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New paper chain garland

November 11, 2015

Christmas trees are cropping up and my heart is singing for joy.  Some new crafty creations are adorning the trees this year.  One of them is a new take on the old-school paper chain.


I wanted to create a two-dimensional version, since most of my hand made tree decorations are flat, or have only a slight amount of relief.  I haven’t seen this kind of a paper chain anywhere else, so I’m claiming it as an original design.

Here’s a closer look.


And an even closer look.  See how the circular links fit together?


Here’s my link template and one completed link.  Fold the middle extensions behind the link and glue them together to form a sleeve.  The open end of each link passes through the sleeve on an adjacent link.  How simple!


I use post-consumer paper, like colorful cracker and cereal boxes.  Trace the template on the back with pencil, cut out and glue.  Then connect the links together and add to your tree for a colorful treat!


I love glittery, expensive glass decorations just like everyone else … but honestly, the nostalgia of making Christmas tree ornaments brings back all that magic.  Hope your tree decorating season is filled with joy.


Christmas in July giveaway!

July 15, 2015

Patience Brewster is an artist after my own heart and I have been honored to make the acquaintance of her lovely daughter Marietta recently, so I started reading the Patience Brewster blog.


Much to my surprise, they’re having a #ChristmasinJuly celebration by hosting a giveaway contest on their blog.  And it’s pretty amazing if I do say so myself.


This charming Nicholas, bearer of a golden candle, will be awarded to one lucky winner!  Click on the picture above and head over to Patience Brewster’s blog to get the entry information.  Contest closes July 31st!



DIY photo grouping

May 5, 2015

If a tree falls in the forest but no one blogs about it, did it make a sound?


It’s not that I haven’t done anything creative lately, it’s just that I haven’t blogged about it.  So depending on the answer to the first question, maybe it doesn’t count :)


Anyway, Cristybella and I were going through dozens of unused photo frames last weekend and I decided to put together a quick photo grouping for an empty spot on a wall.  The idea credit goes to Photojojo, and you can see their original creation here.


I used a small piece of driftwood and some embellishments picked from my craft room desk drawers – you never know what you might find in there!



Seashells, beads and old keys ….



a memento from a happy vacation …



all clipped together with tiny clothes pins.




I honestly had to restrain myself from making one of these photo mobiles for every room of the house.  Adorable, easy and oh so home sweet homemade!

Thanks for reading :)


cultivating a wreath

March 15, 2015

Last fall I was sitting in the hair salon turning the pages of a magazine and saw the prettiest wreath made of cotton bolls, sort of like this one (from the lovely and talented Layla at the Lettered Cottage).  I thought, wow!  That’s so creative!



Consequently, I added cotton to the list when I started purchasing seeds to cultivate some my annuals and replenish the kitchen garden.  I remember growing a few cotton plants when I was a young girl and they were pretty, compact plants with large attractive flowers.  Of course it’s not so easy to just buy a package of standard cotton seeds since it’s an agricultural crop product.  I had to get an ornamental variety.



Even better.  The dark red foliage will be the perfect complement for a few zinnias.  I can never get enough zinnias.  All of my seeds germinated quickly this year and will be ready to plant outdoors in just a few weeks.




Later this summer we’ll certainly be enjoying some cotton bouquets around the house and this fall I’ll have my own homesweethomemade version of Layla’s cotton boll wreath.

btw, it’s my birthday today and Cristybella is frosting a cake just now.  It’s time to go taste a slice – yum!


blooming this week

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blooming this week:  zinnias, scarlet bouvardia, peachie’s pick stokesia


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May 23, 2014

Chaste Lilac and friends–







blooming this week

May 17, 2014

Saturday mornings usually involve feeding the squirrels and birds, playing with the dogs and general garding chores.






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