Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quilled Hats

Happy September!

I am going through boxes and throwing away a lot of things I no longer need. It is so, so difficult. I came across this hat. I sold a ton of these for framing on eBay in 2002 to The Red Hat Society ladies. I realized that I am that age now :o) 

The hat is 2" x 4.5" and made with two crimped loose circles. The bow is 3/16" feather-edged ribbon. The purple paper is faded a bit. Here is a link to my Easy Quilled Hat with specs and instructions.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thought for Tuesday

This is not a finished project, only something I am playing around with until I get it right. Thanks to Paula Hogue's encouragement, I learned the "beehive" technique and was able to quickly fill in the rows and black areas. The crown is 7.5" x 6". The lighting was awful when I took the photograph, but you get the idea :o) 

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Items - Quilling Supply Plus

Quilling Supply Plus has so many unique items for quilling and paper crafting. These animal magnet kits made with corrugated paper strips look so fun -- and everything is included in the kit; no tools needed. There are SIX different kits and more! 

Click the link under the photo to go to the New Items page. I love the 3D Star Kits, too! These prices are unbeatable and they ship Internationally!

Everyone have a fabulous first week of August :o)
Thanks for stopping by.
-Molly xo

Friday, July 25, 2014

Easy Small Container or Gift Box

Holly @ Ribbons and Glue blog has an excellent tutorial for how these boxes are made, using only one 12"x12" sheet of card stock. I also used two sided card stock and these really are easy to make. 

First, this big plastic container of clips sits out getting dusty. I move it around so often that I never can find it when I need a clip. I used these three boxes for storage.

Now they have a place in a drawer. I clipped one on each box so I will know the sizes inside. (Not my best photo.)

You can see where this box has extra pieces glued to the inside-bottom for more support (see tips below). 

I bought this delicious tea (from Sri Lanka) at the Dollar Tree -- I drink and love it!  

The three packaged flavors fit perfectly inside and this is a very lightweight gift to mail to my crafty sister-in-law in Chicago.  

I left the flap outside of the box and used cotton cord, fraying the loose ends. Lori of ItsLorraine on Etsy made me a dozen beautiful assorted flowers as a gift -- and this one I am using is perfect. The finished box is 6" wide, 2.5" deep and 3" tall.


The two pieces trimmed off, when cutting and folding the scored lines, are the exact size to glue inside the boxes. Adhering to opposite sides or the bottom, gives a little extra strength to the box.   

Fold the top flap the opposite way and back if you find it doesn't want to stay inside the finished box.

I made these using a 6" score board. I score and turn the paper over to finish. I can't remember the last time I used my larger board. You can also use a ruler and stylus or embossing tool to score.

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a fantastic weekend :)
-Molly xo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vintage Quilling Kit

I received an email from a crafter in Russia last week. She is young and commented on my 70s vintage quilling. So I decided to look in my box of vintage kits.

I opened this Quill-It kit dated 1976; the photo is very faded. There are two shades of red paper plus many enclosures. The geranium flowers aren't something I would make. 

Also inside was an actual size pattern to slide under "wax paper". A full sheet of quilling information for beginners. Two large pages of green paper for leaves and sheets of black and red cardstock for the flower pot. A booklet, sort of a mini catalog, to order supplies. I am blown away at the $1.75 lap board. I still have mine and the soft board is indestructible -- the best ever made. 

And my favorite item, the corsage pin. This is what I learned to quill with and every kit contained one.

I decided to start making a friend the red snowflakes I promised about three years ago. Her Christmas tree is solid red ornaments and she requested red. The 1/4" wide vintage paper is very thick and easy to work with. 

Just a reminder it's not too early to start making snowflakes. This is a basic 20 piece snowflake design. The 3" center, 3" ribbon holder and six pieces of three different shapes.

Many other patterns are here:  Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by!
-Molly xo

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simple Quilled Project ~ Keep It Simple

Summer begins on Saturday so I wanted to change out my Spring subway art sign in the entry way. I was looking for something simple on Pinterest because I am out of two printer ink colors. I found this cute, free bicycle printable at The 36th Avenue blog -- three colors are available.

I printed one in black and white. 

I added some pre-made quilling pieces I had left over from another project .. and sort of followed the printed design. 

It is simple, but I like how easy it was and how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Molly xo

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Getting Organized - Boxes for Memory Boxes

I've been making some topless boxes to put in my new boxes and want to share the process. These are so easy to make and fit in a memory box.

This is what I've stored my ring findings and materials in -- forever.


I didn't photograph my paper trimmer and I used cardstock paper. Also if you have a score board you won't need the ruler/embosser. 


4 ... 5 x 3.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 7 x 5.5")
2 ... 4 x 6.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 6 x 8.5")
2 ... 7 x 6.5"  (size of paper before scoring = 9 x 7.5")

Score 1" on all four sides and fold.

Make two 1" cuts on both ends & fold in the 1" square tabs.

I used a piece of tape on each corner. Tabs can be on the inside, outside -- however you want them.

I went back and added packaging tape to the ends to make the boxes more sturdy.


Using scraps, I trimmed the length to the same as the width of the box and made a score down the center. My box sides are 1" so I scored 7/8" on both sides of the center score line and made a valley fold. I added glue and tape runner as shown.

After it was glued in the box, I added a piece of packaging tape on both sides to secure it better.

This is the middle layer. I didn't take a pic of the bottom layer (four boxes-see pic above). It only contains notes, some business cards and info where I buy my findings.

This is the top layer and there is room for my ring mandrel.

Better organized and in a larger container with room to grow.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Molly xo


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