1 + 100 = a BIG thank you give away!


The High Note is celebrating one year and over 100 followers!

A big thank you to all of you for supporting this fun adventure….

And as a very small token of my gratitude I am giving away a package of some of the goodies the High Note has done this year!

Shredded Antique Sheet Music

Custom Note Cards


a Music Wrapped Candle

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Like this post and/or leave a comment here to enter!

Winner will be announced Monday 4/22!


“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Friday How-2….Music wrapped candle replay

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Hi sweet people….

Just a quick note to refresh some previous candle-themed posts and to highlight this new addition to my Etsy shop.

Click here for the original DIY…

I can’t tell you how easy these music wrapped candles have become.  

There are so many variations:

*Pictured above is obviously uber spring–couldn’t wait …..

*Rip out the page of an old dictionary on the pages “love”, “Valentine”, “sweet” or any other V-Day related word.  Circle the word with a red Sharpie, embellish, and you have a cute Valentine’s Day Candle.

* Embellish the front of the candle with a chip board initial

*  The possibilities are endless….have one?  Do tell!!

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Have an incredible weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-2: Music Ornament

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Good Friday everyone!!

I am trusting that you are in the throws of happy decorating and crafting for the Christmas season.  If you are still looking for a cute and easy gift for the hostess of  your holiday party, gift for a teacher or piano teacher…..today’s how-2 is for you!!


You will need:

* a plain, clear, craft glass ornament of any size.  You can find these at your local craft store.

* shredded music, book, dictionary page or other ephemera. 

* embellishments of your choice.  I used Christmas rub-on decals for this one.

* ribbon for hanging.



The tops of these craft glass ornaments come off by squeezing the top and pulling out the pronged top attachment.  Insert your shreds of paper through the exposed hole.  Fill until you have the look desired.  Replace the top of the ornament.  Rub on your decal or attach your embellishment to the face of the ornament.  Pull the ribbon through the top of the ornament for hanging.


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Have a great weekend and happy ornament making!!  dcb

The Friday How-to: Music Wrapped Initial

It is a cold and snowy Friday here in Colorado…..

Get out your modge podge…..time for another decoupage project….!


Wood or chip board initial.  You can make yourself or conveniently buy at your local craft shop.

Old/unusable sheet music, book page, dictionary page or page from a children’s book.

Decoupage glue

scissors/pencil for tracing

embellishments of choice


First:  Trace letter on to paper sheet.  Use two sheets as you will be cutting to cover both sides of letter.


Cut out your image (remember to cut two).  Make sure you are relatively exact on this part….


Apply a thin layer of decoupage to your letter first and then a coat to the back side of your cut image.  Place paper on letter and match up all sides.  If you happen to be a bit off, you can add paper and/or trim later.  Lastly, add a thin coat of decoupage to the entire top of letter.  You will do this to both sides.

Let letter dry completely and I promise any “bumps”  with your paper will go away.

Embellish or leave plain and there you go….

These are awesome for a wedding gift as you can embellish the date of their wedding right on to the letter.  Also great for a baby gift with their date of birth.  For a Christmas mantle….just embellish with a Christmas theme.  The possibilities are endless!

Have a wonderful weekend….no matter what your weather might be!  dcb

The Friday How-to: rethinking wall space

Ok….another estate sale…this time with BFF from Montana….

“what are these?”  she mused,  “I don’t know, but aren’t they uber cool?”  I quipped….”and I must have them….”

And so, one latte and $7.00 later said BFF and I were loading above items into my car.

Truth be known.   I have know idea what these are…and if you know, keep it to yourself because I am sure I have now destroyed their original purpose and re-used them for my own decorating hubris.

Today’s highnote is celebrating that wonderful side to all of us that rethinks the traditional.  In this case, some boring wall space.

Donned with one single framed picture….I knew I needed to give a large wall in my family room a face lift.  Down the picture went and up went the new found objects that I decided to use as wall decor and a place to hang some small photos.

Here’s how that went:

i loved how the original looked, however, my wall was a light color already so I decided to paint them black.  I then went hard with the finishing sand paper to bring back their “oldness”.

leftover curtain clips and antique numbered nail heads were ideas to hang the pictures from the objects.

a red frame to break up the scene with color and shape….of course some vintage sheet music, and some recent landscape photos (I can change out super easy) made an otherwise boring wall now somewhat interesting….

the titles for the sheet music are no accident….our family room is full of “Moorish Dances” and plenty of “pillow fights”–

Is’t everyone’s?

have a great weekend….dcb

The Friday How-To….nifty iron-on & a giveaway!

a friend of mine recently asked about how to use computer iron-on transfers….i referred her to an earlier post  for a music pillow diy on the highnotedotnet, but thought that maybe you all could use a refresher…..and perhaps a new diy.

you can purchase computer iron-on transfer paper at just about any fabric or hobby store.  it is extremely versatile and I have become addicted to the ease in which you can use it on just about everything.

follow the instructions on your paper’s label, making sure you wash your fabric first.  Print your image out as a mirror image (also on the paper’s instructions), cut closely around your image and iron-on…it is that simple.  more pics and specifics?….again go here .

here are a couple of uses:

a guest towel, napkin or tea-towel

a framed piece of muslin or burlap

and of course, the ever so popular…..t-shirt….(too tired this morning to iron it perfect …)


today’s giveaway?  a free downdload of the above image to use for yourself!  (insert applause)

and everyone is a winner!!

