Do you remember those beaded Christmas ornament kits from back in the 60s and 70s? A while ago I happened upon this ad in a December 1969 Family Circle magazine and I’ve been wanting to make one ever since. I love the blingy Victorian flair and the kitschy-ness of these decorations. Plus they looked somewhat easy to make!
Now that the holidays are upon us, many people go into a frenzy trying to find the perfect something for friends and family. Shopping the big box stores, either in person or online, usually turns up uninspiring choices of the same old stuff. Being a small business owner, I prefer to support “mom and pop” stores when I can, and encourage […]
My winter outfit choices are limited as I have lived in Florida for many years. But now that I spend several months in New England, including the late fall, I had to come up with creative ways to stretch what I do have. Now that I’ve opened my mind to it, I found that mixing patterns can be a great way to […]
Most people nowadays are not familiar with Lady Duff Gordon, aka Lucile, the British based dressmaker and designer who revolutionized fashion in the Edwardian age. I just finished the autobiography of her fascinating life which prompted this post about her . Written in 1932 it details her childhood, her disastrous first marriage to James Stuart Wallace, her second to Scottish […]
One of my favorite series, Penny Dreadful, got me all excited to do a Halloween decoration tutorial inspired by gothic horror. Unfortunately, I came down with a miserable cold and have had to lay low for the past week, which put a damper on my crafting attempts.
But I did the second best thing and rounded up a list of 10 DIY […]