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Book Page Prints into Greeting Cards from Spooky and Bright

August 26th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

How to make your own greeting cards that aren't super cutesy and twee? Include something vintage! I made these DIY greeting cards not with rubber stamps of teddy bears or foam stickers of ducks in bonnets, but with vintage book pages. Pages trimmed from a ratty, torn copy of The Turn of the Screw and an old dictionary, embellished with paint, compose the front images of a set of all-purpose blank cards, suitable for either the kids or the adults in the family to use


How-to: Painted Stones

July 30th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Stones are completely beautiful in themselves, but sometimes you just feel in your heart that you need something with a little more color. And that's okay! Maybe sometimes a plain old grey stone WANTS to be painted, you know


How-to: Kid-Made Puzzle Piece Valentine

January 29th, 2013 | by Julie Finn

Your kiddos can create one handmade Valentine from just two perfectly fitting jigsaw pieces. Give them most of a box, and they can make all the Valentines for their class party. It's a fun upcycling project that won't cost you a cent


DIY Sailors Valentine: A Beach Vacation Souvenir

November 6th, 2012 | by Julie Finn

A sailors valentine is a traditional form of shell craft, and they're not just for mid-February! They were most popular back in the 1800s, when they made a pretty darn good souvenir for sailors to bring back to their loved ones from those exotic islands that they voyaged to. Today, they're mostly the provenance of nautical-themed museums and certain fine artisans...and me!



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