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Six Drawer Pen Nib Storage Chest – How To

Happy Spring Everyone Thanks for stopping by. Today I’m going to show you what I made this weekend and give you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own. (Of course, you’re welcome to jump straight to my shop and get one already made, if you prefer.) Calligraphers usually have lots and lots of pen… Continue reading Six Drawer Pen Nib Storage Chest – How To

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The Spirit of the Cottonwood

Yaaaaaay…Spring is starting to jump! Welcome to my blog. Today I’ve got a “how to” to share with you. Though my Etsy shop (Old Raven) started out many years ago as strictly handmade, it didn’t take long for me to realize I would never be able to make enough items fast enough to keep a… Continue reading The Spirit of the Cottonwood

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How To Make Beautiful and Brilliant Gift Eggs

Welcome to one and all. Thank you for dropping in for a visit. The last couple of days I’ve been working on restocking my (Easter) egg supply. I put Easter in parenthesis because, yes, I originally starting making them for Easter, however, I quickly moved on to making a decked out version for ‘Wedding Eggs’… Continue reading How To Make Beautiful and Brilliant Gift Eggs

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Summer’s Last Big Outdoor Project

Welcome All and Welcome Back… Today’s blog is a chronicle of our last big outdoor project for the Summer.  Our backyard is in three fairly small sections with the above picture showing the largest piece that runs parallel to our detached garage. When we first built our house 21 years ago, we planted a line… Continue reading Summer’s Last Big Outdoor Project

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Quarantined and Bored – Try This – Needlework (Really)!

Hello and welcome to all. I know almost everything involves Covid and its related problems these days, but I would like to shine a light on something worth considering:  Needlework. Are you finding yourself at home with nothing to do?  Maybe you’ve already watched every show available, ate far more food than you ever thought… Continue reading Quarantined and Bored – Try This – Needlework (Really)!

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Hornet’s Nest to Home Decor – Jeweled Nature

Hello and thanks for dropping in. It’s Sunday and I would like to show you what I’ve been working on for the past couple of days. I’m sure we’ve all seen these abandoned nests, usually up towards the peaks of our houses, sometimes tucked under a fence rail or delicately tacked onto a tree branch.… Continue reading Hornet’s Nest to Home Decor – Jeweled Nature

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DIY Mosaic Nine Drawer Chest – Part 3

Greetings and welcome to all. You’d think time wouldn’t fly so fast when you’re ‘stuck’ at home all day, everyday, but that’s just what’s happening to me.  I’m going to blame it on my husband – 1. Because he’s here all the time now and 2. It simply can’t be that I’m undisciplined and can’t… Continue reading DIY Mosaic Nine Drawer Chest – Part 3

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DIY Mosaic Nine Drawer Chest – Part 2

Good (Morning, Afternoon, Evening) Everyone. I’ve been getting quite a bit done on my Mosaic project in the last few days.  I love spending hours in my craft room and with the ‘stay home’ order in effect – I don’t even have to feel a bit guilty about it – talk about silver lining.  … Continue reading DIY Mosaic Nine Drawer Chest – Part 2