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


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: Washi tape votives and a give-away!

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A fantastic Friday to you!!

Gearing up for the fattening, fun and crafty holiday known as Valentine’s day.   Here is an easy peasy (as my kids would say) way to spruce up those table top votives for your Valentine’s decor.

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You will Need:

*  Clear glass votive candle holder

* Washi tape.  You can get this awesome tape at your craft store, or check this site out on Etsy:   The Washi Shop.

* Hot glue gun

* Garden twine and/or ribbon

*Valentines embellishments/stickers


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I like Washi tape because it is easy to use and it is transparent…the light from your candle will glow nicely through the holder.   Begin at the bottom and slowly and as evenly as possible, wrap the tape around the candle holder working your way up.

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Make sure the entire holder is wrapped.

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Hot glue one end of your twine to the candle holder.  Then wrap the twine around the holder to your desired thickness.

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After you are done wrapping, hot glue the other end to the existing twine to secure.

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Embellish with a cut-out heart and/or stickers of your choice.

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You can also wrap paper around the body of the candle and accent with the Washi tape and twine for a different effect and look.

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Use a flame less tea light or regular votive candle—–easy, cheap and pretty—who could wish for more?!

Now the best part….

Like this post and/or leave a comment to enter to receive one of these candles for a give-away!!

I will announce the winner on Monday.

Have a warm-hearted weekend!  dcb

The Friday How-2: Shredded Music Thanksgiving Placecard

Happy Countdown to Turkey day……

Yet another way to use that shredded music to make your Thanksgiving table top unique and the topic of dinner conversation.

Very simple:  

*Reuse your old baby food jars, jelly jars or other small jar.

*Fill with long strips of old music (dictionary, book or other pages work well too).

*Tie with twine or other ribbon and attach a tag with a name, saying, or word to fit your Thanksgiving theme.

*Top with a Fall vase filler such as mini pumpkins (shown), acorns, a candy treat or whatever else your heart desires.

The possibilities are endless!


as your reward for reading all the way through this sweet little blog….


Winner will receive a 16 oz. bag of shredded vintage sheet music to use for holiday decorating!

Just like this blog and/or leave a comment here to enter!

Winner will be announced on Monday, November 19.   Good Luck!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.    dcb

The Friday How-to: DIY Board Hooks

Happy Friday everyone…..

As if you don’t have enough to put up on your walls at Christmas time as it is…..

Here is an easy way to recycle old Christmas cards, Holiday sheet music (my fave), holiday scrapbook paper, or pages from an old Christmas book.

You will need:

ephemera of your choice (eg., old sheet music , cards, book pages etc)

Wood board (available at any craft store)

Your choice of paint

Drawer pulls (I got these on clearance at Anthropologie, but you can get them at any hardware or craft store)

Small drill or Dremel tool

Decoupage glue

Embellishments and ribbon of your choice


Prepare and paint your boards the color of your choice.    After paint is dry, place your paper or card on the board in the position that you wish.


Make a small mark where you want the drawer pull “hook” to go.  Drill a small hole on mark.  Do this before Decoupaging!!


Decoupage your paper element to your board and let dry.    When dry, gently fasten your drawer pull to the drill hole on your board until secure.


Distress your board, embellish with stickers or rub-ons (shown) or whatever else you fancy.  Attach a nail tooth hook on back for hanging or use with small easel.  

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….simple greeting cards

Happy Fantastic Friday everyone!

If I had a nickle for every time I heard a friend say that it takes too much time and effort to make a homemade card….I would be a wealthy woman….well,  I would have a few nickles anyway…..

The fact of the matter is that one can make a cute, personalized card in minutes without expending much effort at all.   The secret lies within the type of card you start with……

My tip:  start with pre-printed, store-bought note card.

Like this:

Second tip:  save old greeting cards and ribbon.  Re-use sayings from old books, designer clothing tags, cookbooks, and of course, old music sheets.

Like this:

If you can cut and paste, then you can make a card.

 And, it will look like you took hours to make!

enjoy the weekend!  dcb

Craft Camp–Wrap up

wow!  what a week!  what a fun few days we had doing the first annual “Craft Camp”!

Just a few highlights…..

Here is some salvaged plywood painted with chalkboard paint that served as the Welcome sign and also the place where the day’s activities were posted (in my kitchen no less…)

Remember the place mats from last week’s how-2?  Happen to notice that it included a menu?  Here is a sample of breakfast one morning….a nice treat for the girls who love all things fancy….

We learned how to make…..



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I have to credit Pillows a-la mode for this cute idea.  Check out her cloth place mat bags here.

There were Craft Camp t-shirts to sign with fabric pens and foot/hand painted canvases to decorate with bright paint

and…lots and lots of giggles and imagination.

Already talk of Craft Camp 2013….

I will let the happy residue of the last few days sit with me a bit before thinking about that….

have a great week’s end.


The Friday How-to–fabric meets music

did you make it through the week?

fabric meets music today…a nice combo and easy diy.

get out your modge podge and let’s get started!

you will need:

1.  a Styrofoam ball or found object of your choice.  i picked up the finial at the Lobby for cheap!

2.  decoupage such as Modge Podge.  Glossy works best.

3.  your music.  you are going to tear in to strips.

4.  your fabric.  you are also going to tear this in to strips.

first:  tear or cut your music in to approx. 1/2″ to 1″ wide strips depending on the size of your ball or object.

second:  using tape or a tape runner attach your strips around the ball turning the ball as you go.  taping the paper down first helps hold it in place before you apply the decoupage.

 third:  after you have taped down your paper strips, apply a coat of decoupage all around the ball.  don’t be afraid to fold down parts of your paper that are sticking up….the end result will be a smooth covered ball/object.

fourth:  allow your decoupaged object to dry completely.

fifth:  tear your fabric into 1/2″-1″ strips.

sixth:  using straight pins to hold in place, wrap a few strips around your ball/object.  after you have the look you desire, you can hot glue the ends of the fabric to your object.  you may also want to put a coat of decoupage on the fabric as well.  i did so on the finial and it turned out way cool.

and you are done!

i found a stick in the backyard and poked it through the bottom of this one….

embellish as you find fulfilling and you can use more fabric than music or the other way around!

enjoy the weekend…and a wonderful father’s day to all you great dads!


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