Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How To Make the Tea Cup Garden Miniatures

I used wooden peg dolls to create the fairy garden fairy and gnome.  I painted them with acrylic craft paint.  I created the angels wings with a large heart punch.  And the gnome cap is a painted acorn.

I used bamboo skewers, clipped into pieces and glued together, to create the ladder pictured above. 

I used a wooden spool and painted acorn cap to create the mushroom pictured above.

To create the banner, I used bamboo skewers, string, and cut cardstock.  I glued all pieces together with E-6000.  I imagine this could have been done just as easily with turbo tacky glue.

To create the mushrooms pictured above, I used wooden golf tees hot glued into painted mushroom caps.

To create the "fairy garden" stone, I used marble accents and words laser printed on printer paper and then punched out.  I glued these onto the flat part of the stone with Mod Podge.

To create the flowers, I used green toothpicks and a flower-shaped paper punch.  The black centers of the flowers are a dab of acrylic paint applied with a pencil eraser.

I created the gazing ball with a golf tee glued to a glass marble.

To create the table I used a painted wooden spool and a spray painted bottle cap.  The tea pot is a glass bead.

This was such a fun project!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tea Cup Fairy Gardens

I had such fun creating these tea cup fairy gardens this weekend.  I created most of the miniature elements from scratch, so the cost of putting them together was minimal.  I will give more detailed instructions here on Tuesday as a part of my series "Tea Craft Tuesdays."

Tea Cup Fairy Garden

Tea Cup Gnome Garden

Tea Cup Magic Garden

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Artist Radcliffe Bailey at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC

Today my family and I had the good fortune to visit the Gibbes museum in Charleston, South Carolina.  I was particularly impressed with the show entitled Pensive by Atlanta-based artist, Radcliffe Bailey.  The artist made full use of the space, coming off the walls into the center of the room with his piece entitled Storm at Sea.  You can see a video of the installation of this piece HERE.

I will share a few snapshots from the show with you below.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eco Printing with Tea Leaves

A friend taught me a new art/ craft process today:  Eco Printing.  Since I have an interest in tea, I used fresh tea leaves that I had clipped from the tea bush in my mother's garden.  (My mother is wonderful with plants, so I  had given her a small live tea plant many years ago.  She has tended the plant all these years and now has it living in her beautiful garden.)

Here is how my eco printing with tea leaves turned out today.  You can enlarge each image by clicking on it.  The reddish-brown blobs are bits of gardenia flower.  You will also see a sassafras leaf tucked in among the tea leaves.

If you are interested in learning how to do eco-printing, just Google it.  You will find absolutely tons of information online.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Mandalas On My Mind

"Mandala" is a Sanskrit word that means circle or center. When discussing mandalas, some people focus more on the circle, and others on the center. The circle is a symbol of wholeness.

The center of the mandala is sometimes called the "bindu." Bindu is another Sanskrit word.  It refers to the central point, or seed, of the mandala.

Some people define a mandala as a circular design with elements radiating out from a central point.  Others say that a mandala is any picture drawn within a circle. Still other people call anything circular in shape, a mandala. But however you define it, mandalas surround us.

Here below are some personal mandalas I have created over the years.  With some of the images, my process was more important than the final result.  The process was intuitive and personal. With other of the images, I was aiming to create a certain look.

marker and paint pen on paper

graphite pencil, watercolor pencil and watercolor crayon on paper

graphite pencil, watercolor pencil, and marker on paper

Prismacolor pencil, watercolor pencil, marker, and acrylic paint on paper

collage on paper

acrylic paint on canvas board

collage and acrylic paint on cradled wood panel

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Upcycled Gift Bag Easy Craft

I imagine that you accumulate many shopping bags from stores where you shop.  I certainly do.  I have figured out an easy way to turn these shopping bags (with store logos on them) into gift bags.  Simply cut out image plates from all of those books you have purchased at the thrift store and glue the images over the store logos. Voila!  You have a selection of gift bags ready to go!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Revisions to Assemblage Boxes

