Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day

The path to regular creativity is to simply draw, paint, craft, or whatever interests you, for 15 minutes almost every day. If you schedule the time, and plan for it – even if you are busy – you should be able to manage 15 minutes of creative time most days. These brief creative periods reinforceContinue reading “Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day”

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”

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!”

Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.

I’ve been wanting to try string art for months. When I saw my Valentine’s Day pattern printed – I knew it would make the perfect background. Have you been wanting to try string art? If so, gather these materials and read on. 8″ x 10″ frame with the glass removed 8″ x 10″ piece of corkContinue reading “Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.”

Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!

I’m so excited to announce that this Nutcracker pattern is available on Spoonflower and can be ordered as fabric or gift wrap! I just received some Nutcracker fabric and I’m excited to make something with it for the holidays! You all know how passionate I’ve been about surface design this year! I’ve been wanting to takeContinue reading “Nutcracker Pattern – and it’s available as fabric and gift wrap on Spoonflower!”

Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}

This is one of my favorite Fall projects! Give it a try and share your results, either in the comments below or on Instagram – tag me: @eileenmckenna. Supplies: heavyweight watercolor paper – I used Fluid Easy Block watercolor paints (3 colors – light, medium, dark. I used yellow, orange (or red), and brown.) water paintbrushes (1 thick, 1 thin)Continue reading “Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}”

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”

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!”