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Monday, September 30, 2019

Craft Fair items continued

Just a quick post to show you more projects I have been working on for the Italian Heritage Christmas Fair in Portland, Me. on November 2nd.  This Kimekomi cone is 9 inches tall - not the larger one that is 15 inches.   But these are fun to make too!  

Love the Christmas lights hanging from the top!  I am really into Gnomes this year!

I decided to do a Christmas Explosion box.  Love decorating these guys! 

I used a plastic Christmas ornament ( that comes apart) for the inside of the box. 
Love, love the little truck with the Christmas tree in the back!

One of the inserts says - All roads lead home at Christmas time!

This is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss sentiments!

I had to make a New Baby Girl Explosion box since we sold the 
last one I made at the Spring Craft Fair.  I still have the Little Boy Explosion box
so it felt right to make the Little Girl Box.   Love the little Pacifier handing off the box with the little rocking horse. 

Here is the inside of the box.  Just a sweet little rocking crib.  Hope someone will
like this box!
Well, we have sold the house and the plan is to close the end of October.   I will keep you posted as to where we will be going.  I know we have plans to stay in Florida again this year to avoid Maine's long winters.  But not sure when we will be going this year.  Tom and I are going on a new adventure and soon we will be homeless.   If we don't find a home here in Maine right away- we plan on staying with my sister and her husband in Yarmouth.  It's comforting to know we can stay with them!
It is getting colder each week here- I have been playing lots of golf and crafting too!  The Craft Fair is right around the corner.  Won't be long now!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Christmas Projects 2019

Today I am posting some of the Christmas projects I have been working on for our November Craft fairs.  The picture above and below are some of the lighted frames that I made.  These are such fun to make because of the cool lights!   The town scene are dies from Stampin Up.  The Manger scene are dies that I bought from Darice.  Love those dies!

I made a couple of these Gingerbread Gift boxes.  You can see from the picture the top comes off so you can add your gifts.  I am adding the link to the original instructions for these gift boxes.   I made my own adjustments so that the top comes off.  The tutorial has the closure at the top.  Either closure works well.  Love these instructions!

The boxes below are called Napkin Fold gift boxes.  I used the directions from Samantha from Mixed Up crafts.  You can find her tutorial here-

Her instructions are great!  These boxes are really fun to  make and so pretty when they are completed.  

This is what it looks like when you remove the cover

You lift one end and it opens like a flower-love it!

Another look!

I had to make more Snowman Soup.  This can will contain the ingredients for hot chocolate.  That includes the hot cocoa mix, marshmallows and Hershey kisses plus a peppermint stick. 
Just a quick personal note- we have a contract on our house!  If all goes well- we may be moving in October.   Of course, we have no where to move to as  yet...but our plan is to have a place in Florida and a smaller home here in Maine.  We may have to move in with my sister and her hubby in Yarmouth until we find a place.  I keep telling my husband "it's an adventure"!  The worst part is going to be packing up this home- and by that I mean my CRAFT ROOM.. I dread that!!
I will keep you posted!!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Kimekomi continued

I am still working on some Kimekomi projects.  The angel is my one of my favorite!  It's really tough getting a picture of these cones because of their shape.  Hope you can see well enough. 

I went to a yard sale recently and found these adorable gold instruments.  I thought this harp would work perfectly for my angel!  You can't tell from my pictures but she does sparkle just a little - from the diamond tiara to the gold jingle bells on the side.  Her wings are very shiny material too!

You don't have to put anything on the back but I like to add something.  I thought this heart worked perfectly!

I wanted to try my hand at doing ornaments.  I think they are a little harder because of their shape.  Below is the Santa face I used for my ornament. 

I love the way to nose sticks out!  I think he is cute!

The back was fun to do.  This red material is some of my favorite!

This isn't Kimekomi but I wanted you to see another advent calendar that I have been working on.  They do take a little time to make but are really fun to do!  I like the blue colors on this one.  Each side is a little different. 

This is just another picture of a different side before I added feet and the topper and draw pulls.  

All of these projects will be for sale at our November craft fair.  Not sure what my next project will be.  I do like doing different projects so you never really get bored!  The weather here is perfect- So glad that humidity is gone!  Hope it is nice where you are!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


I decided I wanted to try my hand at making a Kimekomi cone.  I saw this technique on Pinterest first using Christmas balls.  It is originally from Japan and is fabric tucking.  You can find some tutorials on Pinterest but most of them are in a foreign language.  You can get the gist just from watching even though I didn't understand a word.

I used a pattern that I found on Pinterest.  You can find bunches of them.  The step below is using carbon paper to transfer the pattern to a Poly Styrofoam cone.  I used a marker to make the lines clearer.   Then you use a x-acto knife to cut all the lines. 

