Monthly Archives: July 2016

Paper Doll Blocks

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Paper Doll BlocksHello!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and that your summer is going well. Its hard to believe that in a few short weeks, the kiddos go back to school. The school supplies are already purchased and ready to go. Yikes! 🙂

This project has been so fun to put together. Paper dolls have ALWAYS been one of my favorite things, and I so enjoy creating new things with them. Depending on the doll, the project can be either playfully sweet or movie star sophisticated.

Dreamer 1

Wooden canvases have really come onto the crafting scene in a big way. Truly a great canvas to work with! And wooden blocks are simply an extension of that concept. To create these paper doll blocks, I first started by painting the block, then distressing the edges with sandpaper. A wash of ivory paint also helped tone down and added more depth to the block colors.

Dreamer 2Once the paint was dry, I added vintage book paper with Mod Podge, then applied the paper doll.  A few ribbons and fabric scraps, and a couple crowns (of course) dress them up nicely!

Love & Flowers Flowers Happy 1These sweet paper doll blocks can be personalized even further with memo pins holding descriptive adjectives and embellishments.  A fun gift idea for a good friend! 🙂

Happy 4a

I hope you have a great week! And, if you’re looking for a crafting idea, try embellishing a block – so much fun!

Happy Creating,

Michelle… Read the rest

An Inspiration Happy Box & Class

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I hope you had a great 4th of July!

A few posts ago, I shared a project idea of storyboard boxes – decorating a paper mache book-shaped box with the covers of vintage children’s books. You can find more about that HERE – they really are a great way to display those nostalgic illustrations. These boxes also are great gift boxes.

Playing around with that idea more, I realized these boxes could also be inspiration boxes. Personally decorated and filled with those things that give you that little spark, such as a quote, a photo, a shell from the beach, or a vintage bauble.  Whatever special item that takes you to your happy place – a Happy Box if you will.

Happy Box Class

We all need that spark, and not just from time to time, to perk us up from a slump. It should be something that we visit regularly to keep us focused on our dreams, goals and purpose. Yes, a quote, or memento has the power to do just that! It truly is a box full of good energy.

happy box 2 Happy Box

I know summer weekends get BUSY, but put this project on your TO DO list. Decorate a box – get wild and crazy with it. Cover it in your favorite patterns and colors. Then, take.your.time, but FILL IT! Fill it with special scraps, quotes, small bottles of glitter (yep, that’s in my box!) – whatever makes you happy. Then, put this box in a prominent place. Don’t tuck it away. Put your special box front and center by your bed, on your dresser. Then, OPEN IT – frequently! It’ll be like a breath of fresh air. Your own personalized treasure chest. 🙂

And, if you’re in the Northern Colorado area, come join me as I teach this class at Magpies Market.  I would love to have you join us – as a group we’ll create our beautiful individualized boxes.

You can find more information, and how to register HERE. magpiesOh, and come a little bit before class starts, because Magpies Market is not just a studio, but a beautiful gift store. So much fun!

Have a great weekend and a fun time creating your Happy Box,

Michelle… Read the rest

Happy Independence Day!

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4th pennant 1

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family and friends over this long weekend!

I love the 4th of July….family BBQs, watermelon and lots of cherries and strawberry shortcake. And, of course, beautiful fireworks. The simplicity in the celebration is very appealing, and it brings everyone together. Love that.

pennant 2

My husband and I went to see the new movie Free State of Jones on Friday night.  Truly, the Civil War was a sad event in our nation’s history, and it was incredible to learn the depth of the conflict on so many levels. Very interesting. So many sacrifices made in our young history as a country, and so many things for us to be thankful for, and to still learn.

4th pinwheel

To celebrate Independence Day, I put together this firecracker of a centerpiece. You know how much I love making pennants! They really are a great way to display vintage doo-dads and ephemera.


4th of July centerpiece

Have a great weekend, and Happy 4th!!

Michelle… Read the rest