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

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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!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tea Craft Tuesday: Tea Bag Christmas Tree

This craft project idea has been around the web for a while now.  With a quick search, I found it here and here.  It is a cute idea, so I decided to give it a try myself. 

I did not have a great deal of time to work on this project, so I used a small, 6 inch tall foam cone as the base rather than opting for a larger cone as the base for the tree.  And indeed, I completed this project very quickly.

Materials used:
-6 inch foam cone
-individually wrapped tea bags (I chose red and green.)
-hot glue gun with glue sticks
-a scrap of ribbon to wrap around the top of the tree
-a small plastic star

1) Starting at the bottom of the tree, use your hot glue to glue tea bags around the base, flush with the bottom of the cone.  I first glued green bags and then glued red bags to overlap and cover the open spaces between the green bags.
2) Glue the next row of tea bags above that, overlapping the top of the row below.  Continue gluing on tea bags until you reach the top of the cone.
3) I had a gap around the top of my cone, so I covered it with a piece of red ribbon.
4) Next, stick a toothpick in the top center of the cone and add a finishing touch to the top.  This final element could be a star, a ribbon or any small and decorative item you have on hand.

My follow up thoughts:
The tea bags were a bit stiff and bulky to work with, so I wonder what it would look like to create this project with empty tea bag wrappers.  In this case, the tree would, of course, be only decorative.  But I really would not want to tear apart one of these trees to use the tea bags anyway!  Would you take apart one of these trees to use the teabags?  Thoughts?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Table

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But wait!  I am getting ahead of myself with all of the Christmas craft photos.  First we enjoy Thanksgiving!  Here is a bit of my table that is ready for Thanksgiving.  I really enjoy creating holiday tablescapes.  For this holiday, rustic wood, pinecones, and mini pumkins seemed fitting.  Oh and I also pulled out my brass for its warm tones.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Experimenting: Photographing Hand Crafted Objects

These are some of the same objects I posted yesterday.  I think they look more interesting photographed in the context of my home.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Getting Ready for December Craft Shows!

All of these items will be part of the Holiday Spectacular Show & Tell Pop Up Shop in Asheville!  The show will run from December 7-20, so be sure and stop by if you are in the area!

And here below are a few more fun items I have been working on. These items will be a part of  the Asheville School Bookstore Holiday Open House on December 7!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mini Themed Shadow Boxes

Lately I have been working on small, themed shadow boxes. I am having such fun with the process of starting with one focal object and then building a little themed world around it.  

I have many, many small objects and images at hand in my studio.  I enjoy "auditioning" accessory pieces which, when added to the focal object, build and support the story of the box.