Hand Painted Kimono

Who better to pave the way to a fabulous day than your personal shaman. Hand painted on silk embellished with fringe. Jammin to a little Koko Taylor here.

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Simple Centerpieces


I found these white emergency candles this past winter when I was planning a kids craft. The dollar store can be a great place when you have several kids planning on participating. They are 8″ in height, odorless and burn for a long time and yes, they only cost a dollar. I also purchased tissue paper and glue as well. Tissue paper is great to use when decorating candles because as the candle burns down, the paper is thin enough for the light to shine through.


Tissue paper, glue, mod podge, old paint brushes, scissors, and embellishments are some supplies you may need. If you plan on adding trim or beads a hot glue gun can come in handy.


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You can precut your tissue paper, or rip it in pieces for a patchwork effect. Coat the outside of the glass candle holder with glue. I like to use a paint brush but if children are involved it may be easier to get the paper on with a glue stick. Don’t worry if it is not perfect the wrinkles add character. While your candle is still wet be careful because the tissue paper will easily tear. After you cover your candle in paper, let the glue dry. Then, coat it with Mod Podge. This will give it a nice finished sheen and a protective coating.


The candles are now clean and simple and perfect for spring. But you may want to embellish them a bit more. Ours are going on the Easter Bunny’s table so I want them to be a bit whimsical.


Rick rack, feather, beads and twine. Here are a few more ideas for you as well as some unique table decorations.

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Tissue Paper Candles

Tissue Paper Candles


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Last but not least these are the candles my children decorated with their friends over Christmas. Each child made two, one for each parent. The party dissolved into a huge wadded up tissue paper fight and spilled glue but there was a lot of laughter! If you want additional information about how I created the above candles, please feel free to comment, and I will give you additional step-by-step guides!



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Happy Easter


Sometimes all weekend at home with children, when you have a lot of plans, can be trying.

This weekend was packed full, a community Easter egg hunt, a surprise birthday party for a friend, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and then Easter dinner with family not to mention cleaning and getting ready for a busy week. But somehow it all flowed. We didn’t get irritated with each other, and everyone pitched in and helped.

As I was reading Sunday evening and giving thanks that everything went so smoothly, I came across a statement by Eugene H. Peterson. It was his interpretation of a lesson taught by Jesus.

” Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

I thought it was the perfect lesson for my weekend just let things go and happen how they happen. Find the right groove and let everything fall into place.

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Floral Scarf

It’s Spring! Buds are breaking and leaves are unfurling. Wrap yourself in this lightweight velvet rayon scarf. Hand painted in a cheerful floral.

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Upgrade Your White Linen Blouse





Please join me for the white linen blouse redo and more!

Sometimes investing in the latest trend can be costly, but an hour or so with some trim and a sewing machine can give a dated top a second chance.


This blouse is too short, boxy and most of all wrinkled! Let’s get to work.




These supplies are helpful as well as a sewing machine, iron and ironing board. Ironing your garment first will ensure you get a more accurate measurement.


Before the transformation.


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So many choices.


When making your decisions on what trim to add take the final length you want your garment to be into consideration. If your fabric is knit you may want to purchase a trim that stretches as well.



This linen shirt has a rise at each side seam. It is much easier to add trim onto a straight hem so in this case we need to cut off the front and the back of the shirt to make it straight. Since the blouse is already too short I chose a long fringe to add on.


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I am using a cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter, but if you don’t have these items you can use a measuring tape, marking pencil and a good pair of scissors.


I am trying to preserve as much length as possible. I made the same cut on the sleeves.


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After cutting, it is always nice to finish off the raw edges. I used a serger but you can also use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

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The next step is to pin your fringe to your garment. Pin it above the stitch that you used on the raw edge. Leave a bit of trim left over at the end because when you sew it on the garment sometimes the bottom fabric will stretch. It’s a real bummer if you run short on trim and have to start over. I am not turning this fringe to the inside because the ends will be covered with a second trim.


At this point I like to try things on to make sure the top is going to hang properly.


Don’t be afraid to mix things up with a new fringe and a vintage inspired lace trim. Choose a thread color that will blend and not be noticeable.

Sew your fringe on. I find it more fun at the end if I have kept my garment clean by cutting all the extra sewing threads as I go.


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After you sew the fringe on you are ready to add the second trim. Pin it on top of the existing trim placing it slightly higher so when you sew it on you are only sewing through the lace and the linen. Be sure to leave enough at each end to turn it to the inside for a finished look.

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Do the same thing to the sleeves. I like to finish the little tabs of lace on the inside with a whipstitch. You can also put a little fray check on the raw edge, but always test your fabric first to make sure it will not discolor. When you are finished you can iron your garment again just keep the heat away from the fringe.




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Search your closet! If you are like me, you may have something in there you haven’t worn in a while that could use a little embellishment.


Have fun!

With Thanks!