Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Berry Basket + Free Image

Easter baskets come in all shapes and sizes.  Large ones are great for an Easter Egg Hunt or for putting out for the Easter Bunny to fill.  I was curious about the origins of the Easter Basket.  I really wasn't too surprised to learn that Easter Baskets originate from Germany (we get a lot of our Christmas traditions from Germany after all).   It's most likely that Easter
Baskets come from German folklore involving the Easter Hare, who would leave candies, colored eggs and other goodies for kids.  Sound familiar?

Not only do Easter baskets come in different shapes and sizes, but they're also made of different things, too!  I used a white berry basket to make this one.

I really like the look of the double handle.  I wanted them to be at slightly different heights.  That was easy to do by adhering them together and tilting the top one just a little bit.  Then I just stapled them to the berry basket.

All the little bows are made with a bow builder punch.  They are adorable and so fast!  Curving the pieces with a bone folder really helps.

I use glue dots, but I also put a little dot of liquid glue, too, just for good measure!

I've been buying organic free range eggs.   I love the pretty brown color.  They look so cute dressed with mini bows!

This is the image I used to create the scalloped circle.  

You can download the full image and the circle HERE.

Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Best + Free Image

Hi, there!  Apparently I've developed a little obsession with bridge tallies.  Are you getting tired of them yet?  I think they are so cool - I can just picture sitting down to play bridge and one of the most important things being:  How cute are the bridge tallies?   

This reminds me of how Lauren would pick what sports to play.  It was all based on the uniform.  She was one cute golf player I'm here to tell you.  I think the players on another team started calling her "Miss Fancy Shoes."  Well, I guess she came by it honestly - forget the actual play - it's all about the accessories!  

This girl's all decked out in her Easter Best complete with frilly cap, flouncy dress, basket and friends!  She's certainly got all the accessories!

If you would like, you can download her HERE.  

Have a lovely rest of your week - we're sliding toward Friday!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter: He Is Risen + Free Image

Keren (Free Pretty Things for You) has created a beautiful Easter image for you!  Actually, she has created three different versions of the cross: the one above, a yellow and a pink version.   You can see them below.

I printed the cross at about 4".  I wanted the butterfly wings to be a little larger so I printed it again at 6 3/4" and just used the wings of the butterfly.   I glued the larger wings right over the smaller ones.

The background embossing, beautiful die cut, and scalloped embossed border at the bottom are folders and dies from Anna Griffin's Lace Trimmings collection.  The entire collection is just lovely!

I wrapped a sentiment printed on vellum around the entire front.  If you would like a download of the sentiment, you can get it HERE.

All three images are available to download.  You can get the pink version by visiting Free Pretty Things for You.    To download the yellow version, click HERE.   And click HERE for the light blue.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you wearing green?  You don't want to get pinched!  These little darlings are from Peggy Loves Vintage.  She's got some cute vintage images.

Wishing you a 
Happy (Pinchless) St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Belated π Day! + Free Sweetie Pie Tags

π or Pie?  Well, if you ask my architect husband you might think he would say π.   But it just so happens that Dennis makes the best tasting pies in the world!  So I choose PIE, too!

Well, I am a day late wishing you Happy (Pie)  Day!  Yesterday, 3-14-15 was National π Day.  That works because 3.14 is what we use for π and 15 gives us the next two digits in the infinite string of numbers that is π.  

After I found this adorable pie image at Goodness and Fun, I decided to make some Sweetie Pie tags.  Goodness and Fun has some darling papers and sweet images.  You can find the pie as part of an adorable Miss Baker clip art set.  Vanessa is as sweet as her images:  she's got a Buy 2, Get 1 Free going on right now and she agreed that I could offer you these tags (featuring her pie) to you for free!  You can download the Sweetie Pie Tags HERE.

Happy (Late) Pie Day, Sweetie Pie!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Pat's Beauty (Free Image)

She's a beauty all right!  Don't you love her top hat and bright pink cheeks?  She's got the sweetest plaid bow tie, too.  She's another bridge tally from my collection.  

It's amazing how many cute bridge tallies are out there.  Bridge reached its heyday in America during the 30's and 40's and that's the era many of my tallies are from.  (If you would like to know more about the history of bridge, you can read about it HERE.)

She's been hanging from the knob on my office door.  I love seeing her every day!

Do you like her?  You can download her HERE.

Have a great rest of your week!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

St. Pat's Fun + Free Image + Who Won?

All smiles - that's me!  We just got back from visiting my daughter and her husband (and, of course, their HUGE Airedale puppy, Percy). Let me just say, he is already 60 pounds and is not through growing!

Margarida from All Is Full of Love and I have a giveaway going on that ends now!  Who won?  Let's look at another project first!

Margarida has a lovely selection of colors available in these pillow boxes - go to All Is Full of Love to see them all.  You'll also find patterns:  stripes, dots and hearts - so cute!

I used a vintage bridge tally for decoration.  Love her costume!  You can download her HERE.  Just right click and download.

I've got a couple of quick tutorials to make shamrocks.  One to make the chenille stem shamrock that I used on the last post (on the handle of the shamrock treat cup) and also the felt shamrock that I used on the pillow box above.

To make the chenille stem shamrock you just need one chenille stem.  The last picture doesn't even have any adhesive yet - it holds together really well.  I used hot glue and just pressed the middle of the shamrock to the handle of the treat cup.  

I used a die to cut the hearts and just cut a strip for the stem using scissors.  Easy!

On to the giveaway!!!
Who won the 

The winner of all the green is:

Thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments - wish we had a giveaway for everyone!  As always, Jenny was selected randomly by my darling husband - plucked her name right out of the bowl!  We like the old fashioned way sometimes!!  

Jenny:  please email me or click on it in my right sidebar.  I'll need your address to mail you all your goodies!

Happy Sunday everyone!

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