Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paper flowers for spring

Folks, it's high time I put down that shovel and start blogging again.  Our record snowfall this winter has finally started to melt, and I see the light at the end of the tunnel - spring!

This is the time of year many of you see cherry and dogwood trees begin to blossom.  It's not happening here yet (no surprise), but that won't stop me from enjoying the look of them.
I found this great tutorial on Pinterest on how to make paper flowers for branches.
You can find it here.  Of course I had plenty of fallen branches strewn across our yard after so many blizzards this winter.  I used a 2-inch paper punch, white and pink tissue paper, and some hot glue.

Here's the result:





I love how they turned out and would have made more flowers, if it weren't for a bit of struggle with my pink tissue paper getting stuck in my paper punch.  :)

I did manage to pick up some real flowers at the grocery store this winter to cheer our dining room buffet as well:


And these faux roses were a steal at the thrift store - I think they look realistic, do you?


Spring is in the air...I just know it!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine Crafting

Hello friends!  These days you'll find me indoors trying to keep busy, as we have 3 feet of snow outside and more predicted for this weekend.  Uuuugh.
Well, at least we've got Valentine's day to look forward to next week.  I thought I'd share some cute Valentine card and gift bag ideas with you.  The combination of brown paper and light pink really appeals to me this year, so that's what I used.
Here are some of the supplies I started with:

The pink heart straws, burlap chalk tags and pink jute twine all came from Target's dollar section,  The 'tickets' by Tim Holtz were found at AC Moore, as well as the plain white paper hearts.  I jazzed them up with fabric patches and stamped messages (the same fabric patches I used on my lavender hearts).  The tiny alphabet stamps also came from AC Moore:

First I painted some brown kraft card stock (also from AC Moore) with pink hearts to make Valentine cards.  The 'Cameo Pink' acrylic paint was only 50 cents at Walmart.  

Next I simply glued my white hearts to the cards.  I'll be personalizing these later this week...




I decided to use large brown lunch bags I had on hand for Valentine gift bags.  I was having fun painting those free-hand rustic-looking hearts.


The pink twine was sewn into the top of the bags, and also holds the straws in place.  Next I just glued the sweet tickets to the hearts and hung my chalkboard tags over the straws.  Pretty simple and easy, just waiting for me to fill these with treats!

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy your Valentine's day preparations - I know I am!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Love (and lavender) is in the air

While we are hunkering down for a major snow blizzard in the Boston area, I'm busy listing these sachets in my Etsy shop.  May as well keep busy!


I had such fun making these unique sachets, because I used fabric from the delightful Cabbages and Roses' Northcote Range line.  This cottage style fabric adorns the 'patches' on the hearts.  Sometimes our hearts do need a little mending, right?





They smell lovely, filled with soothing lavender...




They'd fit right in for Valentine's Day.  I couldn't stop myself with the heart theme, so I also made two cute heart garlands - this time with white cotton and stuffing, and of course the sweet 'patches'!





I have one garland hanging in our living room for now...it may be difficult to sell it.  :)



It all started with these lovely supplies...


Well, if I'm going to be snowed in, may as well be surrounded by pretties.
Stay safe and warm this week, friends!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tilda book Homemade and Happy

Hello friends,
I've been meaning to share with you a book I got before Christmas.  It's the most recent craft book by Tone Finnanger called:  'Homemade and Happy'.


The images for the book were photographed in Ms. Finnanger's cozy log cabin with her younger sister as the model.  I love the homey feel of it throughout.  The latest fabrics are pale and pretty, yet rustic.
Aren't these pillows scrumptious?

And these miniature hearts look absolutely adorable stacked on the cake rings.

The Tilda books never cease to inspire.  The pretty angel dolls lined up all in a row have the sweetest dresses:

I tackled the job of making three of these for 3 precious newborn nieces we welcomed into our large family last year.  Here are my angels before they 'flew' to their new homes at Christmas:

What are you making these days?  The creative bugs always thrives in January, I think.  :)


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Clean Slate

As I write this post it is -2 degrees outside.  Well, at least there's not a blizzard to go with it!
Now that the Christmas decorations are gone, the house is looking bare.  I left a few flocked pine cones around, but little else.  It's nice to start with a clean slate.
The kitchen had lots of red going on during Christmas season, but now it's back to the blues...


