If At First You Don’t Succeed … Do Something Else!

So… I made fabric covered books over the weekend. I didn’t intend to make fabric covered books.  I was trying to make a  ticking pillowcase.   See why I don’t like to sew? A lot of my projects start out as one thing, and end up something else, all because the first project was a failure. I know… how could I mess up a pillowcase? My mom informed me that it’s one of the easiest sewing projects in the world. {Read More}

Sweet and Simple Wood Scrap Wall Hook

During the summer, when I taught a “junk art” class at church summer camp, I taught the kids how to make a Nail Head Initial Art (seen here).  I pre-cut the wood pieces before class, and the kids stained the wood, and did the nail art.    A few days ago, I discovered a piece of that wood that I used as a sample.  Since it was already stained, I figured I should make a quick project with it, rather than add it {Read More}

DIY Dictionary Page State Shape Art

I discovered a new special shape font set “dingbats” last week, and this one could be used for so many fun projects.  This font set has the state shapes of all 50 states, as well as various country shapes.  It’s called DingMaps (download HERE), and it’s a free font.  These shapes could easily be used to create stencils, but I used one as a super easy way to make state shape wall art on old book pages. This project is {Read More}

Book Page Photo Backdrop

I like to have a variety of photo backdrops to use, and one of my favorite backdrops has always been the Bible page walls in my living room, seen above my favorite wooden table. We rearranged our living room some time ago, and my piano desk now sits in front of that wall, and I’ve missed being able to use those pages as a photo backdrop, so I decided to make one that is easy to pull out when I need it. {Read More}

Christmas Books Stocking Hanger – Christmas Finale!

If you love the old classic Christmas books and movies as much as I do, then the final project in my 12 Days of Christmas series may be just what you need!  It’s a Christmas Classics Stocking Hanger, and when you make your own, I guarantee you’ll be the first person you know to have one like it. Not only is this the final day in my series, but I have a special treat for you as well.   I’ve teamed {Read More}

Little Wooden Tool Tote – Business in a Box!

I think I may have whined about this once (or a hundred) times before, but as much as I love having my online Etsy shop, I detest shipping the things I sell.   Yeah, I know detest is a pretty strong word, but I pretty strongly dislike the whole process.  Several years ago, I had lofty plans to really make my packaging look “branded” and special.  I wanted that “brown paper packages, tied up in strings kind of look, so {Read More}

Repurposed Book into a Wall Hook

I was digging through my stash in my workshop, and came across a book about birds, with a pretty cover, patterned with bird feathers. I’m not even sure where I got it, but I remembered that I had a bird wall hook in my stash too, and they seemed to belong together.

British Inspired Teen Bedroom Makeover

Whenever I’m giving a room a makeover, I’m always flying by the seat of my pants, with only a general idea of the look I’m going for.  I figure it out as I go, and as I root through my house and workshop to see what I have to work with, but this time it was a doozy. You see, a few weeks ago, I decided to give our bedroom a makeover.  We haven’t done a single thing to it, since {Read More}

Using a Paper Punch as a Stencil to Paint a Fancy Border

I’ve been working on some new Book Page Canvas Wall Art (other designs here), and wanted to dress up the edges.  I use adhesive vinyl to create a stencil to paint the wording, but I didn’t want to use expensive vinyl to create a border, since once I remove it, it isn’t reusable.   I don’t normally buy many paper punches, because I don’t use them often, but when I spotted this Doily Lace Edge punch by Martha Stewart in Hobby {Read More}

New Book Page Canvas Art Design

It’s been a busy, fun and crowded, 2-1/2 weeks at my house, while my mom, nephew, and niece were here visiting, and I’m sad it’s come to a close.  They are boarding the train to return home shortly, and my house will seem too quiet for the next few days.  I’m already looking forward to September, when my mom and dad will return for another visit.  I haven’t worked on many projects while my mom was here, but a customer {Read More}

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