Handmade Cat Ornament for a Friend

  As much as I love craft magazines, for whatever reason, I don’t think I have ever made anything I saw in a magazine.  Recently, however, I purchased this year’s Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts because it featured an ornament I wanted to make. I love this ornament because it has a sweet, vintage feel […]

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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars Recipe

When it comes to eggnog, it appears most people either love it or hate it.  I happen to love eggnog and sometimes feel it’s a shame it’s only available once a year.  When this time of year rolls around, I go seeking out all the different versions of eggnog that I can find, including pumpkin […]

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French Memo Board Handmade Birthday Card

At the beginning of this year, I made it a goal to make and give out more handmade birthday cards to my friends and family. Well, as you can see from my lack of posts, I didn’t quite hit that goal – far from it. However, a few days ago, I realized my cousin, Chris’s birthday was […]

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Christmas Nativity Shadow Box

Ever since I made my angels shadow box last year – read about it here – I had been contemplating making another one, using images from the same book that inspired my first shadow box. I had found an illustration of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a manger that I thought would be perfect […]

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Paper Electronics: E-luminated Tunnel Book Class

A few weeks ago, I took a paper electronics class at the San Francisco Center for the Book to make an e-luminated tunnel book.  I had never heard of paper electronics until I took this class.  It is a way of making interactive artwork that moves, lights up, makes sound, plays music, etc. Jie Qi, the artist […]

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Shopping Bag Decorated with Recycled Magazine Paper

In past posts – here, here, here, and here – I’ve mentioned how I’m a magazine junkie and demonstrated projects in which I’ve upcycled or reused some of the paper from my favorite reads.   I’m constantly looking for projects that allow me to use up some of my collected images and pages.  I came across such a project on one […]

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Vintage Decoupage Book – a Limitless World in Decoration

Not too long ago, I attended another big book sale held by my local Friends of the Public Library.  This sale occurs twice a year, and is my favorite way to find vintage books.  It was at one of these sales that I found this book about decoupage.  Well, this time, I found another vintage book […]

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Anthropologie Inspired Holiday Wreath

Last year my girlfriend and hairdresser, Eva, told me about a holiday wreath she had seen at Anthropologie that she had wanted to get, but ended up not purchasing.  It was made out of white felt oak leaves with a little owl and a couple of felted acorns.  Out of curiosity, I found photos of […]

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Crepe Paper Flowers: Potted Orchids

Early last week, I took another crepe paper flower class with Lynn Dolan at Castle in the Air.  This time we learned how to make a potted orchid plant. We started out by wrapping the tips of 18 gauge wire with strips of yellow crepe paper to form the carpels of the the flowers. Next, […]

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100 Ideas Furniture Makeovers Magazine Review

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I like to look for creative inspiration not just in the crafting community, but also in the DIY and interior design communities.  Now, I have no decorating bone in my body, but I really enjoy watching interior designers at work, especially on shows like the Live Well Network’s […]

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