Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun get­ting to know you Christ­mas ques­tions you can share with friends and fam­i­ly at a fam­i­ly gath­er­ing or par­ty. I always find it inter­est­ing in how oth­ers cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son. If you don’t cel­e­brate Christ­mas you can eas­i­ly change the ques­tions to fit your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tion. My sis­ter and her fam­i­ly arrive late tonight and I can­not wait to have some fun with every­one. You know I’m on “best week­end ever” notice for Made­lyn and Isabel­la. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a week­end of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot choco­late, s’mores, cook­ie bak­ing, hol­i­day light look­ing and presents. It’s going to be a fab­u­lous week­end. 1. Wrap­ping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or arti­fi­cial? We...

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Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christ­mas tree is the first item to go up in our house dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Ans­ley designed this “Pep­per­mint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it dur­ing the hol­i­days easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ans­ley and I start to plan how we want to dec­o­rate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decid­ed to hang three wreaths with white lights and some gar­land with red and white lights in the bay win­dow. We added white lights on the fire­place man­tel and I accent­ed it with some of my favorite vin­tage mer­cury glass orna­ments, gar­land and green depres­sion glass. I say “I” accent­ed...

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Photo Ornaments

Dec 4, 2014

  These orna­ments were first blogged about on Decem­ber 13, 2007 and are an easy and fun orna­ment to make for an orna­ment exchange, to give as a house­warm­ing gift using their fam­i­ly pho­to or attached to gifts for fam­ily and friends. Just one thing though, be care­ful… these are very frag­ile! I know first hand because I broke one. I think I’m going to look for some clear plas­tic orna­ments as they will be more durable. Sup­plies Need­ed: Clear Orna­ments, Trans­parency, Maya Road Rubons, Rib­bon, Faux Snow Tools Need­ed: Coluz­zle (cir­cle), Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Print wal­let sized pho­tos in greyscale onto trans­paren­cy Cut out pho­to using your Coluz­zle or oth­er form of cir­cle cut­ter to appro­pri­ate size for your orna­ment Roll up trans­parency and place inside of orna­ment (you might need to flat­ten it out just a bit once it is...

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Needle Felted Acorn Necklace

Sep 24, 2014

Here are a few items I cre­at­ed yes­ter­day using some of the acorn caps from all those dried acorns I’ve been show­ing you. I love nee­dle felt­ing in the fall so I decid­ed to nee­dle felt some acorns. Once I had the acorn felt­ed I decid­ed to accent each acorn cap with a slight amount of metal­lic gold paint. It’s just enough to give the cap a slight shim­mer. To make the hang­er so it can hang from a neck­lace I first drilled a small hole in the top of the dried acorn cap, then wire wrapped a hang­er and attached the cap to the nee­dle felt­ed acorn. The acorn pen­dant hangs from a 24″ sil­ver ball chain and looks adorable.  I had so much fun mak­ing the first felt­ed acorn I decid­ed to make 9 more in dif­fer­ent col­ors....

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Artist Flood Relief

Jun 20, 2014

Last Sep­tem­ber Col­orado was real­ly hit hard with unex­pect­ed flash floods.  Dams broke, roads were washed out, rivers took con­trol, and lives were lost.  It’s just so dev­as­tat­ing.  Com­plete towns were evac­u­at­ed, lives lost, peo­ple unac­count­ed for, homes & busi­ness­es demol­ished. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is host­ing a silent auc­tion to help Cross­roads Min­istries. This non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion has pro­vid­ed a total of 725 flood relief assists but their funds are deplet­ing.  Any assis­tance would be appre­ci­at­ed. Up for auc­tion are many great pieces from var­i­ous artists. I’ve donat­ed auto­graphed copies of  all three of my books Delight In The Details, Delight In The Sea­sons and Delight In The Art of Col­lage, plus sev­er­al oth­er items.   This shab­by chic bird­house was shared on my blog in July of last year. If you want to read how I cre­at­ed it...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Charm Bracelet

