Let’s Pretend it’s Spring

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Now that the holidays are over, the magic of winter is gone for me. I never know what to do with myself come January as I just wait for the sun to come back and for flowers and birds. You could call me a winter grinch. So, I’m skipping right ahead to spring this week, maybe we can fake it until the winter is over.

Fanciful Fabric Butterflies

Fanciful Fabric Butterflies

These colorful butterflies are a great way to add some spring cheer to a dreary winter home. They can brighten up your winter outfits as a hair accessory or brooch, or can help you work away some of the time you’re stuck inside.

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Vintage Christmas

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Retro Christmas decorations are fun, colorful and so unique! I love the bright look of a mid-century Christmas or colorful drawings from early advertisements. You don’t have to scour flea markets for the perfect vintage decor, though. Here are some fun ideas to bring vintage charm to your holiday decor.

Vintage Glass Ball Ornaments

Vintage Style Glass Ball Ornaments

You can customize these ornaments to fit your color scheme, but the bright mid-century colors really add that extra pop of eccentric charm. These colorful balls look like they’ve been well loved through the years. No need to tell anyone you just made them…

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

I don’t know why, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day I draw a blank. I love the holiday, but I always need new ideas for creating budget friendly Valentine’s Day  decor.  Here are some Valentine’s Day Crafts to brighten your doorway and around the home. All of these crafts can be made inexpensively and hopefully from leftover fabrics, and scrap booking paper you have around the house.

 

I went a little burlap crazy this holiday season, so I have lots left over for this beautiful Burlap Heart! I just love the color contrast of natural and red in this door hanger.

 Burlap Door Hanger Junque to Jewels

These ‘Funky Valentines’ would make sweet gifts or decorations around the house. You might even use them as the focal points of a wreath.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

I’m especially excited to decorate for the holidays this year because my husband and I are moving into our first house this week and hosting family and friends for Christmas! Things have been a bit hectic as you can imagine, but holiday crafting is still a pretty big priority since we’ll have company arriving in just nine days. I’m sharing some of my favorite holiday crafts to inspire you to make your home extra special this holiday season.

This layered canvas wreath is one of my all time favorite holiday wreaths. I made a similar one last year as a present for my sister using leftover scraps of card stock and blue and brown felt – because I didn’t have canvas on hand at the time. I just love all the colors and buttons.

 

Canvas Layers Holiday WreathAlisa Burke

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Fuzzy Christmas Elves

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Create Silly Christmas Elves for Holiday Decor!

Bring a little Christmas cheer to your tree by making these adorable little elves.  These simple elves are fun to embellish, and are the perfect craft to create with your kids.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own elves:

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Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!

Recycled Crafts Contributor Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

Every crafter knows October is not too early to start thinking that. Come to think of it, a lot of us know even January isn’t too early. It’s my favorite holiday, my favorite time of year, and puts me into a virtual crafting, cooking, wrapping frenzy, all of which I consider huge fun.

A SEASON OF JOY, a collection of heartfelt creations for the holidays, is my newest boatload of inspiration between book covers treasure. I knew it was going to be good the minute I saw the cover. I needed to make the things in it.

And the book is spiral bound! It lies flat, so you can manipulate materials with both hands, while checking what you’re supposed to do next. I’m not a huge fan of holding books open with whatever heavy object is handy, so that was a big plus for me.

Another Plus: It’s a very attractive book. Each project is beautifully photographed,  the paper the publisher has chosen has a lovely texture, and leafing through, the pages make a rather lovely “scrrtching” noise against the wire spiral.

More To Love: Not only did I find myself wanting, planning, to make all kinds of things in this book, I soon realized that every single one of them was so simple it took only a few lines of text to explain.

  

The Book Sections: Ornaments, Wreaths & Garlands, Cards & Cardholders, Home Decor, Homemade Gifts, Tags & Wrapping, Children’s Projects, Activities & Parties, Scrapbook Pages.

Several Favorites Projects:

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