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Baby Gift


Lord, it’s been hard to get motivated to do anything in these days of quarantine. Especially cleaning house and writing on my blog. But I have made time for crapsmanship, and fortunately, I have a lot of random craft supplies and access to Amazon shopping. We have some friends with a baby girl due in May, and this baby gift is my latest attempt at something pretty.

The picture above is my inspiration, so I ordered a BIG bag of buttons from Amazon.

Ella’s nursery is being decorated in shades of eggplant, purple, and yellow, so I began with this background while I waited for the buttons to arrive. The background is made with acrylic paints and stencils on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of mixed media paper.

Once I had the buttons, I did a mock-up with random colors of purple buttons. Not quite crapsmanship, but I wasn’t happy with the colors. The background was too bright, and some of the buttons didn’t really show up. So back to the drawing board — literally. I darkened up the background with some black and purple Distress Inks, and then I selected the lightest lavender buttons for the E. I used painters tape to make temporary lines to follow as I glued the buttons to the background.

Here’s my finished letter, but a problem lingers. I can’t get to the store to select a mat and frame, so the gift remains unfinished. Let’s hope this damned coronavirus is eradicated by May. Ella needs this present!!!



Cork Monogram



I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry

Side Door Monogram


I like to keep some sort of seasonal decoration on my side door.  It’s the door the family uses and the one I see most often.  From Memorial Day until Independence Day, I usually leave a patriotic-themed hanging and then change things out in early July  This year, I was unmotivated (as in lazy) and didn’t take my red, white, and blue decor down until mid-August.  It’s too damn hot, though, to think about fall decor (it’s been in the triple digits this month!), so I did this quick and easy momogram.  You know my obsession with monograms, right? Read the rest of this entry

Can You Stand One More Monogram?



I’m making a housewarming present for Robert and Amanda, and I thought a wreath would be perfect.  Amanda likes monograms, LSU, and fleur-de-lis, so my plan is to incorporate all three.  First, the monogram.  I bought an over-sized R and painted it — front and back — with yellow craft paint.  It needed a couple coats. Read the rest of this entry




This snowflake-embellished “R” hangs from my side door each winter.  I bought the wooden letter and white snowflakes at Michael’s and used the following tutorial to do the blue and white chevron pattern:  http://2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-tape-off-chevron-pattern.html?m=1.  Read the rest of this entry