After seeing the earlier photos, I felt that these needed a little bit of tweaking.  So here they are, tweaked.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Resolution 2018: Mindful Art & Craft

My new year's resolution for 2018 is to incorporate more mindfulness into my life.  This attention to mindfulness will impact my art and crafting, which is why I am writing about it here.  You have, no doubt, heard of mindfulness.  But perhaps you are not sure what it is.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. (from

You might not be aware that making art and crafting can be naturally mindful activities that lend themselves beautifully to being present and attentive in what we do.  I plan to use two online resources to learn more about art making and crafting with mindful intent.  These two resources are:

So please visit throughout 2018 to see how I incorporate mindfulness into my daily creative activities.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

DIY French Macaron Christmas Ornaments

Happy Christmas Eve! Just finished a craft project: French macaron ornaments made from bottle caps.  My family and I adore macarons, as they remind us of our trips to Paris and to Charleston, South Carolina.  We have bought macarons in both cities. So I made these macaron Christmas ornaments as a reminder of our vacations together.

I found the initial instruction for making DIY French macaron ornaments from bottle caps HERE.  The inspiration and instructions from the I am a Homemaker blog were great.  But I took these ideas and made them my own.

It was pouring rain yesterday here in Asheville and I did not want to fight the weather and the crowds to run out to shop at a craft store.  So I used what I had on hand to make these ornaments.  

bottle caps
spray paint or enamel paint
E-6000 glue
cord or ribbon
Stickles glitter glue from Ranger

I spray painted the pink and cream colored bottlecaps.  I used enamel paint on the green and yellow bottle caps.  I followed the directions on the can and bottles in both cases.

Once the bottle caps were painted and dry, I attached a knotted cord to the inside of one of each pair of caps.  I used E-6000 glue to do this. Leave these corded bottle caps lying on your work surface with the open side facing up.  I then took the bottle caps which did not have the cord attached and, one at a time, squeezed E-6000 around the edge.  I placed the gluey edged bottle cap onto the facing up bottle cap with the cord attached.  This made a closed clamshell shape of each pair of bottle caps.  I let this dry overnight.

In the morning, I squeezed Stickles glitter glue around the middle of each pair of bottlecaps to imitate the icing in the middle of a macaron.  

Let this dry and Voila!  You have a set of charming French macaron Christmas ornaments that you created yourself!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Creating a bookmark from an old book spine

A friend gave me a set of encyclopedias that were published in 1894.  They are falling apart, so I decided that these encyclopedias are excellent candidates to use in crafting.  I took a partial book spine that had fallen off and created this bookmark.

What I did:
1) Glue the book spine to a piece of heavy paper.  I used watercolor paper.  I used ModPodge as the glue.
2) Dry overnight under a heavy stack of books.
3) When dry, do any trimming around the spine that needs to be done.  I used an exacto knife and self healing mat for the trimming.
4) Using an eyelet installing kit, punch a hole in the center of the bookmark near the top. Install an eyelet using an eyelet tool.
5) Finish off the bookmark with a ribbon or piece of yarn.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Collaged Gift Tags from Leftover Christmas Wrap

(click to enlarge image)

Have you ever wondered what you might do with those scraps of holiday paper that you end up with after wrapping a gift?  Well here is one possibility. Last night, while crafting in front of the Christmas tree, I took scraps of wrapping paper and collaged them onto manila tags.  I then hand-wrote the words "to" and "from" on the tags in order to create decorative gift tags.  If you do not like your handwriting, you could type up a pages of "to" and "from," print them out, and then cut out the words and glue them onto the tags as the final step in this crafty activity.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Crafty Giveaway over at My Tea Diary!

Visit my other blog, My Tea Diary, to enter a drawing for this crafty tea themed Christmas ornament! See giveaway details at My Tea Diary!