Spanish Olive Oil Press Mat—a Re-use

Hello sweet people….or should I say, “Hola”……travels to the Catalonia region of Spain have brought many wonderful memories, artifacts and of course…..craft ideas back to insert in my little blog to share with you all.

If I had any international business acumen, I would figure out a way to import these little beauties I found while staying in the countryside of Eastern Spain….olive oil country….rich with generations of olive oil production and traditional methods of oil making.

The press above, lies virtually untouched after many years of retirement in the garage of our friends who so graciously let us stay in their home in a small village named Gandesa.  Their “garage” was filled with many artifacts that American antique lovers would have swooned over.

I notice these “mats” everywhere….similar to a wicker rug….that were used to press the olives and separate the solids from the liquids.  They were washed and dried and apparently left for someone like me to think they were worth crafting with.  In their pure form they looked like this:

A few were generously gifted to me and stuffed in to my already overloaded suitcase.

Of course, there are many practical non-olive-oil-pressing uses for these babies.  A small rug, a centerpiece placemat, a garden mat….or,

a wall hanging……


A bit of ribbon and ribbon-covered clothes pins and I had a neat way to display some of my pictures from the adventure to Spain.



Sweet baby Georgia…

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A gift for a sweet baby of a friend of mine.   A darling bird hook attached to a decorated piece of wood.  Great for a baby’s room to hang keepsakes on or as a functional hook for towels and the like.   This is a variation of a couple of DIYs I have blogged in the past.  Very simple way to take a plain piece of wood and turn it in to something functional and cute!


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for this tutorial click here….


and for this one click here….

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No Friday How-2 tomorrow…..We are going to Disney World!!



The Friday How-to: Save those Christmas Cards!

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Happy post Christmas Friday to you all!  I trust that all of you had a very merry holiday and that you are gleefully wading your way through all your newly received Christmas tidings.

I don’t know about you, but every year I receive the most precious holiday cards with pictures of children that would rival any Gap Kids ad….

I save them for a year or two and then what?…..  Reluctantly, most end up in a recycle bin.

I had a friend who would scrapbook every single card…..every single year…..needless to say that labor intensive project doesn’t happen for her anymore.  But, it did give me an idea to create something new out of old cards.

So here is a project that will help reuse those cute cards and give the sender a keepsake of their Christmas greeting for that year.

You will need:

*Christmas type paper (scrapbook or wrapping)

*Hole punch


*Embellishments of your choice


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First:  Cut your card down to a smaller size.  For this card (graciously brought to you by Valerie at myfivelittlepeppers)

I cut it almost in half so my project would have a front side or a back side.  Cards with multiple pictures…..cut out our favorites and use for a front and back.


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Second:  Place your card images on your Christmas paper and trim to size.  Attach with tape or scrapbook adhesive.


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Third:  I laminated this project to help preserve the card, but you definitely don’t have to!  Punch holes with your hole punch on each side and along the bottom edge.  Punch two holes at the top center.


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Fourth:  Run your ribbon in and out of the holes along sides and bottom.

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Fifth:  Use a different ribbon for the top holes and embellish as you see fit.  Leave enough ribbon at the top for hanging if desired.

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* An ornament gift for the sender post-Holiday

*An ornament gift for the sender for next Christmas

*A gift tag for the sender’s Christmas gift next year

* A thank you card for the senders gift to you

* Hang it around a bottle of wine/champagne as a nifty New Years Eve hostess gift

* Have another idea?  Spill it!


Have a very blessed and prosperous New Year!   dcb

The Friday How-2: Make your own Music Wrapped Christmas Candle


Old man winter has somehow missed passing the white stuff over us here in Colorado, but I am still getting in to the spirit of decorating my digs up for the Christmas season.

The popularity of music wrapped candles has grown over the past couple of years.  These babies are all over Pinterest and of course, lining the pages of recent Pottery Barn catalogs. 

I say, make your own!!!

This is a super easy variation to an earlier tutorial I posted that you can find here.

The only difference for the music wrapped candles are the embellishments used.  For this candle I used a rub-on Santa decal directly on to the sheet music before wrapping the candle with it.  

Then, using a glue gun, I wrapped the bottom with jute twine  and the top with regular ribbon.  

I say, decorate as you wish!  

Just a note:  I have experimented with burning these candles.   No, the paper does not catch on fire….but, wax may drip down the sides of your candle depending on the quality of the pillar.  My recommendation is that you keep these pretties for your table top decor and use plain candles for burning!

Don’t want to make your own?   Check this out on my shop.…I will make one for you!!

have a great weekend!   dcb