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Custom Christmas Advent Calendar – We Begin!

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!

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Banana Hanger + Bird Cage + Skeletons = Halloween Decor (?) Part 2 of 2

Time to wrap this project up!  Since I decided to make the bottom of the banana hanger into a maw with teeth then it only seems right that the outside of the ‘mouth’ will need skin, or in this case, scales.  I chose an alligator hide embossed paper in a tan color.  As I much… Continue reading Banana Hanger + Bird Cage + Skeletons = Halloween Decor (?) Part 2 of 2

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Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 3

So in Part 2 I left off with ‘decorating the dungeon’, sounds kind of Martha Stewart, doesn’t it? The final areas are the ‘book shelves’ and the ‘counter tops’.  We’ll take it from the top down.   Remember my box (or two) of Halloween goodies, well, I just started digging through until I came across… Continue reading Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 3

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Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 2

Progress is being made – I’ve got the “bat” paper all the way around now.  I’m glad I decided to do the back on this piece, which I don’t normally do, but this paper is just too wonderful.  I love the color of it, just looking at it makes me feel like I’m outside in… Continue reading Halloween Apothecary Cabinet – Bats – Part 2

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Know You Are Loved – A Valentine Gift

  I know my last post indicated I would be adding the next installment of The Giant Apothecary but alas, this pesky broken shoulder just won’t let me get to the last few steps to get that thing finished off!  And I gotta tell ya, it’s really FRUSTRATING. So, taking a step back and a… Continue reading Know You Are Loved – A Valentine Gift