For my Fall porch makeover, I knew I needed a special door mat. I see me porch in two sections, the sitting area with the rocking chairs and the front door. I was able to find some pretty plum floral to make new pillow for the robin’s egg blue rocking chairs that incorporated enough… Read more.
It is time for a new Fall wreath for the door and me being one who likes to push the color boundaries and traditions, decided to make it in deep plums and purples with a touch of lime. For that color palette, the paper flower of choice must be a hydrangea, right? I started with… Read more.
For our September Michaels Makers challenge, we were asked to shop at their Fall Market to find materials and items to decorate our home in preparation for Autumn. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to give my front porch a fall makeover and though the leaves have not yet started to change colors… Read more.
Fall is all but here, and as a memory of spring I am sharing the full video tutorial on how to make these pretty dogwood branches. These blooming branches are easy to make by using paper covered floral wire for the branches and Italian crepe paper for each bloom. Though dogwood comes in shades of… Read more.
We have just finished round one of the new office decor! What was my studio has now been transformed to a space for my three new team members, Anna and Krista and my intern, Jessica. Stay tuned for my post on the new prop and craft room. Since the space is not large, we needed… Read more.
My company motto is something that I hold dear and want to share with my new team and those we join our growing company along the way. As we are reorganizing the space and decorating the office for full tilt creativity and productivity, I thought it would be fun to add the motto to the… Read more.
When designing my daughter Emily’s new house, it was important for us to find base pieces that can be used in multiple ways as her space and needs change. When we saw this Room Essentials nesting table at Target, we knew it was a winner. You may remember seeing our final look in this post where… Read more.
This week is a week of new beginnings for me! I have always dreamed of having a creative business where I can join with a group of like minded and make things happen. Well, after 17 months of working solo (and very long hours), I am delighted that two talented ladies have joined me in… Read more.
I often miss having a little girl to dress up and plan princess parties for, but now my daughter and I are onto “grown up” creative adventures. Emily, who is about to turn 21, will be finishing her cosmetology training soon (yesterday she gave me the best haircut I have ever had) and I am… Read more.
I am officially in love with paper succulents! These are so fun to make using a variety of card stock papers and my Cricut Explore cutting machine. Of course you can cut them by hand which would give an even more natural look, but I am a busy girl so this is a perfect cutting… Read more.
Last Friday when I was in San Francisco, I visited my favorite garden store, Flora Grubb. They are known for their lush and abundant succulents and offer you every which way to create and grow your own succulent gardens that either hang on the wall or in beautiful containers around your living space. I was… Read more.
This last Christmas when I made my holiday tree decorated in all paper ornaments, I made some orbs that were covered in little paper circles. I kept seeing them as a very round paper pine cone and thought how cute it would be to make some in more of the cone shape. Pine cones are… Read more.
This is such a fun project! In this video with Creativebug, I teach you how to make the letters from a flat board into these 3D forms, then give you three ideas of how to finish the surfaces. I am just loving the gold leaf look right now and these letters were made especially for… Read more.
You can now view the third of my Paper Wedding Craft video series on Creativebug. This video is a full class on how to make a Dowton Abby inspired topiary. I show you how to make them using a simple terra cotta pot, copper tubing for the form and Carte Fini floral crepe paper for… Read more.
I love having a covered front porch on this 1920’s craftsman house and have been planning for a while to update it with fresh paint and some decor. I feel that porches and decks can be extended living space and enjoyed at least part of the year here in rainy Portland and that is how… Read more.
I do realize I posted a tutorial for a crepe paper rose last week, but I was inspired on one of my morning walks just the other day by this gorgeous rose that looked like a peony. I posted the photo of this rose on my Instagram asking if I should take it on as… Read more.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone here in the United States. Some of us have the day off as it is a national holiday, but me. . . I did not want to miss sharing this tutorial and pattern for the gorgeous camellia flower. I have a few camellia bushes around my house. In the spring… Read more.
You may remember this dress form and mannequin that I display in my bedroom when I gave you a home tour of that room last fall. As a seamstress, I love the look of the forms especially when they are a bit weathered and aged. The smaller mannequin was something I had picked up at… Read more.
Now that you have your pantry newly styled with your Farmhouse Pantry Labels it is time to update your herb and spice labels too. Just for you, here are two sets (chalkboard and kraft paper) of herb and spice jar labels to match the pantry labels from last weeks post. For my jars, I decided… Read more.
I have come to the conclusion that any paper. . . that is ANY paper. . . can be transformed into a gorgeous paper flower. Other than poms for gift toppers and tree ornaments, I had yet to experiment with tissue paper to make paper flowers, until this weekend. Having just returned from San Francisco… Read more.