Packaged, Painted Ribbon Spools

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Phew! Finally, the Christmas decor is entirely packed away till next year. I’m always sad to see it go, but, I do enjoy this time of year, and look forward to the upcoming Spring days. 🙂

I’ve been pondering Valentine’s Day. It’s always fun to make sweet Valentine cards, and as I missed the boat in getting the Christmas cards out this year, I may focus harder on mailing Valentines. 🙂

I appreciate though, how Valentine’s Day is,  more and more,  becoming a friendship appreciation day. That is so important, as there are never enough days to tell your friends how much you care for them.  With that in mind, a box of beautiful vintage embellishments is a great way to show your love for a close, vintagey, like-minded, creative friend!

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This project uses simple, everyday ingredients. For example, this cute cardboard box once upon a time held paper die cuts for scrapbooking. It’s seen better days, but a little attention made this into a great storage box for vintage wooden spools of ribbon. With the see-through top, I thought to add a pop of color and paint the vintage spools. Super easy to do!

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Simply select an acrylic paint color, moisten a foam brush in water, and apply a thin coat of paint to the spool. I was careful to not paint the labels – I love those vintage labels!  The water thins out the paint, making for a more translucent application. You want to see wood grain – not thick, goopy paint lines.

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Once painted, set the spools aside so that they can dry thoroughly. You don’t want any paint to get onto the ribbons. Also, when working with lots of colors in one project, its always a good idea to include neutrals, such as a couple of unpainted spools – it creates contrast and makes the colors pop even more. 🙂

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As for the box, I kept it simple, and simply lined the bottom with a beautiful paper to complement the colorful spools. I also added a new sheet of cellophane to the window. I added excelsior to the bottom to cushion the spools, and make the ribbons look a bit more professionally packaged.

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Each of these spools holds about one yard of ribbon – just enough to plump up the spools. 🙂

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The spools nest nicely in the box, and, a small bouquet of vintage flowers adds the final touch.  The bouquet is only lightly secured to the box top with a couple of glue dots, so that the recipient can also use them in a future project.

flower bouquetThis Valentine’s Day, look around your craft room, and see if you have a box that can be re-purposed into a vintage ribbon box, with painted, vintage wooden spools.  I’m sure you have a friend who will just love it!

Happy Creating,


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Happy New Year!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!

The blog has been a bit quiet lately….certainly not planned that way, but the holiday season got a bit busier then expected. I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas and that the new year is off to a GREAT start!

I’ve been pondering the changes of the new year and what my intentions in the new year will be. As our kiddos get older, I find myself wanting to simplify.  I think de-cluttering and organizing will continue to persist, but I also will strive to live creatively everyday.  Either in trying a new recipe, crafting, exploring a new shop……just trying new things is a very enriching experience.


This mini bundt cake is an example of simple, everyday creativity.  We had one last holiday party to attend this weekend, and we always do a small gift exchange of homemade items. I originally intended to bake cranberry biscotti to go with these teas, but ran out of time. I turned instead to a cranberry orange muffin recipe, but decided to dress it up a bit by forgoing the muffin pan and using a mini bundt pan instead. A drizzle of a simple sugar glaze, fresh cranberries and pearlized sprinkles added the finishing holiday touch. 🙂


I LOVE packaging – its a great way to make even the simplest gift seem extra special.  I hope they all are enjoying their mini cake and tea. 🙂


I’m excited to begin living creatively everyday, and appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Thank you for another year of following this blog and sharing your inspiration, I appreciate it so much! 🙂

Happy Creating,







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Christmas Countdown Advent Tree

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Every year I create an advent “calendar” of some sort for the kids. Most years, it truly was a paper calendar that I would decorate and add candies to, as seen below.

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Last year, I filled an antique seed display with treats, and decorated with small ornaments.


This year, I decided to decorate a 3′ tree.  I placed the tree in a wooden box, and fluffed angel hair at the base.


Beaded garland, small red ornaments and candy canes add the additional decorative touches.


And, to mark the days of this celebratory countdown, I created small treat pockets from tulle and linen. I simply cut rectangles from each fabric, stitched the bottom and sides and filled with very cutely wrapped holiday chocolates.

advent-tree-close-upThe foil-wrapped chocolates are so sweet, and decorative on their own that I wanted the packaging to be visible. Using a layer of tulle was the perfect solution! And, truly, this project came together fairly quickly. Each treat pocket is tied off with string and a ticket shows the date. An ornament hook at the back of the string allows these to be easily added to the tree.


The tree looks festive and the kids are enjoying it! 🙂

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Creating,


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Glittered Sugar Plum Fairy Ornaments

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I’m loving all of the signs of Christmas that are popping up around town. Love seeing cars and trucks with Christmas trees tied to the roof driving about. And, our neighborhoods are starting to twinkle with colorful lights.  Sigh….I just LOVE the spirit of this season!


So, we had a funny story in setting up our Christmas tree this year. A few years ago we bought a new artificial tree. I love real trees, but an artificial one just seemed more convenient. Anyway, the entire middle of this pre-lit tree would not light up. We played with fuses, etc. and no luck.  As I also decorate with colored, big bulb lights, I was not too invested in the pre-lit feature. As such, it took 2.5 hours to cut them all out, but we no longer have a pre-lit tree! The kids will remember this as the year that we de-lit the pre-lit tree. 🙂


This sweet ornament is crafted from a mini tart pan, and a vintage ballerina. A scrap of gold tinsel enhances her tutu and glass glitter adds even more sparkle. Can’t you just imagine this little ballerina twirling around the stage? A vintage plastic bell trimmed in glitter is an extra touch. I love how chippy this bell is!


This ornament is on my tree, but I’ve put a few in the Etsy shop as well! You can find them HERE.  I hope your Christmas season is off to a festive start!

Happy Creating,




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Vintage Felt Christmas Stockings

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“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.”

                                 -Clement C. Moore, The Night Before Christmas


Every Christmas we hang our stockings with the anticipation of  Santa (or family members) filling them with small presents and candies.  I, for one, think that the stockings are the best part!  I was wondering though, how did this tradition come to be?


According to Smithsonian magazine, the legend goes like this:

“A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a tough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.


St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew  the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.


The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.”


Another theory is that Saint Nicholas actually filled the stockings with gold balls, and that oranges became a popular stocking stuffer to represent these gold balls.


However they came to be, I’m glad they did, as they sure look cute hanging from the mantel or down a staircase!  No surprise, I especially love the vintage felt ones. The graphics of the stockings from the 40s and 50s are so bold, and the felted ones embellished with sequins from the late 50s and 60s are absolutely charming! I love the texture of the sparkly sequins against the felt.


 felt-wreathWhether this is the true history of the Christmas stocking or not, it definitely is a fun tradition! These small, red felt stockings were trimmed out in vintage. Vintage ribbon, a small bell and ornament, glittered snow batting, and a vintage, sequined wreath were added to dress these simple red shapes to look like their vintage counterparts.

Sweet packaging for a small gift, or as a bit of Christmas decor. These embellished stockings are now in the store and can be found HERE.

Enjoy the rest of the week, and all of the upcoming Thanksgiving preparations. 🙂

Happy Creating,






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