Christmas Paper Crafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags & More

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I have received free samples of this product. There was a time when I spent countless hours laboriously crafting my own gift cards and tags. I would pore over photographs, printing out the best ones on a variety of papers for interesting textural and visual effect; I would hand-letter greeting in painstaking calligraphy; I would … Read more

Paper Birds

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Paper Birds  by Ruby Taylor and Kate Smith features 10 fun, feathery friends to pop out and make! This papercraft book is both charming and enchanting.  Each beautifully illustrated project features not only a bird to cut out and create, it includes a portion of their environment so each finished bird has its own little … Read more

Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips and Ideas

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As most of you know, Halloween is the MOST important holiday, and I’m always on the lookout for fresh decorating ideas. Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips and Ideas by Colleen Dorsey offers a great starting point for those new to the art of pumpkin carving, along with plenty of fun tips and facts. The … Read more

Pretty in Pink Summer Wreath!

I’ve been wanting a pretty wreath for my front door, but the prices are often dauntingly high. There’s also the problem that I’m not a huge fan of fake flowers. They so often scream tacky/funeral arrangement/old lady with plastic furniture covers, at least to me. I have flashbacks to a house I used to pass … Read more

Quick & Easy Patriotic Pillow

As promised, today I’m bringing you instructions for how to make your own USA patriotic pillow as featured in my Fabulous Fourth Table Setting. This is a quick and simple project, you could easily make several to toss around as accents at your 4th of July festivities. I used a plain denim tote bag as … Read more

Create Your Own Romantic Floral Topiary

Fresh flowers are one of my passions in life. They make me feel like a decadently pampered Victorian lady, surrounded by boisterous bouquets, stunning stems and divinely scented nosegays. My dream is to one day have entire fields teeming with a wild array of blooms, ready to be snipped at a moments notice. Or perhaps … Read more

Sweetheart Gift Bags

Handmade gift bags add an extra layer of fabulousness to any present, plus they’re so simple and easy to make. Just a few quick steps will have you sending gifts out into the world in packages that will become keepsakes. You can easily adjust this project to make bags that will fit any sized item. … Read more

Bejeweled Bouquet

I’ve been wanting to do something to display these sparkling pink crystal-cut glass drawer pulls since I found them. I’d love to refinish a dresser or cabinet with them, but they don’t currently fit my decor. I decided adding them to a sweet floral bouquet would be a unique and unexpected touch. I used magazine … Read more

Sweet Embellished Leg Warmers

Embellished leg warmers and boot socks have been a sweet trend through the fall and winter. Since our national groundhog weatherman seems to have mispredicted an early spring, you still have plenty of time to rock this look and keep your legs warm and toasty in style. These are adorable with tights, leggings or skinny … Read more

No-Sew Autumn Owl Door Greeter #Craft

This fall has been particularly gorgeous here in Ohio, with vivid blue skies only broken by the occasional perfect plush white clouds, shifting columns of sunlight dappled through riotously changing trees. Just enough of a chill to make it worth cuddling into a soft sweater on long walks. I am not looking forward to the … Read more