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Jackie & Jeff’s Spring Wedding

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One of the reasons I love planning and styling weddings is the opportunity to think out of the box and to create unique venues for clients. Fortunately, my clients have allowed a little design craziness. And as expected, some cockamamy ideas … Continue reading

Moss Place Card Holders With Felted Wool

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Natural moss is often my inspiration when creating floral arrangements and crafts. It is so incredibly soft and magical in its natural setting. Honestly, a feeling of guilt comes over me when I harvest this green gold. Yes, you can buy it in bags from various sources but it’s never quite the same as a freshly picked batch.

In an effort to recreate nature’s wonder and to tread lightly on Mother Nature, I whipped up these felted wool moss-inspired place card holders.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felted wool – I used Dimensions Brand Felt Works found at Michaels craft store
  • River rocks
  • Dish-washing detergent or soap
  • Craft glue
  • Razor blade
  • Card stock paper

With the exception of the dish-washing detergent, you can find all of the craft ingredients at any craft store.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Select the approximate size of the moss cap you want to create by pulling the felt apart.
  2. Form it into a ball or oval and add one drop of dish washing liquid onto the felt. Then, while running it under warm water, roll the felt into the shape desired. The dish washing liquid helps form the shape when it dries. Be careful not to add too much soap.
  3. Form the wet felt over a rock and let dry overnight.
  4. When the felt is dry, remove it from the rock, place glue under the felt and glue it to the rock. Let dry completely.
  5. Using a razor blade, create an incision on the top of the felt moss and insert a place card.
  6. You’re done!

Here’s to adding magic to your next event or wedding…happy crafting!

Fast Craft Holidays – Cardboard Christmas Trees

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Looking for a clever and fast way to recycle cardboard boxes? Why not make a forest of Christmas trees. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Using an X-Acto knife, ruler and cutting board, cut out a triangle.
  2. Use the triangle you cut as a pattern to cut out a second shape.
  3. Then cut the second triangle in half.
  4. Hot glue the two halves to either side of the whole triangle and you’ve got a tree.
  5. This step is optional but you can hot glue your trees onto tiny wooden blocks. I found these at AC Moore arts and crafts store.
  6. Done!

These recycled beauties look even better painted or use them as gift tags! Write a name on the cardboard and tie it to a package. Perfect!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!

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Thrift Store Lampshade Refashion

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Thrift stores are awesome — just ask Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I love finding unique castaways and refashioning them into something cool and useful. A few months ago, I had $20 in my pocket so off I went to my … Continue reading

Moss Gift Tags

Happy first day of spring! Wanna know how to transform an ordinary shipping tag into something extraordinary?  Stick with me…

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shipping tags – I found a great selection at Staples
  • A roll of peel-&-stick moss – Michaels
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Here’s how ya do it:

  1. Cut a piece of the peel-&-stick moss slightly larger than a shipping tag.
  2. Remove the paper on the back of the moss to reveal its tacky side then place firmly on the tag.
  3. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and insert twine.
  4. Your done!

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Okay, how easy is that AND you have a really cool and creative gift tag to adorn your Easter gifts!  Happy crafting!

Road Atlas Placemats

My niece, Samantha, is a super artistic nine year-old. Her latest medium is duct tape and she’s cooking up all sorts of clever crafts. Inspired by Samantha I decided to give duct tape a whirl.

I’m always on the lookout for unique objects at sales and flea markets and recently I found a few outdated road atlas books. The individual pages are the perfect size for placemats. Using duct tape and Mod Podge, I easily and quickly created these placemats.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Road Atlas maps
  • Duct tape
  • Mod Podge (Outdoor) glue
  • Foam brush
  • X Acto knife
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Cutting mat

Here’s how you do it:

1. Select pages from the Road Atlas and remove them from the book using an X Acto knife.
2. Completely cover the back of map with duct tape, place the map on a cutting mat then cut any excess tape using a ruler and X Acto knife.

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3. Flip the map over and brush a coat of Mod Podge (Outdoor) on the top of the placemat. This will seal and protect the placemat.

4. This next step is optional — after the Mod Podge glue is dry, place a border of tape around the map (see photo of placemat grouping above). This simply gives it a more framed and finished look but it’s not necessary.

5. You’re done!

Oh, we’re not done yet….sorry. If you’re feeling super crafty, you can make a Duct Tape napkin ring too! Simply roll out a piece of tape about 10 inches, fold the tape in half (sticky side to sticky side).  Form a loop by curling one end over and stapling it to the other end. Cut the excess and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool napkin ring.

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Happy crafting!

Hess’s Strawberry Pie

Stick with me crafters!  I’m going to drift away from the crafting world a bit to share this amazing strawberry pie recipe. It’s easy, refreshing, and you’re gonna want to roll in it. Well, maybe not but here goes…

There was a fantastic department store based in Allentown, Pennsylvania called Hess’s. Founded in 1897, Hess’s was a shopping destination. Flamboyance and excitement were the norm for this store. It was well-known for its fashion apparel as a result of introducing the latest trends from Europe. It was also well-known for its world-famous Patio Restaurant and their scrumptious strawberry pie. Simply put…the pie was heaven. Sadly, however, the flagship store was demolished in 1996 but the memories and the pie recipe live on!

A few years ago I stumbled upon a couple of recipes for the pie and with some experimenting, came up with my own version which tastes exactly like the original albeit a bit smaller. You see, Hess’s strawberry pie was ginormous!

Here’s my version of this delectable dessert. PS: Whenever possible, I always use organic ingredients.

The ingredients:

  • Pre-made, non-bake, 9-inch pie crust. Of course you can make your own but in a pinch, I buy pre-made.
  • 4 lbs. of strawberries, rinsed and hulled.
  • 2 packets of clear glaze powder. This will make 2 cups of glaze.
  • 2, 16 oz. containers of heaving whipping cream.
  • Sugar (for the glaze mixture).
  • Powdered sugar to taste (for the whipped cream topping).
  • 1 packet of cream stabilizer (for the whipped cream topping).

The steps:

  1. Prepare pie crust if needed. I use a shortbread pre-made pie crust….yummy!
  2. Prepare your strawberries by cutting out the stems and then cut the berries in halves.
  3. Prepare the glaze by following the instructions on the glaze packet. The directions instruct to add water but I use organic cranberry juice instead.
  4. Spoon a 1/2 inch layer of glaze in the bottom of the pie crust. Then add in the first layer of berries. Spoon another layer of glaze and then another layer of berries. Repeat until all of the berries are jam-packed into the crust.
  5. Refrigerate while you make the whipped cream.
  6. Pour 2 containers of heavy whipping cream into a chilled mixing bowl. Start whipping! As the cream starts forming peaks, add a packet of cream stabilizer and then add powdered sugar to taste. I added about 1/2 cup.
  7. Finally, spread ALL of the whipped cream over the berries.
  8. Refrigerate for about an hour then serve.

Happy baking and happy crafting!