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Hearts in a Tree


I made these hearts for Valentine’s Day and hung them up in the tree in front our apartment to surprise Rem.


The tree already looked pretty even before I added the hearts, covered in blossoms. It snows down white petals if you give a branch a little shake.


People driving by smiled and some waved or gave me a thumbs-up.



Rem thought I was out taking a walk in the neighborhood.

He was amazed when he saw all the hearts.


Here’s some of my favorite hearts:





Next January I’ll put up a post on how to make these hearts.

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Sweet Little Valentine’s


Although I didn’t need any new supplies for making my Valentine card this year, I couldn’t resist embellishments.

I’d already decided on a color scheme of pink and turquoise, with brown paper (reused from grocery bags). I think the brown balances out the other two colors and keeps them from being too sticky-sweet. Browsing in Once Around in Mill Valley after Craft Gym I picked up a few rolls of washi tape: gold arrows on pink background, white X’s on turquoise background, and the little skinny white tape with tiny gold printed love and gold hearts.


I also got these Fancy Frills border stickers by Doodlebug Design.


My inspiration for the design were these Downton Abbey Vintage Valentine’s on Doodlecraft, which I saw on Pinterest. Natalie Shaw of Doodlecraft used little brown cards embellished with lace and trim where I used strips of paper and washi tape, but with a similar result.


Since I was using small leftover cards in cream and chocolate brown, and I also had a few sizes of small envelopes, I cut up brown paper grocery bags for the card fronts. It isn’t really sturdy enough for the card itself, but it worked as a layer.


I used gold foil saved from inside of chocolate wrappers to make little hearts using a heart punch.

The other tip I picked up from Doodlecraft is the great graphics at The Graphics Fairy. This fabulous site has over 5,000 free vintage images and is a great resource. I chose the images I used on my cards and shrank them down to about 1.5 x 2.5 inches, or slightly larger, before printing.


I used a glue stick to adhere the pages of printed images to card stock, cut them out with a paper trimmer and embellished each little picture with a date stamp, buttons, felt flowers, foil hearts, ink borders, sparkly little dot stickers, washi tape, etc. These are the centerpiece of each card and I stuck them to the card fronts with Zots glue dots.





For some of the time spent on this project, I’ve been alone at my craft desk, or with the company of Kitty McNiblet who lives across the patio in our apartment building, but visits often. Here she is relaxing in the position I call “kitty loaf.”


Last weekend I spent a lovely day making Valentine’s, eating a delicious lunch and talking and laughing with friends from grade school. We call our creative gatherings Craft & Flash.

My sister, Kathleen, joined us and brought her young dachshund, Stella. The hostess, Clare, also has a dog, Trip, who was SO nice with Stella, even when she took his chew toy!




I stamped the inside of the cards with this stamp from Oh, Hello Friend, which I also picked up at Once Around. A few years ago I purchased some printed masking tape from this site and the order came with a tag with the same phrase, which has been on my bulletin board ever since.







The back of the cards are stamped, signed and dated.


I will give some of my Valentine’s away in person and some are being mailed, so the small envelopes are tucked into larger ones, big enough for mailing. After breakfast out with a friend yesterday, we stepped into PS Paper in San Anselmo and I came home with this Bird with Love Note stamp from Savvy Stamps.


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Pleated Paper Heart Garland


I love a simple project that takes little in the way of both supplies and skill. These pleated paper hearts are easy to make and the results are really pretty. I learned how at Once Around in Mill Valley at the wonderful Tuesday evening free Craft Gym and their inspiration was here.  Although that post is in Swedish, she has great photos that show the whole project and it is to follow.

The hearts remind me of shells with their fan-like folds. They work best with lightweight paper (text weight) though I’ve seen them made from heavier card stock too.  You can make them any size and they look great made kind of short and plump, like these, or longer and more narrow.


I used brown kraft paper, old sheet music and some lightweight scrapbooking paper in pale green and coral pink prints. For the two heart samples I’m using to show the technique, the smaller piece of paper is 3.5 inches by 7 inches and the larger one is 6 inches by 12 inches.

You want a curved end on each short side of the page. Either trace a large circular item, such as a bowl or plate to get a curved line on each end of your paper, or free-hand trim the paper.

Cut along the curved line. I folded my paper in half to make the cutting a little simpler.


When I cut this out, I actually cut the curve a little deeper on the sides, to better form the heart shape.


Now unfold the paper and from one long side, fold it accordion style, with folds between 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide.


I opened it out a bit for the photo.  If you have a bone folder, it is helpful for making crisp, sharp folds.

Fold the pleated paper in half to form a heart. Carefully glue the two halves together. I like to use Tombow mono adhesive, but a good glue stick will work as well. Just pinch it together and hold it for a bit and don’t pull on the pleats until the glue has dried.


The finished heart is about 3.75 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall.


The larger heart is about 5.5 wide by 5.25 tall.


To thread baker’s twine or string to hang the pleated hearts, use a big needle or a small hole punch, and sting them along the twine.



When I looked at the Swedish blog I saw she hung her garland from higher on the lobes of the heart – either way will work.

Here’s the finished garland.



Here you can also see the Heart Strings that I keep up all the time.  I put up two other garlands: Needle Felted Hearts, and Punched Paper Heart Garland.


