Thursday, January 31, 2019

I Hate Snow, But Love Snowmen! Go Figure!

I hate snow, but I love snowmen.  Go figure!!!  There's just something cheery and irresistible about snowmen and their adorable faces.

The older I get the more I dread the winter season.  As far as hubby and I are concerned there is nothing adorable about snow.  So, why would two people who hate the snow stay in New England?  It's our home.  Always has been and always will be so we reluctantly approach the winter season every year.

No matter how reluctant I feel about snow I do love making snowmen.  If you love making snowmen too, you'll be happy to know that we have several free tutorials, e-patterns, and e-books for creating adorable snowmen.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How To Make My Mixed Media Xmas Village Free E-Book

Three years ago I fell in love with mixed media creations.  Now I know what you're going to say, "You love every craft, Linda."  Well, that is very true but, right now, I love mixed media and can't get enough of it.

I have so many ideas for different mixed media creations I want to make but know there just isn't enough hours in the day or days in the year for me to accomplish everything that is on my "wish" list.  So, I must choose what projects to do and which to put aside for another day.


Three years ago I made a snowy mixed media winter and Christmas village set of houses that I placed on two rectangle wood blocks that I had in my wood stash.   This year when I put out my Christmas decorations I decided to put my mixed media  Xmas village out on my family room fireplace mantle and placed in just under the wreath I had created for all my Christmas pins.  I wrote about this in a Linda's Blog post entitled, "What To Do With All Those Beautiful Christmas Pins?" 

Every time I looked at it I had creative pangs and wanted to stop everything and go create some more mixed media decorations.  There was no time for that during the holiday season so I had to resort to just enjoying it up on the mantle.

Every time I looked at it I remembered how much fun I had making it.  So, I decided to spend some time creating a free e-book for all of you.

I hope you fall in love with mixed media like I did and enjoy making your own village.  Perhaps it will end up on your fireplace mantle next year, too.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Linda's How-Do-I Series - How I Made My "Happy Days" Mixed Media Snowman Free E-Book

I was so happy with the way my mixed media snowmen came out that I decided you might enjoy making one of your own so I created a free Linda's How-Do-I Series E-Book for you.

My e-book shows you how to make the front and backs of the snowman shown above and is viewable and downloadable on Google Drive.  Just click the link below:

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

For The Love Of Terra-Cotta Easter Decorations

When I was growing up Easter was a really big holiday.  It was the time of the year when we got new "best outfits" for going to church and had leg of lamb for dinner.  My mother always made the best leg of lamb.  No one else has ever been able to make it as well.  Just thinking about it brings back memories of sitting in the kitchen with the smell of the leg of lamb filling the air.  Yum..........

In thinking about Easter I remembered my beautiful and beloved step-daughter, Kim, and I had made some Easter egg terra cotta pots decorations over 18 years ago - one large and one small pot for the each of us.  We had so much fun making them I thought you might like to make some of your own so I decided to create a free e-book on how we did it.

I hope you have as much fun as we did.  Enjoy!

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Why Throw Something Out When You Can Re-Design It! - My Artificial Christmas Tree How-To

Sometimes creating something works.  Sometimes it doesn't.  Wouldn't it be nice if all creations turned out beautiful each and every time?  Even 8 out of 10 times would be great.  The reality for me is more like 5 out of 10 times.

I don't know about the rest of you but when I make something that I'm just not happy with I don't just throw it away.  I hold on to the piece, sometimes for years on end.  I figure that it's a shame to waste a craft supply and if it can be re-designed then why not.  So, I hold on to it until I get a brain storm.

Well, back in July of 2015 when I was taking a class at Artful Gathering we were making some mixed media house creations using different media.  After taking that class I decided to make some mixed media house creations of my own.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

It's Never Too Early For Bunnies!

As far as I'm concerned it's never too early  for making bunnies - especially when they're all easy to do and totally adorable.  We've got 9 adorable free bunny decoration e-patterns and/or tutorial e-books that are easy to make for the Easter, Spring and Summer season that you're going to love. Enjoy!

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