These gift jars are a quick and easy way to package any present. I hate throwing away wrapping paper and gift bags, but I never know what to do with them after I have received the gift. These jars are picture perfect, but can also be used for all kinds of storage after the gift has been unwrapped. Continue reading
I found this cork board at Daiso for $1.50. It was exactly what I needed to organize my notes for the blog. However, it was really unattractive and boring. This quick and easy makeover added just enough pizzazz that it is now worthy of being displayed at my desk. Continue reading
I love having a home with personal touches. Anyone can buy something sterile and plain, but it is the truly creative people who will transform those items into pieces that are uniquely theirs. Here are some ideas from projects I made for Stampington & Company that you can explore completely by clicking on the photo. Continue reading
This was a fun card that I made to thank an interviewer when I was looking for a job. It has lovely airmail touches and fun, whimsical details. Continue reading
I have been creating jewelry for as long as I can remember. My first beading kit was the Pocahontas beading kit with glass beads and bits of leather. I was hooked. Most of the jewelry I wear today was handmade for some special occasion or other, which makes it all the more important to me.
The following projects were made by me for Stampington & Company. You can see the complete tutorials by clicking on the images below.
Believe in Magic Necklace
Recently, my sister-in-law and my brother moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a new life. As a going away present, I decided to make this mixed-media canvas. In this homage to California, she will be reminded of the family that loves her. I also incorporated her favorite color—teal—to make it personalized to her tastes.
Follow the instructions below to make a perfect house-warming, going-away, or just-because gift. Continue reading
As many of you probably know, I am a bit of a nerd. I love Marvel superhero movies, Jane Austen, and especially Star Wars. I consider them all epic stories that are pure entertainment from start to finish (yes, that is what Jane Austen novels and superhero movies have in common). So, for Star Wars Day I knew I had to do something to celebrate my love of the movies. Last year, I did a knitting pattern for an ewok hoodie and I’ve also transformed little Casper into a Darth Vader-loving, sweater-wearing heartthrob, but this year it is all about the light sabers.
This light saber case can be used for anything, but I thought it would work well for crochet afghan hooks and knitting needles. I have also provided the details needed to adapt the pattern into a plush toy that can be stuffed. Continue reading
I am proud to announce my first-ever mixed-media post! I’ve been experimenting with mixed-media artwork for the last year and I love the process. Mixed-media art is all about layers. When creating a piece, you can scrape off a layer you don’t like, or just keep adding layers until it looks perfect. Most of these projects included at least one mistake, but I just kept working on them until I was pleased with the result.
I encourage you to try your hand at mixed-media. It is a very freeing experience and can be a great way to relieve stress and unwind at the end of the day. Continue reading
I have been knitting and crocheting for a combined total of more than 27 years. Some years I worked harder on it than others, but I’ve always made time in life to sit down with a ball of yarn to create.
In that time, I’ve amassed quite a collection of yarn and tools. I have yarn under my bed, in three different storage ottomans, in boxes in the closet, and even hiding in a dresser drawer. Remnants get periodically cleaned out and made into my remnant beanies (post coming soon!) and the rest get neatly stacked and stored in every available container.
However, my tools are a different story. They are all stored in a clear, plastic toiletries case (yes, I said toiletries case) because it is easy to find items in a clear container and it has a nice zipper and handle for travel. Continue reading