Author Archives: Laura Bray

Chinese New Year Craft: Cheater Chopsticks

Chinese New Year DIY Chopsticks

I remember the day when my daughter mastered chopsticks. She has always loved Asian food and whenever we went out to our favorite restaurants, she would request that the "cheater" plastic pieces (that hold the chopstick together for you) be placed on her chopsticks. Then one day, she proudly announced she no longer needed them. It was like a right of passage for my little foodie. Now I know everyone hasn't mastered the art of eating with chopsticks, so this tutorial is for you. This is a super simple way to make your own Cheater Chopsticks. It's the perfect project if you are planning to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 8.

I was inspired by some pins I saws on Pinterest that recommended you disassemble a clothespin and use the spring to attach to chopsticks. I, however, am far to lazy for that kind of engineering so I came up with a simpler solution.



  1. Paint the top end of the chopsticks and the clothespin in Raspberry Ice. Set aside to dry.Cheater Chopsticks Paint Palette
  2. Using one of the small daubers, add white polka dots on the end of the chopsticks and on the clothespin with Wedding Cake paint. Set aside to dry completely.
  3. Once the paint is dry, hot glue the clothespin to the chopsticks as shown in the photos.Cheater Chopsticks Glue Step

Want to see another cute set of chopsticks? Check-out the ones I designed for the Make Something Great blog!

Chinese New Year DIY Chopsticks

Felt Heart Pillows

LB Jan 25 Valentine Pillow Photo 1

Here's my latest project for the Kunin Blog. In honor of heart month, I made some pillows.The thing I like about these pillow is that they can be used year round. I mean, who couldn't use a few more symbols of love in their life on a daily basis? Supplies: Eco-fi Plus™ Premium Felt inContinue Reading

Sweet Faux Cupcakes

Faux Cupcakes

When I started blogging, we were at the height of the cupcake craze. I was obsessed and became known for my cupcakes, both crafty and real. As time has gone by, my interest in cupcakes has slowed, but every once in awhile I like to revisit them. They bring me happy, sweet memories of myContinue Reading

The Neurotic Crafter: A Lesson In Branding

A Lesson in Branding

I am the love of child of Martha Stewart and Woody Allen. On one hand, I'm a crafter extraordinaire and a lifestyle expert building a professional empire. I am calm and all business on the outside. I am always on the lookout for great recipes and crafty inspiration. Yep, a regular old chip off theContinue Reading

Confessions of a Lazy Stitcher

Embroidered Frame Beauty II

I love to embroider, but I'm an impatient crafter and get really bored if I have to satin stitch an entire monogram, so I used Joy letters instead of stitching the monogram myself. (I know! I'm a total cheater!) I just iron-oned the letter, embroidered some pretty embellishments around it, and the project was doneContinue Reading

Valentine Boxes for Kids Round-Up

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Gosh! I have the best memories of the Valentine's Day parties in elementary school. Back then, our class parties were very simple. A room mom came by with heart-shaped cookies and those plastic containers of juice and we exchanged valentines. I always loved seeing the valentine boxes the other kids brought. Now, I make sureContinue Reading

Tips for Trade Show Follow-Up

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Last week I shared my tips for recovering from a trade show. Today, let’s talk about turning your trade show leads into business. I know it can be scary to follow-up (and tedious) but that’s why we went to the show in the first place-because we wanted to network and hopefully build our business. HereContinue Reading

Valentines Cards for Kids

Valentines Pin for Blog

This is my daughter's last Valentine's Day in elementary school. Next year she's off to middle school and I'm pretty sure they don't give valentines out to the whole class then. I' feeling a little nostalgic about it all so I thought I would share some of my favortie valentines cards for kids from ourContinue Reading

How to Recover from a Trade Show

Tips for Successful CHA Trade Show||

As a crafter, you have probably seen hundreds of posts about the Craft & Hobby Megashow this week. Maybe you were even there. What you don't see is how very exhausting a trade show can be. Long working hours, standing on the concrete floor of a convention center, and networking can take a toll onContinue Reading

I LOVE Glue Guns!

Adtech Demo Badge copy

These last few days of CHA, I'll be spending some time in the Ad Tech booth. I love their Adtech Hi Temp Precision Pro Gun and their new, scented Adtech French Vanilla Scented Glue Sticks and I can't wait to do some super fun demos with you! And while we're talking glue guns, want toContinue Reading