The Perfect Care Package {Tutorial}

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
~Henry David Thoreau



Between college, studying abroad, a big cross country move, and my nomadic theater lifestyle, I too have friends all over the world. It is because of them that I love this Thoreau quote so much. Blessed is anyone with friends, even when those friends are scattered across the globe. The sheer distance certainly makes you miss them something fierce and one needs to work extra hard at keeping up your relationships, especially when you can’t just pop in for a visit. I do my best through cards, emails, texts, skype dates and care packages to stay in contact and continue to cultivate the relationships I have with my not-so-nearest but definitely dearest friends.

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Crystallized Candles

Crystallized Candles
There is something magic about candles. The flicker, the color, the warmth, the glow, it all combines to bring a sense of comfort, peace and calm as soon as you touch match to candle. Sometimes after a hectic day or a rough evening, I will light a few candles around the house and move throughout the even-fall in their glow. It brings a tranquil effect to my home and does a lot to mellow out my mood. It’s surprising how just adjusting lighting can affect your attitude and change a normal evening into a special one; bath time into spa time, bedtime into romance.  It’s as easy as that to change the whole ambiance of your space. Candles, no longer needed for lighting, have now become a celebratory prop; birthday candles on a cake, a votive on a romantic table, simple paper bags transformed into luminaries, lighting your way to a party. A candle may be small but its power and ability is mighty.

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Pearl Hairpin {Tutorial}



I will live my life as a lobsterman’s wife on an island in the blue bay
He will take care of me, he will smell like the sea,
And close to my heart he’ll always stay

I will bear three girls all with strawberry curls,

Little Ella and Nelly and Faye
While I’m combing their hair, I will catch his warm stare
On our island in the blue bay

Far away far away, I want to go far away
to a new life on a new shoreline
where the water is blue and the people are new
to another island, in another life


Marcella Rose here, of Marcella Rose’s Blog, and I am once again getting lost in the imagery of my next craft. I am simply in love with these Pearl Hairpins. They take me to a place “far away”, as Ingrid Michelson sings in the above song, where the waves crash against the rocky coast. You look out into the endlessly changing blues and greens of the foaming sea. Your hair whips in the wind and your gaze scans the horizon, watching as the boats come back into the harbor. You wrap your wool sweater tight around you and touch your Pearl Hairpin to ensure it is secure before you take off running down the beach with abandon, feeling the cold winter mist as it comes off the sea making your cheeks pink with their salty lick.

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Candy Cane Bouquet



If you have been to Marcella Rose’s then you know I am a huge lover of fresh cuts. There is simply nothing that brightens up the home or brings cheer to the dreary, like a vase full of gorgeous blooms. They are of course, my natural go-to for little personal rewards for myself and for hostess gifts. But it’s the holidays and though a beautiful bouquet is always well received; let’s up our game just a little.

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