Archive for the ‘Crafting’ Category

More Tin Can Love

December 14, 2011

I created these food gifts for our big family gathering on Christmas Eve.  Each family will receive this dinner-in-a-bag gift to share.  The container for the soup mix is a 15 oz. can wrapped in paper, and secured with double-sided tape that hides.  If you didn’t want to make your own soup mix, you could buy some.  (I was in World Market recently, and they had a big selection.)  Another plus is you can make this gift a little ahead of time.  More time for other merry-making!


Simple Bottle Wrap

December 12, 2011

Here’s a simple way to dress up a bottle of something to give as a gift.  I had made some ornaments a while back, and had one to spare.  A sparkly pipe cleaner was strung with a tree ornament and a jingle bell.  The ends were bent to together in a curly design, forming an oval shape.  I added a simple – like tying your shoelaces – bow.  The ornament slips over the neck of the bottle, and you are good to go!

Christmas Charm Swap

December 8, 2011

I look forward to a friend’s special, annual Christmas Charm swap, and had fun putting a little extra zip into my presentation this year.  I used 15 oz. tin cans, wrapped in some strips of Midori paper.  Double-sided tape is my friend, since it hides, and does a fine job of holding the papers in place.  Inside the cans are homemade ornaments and some other goodies for crafting and eating.  No charms!  We’ll share a potluck lunch, and do lots of visiting.  It is a wonderful way to share a day during our holiday season.

Charm Swap Day

August 29, 2011

I am so lucky to be a part of the most wonderful group of charm swapping friends.  We meet every six months to trade charms that we have created or collected with one another.  The group ranges from 20 to 25 women.  We swap helpful hints about jewelry making, share the stories of our charms, and admire the show and tell that appears.  There’s lots of food and lots of joy.  I am usually distracted, and mean to take lots of pictures.  This time, I thankfully handed my camera to Julie.  She took these fabulous shots before she got distracted too!

Button Dress

August 8, 2011

This fetching little dress made of buttons was on display at the Austin, Texas airport.  Absolutely stinkin’ adorable!

Terrific Tablescape

May 24, 2011

Such a cheerful and colorful party spread!  The yellows and grays together are such a nice balance of sophistication and friendliness.  Just like my friend, Christie – the hostess with the mostess for this shower.  My favorite detail is how Christie glued the silverware pieces to the galvanized flower containers.  What a smile-making display!

Outside My Studio

May 16, 2011

I created this work table outside of my studio.  An old cupboard door tops the base of a vintage treadle sewing machine stand.  I’m looking forward to crafting outside one day soon!

Charm Clusters

April 8, 2011

After a recent charm swap, I got inspired to group some of my charms into clusters.  The combinations were abundant.  And the mechanics super easy – jump rings and safety pins!  Each cluster is topped with a large jumpring or pin to slip onto a chain.  Here’s a sampling of them.