Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I honestly feel awful if I am deprived of crafting.  Even President Roosevelt understood this feeling.  He said, "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."  Yep!  Creative effort does give me a thrill.  I think it is lots of fun to make something with my own mind, hands, and love. 

So today, I am showing you something I created that I love.  Being very hard on myself this isn't something I can say very often.  Look at this and tell me what you think.

I just finished with our spring mantel.  I have yet to do a full mantel...wire,cables, receivers and the like kept me from it.  However the barbwired hubby, took it all off the mantel for me.

This opened up the experience for me.  "I think creativity is spiritual.  I absolutely believe that." said F. Murray Abraham.  I guess I had a spiritual experience right?

To begin with I created a coffee filter garland.  Good thing our coffee maker doesn't require filters, it took a lot of them.  I folded the filters in half, then half again.

Then I place each point at the ruffle line of each other. 
I made the filter X and butt together.
Then I sewed down the middle.

I hope you can see what I am explaining. 
Any questions, please ask in comments.
I continued this for the length of my mantel

I then used small nails to adhere it to the mantel.
I covered the nails with ribbon that I simply hot glued over.

Once this was completed.  I used doilies that I purchased at
Dollar Tree, I cut frilled edged circle and simple circles
on the Cricut and placed those one on top of the other.

I found some eyelet letters at Tuesday Morning.

I chose the letter to spell "HAPPY EASTER"

I cut the loops off of the letters and
placed them on top of the doily circles.

I then adhered them to the coffee filter garland with hot glue. 

I also used cup hooks to hang our Mini Tart Baskets from the mantel.

I placed the Spring Tray upon the mantel.

I used a few of the items from Blessings Unlimited
and  some items that fit with the color scheme and scene.

I think it looks very sweet and frilly.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much
as we love looking at it in person.

Maybe I will eventually get tired of looking at it.
Maybe I won't...

I suppose it will have to come down eventually.
But that will open up the chance to be creative again.

Now take some time to do something creative and thank God you were given that gift!

barbwired blessings!

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  1. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog!

    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini tart baskets! They are SO cute ... they are killing me. I really need to make some. No idea however where to get a bunch of such cute tart pan things for a reasonable price ... Will have to think about that one.

  2. I'm in LOVE with your garland. So many options. Easter, Christmas, Birthday, etc. Thanks for such a great idea and inspiration!

  3. third time visiting in less than five minutes! must love your blog! very sweet idea! xoox

  4. This is super adorable! It came out so pretty...I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

  5. Very Cute! I certainly wouldn't get sick of it! Great Job!

  6. this is beautiful!! turned out wonderful

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again later this week :)

  7. Very cute! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amber - another great project - I love how you have sewn the filters together. I have featured this as well today. Thanks again! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  9. Cute project! We are so glad you linked up to Sister Sister last week, we are going to feature your banner this week as our favorite. Happy Easter!

  10. Hi, I just landed here from the Lamb Around Blog Hop. I'm a brand new follower.

    Wow, that came out super pretty.

    My blog is about art, photography, crafts, quotes and inspiration. I'd love for you to drop by and say hello.
    Bella Vida by Letty
    Have a great weekend.


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