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Making Crepe Paper Flowers: Tree Peony

I took another crepe paper flower class at Castle in the Air recently, with Lynn Dolan, whom I interviewed for this blog last week.  (Read the interview here).  This time we learned how to make a tree peony and a poppy.  I’ll talk about the tree peony today and leave the poppy for my next […]

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Interview with Lynn Dolan, Crepe Paper Artist

You’ve heard me mention Castle in the Air numerous times in various posts about the classes I’ve taken there.  And you’ve read about all the crepe paper flowers I’ve learned to make at Castle.  Well, one of my very favorite instructors there is Lynn Dolan, a crepe paper master.  Her meticulous attention to detail brings an […]

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Crepe Paper Flower Ranunculus Class with Lynn Dolan

I recently took another amazing class with Lynn Dolan at Castle in the Air. As mentioned in my previous posts here and here, Lynn teaches classes on how to work with crepe paper.  This time, the class was for the ranunculus, one of my favorite flowers. For the ranunculus, we used 18 gauge stem wire […]

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Crepe Paper Peony Class

Recently I took another crepe paper flower class at Castle in the Air.  This time it was for the peony, again taught by Lynn Dolan, whose crepe paper rose class I blogged about here. Peonies are some of my favorite flowers, so of course, I wanted to learn to make one that I couldn’t kill, […]

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My Green Crafting Tendencies

There is usually a pattern to the things we do, and sometimes it takes awhile for us to realize what our natural tendencies are and what we tend to gravitate towards.  I recently made an interesting discovery about myself that wasn’t particularly surprising when I  really thought about it, but it gave me a glimpse […]

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Crafting Outside My Comfort Zone

When it comes to crafting and creativity, my attitude tends to be, I’ll give everything a try at least once. As I have mentioned so many times before, I have taken a lot of craft/art classes, especially at Castle in the Air.  I am always happy to learn a new craft, as I really believe […]

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Decorating for Christmas

I am not much of a decorator, but something made me decide to attempt a little holiday decorating this year.  I think a lot of it has to do with getting in the spirit of the holiday season starting right before Thanksgiving.  For most holiday seasons in the past, I would be busy with my […]

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Nutcracker Sweets Theater Class

I recently took another intensive, two-day class at Castle in the Air with John McRae and Ulla Milbrath. This time it was for their Nutcracker Sweets theater class, in which we created a wonderland of all kinds of candies and sweet treats for the Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy. The first day started with […]

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Blushing Crepe Paper Roses

I can’t really say that I’m a flower person, but when it comes to crafting, I am drawn to floral crafts – making flowers out of materials other than the ones used by Mother Nature.  I even have a Pin board devoted to handmade blooms that I would like to try my hand at.  I’m […]

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Making Peg Dolls Book

Over the summer when Castle in the Air released its class schedule, I saw a class, “Summer Sprite Peg Dolls,” that I wanted to take (along with at least nine other ones).  But when I read the description, it said, “Margaret Bloom…will guide children (ages 3 to tween) in making adorable peg dolls,” I realized […]

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