Monday, January 31, 2011

Is it February yet?

I can't believe how excited my littles are about Valentine's Day this year, with Haila leading the pack! You would think a jolly man, dressed in a red suit was coming with bags full of presents. They are demanding decorations everywhere and daily crafts, which is fine with me, but I was not at all prepared. So,we had to get creative with what we have -- Celery? Yup, it works and was really fun!

veggie stamping

See how when you cut the stalk it looks like a rose. (I happen to know this works with bunches of leafy lettuce, too.) We stamped away and have glittered them -- I'll be sure to share the finished product once we're completely finished and Valentine's Day gets closer.

Making cards

On another note, I finished up a few more felt pillows yesterday and added them to my shop. I think I am just going to make a tea pot one and then this set will feel complete. And, maybe a cupcake, too? In my last post everyone thought that the ice cream cone was a cupcake and I really like that idea. Thanks!

sew sweet pillow set

My yummy cake pillow was also picked up in this sweet treasury, isn't it a cute collection?

etsy treasury

Happy February creating! Maureen

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Cynthia said...

What a fantastic idea! Love it and the new pillows...a cupcake is a great idea.

anne said...

Great idea and cute pillows!

My Life Under the Bus said...

*RING*RING*....Hello?...Evil genius school??? LOL Great idea Maureen !!!

Anonymous said...

Hello! I followed the link you left from your facebook page. I love this project and may have to try this one out. Just wanted to say thank you! 8)


teepetals said...

Those pillows are ridiculous cute!!!!

Rachel Hauser said...

Oh that celery makes lovely, lovely stamps! perfect.

mj keeton said...

You have a beautiful blog! Such wonderful photos and projects! Thank you for checking out MousePants :) XOXO

AmyC ~ said...

you could make the stamp on reg paper. cover front and back with clear packing tape - using an exacto knife cut it would have a stencil to use over and over.

Amanda said...

What a cool idea! I have always seen stamps made of potatoes but never celery.

SocksAndMittens said...

what a great ideas, I love everything!

Meeling said...

What a fabulous idea!!!!
Might have to borrow that for preschool!

Love the coffee cup pillow too!!

SleightGirl said...

Those rose stamps are simply awesome!

Your pillows are beautiful too.

cabin + cub said...

What a fund idea.. love it! And I am loving your cake pillow too... too cute!

Simple Mama said...

Blatantly stealing this idea and blogging about it. Will link back to your site of course. My son and I had so much fun doing this today!

Mariska said...

That is such a clever idea, never heard of stamping with celery! My girls would love that. And it's pretty too! I just HAVE to blog about this, so that I won't forget to give this a try some time!

lisaroyhandbags said...

These are the cutest!! love the cupcake and the cake the best :)

Rachel Le Grand said...

stamping with celery to make a rose !!! what a fabulous idea !

Jennifer said...

Do you mind if I feature this on my blog?

let me know! you can shoot me an email at peasandcrayons (at) gmail (dot) com


keep up the fabulousness!!!!

BJ said...

Seeing this brings back such great memories! My mother taught me how to do this when I was in the 4th grade and wanted to make a very special gift for my teacher. I took flour sacks and hemmed them for dish towels and used fabric paint on the celery to stamp roses on the towels.

I saw Mrs. Swallow almost 20 years after that and she told me that she still had the towels.

A Scrap of Time said...

What a unique and creative way to use celery!! I would never have thought of that! I featured it on my blog today at

Creating Trouble said...

What a great idea! And it gives me something to do with celery as I can't stand eating the stuff! Really like the effects of these roses and will definitely be trying it out. Thank you for all your tutorials - I only discovered your blog today but it's gorgeous!

Shirley said...

Oh, I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm going to be teaching a group of girls a mixed media class, and I think this will be a wonderful project! We won't have access to sewing machines, but if you can think of any other project ideas that would work, please let me know. It will be for 6th to 8th grade girls. Can't wait to make these!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Kayla said...

Hi Maureen! Just stumbled across your blog through Pinterest and loved the celery prints for Valentine's Day! We featured your post at our blog, MPM School Supplies Blog.

You can find the full feature here:

We were sure to give idea/photo credit, as well as a link back to your blog, but we'd love for you to check it out. If there are any problems, we'll be sure to take the feature down immediately!

Thanks so much,

Kayla Johnson

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Oh, the celery idea is insanely simple but so effective, thanks for sharing! (And thanks for sharing it on Green Living Ideas' comments!) When I saw your warm hearts I knew I had to include them in the green Valentine's Day ideas. By the way, I also included them in simple crafting post on my blog :)

christie said...

Really cute, and what an easy thing to do with the kids too! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I really like the rose created with the celery. I found you on Pinterest. Thanks for the awesome idea.

cynthiak said...

I also found you on Pinteerest and I LOVE LOVE every thing you have created
I to have a passion for quilting,knitting,felting,drawing,painting,candlemaking,sewing,my dream is to create a business doing all the things I love.

Angels said...

Hola Maureen!
Me ha gustado mucho la midea de las rosas con un tallo de apio. Son geniales! Una idea original y elegante para pintar una rosa! Te felicito, qué creatividad!
Un abrazo!

Toko Perlengkapan Bayi said...

Good day! This post couldn't be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing! said...

Fantastic! I knew that there had to be some use for celery (I hate the taste of it).

Love your blog,
Claire from

opinionated bastard said...

and if you use a biodegradable dye on your celery - stick the base into a pot of soil after you are done and watch it start to grow shoots again. kids will be amazed they can make prints with it and then eat it in a few weeks time

Leslie said...

Love love the celery rose. Thanks for sharing.

Leslie said...

Love love the celery rose. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I LOVE the celery idea!!!

Sarah said...

Thank you for the great idea! My kids made lots of roses and I blogged about the experience too. Very creative :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Fabulous cards and gorgeous pillows!!!

Nancy Boyd said...

Wow this is a fabulous idea!! I hadn't thought of using celery to stamp with either. So far it has turned out gorgeous. Can't wait to see the final project.

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