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Being Together…

…is the best gift of all.

I made this altered tin (an old Altoids box) as another addition to our constantly expanding Christmas collection.

ZunkyChic Christmas altered tin

I’ve had this sewing pattern sitting on my desk for months. The original image has the girls playing pin the tail on the donkey, and I thought their poses were just perfect for holding ornaments while they decorate the tree.

ZunkyChic Christmas altered tin

I gussied up their outfits with glitter and gave them each a beautiful ornament to hang on the tree.

ZunkyChic Christmas altered tin

I bleached, dyed, and glittered a bottle brush tree. I added ornaments of jewelry beads and vintage mercury glass beads. The little girls remind me of my sister and me when we were young.

I also made a set of gift tags to go inside.

Zunky Chic Christmas tags

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Birthday Tiara

We recently attended a surprise birthday party for one of Husband’s co-workers. Since she also loves to craft, I knew I had to make something extra special for the occasion. In addition to a pretty card:

…I made my first tiara to help her celebrate the big day.

I cut a pattern from a piece of bristol paper, since it’s sturdy and the longest type of paper I had. I used the pattern to cut two pieces of fabric. I used spray adhesive to sandwich the bristol between the two pieces of fabric and then I stitched along the edges to make sure the crown wouldn’t come apart.

I added a large crepe paper rosette to the front, with glittered numbers.

Vintage flowers, tatted doilies, and sparkly stars accent it.

And a fluffy crepe paper ruffle with pom pom trim finish off the bottom.

This was my fir...

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It has been way too long since my last post! We finally found a house to move into and closed on both the old and the new in mid-July. We picked the hottest weekend to move, but we are now in the new house. We’ve already started the remodeling and redecorating. New wood floors are down throughout much of the first floor. Now the painting can begin. We are covering up some very dark (and unusual) color combinations, but so far so good. They make a primer for everything and we are taking advantage of that!

The first room that will be complete is my new craft room. I can’t wait to get in there and start creating again! I’ll share some before and after photos once we’re done.

In the meantime…

I had a couple of projects published in last month’s Create Vintage issue...

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I submitted this canvas project for last week’s Swirlydoos Design Team challenge. Our challenge was to create a dimensional canvas project using a variety of mediums.

I started by painting a background using watercolors. Then I used a stencil and modelling paste to create the butterflies, which I then painted with glimmer watercolors. I misted the canvas with pearl Glimmer Mist and added some vintage paper scraps as a base for my photo. I added some white gesso to the paper to mute the colors even more.

I added a layer of tea dyed cheesecloth and vintage tulle trim beneath my photo of Lily Munchkin frolicking in the sand.

I used a large swirl from Dusty Attic as a frame for the photo...

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Valentine Doll

I recently took a class from the wonderful Ann-Denise Anderson. We made spun cotton Valentine dolls. Everyone’s was so unique and we all had a great time.

Here is my doll:

We learned how to make a basic armature, then wrapped it in sticky wet cotton.

Then we painted the girls and dressed them in little crepe paper outfits.

And decorated little “cakes” for them to stand on.

Here are just a few of the other projects from the class.

Lisa made an adorable kitty for a friend. Now I want one for each of my sweet furbabies!

 And this little lady is perfectly poised.

This one looks like Marie Antoinette. She was stunning in person!

And I thought she looked like a foofy cake topper.

Everyone’s projects were fantastic, and so much nicer looking in person than my photos captured.

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