drawn to. I, for instance, love the look of cupcakes and teapots. I am not by any means a “girlie-girl” but I love how some items can be so simple and yet so beautifully ornate. Now, how many times can you have cupcakes and teapots just sitting around as decoration in your house? Not very often. In this post, learn how to incorporate and re-purpose many pieces into something completely new that will leave you proud, and your guests envious.

Make a Teapot Lamp


How Alice in Wonderland is this? Granted the movie is a little weird, but what better way is there to incorporate that wonderful whimsical feel into your home. This way, rather than having unused teapots sit around taking us space or being tucked away in your kitchen cabinets, make them into something that is useful and always enjoyable! The process is a little long and complicated, but depending on the types of dishes that you get to go with your teapot pieces, there are a number of ways to stack your lamp together. To see all of the directions with pictures, go to http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2010/10/crafting-with-starswinning-tutorial.html.

Make a Tray Table out of a Frame


I love how this tray has a cozy, country feel to it. If you have one of those huge foot stools in your living room instead of a table, you might appreciate how beneficial this tray could be! And if you have trouble keeping a table organized, this also might be just the thing your need. Not only does this look very easy to make, it also looks great in a living room. To see the step by step instructions, go to http://lemontreecreations.blogspot.com/2010/04/frame-tray.html.

Use an Old Window as a Picture Frame


If you don’t already have one of these antique windows, they can be found almost anywhere. If you can’t find an old one, new ones will do just as well, and with some sandpaper, you can distress the window until it looks vintage. I think that look is important in accomplishing this look. This window will be perfect for displaying a good amount of photos but not taking up and entire wall. The plus? You can hang it vertically or horizontally!

Personalize a Plate


This plate was originally covered in a pattern, but was spray-painted and then personalized with modge podge and a napkin decoration! This is amazing to me, and of course I was drawn to it because I never see anything with H’s on them. I love the intricate decoration. These would be great gifts after a party. You could make everyone there own plate to use. You can’t even tell that this plate was once completely different. To see more on how this plate was made, you can go to http://www.320sycamoreblog.com/2009/04/monogram-plate.html.

Make a Mason Jar Oil Lamp


If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor or event lighting or event, look no further. If you want a romantic vibe, that is. You’ll need to a mason jar with a lid, lamp oil, and a cotton wick. After letting it sit for a little while, you’re oil lamp will be ready for lighting. To see some directions on how much oil you should use, how to position the wick, and also how to re-purpose a canteen, go to http://raisedincotton.typepad.com/raised_in_cotton/2009/06/repurposed-vintage-canteens-and-mason-jar-ideas.html.

 Make Your Own Cupcake Pin Cushion


With some fleece, stuffing and a ramekin, you can make your own pin cushion for all of your future sewing endeavors. For some help when making your cupcake, go to http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/01/cupcake-pin-cushions/.

For the past few months, I have enjoyed writing this blog for everyone so much. It has opened my eyes to how easy craft projects can be, and has inspired me to always look for ways to put personal touches back into my home. A big thank you to NCLAC for allowing me to create this blog and introduce it to everyone. We all get extremely busy, but we should never sacrifice the joy that we can receive by allowing ourselves to have A Creative Mind.

 Happy crafting everyone!

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.










A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

Hello everyone and Happy 2012! Now that it’s the New Year you may be thinking, how could I have eaten that whole package of sweet Hawaiian rolls!? Why did I keep popping those Christmas m&ms? And how did I let my house become cluttered with piles of stuff. There is no better time than the beginning of the year to clean out, organize, and start your way on a healthy, relaxing path. If you’re looking for some easy ways to clean up your house and start the year off creatively, here are some easy projects to work on that can keep you inspired, organized, and in good health all year long. After making a fabric coffee sleeve this Christmas, I fell in love with the sewing machine and sewing projects. This year, let’s play with fabric!

Stylize Your Filing Cabinet

This idea almost makes me want to go buy a filing cabinet to decorate. With some sophisticated and/or pretty fabric, you can cover the front of your filing cabinet drawers. You can even paint the cabinet itself. If you don’t feel like using fabric, or if you can’t find a print that you want to use, you can also do the same thing with scrapbooking sheets. This may be a faster option. In my opinion though, while the scrapbooking paper will create the same effect, it will tear easily and it will not create the warmer more delicate look of fabric. To see how this cabinet was put together, go to http://wastenotwkshp.blogspot.com/2010/12/fabric-covered-filing-cabinet.html. There are many other examples of this all over the web.

