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The Halloween Train – Car #1

I know it seems pretty early for most to be thinking of Halloween, but in the handmade retail business you have to start early making your ‘Holiday’ stock; and since Halloween is my most favorite holiday – I’m already diving in deep to enjoy the fun and freaky-ness of Halloween. I like projects on wheels,… Continue reading The Halloween Train – Car #1

arts and crafts · Decor · Etsy · Halloween · Steampunk · Upcycled

Steampunk + Halloween = Love

It’s JULY already!!!  Wow, the last month just blew right by me, and it’s been a whole month since I’ve posted here – oh my gosh! I have been working in my craft room, but it’s mostly been replenishing items that have sold in my Etsy shop, Old Raven.  Things like my black widow spiders,… Continue reading Steampunk + Halloween = Love

arts and crafts · ATC and ACEO · Crafting How To's · DIY · Etsy · Paper Crafts

ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

ATC – Artist Trading Cards – have been around for a long time.  It’s a fun way to spend a crafting afternoon, explore techniques and, as in this instance, trade some of your cards for other artist’s product. Years ago I tried to get hooked up with a local ATC swap group but never quite… Continue reading ATC Swap – What’s Through The Window

arts and crafts · ATC and ACEO · Craft Supplies · Distressed · Etsy · Paper Crafts · Upcycled

Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

I recently acquired a FULL BOX of Vintage Glassine Envelopes, although today I believe they would call them ‘sleeves’. I have always loved glassine envelopes, they have a bit of a mysterious quality to them where you can just see through the envelope but not really make out all the details.  And these envelopes are… Continue reading Vintage Glassine Envelopes (or) Sleeves

arts and crafts · Crafting How To's · Decor · Distressed · DIY · Etsy · Mixed Media · Nature · Uncategorized · Upcycled · Upcycling

Rusty Wire Upcycle – Spring Wreath

“Found Object” and “Upcycle”, ahhhh, words dear to my heart.  I’m constantly tuned towards the potential of discovering the ‘found object’ that will be a treasured addition to my art supplies. Case in point:  on a recent dog walk I found a jumble of old wire. Old wire, and that’s wire that’s been outside for… Continue reading Rusty Wire Upcycle – Spring Wreath