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Five fun things you should check out:

1. Crafted at the Port of LA: Want to go handmade this holiday season? Need a unique gift that will be cherished forever? This is the place to go. Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in San Pedro, CA — check website for hours. And don't forget to stop by the Hydrangea Hippo booth while you're there! We're in A140.

2. I promised a while back to show you my little technique for making leaves from scrap paper

Gather some scrap paper, a scoring board or tool (optional), and circle paper punches. Fold the paper in half, with a nice sharp crease. A Scor-It works really well for doing this! 

Using a circle punch punch partial circles along the creased edge of the paper. You’ll want to have the paper only about ¼ of the way into the punch. The closer you get to having the paper halfway in the more likely you will have a circle when you unfold the punched paper. 

For larger leaves use a larger diameter punch and for smaller leaves use a small diameter punch. 

You can also try scalloped, pinked, or other decorative edged circle punches to make more interesting leaves. Try punching colored paper to make flower petals!

3. Tissue paper flowers. Zakka Life shares a fun tutorial on making these—they are soooooo pretty! http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-tiny-delicate-tissue-flowers.html

4. My Fonts. Try, find, and buy fonts. Great if you have the QK Silhouette!!

5. Try these free preschool crafts: http://www.freepreschoolcrafts.com/. They don't have to be just for your preschooler. Kick it up a notch by making these projects from fabric so they can act as home decor items.

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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  1. Wonderful leaf tutorial. Thank U

    Posted on September 15, 2012 at 10:58 am