Wednesday, September 8, 2021

 It has been a different year for me but I am pleased to report that I am back designing at after taking an unplanned medical "vacation". And since it is September that means it is time for an update to Tea Light Village.  There are two new buildings to add to the collection this year. Can you see them in the village photo?

The are right there in the lower right corner. I have added a Windmill and Well House and The Academy. I thought the village needed another tall structure to balance out the lighthouse from 2020 hence the windmill. The Academy is loosely based on the Old Center School in Coventry, CT. I attended that wooden 4 room school house for the first grade decades ago.

Both are available at the online store. 
Download the cutting file here:
Download the tutorials here:

Happy crafting all! Be sure to share photos of your tea light villages with me at and on the facebook and instagram crafting groups.

Friday, February 5, 2021

 That's A Lot of Candles!!

Need an extra special birthday card?

Years ago I designed the much used WOW birthday card file. I designed it for a friend and have been so touched by how many people have taken that file, modified it, and given it to important people in their lives. It was a card designed to say "I truly care". So many have shared warm and happy stories about their giving it to those people who have too many candles to fit on a regular cake. But we needed a new design! We can't keep using that same one. My husband recently celebrated his birthday and we are of the age of too many candles, so I designed this card for him.
This card is 36" long and 9" tall. It can be modified to hold unto 120 candles! The cake topper can be customized as well.  The entire card folds flat and can fit into a standard USPS Priority mail box for easy sending. I also included a gift box cutting file in the download.
  • Download the cutting file here for $3.59
  • View the online tutorial here (yes, there is a video).
You should check out all the modifications of the WOW card that I have added to the end of the tutorial here. It might give you some creative ideas on ways to customize this card as well. After you have made it and given it away be sure to share your photos and story in the facebook group posts or email it to me


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Expanding Ledge Village

I started designing Ledge Village back in 2013 when I created my first little set for the ledge in my laundry room. Over the years I have added many, many more buildings and the village has grown. This year I have revisited Ledge Village because of an idea presented on Pinterest by Cheryl Leclaric. She put one of my Ledge houses into a shadow box and I was impressed.  So I went to work with a new house and lamppost. The first house I designed was Tudor Manor and it ended up being too large for the space. I then designed the taller, narrower Porch House to use in a Christmas Eve Shadow Box.
This shadow box uses a standard (12 x12 exterior) shadow box I purchased at Amazon.  I also got LED fairy lights which I added to it because it just looks beautiful when you light it up!

But I still had Tudor Manor which I hadn't used.  So I needed to do more.  I went on to update the Tower House and thought about a new display.  I knew it would look marvelous on a fireplace mantle but I like many don't have one.  And then remembered the crown molding photo ledges I use to display photos in the guest room.  And I started building a new little village.....

This collection includes Tudor Manor, Tower House v2, Chapel, Store 2 and Dormer House all from the various Ledge Village Collections I have released over the years. Here is a detail shot of Tudor Manor. It includes the half-timber detailing of the architectural style.

And The new Tower House v2 has improved engineering.

But the thing that makes the village charming is the new illuminated lamp posts.

I am now going to have to find a new photo ledge solution for the guest room because I love this new Ledge Village so much it is going to be displayed in my office!

Ledge Village cutting files available here from
Ledge Village assembly tutorials are here.

The original Ledge Village buildings were not designed to have LED lights installed. I have added a tutorial on how to add lights to these original files here.

Happy crafting everyone!!