Rustic Heart Banner


Isn't this just the sweetest little heart banner? I love the unexpected combination of rough, rustic burlap and soft red felt. You can hang the banner in a doorway or over a fireplace, or dress up your chairs for Valentine's day dinner. Write whatever message you like on the hearts -- I used jute twine and hot glue to add the lettering.  Or, you could use yarn, ribbon or fabric paints to display your Valentine's day message. Check out the simple tutorial!

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Heart-felt Headband

Lately I've been spending far too much time gazing dreamily at wedding blogs, and far too little time crafting. My weekend should have been FULL of crafting, but instead it was full of wedding planning, wedding re-thinking and coming to terms with wedding realities. 
While planning a wedding is exciting and wonderful I've come to realize that the process bears some resemblance to the 7 stages of grief:
1. Shock & Denial - "Your site fee is what?? Oh no, that can't be right. We're talking about JUST the location right?"
2. Pain & Guilt - "This is crazy, we're out of our minds if we spend this kind of money on just ONE day of our life."
3. Anger & Bargaining - "Weddings are silly anyway, right? I mean who needs cake and flowers and all of that pink??"
4. Depression -- "Ohhh... I'll never have a wedding. I'll never get to have cake!"
5. Upward turn - "Okay, so my wedding won't be in Martha Stewart, but it will be perfect for US"
6. Reconstruction & Working through - "Who cares? I'm the luckiest lady in the world -- I'm marrying my best friend, the love of my life."
7. Hope - "We can get married on a street corner, it's going to be the best wedding ever!"
Yup, that's pretty much how my weekend went. If you've been through the process maybe it looks familiar...
Fortunately, somewhere between Shock and Reconstruction I did manage to make one simply-cute craft that would be adorable to wear on Valentine's day, or any day you're feeling love-ly. It's a felt heart headband that requires no glue, just scissors, ribbon and felt. So pretty - check out the tutorial 

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Popsicle Stick Puppets

Check out these cuties, aren't they the best? Those pipe cleaner arms - hilarious and so expressive! This one fits the bill if you're looking for a craft that's simple, budget-friendly, and won't make a mess of your kitchen table. Plus, I love that these puppets will inspire hours of imaginative play.
Do those craft foam shapes look familiar? Yup, I used them in my last post too. I have to confess - my craft cabinet is a crazy mess and needs to be re-organized, re-thought and re-done. Instead of diving into the madness I decided to use the first materials I could get my hands on. Sometimes limits really help to spark creativity. I love these little guys, and I hope you will too. Check-out the how-to.

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Five Minute Art: Whimsical Craft Foam Pictures

What to do with stir-crazy kids on a snowy winter afternoon? How about a five-minute art project that will get kids thinking creatively? This one is so easy, and it's good for all ages. The best part is that you probably have everything you need stashed away with your craft supplies.

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Fresh New Year


Hello friends, Happy New Year! We had such a wonderful holiday visiting family and friends on the East coast. We made stops in three states and spent time with so many of the people that we love and miss. It was a joy and we had so much to celebrate. 
I love the holidays, but there's something great about a fresh start, and this year I have lots of things to accomplish. First up - getting back to crafting!
Yesterday we took down the Christmas decorations and packed them away for next year. I felt a little sad to see the holiday sparkle go. I lit lots of candles and bought some bright yellow flowers to fill the void left by all of that lovely Christmas greenery. 
At the farmers market this morning I was drawn to the citrus fruits with their cheery yellow skins. I bought a pound of Meyer lemons -- even though I'm not sure how I'll use them. For now they'll sit in a bowl, decorating my dining room table.
Thank you for checking back, I'm looking forward to a fabulous 2011 full of fresh ideas!

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