Crafts and DIY

Bird's Nest from vines

Here's my instructions on this easy craft on
Sue Langley's Flea Market Gardening



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Tart Pan Plant Markers©StephieMcCarthy

Cherished Vintage did a wonderful job with my tart pan plant markers.


Choosing a paint color using Photoshop

(a Photoshop tutorial)

IImagine taking a jar of butternut squash soup to a paint store to find the perfect shade of gold. It was a good idea I thought, at the time ( it wasn't actually me) ... and the painted dining room was fabulous, BUT... now days we can take an easier route and play with paint colors in Photoshop. This has REALLY saved me a lot of time and money in decorating, and is easier than carrying around soup.

Mantle colors

Old versions of Photoshop work just fine for this type of craft, PLUS a photo of whatever it is you want to paint. The picture of above is the corner of a fireplace mantel I am painting. You can see on the left a clipboard picture of the fireplace that was generated by Photoshop. It's coming out really good, I think!

Stephie Painting Parlor

Here's the nook to the left of the fireplace above. I chose the butter-color trim (I actually named it honeysuckle), and the old-gold wall paint using Photoshop. This Photoshop design work is documented here, if you'd like to learn this high-tech way of choosing paint colors!


Wicker bench rehab, with multi-color paints (read more)

wicker bench

Tropical colors swimming together add up to one of my favorite color combinations, read more about this color blending technique on wicker here.


Santa doll

Christmas crafts from a new country girl

• Angel ornaments

• Cat, felt ornament

Ornament storage from recycle wrappings

Santa doll, mixed media