Jan 23, 2014

This bracelet came to mind as I was strolling the aisles of Hob­by Lob­by. I love just roam­ing around look­ing at things and real­ly love it when inspi­ra­tion hits. I’ve cre­at­ed this tuto­r­i­al so you too can cre­ate this super cute charm bracelet to wear for Valen­tine’s Day. To make your bracelet you will need to head to the Valen­tine’s day aisle to get these cute minia­ture cook­ie orna­ments (on sale right now for 30% off) then head to the jew­el­ry aisle to get this chain bracelet, some sil­ver 2″ head pins, sil­ver jump rings to make wire wrapped bead charms and some sil­ver ear­ring hooks. I already had pink and red rasp­ber­ry beads as well as iri­des­cent (large & medi­um) and pink (small) glass beads to make the triple bead charms. If you...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This orna­ment is going to do some seri­ous sparkling on the tree as I cov­ered each Maya Road Pho­to Frame Chip­board piece with iri­des­cent glit­ter. It shim­mers and sparkles beau­ti­ful­ly and will look gor­geous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an orna­ment like this one or sim­i­lar orna­ments below are the prod­ucts I used. Maya Road Pho­to Frames Chip­board, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Dia­mond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Ging­ham Trim,1  Hol­ly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jin­gle Bell, Black & White Pho­tos, Black Card­stock, Glue Stick, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Scis­sors, Sand­ing Block Step Out for Mak­ing This Orna­ment: Remove cen­ter square from pho­to frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the pho­to frame, place Dia­mond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make hand­made items dur­ing the hol­i­days. I believe it all stems from my child­hood and mak­ing hol­i­day items with my mom. For as long as I can remem­ber she and I have made some­thing for the hol­i­days and these fab­ric orna­ments are fun to cre­ate espe­cial­ly if you like instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion. I did the stitch­ing one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto nat­ur­al muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a sim­ple out­line stitch all along the images, then using a pen­cil, light­ly wrote the name onto each orna­ment and hand stitched over it. Inside the but­ter­fly I added some Dia­mond Stick­les for a lit­tle sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decid­ed to use a Maya Road...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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Home for Christmas

Aug 14, 2013

This is the sec­ond of three class­es I will be teach­ing at Cre­ative Cards and Crafts in Vil­la Park, IL ~ Oct.18th & 19th. In this Home for Christ­mas class I will show you how to cre­ate three old fash­ioned Putz style hous­es using pat­terned papers from the new Graphic45 12 Days of Christ­mas line. Once all three hous­es are built and accent­ed with Stick­les and glit­ter you will group them on a dec­o­ra­tive acrylic plat­ter cov­ered with faux snow and sisal trees to com­plete a minia­ture win­ter themed neigh­bor­hood. As a bonus I will show you how easy it is to bleach sisal trees at home if you wish for yours to be off white in col­or. And a vin­tage Christ­mas project would not be com­plete with­out includ­ing a few vin­tage mer­cury glass...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me ask­ing to see a few things clos­er up so here ya go. I find it fun to add per­son­al touch­es to my work area and when you are a col­lec­tor of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few lit­tle fig­urines I’ve col­lect­ed from Good­will and oth­er Thrift Stores. I enjoy tuck­ing them (that is until I have to dust them) in among oth­er decor items. I think of them as lit­tle unex­pect­ed sur­pris­es.  The two small­er pho­tos are of fig­urines sit­ting on the pie crust table. I have the squir­rel posi­tioned so it is hid­ing behind the berry bas­ket filled with adhe­sives yet peek­ing out from in front of a chair. This is how my broth­er’s trum­pet, old home­stead Clorox bot­tle and farm­ing...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Frozen Charlotte Dolls ~ For Sale

Nov 5, 2012

If you love Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as much as I do but real­ly have a hard time part­ing with your vin­tage dolls here is what you need. I am sell­ing packs of 7 hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls as seen in the pho­tos for $10.00 plus ship­ping. These dolls come with a flat back which makes them easy to attach to projects such as cards, tags, orna­ments, jew­el­ry etc. and range in size from the small­est being approx­i­mate­ly 1/2″ wide to the biggest being approx­i­mate­ly 2.75″ tall. Since these are all hand­made by me, each doll will be unique and have its own vin­tage charm. I’m real­ly enjoy­ing mine as I’ve used them to cre­ate hol­i­day orna­ments and have altered the Frozen Char­lotte bust with a faux pati­na fin­ish and placed it into a charm....

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Hand Blown Glass & Quilts

Aug 16, 2012

One thing I love is glass­ware. Mom passed this gene right on down to me. She and I love to hunt for glass pieces in antique stores and thrift shops. I like to col­lect milk glass and green depres­sion glass. Mom likes hand cut glass. Hand blow glass is anoth­er love of ours and get­ting to watch Ron Hin­kle demo how he makes some of his items was a true treat. We’ve vis­it­ed his shop in Buck­han­non, WV 4 years straight and he’s always been no the road but this time we hit our vis­it just right. He is such a won­der­ful guy and cre­ates some of the most amaz­ing pieces of art. It’s sad to me that hand blown glass is a fad­ing art. It was won­der­ful get­ting to watch him cre­ate beau­ti­ful...

