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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

I ended Part 2 with covering the project with a coat of white gesso.  Now it’s time to add some color. I wanted to match, as closely as I could, the color that’s predominant in the picture cards and T.H.’s Distress Paint in Antique Linen was spot on.  I poured some in a dish and… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 3

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE – 2017 was an interesting ride.  I started it with a broken left shoulder – but that didn’t keep me from crafting, actually  it was more the case of crafting kept me sane while I healed. 2017 was also my best year yet with my Etsy online shop ‘Old Raven’. This… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 2

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Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

What is a Spirit House?  Well, there’s a number of different ways to answer that question depending on location, religion, culture and time, just to name a few.  But for me, this is my view point (in a nutshell):  ” A spirit house is a dedicated structure to honor the guardians of the land. It is… Continue reading Spirit House (or) Shrine – Part 1

arts and crafts · Christmas · Crafting How To's · Decor · Distressed · Etsy

Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

If you’ve read very many of my blogs you will have seen the name ‘Tim Holtz’.  Tim is the creator of the “Distress” line of crafting supplies that include Alterations that is a collaboration with Sizzix dies.  Die #658766  Ice Skates That’s what I’m going to play with today.  You can use a variety of… Continue reading Ice Skate Die Cuts = Ornaments, Tags, Cards and Christmas Garlands

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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – The Final Touches

This project has been a fun (sleigh) ride.  From the warm cozy colors to the Vintage art paper, but there’s nothing that stamps this piece as being uniquely hand made by yours truly – yet. I had early on decided that I wanted a fire burning in that extra large hearth and while I worked… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – The Final Touches