I'm a thrifty person at heart. I love beautiful things, old things, new things that look used, things that can be repurposed ... I like thinking outside the box. I can often be found wandering around a thrift store with such an odd assortment of items that one might question my sanity. If I was asked what I thought the purpose of each item was, however, I would be ready with an answer.
Such was the case recently when five aluminum cookie cutters showed up in my cart ... some with stale cookie dough on them. Yuck. Nothing a little dish soap can't take care of, though, right?
I had an idea ... and it didn't have to do with cookies, but rather with a garland. I wanted to paint them so despite the cold temperatures outside and the warning to paint in 50-degree weather, I spray painted them. Who has time to wait for 50-degree weather?!
I think Carina Gardner and I think along the same lines in terms of color. That girl sure knows how to design to my tastes! Her kit, "Devoted", marketed under the Carta Bella brand is beautiful. I cut pieces of her papers to fill the backgrounds of my cookie cutters.
I then used small rectangles and squares of various papers as layers as well as for letters that I cut on my Silhouette.
The first one is a star shape with a key ... "to my heart", of course!
The next one is a heart shape with an "i" mounted with 3-D dots and the edges antiqued with a brown stamp sponge.
The middle cookie cutter is a diamond shape ... because "diamonds are a girl's best friend" ... and it is filled with hearts, a glittered brad, and a heart charm tied on with red and white baker's twine.
Then there is another heart shape with the letter "u" ...
"i" ..."<heart>" ... "u" ...
And the last one is a flower shape with "X"s and "O"s in the background and a color-shined ampersand (from a Studio Calico set I found at TJMaxx) accented with Stickles mounted on a gorgeous blue print background with a miniture clothespin.
I originally thought to use baker's twine to hang this and I thought I could use those little handles on the backs of the cookie cutters. On certain ones, it worked fine, but on others the handles were not the right direction which made some of the cookie cutters to hang ske-wonky. So my sweetheart of a husband drilled 1/8-inch holes in two sides of each cookie cutter. Problem solved.
I strung twine through the holes. On some it shows on the front of the designed part and on the "i" and "u", it is tucked behind.
I hung it on my kitchen blind, curled the ends around my fingers for a random curled shape, and it keeps me thinking of lovely things.
Want to see some more gorgeous projects from the team? Be sure to click on each link after the photo and prepare to be INSPIRED!