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
I just had a custom order come into my Etsy shop, Old Raven, for a Christmas Advent Calendar. Advent Calendars have been around since the mid 1800s and they’ve been handmade as well as massed produced in a huge variety of styles from the very simple to incredibly intricate. Some Advent’s are flat and made… Continue reading Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!
“When someone told me I live in a fantasy land, I nearly fell off my unicorn.” Anonymous Just acknowledging the fact that I’m a bit weird, but I’ve learned to embrace it and now I just go with the flow when I see a bird cage at a second hand store and think ‘I could… Continue reading Banana Hanger + Bird Cage + Skeletons = Halloween Decor (?) Part 1 of 2
I am having SO MUCH FUN with these paper mache coffins! This is my latest (check out my post featuring the BONE COLLECTOR if you missed my first coffin) and this one’s a candy dish. Or, if you prefer the “trick” side instead of the “treat” side of Halloween, then fill this baby up with… Continue reading Halloween Coffin Candy Dish
Upcycle, recycle, repurpose, reinvent, whatever word works for you, I think it’s great when somebody takes an object that would normally wind up in the trash and gives it a new life. Case in point – the humble mint tin. You know, like Altoids, Yorks, Breez or Newman’s Own, etc. there are many manufacturers and… Continue reading Mint Tin Shrines
(Just a reminder – this project was done using the Tim Holtz Paper Mosaic Kit. For complete basic instructions visit his blog and watch the video for Distress Paper Mosaic Kit .) I realize one of my character traits is both a positive and a negative, especially in my crafting. I do tend to be a bit… Continue reading Paper Mosaic Chest – Part 2 of 2
I love to upcycle and I am a frequent shopper at Estate Sales, Second Hand Stores and Garage Sales. You just never know what you’re going to find and I always have an eye peeled for those items that fit squarely in the “what could I do with that” category. As usual, I forgot to… Continue reading Paper Mosaic Chest – Part 1 of 2