Advent Crown – A Beautiful DIY Arrangement To Celebrate The Season πŸ•―

Hello my lovely friends! 😊

How wonderful to see that you, after all this time, are still with me! I trust that you and your loved ones are doing well and are in good spirits! 😍

It’s been so long that it almost feels like starting this little blog all over again! πŸ™ƒ

And what better way to mark a new beginning than with this festive Advent Crown/Wreath?

The beginning of this year’s Advent season kinda caught me by surprise. But then again, I’m usually behind and have to light two candles at once on the second Sunday But not this year! πŸ˜… This arrangement is so fast and easy that I will be able to light the first candle tonight. It really took me no longer than 5 minutes! 😌

Here’s what you need:

  • A Bundt Pan (Hint:Thrift stores are full of them πŸ˜‰)
  • Sand or Aquarium rocks
  • 4 candles
  • Potpourri

Fill the Bundt Pan halfway with the sand/rocks (if you use votive candles fill it to about 1/2” from the top).

Secure your candles.

I almost forgot to take the picture πŸ˜…

Add your candles and the potpourri….and you’re done 😍

Now isn’t that lovely 😊

✨In case you’re curious about the meaning of the 4 candles...

  • 1st candle: The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place.
  • 2nd candle: The Candle of Peace.
  • 3rd candle: The Candle of Love.
  • 4th candle: The Candle of Joy.

I wish you a wonderful, peaceful Advent Season! πŸ€—πŸ•―πŸŽ„

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 17

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s just another week of Advent Calendar fun. That went fast, didn’t it? πŸ€— Let’s make the most of the suspenseful daily Door-opening nail biter πŸ˜‰

Does this say β€˜mystery awaits’, or what? 😁

And what did we find? Another awesome DIY idea from the category β€˜Why didn’t I think of that?’ πŸ˜ƒ

Wilted, dried up chrysanthemums…we all have them, right? So…..

Ha…told ya! Snow spray and Christmas ornaments – a beautiful Holiday decoration created! 😍

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 4

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Isn’t this door beautifully inviting? 😍 Let’s open it, and see what surprise is waiting for you today…

3…2…1

A beautiful craft idea πŸ˜ƒ

What a fantastic and easy way to make your home feel Christmas-y 😁

This one is already on my to-do list!

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

So You Wanna Junk Journal? πŸ€“ Where To Begin…Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you had a good weekend!  πŸ˜Š Did you spent part of it foraging in Thrift- and Antique Shops for hidden treasures? Did you enjoy it? If you did…I have good news!😁
Here are a few more things for your Junk Journal you can collect while out and about next time.
If you missed Part I with more ideas for treasures to hunt …it’s right here (link will open in a new window)

Magazines and Catalogues

I prefer the vintage (non-shiny) ones. But that’s just a personal preference – you get what you like!

 

Paper Dolls and -Animals

This book is a reproduction – but isn’t it adorable?! πŸ˜ƒ

Stamps 

The postal- and rebate (Bonus) kind

 

Sheet Music

 

Flash Cards

 

Children’s Books

I love collecting vintage children’s books and turning them into journals. I do keep the original pages in order…just add my own pages in between.
~If you’re not quite sure if you want to (or can) take a book apart, please read the (hopefully reassuring) post here 😊

Here are some pictures of the journals I made out of these lovely books

 

I do hope these pictures make you want to start creating right away! 😍

At one point you might get frustrated with the lack of selection in your Thrift- and Antique Shops. And you visit the various resale sites. That’s a great idea! But – buyer beware! Do yourself a favor and only buy ‘ephemera collections’ that are fully visible. Where you can see each and every item you are buying. I fell for the ‘100 awesome pieces – each pack varies’ nonsense.  πŸ˜• Well, most of it landed in the bin. Over half of the 100 pieces were torn out bookpages (got those…thank you very much), cut up city maps (to make 5 pieces out of 1), copies of game pieces, etc. You may pay a little more for the smaller packs, but in the end it’s worth it! πŸ€“

Now, while you wait for the weekend to get more stuff for your journals (it can be addictive πŸ˜‰), and possibly are itching to get started, why don’t you coffee-dye some paper. Coffee is a great way of turning ordinary paper into a vintage-looking page.

Just fill a pan (I used a baking sheet) with coffee, and submerge the page.

Depending on the depth of the liquid, you will get different results.

 

The pages on the left were in about 1/2″ of coffee, the one on the right about 1/4″.
Both were submerged overnight.

