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Valentines Day Wreath

I wanted to spruce up our house a little for Valentine’s Day, so I decided to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers.  I wish I could hang it on the outside of our front door but doubt yarn could survive the elements, so I put it on the inside of the door instead.

valentines day yarn wreath
I just wrapped a straw wreath with white yarn. Make sure to leave the plastic covering on the straw wreath so the yarn goes on more smoothly. And be prepared…it takes a LONG time to wrap the yarn over and over. I spread it out over a couple days.  Then I used 3 colors of felt (pink, magenta and red) to make the flowers–I cut wavy spirals then curled them up and hot glued them shut. I was going to hot glue them onto the wreath, but decided to just stick them in with sewing pins in case I want to change out the decorations for another holiday–because I do NOT see myself wrapping yarn around another wreath frame anytime soon! Then I just hung the wreath on some cute ribbon. Total cost was under $3 since I already had the white yarn.

xoxo, emma

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Want a simple Christmas craft to make your home smell delicious using just two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Pomanders!


Just stick some cloves into an orange or other citrus fruit. I used a push pin first to make it easier to stick the cloves in. Fill the entire orange or create a pattern, it’s up to you. You can tie a ribbon around the fruit first to hang it on your tree, or make a few pomanders [displayed in a bowl with pine cones perhaps?]

Here’s a cute use of pomanders:

give thanks pomander

xoxo, emma

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Christmas cross stitch

Besides some amazing pink and yellow [yes yellow, not gold!] balls [globes? orbs?], I needed some more ornaments for our tree.

Oh yes, and I know I said I wasn’t interested in those plain ball ornaments, but I found these amazing vintage sets at the bins @ 12 for 99 cents…and the colors are so great-even if it’s hard to tell in the above iPhone picture. My mom suggested I keep an eye out for more of them to make a wreath, especially looking for ones with slightly different shapes. The lady’s full of good ideas.

So here are some of the cross stitch ornaments I’ve made:

Noel Cross stitch

Santa cross stitch

Seasons Greetings cross stitch

xoxo, emma

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Kitchen embroidery

Not much crafting going on ’round these parts (well some embroidery has been happening, but it’s Christmas themed so not quite ready to show and tell yet) but at least I have gotten started on hanging up some of my kitchen-themed pieces! I’m just happy because the kitchen was the most dreary, least colorful room of my house, and yet also the room I probably spend the most time in. Now that simply won’t do!

Those silly sushi paintings are from years ago, and somehow have made it with me to a couple other houses. I painted them when friends would come over to my house for “Craft Wednesdays.” I think that weekly date needs to be reinstated with new Portland friends. 🙂


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Craft inspiration

A string of houseguests, events and putting in more hours at work have meant that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for craftiness.  I’ve slowly been plugging away at some cross stitching though (of course) so I will have pictures of that to show you soon.

Meanwhile, here are some crafty projects I’ve seen around the blogosphere that I want to tackle:


Just what is a dolphin whale? I couldn’t tell you, but I do want to make a few of these for our guest bathroom which is decorated with a whale painting I did AGES ago.  The whole bathroom is a mix of dark jewel-toned purples and blues [yes, my l0ve for all things rainbow and bright-colored means I’m terrible at having restraint when it comes to color in interior design, but frankly I couldn’t care less 😉 ]  I’m thinking I’ll bead a few up and hang them from a piece of driftwood, like a mobile.


I just think these tealight holders are so cute, and would make perfect Christmas gifts [yes, I am already thinking about Christmas! I blame it on the changing seasons, all I can think about is Halloween and Christmas.  I definitely plan on making all my Christmas crafts soon, because who knows how long it will take me to prepare our first little Christmas in our tiny Portland house–also our first Christmas where we are too far away to visit family 😦 ] And if you haven’t seen the blog What I Made you must check it out right away…it is run by a crafty GUY named Scott and is chock-full of crafty inspiration.


Thanks to my lovely mother [who not only fostered a love of crafts and creativity in me throughout childhood but continues to this day to enable me in filling up my craft room with a bazillion craft supplies] I own both the Martha Stewart circle cutter and flower stickers needed to make these lovely paper sticker wreaths.  Yes I know that this craft is aimed for children, but in my eyes Ms. Martha can do no wrong…I want to make one of these wreaths for the door of my craft room.  Heck, I want to make one for the door to every room in my house!

That’s all for now, ta-ta!

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Kitchen Table Vignette

A couple of weeks ago, the BF and I traveled back to San Francisco for our college graduation.  The actual ceremony was pretty long and anticlimactic, but it was wonderful to get to see both our families as well as our friends.  An added plus was receiving a bunch of cards with totally unexpected graduation moolah.  Yay!  We used the money to invest in a kitchen table (I use the word invest lightly, the table is just from Ikea.  But it is solid pine!)  A table was the only major thing missing in our quest to turn our house into a true home.

This isn’t a crafty project per say, but I thought I’d show the little table vignette atop our new table.

Kitchen table vignette

We have my favorite indoor plant, a miniature burro’s tail (a “burrito” if you will) on the left, accessorized with a creepy/kitschy owl that I picked up at the bins (AKA Goodwill).  The owl feels so weird in your hand, like a real dead bird because of the weight and size.  I am simultaneously grossed out and in love with it (“grossed out” isn’t exactly the best phrase to describe something you’d put on the table where you eat, huh? Ah well!).  I have another “burrito” on my coffee table, and I have two more similar owls on my craft supply shelves just waiting for the proper placement somewhere in the house.

Next to that is an aloe plant I picked up at Lowe’s to add some height to the vignette.  I usually prefer plants that have some use (edible, herb, medicinal) but I’ve yet to snap off a frond to soothe a sunburn.  That will probably happen after the inevitable trips to the river this summer though!

On the right is a picture frame (another graduation gift from my parents’ next-door neighbor).  I love the textured stamped design and the varied colors.  It holds a photo of me and the BF on a trip to Disneyland last year.

In the front is a glass half-pint creamer that was a gift from the BF on my last birthday.  He picked it up at MoMA and I just adore it!

That’s all!  I’ve read that the three items you need on a table vignette are flowers, books and candles.  Eh, I don’t really know anything about interior decorating so I just put up what looks good to me: useful greenery, personal tschotskes and photos with a story behind them, and arrange it all in various heights to form a filled-in triangle shape.

How do you decorate your tabletops?

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