Welcome to my blog of all my crafting adventures! You can become a fan of my Facebook page by clicking on the icon on the right. If you are local to College Station, TX and are interested in purchasing any of my items I sell at the Farmer's Market, please email lisa@lilyandoak.com.

My new website is up and running! You'll find it at www.lilyandoak.com. All of my Scent Melts and warmers are listed. I am working on pendants and magnet sets next. If what you want is not there yet, let me know what you'll looking for and I'll get it set up next.

Places I'll be selling:

February 19th--Brazos Valley Farmers Market in Bryan 8:00AM to Noon--Looks like it might rain, so I might stay home. :)

February 26th--Brazos Valley Farmers Market in Bryan 8:00AM to Noon

You can always contact me to view my products at my home in College Station.

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Bluebonnet Wax Melts!

I now have a great Bluebonnet wax melt.  I only have a limited quantity in stock right now, but I'll have a lot more by Christmas.  Pictures coming soon!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Elgin Hogeye Festival

I had a great time at the Hogeye Festival today. Thanks to all the great customers who visited my booth!  Next weekend I'll be at the Seasons of Aggieland Bazaar on Friday and Saturday.  Can't wait!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Wax Melt Fragrances!

My line of scented wax melts is growing!  My newest fragrances are Coconut Lime, English Garden, Golden Rose, Blueberry Cheesecake, Sage & Pomegranate, Tropical Sun, Lemon Verbena, Pecan Pie, Holly Berry, Cinnamon Stick and Cranberry Marmalade.  More detailed descriptions will be added the Scented Wax Melt page later this week.  To order, please visit my Etsy shop.  Thanks!

Friday, September 3, 2010

September BAK at Stuff to Scrap

Check out this awesome Build a Kit collection at Stuff to Scrap! There are so many fun parts and each are only $1.99.

While you are checking out the September BAK, be sure to look at this month's CU grab bag. You find lots of great CU resources for only $3.99.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Blog Train: Fall Carnival

Welcome to the September Blog Train! Hopefully you already grabbed Digilicious Designs' contribution at Digi_licious Designs. You can download my part here. Next, continue on to Dizzy Scraps Designs. The main Blog Train Blog is here.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Guest Designer Promotion

I am running a coupon until September 20th for my store at stufftoscrap.com where I am a guest designer through September. Grab the coupon code and head on over to get $2.00 off a purchase of $4.00 or more. I'll be adding new products in the next couple weeks as well.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Speed Scrap at Stuff to Scrap

There's a speed scrap Tuesday at Stuff to Scrap being hosted by The Scrappy Kat with a super fun participation prize. Check it out if you get a chance!http://stufftoscrap.com/forums/

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Season's Greetings Christmas Kit and Freebie

My kids start school on Monday, so what have they been talking about the last few days???


I blame this early Christmas mini kit on them. I really like how it came together and the colors are fun for a non-traditional Christmas palette. I also have a freebie add-on that will be available until the end of September. Pick them up at my store at stufftoscrap.com. Hope you enjoy them!

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Guest Designer Position!

I am guest designing for Stuff to Scrap for August and September. Check out my store and the other great products available at Stuff to Scrap.

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Wax Melt Fragrances

I've added new fragrances to my product line. They are listed below. Find more information on my scented wax melts here.

New Fragrances:

Christmas Past
Pumpkin Souffle (the most realistic baking scent I've ever tested!)
Cafe Caramel
Honeysuckle Jasmine
Macintosh Apple
French Vanilla
Juniper Breeze
Mango Papaya
Monkey Breath

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Picnic In the Park Blog Train!

The Picnic In The Park blog train has left the station! You can download my part here. Continue on the train with Kat's Creations. You can find a list of all participants at The Blog Train Blog. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Creative Mazes

My husband made another collection of mazes for the kids to do during church and other times they need to sit quietly for a while. There are four mazes total in the download. The first two are shape mazes like the dolphin one pictured below. The second shape maze is dinosaurs. The last two are regular mazes. If you enjoy these and want to share them, please send people here to download the file rather than just passing it on. Even though it's free, my husband has a lot of fun seeing how many people have liked his mazes enough to download them. :) Enjoy!