Then let them dry on an old towel, and you have beautiful, ‘aged’ pages, that will give your journal a lovely vintage feel.

 

I’m thinking that’s it for today. 😊 Next time we’re really going to start creating. I promise! 🀩

 Until then πŸ’• Take good care of yourself!

 

The (first) Finished Journal πŸ€“πŸ““

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. 😊

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy πŸ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling 😍

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover 😁 What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ πŸ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! πŸ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! πŸ€—

What Do You Do When The Crojo Is Lost?

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this finds you well! 😊

The question in the title line was one I asked myself many, many times over the last few weeks. And it’s also the reason why I took a timeout from writing for you.

I did try hard to get it back. I searched high and low for inspiration…spent WAY too much time on Pinterest πŸ™ˆ I dug deep into my creative pool – and my yarn stash 😁 – and came up empty.

What to do, what to do?

Then it hit me…I don’t HAVE to crochet. There might be other pretty things inside me waiting to be made. 😊

During my hours on Pinterest I saw many gorgeous handmade journals. Beautiful pieces of art, and creativity. I found myself going back to them over and over. I finally felt that little spark of inspiration 😍

I read about ‘Smash Books’ – it’s like a scrapbook, but not. It’s messy, it’s colorful, it’s awesome! πŸ˜… You just take a ready-made journal or loose pages (to be bound later on) and start painting, cutting, glueing down any- and everything that strikes your fancy.

It’s completely new territory for me. I’ve never done mixed media, plus it’s an exercise in patience. See, you can’t just sit down and start or go out buy some supplies and begin the creative journey.

There is some legwork involved πŸ€ͺ and, I have to say it again, patience. Not really my thing πŸ˜… so definitely a learning curve!

I visited our Antique Mall, and numerous thrift stores for old books, magazines, note- and greeting cards etc.

In between collecting these pretty things I coffee-stained paper. This is quite an exciting process. Even though I did it the same way every time, each page comes out differently.

Wanna see?

Pretty cool, huh? 😁

After a week of successful hunting and gathering the journal making began.

Here are my first attempts…

What I did, but will do differently from now on – I picked a theme for each signature.

What’s a signature you ask…I know I did 😊 A signature is a stack of loose papers (usually 5 or 6 sheets) that will be bound together to be combined into a book.

Anyway – I find that making themed signatures is a bit stifling…and time consuming. I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that going with the inspiration, and combining snippets as you come across them, will be more fun. We’ll see 😊

So… I think it’s safe to say I found something I love to do 😍

Until next time πŸ’•

Small ~ Project ~ Sunday – A Yard Sale Find ExtraordinaireΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice of you to make time for me on this wonderful weekend 😍

No crochet news today – but what I wanna show you instead is pretty nifty. 😁

On Saturday I spend a few hours thrifting. And at one yard sale I spotted an amazing vintage embroidery πŸ’œ 

Here are some details 


Beautiful, isn’t it?!

After I brought my treasure home I hunted for a frame…I always buy them at thrift stores – just in case. And yesterday was such a case πŸ˜†

It was already stretched on a piece of cardboard…and wouldn’t you know, I had a frame that fit perfectly! πŸ˜ƒ Happy Dance! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

The frame is  was not very pretty, but is in great shape 

     Very ‘blah’ 😟
Time for some chalk paint and wax…ta-da 


I applied the paint, with a wide, flat brush, yesterday…let it dry overnight (even though it doesn’t take that long – an hour or two is plenty). Then I applied a thin layer of wax in a few spots (not all over ’cause all I had is a dark brown). Done!  πŸ™†πŸ»

A few staples in the back – the frame didn’t have any of those metal bendy thingies. πŸ€“

And here she is 


I’m very happy with it 😍 It seems like it was meant to be….the perfect fit and the color paint I had is actually a color in the embroidery. 

Now I’m sitting here admiring my lovely ‘new’ wall art ☺️

Did you ever have a spontaneous project that worked out on the first try?  (Psst – doesn’t happen all that often around here πŸ˜†)

Thanks for dropping by and reading all the way down to here πŸ€—

 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Throwback Thursday 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today! 

I hope you don’t mind, but for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a few of my past creations. 😊

See – I’ve had this “sometimes in life the best laid out plans are ruined by unexpected goings-on” thing happening here. 😜 Nothing disastrous, just normal interruptions of my routine. So –  I didn’t have the leisure to explore the webs for awesome artwork. I hope these here will do, and add some enjoyment to your day. 😍

I made this ‘Nature Weaving’ last year ~ using twigs, enameled leaves, and ribbon to embellish the pretty yarn. 😊

This one hangs in my bedroom. I removed a large canvas (print), and used the frame as a loom. 

