November Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop

Can you believe that it is November already?  To celebrate the season, Julie McGuffee had a great giveaway and you can find the winners of the Sizzix Sidekick with 2 sets of Sizzlets alphabet dies at her blog.  Also, learn all about the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner and giveaway announcement on her blog as well.  You can find out more about it by visiting Julie McGuffee’s Blog.  

Facebook Connection
Be part of an exclusive group of crafters! Our Designer Craft Connections Blog Hop now has a page on Facebook.  Do you want to be the first to hear about giveaways, challenges, and other details of our blog hop?   LIKE us on facebook and then share our page with your family and friends so they can join in on the fun!   

My project for the November DCC Blog Hop is an altered napkin ring.

The multi-colored napkin ring is fading and out of date.  It needs a new look.  So gold paint is my answer to recycle and upcycle these wooden rings. 

While it looks great with the gold paint, I want more.  The holidays are coming, and I want one set of napkin rings to take me from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond.  But, I want different looks.  What’s a professional craft designer to do? Turn to Velcro®, of course.

Ultra-Mate® by Velcro® allows me to change the look of my napkin ring in a twinkle of an eye. 

This heavy duty, thin fastener has a low profile making it perfect for this eligant design.  The gold napkin ring serves as a base for different embellishments which I design. 
I place the hook oval on the napkin ring and the loop oval on my flowers.  I use gold flowers for Thanksgiving and red ribbon roses for Christmas.  

Some families use paper napkins around the holidays.  If you are one of those families, coordinate the top embellishment of the napkin ring with your paper napkins.

Have fun creating your own napkin rings for the holidays!  

Like this project?  Make sure to let me know by leaving your comment below.  I love hearing from you.

Make sure to visit all the great blogs in our blog hop.  Just click on the “Hop Forward” link the Designer Craft Connection icon in the right-hand column.  You will love all the great creative ideas you will find!

Craft Secrets Newspaper 
with Carol Heppner

Make sure to visit my new Craft Secrets Newspaper - published every morning and night.   

You will find creative stories from across the web for your reading pleasure.  Be your creative informed best when you read Craft Secrets with Carol Heppner.  

Golden Coin Chic

Make this  fashionable necklace for the holidays by following these simple to follow instructions. You will love the looks you will get when you tell them that the golden coins and pendant frame was created with paper and Viva Decor products.

There is another surprise with this necklace and is in the center of the frame.  You'll have to read the instructions to know the surprise! 

Pasquale Lopetrone
I would like to introduce you to my cousin, Pasquale Lopetrone.  

Pasquale lives in the same town in which my great grandparents lived before they moved to the USA.   My great grandparents passed down their love of San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy, to their son, John (Giovanni).  John passed the love of SGF to my mom, Anna May, and my  mom, to me.

Pasquale and I are very close cousins.  We share the same passions for art, photography, and genealogy.  

My Italian "brother" and I have spent years working on our Universal Lopetrone Family Tree.  We were joined by others in the Lopetrone family to document many family members.   This is easier to do since the Lopetrone family is a very small family.  There have only been about a thousand Lopetrones from the 1600s (from our first documented Lopetrone "grandfather") to present times.

Thanks to Pasquale's help, my branch of the Lopetrone Tree is the only one to be complete from 1535 to present.  I am very proud of Pasquale and his accomplishments and would love to share his professional life with you.  

Pasquale is a Historic Architect and has overseen many restoration projects for Calabria, Italy.  Pasquale has created a website and I would love you to pay it a visit.  There, you will find his restoration projects, discoveries, and publications.  The website is in Italian, but you can use free translation tools (Google Chrome  will automatically translate it for you) to read the text.  


  1. this is a great project....Love that you can change it out...

  2. If you hadn't posted the before picture, I wouldn't have believed it! Thank you for once again inspiring me!

    -Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  3. Hi Carol! This is so pretty and versatile! And I love the cool faux glass jewel in the center of the necklace. How wonderful that you and your cousin have documented your family tree! Now that's a family treasure!

  4. Thanks so much, everyone! I really appreciate your kind words about this project.

  5. Thanks for this post its really interesting i bookmark your blog for future stuff like this..


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