Download the PDF file here.

The first set of mazes can be found here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Summer Surprise Blog Train!

The May blog train is off! Grab my contribution to the Summer Surprise Blog Train here! Be sure to continue on to the next designer at http://foxydesigns.biz. Most posts will be up sometime on May 1st, so check back if they are not there yet. The main blog is here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Messina Hof

Thanks everyone who stopped by my booth today at Messina Hof. I hope you all had a good time at the festival. For those of you I missed at the Farmers Market, I will be back May 8th with some new wax melt fragrances. Today I debuted black raspberry vanilla as well as a few new fragrances of body sprays.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

NeoGem Magnets

My magnets have continued to be popular at the Farmers Market. Today, I introduced some new styles. First, for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4th, I had several sets of teacher themed magnets like this one.

I also had a couple sets of beautiful spring/garden themed magnets.

All my magnets are made with a strong neodymium magnet that will stick any paper or photo firmly to a metal surface.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New line of Room Fragrance Products!

I'm excited to announce my new line of room fragrance products. I have had them at the Farmers Market for a couple of weeks, but haven't managed to get pictures up yet. I am now making my own line of wax melts. I use my own unique blend of wax that is mostly soy. Soy wax has a low melting point and therefore is super easy to clean up. It melts in hot tap water. I have had a lot of fun trying out the different fragrances, pouring the melts and designing labels.

I also have room fragrances and reed diffusers.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Blog Train

Grab my contribution to the Shine On... Blog Train here! Be sure to continue on to the next designer at http://scrapsillysara.blogspot.com/. Most posts will be up on March 1st, so check back if they are not there yet. The main blog is here.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Glass and Bottlecap Pendants!

My marble magnets have been so popular at the Farmers Market that I decided to expand my line of paper decor to include glass tile and bottlecap pendants. Here are a couple pictures of what I've made so far. I will soon be getting them listed in my Etsy shop--after I get back from a much needed vacation!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fun Printable Mazes

My husband likes to make mazes for our kids to do when they need to sit quietly. He just finished a set of three and offered to let me post them on my blog in case anyone else wants to give them a try. These mazes are a bit non-traditional in that there are words, pictures, math equations, etc that when you reach them, you can "jump" to the item that corresponds to it. For example, the one below has sets of objects and numbers that correspond to them. Feel free to print these mazes for your own personal use. They are in PDF form. If you like them and want to share, please link to this post. Also, my husband would appreciate any comments on how well these mazes are enjoyed--are they too easy, too hard, confusing? Download them here. Enjoy!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kitchen Greenhouse

Not exactly a craft, but definitely an art--which I'm still trying to get figured out...

It's seed-starting time and this year I'm excited about my indoor setup. Last year, my seedlings were tucked away on a table in the corner of my bedroom with a few UV lights and they got a little neglected. I also tried to skimp and had bought cheap soil. Not sure how much of a roll that played in the demise of dozens of tomato seedlings, but I decided not to take any chances. This year, I purchased a huge bag of good potting soil and planted four flats of seeds--that's 144 seedlings. :) Some are landscaping plants, some are vegetables. We plan to actually put some effort into landscaping our front yard this year and I'll grow as many vegetable plants as I have room for in the back. The remaining plants will go with me to the Farmers Market where they will hopefully find some good homes.

In order to give my indoor starts adequate lighting, I have used work lamps with cool spectrum UV bulbs. This year, since I had so many flats, I either needed more work lamps, or something more heavy duty. I ended up going for an actual flourescent light fixture that uses 4 foot T4 bulbs. My husband built me a great stand to hang it from and now I've got a nice lighting setup for my indoor greenhouse. I still use the work lamps to sort of "spotlight" a few areas. Ideally, I would hang a second light fixture next to the first--maybe next season.

For anyone wanting to start seedlings indoors, I buy the florescent bulbs that are labeled as "cool." I think some call them "daylight." The important part is you want one that is 6700K. This is a blue light which promotes plant growth. A lower number is a warmer light, which promotes flowering and fruiting. I was able to get my light fixture and two bulbs for $20 at Walmart.

