Wednesday, October 31, 2018


One of the joys of living in our beautiful valley is the change of seasons, bringing inspiration and connecting creatives.

Every autumn we celebrate with a trip to Eddie Gordon's pumpkin farm, where we load up on pumpkins, apple cider and perhaps best of all, eye candy to inspire fresh art.

Eddie is a gifted artist himself and it shows up in his displays as well as his paintings.

Happy autumn!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Let's Make Tea Advent Calendars

I love Christmas, but only when it's home made. 
My family doesn't spend much on gifts but when it comes to something made with love- well, that's a sure way to my heart. Here's a peek at an easy, budget friendly gift you can make for friends and family this holiday season. 

This year I'm all about making tea themed advent calendars for my friends (and myself, too!) using my new Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea and Sweet Christmas collections of crafting dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts.

I love quick projects and this one is so easy you can make something similar in minutes. 
No need for specific directions; just make it your own. Using paper cups makes it so simple.

I went to a restaurant supply and bought a package of the same type cups and lids you get at a coffee stand. Then I used a piece of lightweight paper to make a pattern, copying the shape of the cup. 
Use that pattern to cut paper you like, then glue it to the cup.

Cut tags and decorations, add to your cup, embellish with ribbon, inks and paper in any way that pleases you. You'll want to number your cups from 1-24 or 25, depending on how you like to celebrate Christmas. 

Tuck a tea bag into each cup and label the variety on the hang tag or back of the cup. It's fun to use different types of tea, and I like to add a scripture or thought for the day and give myself a few minutes of quiet to anticipate the holiday quietly as I sip.

You might have noticed I used completely different themes for my decorations. You can almost always do this without hesitation and come up with a unified look because simply using the same strong color scheme carries it off.

This blog post is part of a creative blog hop by Spellbinders Paper Arts. 
You can see all the posts if you like by clicking here here.