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Bat Garland

Bat garland

Just in time for Halloween I’m dropping in to share this bat garland I made.

A couple of weeks ago I was at Target and saw the above brilliant bat chandelier. It was only $15, but I’m trying to spend money wisely and thought I could probably make something just as awesome for a fraction of the cost. Fast forward 2 weeks, and mere hours before Halloween and I finally finished my “cheap” replacement. (Cheap is in quotes because if time is money, this garland is worth a FORTUNE.)

Bat garland

I think the original chandelier was made with black paper, and double plyed and wings spread, thus giving the mobile more “action”. I wanted to use a material that would be more lasting, so I bought firm/rigid black acrylic felt. If it had been paper, it would have taken a fraction of the time, because I could have cut multiple piece at once. Later one I realized I should have looked in the scrapbooking paper section for some flocked black paper. I drew out a template on scrap paper and used a white colored pencil to trace out each bat on the felt. Sometimes I winged it, badumbum, and went free style to make bigger or smaller bats, and bats in different stages of flight. I purchased 4 sheets of 9×12″ felt at $1.19 each and spent evenings watching Penny Dreadful season 1 tracing and cutting bats.

I'm cutting out some Halloween bats for a last minute decoration and the scraps are kinda lovely

I even had some fun playing with the lovely negative cut-aways.

Bat garland

I used two lengths of Halloween ribbon as the base of the garland, and hung each bat from some black string, and voila, it was enough to go back and forth and back again in our foyer and looks lovely against our ikea chandelier, through the transom window, and should delight trick or treaters as they approach the house tomorrow.

Bat garland

Pumpkin Tree

And just for the holiday’s sake, here is our annual pumpkin tree.

And the gif I made of the same tree in 2013, taking a picture every single day while the colors changed and dropped its leaves. Our pumpkin collection has grown quite a bit since then.

Happy Halloween!

Say it with felt hearts

Last month I designed and released a valentine to my etsy shop, and I just realized I never posted about it here.

And then - Better late than never! I just added these Valentine's Day cards to my etsy shop. They double as a lasting decoration, with the easily removable garland.

The idea is that the felt hearts are a garland that detach from the card, and that the recipient can hang them up somewhere and think about the sender whenever they see them.

The felt hearts are all hand cut from old vintage felts I purchased at a flea market. The woman that sold them to me (THREE BOXES FULL, THREE DOLLARS A BOX!) told me that they had belonged to her grandmother who intended on making a felt rug. The various colors and patterns of felt are all cut in strips and I’ve used them for different projects here and there.

Each card comes with a red envelope and is sealed in a cellophane wrapper for protection. You might be able to tell from this pic, but I sewed each garland with a red thread on top and a white thread in the bobbin, so that between each heart you get that adorable candy stripe twist in the thread.

The inside has a little scrappy valentine message “Happy Valentine’s Day! Take this garland, hang it up somewhere, and everytime you see it know that I love you!” Just as I’m typing this out I had the idea that I should rephrase that somehow to be a cute poem. I might need to re-do the insides now.

Tiny felt hearts, more to come...

I cut all the tiny felt hearts with a pair of scissors and some elbow grease, so you know there is a lot of love in each and every card and garland.

Once again, better late than never! #valentinesdaycards

And then of course, after I designed them, I just had to send a bunch out to some friends and family that deserved some love! The cards were of course designed as Valentine’s Day cards, but I think they are perfect for any time you want to say I love you, or ahem, I luff you! The inside message can be easily removed or altered (they are just adhered with washi tape) and your own new message included. Find them in my etsy shop here!

Scallop Bunting Garlands


I thought I had posted about these garlands on my blog before but I can’t for the life of me find any trace mention of them.

