today I made things...

Today, I have been making things for the shoppe...I have a morning appt. to keep...
I am up too late and am so very tired...
I still have many things to do, and things to list...and create...and paint.


A Butterfly Giveaway!

Suprise! Another butterfly giveaway for you :)
The loot: These 4 sets of butterflies.
To enter:
Go here:
Entries are taken from today, until Sunday, April 4th.
Good luck! :)
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Patches the Cat
Patches alias Pookie: the cat who sat to have her portrait taken on a sunny day.
Patches the Cat

Patches the Cat

Patches the Cat


Patches the Cat


And the Winner is...

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Kate said...
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{Congrats Kate! Please e-mail me at the_gilded_bee[!at] to claim the loot}

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Today is nearly over. There are so many, many things left to do on my long list of stuff.
I wanted to take heaps of photo's today, but ran out of daylight. Tomorrow.
Hopefully I can cram more stuff into this upcoming week...

today is the last day to enter
the lovely package wrap giveaway...
till midnight...


paper cones

I love paper cones, and have hunted around for some good templates/tutorials.
They are so perfect: any task, from Easter trifles to cones of fresh flowers as wedding favors, to holding cello bags of popcorn for trick-or-treats, to holding chocolates and small gifts on a Christmas tree, to new years crackers, to Valentine parcels.
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I made these out of random vintage book pages.
These are inspired by the Lovely Livy of A Field Journal:
Hers are made from vintage sheet music and are longer than these and are oh-so-elegant.
These are easy to make from any text weight paper, and look charming in vintage and patterned papers.
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These cones are made from this free printable PDF template:
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You can add a fancy edge if you wish ;)
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To hold heavier objects, I made these out of cardstock.
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The template can be sized to be smaller too.
One way of dressing them up is to add a trim around the edge of the top.
In this case, gold tinsel.
They can be hung by wire.
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They can also be suspended by ribbons or twine. I added a big white carnation to this one. The options are practically endless.


antique clip art

Today I thought that I would share one of my most favorite sources of free antique clip art:
There are pages and pages of lovely images.
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I love to tint parts of these black and white architectural/furniture clips.
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clip art,vintage,paper

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Security Envelope Rosettes

I started out my crafting life as a very small child.
Armed with a roll of tape, bottle of paste, and a pair of scissors, I would hoard "Garbage".
Paper towel rolls, cracker boxes, used envelopes and papers, plastic containers etc.
I made 3-D doll houses with them.

I've carried that attitude with me to the present: how can I make something interesting out of random components? Security envelopes have been on the random component list for a while.
I have been sure that something was waiting to be created...
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I stumbled into this blog one day and have kept going back for more. I love her tutorials. I want to make the projects in all of them.



mini take out boxes and paper fortune cookies

Here is another post along the theme of interesting packaging.
I've been enamored with little and unusual boxes for a while, and collect templates to make them.
This one is a favorite: the mini take-out box.

This one is just the right size for a trifle, a single chocolate, or piece of jewelry.

To make "chopsticks", I just blunt some wooden toothpicks.

To create handles for the boxes, I use some wire, or in this case, a paper clip.

I saw these paper fortune cookies on a wedding blog and just loved them.

The template {link} provided can be sized to be larger or really tiny, as you wish.

to make the projects:

The mini take-out boxes:

The paper fortune cookies:

happy creating :)


Spiral Roses: A Tutorial

I was searching for botanical pics on the internet, when I stumbled on a blog article with these roses (dozi design). She had been inspired by a magazine article. I practiced making some of these and really like them. So I thought I'd share them with you:

Step 1:
On a square piece of cardstock (mine was 4x4) draw a spiral.

Step 2:
Working along the line, cut out the spiral.

Step 3:
On the outer edge, roll toward the center.
Keep rolling until you reach the center.

Step 4:
To keep it from unrolling, I tacked mine with a little bit of glue at the end.

These would look charming on a parcel. Some leaves and or tiny flowers would work with these too. With some practice, these are easy (and quick) to do without the pencil lines as a guide.


Lovely Package Wrap Kit Giveaway!

Note: This giveaway is now closed

Finally: A "home blog" giveaway :)
For you: in honor of the lovely package exchange :)


1. 1 bunch of 6 plum+butter pansies
2. 1 bunch of 12 plastic/lucite raspberry daisies

3. One set of 6 asst. color/pewter Butterflies

4. 1 spool-10 yd's canary/white striped bakers twine
5. 1 spool-10 yd's basil/white striped bakers twine
6. 1 spool-10 yd's pearl blue twine

7. 3 sheets dotted stickers: 1 smoke blue, 1 lipstick red, and one moss green.

8. 1 dozen asst. neopolitan ice cream colored mini envelopes

9. 30 tags: 6 tags in each color: bubble gum pink, butter, mint, baby blue, and orchid.

10. 1 roll canary crepe trim
11. 1 set of 6 asst. daffodils

12. 1 dozen paper sacks: 6 of each, kraft and white.

You can enter up to 4 times, just leave a separate comment for each:

1. leave a comment about a beautiful package you received and what made it special

2. blog this giveaway+then leave a comment with the link

3. Become a follower of this blog+leave a comment (if you already follow, that counts too, just leave a comment ;) )

4. If you are a member of "The Lovely Package Exchange" this month on Oh Hello Friend, leave a comment with the number of your comment from this post: . :)

The winner will be chosen via
Entries are taken until Saturday, March 27, 12:00 am/midnight Central standard time
please leave your e-mail address in your comment and be sure to check back for the results ;)
Good luck! :)

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