The pine cones add a nice rustic touch ....



Our fireplace has been pared down and now it's showcasing winter whites:



I just couldn't take the adorable white house off the mantel after Christmas:

This milk crate is one of my all time favorite flea market finds and I plan to feature it a lot this year!

Linens are stacked and fresh flowers from the market cheer this corner:

These cold hands of mine will be busy...knitting some arm warmers...


I hope you stay warm and creative these days!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Creative New Year

On this last day of 2014, I wish you all blessings and creative magic for 2015!

This past year has been wonderful and I look forward to sharing new adventures with you in the year to come.  Thank you for your visits, inspiration and always for your kind words.

One place to find inspirational creative resolutions for next year is on the Stampington website and blog.  I've been privileged to join some amazing artists there to share our 'artful' resolutions for 2015. Come visit at:
http://stampington.com/blog/2014/12/23/artful-resolutions-creative-souls/

You can see all the artists' responses in their entirety here as well:
http://stampington.com/new-year-resolutions

I'm looking forward to starting some creative projects soon, and these finds from Stampington's shop will get me going:

Last year I embellished these spools from Stampington with gathered ticking fabric I had on hand, and some inspirational words:

I'm dreaming of creating with  more rustic appeal....inspired by this old shed door and the coffee filter wreath I made.


What are you excited about for next year?
Happy New Year friends!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Winter's Tale - Living Room

Friends, it's been such fun to visit your blogs and see how everyone is adding that Christmas touch to their homes.  I love Advent as it's all about waiting and anticipating Christ's birth.  As I slowly decked out our halls, I reflected on the peace this time brings.
Our living room is finally set.  This year I was influenced heavily by the style of Vintage by Nina and her latest amazing book 'A Winter's Tale' ...


A peek at her book inside this fabulous milk crate I found at the flea market this fall:


Welcome....

Here are some lovely pillow covers I got from H&M recently.  They look great on our stark white couch!

Over the couch is a white Christmas themed shelf:

Crocheted stocking in a frame:

and sprayed pine cones from outdoors:

Not far from the tree is a corner with our white buffet.  This year I decided to put a bookcase on top (sorry for the shadows - it's been cloudy here all week!):

A collection of Christmas goodies is presented here...





This cute pouch came from Rhonda - I just love it with a little green sprig inside!



Recently Michelle and I joined a wonderful new friend Carol on a trip to visit Nesting in Concord, MA.  The store was in full Christmas wonderland display, enchanting as always.  One of the owners, Beth, made this amazing little wreath ornament.  I've attached it to my glitter trophy and just love it!

Here's a shot of us at Nesting.  I had a great time with you ladies!
Michelle, me, Carol

Next a look at the fireplace wall.  I decided to put my white arched window here, along with a Scandinavian cross fabric banner I made.  It hides that awful red brick!  I made the pillow covers on the white chairs from coffee sacks.

Here's a closer look at the mantel:

I'm crushing on this rustic white house I found at Nesting, as well as the glitter star garland:



Nearby is a simple seating area:



On the other side of the fireplace is a simple collection as well:

Just some burlap ribbon wrapped around the tree in an ironstone bowl.  Easy:

The front of the room holds my prairie style cupboard.  Just love this in winter, too:

I've dubbed this my 'star' corner, because I've used paper glitter stars with gusto here!

Ms. Santos dons them...

...and my white horse is surrounded by sparkly stars...even the candle holders got them:


It's a perfect place to feature our Nativity scene.  This year I nestled the scene in an old tool caddy that was made by my great-grandfather.  I love that it has an 'M' carved out on the left side (for 'Manger' seems appropriate):

Hope you enjoyed this living room tour.  Sending some warmth your way..

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