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Quick Ornaments

12:27 PM

Today I had some free time (I know, right?) so I thought I would create a few quick ornaments to hang from the Christmas presents I'll be wrapping this week.

Since 90% of my gifts were homemade this year, I thought it would be nice to continue the theme.

As many of you know I make jewelry and have quite a lot of supplies. I've tried destashing them on Etsy, trading them up, and even giving some away.  I still have tons! Crafters know that supplies multiply the second you look away.   I like being able to use them cross purpose. It's so satisfying. lol

Here are a few things I had lying around that worked up very quickly into some really cute ornaments.

Freshwater Pearls



Swarovski Glass Pearls

Shrinky Dinks with Vintage Sewing label Graphics

Shrinky Dinks with Vintage Sewing Labels Graphics

Both of these sets took me about 1 episode  of Doc Martin on Netflix.  Which is to say about 50 minutes from design to photography.   Not bad at all, considering I was going to watch Doc Martin anyway. :)

The shrinky dinks were left over from this project . I didn't bother waterproofing them as they shouldn't be getting wet.  Watch them get wet now! lol

The hangers are made from nylon coated wire and a crimp to hold the circle. A tiny dab of crazy glue keeps the crimp hidden behind where the ribbon is tied. I embellished them with a bit of organza ribbon and in the case of the vintage style ones I used some baker's twine that was wrapped around a gift I received.  (You're probably realizing that's why my supplies multiply.. I save practically everything.)

I also made a couple of paper ornaments which I wound up not liking enough to photograph. Maybe next time?

Have you made any ornaments this year? Let's see them!

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My Secret Rooms

7:03 AM

I have a love for eye candy that probably goes beyond normal into a little bit obsessive.  For that reason, I love Pinterest.  It's always a source for beautiful images and inspiration. It's also a super way to keep track of things I would love to have, places I would travel to, and spaces I would live in, if only.

Here are some spaces that speak to me. Maybe they'll speak to you too. :)


pink for my ultra feminine side


bookshelves for my love of reading and built-ins


black and white and pink for when I'm feeling NY French Chic
deep reds and browns for quiet moods

for posh sunday morning breakfast

cottage chic for every day

rustic for rainy days
stairway for finding magical places

It would be a frightful home that included every one of these rooms - but how does one choose which style to go with when you love so many of them? 

I would love to see some of your favorite spaces so please do share!


Taking it Home

4:12 AM




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Fasten your seatbelts.. here we go! 



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Sew Jenaissance News

4:40 AM

Last week, Helen from Bustle & Sew contacted me.  I've been a follower of her blog for a while now and just love her style.   Helen is very talented and has beautiful original patterns in her Etsy shop

Bustle & Sew also publishes a monthly online magazine which includes three free patterns from Helen each month, vintage knitting and crochet pattens, and news from other designers.  If you're interested in subscribing, simply visit Bustle & Sew - a subscription is only $4.50 a month.

Now for the reason Helen contacted me.  She is going to do a feature on Sew Jenaissance in her January issue!  I can't tell you how excited I am! Well, ok, I can. I'm super excited!!  In addition to the feature, there will  be an exclusive free pattern from me, available only through the magazine. So please consider checking out the January issue, or even subscribing. The magazine does not disappoint.

A huge thanks to Helen for thinking of me and including me in her awesome magazine. I will be sure to post a reminder when it comes out!

More news to come soon! Until then.. xoxo

bustle and sew

Bustle & Sew Magazine

4:34 AM

Last week, Helen from Bustle & Sew contacted me.  I've been a follower of her blog for a while now and just love her style.   Helen is very talented and has beautiful original patterns in her Etsy shop

Bustle & Sew also publishes a monthly online magazine which includes three free patterns from Helen each month, vintage knitting and crochet pattens, and news from other designers.  If you're interested in subscribing, simply visit Bustle & Sew - a subscription is only $4.50 a month.

Now for the reason Helen contacted me.  She is going to do a feature on Sew Jenaissance in her January issue!  I can't tell you how excited I am! Well, ok, I can. I'm super excited!!  In addition to the feature, there will  be an exclusive free pattern from me, available only through the magazine. So please consider checking out the January issue, or even subscribing. The magazine does not disappoint.

A huge thanks to Helen for thinking of me and including me in her awesome magazine. I will be sure to post a reminder when it comes out! 

More news to come soon! Until then.. xoxo



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