My kids helped me plant the seeds--which was a little chaotic at times when my two-year-old wanted to help, but I am glad they are learning at a young age the love of gardening. My husband and I both grew up with parents who gardened so we never really discuss if we should garden, just where we should try to squeeze it in. It is also fun to use this as a teaching opportunity to discuss with my kids the needs of plants. Lately, most of our discussions are all about not over watering. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Polymer Clay Flowers

I found some great directions by Sue Heaser for making various flowers with polymer clay. It didn't look too bad, so I decided to give it a try. Here are the results of my first attempt:

A rose

A carnation
Neither were perfect, but I thought they weren't too bad for a first attempt. I'm excited about the potential of expanding my current line of magnets that I sell at the farmers market with some designs incorporating various flowers.

Polymer Clay Image Transfers

I have recently decided to give polymer clay a try as a crafting medium. I was intrigued by some items on Etsy done with image transfers onto polymer clay. It looked neat and a great way to once again hybridize my crafting with my scrapbook design work. After doing a little research, I found that you can use inkjet printable t-shirt heat transfer paper. I bought some Avery brand light colored t-shirt transfer paper at Walmart and decided to give it a try.

I printed off a few designs from my collection of images onto a sheet of transfer paper. I cut them out close to the edges of the images, except on the words. Also, I flipped the images so that they would be correct once transferred to the clay. This is most evident with the "test" images.

Previously, I had test baked samples of the various polymer clays available at my local Joanns, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I found that the Sculpey Premo brand was the most flexible and least brittle once baked. My other test squares all snapped in half with not too much effort. The Premo bent into a "U" shape without breaking at all. I also rolled out some white Premo using the thickest setting on my clay machine (Sculpey brand purchased at Joanns--reg priced $25, but paid $15 with 40% off coupon). Using clay shape cutters, I cut several small shapes. I use a smooth bathroom tile from Home Depot for my work surface. I can pop it right in the oven and I don't have to worry about the clay chemicals on my kitchen table. The clay should not be used with any tools that will later be used to prepare food. I then place an image on each one and rubbed to get all parts firmly attached to the clay.

Next came baking--275 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Remove the clay and gently pull off the paper. Continue baking to finish polymerizing the clay. The Premo clay requires 30 minutes total for a 1/4 inch thick piece. Mine are about 1/8 inch thick, but 30 minutes seemed fine.

The transfer worked great in that the image was transferred in vivid colors to the clay, but I did not like the edge that was left by the small border of unprinted transfer paper. In the future, I will try to have the paper go completely to the edge of the clay.

On the rose, there was a tiny pinhole in the clay that was really obvious in the finished image. This is a good example of why it's important to make sure the clay is smooth and the entire image is firmly in contact with the clay.
Overall, this image transfer method definitely has potential. One huge advantage for me is that it works with inkjet printers. There are other methods, but many require laser prints and most of us do not have a color laser printer in our home. Stay tuned to see my future image transfer projects. On the list of things to do is to make zipper pulls for my kids that have their names on the back--in case they misplace their belongings.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Simplifying and a Freebie

For a while now, I have been designing digital products as well as making tangible items to sell at my local Farmer's Market and on Etsy. I viewed them as two different endeavors that would each attract different people and therefore each needed their own blogs. However, the more I've done, the more my designing seems to bleed over into my crafts. Also, I have a hard time keeping up with one blog, let alone two. Today I am announcing my simplification and union of both blogs. All new craft items I create will be posted here, instead of at customgreetings.blogspot.com. Also, I am venturing into some new craft mediums (my husband laughs at how many "hobbies" I've been through in the last couple of months). I will be sharing my tests and successes here so hopefully others who want to give some of these mediums a try can learn from my research and mistakes. :) Check back soon for a look at what I've been creating today, and for stopping by, here's a scrapbooking freebie. Click the preview to download it. Enjoy and please leave a comment if you like the download--it helps me know what people might like in the future! :)

This cheerful tulip freebie coordinates with the Project 365 color palette at Bouquet of Pixels. Be sure to check out the monthly Project 365 kits for beautiful, coordinated supplies for a year of events and holidays.