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By Morgan Sprigler

Hello Fellow Crafters! I hope you are happy and healthy! The uncertainties COVID-19 has brought to our lives brought a new set of challenges for all of us, regardless of your circumstances. I am in the stage of life where I am attempting to raise two well-rounded, well-mannered little girls. If you are in a similar arena of life, I just have one
question for you: How much wine do you drink in a week? No, seriously.

It’s hasn’t been easy being the everything: The teacher, the chef, the housekeeper, the counselor, the entertainer, the laundry folder, the spill cleanerupper (and the list goes on and on, amirite?!). Our most important job right now, though, is to be the parent who reminds their children that they are safe and loved and that life can still be fun. This craft wraps all of that in one for our sweet kiddos and allows them to explore the beauty of
our earth, alongside their favorite person (YOU!) and creating something silly all in the name of fun!!

Use what you have on hand – or take a trip
to Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New
Albany Plaza, where they’re practicing social
distancing to ensure shoppers and staff stay
safe and can keep crafting.
• Scissors
• Paper
• Glue
• A ruler or a book for tracing
• Pencil
• Supplies from Nature


STEP ONE My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets. Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll allow it!

My family has spent much of our time with three of our favorite little people, The Miller Triplets.
Their family has spent much of their time safe at home like we have, so we made the decision to allow the kids to play outside together (which also offers a bit of a breather to their momma and to me). So, I sent the five of them into the back yard with baggies to collect their supplies. We talked about different trees, leaves and flowers and learned (from one of the trio, Beau) that if a
ponytail holder is found outside, it is considered a part of nature. Like most things these days, I’ll
allow it!

STEP TWO I used my address book to trace our canvases onto poster board, because I thought the size would allow appropriate space for the kids to work in. For extra support, I traced two squares side by side, cut them out together, folded them together like a book, and then glued. You can do this with any paper you decide to use for make it more sturdy.

I used my address book to trace our canvases
onto poster board, because I thought the size
would allow appropriate space for the kids to
work in. For extra support, I traced two squares
side by side, cut them out together, folded them
together like a book, and then glued. You can do
this with any paper you decide to use for make
it more sturdy.

STEP THREE Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.

Using sticks that we gathered, we measured and glued around the edge to create a frame.


STEP FOUR I worked with each child invididually to create their own vision out of the items they gathered. This was so much fun to see their little minds working. We ended up with a flower (Avery), a man with a belly button (Beau), a fiisherman (Quinn), a tree (Evelyn), a field of flowers (Genevieve), and a portrait of a quaratined mom holding a wine bottle (that would be me).


Made by Morgan

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler

…Another one opens and just like that it’s Spring, bringing us a promise of sunlight, crisp air and fresh beginnings. To welcome the new season, I’m sharing with you a kid-friendly craft that incorporates a little education, too, and started – as always – at Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany. By the way, new store hours went into effect in January. Ben Franklin is open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. If you’re ready to get down and Derby, stop in sometime soon to see the growing collection of fascinators and hats (for men too!) or talk to a staffer about creating one specially for you.

Now, let’s craft!


• Wooden hanging door

• Chalk paint of your desired color

• Cardstock of your desired color x 2

• Scissors

• Spring items of your choosing

• Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Total project cost = $42

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Find some time when you and your kid(s) can go craft supply shopping together. As you are browsing, start up a conversation about seasons. Use this opportunity to test their knowledge and do a little teaching, too. Start with the wooden door. Because it has 6 “panes,” have your child(ren) come up with six different aspects of spring. Each item will eventually be displayed on your door and will remind your child(ren) what the season is all about. My girls and I settled on rainclouds made from cotton balls with rain made from blue stones, butterflies, a birds nest with eggs, flowers, birds on a twig, and a cross to symbolize Easter.

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Paint! We chose a delicate, light pink chalk paint in a spray can. However, you may use any paint you desire. I like the look of chalk paint for this project, but a flat or matte paint would be pretty as well. The red door from Ben Franklin is also very nice just as it is, if you want to skip this step. We also decided to paint our door handle gold using acrylic paint, because, why not?! Paint and then let the door dry.

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Using your heated glue gun, apply glue around the perimeter of one sheet of cardstock. Apply sheet to the back of your door, covering four of the bottom panes.

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Cut your second sheet of cardstock in half and repeat step three to cover the top two remaining door panes.


Glue your spring items to the cardstock inside each pane, while talking with your child about why each one is important and/or specific to the season. Again, all of our items were purchased from Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, with the exception of our rain clouds, which are simply three cotton balls arranged together. We also found a twig outside to use as a branch for our little birdies. Instead of items for every pane, you and your child also can paint or draw inside one or more panes or you can collect items from your garden.

Note: This door can be updated for each season by easily removing the cardstock from each pane and adding new objects. (You could even update for birthdays by choosing six of the birthday guy or gal’s favorite things.)

