Category Archives: Crafting

How to make a Winter Solstice Lantern

In preparation for our first time celebrating Martinmas, we’re hosting a Winter Solstice Lantern Making Party.  This is the best resource I’ve seen on the topic.

And now, for my first tutorial!

How to make a Winter Solstice Lantern.


* Clear glass jars

* Tissue paper – various colors

* Scissors

* Flat paintbrush

* White glue or gel medium

* Plastic bowl (to mix glue solution)

* Tea Candles

* Wire

* Wire cutters/ pliers

* Optional: Ribbon & Hot Glue gun

1. Collect and flatten leaves.

1a. If using glue, gently mix 1 part glue to 2 1/2 parts water. gel medium can be used straight.

2. Cut or rip pieces of tissue paper in colors of your choice.

3. Brush your medium onto the jar.

4. Stick pieces of tissue on the medium and then brush a little more on top of them.

5. Add a leaf or any other special something you’d like to be on your lantern.

6. To help keep the leaf secure, add white pieces of tissue over it and brush with medium.

(You can use strips too!)

7. For the handle, wrap some wire around the lip of the jar. Cut a second piece of wire to connect to the piece around the lip in an upside U. Twist the wire to secure. Tuck in all ends.

8. Using the hot glue gun, fold a wide piece of ribbon in half around the wire handle and glue the edges shut.

9. Secure the wire around the lip of the jar (and cover the edges from the handle) with more hot glue and a piece of ribbon wrapped all the way around.

10. Once dry, put a tea candle inside.

Please let me know if any parts need further clarification.

Enjoy your beautiful lanterns!



We are preparing for a very exciting project…

Any guesses?

baby quilts

2 brand new little girls made their way into the world recently. Here’s what I made to keep them warm this fall.

Older Randoms

I’ve picked up my little pocket camera again recently. Here is a culmination of shots I took with it over several months. Felix looks so small in some of these.

Turnip, our sweet cat in her favorite spot.

Elmer, the wonder pup.

Felix in the prototype party hat. We were on our way to Haberman Fabrics to get more fabric to make more hats!

Exploring the fabrics.

This was taken at the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure, Detroit.

Papa snapped this last shot one day while I was working. Oh, this face!

more bits of red

Since my first tote, I’ve gone a little tote crazy. Here are three more. I have been digging little square pockets as well as slender pockets for pencils.

We’ve all been enjoying Michigan cherries, especially Felix.

and I have been preparing for a Motherblessing next week. Henna is a whole new medium for me, so I’ve been doing some research and was practicing on myself (and Andrew) all day yesterday.

The above image is beautiful work by Darcy Vasudev from Henna Tribe, an all around outstanding Henna resource. (Thanks to Herbalist Jim Mcdonald for the suggestion.)

I absolutely adore the following artist’s Henna work on pregnant bellies. Her Flickr page is full of wonderfulness.

Smorgasbord Saturday (in bits of red)

This Saturday I:

Spent a few minutes repairing my childhood Raggedy Ann doll for Felix to play with.

While fixing up her little foot, I realized that I couldn’t remember much about Raggedy Ann.

This is what I found on Wikipedia:

[Johnny] Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphan Annie.” He said, “Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?”

Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her parents’ consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement.

I so love that she was named after two poems combined and had no idea that she was the symbol of the Anti-Vaccination Movement.

Wrote Jude a letter.

and inspired by SouleMama’s recent bit of yellow, I attempted making my first tote using this Sew Mama Sew! tutorial.

My stitching isn’t as straight as I’d like it to be, and I feel like the bag needs a little something more on the pocket, but altogether I am pleased with my first tote!

Mid-Summer Etsy Sale

I had Felix with me at the Boutique yesterday. Working with a one year old is certainly a challenge. We’ve entered into the age of tantrums and keeping him occupied in a store full of fun colors, shapes, and textures is, well, it definitely keeps me on my toes. We do have fun though and I just have to keep thinking creatively and do a lot of redirecting. He loves when there are customers, likes to walk under the hanging clothing and  I was pleased to see him enjoying his car for a while too (as toys are not nearly as exciting to him as various other things in the store).

In other news, I’m feeling a mid summer urge to get the old stuff into new homes and bring some new stuff into my Etsy shop. Starting today, everything in my shop is 50% off their original price. If you mention red recliner when making your order, I will ship it for free!

Have a great weekend!