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5/1/2015
Break

I have to put my blog and Etsy shops on hold for a few months while I deal with a medical problem. When I open my shops again, it will probably be to help me with costs (no crownd-funding, I want to raise the money by giving you something made personally by me), so keep checking back for the announcement of the reopening of my shops.


4/30/2015
May Birthday Card

 

 

May's birth flower is the lily of the valley, which signifies sweetness, humility, and a return to happiness. The tiny, delicate flowers on this card are cut from sparkly white cardstock. Pretty!

Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

 

 

 


4/18/2015
Iris Folding Daffodil and Tulip Cards

Daffodils have been blooming in my garden and tulips are about to - great inspiration for new iris folding cards. Bright yellow daffodil and stately red tulip. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.


4/9/2015
April Birthday Card

 

 

April's flower of the month is the sweetpea, which signifies blissful pleasure. Its flower petals are delicate and almost translucent, so I cut them from pink and purple vellum - turned out quite pretty, if I do say so myself! Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

 

 


3/20/2015
Keychains

I just found these keyrings with acrylic fobs, perfect for holding a quilled design. Not only can they hold keys, they're perfect for holding all those store loyalty key ring cards separately from your keys! Available in my Quilling Esty Shop or click on the picture to go directly to the listing.


3/12/2015
Shamrock Card

Four foils in shades of green use the iris folding technique to create the shamrock on this St. Patrick's Day card.

One explanation of the shamrock is that St. Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to expalin the trinity in the Catholic religion. Another explanation is that they stand for faith, hope and love.

Shamrocks have 3 leaves, not 4. The fourth leaf on some clovers is a mutation, which makes them rare. They are not found in the same abundance as the shamrock, and so are considered lucky.

So shamrocks have 3 leaves, lucky clovers have 4. This means a 4 leaf clover may mean good luck, but a Shamrock means the promise of everlasting life.

This card is available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

Lots of publicity about the 50 Shades of Grey book and movie - so my son, the Lego lover, created a new heart necklace. The heart has light and medium gray bricks and the chain is a darker gray. Bling makes things look fancier so he added a sparkly rhinestone in the center.

Then he took an idea I has suggested and made a DEAR Heart necklace - the rhinestones on this necklace spell DEAR:
"D"iamond
"E"merald
"A"methyst
"R"uby

The black heart wih red rhinestone was already in his Etsy Shop where you can find all three necklaces.


3/5/2015
March Birthday Card and Fantasy Flower Earrings

 

Fantasy Flower Earrings for March: Springflower has 3 layers of petals in lime, spring and meadow greens - perfect for St. Patrick's day and all Spring long! Available in my Quilling Esty Shop or click on the picture to go directly to the listing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A daffodil, which means unequaled love, is March's flower: petals in yellows and golds and green stem and leaves. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

 

 

 


2/14/2015
Iris Folding Triple Heart

 

 

 

Three hearts, each with a different folding pattern in red, pink and/or coral make up this triple heart (triple love) picture. It fits a 6" by 12" frame. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2/5/2015
February Birthday Card and Fantasy Flower Earrings

 

Fantasy Flower Earrings for February: Pinkflower has 2 layers of 7-petals in 4 shades of pearlized pink - pearlized quilling papers have a crushed mica coating which gives them a soft sheen. Available in my Quilling Esty Shop or click on the picture to go directly to the listing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A violet, which signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness, is February's flower; it is made from die cuts: purple and white petals and green stem and leaves. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

 



1/22/2015
January Iris Folding Design and Special Xmas Ornament

 

What more appropriate Iris Folding project could I design in January than this pretty snow globe? Three shades of blue folded paper frame an iridescent snowflake. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

 

I finished the first Cracker Box ornament for the year (photo below). This one is called Valentine's Day - quite timely! Pretty, sparkly - I love these ornaments. I have around 90 of them for my tree, made over the last 15-16 years! This is not for sale in my Etsy shops - these, I keep for myself!

 


1/22/2015
January Birthday Card and Fantasy Flower Earrings

 

Fantasy Flower Earrings for January: Snowflower has 6-petals and is made with blue parchment, frosty silver-edged, and snow white papers. Available in my Quilling Esty Shop or click on the picture to go directly to the listing.

 

 

January's birth flower, the carnation, comes in several different colors to convey different meanings, much like roses. Pink, as on this card, means affection; it is made from die cuts: 2 shades of pink for the flower and a green stem/leaves piece. Available as a finished product or a make-it-yourself kit in my Paper-Crafting Etsy Shop.

Other colors: Red means 'I love you,' white mean pure love, striped carnations mean regret that a love is not shared, and yellow means rejection or disappointment.

 


1/15/2015
A New Year And Some Creative Goals

I have some pretty ambitious creative goals for 2015. The more of these goals I can accomplish, the more updates I will have for my blog - which is a goal in itself, to update my blog 2 or 3 times a month (or more!). Lots of ideas in my mind:

Quilling (BarbarasBeautys)

Paper Crafting (BarbarasBeautys2)

Other

Stay tuned, check back soon - I'll have some pictures up in a few days.


About Me

When I was 8 years old, I learned to crochet - a potholder out of yarn first, then a doily out of thread. I was mesmerized by the idea of creating something beautiful. And thus began my creative journey. Since then I have tried many crafts. Some were fads whose popularity (and availability of supplies) came and went. Many are traditional crafts and variations on them. All are self-taught. Among my favorites: crochet; counted cross-stitch; Christmas ornaments and decorations; and quilling, the most artistically satisfying of them all.

About Quilling

Quilling (paper filigree) is the art of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, and arranging them into designs. It dates back to 15th century Italy, in the monasteries where books were made (hand-written and -bound). In trimming the pages, nuns and monks used the "waste" strips to make coils and spirals into attractive designs, then decorated religious relics with them.

As with other art forms during the Renaissance, quilling spread throughout much of Europe and became a pastime of upper class ladies, who extended the decorating of objects to include boxes, baskets, cabinets and screens. With the invention of the paper-making machine in England in the early 19th century and the resulting wider availability of paper, quilling became a leisure time activity for women in Europe and America; they still hand-cut the paper into strips and sometimes used bird quills to roll the papers.

Its popularity declined around the turn of that century, but with improved tools, papers, colors, and precision paper-cutting machines, quilling was revived as a hobby in the mid 20th century and continues to have it's enthusiasts today in the 21st century.