One of my first Dreamcatchers… πŸ’•

This here is one of my favorites. πŸ’œ I felted an old wool sweater, and needle-felted unspun wool on it. Back then I did write a ‘how-to’ post, if you love it and need (yet) another project 😝here’s the link πŸ’•

I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past! πŸ˜ƒ Maybe something inspired you to get busy! I would really love to hear about it! πŸ’œ

Oh… I did find one thing I don’t wanna keep from you…


The guy on the right looks happy πŸ˜‚ If you start now you could surprise your guy with one for Christmas! 😜 

Thanks for visiting and reading to the end! 😘

I hope you come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Fiber ~Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello and ‘Happy Weekend’ my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in today! 

We’re finally basking in the sunshine today!β˜€οΈ It’s a perfect Saturday here in eastern Kansas😍 I hope you need a lot of sunscreen and your shades today 😁 Or is it cloudy and rainy? β˜”οΈ

For today’s ‘Fiber~Art Moment’ I’d like to show you a lovely ‘Sock Quilt’ I came across this morning. πŸ˜€

 Sadly the artist/creator of this piece was not mentioned. 

Look – isn’t it pretty….and genius I might add πŸ€“


Isn’t that awesome, and a great project to use up all the poor lonely socks you find in the dryer. 😝

What do you think? Is this a project for you? 

I hope you will join me tomorrow for ‘New Stitch Sunday’ πŸ€—

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo 

If you are – or know – the artist behind this, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! 😍

Dear (Project) Diary

….and all you lovely people out there πŸ’•

Lots of creative bustling going on around here. 😊 Almost too much – if there is such a thing. I say ‘almost too much’ because ~ as you probably know ~ if your brain is too busy planning things you get nothing done. πŸ™ƒ
So I decided to make a list of the projects I have on my mind…and by sharing them with you, commit to them, and maybe inspire you to create your own day planner/wallhanging/art and art display. πŸ€“

1️⃣ First I wanna update you on the day planner…if you missed it- here’s the beginning
Since that post went public I’ve made 2 more calendar pages -the other 8 are going onto the to-do list πŸ˜‹

2️⃣ Next on my list is a new ‘spring-y’ wallhanging 🌺
Remember theΒ felted one? This one is similar, except the background is not a piece of felted wool sweater. For this one I crocheted a rectangle with BouclΓ© yarn.
If you would like to make one, it’s really quite simple…
1. Crochet 28 chain stitches (that number is really up to you, it depends on the desired size of your piece… maybe you want to make a blanket 😊 it just has to be an even number)
2. Place a double-crochet stitch in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Chain 2, and place a double-crochet stitch in the 2nd chain stitch. Repeat from * until your piece is the desired size. Then pick your ‘wool fluff’ and start decorating! Have Fun! πŸ˜€
Here’s my ‘wip’…

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For a quick no-sew solution, simply clip some ‘CafΓ© Rod’ clips to the top and thread on a rod or a skinny branch (my favorite 😌)


3️⃣ Painting a frame is up next.
I’ve had this print in my store when it first opened, when it was ‘Beads for Belles’. Quite fitting, don’t you think? 😊

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Well, since then I changed the name to ‘Kristabella’, and also the decor and feel of the store. So, home with me it went. It really doesn’t go with anything here…what to do πŸ€”
A new print and some chalk paint! Got both – next thing on the to-do list 😏

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I will show you the result soon!

4️⃣ Then there is the stack of wool sweaters and pretty fabrics waiting to be turned into pretty pillows, arm warmers, and wall decor – next on the to-do list- man, that thing is growing fast πŸ˜† – so I can restock my somewhat depleted Etsy shop.

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5️⃣ Last, but not least…a finished project! My growing- quite literally πŸ˜‰- plant collection. As I mentioned before in Roommate: Mother Nature , I can finally buy and keep plants. Here’s the latest addition

It seems I can’t stop buying plants, cacti, succulents πŸ’•

Here I took some minis, and replanted them into these pretty pots

Behind the pink top you can see that I’m trying to propagate some succulents. I’ll keep you posted-if you never hear about it again, it didn’t work πŸ˜‚
I wanna say that’s it for now, but I’ll probably think of more projects you don’t wanna miss. πŸ€— So please look for the next entry in my ‘Project Diary’!
Until then

~ Tina xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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