Irish Blessing Sign

DSCF7079Irish Blessing Sign

DSCF7058Yep, I’m at it again! Even though it takes a lot of time and is a bit fiddly, I love making stencils with my Cricut. While the sayings or quotes may not be original, my take on them is my own design. I hope you enjoy them.

We’ve had a lot of opportunities to get outside and cut wood this winter. Knock on wood (pun intended). Our winter has been pretty mild.

DSCF7062I put the signs together in much much the same way as I have previous ones. Pretty basic.

DSCF7066Because this was an Irish blessing, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I debated on what colors to use.

DSCF7068I finally opted for neutral black and white so that the sign could be used for holiday decor, as well as everyday home decor.

DSCF7070The particular font I used on my Cricut did not have a comma, so I created my own and added the commas after the rest of the sign was stenciled.

DSCF7079I did add a touch of green raffia to the rusty wire hanger as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day. The raffia is just tied around the wire so it can easily be removed or replaced with a different color.

DSCF7073Enjoy!

Book Page Wreath

DSCF6798Book Page Wreath

I was going through some boxes that I had stored some craft supplies in when I came across some old books that were left over from a previous project. They became the inspiration for my next project.

I love the look of anything made with book pages, but I had never made a book page wreath. Preparing the books was the first thing on the agenda.

DSCF6790I used old paperbacks and removed the covers. Even the cover over the spine. I also tore them apart into small books about 1/4-inch thick. This makes it easier to accomplish the next step.

In a cake pan I placed eight single-serve tea bags and filled the pan with hot water. I let the bags steep for about 20 minutes and them removed the bags. Adding a few small books at a time, I submerged them in the tea and let them soak for a few minutes. I then let them drip off on a few layers of newspaper before I put them in a warm oven to dry. Drying does take a bit of time, but if you tea stain them one day, then the next you are ready to construct your wreath.

DSCF6791After the books were dry, I pulled each of the pages off the spine.

DSCF7042The wire for the wreath is a hanger. I cut the hook off and straightened it out, then I formed it into a circle. On one end I curled a closed loop that was folded vertically. On the other end I bent the end slightly in a horizontal direction. This was to visually remind me which way to bend the end when I finished the wreath. Making one vertical and one horizontal loop is important. If they were both one direction, then when they are attached the wreath will twist wonky.

DSCF6794The pages were simply folded in half. I placed two pages together, kinda crossing them so they didn’t line up perfectly.

DSCF7044The pair of pages were poked in the center with the end of the wire that was not looped, then slid around to the loop end. Because of the constant movement of the wreath while in progress, I applied a piece of masking tape over the loop and onto the first page. Yep, I know this is ugly, but it won’t be staying.

DSCF7054More folding, more poking, more folding, more poking…Yep, it is kinda boring, but if you put a movie on, you will be surprised how quickly it goes.

DSCF7072At some point you are probably wondering how many pages are needed. Well, that’s kind of hard to pinpoint. Depending on the size of your hanger, how thick your pages are and how firmly you push your folded pages together, it could be anywhere from 800-1200 pages. Most of my books were approximately 350 pages long and I used just shy of three books.

DSCF6780When the wreath is finally full, remove the tape from the loop and the first folded page. Bend the un-looped wire end at a right angle (in the same direction as your beginning slight bend). Insert the tip through the first loop, then curl the right angle into a closed loop.

DSCF6804A bit of lace for the hanger and the bow completed the wreath.

Enjoy!

Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder-Free Pattern

DSCF6057-001Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder

I just finished this tutorial for Love To Know last week. It works up very quickly, making it ideal for packaging those last-minute Christmas gift cards.

You can find the free tutorial here.

Enjoy!

Old Stencil Ornaments

DSCF6121Old Stencil Ornaments

There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.

It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.

DSCF5672The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.

I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.

DSCF5683A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.

DSCF6126And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.

DSCF6124A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…

DSCF6128…and a bow completed the look.

Enjoy!

Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

DSCF6024-001Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

It seems like this time of year gets more hectic every year, but I think I can finally see the end of the tunnel. I have almost completed my shopping, participated in my last craft show of the season, have gotten caught up on writing commitments and am ready to bake up a storm.

Speaking of writing commitments, I want to share my pine cone tree ornament tutorials.

DSCF6012-001Angel Pine Cone

DSCF6018-001Snowman Pine Cone

DSCF6010-001Snow Glittered Pine Cone

I had pine cones littering my lawn a couple of months ago. I gathered them as they fell and threw them in a pot on the deck. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but it sure beat having them fly like small missiles every time my husband mowed the lawn.

You can find the article with full tutorials here.

Enjoy!