Monday, October 11, 2021

Farmhouse Ornaments and Santa's Mailbox

 Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!  You know it's less than 100 days to Christmas, so time for some stitching!  Here's some projects to get you started:

These are Farmhouse Charm Ornaments that I designed for Herrschners.

And, here's a cute mailbox to in which to put your letters for Santa!

You can find both of these kits on the Herrschners website under plastic canvas.

You can also find some of my designs for Herrschners on  Here are the Farmhouse Charm Ornaments.

And, my Peppermint Train Set is there also.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Wedding Accessories for Gwen Studios

 Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to announce that I have joined the Gwen Studios Design Team.  Now, you'll see new designs with Gwen Studios here on a regular basis.  This month we're all designing wedding items, so you'll find wearables, table decorations, albums, jewelry and other items suitable for a wedding on the blog hop.

For my designing, I received lovely coordinated fabrics, ribbons and trims.  I have always loved the combination of plum and pink.  It has a lovely old-fashioned look.

You can create accessories for your entire bridal party with these fabrics, ribbons and trims.  I have a few ideas for you here, and my fellow designers will have many more ideas to share on the blog hop.

First, I'm going to create a fascinator that would be suitable for a bridesmaid or the flower girl. To begin, I'm wrapping a headband with the 3/8" ribbon from the satin ribbon pack. 

Cut a small piece of ribbon to cover the ends of the headband to start.

Then, wrap the ribbon around the headband adding glue on the inside of the headband as you go.  Adding glue to the inside keeps any glue seepage from showing.  Finish by gluing the ends and trimming the ribbon.  I used about 6 feet of the ribbon.

To make the flower for the headband, cut teardrop shapes from the 1 1/2" ribbon.  These do not have to be perfect.  If you have a punch, you can use that, but freehand makes a more natural petal.

After you cut out your petals, use a candle flame to seal the edges.  Hold them carefully with tweezers and pass the edge of the petal just outside the flame.  The melted edge of the petal can be hot, so take care not to touch the edges before they have cooled.  You'll end up with very natural looking petals that curl into a cupped shape. (This should be done by an adult.)

For a base for the flower, cut a circle of stiff felt.  Then, starting on the outer edge, glue your petals around the circle.  I used hot glue for this.  Continue in for another row or more for a fuller flower.  

For the center, I used one of the fancy trims in Blush Pink.  I rolled up the trim, then flattened it and continued to add more in a twisted roll.  Tuck the end under and glue.  Since this trim is wired, you can continue to shape it.

Here is the finished flower:

I used the same method to create another flower for a wrist corsage.  For the wrist corsage, wrap an aluminum cuff with ribbon.  For both the fascinator and the cuff, make a tulle nest for the flower and glue it over the cuff or headband.  Glue the flower into the center of the tulle.

And, here's the cuff on my wrist.

These ribbons and trims are perfect to add bits of glam to every part of the bridal party's wardrobe.  

Here's an easy shoe clip.  Cut 7" of the 1/12" ribbon.  Overlap ends 1/2" and glue into a circle. I used Beacon's Felt Glue. Center overlap at the back. Let dry and wrap with a piece of trim and glue.  I used the blush pink ribbon with a rhinestone edging.  Glue onto a shoe clip finding or a clip-on earring finding.  Create a hair bow with a longer piece of ribbon (9") using the same process.  

And, for one more easy addition to the wedding attire, decorate a pair of gloves.  It's so easy to do and adds a finishing touch to your wardrobe. These gloves were purchased at JoAnn's and were white satin.  I dyed them with some Rit(R) Mauve dye and glued the same trim to the edge of the gloves.

Here's the entire set:

To find these items go to  
For the Plum Satin Ribbon:

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Harvest Truck Wall Hanging

 Hi Everyone!

Are you in the harvest decorating mode?  Here's a cute plastic canvas pickup truck that will fit the bill!

Harvest Truck Wall Hanging

This a design I did for Herrschners, so you can find it on their website: in the Plastic Canvas section.

I wish I had time to stitch it myself!  I just love the corrugated metal background.  Love that country style!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Ribbon Jewelry for Gwen Studios

 Hi Folks!

Today I'm pleased to be working again with the wonderful ribbons from Gwen Studios.  

Our challenge this time is to create either a jewelry or a home decor piece.  Jewelry, of course!

Here are the ribbons I was sent for this challenge:

I love this selection of animal and snakeskin prints.  They are perfect for late summer and into fall.  

I had some wooden bangle forms and decided to wrap them with the brown animal print and snakeskin ribbons.  It was so easy and quick!  And, I'm sure that everyone from children to seniors will want to make and wear them.  

Here are the bangles:

Ribbon-wrapped Bangles

I used a Felt Glue from Beacon to adhere the ribbon to the wooden bangle to start the wrapping.  It was perfect for this project.  You could also use a tacky glue.  

For the wider bangle (1" wide), it took the whole reel of ribbon (9 ft.).  For the narrower bangle(3/8" wide), it took about half the reel (4 1/2 ft.).

