#AtoZChallenge | Quilling some birthday love and a butterfly

Q can be a hard letter for the A to Z Challenge. That is probably why this is not the first time I’ve blogged about Quilling. It does start with Q after all.

You can read that previous post here: Q is for (Mainely) Quilling | I am in awe of these amazing paper creations. I am amazed by the things Stacy creates using thin strips of paper. I’ve continued to follow Quantum Artistic on Etsy and recently purchased a beautiful bumble bee art piece from her.

I am realistic enough to recognize that her level of quilling is not something I can pull off. She is a true artist. I was looking for the craft version of quilling.

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#AtoZChallenge | Pom poms take my tea coaster from boring to brilliant

My locally made mug with the speckled glaze and original Maine flag imagery is the perfect size. It holds exactly a cup and a half of tea which is the just the right amount. The handle has a flat spot at the top where I can rest my thumb when picking up the mug. It’s a good mug. I use it every single day, sometimes multiple times a day.

While there is no shortage of coasters in our house, I wanted something unique that would be worthy of my mug. Felted wool balls  came to mind. They are soft, cozy, and would make a safe base to rest my mug.

I’ve felted wool. I made a felted heart with some small wool ball accents. Driving the needle into the wool again and again was easy but you need to do it for a long, long time to get that beautiful felted look. It is not for the casual crafter.

I was balancing so many craft projects that I didn’t want to invested hours creating the felted balls I would need for my coaster. Fortunately, one Etsy search later and I discovered a multi-colored world full of wool balls in any color and combination you could ever imagine.

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#AtoZChallenge | Origami peace doves to add some whimsy to my windows

For our most recent GISH hunt, I folded an origami peace dove for one of the challenges. I really loved how it came out and the peace dove quickly became one of my favorite origami shapes.


I liked the dove so much that I decided to create an entire flight of peace doves and display them in a mobile.

While my first peace dove was a success, it had been eight months and I needed a refresher on how to put one together. I also wasn’t sure on the size of paper I should use so this step provided a nice test run. I pulled out some scrap paper and tried making a few practice doves using various sizes of square paper.

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#AtoZChallenge | Name tags for my herbs

I bought a set of unfinished wooden plant markers many years ago. I didn’t know when I would use them but I thought the curved design was unique and elegant.

Each spring I bring home flowers and herbs, and replant them into ceramic containers that decorate my deck. I’m always ambitions when I start buying seedlings for the season but quickly remember my green thumb is at best pastel so I’ve learned to stick to my favorites. They add some summer color to the house and flavor to the kitchen. The little plastic tags that identify the plant type and basic care get dutifully transferred from the plastic nursery pots into the ceramic ones. Year after year, they get transferred while the unfinished plant markers with the perfect design sit untouched in one of my craft drawers.

Part of my hesitation has been the finality of putting a permanent  name on the plant markers. What if I mix things up one year and go with something different? I’d have beautiful tags that didn’t match my actual plants.

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#AtoZChallenge | Macrame hanging planter to bring a little 70s vibe into my life

Each decade has a vibe. The 1970s had a lot going on. Disco was born, platform shoes soared in popularity and harvest gold was in every kitchen. They’re also the first decade I remember. They defined most of my childhood.

When I told my husband I was going to make a macramé planter, he was horrified. He kept saying “No, please don’t.”

He had visions of some type of elaborate creation made from incredible thick cording that would overwhelm whatever space I put it in. The macramé craze of the 70s did lead to some rather unique creations. While it was not a new craft, it reached new heights in the 70s and seems to be on the upswing again. Since I missed the first round of this craft, now was a good time to give it a try. Plus, I already owned macramé cord.

To the right of my kitchen stove, there is a tall, narrow window. I can easily glance out to see who might be pulling into the drive way or crank it open it to get the air flow going when our cooking creates too much smoke and threatens to set off the fire alarms. I’ve always thought it would be the perfect spot for a hanging plant.

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