Birthday Crowns

When my mom asked my niece what she wanted for her third birthday, she said balloons and a birthday crown. Sounds like a good party. 

Google birthday crown or search on Pinterest and you will find a plethora of patterns, plans, and ideas. I found this one particularly helpful. 

I dug out some beautiful bamboo felt purchased at the now closed City Craft in Dallas years ago and set to work making flowers, letters, and decorations. (Guys, this felt is seriously, amazingly soft. Does all bamboo felt make you want to rub your face on it? Note to self, investigate softness of various bamboo felt.) 


The kids heads are around 20″ in diameter (yes I made one for my nephew too.) so I made the felt 18″ long and used elastic for the remainder. Conveniently, a trip to the Mars Cheese Castle last weekend provided the perfect template in the form of a child’s cardboard crown.

Some heavy weight Pellon interfacing provided stability between two layers of felt. The crown points still ended up being a little droopy but I’m told this was cute.

I think I might need to make a few more, like in adult lady sizes…possibly with glitter.


Does anyone else’s work table look like this after a project?


I am not ashamed. 


My What Big Cheez-Its You Have


The better to have a Cheez-it bar with.

Step 1. Go to the store and buy many boxes of Cheez-It. If you don’t want to look like a crazy woman, (who me?) make several trips to the store during your lunch hour and buy a few boxes at a time. 

Step 2. Hide said Cheez-It boxes all over your house so your Cheez-It loving spouse doesn’t find them and ruin the surprise.

Step 3: Create labels for each variety of Cheez-It like a fancy cheese plate.

Step 4: Display each type of Cheez-It in it’s own bowl with fancy label.

Step 5: Watch the surprise and delight on your guest’s faces as they try to figure out which is their favorite.

Step 6: Have so much fun you forget to take a photo of the masterful Cheez-It display.

Happy Birthday, Husband! 

Happy Mail

This Easter, inspired by Giverslog, I sent some happy mail in the form of plastic eggs.  It was super fun.

I had a really hard time finding jumbo plastic eggs.  Here is a good tip, buy the eggs pre-filled with candy.  I bought seven, emptied them, mixed up the candy and then added some more goodies before sending them off to nieces and nephews. 

Watching the postal worker hand stamp each egg was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at the post office.  I am definitely addicted to happy mail.


Envelope Inspiration

So…that whole Elevated Envelope thing. I haven’t made any actual envelopes yet but I think I’ve settled on a theme.  I’ve been collecting inspiration images and sketching out lots of ideas. I’m thinking about something inspired by love notes.  Who doesn’t love mail and arn’t love notes the best kind of mail?


Clockwise from the top left

Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 | Source 4 | Source 5


Clockwise from the top left

Source 6 | Source 7 | Source 8 | Source 9

Sewing Day

A way long time ago, like before Thanksgiving, I hosted a sewing day for my friend Jennifer.  I taught her to use my sewing machine and we each made one of Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarves.


Dan Bennet for Rowan Premier Lord in Blue
Lotta Jansdotter Ruta in Navy


In retrospect this was maybe not the best option for a first foray into sewing as it contains both hand stitching and large pieces of fabric.  Regardless, foray we did and at the end of the day we both came away with this cute scarf.


Snail Mail


It’s going to take a while to get all the pre-holiday projects ready to share with you, so I’m going to show you something I found this weekend.

I love mail.  It is full of hope and possibilities. I love heading to the mailbox everyday to check for suprises. It must have been fate when I came across The Elevated Envelope hosted by Tara over at Ephemera. I think I’m going to sign up. I think you should too. Wont it be fun?