Category Archives: decorations

A Tree Hunt

This past weekend my boyfriend, sister and I went on our annual Christmas tree hunt. We drove through the lightly sprinkling snow to a sweet little tree farm in the country in search of the perfectly imperfect Christmas tree. Upon arrival, I knew I had my work cut out for me; the trees were all meticulously trimmed and far too perfect. After a bit of searching I spotted the tree at the far corner of the farm! Here is a photo summary of our exciting (and snowy!) day.

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House Warming Gift

I have two close friends who have just bought their first house together and are having a party tonight. Since we are in full swing of the holiday season a pair of homemade stockings seemed fitting. I recycled 2 great sweaters and added matching red wool loops. I hope Santa stuffs these full!

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have yourself a very…

here is a snap shot from the pumpkin carving party I hosted last week! Top to bottom: gold fish, kitty, moustache, squirrel, ms. pumpkin head, anchors away!

I hope you have fun and sugar filled holiday!

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A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

1. I found this little guy on Pinterest and absolutley had to make him for the pumpkin carving party I hosted last week.

2. While out and about I found some great cobalt blue bulk lacing and knew immediately that I had to have it to spruce up my Bean boots! I love the pop!

3. Packed up and ready to go for our trip up to Bar Harbor this past weekend. But not before a quick pit stop in Rockland for a Peter Wolf concert! (4.)

5. A great anchor spotted while walking around Bar Harbor.

On another note I hope everyone within Sandy’s reach is safe and sound!

DIY Party Garland

I love making decorations for any occasion and this past weekend I had the pleasure of crafting 55 feet of silver garland with a friend for a restaurant’s silver anniversary celebration! Below you will find a DIY tutorial on how to make your very own garland.

 

Materials: Tissue and Mylar paper, twine, rotary cutter, scissors, ruler, cutting mat, thread & sewing machine.

1. Select your desired tissue paper colors. Consider adding some metallic Mylar paper for extra shimmer!

2. First decide how full you want the garland. I layer 4 pieces of tissue folded in half for mine (so the end product is 8 sheets thick), but you can do more or less. Next take your layers of tissue folded in half and with a ruler, cut your desired widths perpendicular from the fold. I vary the widths for visual interest. Continue until you have all your pieces ready to sew into your garland.

3. Now take one of your sections and place the twine against the fold in the middle of the tissue sheets. Measure about 12 inches in from the end of the twine and tie a knot to keep the paper from sliding; this will also leave enough twine to hang the garland. Set your first tissue section next to the knot and begin to sew your garland.  Keep the needle set just to the left of the paper edge to allow enough space for the twine to fit. I also find it helpful to set my stitch size to the largest setting.

4. When you have completed your first section, make sure your needle is in the down position and lift your foot to add your next tissue paper section. You will repeat this process until your garland is the desired length. While sewing, think about alternating paper colors and maybe switching between tissue and Mylar. Note: I keep the ball of twine in my lap so I do not run out while I am sewing. I cut it after I have finished the garland.

5. This is what your garland will start to look like as you add more sections of folded tissue to your twine.

6. Once you have finished attaching all of your tissue sections to the twine use a ruler and rotary cutter to make the tassels. Make sure you leave a inch or so at the top so that you do not cut your twine. The rotary cutter makes this process a breeze! The first garland I made I used scissors and it took much longer to cut out, but it still works.

7. Depending on your chosen length, the cut portion may need to run onto the floor as you move through to the end. Despite being made of tissue paper, the garland is stronger than you might think. It will hold together!

8. Abbie shows off our progress!

9. Go forth and decorate happily!

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Here is a little mix of the last 24 hours…

Today after work I did a little shopping, picking out some fun tissue paper to create decorations for my sister’s graduation party. I also picked up some beautiful stationery to add to my collection. I absolutely love the colors of rifle paper co.’s cards, the tactile hand of the letterpressed and screenprinted cards.

Last night I had dinner with my sister and father and while I was in my father’s basement I discovered amongst all of his lobstering gear this little arrow. He told me the stories from when he worked on a swordfish boat and how this arrow was used at the tip of the fishing harpoon. I love the history of the artifact but my favorite part is how it has oxidized over the years. The last couple photos are of a scarf I just recently rediscovered from a trip I took with my boyfriend a couple of summers ago. We were out on a motorcycle ride and discovered this incredible antique barn in the country. After at least an hour exploring I found this vintage souvenir scarf and couldn’t pass it up! I decided today that I want to figure out a way to frame it so I can hang it in my studio.

1. Rifle Paper Co. 2.Rifle Paper Co 3. One Canoe Two Letterpress 4. Yellow Owl Workshop 5. Enormous Champion

4.8.12 Recap

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top to bottom: 1. A custom wine label I made for my hostess gift. I trimmed down a garden spread from a past issue of Martha Stewart and finished it off with a little hand cut paper bunny. 2. Brioche styled hot cross buns and the most amazing individual carrot cakes. 3. Grandma’s silver collection. 4. Seasame bruschetta with goat cheese, roasted asparagus with fennel and a mustard sauce drizzle. 5. Roasted brussel sprouts and golden pear with fresh thyme and lemon. 6. the flowers from our favorite florist in Portland! 7. The table set and sprinkled with chocolates ready to go. 8. & 9. With a couple more pages from Martha’s magazine I made garden bunny place cards for the table.