DIY Wool Felt Ball Table Topper

Hey guys, TOday I am up on the Hazel and Ruby blog with a fun Thanksgiving themed project!

Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving? We don't usually do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with a Turkey and such, but I still like to decorate for the holiday. I've been working on decorating our table.

I made these little turkey candy tins, and crocheted a purple garland, but I felt it was a bit boring and it still needed something. Crafternoon to the rescue

I've been wanting to use the Wool Felt Ball Garland kit for a while now, and this was the perfect use!

The only problem was that the bright colors of the wool felt balls (even though I loved how happy they were) didn't really match my Autumn color scheme. So I grabbed my eBrush and some markers to fix my problem!

I used a gold Sharpie to color the yellow balls a pretty metallic color and a purple sharpie to go over the pink felt balls. The ebrush worked perfectly for this, as the felt balls are still soft, and not stiff as if I had used paint.

 Making the garland really couldn't be easier. The kit comes with everything you need, like thread and a needle, as well as handy instructions.

I just wrapped my wool felt ball "garland" around my table decorations and it completed my Thanksgiving table topper! I love it!

Thanks for stopping by! What color wool felt balls would you put on a garland?

You can learn how to make the Turkey Tins from empty Pirouline Tins here. 

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Gifts for Art Journalers

Can you believe we are only one month away from Christmas (well, Christmas Eve)? It's true, people. Are you ready? I'm excited

And since Christmas is fast approaching I wanted to do a small blog post series with gift ideas for crafters! I'm going to be splitting these up into categories, like "gifts for quilters", "gift for scrapbookers", etc.

Today I want to share with you 20 fun gifts for art journalers!

Stocking Stuffers- Under $5

Small, but awesome- Under $20

Amazing- $20 and over

So, Are any of these on your wish list?
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A Vintage Zine

Today I have another art journal zine to share, I love doing these! It's fun to have a miniature art journal done in one theme. You can find the previous zines I've participated in here-SpaceSea, Bold.

This time our zine was vintage themed, we are creatively calling it "Zintage".

We created this zine for the lovely Karen Gaunt, who is a fellow Get Messy Art Journaler.  Patricia joined Me, Julia, and Vanessa for this zine and I love her collage like style.

I did warn the others that if we were doing a "vintage" themed zine, that I was going to have to do a Star Trek page. I mean, how can you have a vintage theme and not have some good ole 1960's scifi?

Left page by Julia, Right page by me.

My geek slipped out a little more and Wolverine (from x-men) ended up on a page as well. I had an old X-Men comic I'd been saving for crafts and I Wolverine was just so perfect for this page.

Left page by me, Right page by Patricia?

My page above was inspired by vintage quilts. I watercolored some patterns onto the page.

Do you think this girl looks vintage-y, or a lover of vintage? That's the look I was going for. I painted gesso over book pages and then painted her and my saying on.

Left page by me, Right page by Vanessa

I've been saving some vintage clip art from the 70's, slowly using it in projects. I thought it was the perfect time to use this horse.

I love collaborating on art journals like this! I highly encourage you guys to go visit their blogs and see the rest of the zine!

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Get Messy Thursday- The Season of Magic

A new season of Get Messy Art Journal has started! This time, it is the Season of Magic. For this season I am working in a variety of art journals. I will be doing pages in my Season of Words altered book, This ebrushed journal, as well as working some of the prompts into my December Daily album.

What is Get Messy Thursday? At the beginning of 2015 I joined an online community called "Get Messy". It is a group of art journalers and creatives. If you're interested you can learn more (and sign up) on the Get Messy blog here.  The fun thing about the Get Messy Art Journaling group is that they have "seasons" and every season has different themed prompts.

Over the next 6 weeks I'll be sharing my art journal pages inspired by Get Messy. This season is the "Season of Magic", so expect to see lots of glitter.

Here are my pages this week, I used a lot of paint and black.

For this first page, I was inspired by this pin, with some glowing hands. I attempted to paint my own. :)

You know me and my love of space. I can't have a journal about magic if there isn't a galaxy involved. Which is why I painted one on this page.

The photo was part of a self portrait I took back in May, I just cut myself out and adhered the photo over a couple of tissue paper circles.

The last page has a moon and a Van Gogh quote. How is that not magical?

What would be on your magical art pages? I need to do a page about tea, because it is pretty dang magical.

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DIY Glitter Turkeys using Empty Pirouline Tins

Hey there, Happy Wednesday you guys! If you're new here, I post a recycled Pirouline tin craft every month! You can find them all here

While I normally don't decorate much for Thanksgiving, this year I had the idea for making these Turkey tins, out of empty Pirouline cookie tins, and I just had to make them!
They turned out even cuter than I imagined. I considered sticking googley eyes to the front of them, but I didn't have any. Oh well.


  • Empty Pirouline Tins
  • Self Adhesive Glitter Paper (I used some from Love My Tapes), You can also use spray adhesive and a bottle of glitter, but I prefer the no mess of glitter paper.
  • 2 or more Patterned Papers
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker

1.  Measure and cut a piece of glitter paper the size of your empty Pirouline tin.

2. Adhere your glitter paper around the tin.

3. Using your patterned papers, cut out 5 feathers. You want these to be 1-2" taller than your tin, and about 2" wide.

4. Use a pair of scissors to cut notches along the sides of your feathers, as pictured below. This is optional, but I like the frayed look.

5. Squirt hot glue onto the middle, front, of one of your feathers, and stick it onto the backside of your tin.

6. Repeat with your remaining 4 feathers, spreading them out a little bit, as pictured below.

(Sorry for switching tin colors here. I forgot which one I was taking photos of.)

And there you have it! One (or more!) sparkly turkey tins! They are Guinea Pig Approved, btw.

So, Do you have a pet that crafts with you?  This is Punky, my new guinea pig.

Want more empty tin projects? Check out 4 more Autumn themed Pirouline crafts here.

You can find out more about the yummy Pirouline Cookies here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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BOLD- An Art Journal Zine

Today I have another art journal zine to share! You can find the previous zines I've participated in here- Space, Sea.

This time we made a zine for Sharon. She's super talented and is always making really fun collages. 
VanessaJulia and I (The Zine Squad) collaborated with Lauren to make a zine for Sharon, to remind her to always be bold.

This time I created the cover, using just black cardstock. I really wanted to make it colorful, but I felt the black with the white lettering was very bold, so I went for it. I followed Vanessa's tutorial on how to bind with a pamphlet stitch.

For the first page, I did sort of a "dictionary page", by putting a description of the word Bold. 

My favorite page our of all of those I did, was probably this lion. When we first decided on the bold theme, I immediately knew I had to do a lion in some way. I sketched him on, and then went a bit crazy with watercolors.

Now you know it's nearly impossible for me to do a project that isn't inspired by space in some way. I mean, what's a bold zine with a reference to Star Trek? I kept the reference very small. Just a little "boldly go", over a background of a gelli print, and a star chart.

Vanessa made the gorgeous page on the right.

This page, while I like it okay, is not my favorite. It just seems a little too messy. But none the less, it has a good message, right?

The page on the left is by Lauren.

I love collaborating on art journals like this! I highly encourage you guys to go visit their blogs and see the rest of the zine!

More secret zines may, or may not, be in the works! :)  Okay, so they are. You'll be hearing about those soon.

Which is your favorite page?

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