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Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Paper Snowflake Tutorial

Hello there! It's been a long time. I'd love to get back to posting more regularly, but I'm absorbed with many other creative pursuits (and other obligations) right now. I think I originally drafted this post two years ago but didn't manage to get pictures and get it ready during the holidays that year or last year. So at long last, here it is:

I've been cutting paper snowflakes for about as long as I can remember. I remember when I was about six, and I was so disappointed that mine didn't come out as pretty as the ones my dad made. So he taught me a few tricks. Every Thanksgiving weekend, we all grab a ream of paper, some wastebaskets and scissors and go to town cutting snowflakes to decorate with.










One of the biggest factors in how a snowflake turns out is the way it's folded. Many people use a four-pointed fold, which leaves you with a squareish result, like this:



Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pies Are Just Sweet Calzones

One of my favorite Canadians/Internet friends, Jasmine, organized a week of sharing favorite OTPs (basically relationships you really love, google it) on tumblr.

Today is the last day, so I have extra special post  for one of my favorite fictional couples, Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec.

These nerds are best friends and I love them.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DIY Jane Austen Bookmarks


Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I am keeping very busy with the coffee business and Project Dashwood have a hard time finding time for blogging. I made a bunch of fun bookmarks for Christmas gifts and I will share them with you as I have time. (Also you may have noticed I've updated the blog's look. I was ready for a change and I'm very happy with how it came out. Between all my projects, I am always learning new design/photoshop skills and it's exciting to use them!) 

I thought I'd start with these Jane Austen ones for Valentine's Day because what is more romantic than an Austen couple?

I found pictures of my favorite pairings from my favorite adaptations: Elinor & Edward and Marianne & Brandon from Sense and Sensibility and Emma & Knightley from Emma. I had fun recoloring them a bit, (it is really hard to find high-quality stills of movies from the 90's) and then adding some of each character's best quotes. I suggest printing on cardstock and then laminating for durability. 

Photo credit: A Vibrant Medley