Category Archives: Crafting

HOW TO MAKE A TISSUE PAPER ROSE

First find a sheet of colored tissue paper and fold it into a 2″ – 3″ square.  Any old wrinkled tissue paper will do, in fact the more wrinkled, the more character your rose will have.  Next, you will need … Continue reading

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NEEDLE FELTING MAGIC

I wanted to make a keepsake gift for our coming baby and decided to design this blanket.  I bought a soft merino wool blanket and needle felted the design onto it. Needle felting is a process where wool roving (or … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

My great grandmother made each of her 14 great grandchildren a felt pieced stocking. Each one was came from a kit, but was hand stitched, embellished with beads and sequins. These served as an inspiration for my own children’s stockings. … Continue reading

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DYEING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

It’s dyeing day at our house and the colors are inspired by Saint Valentine’s Day.  The palette: hot colors, shades of love: pinks, corals, and peaches.  Into the pot go old faded shirts, uninspiring shades of pillow cases and some … Continue reading

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FELT FLOWERS

My newest obsession: felted flowers!  I made these pincushions for Christmas gifts in  December and fell in love with felt.  I love the soft earthy texture of real 100% wool felt.  I love how it feels to cut and work … Continue reading

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JOSS PAPER!!!

This beautiful Joss paper, or Spirit Money, which is usually made of bamboo or rice, is burned by the Chinese as an offering to ensure that the spirit of the dead has abundance in the afterlife.   I hope they won’t … Continue reading

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PAPER MACHE LUNA

This year for Halloween my 4 year old daughter said she wanted to be “La Luna” (the moon!).    Since she was able to talk, she has always called the moon “La Luna, My Friend”.  She has had a loving … Continue reading

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SOFIA’S LOVE QUILT

Almost 4 years after passing out blank quilt squares to family and friends, my daughter’s “baby” quilt is finally finished. Before the birth of my first daughter, I decided that I wanted her to have a community quilt.  I wanted … Continue reading

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UNASSUMING OBJECTS

Why is it that when I see a piece of bare wood, it calls out “paint me”? Not just “paint me” a simple color, but “decorate me… elaborately and colorfully”. This not only happens with wood or furniture, but with … Continue reading

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A NEEDLE AND THREAD

These days I find myself returning to simple forms of creative expression. As a child I learned to embroider and cross stitch. I would spend hours in the craft store looking over the colorful pallet of threads, painstakingly deciding which … Continue reading

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