Tiny Boat Tags With Walnut Shells


To make these tiny little boat tags you’ll need:

Halved walnut shells

Acrylic paints and brush

Cotton cloth/Fabric Scissors


Air-dry clay for the tops of the masts.

Blank tags, red and blue cardstock

Red ribbon

Hot glue gun

You can make these simply, leaving the shells natural and attaching the cloth sails.  Or you can go “overboard” like I did and paint them up and decorate the sails to match!  These tiny boats would make adorable tags for baby boy gifts and sweet Valentine’s tags for everyone!  Attach them to red boxes of chocolates, blue bags of truffles, or a giant silver chocolate kiss.

And be sure to tell them, “You Float My Boat Valentine!”  :)

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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White Frame with Onion Skin Heart

I brushed this little gold frame with Wicker White acrylic and then sponged over it again with Antique White.  There are probably a zillion other ways to paint a gold frame white, but that’s all I did.

I was throwing away some onion skins last week and noticed how pretty they were! They caught the light and shimmered with a lovely pearly sheen.

I decided to layer some materials behind this shimmery heart and see what it looked like: cardboard, tea-stained muslin, thin Styrofoam and wrinkled Kraft paper.

To hold all of these pretty natural layers together I pulled a lone heart earring from my junk drawer.

Gently poking a hole in the center of the heart with a paper piercer, I used the earring to hold all the layers together.  I could’ve put the frame’s glass over it but I liked the concave shape of the heart.  It reminded me of a shell.

I put the stack in the frame and added a tiny bow made from a strand of burlap garland.

This will look great in my PB cubby organizer. I’m always making new things to display in the cubby holes, and then I have a variety of things to pick from if I need a  gift.

I’ve been using more pretty shimmery onion skins in some larger projects this week.  I’ll have one to show you in a couple of days.

It’s only about a week until Valentine’s Day!

Heart Wreath Made From Newspaper

I used a white coat hanger as the form for this wreath, shaping it into a heart with some pliers.

I covered the hanger with newspaper, tacking it down with hot glue.

I colored strips of newspaper with pink food coloring, just like I did for my newspaper flowers and gift wrap.

After the strips dried, I shaped them into different sized roses.

Then I glued the paper roses onto the heart with hot glue, using the pliers to hold them down instead of my fingers (have you learned that lesson, too?)

I glued them randomly around the top half of the heart, adding more paper if needed to make them fuller.

To add some color to the roses, I sprayed some’ “Scarlet’  Glimmer Mist into the center of the roses. I did this by cutting some circles out of a napkin and spraying through the holes. This kept the mist from over-spraying.

I think they look really pretty after the Glimmer Mist is added!

Finally, I added a baby pink satin bow at the top.

This week has flown by hasn’t it?

My daughter is currently working on a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo.  We’ve been learning about Kahlo and her work this week and it’s been interesting for me since I didn’t know much about her.

Hopefully, she’ll let me share her portrait with you soon!

Thanks for stopping in!

Tiny Bird Cages

I had two bottle caps left over from my Christmas ornaments and I couldn’t throw them away.

I decided to make some tiny bird cages with them.

The caps were painted with white acrylic and dried grape stems (of course!) were glued inside the caps.

I made tiny birds out of pink Sculpey and set them in the tiny trees.

These are the tiniest birds I’ve ever made, only about a quarter of an inch long.

The bird was glued into the tree with a dab of hot glue.

The wire is 18 gauge–I like it because it’s easy to bend back and forth and break off without using wire cutters.

Instead of trying to create a traditional looking cage, I snipped some off and let it retain it’s spiral shape.

One end of the spiral was fitted around the cap and glued on with Gorilla Glue.

I tapered the spirals and made a hook at the top.

Cotton was stuffed down into the cap and baby pink yarn was wrapped around it.

I tied on pink ribbon and hung a silver heart from the top.

Valentine’s Day is only 3 weeks away!

We’ve been busy making ornaments for our Valentine’s tree using only craft scraps and stuff around the house.  I hope you’ll come back and see it.

Have a great week!



Valentine Pebbles

Valentine’s Day will soon be here

Here’s something you can do

Pick up a few small pebbles

Any size or shape will do

Write a special note upon them

Share words funny or true

Then put them in your loved one’s pocket

To tell them ‘I love you”.


To write on these pebbles I used a .005 ZIG marker and colored the heart with the fine tip of my red Copic.

We’re knee deep in our study of Ancient Greece this week…lots of gods and goddesses, temples and triremes, hoplites and heroes…

Hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks for coming by!