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Paper Craft: Hidden Bookends

November 19, 2010

Note: In a departure from my normal take on paper/book crafts, no books were harmed in the making of this tutorial.

A lovely selection of children’s books, but where are the bookends?

Make your own set of hidden bookends, no special crafty skills required. The tools: a set of unadorned metal bookends and two lovely books. It helps if the two books have loose spines, as that will help them hug the bookend without swinging open.

Slip the books over the bookends and…done! If your books keep swinging open, you can dab a bit of glue on the edge of the page between the cover and the flyleaf, creating a pocket to slip over the bookend. Here’s the full breakdown:

The best part is that the books are still readable; you aren’t losing any shelf space but you are gaining a unique decorative, set of bookends. Go forth and amaze your friends!

Looking for ideas on what to put between those bookends for your impressionable youth? Check out this week’s selections of children’s literature that change lives (for better or worse) on

Craft Finds: Woven Goodness

November 15, 2010

Flitting about the web the past few days, I’ve seen many ordinary items taken from merely fancy to the breathless realm of schmancy through one technique: weaving. Here’s a roundup of finds, all of which look like they’d be fun to make and give as gifts this holiday season:

Woven denim handbag

Miranda Chance woven denim bag


Found via CRAFT blog, I was immediately drawn to this woven denim bag by Miranda Chance. I’ve seen lots of lovely recycled denim bags, but this really takes the ordinary material and turns it into something more elegant and special. I could do without the leather, but I’m definitely going to have to try this technique sometime. Anyone willing to cut up all the denim strips for me? I’ll provide the jeans!

Woven paper art

Woven paper art from CAN'T STOP MAKING THINGS

Every time something new pops up on the blog CAN’T STOP MAKING THINGS, I want to drop everything and try it. This woven art piece is no exception. With a minimum of fuss, a rejected picture or interesting piece of unused paper can become frame-worthy. It also gets high marks for great use of a paper shredder in crafting!

Woven paint chip wallet

Mark Montano woven paint chip wallet

This wallet by Mark Montano looks SO fun, and easy to make with things you probably already have around the house or could come by easily. The possibilities for color combos is dizzying. Gonna have to hit the local hardware for some more paint chips…

It’s Quiet. Too Quiet.

October 1, 2010

Sorry about the break in the action, folks. Between work (Gotta support the Schmancy lifestyle!), travel, and the upcoming family nuptuals, there hasn’t been time for posting. But I’ll be back soon with more crafts, vintage goodies, and other fancy-schmancies. Enjoy your weekend!

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As Seen On: design*sponge’s Market Bag Makeover

September 24, 2010

I’m busily milliner-ing and painting up a storm for my brother’s wedding. But once that’s all over, I definitely plan to fancify some of my reusable shopping bags like this on design*sponge! Straw boater hat optional: I love “On the Road with Austin & Santino” as much as the next person, but Austin can keep his hat.      

design*sponge's Market Bag Makeover


Austin and Santino Ride Again


I have plenty of promotional freebie reusable bags that are in desperate need of a spruce-up. Plus, adding a little pocket for my phone and/or keys would really take it to the next level of Schmancy. Maybe then I’ll feel grown-up enough to call them “Market Bags.”

Wordless Wednesday: Pickled

September 22, 2010

Pickled dills and beets

Sheet Music: Singin’ Time

September 20, 2010

For today’s sheet music find we skip ahead three decades or so to 1960. This collection was compiled for the Magnus Organ Company (Magnus Organ. Tee-hee.). The collection is playfully entitled “Singin’ Time.” From the looks of the cover, though, “Swingin’ Time” might have been a more accurate title.

Singin' Time Organ Music Book

Hey buddy, my eyes are up here.

Hey buddy, my eyes are up here

Or perhaps another good title for this collection may have been:

Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

The booklet is filled with other “hits,” but this couple may want to start with the party favorite “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” on page 17.

Special thanks to Renee and Jason for this bit of vintage sheet music goodness!

Cleaning up Craft: Soap Dispenser Labels

September 17, 2010

In an effort to keep things both fancy and schmancy in the kitchen, I forewent the usual hand- and dish-soap bottles on the counter in favor of two of these from Target:

Soap dispenser - unlabeled

However,  people couldn’t tell the hand soap from the dish soap and I was asked which was which about 27 times a day. Or once. I’m not sure; I wasn’t keeping count. Anyhoo, to help out my poor husband and guests, I thought some labels were in order. In Illustrator, I whipped up some dish icons from scratch and a hand from a vector I had and voilà, the labels were born.

Soap dispenser labels

From there, I exported an .svg file, loaded it into my Cricut, and cut them out of sticky vinyl. Slapped ’em on the front of the soap dispensers after cleaning each one with alcohol, and there you go! Clean hands and dishes, no questions asked.

 Soap dispensers with labels

If you have a Cricut or similar machine and would like to fancify your own soap dispensers, you can download the .svg file on here. Ah, the clean sounds of sudsy silence.

Soap Dispensers with labels in window wth flowers

Disclaimer: if you were to buy a Cricut at Amazon through the link above, I’d get a tiny percentage as a kickback. Just thought you should know.

Paper Crafts: Treasure Books

September 16, 2010

Another day, another gutted book. This time, literally. I ripped the innards out of a few books, creating a pretty schmancy hiding place for your Plantation Dainties , if you’re into that sort of thing.

Old books have a way of finding their way to me, and with great delight I dove into the pile and pulled out some candidates for cuttin’. These are absolutely lovely books, perfect for displaying on a nightstand or dresser. I suppose if you really wanted to “hide” something in them, though, you’d want to choose something far more boring. Like a book on economics.

Treasure Books, outside

Please don't be offended by the grisly book innards

I dug in with my craft knife, added a few pretty ribbons, and just like that we’re in business.

Treasure Books, inside

Inside "Be Perfect." "Contents," get it?

No need for a tutorial, really; it’s a very straightforward process.

  • Open book, flip a few pages to a good place to start (I like to use the Contents or Table of Contents page as the top page to cut if possible)
  • Draw a rectangle the size of the things you want to hide and cut along the lines, stopping about halfway through the book, or further if your objects to be hidden are deeper
  • With a piece of ribbon, tie the cut pages together. If you have an amazing amount of time and patience, you could glue all the pages together for more of a true box effect

I intended to give this next one as a gag gift to my brother, who’s getting married next month, as a substitute ring bearer’s pillow. But I really like my sister-in-law-to-be, so I didn’t want her to take it the wrong way.

Of Human Bondage

Probably not the best choice for a wedding

Hopefully I’ll find a more suitable tome before the wedding.

Of Human Bondage


Of Human Bondage, inside


Vintage Finds: Plantation Dainties

September 14, 2010
Mammy corseting Scarlett

"Now you stand still while I get you in your Plantation Dainties, Miss Scarlett!"

I almost gotcha with the title, didn’t I? You really thought you were going to see Scarlett O’Hara-type undergarments, huh? No, but you will see some can. 

Undergarments. Maybe it says something about the way I think, but that’s absolutely what came to mind when I saw this can at an estate sale: 

Can of Plantation Dainties Candy

Not underpants

The thought of it amuses me so much I have it on my work table to enjoy every day.  

If I did ever happen to procure actual Plantation Dainties candy, I would be certain to serve them on this plate:  

Painted Plate, Mammy lacing Scarlett up

Deliciously dainty

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