Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sweet Surprise

Once upon a weekday in very early April a girl made cupcakes for a boy. In the kitchen at No. 10 the chessboard floors were dotted with unruly dozens of colored sprinkles. You see, it was not only a workday, a school day and a just-back-in-town day, but a birthday. And just as no birthday should be without sweets, no sweetheart should leave her boy without them. "Now there's a proper celebration!" she cried, "a candle, a cupcake, and cotton candy." The End.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Paper Cones: A Craft Tutorial

I'm afraid a case of the flu rendered me MIA last week, but I'm on the mend and so pleased to finally share a project tutorial I created for Once Wed. The paper cone is such a classic, and these are particularly old fashioned cut from sheet music dated 1907 and 1941. Fittingly, they remind me a bit of that Victorian aesthetic I was crazy about as a little girl - upswept hair and decoupaged violets. At the same time, they make me want to hum a few lines of These Foolish Things (Billie Holiday's 1936 recording is my favorite)."And still my heart has wings,
These foolish things remind me of you.
A tinkling piano in the next apartment,
Those stumbling words that told you what my heart meant."

Want to make some of your own? Head over to Once Wed for a list of materials and the illustrated instructions. Happy crafting!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

It's a lovely day today. Snapshots from my Sunday.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

By Lantern Light: A Tutorial

The remaining few days of spring break slipped away too quickly, but thankfully not before I could fill them with enjoyable hours spent crafting and photographing. I think you'll agree that there's something purely enchanting about lights in trees and the quiet cool of dusk in early spring. Such was my inspiration for this DIY tutorial for Decor8 (you can find all the instructions and step by step photos over there). It's a simple project and the basic principle of adhereing printed vellum to glass can be used in a variety of ways - on a votive for example. Just be sure to use battery operated tea lights for safety. Enjoy the photos and head over to Decor8 for instructions on how to make a batch of your own!
"Twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star."
L.M. Montgomery