Thankful Box: Retreat & Repost

Today I am heading to Occidental, California for another lovely retreat with lovely women at the Lydia House at St. Dorothy’s Rest. No assigned projects, no schedule, just bring whatever you want to craft or work on if at all. We watch movies by a large fireplace, read, eat and drink until we are merry, laugh A LOT, and just embrace the time away from the everyday, including wifi.Holden-Lydia-House About this time of year I remind you to get working on a Thanksgiving Journal to pass around your holiday table. But before I unplug, I want to share this simple and fun project that I designed a few years ago and I still adore, the Thankful Box.Guests can each receive a note card to write on and tuck into the box. This might be better received than passing a book as guests may be apt to write more if they know their thoughts aren’t being passed around all day.

For this template I used images from two very old trade cards in my ephemera stash.Click on the images below to download the box template and note cards. Print to cardstock. Assemble the box using the directions found in the original message box post.Print multiples of the cards if needed, trim and share with your family and other guests. Make extra sets to share with friends or as a host gift.

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DIY Periscope Alert with Xyron Creative Station: Giveaway!

1-OOsiqNQhKD1ms1aKdSgU6wBy now you may have enjoyed watching, broadcasting on, or at least heard about the app Periscope. Whether publishing your own live video content or enjoying the “scopes” of others, it’s fast becoming one of my favorite social networks. Periscope allows anyone with a smart phone or tablet to shoot and share live video of just about anything. Viewers can interact through comments and by tapping the screen and leaving hearts as sort of “like” tokens. When following others, you have the option to be notified when they begin a LIVE broadcast, though that may not always be conveniently timed for you. So if you miss a live scope you think would be of interest, a replay is available for 24 hours. If you are shooting a live scope yourself, you can opt to have it saved to your camera, which allows you to upload it to YouTube for future sharing. That’s just what I’ve done with the video below.  Periscope broadcasts are typically somewhat casual in nature, unlike my more professionally done DIY home decor video series. However with replays saved to your camera, the comments and questions from viewers will not show on the video, so you will catch me dialoguing with ghosts as you watch, which can seem a bit odd. But as rough-cut as the video can be, hopefully this will give you an idea how fun and useful this app can be.

Holden-PeriscopeWatch the recent Periscope replay below that I did featuring the awesome all-new Xyron Creative Station used to create an alert gadget for scoping in crowds, shown here being used at the recent Pinterest Ambassador event in San Francisco by George Bryant and Amy Locurto.

Follow me on Periscope to watch upcoming projects and scopes from the studio and various events.


As promised, Xyron is hosting the giveaway of their exciting new Creative Station for Just Something I Made readers.xyron-9-and-5-creative-station-home-wmagnet-cartridge-d-2015070110393132~435690_alt1

This video from Xyron demonstrates even more features of the fantastic machine.

TO ENTER: Leave a nice, relevant comment below. Entry open to US and Canada residents. One entry per person, please.

DEADLINE: Enter by Monday, November 9 at noon, PST. The winner will be randomly chosen, notified and posted here shortly thereafter.

Thank you for all the great entries everyone.

The randomly chosen winner is #125 – Lora!

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15 Unique Ideas for Home Decor Cloche Displays

Cathe-Holden_15-Unique-Ideas-for-Home-Decor-Cloche-Displays-Image-3_October2015.sflbMy latest blog post over at is all about the beauty and fun to be had with cloches- both store-bought and repurposed glass pieces! Go to the SCJ blog to read and see many more examples and ideas for decorating with domes. Leave a comment there to let me know you visited!

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