Collage Art Journal: Pages 1-4

Well after my last post last week, in which I shared with you my newfound love for magazine photo collages, you would have thought I would have posted again right away, but as is usually the case, life got in the way.  One of my very good friends was visiting in town and stayed with me […]

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Magazine Photo Collage Art – Getting Started

You wouldn’t know it by the lack of posts, but I have been on a creative tear the last few weeks, since the end of April.  What, you may ask, has gotten my attention, that I’ve neglected to eat or sleep?  Magazine photo collage art!  I had initially wanted to start an art journal after […]

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Making Crepe Paper Surprise Balls with Theresa Weller

A few weeks ago, I took a class with Theresa Weller at Handcraft Studio School to make surprise balls – “the toy that’s a joy to destroy.”  A surprise ball consists of a series of small trinkets and toys wrapped decoratively in layers of crepe paper.  In order to get to the gifts, you have […]

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Costume Jewelry Wreath

I had been collecting costume jewelry for several years, with hopes of eventually turning them into a brooch bouquet.  Not that I am planning on getting married anytime soon, but I have fallen in love with how beautiful they are to display as a work of art.  I think I had accumulated enough brooches and […]

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Gooey Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Nuts

I’ve developed a habit of finding a great baking recipe and then sticking with it over the course of a year, making the item over and over and giving it to different people.  I find that that’s what works best for me. Well, recently, I decided to bake for one of my favorite instructors at Castle […]

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Paper Wonderland Tunnel Book Class with Charlene McNally

After a long (for me) hiatus, I finally made it back to Castle in the Air – the first time this year, believe it or not.  This time it was for the Paper Wonderland tunnel book class by Charlene McNally, my first with this very talented artist. I’ve made tunnel books before (here, here, and here), […]

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Crystal Embellished Box Clutch

One of the blogs I follow is P.S. – I Made This… by Erica Domesek, the hip DIY diva.  She started her blog to show other fashion-lovers how to make their own versions of designer knockoff goods.  I am not big on designer goods, but this lady has some great ideas, including this faceted crystal […]

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Savory Cheddar Cheese Cookie Recipe

I hope you all had a great Christmas/holiday celebration with your loved ones!  In my haste to get everything done for the holidays, including my last blog post, I totally forgot to wish everyone a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays. I did a ton of holiday-related baking, and today I continue my Christmas postings with this recipe […]

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Anthropologie Inspired Holiday Wreath, Part 2

Last year I shared with you my knockoff of a wreath that was originally sold at Anthropologie.  (You can read it here).  It featured oak leaves, acorns, and an owl. Well I decided to make another one for my best friend, Li, because the wreath featured an owl, and the animal Li identifies with is […]

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Anatomical Embroidery with Robert Mahar

Well, hello again!  I’ve been trying to catch you all up on my crafty adventures.  Today, I share with you an embroidery class I took a few months ago with Robert Mahar at Handcraft Studio School. Robert was a doll and his enthusiasm rubbed off on us. This isn’t your mom’s embroidery, but a more […]

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