Monday, April 5, 2010

A few new projects and a free pattern

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  We sure did.  The weather was beautiful and boy did we take advantage of it.  I was especially thrilled because I was able to hang up my laundry outside for the first time this year.  It's one of those little things that make me happy!  Now that the sunis down and my boy is in bed I can sit at the computer and share some of the things I have been working on.  I really do love wandering the web and visiting peoples blogs.  There is a whole world of creativity out there and I feel blessed to live in a time when we can all share it. 

One of the projects I was looking forward to doing was a plaque for our front door.  I wanted kind of a Pottery Barn, typewriter key look so I used a font I got at Lettering Delights that is part of a halloween set.  I found a plaque with a fruit picture on it at our local ReStore for 50 cents and I painted it black.  Actually I painted it an light cream colour first since I wanted to 'antique' it a bit which I did around the edges.  The garden tag was from Terry Conrad Designs.  I subscribe to her email list and this was one of her gifts to her readers.  She makes the most beautiful stuff.  Last is the bird and that I found at The Graphics Fairy.  Over all I think it turned out pretty great.  I can't wait to see it hanging on the door.  Do you think my husband will notice when he gets home?  No, me either! 

I have also been playing around with some gift tags.  I have so much extra paper and bits of, well, everything that this seemed to be a good way to use some of my supplies up.  Its something easy to do while watching Amazing Race or The Big Bang Theory with the boys too.  I am one of those people that find it hard to just sit and watch tv, I have to be doing something.  It is how I get lots of my crafts done! 

Speaking of crafts, or technically writing about crafts, here is a pattern for miniature shopping bags.  I actually clipped this out of an old Martha Stewart magazine eons ago.  I have tried making some bags and they are actually pretty easy.  The original instructions were to enlarge the pattern for a real gift bag but the mini ones work great.  I glued mine on to some cardboard so it is easy to trace and holds up over time.  You can use any patterned paper or graphics that you like. The possibilites are endless. 
I will be linking up at The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday!


Have a great night everyone,



  1. You made some lovely items. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. Love the plaque! If your hubby comes in throught the front door and doesn't notice it I'd be surprised. Very Sweet!

  3. I LOVE the sign for your door- wonderful work! How could your hubby not notice??!!

  4. What a gorgeous plaque! I'm sure your husband will love it, I know I do!! Thanks so much for linking this one up for "Brag Monday".

  5. Your tags and door plaque are so pretty! Here from Talented Tuesday

  6. The tags and door plaque are wonderful.

  7. I love the colors you used! Very nice :)

  8. I love it! We need one for our door too. I have to google and see if we have a rehome around here...