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The magazine is out.  I love the photos that Stampington took and included, the doll looks so nice!  I was flattered to be asked to include the doll in the Artist’s Emporium as well.  If you’d like to purchase her and make a nice donation to Art for Heart a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Thank you all for your visits, your kind comments, I feel very blessed.


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It’s fall here in Brazil, we’re getting colder at night and still I just can’t accept it.  With Easter just a week or so ago I can’t seem to reconcile myself to this side of the Equator.  So in my home it’s spring and we’re making little pastel houses and decorating eggs with vintage trim.

The little houses are upcycled cardboard with vintage lace.  I’m still at work on the birds who will live in these sweet little homes.

paper houses

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We are away from home and family this holiday season.  It’s always hard for me this time of year – I know exactly what I am missing.  Somehow the weather just doesn’t feel like Christmas, growing up in Colorado I need at least a little snow to feel like I’m ready for Christmas and New Years.  As far as I know, Brazil doesn’t get snow, even during the ‘winter’.

To make the house feel a little more festive and to help break out of my little funk I’ve done some decorating.  On Saturday my husband helped me make some paper stars from old wrapping paper and hang them from our absolutely horrific light fixture.

recycled wrapping paper stars

recycled wrapping paper stars

We also hung up some of our old Christmas cards.  I punch some holes in the top corners and then string them up around the house.  Most of the pictures have lovely winter scenes and snowy mountains.

Happy Holidays!

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I found a new use for my silk fabric sample books.  I saw some of these chic little silk flower hair pins over on Etsy the other day and decided to try my hand at them.

Silk Flower Hair Pins

To begin I cut out some circles, three of varying sizes works best and makes the flower look really pretty. My largest circles are about 1 inch across.

Then with a candle you learn how to pass the edges of the circle through the flame until you’ve got a slight singe on all of the raw edges. This will be a learning process, be patient and cut a few extras so you have some practice circles.

Next take some thread and secure all the circles together and add a center bead.  Pass through the flowers and bead twice before attaching to the hair pin.

Add the hair pin and wrap 4 times, tie a good square knot and glue.  I used a multi-purpose glue that is more gel than liquid, that way it doesn’t leak through the fabric and stain the flower.  Once you’ve got a good secure attatchment to the hair pin clip the threads and wear.

This little project is good for head bands and little clips as well.  This is such a great way to use up some scraps you might have around your house.

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A few weeks ago I was surfing around Etsy, which is what I do when I’m procrastinating about my messy house or the dishes that still haven’t been washed, or the blogging I’ve not gotten around to.  Anyway, I do this alot and I have a new favorite recycling artist.  His shop is Dank Artistry and I want to be his new best friend.

I looked through his site and ended up with a long list of all the rings and bracelets I wanted and then I remembered a very unsucessful little foray into spoon rings during college.

My mother gave me some spoons to work with, they belonged to my Grandma.  They were those lovely Reed and Barton flower dessert spoons.  Well I made my mom and sister a couple of key rings and then I attempted to make a bracelet for my self.  After a very messy solder joint and some damage to the silver plating I had a bracelet that I’ve worn no more than a dozen times since (yeah that was 10 years ago).

Well thanks to the power of Alchemy I asked Dank to help me  fix the mess I’d made all those years ago.  And today I received the finished pictures of his work… I am speachless, he made them sparkle, they look so pretty and I will be able to wear them, and now I have two little rings that I can pass on to my two little daughters.

Please visit his site, and if you’ve the inclination – give him some business.  He’s very talented and friendly, the communication was excellent, and his prices are wonderfully reasonable.

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I’m working on a new banner, it’s my favorite theme right now.  This banner is made up of stars and a little bit of free-form poetry.  Over a year ago my daughter got a Piggy bank in a really nice clear plastic box, up until last week I was storing quilt blocks in it.  They have a new home and the box was too nice to waste.  So I cut some star shapes, sanded the front and back to help the paint adhere, and had a lot of fun with some of my toys.

Ah, the vindication of a pack-rat.

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recycled wool sweater monster

recycled wool sweater monster

I loved that song when I was a child at Halloween, we had a old cassette tape of songs and I was thinking of what my plans were going to be for Halloween this year. I’ve got some ideas for my girls and a few funny ideas for my husband and I, funny how he never seems to go for my ideas… hee! hee!

Anyway, I was working on some items for my shop for Halloween and came up with this little guy, sure he looks shy and retiring, but you should see the size of his teeth when he opens his mouth.

This little guy was made from a the sleeve of a wool sweater, be sure to shrink and felt the sweater and then cut about 6 inches of the sleeve. Cut a short split up the middle of the front and back, stitch closed into legs. Close up the feet and then stuff and close up the head. Horns were made from triangles of a wool suit, use suit buttons or what ever cute little eyes you can.

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