“What is it?” Wednesday #30 – The answer

Ta-daaaa! Many of you knew darn well what our item was this week. Cigar tins are still easy to find at a decent price, and have so many uses. This one came from the man of the house’s workshop (excuse the years of grime) but I also like to use them for hiding and organizing stashes of sewing notions and other little treasures. Of course, the advertising appeal of them is suh-weet! To read the answers that only the brave would leave for us, click here. See you for our next game—same time next week, friends!

PS – Happy Friday!


A rainbow of colors to stitch with

photography supplied by Weeks Dye Works

Today is your last chance to enter our Autumn giveaway! Please bounce on over to the Create & Decorate website to read about the origins of Weeks Dye Works, and their products (that we all love to stitch with). Weeks Dye Works has most generously put together an amazing gift basket of goodies for our readers! At the end of the Country Lanes profile about Weeks Dye Works, you will find a link to the entry form.

You have to be in it to win it, friends! Enter by midnight Eastern Standard time TONIGHT!

Click here to read and enter. Good luck!

It’s the country Christmas collection!

Don’t you just love making Christmas presents for those extra-special people on your list? Our December issue is printed and on it’s way to subscribers! This issue is packed with ideas and creativity, and since it is available now, you have plenty of time to craft to your heart’s content before all of the holiday hubbub begins. (Don’t forget to make some extra ornaments to use as tie-ons for those special cookie packages you give to friends, too!)

If you can’t find the issue in stores, remember you may order the magazine by issue or subscription! (Click here)

Ho ho holidays! Come and sneak a peek at the issue! (Click Here)

Create & Decorate magazine, December 2011

“What is it?” Wednesday – #30

We are having torrential rain, and terrible flooding, in Northwest New Jersey today. We truly wish that we could share the past few months rain with our friends who need it so desperately. To take our minds off the weather, it is indeed time for another Wednesday puzzle with a vintage theme:

Please leave us a comment with your guess, and check back in with us on Friday for the answer.

“What is it?” #29 – The answer

Hello friends! So this is the day that we tell you what our Wednesday puzzle is. Ummmm, the truth is that we don’t actually know what this item is. This item was given to me by my mother, and she told me it was a map carrier. Which seems to make sense since it has rings that would hold a strap (to carry over your shoulder), as well as a carrying handle.


Our friend and colleague, Jane, who writes From Jane’s Collection for Create & Decorate, thought that it was perhaps a candle box, but agrees with us that it is a bit long for this purpose. So, the curiosity continues… if any of you stumble across clarification of the identity of this piece, please let us know!

I thought that maybe we should apologize for being slightly misleading and not providing an answer for this week’s puzzle, but Noelle said, “Nah, they still got to guess!”.



To read the astute guesses, click here!

See you next Wednesday for yet another puzzle!

Baby Gift Set

Looking for a baby gift that has a bit of vintage-inspired flair? This Baby Gift Set from Craft Marketing Connections uses inexpensive materials to create a unique basket that you can fill with baby-themed items. The new mommy can then use the basket anywhere she chooses!

Photography supplied by Craft Marketing Connections

vintage baby gift box

designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.


For product information, see sources below.


Foam board in white, a 20” x 30” x 1/2” piece

CraftBond Quick dry glue dualtip pen

CraftBond All purpose glue stick

FabScraps Vintage Baby Collection

12” x 12” papers in Vintage Bath and Vintage Stork, four sheets each

Journal tag diecuts


Retractable #1 knife (with new blade)

12” x 12” self-healing cutting mat

12” metal ruler

6” precision tip scissors

Corner rounder punch

1-1/8 yd. ivory trim (1/2” wide), assorted buttons (28), foam mounting tape, hot glue gun and glue, Quick Quotes Powder Puffs chalking ink in        Amaretto and Blue Moon pencil


For pattern, see below.

Note: Finished size of piece is approximately 7” x 8” x 9”.

1. Trace box pattern four times on foam board. Cut out pieces using X-Acto knife, metal ruler, and cutting mat. (Tip: Score lightly first, then press more firmly to cut deeper, using several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.)

2. For now, only work with Vintage Bath papers for inside of box. To attach paper, apply glue stick to one foam board panel at a time. Align edge of paper at top of panel and press down paper. Place paper side down on cutting mat and use X-Acto knife to trim excess paper. Repeat with other three panels.

