Friday, December 23, 2016

Walnut shell knitting basket ornament

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We used the walnut shell many times in our small crafts, one of our favorites,
was the knitting basket from this post

This would make a really cool, unique ornament for the knitter in your life, so we made new
Christmas baskets, with red and green yarns.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Yet another easy small holiday ornament

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I love the kitschy awesomeness of the Yule Log, and even more so as a cake. 
Also known as Buche de Noel.

Tiny cuckoo clock ornament

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Here is just one more last minute ornament idea!

I absolutely love cuckoo clocks, and have been dying to get one for our house for years! 
I love all the hand-carved details in the house, the little woodland animals, the kitschy German landscapes
and of course, that fact that a birds comes out of a little door to say "cuckoo!".
So like many things I have yet to get, I will make a very tiny version for a dollhouse 
and wait patiently for the day, I get a real one in my own house!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's not too late to make more gifts!

There are still a few days left to come up with some creative, quick handmade gifts this Christmas.
Here is just one example, one of our most popular Christmas gift ideas, tiny book charms!

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With the holidays approaching I am once again struggling to come up with some inexpensive, original gifts for my family. How about you?
 First order of business for me: a present for my mom. She has a home filled with festive dishes, Matryoshka dolls, quilts, tea sets and books. I try to make her a gift every year. My mom is rather obsessed with the Bloomsbury Group. She collects their various first editions, gives a dramatic slide show detailing their capers and love affairs and for many years even had a big picture of Virginia Woolf hanging in her sewing room. (If you would like to see the Virginia Woolf quilt she made it is on Tumblr) So it did not take much imagination to determine that I should make her something featuring her favorite tortured author. I decided that at the same time I could make my daughter something for her dollhouse.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Matchbox Mayflower Diorama

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Thanksgiving is around  the corner, thought we would share this old favorite from a few years ago!
I gave this to my mother who hosted our Thanksgiving dinner that year!

It is November, and Thanksgiving is approaching! 
Here is a clever gift to share for the holidays: a matchbox diorama of the 
Mayflower voyage with a ship you can move around through the waves like it is sailing to the New World.

Monday, February 29, 2016


I am being featured this week on as the "Crafty Superstar" !

So each day this week we will share one our tutorials! 
Go on over and check it out, today's post is Paper Mache Animals!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

3 -D Matchbox Valentine Diorama's

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I've said it before, I love to make things with little matchboxes, so it should be no surprise I am still coming up with things to do with them!
I was just sort of making this little diorama for myself for fun, when my son saw it. He really surprised me how much he loved it! So I thought, I could hide it away and give it to him for Valentines Day.
 I had to make a second one for my daughter too!

My daughter is quite the little writer these days, so she got a little wolf typing away! 
Typing on a Robin's Egg Blue vintage typewriter of course! 

Here is how easy this was to make;
I just used a regular old small matchbox.  Instead of elaborate decorating I simply covered everything with a black sharpie marker in one coat. Very smelly, but provided quick and easy results!

I traced the background for size, and did a simple illustration in pencil, added color with watercolors,and went back over the pencils lines with black pen so they stood out. 
I used regular white glue to attach to the back.
To create a 3-D effect, I made 2 more layers, same technique, paper-pencil-watercolor-pen. I cut the image out, but left a tab to attach to the inside of the box, and colored over the tab with black sharpie so it does not show.
The top layer needs it's tab to be the thickness of the inside of the box, so that it stands on top. The tab of the layer below should be half the thickness, so it rests in the middle.
Fold all the layers inside the box, and your little diorama is ready for someone to love!
I kept it simple for the covers (as you can see above) and just glued another drawn image to the front.

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