It all started with some branches from a flowering tree in our yard. One of the most lovely surprises you can have in a new-to-you home is the discovery of flowering trees and bushes.     We had no idea what this white blooming beauty was, but the branches were many and heavy laden with blossoms, so I decided to cut a few and bring them inside. I will have to say, the blossoms did not have the most pleasing fragrance.  But, their beauty was spectacular.   Today I want to give you a little inspiration, so you too, can create a vignette with flowering branches.   My … [Read more...]

One of my sweet online friends who lives in Arkansas just went through a horrible hail storm.  It decimated all the fresh green leaves and plants in her area.  My heart goes out to her and others who will have trees without lush green canopies overhead this summer.  It's truly a gardener's nightmare. You know the saying... when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  If you're like Betty and all the blooms have been stripped from your trees and shrubbery... make paper blooms.  I know it won't be quite the same... but when I did this a few years ago... they turned out wonderfully. Grab a few sticks from the … [Read more...]

It's true!  I've been at it again..creating home decor with book pages. Today, I'm going to show you how to make pumpkins made from paperback books and create realistic pumpkin stems, too.     Right now, pumpkins and gourds are overflowing at every farm stand along the road. They're beautiful and colorful and expensive. So...what'a gal to do when her pocketbook isn't filled with extra pennies for a plethora of pumpkins? Create them from book pages, of course! A nice tall book page pumpkin is easy to make.  Crafting skills not required! And those amazing pumpkin stems? … [Read more...]

  If you've been following here for any length of time, you know how much I love book page projects. Creating everything from Christmas trees to medallion wreaths, to spring-flowering branches with book pages makes my heart sing.     As summer rolled into fall, I got the itch to create another book page project. Any guesses as to what I might have tried my hand at? Yup! You guessed it! Pumpkins and gourds.    Please "pin" and share this image.   You really can create pumpkins and gourds from paperback books! Especially if you have a great … [Read more...]

We all have favorite moments, favorite things, and favorite people. This book page tablescape is my favorite tablescape, and I've create a few. I created it last year with what was around my house....books, mason jars, and crabapple blossoms.     It came about because of some lovely limitations and forced me to be super creative. I'd love to hear about your most creative moment and how it came to be.       And now...on to our party!   Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline    ~   Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday Stephanie Chan from The Silly … [Read more...]

  St. Patrick's Day. It's all about the green....and this saint that seems to have spoken out against slavery, valued women, and influenced Ireland with Christianity.   All good things, wouldn't you say? So why not splash a few shamrocks around the house. Flash some green. And listen to some toe-tappin' music.     When it comes to seasonal  home decor,  I'm all about simple and using what you have on hand. And...because I love all things book page, I decided to use book pages and hand-cut shamrocks in decorating the mantel for St. Patrick's Day. This little project was … [Read more...]

Raise your hand if you have decorated your valentine mantel or some area of your house only to have members of your household tell you it's pretty ordinary? Did you see my hand go up? Yup.  It did. That's what they said in not so many words. It's not a good thing when your blog name includes the word, "extraordinary."     Remember my winter birch branch mantel with the hand cut book page snowflakes? I liked that "mantelscape."  It was different.  And it seems that since it's being featured a few places, some of you like it too. Why not tweak it just a bit for Valentine's … [Read more...]

  I've been hearing this question a lot lately, "Is there enough snow for you?" Having lived in West Michigan and in the Buffalo area, I am familiar with snow.  Lots of it.  Record snowfalls.  This year, it snows or seems to snow every day.  Regardless of the amount, it's enough!   Prior to this year's white avalanche, I shared my winter mantel and asked if anyone wanted me to create a tutorial for making pretty snowflakes.  It seems that I am not the only one who did not know that there was a paper-folding technique that would make all the difference in the world.  So, today, just in case … [Read more...]

You asked for it!! You got it!! A tutorial for creating your own Mason jar pleated collars from book pages.  I confess to having fun dreaming up this one.  You can click to see how I used these sweet pleated collars for a simple snowball viburnum table vignette and for my book page party tablescape.  It all came about as I was creating the book page tablescape and though I wanted the Mason jars to hold flowers...they just looked 'naked.'  The book page collars dressed them up in high fashion.  And besides....I love pleats.   Do you, too?     Are you ready to create your own Mason Jar Pleated … [Read more...]

  Usually, this time of year I am up to my eyeballs creating fantastic spaces for kids.  I would hardly have time to notice the beauty of creation around me.  But, this year....I am having so much fun picking blossoms, creating fun tablescapes, and enjoying springtime.     I love how the pink detail on the plates comes alive with the pink crabapple blossoms.     Just for fun, I put together a centerpiece for the table using book pages and my vintage Ball Mason jars. The jars usually take residence on the shelves in my laundry room.  They are so happy in their … [Read more...]

Do you have a framed print that you like, but the mat needs to be refreshed? Several people have commented about this wall art which makes an appearance whenever I share a new vignette on my piano. This is the latest iteration.     Today I'm going to show you an Easy DIY Book Page Mat Tutorial. Last year I picked up a typical pink floral print with a mauve mat in a gold frame from the thrift store.  It screamed early 90's and I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  So it sat in my studio whispering my name. By now, you must know that I am smitten with book pages.  Is it because … [Read more...]

I love the word metamorphosis. You too? This weekend, I had a sun room metamorphosis of sorts, as I notched up my spring decor. You'll remember I talked about it last week here.  And before that, I decorated it with red and snowflakes for winter here, and for Valentine's Day here, and for Christmas here.     The biggest change is the addition of flowering branches. Do you see them? They were so. very. difficult to photograph.  Seriously impossible. In my quest for decent pictures I took photos on multiple days.     You'll notice that some of the … [Read more...]

  Welcome to.... Decorative Paper {Pennant, Garland, Flag, Bunting} Banner-Making 101* By the time you complete this easy DIY tutorial, you should have a lovely pennant banner to grace your wall or mantel. Are you ready?  Let's start!   For way too long I have been admiring the lovely pennant banners that grace walls, mantels, porches, windows, and more.  I wanted a lovely flag garland to drape somewhere in my home, but I needed a pattern, a how-to.  One day the desire overcame the need for a how-to and I created my own lovely pennant flag banner.  Keep in mind that beauty is in the eye … [Read more...]