Patriotic Paper Quilt activity for kids and adults

You know when you have an idea and you’re like, “This is such a great idea.” But then you don’t get it done in time? Well last March I had the idea to create a paper quilt printable kit. The idea was based on a paper quilt I created back in the early days ofContinue reading “Patriotic Paper Quilt activity for kids and adults”

Beach Diorama

I got crafty today and finished the diorama that was inspired by a quick beach painting in my sketchbook and the cardboard leftover from the Brie cheese. I can draw and paint but I don’t think of myself as particularly crafty. I’m a mess with a glue gun in hand. So if I can pullContinue reading “Beach Diorama”

Paper Roses with a link to a fabulous tutorial!

I have long admired paper flowers. I think I first noticed them in Mollie Makes, a UK craft magazine. I love Mollie Makes, even though I don’t sew, knit, or crochet. I love the look and feel of it. I’m inspired by the crafts, and love reading about other creatives. It’s crafty, with a hipContinue reading “Paper Roses with a link to a fabulous tutorial!”

Gingerbread houses

It was a lot of fun decorating mini gingerbread houses with the kids tonight. It’s nice to do something together especially since 2 of my 3 are teenagers. Traditions are really nice. We’ve been doing houses together since the oldest was 2 or 3.  I remember when I was home from college and my sisterContinue reading “Gingerbread houses”

Merry [day after] Christmas!

I was feeling guilty that I never finished a Christmas diorama, as I promised you. Posting one today or tomorrow seemed too late. But, as I cleaned up all the scraps of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons, I realized today is the perfect day to finish a Christmas diorama and use some of those leftovers. TheContinue reading “Merry [day after] Christmas!”

Christmas Diorama – in progress

I haven’t forgotten about my Christmas diorama project. I’m learning that (like anything worth doing) it isn’t a quick, easy thing. I’m using a tea box and realizing I need to cover every side – inside and out. Unfortunately the craft tape thingy isn’t strong enough and is showing through the vellum. I’m also realizing that allContinue reading “Christmas Diorama – in progress”

Dioramas – the planning stage

I’ve wanted to work on a diorama for awhile now. I haven’t worked on one since the kids made shoebox sized ones for school. Even then it wasn’t my project and they wouldn’t let me take over! I’ve been pinning Christmas diorama projects on my board like crazy lately. When I remembered the illustrations in my dad’sContinue reading “Dioramas – the planning stage”

Beach Lover Wooden Sign

I bought a piece of wood and had it cut into pieces at the hardware store. Using acrylic paints – teal and white – I added streaks of both and blended them, to get achieve a beachy, sun bleached look. I set up the lettering on the computer and outlined it. Last time around IContinue reading “Beach Lover Wooden Sign”

Paper Quilt – No sewing required!

When I saw a paper quilt on the Country Living magazine website (from Linda & Harriett – see links below), I knew I had to make one. I have always wanted to make a quilt, but I can’t sew! I wanted to go to the craft store and get paper, but it was pouring out,Continue reading “Paper Quilt – No sewing required!”