Sparkling Candy Shoe

Sparkling Candy Shoe

Here comes the holiday parties and, of course, the Christmas candy… in a sparkling, creative container for your favorites…whether it’s candy canes, fudge, caramels, popcorn, chocolate bark, toffee or peppermint. This unusual paper, pointed toe shoe becomes a festive vessel for Christmas confections, and can also be used as a tree ornament, party favor, or part of a holiday table scape. Materials Needed: Scrapbook paper (four different designs)...

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A Circle of Gratitude

A Circle of Gratitude

Thanksgiving has historically been a feast to celebrate the harvest since recorded time began. Ancient Greeks enjoyed a harvest festival called the Smophera. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvest, had a festival called Cerelia that was celebrated on October 4th. In Old England, the autumnal feast and harvest was called Harvest Home. In the United States, the 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and...

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Halloween: Now & Then

Halloween: Now & Then

Halloween dates back to 1745 and has always been celebrated on October 31st. The word Halloween evolved from All Hallows’ Eve, a Christian holiday, celebrated the night before All Saints Day and is also believed to be related to an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain that celebrated the harvest and the beginning of winter. The Celtic culture believed that on October 31st the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and...

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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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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Dad’s personal TV remote holder Here’s a functional, easy gift idea for Dad that kids can make and a great way to re-purpose those old ties Dad has been getting for years 🙂 Dad will never lose the TV remote again with this easy-to-make container with a pocket for pad and pen or a place to hide secret messages. Now all Dad has to do is sit back in his favorite chair and chill! Materials Needed for Dad’s Personal TV Remote...

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