It all started last summer when Ann from A Beautiful Party and I went to a workshop in Chicago and participated in maker project taught by Esther of Essimar. She taught us how to make these ornaments with scalloped decorated papers we made.

paper ornament

Mine looked like this, above. When I was done making my ornament I still had a bunch of my scalloped papers left and I gathered them all up and took them home with me. I didn’t know what would come of them but I thought they were too pretty to throw away. They sat on a shelf in my studio for months and months, then finally in February I had an idea and made the garland at the top. I sent it to a friend as a gift when she ordered something from my shop.

I really loved how it came out and wanted to make more. I had some craft paper on a roll and some acrylic paint and off I went.

Tonight's project, another scrappy garland.

I just love how I can play with paint, make patterns and a mess and they don’t have to be great or anything special, but cut it all up and voila, something functional and pretty!

I'm on a roll. Today it was a mint, black, gold, white and brown garland.

Each time I’ve started one I’ve been inspired by a color theme.

Robayre garland # 68 bobajillion

And then I started branching out from just acrylic paints but also using pastels, crayons, pencils and pens.


Right now I’ve been making each one with someone in mind, but I still need to actually send them out to each person, but I love making them so much that it might be possible to see some spring up in my etsy shop, so keep an eye out.

When I was taking lots of metalwork classes I thought the instructor should photograph the students' hands at the beginning of the semester and then once again at the end. There'd be so much grime embedded and injury inflicted and yet the hands would be m

#patterns #color #art #wip

Staying Busy and Very Happy

Gold, black and white mini bunting #robayre

It’s the holiday season and my shop and wholesale orders are keeping me busy, busy, busy. I always notice when I am super busy I am also very inspired and the most motivated. Not only do I have a lot of things I have to get done, but I want to start new project after new project.

#Thanks Working on packaging #robayre

Here are a couple of pictures I took that make me really happy. The top picture shows mini garlands that go in all outgoing orders. These particular garlands are gold, black & white themed. The bottom picture is an embossed stamp and part of some tweaking to my product packaging.

On a completely unrelated note, well maybe not completely unrelated (still dealing with being busy) my fitbit is telling me I have made over 15,000 steps. I broke a record and had over 8,000 steps before leaving work today. By the time I got home I was near 10,000 steps and thought “Great, I don’t have to walk on the treadmill) but after dinner I got kinda sad that I wouldn’t have my daily 30 minutes on the treadmill so I decided to do it anyway. Not only did I get on the treadmill for 35 minutes, but I jogged for almost 10 of those minutes. Woohoo!

12 hour Craft Extravaganza and Fall Leaf Garland

This weekend was the 12 Hour Craft Extravaganza that my sister’s church organizes. It was my second year attending. Some may think “12 hours of crafting!? How can you stand to sit and craft for that long” but really, it goes by soooo fast. Both years I have brought so much stuff, thinking I’d accomplish so much, and in the end realize you would need several more 12 hours to finish it all.
I’ve been working on this origami project where I will need about 150 origami lilies. I worked on it for 2 hours that day and I think I only finished about 10 lilies. I timed myself and if I’m focused and work straight through it takes between 6 to 7 minutes to fold one lily, not including curling the leaves. This means there was a lot of breaks and chatting while working. I had gone in thinking I might be able to finish all of the pieces, yeah right.
photo.JPG Paper flag bunting tutorial
Next I worked on some bunting. I had been wanting to make some washi tape bunting for a while, so I did that. It wasn’t as quick and easy as I had imagined. I also made some of my regular itty bitty bunting for my etsy orders.

This happened today

My big project were these leaves above. They were inspired by a post on Alisa Burke’s blog where she painted right on leaves and made a garland. I can not remember the original source, maybe craft magazine or craft gawker? There was the Martha Stewart DIY about dipping leaves in wax to prolong their colors. It makes me think of ironing leaves in wax paper during elementary school, but with dipping you get the beautiful and dimensional leaves alone, not stuck together, hidden between papers.

Alisa’s leaves on the left, Martha’s leaves on the right.

The leaves have been falling and I remembered these crafts that I had pinned…

so I gathered as many different colored and shaped leaves as I could find.

