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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Crepe Paper Flower: Madame Hardy Rose

In my last post – read it here – I talked about the crepe paper heirloom roses class I took over a month ago at Castle in the Air with Lynn Dolan.  We learned to make two types of roses, the cabbage rose and the Madame Hardy.  I covered the former in my last post, and […]

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Crepe Paper Flower: the Cabbage Rose

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been lagging in my blogging.  Proof of that comes with this post for a crepe paper flower class I took over a month ago at Castle in the Air, with Lynn Dolan, crepe paper artist extraordinaire.  Over a month ago!   Anyway, this class was for heirloom roses, […]

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Finding Creative Inspiration

  As you can probably tell from my lack of postings, that I have not been in a very creative mood lately.  (Plus, I’ve been busy getting my eBay store ready for the holiday selling season).  I was running myself ragged and not getting a whole lot of sleep – a sure way to burn […]

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Playing with Stuffed Animals – Is Gumdrop Fat?

Inquiring Gumdrop wants to know: What do you think?

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Introducing Louie Louie, the Lion

This is Louie Louie: His Dad had a favorite uncle named Louie.  His mom’s Grandpa was named Louie.  They couldn’t decide which Louie he would be named after, so they named him after both.  Hence the name, Louie Louie.  But you can call him Louie :0) Now most lions look ferocious, but not Louie.  His friendliness and […]

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