Time for Colored Pencils

February 15, 2010
Everyday Crafts, Gifts

Why is it that a new box of colored pencils thrills at any age? I always hate to ruin the shiny points that line up perfectly in a fresh set. It's definitely a universal feeling, as proven by these amazing examples below…

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Helsinki based artist Jonna Pohjalainen was inspiried to make this pencil sculpture during a summer Environmental Art workshop at the Open Air Art Museum in Pedvale, Latvia. Found via The Jealous Curator.

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If you are crazy about Jonna's sculpture, you can buy a mini Colored Twig Pencil Set at A Toy Garden. Via Ohdeedoh.


And if you are really obsessed with colored pencils, you can subscribe to 500 Colored Pencils. You'll receive 25 pencils for 20 months.  I love this quote describing it: It's about enjoying an unhurried creative process and the artist, that over time, you become.  The names of the colors are amazing, like Tea with Milk, Autumn Fog, Miss Muffet, Pretty Polly, and 496 more!


Time for Last Minute Valentine

February 13, 2010
Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Holidays, Valentine's Day


As an individual, I don't celebrate Valentine's Day traditionally. But as a crafter, I simply can't avoid it. It is a holiday ripe with creative possibility! And, I'm a bit of a sap, so one small gesture per year is allowed.

If you are in need a last minute Valentine for the significant other in your life, this one packs a big punch. Last year, I made a numbered list of each day that I had known Michael. I know, it sounds daunting, but with auto-type on Word, it's super easy. I figured out important dates (like when we were in Argentina, I wrote in Spanish) and described them accordingly. To make it easier on myself, I often copied the same sentence over and over to complete the list. I rolled the scroll and tied it with twine.

So for this Valentine, you just have to have patience and math skills.

(Love to you all.)


Time for (non-Christmas) Wreathes

February 9, 2010
Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Holidays

February may seem to be a strange time to blog about wreaths, but lately I've become a big fan. Having grown up in a home where we didn't celebrate Christmas, wreathes were the equivalent to having a tinseled, lit tree in your living room. But today I'm declaring that stigma over. For good. These delightful examples prove my point…

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This beautifully crafted wreath would be amazing on the door at an intimate wedding. Felt flower winter wreath from The Purl Bee.

The color choices here are phenom. Felted ball wreath from Pickles

Paper Wreaths by Haru, via Craftzine.

Paper circle wreath from Crafty Stylish.

Tie Wreath from Good Housekeeping.


Nature wreath from Parents magazine.


Time for Rainbow Cake

February 8, 2010

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Birthday cakes are meant to do 3 things.

  1. Taste good.
  2. Look good.
  3. Hold candles.
  4. Excite eaters.

This cake does all of the above. (I assume it tastes good…how could it not?). It reminds me of the cake I made for my husband's birthday last year with our nieces and nephew that I found here. But let's be honest, it's way better.


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Other rainbow cakes, in case these weren't delightful enough…


From Incredible Things.


If cake's not your thing, try this from Tarehna.


And lastly, for individual rainbow love, cupcakes from Baking Bites.