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11 Mar

Glass Pebble Magnet Tutorial

glass pebble magnet tutorial

glass pebble magnet tutorial

MAKING GLASS PEBBLE magnets is one of the easiest crafts there are, and they make some of the nicest magnets around, perfect for giving or to put on your refrigerator. I’ve created a simple tutorial for you to follow if you’d like to make some of your own.

Gather your supplies

You’ll need:

Glass marbles
Decorative paper
1″ hole punch (not shown)
3/4″ magnets (not shown)
Glossy Accents dimensional glue
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

glass pebbles supplies

Glue paper circle to glass pebble

I’ve tried adding the glue to the glass pebble and adding the glue to the paper circle, and found the second way much more effective. Just add a swirl of Glossy Accents glue to the circle on the right side of the paper and then adhere it to the pebble. Let dry completely.

glass pebble backside

Add glue to the magnet

Using hot glue, add just a dollop of glue to the magnet.

glass pebble magnet with glue

Adhere to the back of the pebble

Add the magnet to the back of the pebble, over the back of the paper circle.

Finished magnet

When the hot glue is dried, you have completed this simple craft! Now you can hold several sheets of paper to your refrigerator, or a photo, or anything else lightweight (the magnets are not really that strong and won’t hold a lot of weight). Of course, it totally depends on how strong the magnets are that you use. I used ProMAG Flexible Magnets that I bought at Michaels, but I’m sure there are stronger versions if you look for them. An office supply store is a good place to look.

For an alternative look, draw on the backs of the glass pebbles with Sharpies and glue the magnets to them for a very colorful, one-of-a-kind look that you can customize anyway you want to. This is a great idea for kids crafts, too!

finished magnets

 

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09 Mar

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

9 Crafting Tools for Better Projects

No one likes crafting fails, but one way to make sure they don’t happen is to use the best crafting tools. Some you can make by hand, but it’s often better to spend a little money that will make your crafting easier for years to come. Here are some of my favorites. (This post contains affiliate links, which just means if you buy something from one of the links, I get a small commission. Feel free to get your crafting tools elsewhere, though.)

1. A good sanding block for sanding down furniture, distressing wooden projects, and making all your sanding projects easier. It saves your hands, too!
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2. A hot glue gun with a stand. The stand is really important, as it keeps your gun in the right position, protects your surface that you are setting the gun on, and keeps it always at the ready.
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3. An Xacto knife or craft knife to cut stencils, lift small pieces of vinyl or paper, and a variety of other purposes. (I carve tiny doors in my little wooden houses with my Xacto.) Make sure you have plenty of blades, too.
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4. A paper cutter for cutting paper, vinyl, and card stock. Paper is such a wonderful medium and so useful for so many different crafts!
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5. A metal edged ruler for drawing and cutting straight lines.
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6. Hemostats are excellent for pulling stubborn needles through thick cloth and for turning and stuffing narrow pieces.
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7. A Cropodile for punching holes and setting grommets.
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8. A pen-style holder for felting needles makes needle felting go faster and easier and is much easier to hold in your hand.
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9. A selection of good paintbrushes. I can’t tell you how important that they be good quality is, especially for sign painting and for other projects where you need fine lines. Believe me, the extra money you spend on your brushes will make a big difference in the ease of making your project and the success of it in the long run.
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Good tools pay for themselves. Take care of them and they will last far longer than lesser quality tools and do a better job along the way.

01 Mar

Peanut Butter Cookies, Low-Carb, Only 3 Ingredients!

cookies-medIT”S NATIONAL Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, and I’ve got a really special treat for you! When I started this low-carb lifestyle, I thought I’d have to give up all my favorite things, like peanut butter cookies. After all, they’re full of sugar and flour—pure carbohydrates!

Then I discovered the antidote to my doldrums—a peanut butter cookie recipe that was all protein and a little artificial sugar, but no carbs. And they taste great!

It’s super simple. In fact, there’s hardly enough content to make a blog post. So I’m including pictures of the yummy things…and a few words so you can make your own. It takes about 15 minutes total, including baking.

Here’s what you do.

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Put one cup of peanut butter in a bowl (I used peanut butter made right at the grocery store, so there’s no added sugar or anything except peanuts, but you can use store-bought peanut butter. Just watch the sugar content. You really just want peanuts and maybe a little salt. Don’t use the kind you have to stir up, though. You want fresh made or blended.)

Add a beaten egg and a cup of artificial sweetener (I use sucralose, but you can use the sweetener of choice).

Beat together well and then roll into small balls and place 1″ apart on a greased cookie sheet (I used a silicone baking sheet, but you can also use parchment paper, too).

Press in a cross-hatch pattern with a fork, and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool.

That’s it! They’re really yummy and low-carb. You can even eat them on Atkins Level One!

What is your favorite way to eat peanut butter?