Doodling: Aluminum Notebook Covers


Last week I was on the phone and got caught without a pen. That’s not unusual in the computer age but it make strings difficult for compulsive doodlers like me. Hard up for something to fidget with, I started picking at a glob of dried glue on the cover of my notebook and a small […]

DIY Paskris Easter Tree


There are a lot of old world traditions in Europe that never took off in America; castles, soccer, the metric system, public healthcare. Five years ago nobody in Arizona knew what Nutella was and now they smear it on burritos. Because that is what we do best, America, we take old timey European favorites and Pump […]

Monet’s Lily Pad Gift Boxes


They say you have never truly lived until you have been to Paris. Welp, I am behind schedule! And although I have been fortunate enough to visit France on a few occasions, I have never seen Paris beyond the airport. Sad violin, right? Lucky me (or should I say, lucky us)…Michael’s is hosting a contest for […]

Marble Painting the Easy Way


The marble trend has been growing stronger and I am loving every bit of it. People are dipping and swirling everything but their shoes (okay, their shoes too!). I think we are drawn to stuff like this where we get to influence the process but still get the joy of surprise at the moment of […]

Bohemian Purse Charms

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Ever since I made those yarn bobbles last year, I have been looking for places to hang tassels (did you see my Christmas tree?) When the folks at Etsy approached me about sharing a mega tassel tutorial, I was keen to do it. I don’t have an Etsy shop myself, but many of my friends […]

Jeans Day!


There is something special about denim. Comforting, classic, there is a reason why everyone has a favorite pair of jeans. Good news: Michaels has just launched a new line of denim products you can use use to spruce up just about anything. The line includes everything from boxes to decorative accents to, my personal favorite, ribbon. […]

Video: Hot Glue Confetti Hearts


You know what they say – nothing says romance like hot glue and a vacuum canister full of confetti. Okay, maybe they don’t say that, but it’s an annual valentine tradition in my house. Every year I make another batch of these hot glue confetti hearts and every year I love them more. Now that […]

Heart Punch Garlands


My friend Noeleen came over for a snowy afternoon last week. We could have busied ourselves with corn chips and trashy TV, but instead we got crafty and painted coffee filters. Yay us! There were no particular plans for what to with them, except that it be nifty looking. Well, I think we succeeded. Each […]

Painted Thrift Store Purses


Last December I started painting gift bags and I liked it so much that I was sad when January rolled around and I had nothing left to paint! This is my problem. I have some weird emotional baggage when it comes to comes to painting for the sake of painting, so somehow, sticking to familiar/functional/inexpensive objects allows […]