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Personalized Keepsakes

Create personalized­­ keepsakes with embellishments. Buttons and beads, ribbons and rhinestones. The emphasis is on embellishing at Gilding the Lily, a boutique in the business of selling accoutrements that add a little splash and a lot of charm to just … Continue reading

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In the Bag: DIY Decorated Lunch Sacks

Packing a last-minute gift or fancying a simple sack lunch is a cinch with this easy and inexpensive project. Chances are you have all the ingredients to package a present right in your kitchen cupboards. Simple lunch bags now available … Continue reading


Inspiring Post

Make an inspiration board, like this one by Amy Chalmers, to stay organized while adding beauty. Consider these tips and be inspired. 1. Use just a frame or a framed painting. Amy painted over her canvas for a blank background. … Continue reading


Fashion Plates

Design your own dishes using the art of decoupage. Personalize a plain glass plate with fabric using the decoupage technique. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll find yourself making trips to the crafts store throughout the year for holiday-themed patterns … Continue reading


Book Review: Cupcakes and Cashmere

Cupcakes and Cashmere is a DIY guide for navigating through life—especially if you happen to be a woman in search of simple yet stylish solutions in the areas of home, food and entertaining, style and beauty.   Author Emily Schuman … Continue reading


A Green Christmas

  Being environmentally aware does not mean you have to forfeit style. Decorate your home with the attitude of a set designer and spirit of a holiday window. Try this idea that doesn’t impose on a living tree.   Holiday … Continue reading

Doilies have many homey uses during the holidays.

Vintage Christmas Crafts

  Hundreds of tips that give a nod to the styles of the 1920s to the 1960s can be found in A Very Vintage Christmas. Author Susan Waggoner has compiled original ideas from holiday’s past with this keepsake book. Ever … Continue reading

Styled by Andrea Drexelius; photography by Jacqueline deMontravel.

Christmas Crafts: Handmade Burlap Gifts

The most personal presents are handmade and found items that show sentimentality. Here, find doable, inexpensive and French-inspired gifts that will be most appreciated.       There is a lot to love about antique French grain-sack pillows, upholstery and … Continue reading

Photo by Hillary Black

DIY Christmas Decor: Make a Wine Cork Wreath

With wine corks and simple embellishments you can make a pretty holiday wreath to display or give as a gift. Here’s how:   Photo by Hillary Black         What you’ll need: 14-inch straw wreath form Plastic twine … Continue reading


Christmas Craft: French Book Paper Wreath

Mix recycled and new items to create a stunning, well-read wreath.     Designing with paper has been a longtime passion of mine. Recently I wanted something to go with my Country French theme. Using a vintage, unbound book, I … Continue reading


DIY Gift Wrap Idea

DIY Gift Wrap Idea: I Love Cupcakes What you’ll need: Lunch bag Paper cupcake liners in two sizes Stapler Office tag Baker’s twine Glue stick Scissors Embellishments, such as buttons or adhesive gems    Instructions: 1. Gather your supplies. 2. … Continue reading