silver bells

last week while i was over at my mom’s house i noticed some homemade silver bells that she had hanging on her hall tree in the dining room. i had noticed them in years past (and kinda remember making them in sunday school when i was little) but this year they really popped out and i wanted to create my own with my littles. since they were home monday and tuesday with the general winter icks we tackled them yesterday for a little restful project. simply made with items you already have in the house (or could easily save to use) i thought i’d share a quick tutorial in case you’re interested.

supplies needed : 5 egg cartons (this made two 4 strand garlands), tin foil, scissors, twine or thread, needle

time to complete : about 1/2 an hour

cut all of the egg cups apart using shears.

cut all of the pokey extra bits off of the individual egg cups until you have a simple round cup shaped edging

cut tin foil into square sheets and wrap over the cups and smooth down edges.


thread your egg bells onto twine or thread (i used bakers twine style yarn i already had & an upholstery needle). i made sure to use a different amount on each strand so that we would have different lengths when they were bundled together. tie together once you have 3-4 strands.

we made one longer strand than the other as i wasn’t counting the cups as i thread them.

i’m thrilled at the result and so happy we were able to make something with random household supplies and without having to spend a ton of money on “craft” supplies. the kids were excited that we had matching decor as their “nonna” too.

have a wonderful wednesday!

joy wall hanging

i posted a tutorial up over on the JBS blog yesterday explaining how to make this vintage JOY wall hanging. come on over.

happy wednesday!

tattered cuckoo clock : mini tutoiral

i spent a big chunk of sunday doing that thing i have been dreaming of doing for months on end; making for the sake of making. it was a cool crispy day, drizzling rain all morning that opened up into a beautiful autumn afternoon. amazing to think that last week it was 90 degrees. it was as if the seasons shifted exactly on friday. hello autumn!

while i was in the studio i had a few different projects in the making. a few, like this tattered cuckoo clock i had started last spring and then set aside. i decided to do some followup. the cuckoo clock base is from kaiser crafts, something i have had on hand since i used it in a scrap kit for kR about a year ago. i have 3-4 more and i have some plans for those as well. i want to experiment more with the layering.

i thought i’d give you a quick little tutorial on what i did. this is the easy explanation peeps, but feel free to ask any questions in the comments and i’ll answer them there too. ;)

the base was covered with some plaster sheets {you can get this at any craft store}, i’m a big fan of stephanie lee (can’t wait to take her class at artfest next year!) and have wanted to play with some techniques i learned from her book with judy wise plaster studio.

after wrapping the base and gable with the plaster and letting it dry {this was done 5 months ago… lol} i dyed it all with some tattered angels mist in spanish moss. it’s a beautiful color, a soft and muted steel blue with a gorgeous shimmer. i need more. alot. more.

then i started the adorning. lots of vintage tattered laces and linen applied to the gable {see the original pic above}. just cut and layered really simply.

wrapped linen & lace rose with a little 7gypsies brass stud for the center and added it to the front.

i added a brass hanger loop and that gorgeous bee charm.

then the altered clock face made with a large brass 7g’s charm from the display kit. a piece of vintage open weave linen. antique buttons piled in a circle.

add arrow book turn and a large key then i dangled it above the cuckoo opening.

it was a great day, i’m still smiling as i type this out, remembering how relaxed it was to be out there making this. messy. fun. happy time creating. here’s to many, many more of these types of making days.

today i’m working on putting together a little mini halloween kit for the kR shop. it’s cute. and very limited. and hopefully will be listed by wednesday so you have plenty of time to put it together. it’s also making me happy on day 2 of making and exploring.

happy monday!



painting with stamps & stencils

i made a video tutorial which was posted on the JBS blog yesterday showing how i used paint with the exclusive stamp & stencil from the August JBS Mercantile papercrafting kit, so i wanted to link it up here too. it was really fun to make, and i didn’t realize until these past two months {since the kits have started including the stamp/stencil exclusives} just how these additions have inspired me to create more & experiment with old techniques. funny how that happens, right?

i have a few more video plans that i’ve been working on, including an “anatomy of a page series” {me scrapping from beginning to end} that i’ve been filming this week, i love seeing the process of others i’m inspired by, like this. i’m totally falling in love with video and using our camera and have wanted to do this for so long, so making this one has pushed me a little to get out of my safe zone which is really, really good!

happy wednesday!

blue ribbon embroidery

i have a stamped embroidery project up on the jbs blog today, head on over and check it out.

schools out and i’m finally starting to feel better after i got the icks from my littles. thank goodness for helpful husbands and being able to rest while they were at school this week.

happy friday!

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