Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Best in show

Many awards are given to people and animals who achieve the best in competitions.
There are some people who should be given an award for giving the best of themselves every day.
I was inspired to create a trophy for a dear friend of mine to remind her of the beautiful person she is for all that she does for many people. 
I used a small spool covered in paper and velvet ribbon as a stand.

It was a blast to pick out the perfect millinery blooms for this project.
Would any of you love to receive a bouquet of vintage millinery?
I would - I am weird like that, lol.
Cheers to you and all of the little things you do everyday that reflect the best of your heart. 
Thank you for visiting!
xo ~ Heidi

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tag, you're it!!

Rummaging through antique stores, you can find inspiration at unexpected times with simple finds.
While sifting through a box of vintage brass stencils with great patina, I had one of those moments.
Who gets excited about patina and brass stencils anyway?  I do!
I scooped up a few letters and numbers to use as tags for Christmas gifts.
You can make tags just to add everyday beauty to your surroundings too.
First, you will need to punch a hole at the top and the bottom.
I used a Crop-A-Dile which is a fabulous tool and can punch tin like butter.
If you do not have a Crop-A-Dile (yet, :D ) , you can use a hammer and a nail.
Next comes the fun part - embellies!
I added some vintage millinery blooms.
Mix it up a bit - go crazy!
Buttons and bits - use what inspires you to get the look you want.
Add a simple ribbon or twine for hanging.
I coffee dyed and crinkled some seam binding for a mottled looking ribbon.
Next, finish off your tag/hanger with a crystal or bauble of your choice.
I tied a simple bow to mine.

See what a simple brass stencil can do?
Ok, now it is your turn . . .
TAG -- YOU are IT!!
Share what unlikely find has given you inspiration for a project.
Thanks for stopping by!
xo ~ Heidi

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Year's swap

A new year means new inspiration.
What could be better to spark new inspiration than to get a fresh stash of crafty treats?
Tabitha of Creative Wings Boutique hosted a New Year's matchbox swap to do just that.
My lovely swap partner, Francie of The Scented Cottage, sent me the most delicious crafty treats!
A new year's baby!! Adorable!
On top of the matchbox, nestled in frothy pink blooms, was an altered sugah spoon with a bee.
Francie, I will cherish this always!

Inside the box were sparkly bits and intricate lacework.

Check out the minty pastel Santa - love it!!

A beautiful crown corkstopper - even perfect for displaying on a decorative bottle.

Francie was so thoughtful in all of the details.
Thank you!!
Thank you for visiting sweet friends!
I hope your new year is off to an inspired start!
xo ~ Heidi