Variation 1: Instead of cardstock, you can use felt for the background and utilize Velcro to attach your objects instead of glue. This would make this project even more conducive to changing out with the seasons.

Variation 2: If you would rather have a centerpiece for your kitchen table or kids table, Ben Franklin carries an array of wooden boxes that would work well for this project, too. You and your child(ren) could decorate each side of the wooden box and add a floral arrangement to the top! Voila!

Happy Spring, Extol Readers!

TO HAVE & TO HOLD (AND THROW) (category)

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

By Morgan Sprigler

Wedding Season is upon us and the DIY options are endless. Crafting for a wedding not only helps cut down costs but adds a personal touch that won’t soon be forgotten. Can you picture yourself and your soon-to-be being showered in flowers as you exit your ceremony as husband and wife? If so, this is the DIY craft for you! Start saving all of the flowers you receive during your engagement to help out the budget and add that personal touch.


• Dried flowers 

• Essential oil of your choice 

• Cardstock 

• Wooden sign 

• Paint marker 

• Sheer bags 

• Basket 

• Twine 

• Glue gun


Materials provided by Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop 420 New Albany Plaza | New Albany benfranklinartsandframing.com 



Gather flowers! I used a combination of flowers, leaves and herbs I found in my garden. Petals from my rose bushes, ivy from my flower beds, basil and lavender from my vegetable garden and hydrangeas from my hydrangea plants. I love the idea of repurposing flowers from your engagement parties, showers or bouquets you’ve received from friends and family over the course of your engagement. All you need is a little sunlight to dry 




Make floral confetti. Combine all of your petals, leaves, etc. in a large bowl and add your essential oils. I went pretty heavy with my oil, as I love all things that smell great! Once you feel like all of your “confetti” is coated in oil, allow everything to dry overnight. 




Make cones to hold your confetti. Starting in the bottom corner, roll your cardstock to create a cone shape. Glue the ends down to hold the cone together. If you find that there is an opening at the bottom of your cone, simply apply a dot of hot glue and pinch the ends together. Cut and tie a piece of twine around the middle, if you wish. 




Fill your bags (to have) and cones (to throw)! Fill your cones and your sheer bags full of floral confetti. The cones can be used during the celebration, and the bags can be used as gifts for your guests to use in their homes as potpourri. 




Create your display. I found all of my supplies at Ben Franklin in New Albany. They have an amazing selection of baskets, bowls and trays that could be used to display your creation. I also found a distressed wooden sign that I used to write, “To Have and To Throw.” So cute!! Assemble however you would like. 

Congratulations to all of you newly-engaged couples! This is such an exciting time in your lives. Enjoy every single moment! Wishing you so much love and happiness!





Let It Snow

Made By Morgan

Snow Frames are a special way to save your memories

By Morgan Sprigler

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and do you know what that means? An endless array of crafting possibilities! When I was strolling through Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop in New Albany last week, I came across the cutest shadow boxes. I stood there staring at them for the longest time, trying to think of what I could use them for and a lightbulb went off: a Snow Frame, which I’ve decided is the sister to a snow globe. I hope that you all have fun creating your own version of this little winter wonderland.



Miniature shadow box/frame

Floral Styrofoam

Faux snow

Mini snow balls

Floral picks (or miniature trees)


Hot glue gun




Step One

Using a butcher’s knife, slice a small piece of floral Styrofoam to fit at the base of your frame. You want to slice a piece small enough so that when you add your snow, it will fall in the front, back and sides of the Styrofoam. Once you are happy with the size, place inside your frame. (Hint: Using a butcher’s knife will create much less of a mess than using scissors.)


Step Two

Add your snow. Using your butcher’s knife, or some other utensil, direct the snow to fall around your Styrofoam in order to conceal it. You only want a light dusting, as you will add more snow in another step.


Step Three

Decorate. I took photos of my girls throwing leaves, had them developed and then cut around the perimeter of their bodies. By gluing a snowball in their hands, I created a snow ball fight. So cute! You can use any photo you would like to create your scene. Once you have your photo cut out, glue a toothpick to the back and insert into the Styrofoam. If you do not want to use a photograph, Ben Franklin has tons of mini Christmas themed items, including miniature nativity sets, reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas lights, drums, Christmas trees and more. I used a floral pick for the background of my snow frame. I brought in some color by gluing berries onto the pick. How fun would it be to decorate a mini Christmas tree for your background?! You could even use a light dusting of white spray paint to frost your glass. I mean, go crazy with this, guys!


Step Four

Find a place to display your creation. Mine has found a home as a centerpiece on my girls’ arts and crafts table. I think this makes the perfect centerpiece when added on a tray, especially when surrounded by greenery and some battery-operated Christmas lights.