3. Before adhering together, align panels with foam edge of one panel against paper edge of another, with paper-covered side on inside of box. (Note: Foam edges of the two opposite sides will be up against each of the other paper sides.) Working on one corner at a time, apply hot glue to foam edge and press into place. Repeat with other corners.

4. To cut box bottom from foam board, set sides-unit on top of foam board and trace around bottom edge. (Note: Bottom of box is narrower than top.) Use X-Acto knife and cutting mat to cut base. Apply hot glue to foam edges on bottom of sides unit and press onto base.

5. Plan placement of double-sided Vintage Stork papers with stork side of paper on two wider sides of box, and opposite side of paper on two narrower sides of box. (Note: Be sure to plan placement of stork on left side of front so there is room for tag on right.) Apply glue stick to one foam board side at a time. Align edge of paper at top of box side and press down paper. Place that side of box down on cutting mat and use X-Acto knife to trim away excess paper. Similarly, attach paper, one at a time, to other sides of box and trim. Rub corners of box with Blue Moon ink for aged look.

6. Use glue pen to attach trim to top edge of box, folding trim at corners and continuing to the beginning. Cut and adhere end. Use hot glue to attach buttons around top perimeter of box. For tag, cut a 2” x 3” piece from Vintage Bath paper. Round corners with punch and gently rub Amaretto ink around edges for aged look. Use glue stick to mount journal tag. Attach tag to lower right corner of box with double layer of foam mounting tape for dimension.


Elmer’s Products, Inc.

(888) 435-6377



International: +27 31 765 8503 or USA +1 (616) 328-6221




vintage-inspired baby card

designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.


For sources, see below.

FabScraps Vintage Baby Collection:

12” x 12” pattered paper in Vintage Bath Time

Journal tag diecuts

Cardstock in tan ivory and tan, a 12” x 12” piece of each

The Paper Company/ TCP Studio stamps in Baby (sayings)

Elmer’s CraftBond:

Glue spots, thin-small

Dot runner, permanent


12” rotary paper trimmer

Zigzag decorative edge scissors

12” metal ruler

6” precision tip scissors

Quick Quotes PowderPuffs chalking ink in Amaretto

1/8”-wide light blue ribbon (a 5” piece), 3/8”-diameter buttons in (blue, green, yellow),             3/8”-wide white trim (an 8” piece), foam mounting tape, ink pad (black), permanent             fine-line marker, white envelope (5-1/4” x 8-1/4”)


Note: Finished size of piece is approximately 5” x 8”.

1. With rotary paper trimmer, cut an 8” x 8-1/2” piece from Vintage Bath Time paper. With baby-side of paper up and blue side down, measure 3-1/2” from left edge. Fold over to make 5” x 8” vertical card with blue, narrow front. (Note: Inside babies show along right side.) Use decorative edge scissors to trim vertical edge of card front.

2. Cut a 3-1/2” x 8” piece from tan cardstock. Rub edges with chalking ink. Use dot runner to attach to inside of card, aligning left edge with center fold. With black ink, stamp message on ivory cardstock and cut out 1-1/2” x 2-3/4”. Ink edges and use dot runner to adhere to inside of card.

3. To embellish card front, choose paper diecuts, stamp chosen messages, and rub edges with chalking ink. For tag, fold ribbon in half and thread fold through hole in tag from front to back. Pass ribbon ends through loop and pull up, so loop is snug against tag.

Use fine-line marker to draw stitching lines around edges of die cuts as desired. Position and attach with foam mounting tape for dimension. Attach buttons with glue spots.

4. Use dot runner to attach trim to right edge of card front. Rub with chalking ink for aged look. Optional: Also rub surface and edges of envelope with chalking ink for same look.


Elmer’s Products, Inc.

(888) 435-6377



International: +27 31 765 8503 or USA +1 (616) 328-6221


The Paper Company/TPC Studio 

(800) 525-3196


Quick Quotes

(877) 663-7250




“What is it?” Wednesday #29

This week our game is played a bit differently. We are showing you the entire photograph of our vintage item. Why is that? This week, the item for our game is unusual enough that we believe you need to see the entire item to guess! The piece measures roughly 18″ x 6 1/2″. Please leave a comment with your guess, and check back in on Friday (for the answer, and to read the guesses)!

Steampunk Chic

In every issue of Create & Decorate Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, share a flea market junking journey with us. The pair are well known for creating vintage chic from flea market finds, and have completed a new book packed with their creativity. We are happy to share this book review with you, and the sisters have been kind enough to share a bonus project with our Create & Decorate friends as a small taste of the flavor of the book!

Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair from Recycled Finds

By Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil

All American Crafts Publishing, Inc., http://www.allamericancrafts.com

     Steampunk is a design style all its own. Recognizable by its whimsical use of clock gears, watch faces, and skeleton keys, it may not be to everyone’s taste. But to those who sense the magic of this curiosity, the design possibilities are seemingly endless. Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, experts at repurposing flea market finds, turn their found treasures into “Victorian restyling of everyday objects into home accents imbued with mystery and romance.”

If you have a penchant for making up stories about found objects, then steampunk crafting offers ample opportunities for your imagination to jump the fence. The O’Neil sisters themselves spin artful tales about each of their creations, combining crafty witticisms to inspire you—and have you running for that box of gears you bought for 25 cents at a garage sale that you knew would come in handy one day.

The Alchemist’s Garden would make the perfect gift for the budding horticulturist in your life. A plant stake crafted from flatware—and embossed with the genus and species of said plant—adds just enough steampunk charm to any potted plant. If you’re looking for something a bit more fantastical, then the Candela Obscura chandelier is the perfect edgy accent for your foyer—or even to light your workspace. Looking like it came straight from a mad scientist’s lab, this light fixture is composed of wire-wrapped light bulbs, vacuum tubes, and a countless array of steampunk ephemera. Looking for a conversation piece? Place a Gas Lamp Love Story on the coffee table when you throw your next party. The middle is carved out of a hardcover book and replaced with a post office box door, then sealed with a padlock, creating a clever book box that must be opened with a key.

The O’Neil sisters offer easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos. Weaving through it all is their unique voice, making you feel as if you are journeying on a crafting adventure with dear friends. A handy guide to gathering steampunk finds, as well as an inventory of necessary tools will have you on your way in no time.

To order this book, please call All American Crafts at 973-347-6900 ext. 115, or visit www.createanddecorate.com/bookshelf/. The book price is $15.95.

What’s that you say? A free project?

For the instructions for this Christmas Wishes Wreath by Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil, click here!

Seaside Votive

We know a lot of our readers just love the fall season. Beverly and I do too, we just find it hard to say goodbye to summer. So for those of you who are like us, here is a project that is perfect for capturing a summer memory–and a great landing spot for all the seashells you may have collected. You’ll be able enjoy your summer memories through all the days of fall…and right into winter (nooooo)!


Recycled Crafts Encourage Creativity—An Artist’s Perspective

As an artist, I feel it is my job to not only fill the world with creative pieces, but that it is also equally important to reuse materials to make space. I believe that creative re-use has the potential to spark new ways of viewing the world. If one thing can be turned into another, what else can we do?

Successful recycled crafting encourages creativity in others. My recent project, the Holiday Cloches in the Holiday 2011 issue of Create & Decorate (page 52) is a way of demonstrating that the world and the items in it are not limited or easily identified as they appear at first glance. I can engage others to be more creative in their own daily lives, and to think more creatively about the world around them.

As an artist, my job is to inspire!I hope this project inspires your own creative spirit!

–Rita Schwab, Diamond Tech


seaside votive

A Generation Green (g2) Recycling Project

designed by Jeanne Baruth



Diamond Tech Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter

Three glass bottles (that will nest into one another)
Beach glass (small pieces), Eclectic Products E6000 glue, newspaper, safety goggles, Sharpie permanent marker (black), string or cord (to wrap around the top of cut bottles), tea light candle, tiny shells, white glue, white sand



Tips: Always wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools; everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses. To ensure top performance, keep bottle cutter blade oiled. Read and carefully following the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter manual.

1. Cover work area with craft or newspaper.

  2. Mark the following measurements on each bottle (circumference x height):

3-1/2” x2 3/4”

3” x 4”

2-1/4” x 5”

Note: Any combination of bases that will nest and tier in height can be substituted.

3. Using bottle cutter, score and break bottles where indicated.

4. Smooth rough edges as instructed in bottle cutter manual.

5. Wrap string or cord around top portion of each cut bottle three times, then cut. Soak each strand in white glue until saturated. Wrap strings around top of each cut bottle and allow glue to dry until hardened.

6. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 into center of largest base. Insert second base and press down. Twist so that seams of cord/string line up on one below it. Repeat this process and insert last base.

7. Once glue has completely dried, fill tiers with white sand, beach glass, and tiny shells.

8. Insert tea light candle into top tier.