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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Christmas Lantern

The Christmas Fair is over and it was a big success!  What a fun day we had at the Italian Heritage Center!  Not only did we sell some things but we met a lot of wonderful people!  Can't wait to do it again next year!

The picture above is something we did not have at the fair but my sister, Rochelle, found the tutorial on Pinterest.  We three sisters got together and made the lanterns.   It makes a lovely lighted lantern that is not hard to make.  I love the size of the lantern too!  Check out the wonderful tutorial below from Mixed Up Crafts.  She makes it so easy!!

Here's a few more pictures!

I finished this Lantern with some embellishments.  I made the toy soldier from Punch Art. 

We used taller tea lights so you could really see the glow of light. 

On the Lantern below,  I added a red trim around the windows.  The vellum in all the windows can be dry embossed with your folders.  I used the snowflake folder below. 

Here is a picture of the Lanterns with tea lights on-

I wanted to add a few pictures of our set up at the craft fair...

Love our signage!  My sister, Connie, designed and made the sign.

You can see my brother-in-law, Russ in the photo below.  He was a big help in setting us
our display!

Love this picture of my sisters below!  I have the light blue apron on!  It was such a fun day!  If I don't post before Thanksgiving- I want to wish everyone a fabulous Thanksgiving day!  Eat lots of turkey!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Italian Heritage 2018 Christmas Craft Fair

We are in the home stretch for our Christmas Fair at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland this Saturday!  My sister's and I have had a lot of fun getting ready for this event!  The picture above is one of the lighted frames we will be selling !!!  I love this stamp set from Stampin Up!!  Below 
is the stamp set from... I think it's from My Favorite Things but don't quote me.   Anyway, I think the elves are adorable.  I made a Card in a Box card with these cuties!  

The wood grain paper is from Stampin Up.   I did add more decorations and a sentiment on the back but forgot to take a picture of the completed card... bummer...

I am laughing at these  next pictures!  When we were in Florida, I would go for a walk almost everyday.  In March, I would pass these trees and they were dropping these gorgeous Pine Cones!  I thought they were the perfect shape for these Gnome ornaments!

I added a hanger to these so they could have from your tree! I did use glitter on their "beards".  We will see if these will sell.  But I think they are a hoot!!  If they don't sell- they will be on my tree for sure!!

In order to keep this post from being TOO long...I have just thrown up some pictures of some of the stuff for sale.  We set up our display in my sister's basement so we could get an idea of what it will look like at the fair.   This Friday, we take it all down and set it back up at the Heritage Center.  Take a look-

Anyone for Snowman Soup?

These corks are from my sister,  Rochelle.  She sure has a lot of them!  Says they are from several years... ahuh…!

Love these no sew wreaths!  Really fun to make!

The birch logs are from our back yard.  My hubby cut them and then drilled the opening for the candles.  I have a set I use every year!

Finally, we made these cute Music boxes.  Graphic 45 paper was used on the particular box and it has a Christmas tune.  I love doing Craft Fairs- we get to meet a lot of people -like the  other vendors and the people who come to shop.  I am sure this will put us in the Christmas spirit!  Take care!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Christmas Fair continued

October is getting away from me!  I thought I would show you some of the projects I have been working on in my craft room.  My sister's and I are doing the Italian Heritage Christmas Fair the first weekend in November.  We are all busy making items for the fair.  These pictures are of the Advent Calendar we each made.   I used a lot of Graphic 45 papers. 

You have to check out Dawn's tutorial!  She does a great job of explaining how to make them.  Now, 
I have to be honest …. we bought the boxes instead of making them.   I think we got them from Amazon.   They weren't expensive at all.   But Dawn does show you how to make them and put the calendar together.  

Here is where you can see I have attached the numbers. It really was fun to make!

I made some cute Magnets for your refrigerator !  I saw these cute sayings and just had to 
use my little Chef from MFT Recipe for Happiness.  I love using this collection.   

You can see- I also used Stampin Up's apron die and Lawn Fawn's oven from the Sprinkled with Joy set. 

After I made the Magnets, I decided to use them in a Shadow Box.  It would be nice to
hang in your kitchen. 

The card below is one of my favorite. It's from Stampin Up's Night in Bethlehem.  I have seen it all over Pinterest and so I had to try it.  It is so lovely! 

I did the card in white with a navy background. 

Then I tried it in silver with Stampin Up background paper. I loved
them both!

I used Stampin Up's Lots of Labels to make the base of the card.  
Just love how it came out. 

My last picture is of the recycled Wine Corks that I made.  I made a necklace ( what a hoot to wear wine  cork) a couple of Key Chains and Lanyards.  I have made about a dozen in total.  But on the very last one- when closing one of the jump rings - the tool I use  slipped and split open my thumb.  Not a very big cut but did it bleed!  I did it a couple of days ago and it's still sore!!!

So you can see I have been very busy!!  Still plenty of project to complete!  The weather here has been crazy.  Cold and then in the 70's.   I think it has settled down and seems to be staying in the 50's.  The leaves are just beautiful.   I do really love fall in Maine!   Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Christmas Fair 2018

Where did the summer go?  I have our fireplace on today to warm up the house.  I can't bring myself to turn on the furnace.   One day we are sweating in the humidity and the next I have a heavy sweater on!!    I do love Fall but just wish it would stay a tad warmer - at least in September!!

My brother and his wife celebrated 40 years of marriage this month- my twin sister and her hubby celebrated 13 years this month!   I decided to make a nautical card for both of them.  The cards were made from 49th and Market beautiful paper- I think it's called Sea and Sand...or something like that.  I love their paper!  The sand dollar was something I had in my stash.  But the lighthouses and sea horse are cut from their fabulous paper!  I  know I have seen several similar cards on Pinterest and was inspired to try and make one of my own. 

For the back of both cards, I used an old outdated Maine Atlas.  The base of the card is made from Spellbinders Grand Dome card by Becca Feeken.   I love using this as a diorama card.  My seagull is from Sizziz. 

I used a very simple sentiment for both cards!  These cards flatten and fit easily in an envelope to be mailed!

I feel like I have neglected my blog lately!  I have been busy getting ready for a Craft Show we will be doing the first week of November at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.   I am concentrating on making these mini coffee totes for Thanksgiving.  The acorns on the top are ones I picked from last year.  I let them dry out and sprayed them with poly. 

The leaves are from Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves dies.  

I will be making Christmas Mini Coffee totes too!  I will have pictures the next time I post. 
I need to get cracking and make more Christmas cards not to mention my own Christmas cards.  So much to do and so little time... or so it seems.    Hope everyone had a fabulous summer!  I know I did!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Eclipse Technique

My sister's and I get together once a week to have fun with crafts!  This past week it was a new technique called Eclipse.  Such fun!  It is just using your alphabet dies and raising them up with, well I used foam tape.  

You can stamp your own scene but we used pictures that my sister, Rochelle took of Portland Head light. 

The picture above was one of mine of the lake  from our trip to Northern Maine.   The garden below
is Rochelle's garden.  So pretty! It's hard to see but it's the word LOVE. 

This coming weekend is a birthday party for Connie's grand baby's first birthday!  I love celebrating that first birthday!

I used Spellbinder's 3D die for this card.  For the inside, I used Memory Box dies to create
the tunnel.  

The animals are from Karen Burniston's dies. These are so cute to use!!

We are gearing up for a Christmas craft fair in December.  It's hard to shift your focus on Christmas projects but that is what I am going to attempt this week.  The non sewing Christmas balls will help.  Hope the humidity stays down!  Sweating while you work is not fun!!