A Lucky St. Patrick’s Day: Free Printable Gift Tags

A Lucky St. Patrick’s Day: Free Printable Gift Tags

I've written before about gift wrapping with the perfection that is the humble brown paper bag.  For St. Patrick's Day, I designed these extra large "lucky" gift tags with a basic paper lunch bag in mind. They have a green shamrock background and lucky written in calligraphy script. Add a pretty ribbon, and you will [...]

Handmade Valentine Card Tutorial

Handmade Valentine Card Tutorial

A couple weeks before each Valentine's Day when I was growing up, my mother would lay out red and pink paper, markers, glue, scissors, and paper doilies. My siblings and I would spend the evening making Valentine cards for our grandparents and other relatives. I especially loved cutting the lacy doilies into hearts and gluing [...]

Hearts on a String: Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Hearts on a String: Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Tutorial

I love using kraft paper for gift wrapping. Its plainness is the reason I gravitate to it. Kraft paper creates the perfect canvas for creative, statement packages. This string of hearts is so easy and inexpensive to make, and after the gift is opened, you can use it as table decoration or bunting. Materials: Heart [...]

Time to Organize My Life, Starting with the Craft Room

Time to Organize My Life, Starting with the Craft Room

So I'm furloughed. The federal government shutdown has meant many things to the thousands of Americans it has affected. The biggest story, of course, has been the one that starts and ends with the devastating absence of earned income. But to me, for now, it is a tale of time. Lots of extra, unplanned hours [...]

Free Printable Valentine Cards with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Free Printable Valentine Cards with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Like all American children, I grew up exchanging little Valentine cards with everyone in my class each February 14. I especially loved the years when the teacher let us make 'mailboxes' out of shoe boxes. I always covered mine with tissue paper flowers. The more the better. At the end of the day, when I [...]