I am certainly no expert but it turned out to be fun using different fabrics to get the desired effect.
I ended up using a seam ripper to tuck the fabric into the grooved lines. 

It is important that you use enough material to get into the groove so that it won't come out.

The picture below is my completed project.  Although, I am still working on what I will put on the top.  I will probably use a star but still haven't decided as yet.  I did add buttons to Santa and a pom- pom for his hat.  I couldn't quite get the star on the top of the tree so I added a metal star.  It worked fine!

I could have just done the Santa but decided to add a deer to the back.   It gave me more practice.  I hope to do a few more and hopefully get better at it.  But this one was really fun!  Will probably sell it at our Christmas Fair in November.   

It was really HOT today so this was a fun project in my craft room with my air conditioner!  Hope you all stay cool!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I loved using Sam's tutorial over at Mixed Up crafts to make this lovely Boxed Fence Card!  She does a wonderful job of showing you how to make it here-

Tim Holtz's Wildflower dies are so pretty!  I thought I would use them to make this card. 

I colored them using my Copic markers.  I love how you can change to look of the flowers just by
changing the colors!

I left the backs white so it does look sort of monochromatic.  I am really just lazy....

The dies are above- I have bought a bunch of them since I really do love the different flowers I can use to make a bouquet!  
Today we have our Grandson overnight!  We have plans to spend the day with him outside playing mini golf and going to the park to play frisbee.  You know...tiring him out... along with us. 
It should be fun!  Hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

What a beautiful day!  We spent the day with family at my sister and her husband's home in Mass.  They have a fabulous pool!  I spend most of the time up to my neck in the water in the pool!  We had great food and great company!   It was a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th !  Thank you Lenny and Adrianne for the invite!

The above picture is of an album I made this past week!  I think it really is cute since it looks like a suitcase.  The instructions are by Alexandra ( I think )- and you can find the video in the link in  her blog here-

I couldn't find the envelopes she used with the same dimensions so I made my own. I also had paper that looks like leather so I didn't have to do any of the coloring she mentions in the instructions.  I just glued it to some cardstock to make it more sturdy. 

Here's a few more pictures-

This album has 8 pages!  Plenty of space for journaling and pictures!

Each page has a pocket for either a tag or a folded book.  Check out Alexandra's blog to find her walk thru of this album.  I used Graphic 45's Love Notes collection for most of the pages.  Love that collection!

I still want to do some more decorating on some of the pages. I loved making this album!  One other project I have been working on is the lighted winter scene below.

My wonderful brother in law made the frame for this project.  I still need to spray paint the frame white.  But I do like how it came out.  I plan to do some more lighted winter scenes to sell at our Christmas fair.  They are really fun to make!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!  Stay cool!


Monday, June 24, 2019

Love Notes Mini Album

I have just completed a Mini Album using Graphic 45's Love Notes collection.  The paper in this collection is swoon worthy for sure!!  I will apologize up front for this long post with so many pictures but I hope you will like the layout of this album.  I used Daphne's instructions from Scrap N Create.  She does a fabulous job in showing you how to put this album together.  There are several videos- I will attach the first one that shows you how to make the base-

I pretty much followed her instructions with just a couple of exceptions.  I didn't do 2 waterfalls- plus I made a few changes on the pages.  But overall I followed Daphne.  The pictures below show the spine and the back cover.  I plan on hanging some charms from the spine.

The next 3 pictures show the first pages.  The left hand side is a pocket that closes with a magnet.  The right hand side is a huge area when fully opened for pictures.   The closure is a card that is tied with a ribbon.  The back of the card has magnets that keep the page closed.   

When you turn the page you will see a fold out on the left hand side with lots of room for photos.  The right is another page that opens up at the top but is a pocket at the bottom.  The cut aparts fit in there and work to help keep it closed. 

The next 2 pages are "Mirror Images"- in that they are alike on the outside.  Once opened I used different paper for the fold outs.   Look at the room!

The next few pages are just repeating the fold outs that were on the preceding pages.  But I used different paper to decorate these pages. 

This last picture is of the inserts for each page.  They have a tab at the end of the page to access them easily.  I did photo mat a couple of the pages and added some pockets so pictures can be tucked in them. 

A lot of pictures, I know, but I wanted to show you the fabulous Graphic 45 paper.  I used their 12 x 12 plus the 12 x 12 Patterns and solid paper.  In hindsight, it might have been more economical to used the 8 x 8 paper since that is the size of the pages.  I haven't decided if I will keep this album or sell it.  It was a lot of fun to make and the paper is gorgeous!  Tough decision!  
We finally got some warm weather !   We actually had hail over the weekend!  Weird or what!  Yesterday it was in the 80's and today it will be in the 70's - Just lovely!  Hope it's nice where you are!  Have a fabulous day!