Things to do In Saint Martin and Sint Maarten
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by Joe
2d ago
We look forward to our trips to the island. We count the days until we are resting on a  beach lounger enjoying the ocean views, a good book and a cool drink. We also like to  roam the island in search of new experiences, local culture, a good buy and of course a  great meal. You are sure to find something to do whether you are looking for some well needed rest, good food or some island adventure.   Spend Some Time on the Beach    There are 37 beaches around the island. Some are lined by restaurants with  beach loungers and umbrellas. Watersports li ..read more
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Restaurants We Like in Saint Martin/Sint Maarten
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by Joe
4d ago
  You will find all types of dining on Friendly Island. From street side lolos to gourmet restaurants and everything in between. Some of the popular areas for dining are Grand Case, Marigot and Orient Village in Saint Martin and In Simpson Bay, Maho and Cupecoy in Sint Maarten. We will be highlighting some of the restaurants that we have enjoyed during our visits. They are sorted by location and are in no order of preference. There are many more options around the island, and we hope that in time we will be adding some of them to this list.    Grand Case  You will find some ..read more
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Crafty Travels Sint Maarten/Saint Martin
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by Joe
4d ago
Along with crafting and cooking, one thing we love to do is travel. Whether  we are traveling to visit our children and grandchildren or off on a short weekend  getaway we are always ready to hit the road. One of our favorite places to visit is St  Martin. The first time we visited St. Martin in 2012 we fell in love with the “Friendly  Island “and its laid-back vibe. We have been returning ever since. Visiting 13 times over the past 12 years. Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, the island offers  exquisite dining from its beaches to the mountain sides an ..read more
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Stackable Eggs Turned Chick
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by Joe
2M ago
Have you seen the stackable plastic eggs in Dollar Tree Plus? I bought them not sure what I was going to do with them then one of my followers sent me a photo of another crafter who turned it into a rabbit, I was going to do the rabbit and make it my own then I thought about doing a chick and I just love how they turned out! You only use the top two eggs but don’t worry the bottom one won’t go to waste paint the egg and fill it with flowers to use as a centerpiece. Materials you will need: Pattern for the wings, feet and beak Stackable plastic eggs from Dollar Tree Plus Chunky yarn of your ch ..read more
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DIY Primitive Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty (Sewn)
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by Joe
11M ago
I was looking online to find a primitive Americana project and I came across a Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty for sale on Ebay. I just loved them so I thought I would try and make a pattern and give them a try.  I love how they came out!  You can use them as a shelf sitters or dough bowl fillers. Materials I Used Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty Pattern Muslin Fabric Polyester Fiberfill Craft paints in the colors true red, primary blue, and antique gold DMC cotton thread in colors black and ecru Cream thread and sewing needles Sewing pins Artiste 100% Wool Roving in white (Hobby Lobby #3099 ..read more
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DIY Farmhouse Wood Bead Lantern
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by Joe
1y ago
If you love farmhouse style you will just love this farmhouse wood bead lantern. You can make this lantern look so many different ways by using different stains or paints to match your style and décor. I have added a candle ring and timer pillar but you can place so many different items in the lantern such as plants or little figures. I hope you give this lantern a try. Materials I Used 2 Wood box signs (Hobby Lobby item #1403005) 2 packages of the Tree House Studio oval wood beads 32mm x 22mm (Hobby Lobby #335299) 2 packages of the Tree House Studio round wood beads 25mm (Hobby Lobby #240267 ..read more
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DIY Solar Stained Glass Mushroom
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by Joe
1y ago
I just love repurposing items from the thrift store. I have seen so many people making the solar mushrooms from vases and bowls but I thought I would go one step further to make them my own and give them some color by using stained glass and sea glass spray paints. I just love how you can see them so much better with color verses plain clear glass. The mushrooms are super easy to make and look amazing at night lite up! Materials I Used Glass bowls and vases I had collected from thrift stores Krylon sea glass or stained glass spray paint in your color choice Rust-Oleum matte clear spray sealer ..read more
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DIY Macrame Bunny Hanger
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by Joe
1y ago
After making small macrame bunnies I decided I would try my hand at making a larger macrame bunny hanger. I just love how it turned out. This amazing macrame bunny hanger would be beautiful hanging on a wall or the front door of your home. If you haven’t seen my small version of the macrame bunny check out my blog.   Materials I Used: One 6” embroidery hoop One 10” embroider hoop Macrame natural 5mm rope by Yarn Bee, Hobby Lobby #2170553 6 white pipe cleaners 2 doilies to fit the embroidery hoops or you can use a lace curtain or lace fabric Pencil Ruler Scissors Wire cutters Tape Hot glu ..read more
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DIY Dollar Tree Copper Wall Pocket Vase with Patina
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by Joe
1y ago
I have seen a wall pocket vase just like this in one of my magazines and it just so happens I had picked up a few metal wall pocket vases at Dollar Tree so I knew exactly what to do with them. I even had the paints on hand so I was already to get started! I just love how they turned out. Materials I Used: Metal Floral Garden Wall Vase from Dollar Tree Rust-Oleum Matte Hammered Copper spray paint Deco Art Acrylic paint in the color Hauser Light Green Rust-Oleum matte clear spray sealer Small sponge, I used a small piece of sea sponge Artificial greens or florals Wire cutters Paper plate Pain ..read more
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DIY Paper Doily Wall/Pendant Flower
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by Joe
1y ago
Oh goodness these paper doily flowers turn out so pretty! If you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece, someone getting married, or would just like to add something pretty that only takes a few minutes to make and hardly any money at all these flowers are just the answer. You can get a pack of 32 doilies, 4 different sizes at the Dollar Tree! Materials I Used: Paper Doilies, you will need seven doilies of the same size for each flower Gorilla Glue Stick Embellishments of your choice, I used paper flowers by paper studio I bought at Hobby Lobby. Hot glue gun and glue sticks Fishing line if you ..read more
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