For Elias


This piece was made by finger-painting on Bristol vellum and then cutting the pieces out by hand.  The background was made by dragging a piece of cardboard through the leftover paint on the palette, and then swiping it across the paper in an upward motion. I uploaded the photo to Ribbet and edited it.

This design was made in memory of a special little boy from Finland, who had Cockayne Syndrome.

To see many more projects and photos, like my FB page.  This design is part of a set I’m currently working on to sell for medical research in Knox’s Etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!

For Elias 2015

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Needle Case Valentines


Needle cases are the perfect containers for small notes. Slip them in a purse or pocket, and surprise your Valentine with a tiny expression of love.

Available in craft stores and online, you can find needle cases in several styles and sizes. I ordered mine from Rita at Sova Enterprises.

I played with inks to see what they would do to the raw wood cases. The first one below was left raw, then I used a light brown, pastel pink, and red ink.


To keep this project quick and simple, I used decorative tapes and bits of trim for embellishment.










A tiny sentiment can be rolled up and pushed into the case. Be sure and leave a small bit of the note extended above the top of the case, so the recipient can remove it.




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Cardinals in the Birches

This project was used with 2nd-4th graders. Several projects like this have filtered through Pinterest, I simply added my own Cardinal Pattern, since we see these pretty birds all year in Texas.

Choose a colored background page of card stock.

Then, using the full length of a sheet of white card stock, cut strips with jagged edges for tree trunks. Use a black pastel or crayon to add bark lines and branches.

Here’s a FREE pattern to use for a cardinal.  I also reduced it 65% to make a baby bird.

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I had the kids paint a piece of watercolor paper with “cardinal colors’ and then, either draw their bird or use a pattern.  I always encourage young artists to try and draw first, but if they become frustrated and are unable to produce and image they like, I allow them to use a pattern.
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Glue bird onto tree branch and add eye and feather details with black Sharpie.

Use a white crayon to add snowfall, and to mark the eyes on male cardinals with black masks.


No matter how you paint them, the birds look beautiful in white birch trees.

Be sure and check out my FB page to see the kid’s finished masterpieces!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having a great week. ~Scarlett



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Little Turtle with Picture Book and Toys


Another baby turtle painting for a special little girl in France.

Her mother told me she loves pinwheels, her pink ball, books, and her daddy’s black hat.

Sweet Miss H. B., this for you, petite fille precieuse.

Love and hugs from Texas.  ~ Knox’s Mom
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H. B. with painting Turtle for H.B.

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Sweet Treat Ornaments from Air Dry Clay


This soft air-dry clay is perfect for molding ornaments.DSCF0993

Half dozen….

I created these small treat bags using tiny cellophane bags and baker’s twine, both found in the wedding section of my local Michael’s store.DSCF1295

A paper-clip can be slid under the twine in back for a hook.DSCF1294

Couldn’t resist making a tiny little peanut-butter blossom cookie. A bag full of them would be perfect for someone who counts these among their favorite cookies.
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Since the ice-cream bars and sandwiches were heavier than the cookies, I pushed a safety pin into the wet clay (see photo) for a sturdier hook.


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Hope your holiday season is full of sweetness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all ~ScarlettSweet Treats 1


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