Brown paper bags turned into holiday decorations

My sister-in-law is an amazing artist, one of those people who can do everything. She paints. She draws. She throws clay. She crafts. She crochets. She takes inspiring photographs. Even her name screams creative genius – Piper LaRue. Nice, right? So today I’m sharing a few of Piper’s masterpieces with you, specifically her hand-drawn gift bags. Yep, these all started as plain brown paper bags. I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away after last Christmas so I trimmed, laminated, and framed them. Voila – handmade holiday decorations.

Santa Elvis

Santa fish

flying Santa

Santa puppet

If you don’t have access to an amazing young artist, you can find fabric and scrapbooking paper these days that’s frame-worthy. I’ve even seen some wrapping papers here that I would gladly hang on my wall. Do you have any “repurposed” holiday decorations? Send me a link, I’d love to see it.


Halloween plate wall

One of my many addictions is collecting cocktail plates and cocktail shakers. I created a rotating display space on my dining room wall so I can pick my favorites and admire them every day. I love to switch them out with the seasons or when I’m burning to change something up but have no dinero to spend – which is all the time. Sadly, when Halloween rolled around I realized I only had three measly plates to hang, zero shakers, and zero dollars. Time to get creative. Take a look at what I did.

Halloween plate wall

Halloween plate wall

Halloween plate wall

Halloween plate wall cocktail shakers

Halloween plate wall

The best part is, I only spent $9! Here’s how it breaks down.

Two plain black plastic plates from Target: $4.
Package of eyeball stickers from Michael’s: $1.
Black & white fabric from Jo-Anne’s: approximately $4.

Everything else came from somewhere in my house.
– The cool scenery plates are the three I mentioned earlier.
– The white plates are from my kitchen cabinet with free silhouette clip art added.
– The black square plate is one I bought at Target with eyeball stickers added.
– The skeleton plate is another Target buy with more free clip art.
– Most of the shakers are wearing free clip art.
– The crow is – what else? – a free clip art silhouette.
– Lastly, the large quilting hoop was already hanging where you see it, I just replaced the fabric to match the new black and white scheme.

If you like this you should check out what Jen did over at Tatertots & Jello. Cool chiz.

Are you done decorating for Halloween? Or for fall? Send me a link so I can see what you’re up to.

DIY craft apron with FREE tutorial.

My latest DIY masterpiece – a new craft apron inspired by a Bean’s Blog tutorial.


I tweaked Anne’s design a bit by sewing a pocket on the front and the back side. Yup, I made it reversible! If you’ve been searching for the perfect apron to match your product line or business style I highly recommend her easy-to-follow tutorial.

Your turn. Tell me what you’re working on.

Summer Craft Show Shenanigans #2

by scoobygirlYesterday I set up shop at the Summer Art & Craft Show in Alsip, IL. I filled my table with fabulous product, met my neighbors, and even had time to make a quick Starbuck’s run for some caffeinated happy. Finally it was noon and we were ready for crowds of shoppers to spill into the room. 

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