*like this post, tweet about it and/or like on facebook

*leave a comment here  requesting your freebie!

*pass it on…share the wealth with your friends!

have a terrific weekend…..dcb

The Friday how-2….a shredded give-away!

ok…there are really no instructions for today’s diy.  i have found so many uses for shredded, old, unusable music and i am sure you will as well.

so…cut long strips with scissors, rip up by hand, or shred with a personal shredder (i finally broke down and purchased for around $40).


here are just a few uses:

fill a gift bag, basket, cellophane gift bag or bucket to add filler to your gifts…

i found these buckets at Michaels, but any party, paper or craft store carries them.  hide your gift inside….decorate the outside and it is two gifts in one!

these little jars are filled with 11″ long by 1/4″ wide cut strips.  roll them in to the jar and place a tea light on top!  small jars like this are all over etsy OR use old baby food jars for the same effect!

YAY!  it is a give-away day!  I am giving away one 16 oz. bag of shredded music!!

you know what to do….

*leave a comment here

*like this post

*like on Facebook or tweet on Twitter!

winner will be announced Monday!


have a great weekend…stay cool!   dcb


Light it up! Friday How-to—music wrapped candle

Good Friday everyone…

ok...i finally figured out how to do these fancy music wrapped candles that are becoming so popular everywhere.  and, i spent a whopping $2.50!!  i bought a two pack of regular candles from the Lobby (my personal slang for Hobby Lobby) for 4.99.  a bargain compared to what these babies retail for….


first:  dig out the oh-so-ancient-i-haven’t-used-since-1994 heat gun

come on…you know you have one somewhere….if not, you can buy one at your local hardware/craft/hobby store.  they are actually inexpensive and will come in handy on other projects.  i found this element key to the project as the heat gun allows for an even, smooth surface on your candle.  also, it prevents bumps on the surface caused by using glue or other adhesives (like i have seen on similar projects).

second: copy/print out your image on to tracing paper

yes, tracing paper.  it works better than parchment or tissue paper and is easy to work with.  you can copy directly to your tracing paper using a copy machine (shown) or print directly to your paper using a downloaded image.  cut your tracing paper to fit size of your candle.

third:  adhere paper to candle

use a thin piece of tape or better a vellum tape runner (shown) on both ends of your paper.  tightly wrap paper around candle.  using your heat gun, carefully heat paper around candle making sure you completely cover the entire surface with heat.  this process melts the candle just enough so that the paper will mold nicely to the candle and you will get a nice smooth surface.

embellish and….

there you go!

super easy, right?  and if you want a more ‘antiqued’ look, use a cream candle and off-white paper.  you can also use an image from a book, comic strip or children’s book to make a nifty nursery accessory!  enjoy!

have a blessed weekend.   dcb

The Friday How-to– easy music envelopes

a happy first Friday to you all…..

before we get to today’s fab how-to….

the winner of wednesday’s giveaway goes to……….

charming trinity!

congrats…you won a package of vintage music!

you all should check her out on www.charmingtrinity.com  !!

ok, back to the business of the how-to….

these snappy diy envelopes are super easy and extremely versatile!

first:  select your music sheet

most vintage sheet music runs about 11″ by 14″ long.  this is a great size for a larger envelope.  you can cut your page down  depending on what size envelope you need.  this how-to will be using the entire sheet and making a larger envelope.  finished size:  5″ by 7 1/2″.

second: the folding of your envelope

working lengthwise, fold the bottom edge up approx. 1 1/2″ to 2″.

fold corners down to meet edge

take each side and fold in to the middle; overlapping folds

third:  punch holes to attach folds

working from the inside of your envelope, punch a hole going through all inside folds from both the top and bottom of your envelope.

fourth:  run ribbon, twine or string through the holes

tada!  and just look at all these uses!!

small gift card holder

large greeting card envelope

gift envelope for your handmade soap

hey!  go to www.psilovesoapco.net  to get your scrumptious soap ideas to go along with your new fancy envelope!

used frappachino bottle with herbs…..great hostess gift!

photo envelope

show me what you used yours for!!   send me your pics!

have a terrific weekend!    dcb

the friday how-to–music garland

it’s friday!

over the long and inspiring weekend you may want to get your craft on and do this music garland!  an easy and elegant way to show those wonderful photos, kid projects, party banner and more!

ok…first:  cut your paper strips

you will want to cut your music, book paper or favorite scrapbooking paper (or a combo of each…yay) in approximately 3″ x 11 1/2″ strips.  you can make them wider, but i would not recommend making the strips any longer. you will want your loops to be nice and round.

second: make your loops

using a tape runner or double-sided tape, apply adhesive to one end of your strip.  then, take the other end and place underneath affixing to the exposed side of your adhesive.  viola! you now have your first loop.  the proceeding strips will be strung through the loops before the ends are taped together.

third: string your loops together

interlock your loops togther and attach the ends of each loop with your tape runner or double-sided tape.  you can make this as long or as short as you would like.  i tied tule ribbon at the end of this garland to give it a bit of a finish.

fourth:  attach inspiring photos/artwork

you can use paper clips, binder clips or clothes pins.  you like the music covered clothespins?  they will be in another friday how-to so keep an eye out for it!

hoping you have a wonderful, restful  long weekend full of inspiring moments to remember.