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Fall is definitely here in Minnesota. The leaves are falling and our evening walks will soon be coming to a end with the cold temperatures are fast approaching. I already have been stuffing my jacket pockets with mittens .

While the dogs run freely through the fallen leaves, I find myself picking up pinecones and collecting sticks. I always end up needing a random stick when we have 10 inches of snow covering the ground.

With the piles of sticks and pinecones gathered I put them together to make flower pinecones perfect for a fall afternoon of crafting.

To start you will need the following supplies:                                                                                 photos by:  Jessica Kesterson

  1. sticks
  2. pinecones
  3. hot glue gun
  4. wool felt
  5. gold paint / paint brush
  6. scissors

Step 1: Start by tracing and cutting out 5 pedal shapes out of your wool felt. This project is great for littles. If your little one is wanting to help, trace the peddles onto the felt and let them help cut.  You will also need to cut a leaf shape. I cut mine on the fold so it would wrap around my stick.  Before starting step 2, paint the top of your pinecone with a little gold paint. I left parts of the pinecone natural and just added a brush stroke of gold to the ends.

Step 2: Cut a strip of  felt approximately  4 inches wide by 10 inches long (depending on the size of your pinecone). Take the felt strip  (mine is pink) and fold it in half . Using your scissors cut slits on the fold only cutting half way down.

Step 3: Hot glue one of the folded strip ends to your pinecone and wrap around your pinecone. I over lapped mine about an inch, cut the extra off and then hot glued the other end.


Step 4: Now we get to start adding the peddles around the pine cone. On the bottom of each peddle add a small about of hot glue and attach to the bottom of the pine cone. Repeat this round with all of your peddles.

Once all of your peddles are attached, you may want to add a little hot glue inside the peddles adhering them together towards the top. This will help them be less floppy.


And thats it!!! Your flowers are ready to be enjoyed.




  • October 29, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    Amy W - These are stunning. I’d love an entire bouquet and just might have to make some! Pinning.ReplyCancel

Hello friends! It’s Jessica here—I had the privilege of helping Amanda with the recent Be Crafty workshop in Minneapolis. Today I’m popping in to share a recap of the event and a few photos of our weaving!  We enjoyed the perfect fall afternoon with friends new and old, creating our wooden frame looms from scratch and using them to create yarn wall hangings.  
We greeted our guests with these amazing mini weave name tags created by Amanda, then got straight to work with our hammers! You can imagine the racket involved in 10 girls pounding so many nails in our echoing warehouse studio space. We were all laughing at ourselves, with ears ringing, table rattling, and trying not to lose our thumbs along the way.
Once our loom construction projects were complete, we moved on to the more relaxing, inspiring portion of the project–weaving the afternoon away with the most lovely colors and textures of yarn. Amanda shared a few tips and tricks for adding color, pattern, and of course fringe, then we turned everyone loose to chit chat and create. We set up a treat table on one of Amanda’s famous painted dressers and came up with three unique popcorn flavors for our guests to snack on while crafting.
At the end of our afternoon together, each girl took home a sweet stash of swag from each of our talented sponsors:
Ike & Co
Katy Girl Designs
Give with Joy
Natalie Creates
Raising Up Rubies

We had such a wonderful time with these girls and are getting so giddy for our big Be Crafty holiday event coming up here in our studio in December! Stay tuned…We’d love to see you back here soon!

Fridays are 20% off at the unique thrift store . I am all about saving a extra 20% so I usually try to make a stop in.  And when I do I always walk right towards the furniture.

As soon as I saw this dresser I knew I wanted to take it home with me. And for  $9 it fit my budget. But then I started second guessing. You see my garage is already FULL of thrifty finds. I have less then a month before the really cold weather shows up, and I NEED to figure out how I am going to park inside my garage again. Which means no more bring dressers or chairs home.

I walked out the front doors without it. As much as I wanted it I just didn’t really NEED it.


After driving a few miles away I sat at the stop light still thinking about it. Have you ever done that before ?  I just couldn’t get it off my mind. I turned around and went back. It was still there which was a sign it was meant to be.

Over the weekend I painted her (dresser) my favorite vintage pink: ruffles by behr paint. Using one sample container which only costs $2.39 I had her all fancy again. The dresser was really scuffed up, but with 2 coats she looked like new.  I found the white knobs at hobby lobby for 50%.

Our upstairs needed a little splash of pink.

I love texting my thrifty friends photos while at the store especially if I know they are on the look out for an item I have spotted.  My favorite current find is a full set of gold flateware. I can’t wait to eat birthday cake with them in a few weeks!!  And yes that yellow chair is in my garage.

I always get asked what is your trick to finding such good finds ??  Honestly I don’t  have any special secrets besides go often. I usually stop in at  least 3 times a week or if I am in the area. I typically don’t spend more then 10 -15 minutes in the store. I typically walk right to the furniture section, look at the sheet isle/ crafts and a quick look over at the dinnerware. On days that I am not in a rush I will look more in depth but usually I walk in with a mission and look at a fast pace. I apologize in advance if I ever go to the thrift store with you. Just tell me to slow down.

lastly, don’t forget to grab your discount coupon if you donate. I try to space my donations out so I have more coupons to use!!  Happy thrifting.


  • October 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Crystal K - Is “Unique Thrift Store” it’s name? In Burnsville?ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 10:17 pm - There are a few around Minneapolis !!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    creole wisdom - I thrift the same way you do, but I don’t have a garage so that keeps the hoarding to a minimum ;) You did a beautiful job, Amanda. I love how you paint furniture!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    Emily - Lovely dresser! Last week, I saw a beautiful tote bag at Target but didn’t get it. I was still thinking about it the next day so I stopped by again. It was 30% off. Obviously I got it that time. It was meant to be! ☺ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Stephanie - May I please thrift at your garage? :) I have a dresser waiting in my garage. Was one sample enough for two coats?ReplyCancel