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Scrapbook paper star garland

Inspiration Stars

I saw these stars in an ad recently and thought they would make a fun garland. Here’s what I made.

9 star garland

There are 9 stars, each with a different pattern paper. I added “stitching” along the edges to emphasize the sewing theme. Since it has buttons, thread, and “stitching” I think I will hang it on the window above my sewing machine.

Here’s a close up of a star.

Front detailScrapbook paper on the front, crochet cotton ties and buttons from my stash.

To make the star sturdy enough to support the buttons, I used left over red poster board for the backing.

back of star

The stars were all drawn freehand and I like how different they all are. This was a very satisfying project.


Christmas Words Frame

Chrismas crafting goes on year round here. Here’s one that I made last May. The frame was a Goodwill find and very inexpensive as one corner was damaged. It made a good place to glue a large jungle bell.

Fun with fonts

Fun with fonts

Christmas Ornament Tags

I like small things and these are a good example. The images on the tags were originally vintage postcards. I cleaned them up and printed them trading card size. Choosing the right image for each person, then embelishing the cards was the fun part.

Shrunk & embelished vintage postcards

Shrunk & embelished vintage postcards

Button Tree

Okay, so I am way behind, posting Christmas items on Valentine’s Day.  Still, I liked this tree a lot and hope you do too. This is another foam cone tree, a button one.

Wrapped in seam binding & rickrack and stuck with pins and buttons

Wrapped in seam binding & rickrack and stuck with pins and buttons

I liked how the rickrack reminded me of branches. See what refusing to use a paintbrush results in?

Turkey Earrings

Each Thanksgiving a friend has complained that she can’t find any turkey earrings. Finally, I made a pair for her. Lightweight, comfortable and silly!

Laminated clip art turkeys with duck feathers for the tail

Laminated clip art turkeys with duck feathers for the tail

Spooky CDs

Another recycled CD project. These were made with CDs, paper, and whatever I had in my stash.  I made two of them. This one has a bead garland as the cord and is hung in the computer lab at school. The other uses black paper twist (remember that stuff from the 80s?) and has black bats hanging between the CDs and the end of the garland.

Pipe cleaners, jingle bells, and orange spider rings finish both garlands.

I found the letters on another blog.

Her garland is very cool and she has great directions. I did use the BOO letters for another garland but that will have to wait until my birthday, when I hope to get a new camera.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Halloween Shoes

I am in trouble—my 6 year old digital camera died.  For a few days, I was able to use a borrowed camera. Now, a digital camera is #1 on my birthday wish list.

Since I don’t have any new Halloween pictures to post, I thought I would post some older ones.

Here are my soon-to-be-retired Halloween shoes. After 6 months of wear over 6 years, these shoes are wearing out. Leaks, tears, and worn soles tell me that I will be making a new pair for next year. These photos were taken in 2005, a few years after I made them.

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Traditional Books: What I’m reading

  • "Elegant Enigmas:the art of Edward Gorey" by Karen Wilkin
  • "Around the Border: Crochet Borders" by Edie Eckman
  • "Crochet Master Class" by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
  • Audiobooks: I’m listening to these

    "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
  • "For Us, The Living" by Robert Heinlein
  • eBooks: What’s in my digital readers

  • "Page" by Tamora Pierce
  • "Alice's Adventures Underground" by Lewis Carroll (his original manuscript)
  • Music: This week’s playlist

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat
  • "Pure Cajun" collection by "various artists"
  • "Duets: An American Classic" by Tony Bennett
  • "The Fantasticks" Original Cast Album (with Jerry Orbach!)
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