Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Video! How To Make Paper People Chains


I had a request the other day to make a video on how to make classic paper people chains (some people call them paper doll chains).  Here is a quickie video that walks you through step by step!

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No time to watch?  Check out my photo tutorial here!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Spring Spray Wreath!


After some spring cleaning, I was ready to add a little bit of spring into the house!  Here is a super easy wreath that takes only minutes to make and brings the wildflowers right into your space.  Have a lot of silk flower odds and ends?  This is a perfect project to use them up!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Wreath form (any size is ok, I used a 12 inch form)
  • A mix of focal flowers (I used hydrangea clusters) and linear flowers (I used larkspur)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters


Check out the full video tutorial below for how to make this wreath.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cookie Cutter Kitchen Wreath


My kitchen was in need of a festive new wreath, so I put together this sweet little cookie cutter wreath using materials I had on hand (don't you love when that happens?)  Perfect for a pantry door, a kitchen window, or a wall too!

When I was going through all of the holiday stuff this year, I noticed that my enamel coated cookie cutters were looking chipped.  I definitely didn't want paint chips in our cookies, but I didn't want to toss them either...problem solved!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Grapevine wreath (any size, I used an 18")
  • Ribbon (I used red and white burlap)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Small piece of yarn or ribbon to make a hanging loop



Start by wrapping burlap around the wreath, I let a little grapevine wreath show, because I liked the way it looked.  Secure with hot glue.


Next place the cookie cutters when you want them.  I had to re-arrange mine a bit before I got them how I wanted.  If you will be adding a bow later, leave a little room in your placement.  Glue cutters down securely.


Last, add a little bow to the top or bottom.  I kept mine simple, using some leftover burlap.  A hanging loop is helpful...just tie a little yarn or ribbon on with a secure knot and you're finished!  Lie flat and be sure to allow the glue adequate time to cool and dry before hanging.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winter Princess Countdown Calendar!



I love countdown calendars...a super fun way to build excitement for an occasion or trip.  Here is one that is super easy to make featuring favorite characters too!  Best of all the frame can be used after your trip for a lovely photo frame for a special picture.

Using dolls or stuffed characters you already have, all you have to do is make the frame component...


Here's what you'll need:
  • Stuffed friends or dolls
  • Hot glue
  • Inexpensive unfinished wood frame
  • Craft paint
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • Buttons, beads, or gems
  • Dry erase marker



  1. Take apart the frame and paint it with craft paint.  I chose lavender for the "winter princess" theme.  Allow to completely dry.
  2. Cut the scrap paper to fit inside the frame.  Assemble the frame.
  3. Glue gems, buttons, beads, etc as desired.  We chose "icy" clear gems.
  4. Allow to dry and you're finished!



When everything is completely cool and dry, you can use the dry erase marker directly on the glass to count down the days.  Use a tissue to wipe clean.  After the big day, use the frame to display a keepsake photo memory!


Happy crafting!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review: The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan


I was recently able to review The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan (Workman Publishing, ISBN 978-0761186113).  I have always wondered how to make the gorgeous lettering and designs seen everywhere at the moment, and this book shows you absolutely everything!

The book is divided into lessons, each with a different and interesting design or lettering topic.  It includes block writing, script writing, floral, banners, and lots more!

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The back cover gives a fun sampling of some of the some of the things inside, check out the variety!




For people like me who haven't done much lettering, there are detailed photo step by step pictorials with a clear explanation for each step:


The result is beautiful lettering for just about any occasion! 


Isn't that L fabulous above?  One of my most favorite things about this book is the practice chalkboards in the front and back of the book, the fron is lined for lettering and the back is unlined for freehand, drawings, and stuff like that...awesome!


Happy crafting families!

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