From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you who follow my column. I hope in some small way, I inspire you to be creative. I wish you the happiest of holiday’s and hope that you find peace and joy this season.




Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany


By Morgan Sprigler

If you know me well, you know I love gifts. Gifts for any reason – especially thank-yous. But, when asked to create a business thank you gift for this month’s issue, I must admit I was a bit stumped. I knew I didn’t want to do something redundant like flowers or candy (not that these items aren’t appreciated). I wanted something for you readers that would portray your appreciation for your co-workers or business partners that was original and fun but still professional. I think I have produced something thoughtful and useful that anyone would appreciate. Read below to learn how to make a DIY “scent-sational” thank you guft. Happy Crafting!



Decorative glass jar or vase with small opening and large bottom

Small glass or plastic jar/container with lid

Sturdy gift box

Wood moss or Easter grass

Small wooden dowel rods


Small flower embellishments

Jojoba or avocado oil (1 fl. oz. each)

Fragrance oil

Thank you card and envelope



Hot glue gun


Step One

Begin by cutting down your dowel rods, if necessary. This will all depend on how large or tall your glass jar is and how high you want your dowel rods to be. I cut mine down about 3 inches. This can be accomplished by using regular scissors. Be mindful of who is standing around you when cutting these, as they can go flying. Cut a piece of twine about 6 inches long and wrap around your dowel rods. Finish with a simple bow and set asideimg_6790

Step Two

Remove the lid on your box and hot glue it to the bottom (for traveling purposes). Fill your box with the wood moss or Easter Grass.

Step Three

Pour your oils into your small container and secure the lid. I recommend using this container to hold your oil instead of pouring it directly into your decorative jar for traveling purposes. You don’t want your oil to spill inside your box before you present it. Additionally, the recipient will have the opportunity to transfer the oil from the container to the jar, which is a unique and interactive experience.img_6797

Step Four

Decorate! Using your hot glue gun, apply lace or ribbon around the perimeter of the box. Wrap twine around your jar and glue your flowers wherever you see fit.img_6799

Step Five

Fill out your thank you card. I used the phrase, “We made a scent-sational team. Thank you for your partnership.” I love a good play on words. Have fun with this, although a simple “thank you” will suffice.


All the supplies used to make these diffusers can be found at Ben Franklin Crafts, 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany, which is locally owned and now has an amazing selection of women’s apparel in what’s known as Ben’s Boutique.


I see these “scent-sational” diffusers adorning a desk in a lobby or office, a break room in a place of business, or even at the recipient’s home.


Gratitude in the work place is an absolute must. Positive reinforcement creates a positive environment.


Wishing you much success with this project, in business and in all your endeavors, both personal and professional.





By Morgan Sprigler

I recently arrived back home from witnessing my baby brother marry his sweetheart and am feeling especially sentimental at the moment. Watching him smile ear to ear (literally, it looked a little painful) will be a vision etched in my mind and in my heart for a very long time.

Because I was so moved with this theme, several wedding-related ideas were bouncing around in the crafty section of my brain and I just couldn’t decide on one! So, I headed to Ben Franklin Crafts, 420 New Albany Plaza, for some extra inspiration.

While strolling through the store, I came up with a lovely idea for a table setting. If you like all things shabby-chic like me, I think you will really enjoy this idea.












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I found the spray chalk paint by Rust-Oleum to be very simple to use. I used the color Blush Pink, which I absolutely love. I only applied one layer and let dry. For my table number and miniature planters, I applied Americana’s Chalky Finish Paint in Ivory using a paint brush.


Using a piece of the cardboard from the sandpaper packaging, I created a template for the place settings. I drew out a version of a scroll, but a long rectangle would serve the same purpose, as would any shape that you prefer. Once I had my template, I traced it onto my cardstock and cut out each one individually and then wrote the names on the front of the scroll. Finally, I used my glue gun to place a small dot on the back of the cardstock and secured a mini wooden dowel.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-48-am


Because it was 103 degrees on the day I made these, my paint was dry as soon as I finished step two. Typically, you would need to let it dry for at least an hour. Once you’re sure your paint is dry and set, use the sand paper and start scrubbing away like you would on a really dirty pan (yuck). You can distress your birdhouse, wooden numbers and planters as much or as little as you like.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-56-am


You should all know by now that I love some hot glue, so this was my favorite part. Glue a thin layer of moss on top of your birdhouse, making sure to cover it completely, while working in small sections. Bare spots don’t necessarily look great for this particular craft. Then, take about a quarter size and fill your planters with moss. (FYI – this is messy. You may want to lay down some newspaper).screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-07-am


Push your wooden dowel and name scroll into the mini planter. This should go in very easily and does not need glue to hold in place. Now you can set your tables. I loved how the planters looked underneath a wine glass. Now is the time to get creative and add flowers from your favorite florist, beautiful placemats, interesting china, etc.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-44-amscreen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-52-am

I hope this helps to inspire those of you who are planning an upcoming wedding and want to add a DIY touch, no matter how small. Cheers to all of you beautiful brides and grooms! May your lives together be full of joy.