Make Your Own Zipper Pouch

Who doesn’t need cute pouches? In the picture, this is used to hold office and/or school supplies, but you could use this for anything you need. Use it for holding makeup, coupons, jewelry, or as an overnight bag…anyone would love having a homemade bag. If you’re thinking,” I would never use this,” I’d be willing to bet someone in your life would. To see all of the directions, go to http://www.designsponge.com/2010/09/sewing-101-zippered-case.html.

Make A Key Ring

Ever have problems keeping up with your keys? I know plenty of people that do, myself included. Part of being organized means always knowing where everything is. Your keys might be the smallest thing you have to worry about, but we all know how panicked we can quickly become when you’re running late and suddenly they are nowhere to be found. A handmade key ring would be a good idea for everyone. Keep it by your door, or maybe take it to your office at work. To see how to make this paper flower key ring, go to http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting/Project-Gallery/Guest-Designers/Mark-Montano/Paper-Flower-Key-Holder/.

Make Yourself a Rice Heat Therapy Bag

Everyone gets those aches and cramps that need attention. This year, make sure you take time to take care of yourself. I’m not sure why but this rice heat pad just seems so wonderful. Go to http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/11/rice-heat-therapy-bag-tutorial/, to learn how to make this bag and to see the three items that went into the “Wellness Bag.”

Personalize Your Utensil Crock

Almost everyone has one of these utensil holders, but not everyone has one like this. After the holidays you may want a few recipes from your friends and family so that you can recreate a dish. Or you may just want to put a simple recipe for homemade cookies on your jar, like the one shown in the picture. Either way, this would make your kitchen much more personalized, and make your favorite recipe much easier to find! No more flipping through a recipe book! To see how to make one, go to http://cally-cruze.blogspot.com/2010/05/favorite-recipe-utensil-crock_20.html.

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.









A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is now looking forward to the New Year! Whether you like to go to parties or stay in with the family, the New Year is something that everyone can look forward to. I have to admit that there’s still something magical about the celebration. Who knows what will happen! If you are throwing a party or even just want to decorate your house to bring the New Year spirit alive, here are some ideas of things to make, decorate with, and eat to make the end of the year special.

 Make your Mantle the Centerpiece

If there’s anything I’ve learned from working on this blog, it’s that decorating your mantle can transform the room, and make your house and the party your hosting much more festive. A lot of people struggle with decorating their mantles when it comes to combining different heights and sizes of your items. Sometimes, the simplest decorations are just enough, and are still beautiful. Multiple clocks of different designs are perfect for ringing in the New Year. This decorating idea is unique and people won’t be able to stop checking the clocks to see what time it is!

Decorate with Hanging Ornaments

With some pretty ribbon you can hang some ornaments, some with glitter to add a sparkle, and some without, over your table, or anywhere else that they may fit in your house. New Year’s is nothing if not covered in sparkles and shine.


 I think one of my new favorite types of dessert is cupcakes. It seems like now you can find them at almost any party or event. Not to mention that decorating them has become an art on reality television. This would be easy for people to hold standing up and they’re easy to decorate. Here are two of my favorites.


These simple cupcakes are still elegant and pretty. Make the cupcake wrappers the most interesting part and add some clear sprinkles on top for some sparkle. You can buy these wrappers at http://www.dressmycupcake.com/shop/28-shop-by-holiday/129-new-years-cupcake-wrappers.html.

It only takes a few easy steps to make these “ball-drop cupcakes!” These are perfect for the New Year. Not everyone can be in New York for New Years in Times Square, but we can all have a little bit of New York in our homes. To see how to make these cupcakes go to, http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/2010/12/new-years-eve-ball-drop-cupcakes/.

 For the Kids…or Maybe for You 🙂


I remember confetti eggs from carnivals and celebrations but I hadn’t even thought about them in years! The kids will love these. At the countdown, set them loose with a hand full of eggs. If you’re worried about the mess, let them go outside. They are worth it, and it would make for some great pictures. To learn how to make them, go to http://radmegan.blogspot.com/2010/12/making-confetti-eggs-for-new-years.html.

Resolution Bracelet


Whether you buy one, make one for yourself, or offer up the supplies for the guests at your party to make one, these are a great idea. What better way to make yourself remember the promise you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. It can’t hurt, right? If you’re worried about it always standing out or clashing with your clothes, make it simple!

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.