decorating

Summer Paper Sack Lantern Tutorial

12:50:00 PM



Whoever invented paper sacks probably never realized that they would be used for design just as much as they are used to pack lunches now-a-days. They can sure come in handy.

As I mentioned before, I've been trying to find unique ideas for decorations in celebrating the 4th of July. Of course, I went to Martha first, and found some wonderful things to make. Then I came across some gorgeous paper sack lanterns. As pretty as they were, I wasn't willing to commit all that time to punch holes. Plus, they used a real candle, and fire+paper scares me when it's at the dinner table... especially with kids. So, I came up with much simpler version that will require less time and supplies.

Supplies:
  • scissors
  • paper sacks
  • one strand of white icicle lights (or just white Christmas lights)
Step 1

Trace and cut scallops 3-4 inches down from tops of paper bags (I just eyeballed it. I messed up a few times though). You can cut 2 bags at a time so you can really get these done in a hurry.

Step 2
Take the tops that you cut off and fold them in half lengthwise.

Step 3
Trace and cut scallops along the edges and cut the fold off. Now you have 4 scallop strips.

Step 4
Cut a little triangle on each end of the bottom of the paper bags. You will be cutting through 2 layers. This makes room for the wire of the Christmas lights so that bag can stay flat on the table.

Step 5

Cut down the center of the bottom of the bag (only one layer this time). This will be the opening you put the icicle string through.

Step 6
Take the scalloped strips and shimmy them down the paper bag. You can use 1, 2 or 3 strips.

Step 7

Lay the icicle lights out on a table and set the bags on every other icicle string. Pull the string up inside the bag through the bottom slit. Line the wires to come out the little triangles on each end.

You're done! Happy crafting!

decorating

Paper Sack Lanterns

8:50:00 PM

I love being outside during summer evenings. Someday, I will have a front porch with paper lanterns, potted flowers and a rocking chair or two. Then I will be able to enjoy summer evenings more completely.

I've been researching and thinking of summer crafts to do in preparation for the 4th of July. Here are some paper sack lanterns that are super easy to make. They would make a fun centerpiece for any outdoor activity.

Tutorial and more ideas to come.

fashion

Get Along Home Cindy, Cindy

9:31:00 PM

When I was 11 and 12, my daily exercise consisted of doing the two step in the kitchen to the song "Cindy" in a lovely lavender pioneer style Gunne Sax dress. Although this dress could never fit me now, whenever I pull it out of my mom's closet, it brings back fond memories. Isn't it a beautiful dress? I love the little pearl buttons and Victorian accents. My question is, where can you find light weight cotton fabric like this now-a-days? If you know, do not hesitate to tell me. I've been looking for a long time.

You can find the version of "Cindy" I danced to here.

cool finds

artist feature

12:32:00 PM


We went on a gallery stroll last Friday as a family. Ellen Buchert was a featured artist and I loved her work! She had the most beautiful watercolor pictures of fruit, vegetables and herbs. She's even illustrated 3 books on gardening.

cool finds

a dress a day

2:42:00 PM


As I was searching for cool sewing blogs the other day, I came across "A Dress A Day." I have not read extensively yet, but I did find this wonderful pattern. I would have guessed the date to be about 1939, but apparently it's 1951. I'm not crazy am I? The shoulders look kind of broad ('40's), but the skirt flows and is soft ('30's). I guess the length is what makes it later. Anyway, it's lovely, and even in my size. I'll have to make it and get myself invited to a fancy dinner party. :)

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