A fellow crafter at the event told me about a tool she had and then ran home real quick to bring it back to me. It’s called the Micrfluer and allows you to press and dry leaves in the microwave in about 45 seconds. Not only is it speedy, but it also retains the color much more than pressing the leaves in a book. In the picture above you can see the two green leaves. The one on the left is pressed and dry, while the one on the right is still curled and wet. As it turns out my sister also has one of these tools so she lent it to me.

A couple cool things about the Microfluer: Once you have the tool that is all you need. You don’t need to keep buying replaceable parts that get used up with every pressing. Also, after you dry the leaves they remain fairly  flexible, unlike leaves dried in a book which become brittle and crumble apart. The woman who lent me the contraption even had some leaves she said were 8-10 years old and are still perfectly fine!


Next I painted bold patterns on my leaves with inexpensive acrylic craft paint. If you didn’t want to press or dry your leaves you could just paint right on newly fallen leaves like Alisa did.


Then because I’m a craft addict, I just happen to already have a little crock pot devoted to wax, so I just warmed it up and started dipping. I was worried that the paint might come off, but it didn’t. The leaves kind of regained some curl when I pulled them from the wax. I just let the wax drip off and then set it on a plastic sheet when it was mostly cooled and pressed it between pages in a book, and they flattened again quickly.

With the dried leaves, the paint and then wax, I think these leaves will be safe and protected for a long time. As long as I am careful to store them safely each year I should be able use them again and again as a fall decoration.

10.23. leaf garland close up

Originally I wanted to tie the stems with a string, like in the Martha Stewart diy, but hang them across, in a garland like the Alisa Burke post. When I went to attach the string to the first leaf I quickly realized it wasn’t going to work when the leaves would keep turning every which way, not laying flat or parallel to wall, AND THEN while trying to straighten the string on the stem so it would lay properly the stem broke right off. When I returned home I punched two holes in each leaf and fed a string in and out to create the banner as you can see above.

While I was working I thought this would be a great project for my sister in law and 2 year old nephew to do together. He could paint on the leaves and then she could hang them as a fall decoration. He could just paint randomly, as two year olds do, and that would be beautiful. Each year he could do more and have his name and age painted on the backs of the leaves so the garland grows over time.  I also had the idea of either masking letters on each leave while he paints over it then revealing a word or phrase when you peel away the letters and string the leaves together.

We got to play with our crafts, enjoy great conversation and were treated with delicious meals.  It was a great second 12 Hour Craft Extravaganza and time flew by.

Vintage Map Bunting

For a couple of years I’ve told Matt about how I wanted to make our bedroom map and globe themed. I had some inexpensive, but current (dated) classroom maps hanging in our bedroom before we moved, but since moving we have done nothing style-wise to our bedroom. Knowing I’ve always wanted our bedroom to be maps, Matt surprised me with this beautiful, large map of the United States. This has finally encouraged and motivated us to start the ball rolling.

Tonight I made the above mini bunting garlands to hang across the top of the recess of our bay window. I used vintage maps from old school atlases, sometimes you can find them affordably on ebay. If you are interested in making some yourself, check out the tutorial of mine that I posted a few years ago.

And, I was just reminded by a customer, I put a little recycled paper garland in with all orders to my etsy shop :)

A Pretty Collection: Silver and Gold

Rilo kiley – silver lining by epb21
I was your silver lining, but now I’m gold.



Here is a pretty collection in silver and gold.
From top (left to right)  shineel’ilboaz, Autumn Moss Blooms, Gold and Silver Garland, Silver Ruffle Wristlet, Lucite Ring Trio, Gold Metallic Abstract Painting

This week I added the first new item to my etsy shop in a very, very loooooong time. The item is the silver and gold paper garland above. It’s based on a tutorial I posted last year, but I loved the garland enough that I wanted to make some to share.

Day Ten – Banner Flag Notepad

Once again, I’m really stoked about the project I came up with for today for day 10 of the “create something every day in August” challenge.

