Need Cards?

There are some bright and colorful Valentine cards in Knox’s shop right now…

And some pretty French inspired Valentines, too…

There’s a blank set of 4 butterfly cards for all occassions…

And some beautified kraft tags….

There’s a set of 4  little owl Valentine cards, as well…

Please consider purchasing a set of cards from Cards for Cockayne Syndrome this Valentine’s Day, and feel free to share the link with anyone you know that loves unique cards made for a good cause.~ All proceeds from my shop are sent to help find a treatment for CS.

Up next:  My favorite fairy tale is Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Tiny’, better known as “Thumbelina”.  I had so much fun making Thumbelina in her hot air balloon that I decided to try and create more of her world.  I hope to have something finished to share this week.  You can also click over and ‘like my FB page where I’ve been posting sketches of my ideas.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Baker’s Twine Candy Cane Tags

Remember these tiny candy canes I made from baker’s twine last year?

I sandwiched them between some vellum and sewed them into tags for Somerset Life‘s baker’s twine challenge.

Many thanks to my friend Connie for encouraging me to submit something.  Stop by and visit her and see the lovely needlework and projects she’s working on.

If you’d like directions for making these miniature candy canes, click here.

I really like the soft look of the vellum for the holidays, especially with lots of chunky crystal disco glitter.

Thanks for visiting today~

Hope you don’t mind a little Christmas in August.  Have a great weekend!

8 Ideas for Simple Wrapping with Herbs and Paper Doilies

Faster. Simpler. Cheaper.

These have been my goals when trying to come up with wrapping and gift ideas.

I looked outside to see if there was something I could use and there was only one thing that has survived my black thumb: the herbs.

I cut some clippings of rosemary, thyme, and oregano.  They look plain, but mmmmmmm…they sure do smell good.

I gathered some brown shipping paper and some white paper doilies from Wal-Mart that I got for $1.

A few other odds and ends were used, too, but I tried to use as few items as possible and only stuff I already had.
Here are 8 ideas for simple wrapping and gifts:

Idea #1 -Fold doily into a cone and stuff with herbs. Tie with jute.



They get the gift plus some seasoning for their next chicken dish.

Idea #2 –  (should’ve been #1)  Just put the doily on top and tie with some twine.

Idea #3 – Folding up the herbs in a doily like a burrito (this post is making me hungry). Tie with jute and a tag.

Idea #4 –  Use the doily by itself to make a gift bouquet.

Idea #5 –  Fold the doily in half, and fold the sides under slightly to make a pocket for herbs. Tie with jute.

Idea #6 –  Make a cone with a  paper roll, cover it with a half-doily to make mini herb bouquet.

Staple at the bottom to hold cone shape.



Idea #7 –  Make a doily cone and press it flat, with just a few herbs tucked in.

Idea #8 –  Don’t have the doilies? Tuck in some longer clippings of herbs, tie with jute and a white tag.

Hope these ideas inspire you to wrap simply and save some serious moolah.

And I hope you enjoy this music from the Great Depression, which seems all too appropriate in the after-math of tax day.

Up next, I’m going to post some lost photos that I rescued from Picnik before it closed last week.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!

Tiny Flower Frames From Shower Curtain Rings

These clear plastic shower curtain rings were ‘retired’ when my daughter got her Hello Kitty curtain with matching hooks and have never seen the light of day again.  Until now.

I decided to up-cycle these little plastic rings into miniature frames.  I used mostly scrap materials, a few things from the kitchen, and some old dried and pressed flowers that I keep for projects like this.

I started by tracing the ring onto cardboard so I would have a template for the centers.

I covered the rings with lots of different things. This one is covered in jute and the next in floral tape and then natural twine. The floral tape helped hold the twine in place while I wrapped the ring.

Then, using the cardboard template, I cut out two circles of wax paper and placed a pressed flower inside, and glued the circles together around the edges.

Next, I just hot-glued the circle onto the back of the ring.

I added a little button, some lace, and a piece of scrap ribbon at the top.

Added a tiny tag onto this one.

Love how the wax paper lets the light through.

This one’s different. I made a circle of wire, tacked a piece of produce netting (the stuff my onions come in) around it and slipped a pressed flower inside.


Here’s a shower ring wrapped in tulle.

I cut a circle of white cardboard for the backing and glued on a dried flower.

The tiny tag is made from a paper doily.


Here’s another one with a tiny tag made from torn muslin, the heart was cut from a pressed leaf.

This one was covered in cream colored yarn and the backing is thin cardboard.

This one is wrapped in a strip cut from a brown paper bag, the backing is parchment paper, and the heart is cut from a leaf.

This ring is wrapped in lace scraps and a pressed hydrangea is sandwiched between two circles of vellum.

This one is covered in muslin.  The backing is parchment paper and the flower is just glued onto the paper.

These are fun to make! I only made 8 out of 10, though, because my daughter wants to make some and put photos in them for her friend’s birthdays.

These are really sweet and would be great as a small ornament or tag on a gift.


Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and, as always,  thanks for coming by and taking a look at my projects!

More Wooden Spool Toys


These little spool toys are so much fun to make!

And they are much easier now that I bought my first power tool–a Dremmel, along with an EZ544 cutting blade….zip!, right through the spool!

Just like the first one I made, I used copyright free clip-art images to make match-up toys, stringing wire through the halves and looping through beads at both ends.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Weather man says some cooler air is on the way!