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Victorian Christmas

Nov 28, 2011

I love dec­o­rat­ing the house for Christ­mas but must admit some years I dec­o­rate more than oth­ers. The one thing that is pret­ty con­sis­tent dur­ing every hol­i­day sea­son is my love for old fash­ioned orna­ments. I have one 4′ tree that sits on top of a table and is dec­o­rat­ed with all hand­made paper orna­ments that reminds me of an old Vic­to­ri­an Christ­mas. This year, I plan on adding a few addi­tion­al orna­ments to this tree that I feel will accent it beau­ti­ful­ly. Although, to bal­ance out the tree I’m going to have to cre­ate more of each orna­ment using dif­fer­ent stamps from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. I cre­at­ed this orna­ment using the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Fine and Dandy, Soci­ety Lady & Per­fumery Stamp Sets by Pink Per­sim­mon. The Scal­lop Frames and Hang­ing Chan­de­lier...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decid­ed to go to Beau­mont over the week­end for some antique and thrift store shop­ping as well as hit this won­der­ful flea mar­ket. Mom, dad and I were up and out ear­ly Fri­day, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcom­ing class projects and work­shops. I was so hap­py. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m look­ing for and they are off and run­ning. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keep­ers I tell ya. I took a few pho­tos of some of the items we found. I have box­es filled with great vin­tage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her sur­pris­es… can she? We found salt and pep­per shak­ers,...

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Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remem­ber Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to cre­ate for Memo­r­i­al Day. These orna­ments can be hung on a wreath or placed any­where in your home to add a bit of patri­o­tism and hon­or friends and fam­i­ly who have served our coun­try.  To those, I give a heart­felt thank you. Sup­plies Need­ed: 3 — Small Paper Mache Star Orna­ments (Hob­by Lob­by) Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Dusk, Red Wag­on) Ranger Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Sil­ver) Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown) Crepe Paper Stream­er (White) Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543) Old Book Page Stick­les (Plat­inum) Martha Stew­art Seal Punch Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents Glit­ter (Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel) Old Fash­ioned Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land by Bethany Lowe...

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Sneak Peeks Week 2

Dec 8, 2010

Here are a few sneak peeks of this weeks projects being cre­at­ed in my “All Things Win­ter” work­shop. I’m also shar­ing lots of glit­ter­ing tips as I have learned many things the hard way, believe me. So hope­ful­ly, I can spare you some of my dis­as­ters. We’ve cre­at­ed a gift tag which can be recre­at­ed and attached to any gift or gift bag for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion just by chang­ing the pat­terned papers. A lay­out that can be cre­at­ed using snow, hol­i­day or fam­i­ly pho­tos. And this mini album will be post­ed Fri­day, so every­one has a fun week­end project to cre­ate. This mini album con­tains 16 page for you to doc­u­ment a fam­i­ly pho­to as well as pho­tos of your hol­i­day tree, favorite recipes, cher­ished orna­ments and...

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A few cards and a banner…

Dec 3, 2010

First the win­ner of the Decem­ber Cocoa Daisy Kit Give­away is… Kathryn, Decem­ber 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm, This may be a long post but it’s a great one. You’re nev­er one to skimp on pro­vid­ing clear direc­tions. That’s what we love about you! Thanks for shar­ing this beau­ti­ful way to present a gift card. Con­grats, Kathryn! Email me at your address and I will get Chris­tine to mail your kit. Hap­py Cre­at­ing!!! As you all know I love the etsy store Lau­ra’s Vin­tage Gar­den. Well Lau­ra has gra­cious­ly cre­at­ed a coupon code for my blog read­ers. This coupon code will remain active until Dec. 10th. The coupon code is Lisa25 type the code in the coupon sec­tion when you pay and you will receive a 25% dis­count off your entire order, before...

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Mother’s Day Ornament/Tag

May 5, 2010

Here is an ornament/tag I cre­at­ed using an image from this vin­tage lady pdf. I LOVE these images and plan on cre­at­ing a few more orna­ments to attach to gift bags as need­ed. I always write a lit­tle note on the back of the tag for the recip­i­ent as I feel it adds such a per­son­al touch to the gift. And I was real­ly hap­py with how the rose looked on the tag too. I added a lit­tle creamy brown ink to dis­tress it just a bit. I think it’s per­fect. Those of you reg­is­tered in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als work­shop, I will be post­ing the tuto­r­i­al on how to recre­ate this soon. So be watch­ing. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Scroll Frames, Ledger Paper, Sheet Music, Plat­inum Stick­les, Maya Road Chan­de­lier Bead, Self...

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Vintage Postcard Easter Ornaments

Mar 21, 2010

If you are cre­at­ing the East­er Orna­ments I am post­ing here are a few more for your tree. I love vin­tage post­card images… espe­cial­ly East­er ones. I real­ly think I was born in the wrong time peri­od. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road Foun­da­tion Chip­board Set, Maya Mist — Sil­ver Metal­lic, Ger­man Glass Glit­ter — Sil­ver, Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, Glossy Accents, Dia­mond Stick­les, Cop­ic Ciao Mark­er RV13 Ten­der Pink, Self Adhe­sive Cream col­ored Pearls — 2mm & 5mm, Brown & White Bak­er’s Twine, Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick, Aleene’s Orig­i­nal Tacky Glue, Vin­tage East­er Post­card Images, Vin­tage Sheet Music (The Crafty Scrap­per most like­ly has a lot of this prod­uct if you need to order online… give them a call 972.923.3151) Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Mat, Sand­ing Block Instruc­tions: Cov­er...

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