More Heart Strings are in the corner by the windows.  On the front door is another Craft Gym creation: my Coat Hanger Heart.


The apartment is decorated for Valentine’s Day. I’ll show  you some Valentine’s in my next post. You can use the search bar for other Valentine projects  – put in “Valentine” and “card” and you will pull up more than a dozen posts.

Thank you for the visit.


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Past Projects: Cards and Little Foil Tape Houses


Just after Christmas, Rem and I went up to Sea Ranch with my mom. Although I planned a marathon of crafting and bought a bunch of supplies, the actual crafting that took place was more modest in scope. Sitting and gazing out the window interrupted by the occasional nap seemed to be the best use of my time.

I did manage to create a batch of cards, making sets of similar cards with variations in the paper and stamps.


I make cards for my mom that she can use whenever the occasion calls for it. I try to give her some cards that will work for guys – with a color scheme or designs that aren’t too frilly or feminine.


Several of the cards had illustrations from a vintage style alphabet poster, printed on scrapbook paper. The picture below was for “W – wave.”


This “Wish” card is one of my favorites.


I made these cards before the end of last year and it has taken me a month to post them! Since I’m catching up, here’s another project from last year.


These little houses were primarily made as Christmas ornaments, but with a pin-back glued on the back, they were also very cute on a lapel. Made from thin cardboard recycled from cereal and cookie boxes, they’re covered with aluminum foil duct tape and copper tape (used to repel snails in the garden) – two great craft supplies from the hardware store.

These ones were made at a holiday party on the campus where I work, that included a few craft tables. I brought the supplies and gave a hand if needed.  A little something layered under the foil tape, or covered with the copper tape and glued to the front of the houses adds interest.  I also like to press tape over corrugated cardboard for the roof.  The tip of your finger is a great tool to start, but for getting all the details, I used a bone folder.


You can find directions here at Mich L. in L.A.

They are also quite similar to these projects: Pumpkins, Charms, and Leaves.

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BONUS Day 31: 30 Day Journal


“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.”   ~ Lao Tzu

Today, for some reason, when I thought of this #30DayJournal and the theme of FLOW, I didn’t think of water or a river. I thought of honey flowing.


After that, the phrase “Life is Sweet” popped into my head and although our prompts steered us in the direction of letting go of hardness or letting in softness and gentleness, I was focused on life’s sweetness.


Imagine if this was honey dripping on the page and you could just swipe a finger through it and taste the sweetness.

Tomorrow, my nephew Jake and his fiancee, Chelsea, are getting married. He is the first of my parents’ grandchildren to get married and I know in the midst of this celebration, there will be an ache of sadness that Papa isn’t here to witness it.


But, even with this, I believe there will be enough joy and love flowing to ease that ache.


My mom just had her 80th birthday and we’ll be celebrating that event in a few weeks. Lest you get the wrong mental image of this grandmother-of-six let me share a few details: she is active, well read and she does yoga weekly and stretches daily, she walks her dog Molly six days a week, will be retiring for the third (and final) time in about a month, and will be wearing red patent leather pumps with her chic sheath dress at her grandsons wedding tomorrow.


There is so much to celebrate, including the completion of this project!


I will be returning to my craft desk tomorrow to create a wedding card, but I’m going to catch my breath and catch up on a few other things in my life, including getting enough sleep!


Thank you.


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Day 16: 30 Day Journal Project


“Where are your combing seas, your blue water, your rollers, your breakers, your whales, or your waterspouts, and your endless motion, in this bit of a forest, child?”  ~ Walt Whitman

What replenishes your creative well? What inspires you?  I’d love to hear in the comments section.

Day 16 of my #30DayJournal was a great page to work on. I am inspired by things around me, by the work of other artists, by the juxtaposition of colors that I might see in nature or on a building or a sign.


I’ve been very spontaneous with this project and love how this page evolved. My last name means peacock and I’m a fan of peacocks, as you can see from a Halloween costume a few years ago. Their feathers are so rich and beautiful. I decided to use a feather design for my page today.


In the morning, I drew the feather on the right and saw how the barbs on the feather would work to contain the journaling, so added the feather on the left. Then I left for work. I did a little bit of the collage portion during my lunch break but as usual, most of it was done after dinner and late at night.

A beautiful mosaic is what I was picturing for the eye of the feather, so I used bits of paper in a collage.



Two colors of gold foil paper and two colors of glittery trim are incorporated into this part of the page.

Writing about what inspires and replenishes me creatively was easy – I did it first in pencil and went back with a black pen and then colored pens to embellish the letters.


A few squares of paper on one corner help to anchor the design.


I drew the quote for today in this corner as well, using a white pen and adding some color to the letter. Using a wash of watercolor over the white-ink quote inspired me to put a wash of color all around the feathers. The journaling portion has a lot of white and this watercolor added more color to the page.


I appreciate your visit and invite you to come back to see what else I come up with for the rest of this 30 day project.

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Day 7: 30 Day Journal Project


“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~ Andy Warhol

I found an old, discarded textbook at work today.  I’ve passed it a few times on a table. This time, I was looking for it!

IMG_0132I used some bits and pieces from it in my collage.






Thanks for stopping by. Time for some sleep!

I may get behind on posting, but I’ll try and get my pages up every few days.


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