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For as long as I can remember I have had a crush on pretty paper.  Never have I bought the paper to actually scrap book.

Well, today I am excited to share with you my first ever layouts using Maggies Holme’s new Open Book collection.  I can’t wait to show you the finished book but for now hop on over to Maggies blog to see the first four pages for my first ever mini album.

  • November 4, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Tiffany - I used to be a scrapbooker!! I still love the letters, stickers, ribbons and of course taking pictures.ReplyCancel

It’s the most wonderful time of year …And the last BE CRAFTY workshop of 2014!!!!

I just love Christmas and can’t wait to gather at the studio  for one last BIG workshop and to kick off  a handmade Christmas !!!

Join us on Saturday December 6th from 1-4pm

Registration  is open and has a limited amount of seats due to space


  1. Paint your own wrapping paper with the choice of kraft or white paper.
  2. Create  a handful of  yarn pom poms and tassels for the perfect box topper.
  3. Paint and decorate up to 3 boxes in a variety of sizes to choose from.
  4. Make a handful of tags and use a vintage typewriter to create your own personal messages.
  5. Paint and decorate up to 3 drawstring bags in a variety of sizes.
  6. Learn how to dye a bottle brush tree perfect for decoration.


All supplies are included in workshop. For your convenience we ask you bring your own pair of scissors.


Call your friends and get your spot today. We can’t wait to kick off  the Christmas season with you.


  • November 5, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Shelby - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE host a workshop in Dallas/Ft Worth Texas!!!!!! I’d be perfect if it was on the weekend, but I would totally take a mental day if you hosted during the week!!ReplyCancel

Happy Halloween Friends.

I think I already ate half the bowl of candy that is sitting on the counter for all the trick - o- treaters .


I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. I usually don’t do to much decorating but always find myself doing a quick last minute decorations and crafting gifts filled with treats.

With a little spray paint I sprayed the top of some mason jars gold and used chalk paint to paint the exterior of the jar.

I put this cute mason jar together to gift using my favorite Maggie Holmes polka dot paper and gold stripe paper tape,,America Crafts Halloween embelishments and a orange paper  bow.


Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

Don’t forget we will be announcing our next BE CRAFTY workshop in Minneapolis on Monday!!

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.

flowers1To 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.

flowers2Step 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.

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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

  • November 7, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    Beth – Sew DIY - OMG!! These are gorgeous!!! I love love love the colors.ReplyCancel