I was at work and thinking about how we print notepads for customers occasionally. I immediately decided to create some as a new paper product for my Etsy shop, but it took me a bit more time to come up with a design for them. At first I was just going to look through my old artwork and use a cropped thumbnail as an image on each sheet. Then I got the idea to make a banner flag notepad and was just so excited to get home and start working on it. I actually made little banners, photographed them, photoshop-ed them, designed them on the computer, printed them out, cut them down and padded them, all this evening. I want to make tons of them. I’d actually love to get some professionally printed and padded, but I don’t know if they would be successful enough to sell. This is a dilemma I often have. I have the constant passion to design and create, but lack the exposure and/or buying demand for the things I make.

I made four pads all together (two different images, and lined and unlined), just to test the water. I’m so excited to offer them in my Etsy shop, there’s one pad there now. I’ll post more tomorrow.

Holiday Bunting tutorial

Here is a super quick and easy tutorial to make a very adorable festive decoration of flag bunting, sewing machine free.

The other day when I was taking product pictures for the Valentine’s Day yoyo set and I made a super mini flag garland to hang from the shadowbox frame and it got me thinking about these. I made a ton of these before I opened my Etsy shop, back in the day and I thought I had already shared them here on the Inspiration Junkie before, but it must have been on my old blog. They are easy enough to make so I thought I’d share it with you. I’ve seen flag garlands often enough on crafty blogs, but most often they are done with all fabric and require sewing. This method is just as quick, just as cute and only requires the few items shown below.

1. Fabric. I’ve chosen solid and striped red fabics for the purpose of this post, but you can use whichever fabric colors you want. I used to make these garlands using one piece of fabric from my entire stash for variety.

2. Cut out a cardboard template of a triangle. The height of the triangle was 3 inches. As you can see I nip off the top points of the triangles so that I can fold over the edges easily. The resulting final triangle will then be about 2.5 inches tall. You could make your triangles larger or smaller depending on your preference.

3. A pen, to trace the template onto the fabric. If you have a water soluble or disappearing ink fabric pen, wonderful, but as you can see here I opted for a sharpie just because it was close by.

4. Scissors.

5. Glue gun

6. String. I use this embroider (?) string just because it’s sturdier than thread, but not as expensive as embroider floss. But, use whatever you’d like.

Start by plugging in your glue gun. This project is a very quick one, and by the time you get to gluing, the gun should be warmed up.

Trace out your template onto the fabric. You can maximize your  use of fabric if the finished traced template triangle alternate pointing up and then pointing down.

Cut the the traced templates out of the fabric.  You can reduce the amount of cutting if you trace your templates right next to each other, so that you can cut 2 edges with one snip.

Next, I lightly score the edge of the fabric with my fingernail so that the fabric folds over easy. Bend where the corners have been nipped off. You use that line to decide where to fold the fabric, plus now the folded over edge can’t be seen from the front.

Using the glue gun, draw a thin line across the folded edge. The next few steps need to be done rapidly while the glue remains hot.

Leaving about 6-12 inches of string empty on the end, place the string right on the glue.

Fold over the fabric and crease the edge, glue and string together.

Alternating fabric and leaving as much string as you want between each flag. You may want to put the flags immediately touching each other or keep an inch of fabric between, as I have done. Glue the rest of the flags onto the string. Make sure that you keep the back and fronts of the fabric consistent so that once the garland is complete you don’t have some fabics showing the front while others show the back with the crease.

Keep alternating until desired length. Leave a bit of extra empty string on each end to use later for hanging. The edges of the fabric are left entirely raw and with my experience this is never a problem because it is used just for decoration so there is no reason the edges should fray or fraying will be minimal. You might elect to iron out any wrinkles in the fabric, but just make sure to keep iron away from the glued edge of each flag because you don’t want to melt the glue onto your iron.

Voila!  An adorable bunting for you to hang just about anywhere.

And just for fun, I’ve added this particular garland, which is 6.5 feet of mini flags, to my Etsy shop, if you’d be interested in purchasing it.