I added glue to the end of the ribbon and glued it on the inside of the bangle.  To finish, just add glue to the end of the ribbon and end on the inside of the bangle.  These are very easy and simple, but you could add a wire wrap and beads over the top of the ribbon also.

I also made a cuff with the elegant black and silver ribbon.  I used an aluminum cuff and glued a small piece of ribbon over each end to cover the edges.  I used clothespins to hold the ribbon in place while it dried.  Then, I wrapped the ribbon around the cuff as I did the bangles.

I also made some earrings using the same ribbon.  To make the ribbon bead, roll the ribbon around a bamboo skewer after adding glue to the end of the ribbon on the right side.  For these, I used 3" of ribbon.  Add glue under the end to finish and hold until it dries.  To create the earrings, string the ribbon beads on wire with other beads as shown.  Or. string them on thread or twine for even easier earrings.  You could also make a few of these easy beads and string them in a necklace.  So many possibilities!

Ribbon-wrapped cuff with ribbon bead earrings

I hope you'll try these easy designs.  It's so easy to create great jewelry with these beautiful ribbons from Gwen Studios.  Look for them at your local Wal-Mart.

Oh, they also sent along these super cute patches!  My granddaughters will love them!

Look for more wonderful ribbon designs on the Designer Crafts Connection blog.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Ready for S'mores?

 Hi Everyone!

This is one of my latest design sets for Herrschners and is now up on their website under the plastic canvas section.  It's a fun, lighthearted set with a wall hanging, tissue box cover and coasters.  It's one of my favorites of the year.  I had never designed anything with these cute little kawaii faces, but now I want to put them on everything!  Enjoy!



Time for S'mores Set

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Art Everyday

 Hi Friends,

I'm trying to make a little art or craft everyday.  I have such a range of interests and materials, that could mean just about anything.

Here's a sampling:

I'm trying to draw more.  If you don't practice, you won't improve.  This is pen over a pencil sketch

Then, some mornings I sit and watercolor.  I have a rocking chair by a large window.  This fuchsia sits outside the window.  Lately, a hummingbird stops by for breakfast.

I recently cut into a Gel Press pull and made a pair of earrings.  The paper is decoupaged onto aluminum flashing.  I'd like to do more of these.

I've also been getting back into macrame, a craft that I used to do ages ago.  And, I'm trying slow stitching, which is another back to my crafting roots.  Embroidery was one of my first crafts - stamped cross-stitch on dishtowels.

Here's a start on a small canvas frame:

Stitching on a 2x2 canvas over acrylic.  
Next time, I'll use a larger canvas.  The wood frame doesn't allow for much stitching.  

That's a little bit of what I'm doing this summer.  Spmetimes, I think I'm a bit all over the place, but summer is a good time to try new things, I think.  What are you trying this summer?  

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Ribbon Dreamcatcher for Gwen Studios

 Hi Everyone!

Today I'm featuring a project using some wonderful new ribbons from Gwen Studios. 

Ribbon Dreamcatcher

They are a new company that is just entering the craft arena and reached out to us at Designer Crafts Connection to create project ideas for them.  They sent out a fabulous amount of product - ribbons as well as a snap setting tool and a sewing kit.  

Gwen Studios

Although this is a freeform project, here is a list of the items I used for this dreamcatcher.  

12" embroidery hoop

12" doily

4 reels of 7/8" - 1" wide mint green prints (9')

2 reels of trim (pom-poms and tassels (6')

1 reel of 1" burlap ribbon in mint green and tan (9') plus 1 foot more

1/4" mint green ribbon and 5/8" ribbon in mint green and gold from Sweet Shop card (6' each)

Assorted driftwood, shells and a dried starfish

Thread for hanging

Hot glue gun and glue

The photo above shows the ribbons I pulled out for my dreamcatcher.  I love the minty green set that came in the clear box, but I also found that same color on some of the carded ribbons and in the burlap ribbon, too.  It's a perfect mix for my project.  I cut the 6' and 9' lengths in half.

I was going to use a piece of driftwood for the dreamcatcher, but decided to use a hoop instead.  The hoop I used is 12" and so is the white doily.  I used the embroidery thread for the hanger.

I used hot glue to tack the doily to the edge of the hoop.  You can tie it on also with the embroidery thread or more ribbon.

Then, I used a Lark's Head knot to tie on the ribbons.  I interspersed them with the pom-pom and tassel trim and the narrower ribbons from the Sweet Shop cards.  The trims are tacked to the hoop with hot glue.

Next, I added some ribbon, shells, a starfish and driftwood to the top of the hoop with hot glue.  The ribbon at the top is the mint green and tan burlap ribbon scrunched and glued to the hoop first.  The last step is to trim the ends of the ribbons as you wish.

And, here it is completed - a quick and easy summer craft that catches the winds and lifts your spirits!

I can't wait to try this craft again.  It's the first dreamcatcher I've ever made, and it was so easy.  Did you see those wonderful red, white and blue ribbons in the first photo?  Those will be next!

You can find Gwen Studios ribbons, bows, fabric and kits at Walmart.  Follow them on Pinterest and TikTok.  

Stop by the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see all the other designs using these fabulous ribbons and trims.
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