Made by Morgan | A DIY Tradition

By Morgan Sprigler


Last year, I decided I would begin my own tradition for Thanksgiving dinner. My family loved it (or at least pretended to). I’m sure you have seen the Pinterest instructions on how to create a sharpie plate, mug, etc. Well, I borrowed this idea and went another direction with it.


White Ceramic Plates (Dollar Store/Big Lots)

Porcelain Marker (I used Vitrea, which worked much better than a Sharpie. Let dry before baking.)

Oven (Bake at 300 for 40 minutes)

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-5-51-19-pmWith a porcelain marker, I created a large dinner plate for each family member, filled with words of affirmation, accomplishments and successes for the year. They read something like this, “Before you fill your belly, let me fill your head! This year, you celebrated 32 years of wedded bliss.”

To be placed on top of the dinner plate, I created a salad plate with each family member’s monogram and some little, gold dots.

The evening of Thanksgiving dinner, I decided turn my project into a guessing game! As I was setting the table, I mixed up the monogram salad plates to be placed on top of the dinner plates. By going around the table, each person read the dinner plate aloud, and we all guessed who the plate belonged to. This was such a fun way to recognize each other and celebrate our successes as a family!

At the end of the evening, I wrapped up everyone’s plates and sent them home to be enjoyed throughout the year. (They’re dishwasher safe!)

The holidays are about to sneak up on us, dear readers. I urge you to create a tradition if you don’t already have one. Family memories are priceless!



DIY Sidewalk Chalk

By Morgan Sprigler

What you will need:

Plaster of paris
Acrylic or tempura paint in bright colors Silicone molds or a cake pop pan Plastic cups
Plastic spoons
Cold water
Sandwich bags (optional)
Scissors (optional)
Lemonade (optional but encouraged)


Step 1:

Set out plastic cups in a row. Squeeze a quarter size of paint into the bottom of the cup. Repeat this step with each color. I found bottle of bright, acrylic paint at Meijer for 79 cents apiece. My daughters and I selected six different colors. They wanted 27 different bottles, but after a tantrum and a healthy screaming match, we settled on six.

Step 2:

Pour cold water into each cup, filling it approximately one-third of the way full. Using cold water is a very important step. If you are crafting outside (which I highly recommend for this project), bring a pitcher of ice water with you. Now, let your kids stir with their plastic spoons while you check your Insta-stories/email/Facebook.

Step 3:

Slowly add plaster of paris, taking time to stir in between pours. A good rule of thumb would be to use twice as much plaster as water. You want to achieve the consistency of yogurt. Please explain to child that this is not actual yogurt. The label clearly states, “DO NOT INGEST.” So, please, don’t.

Step 4:

Pour your mix into your mold. We used both silicone molds and a steel cake pop pan. The chalk was much easier to remove from the silicone, but both worked. Let your chalk sit out in the sun for as long as your children will allow.

Step 5:

Lemonade break!


Step 6:

I gave in after 5 hours and being asked, “Ready yet Mommy?!” no less than 1,000 times. Ideally, you want to let your chalk form for 24 hours. If your children will approve, you can pop out a few a bit early and let the rest sit until the next afternoon. Simply remove your chalk from your molds. Your molds can be washed and reused for future baking.

Step 7:

Grab a chair, sit back and relax while your little ones draw pretty flowers and happy faces all over your driveway. Take a moment to walk inside and spike your lemonade (no one is judging here).

Step 8:

After the girls went to sleep, I was feeling creative and decided the cupcake chalk molds we made needed “icing.” I mixed quite a bit more Plaster of Paris with the same amount of water from step three, making a thick paste almost too hard to stir. I then transferred the paste into a sandwich bag and used my scissors to cut one of the bottom corners. A makeshift icing bag. In a circular motion, I iced my little cupcakes and added some glitter on top. Because, well, #whynot #everythingisbetterwithglitter.


All jokes aside, we really enjoyed this project. We have plenty of supplies leftover to re-create this all summer long and the girls are already asking to do it again. Have fun experimenting with different shapes, layer your colors or use your creations to give away as party favors for your next cookout! Tag me in your Instagram chalk/spiked lemonade photos this summer @Mrs_Sprigler. Until next time!

So, I am aware you can purchase a 60 count of sidewalk chalk for $5.99 at pretty much any store on Earth. However, aren’t we all looking for a way to keep our precious offspring busy this summer? It’s time to create some memories and you don’t have to be a master crafter for this project (my one-year-old excelled at making her first batch of homemade chalky goodness).