was 8 years old, I learned to crochet - a potholder out of
yarn first, then a doily out of thread. I was mesmerized by
the idea of creating something beautiful. And thus began my
creative journey. Since then I have tried many crafts. Some
were fads whose popularity (and availability of supplies)
came and went. Many are traditional crafts and variations
on them. All are self-taught. Among my favorites: crochet;
counted cross-stitch; Christmas ornaments and decorations;
and quilling, the most artistically satisfying of them all.
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My Etsy Shop
Too Early For Christmas?
if you're a plan-ahead kind of person!
who craft much of what they use in their own deck-the-halls
adornments need to start months in advance in order to complete
their ornaments and decorations. Some of us "think holidays"
all year long - it's actually kinda fun!
out there are many people who start looking to purchase Christmas
items months in advance, too. They get the best selection
of ornaments and gifts for friends, family, teachers, co-workers,
I'm introducing a couple of the most precious ornaments I've
created yet. Click on either picture to read more about them
in my Etsy shop.
DIY Ornament #1
must have been about the last person in the world to learn
"DIY" and what it meant (in case there's another soul out
there who doesn't know, it stands for Do It Yourself). Crafters
are inherently "do-it-yourselfers" - our homes are
decorated with hand-made items and gifts are often our own
creations rather than mass-produced items.
I'm introducing new Christmas ornaments in my shop based on
my "circles" motif. Along with that, I'm offering
up my first 2011 DIY ornament, available as a kit in my Etsy
shop under supplies. Materials to make two ornaments, one
and the other green-red-white,
are included along with instructions and tool for making circles.
here for the kit, click
here for the finished items.
I'm one of the
(apparently) very few people who likes to hand-write notes. There's
a tranquil civility about them. I like to receive them, too, but
(sigh) I don't know anyone else who likes to write them!
take time (sometimes a LOT of time) to make and they don't mail
so easily - I have to put them in their envelopes, then in a padded
envelope, pay extra postage and cross my fingers hoping that they
arrive looking nice (so far so good).
Here's a quicker
but still personal way of making unique note cards with endless
possibilities of motif. You need 6 blank note cards; a 12"
by 12" sheet of scrapbook paper, design of your choice; and
a 12" by 12" sheet of cardstock to coordinate or contrast
with the colors in the scrapbook paper.
Cut the scrapbook
paper 1/2" narrower and shorter than the folded note card.
Cut the cardstock 1/4" narrower and shorter than the folded
Glue a piece
of the scrapbook paper to a piece of the cardstock, centering it
so there is a 1/8" frame of cardstock around the paper. Do
this for all 6 pieces and let the glue dry.
the paper/cardstock unit to the note card, again, centering
it so there is a 1/8 frame of the note card around the cardstock.
Do this for all 6 pieces and let the glue dry.
huh? Aren't you impressed with yourself?
Use the leftover paper and cardstock to create more cards (need
more blank cards).
a paper-edge punch or decorative scissors, trim both sides
of the cardstock. Cut it in half length-wise. Glue each piece
to the sides of the paper. Let the glue dry. Trim to fit on
a blank note card, then glue it on.
- glue an embellishment on the card. I used a quilled duck
to complement the design on my paper.
cute, or what!
cards in sets of 3 regular and one bonus cards are available
in my Etsy shop).