Sweet Compote Combos

Sweet Compote Combos

As early glass goes, if any pieces of Early American pattern glass dishes were to be thought of as fussy, it would be compotes. An elegant dish on a stand, they were designed with intricate patterns and often came with lids that were used for serving liquids such as stewed fruit. The open style compote often had a ruffled or fluted dish or bowl. They were set on high or low stems that could be as simple as colored, cut glass or as complicated...

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Christmas Baby Shoe

Christmas Baby Shoe

If you have been following me, you know that I recently relocated my studio. While packing up, I came across some Christmas decorations and a box of unusual items I have been saving over the years and July is the time of year that I start thinking about ideas for Christmas gifts. This baby shoe makes an ideal vessel for upcycling old Christmas trinkets. You can borrow old baby shoes that your friends probably have saved and surprise them later...

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The Goddess at Work

The Goddess at Work

I have moved everything in to my studio and it’s shaping up to be a comfortable place to think and work… the heart and soul of my recycled projects from inception to design to completion. This photo is of the actual work space and there are two other rooms next door where I store all of my “garbage.” I have saved some of my recyclable stuff more than 20 years for that special moment when an idea transforms into a creative, functional home...

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A Celebration Vignette

A Celebration Vignette

Ever get tired of dusting those smaller accessories? Now you can be a discerning collector and define your style by housing it all under an acrylic box. Gather bits and pieces of memorabilia and create a celebration vignette for a special friend or yourself. The Mini showcase will be enjoyed by all every day. Materials needed: 12″ square tile Old frame moulding recut Small collectibles Acrylic box ( 11-3/4″ square x 13″ high)...

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Summer is heating up and so are the parties. Decorative matchboxes can add some flair to your summertime gatherings with these little “works of art” for the table. Paired with candles, they can also make hot hostess gifts. Materials Needed for Hot Fun in the Summertime: 4 matchboxes (restaurant or hotel giveaways) Lightweight cardboard Felt, decorative paper or pictures from magazines 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon Glue gun White glue...

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