Hi! I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to sit down and write. My aunt, mother-in-law and I just got a little space that we are renting in a market. I have been busy sewing and filling the space. It is a lot of fun, a little bit of a gamble, not sure we are in the right spot for us, but it is a start. Then next week I am going the “Sewing Expo”. I am so excited! Four days of classes and products and people who love to sew. And Nancy Zieman (Sewing with Nancy) is going to be there. What fun.
Today I am looking at paper beads. They are fun to make and most of us have the craft supplies we need at home. Recycle junk mail or old magazines, a little glue, tooth pick or wood skewer, and a foam tray are about all you need. I like to add a gloss finish. I have included a few DIY’s so you can decide how you want to make your beads. Remember how you cut the paper makes a difference to the shape of the bead.
Better Homes and Garden
If you are looking for something fun to do with kids head on over to The Crafty Crow. There are six links for ideas to use recycled cardboard. They all look like fun.
My husband deserves a wonderful Valentines gift. That being said, it is not an easy task. It needs to be personal, not too mushy, healthy and not bust the budget. No romantic get-away to the Caribbean as nice as it sounds. So I have been gathering ideas. I think I will step out of my ordinary routine and first make him breakfast. (I would do it in bed, but he is an early riser) What better way to start the day than with bacon hearts.The Paper Mama
Then pack a lunch (again something I rarely do) in a fun take-out box. This one from Tammy Mitchell Designs is designed for a miniature take-out box, but I can enlarge the idea. Take-out boxes can be found at your local craft store.
Then after a long day of work maybe something for soaking in the whirlpool tub. Creating Sisterhood has a great recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath. Very easy and most of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen.Pretty sure he will like all of this, who doesn’t liked to be pampered once in a while?
When I first saw this bracelet my first thought was, so pretty, then that looks hard to make. But lo and behold it is a pretty simple technique and The Gossiping Goddess will take you through the tutorial step by step.
Dick Blick has a wonderful feature on their website. They have art lessons for educators. They are in PDF platforms and many have easy to follow videos. The one that caught my eye today is making your own color field sketchbook. They give instructions on how to do “Stain Painting” a technique used by artists Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis. This is a fun and easy technique. Just remember not to get too carried away with mixing your paint colors or you will get a mud color. Here is the link for the PDF file. And for the video go to Dick Blick and follow the link.Helen Frankenthaler
Morris LouisColor Field Sketchbook
Looking for blog inspiration I headed over to Alisa Burke’s page, and found these wonderful noodle beads. Think back to childhood when you were learning eye hand coordination and now dress it up and bring the fun into the adult world. Aren’t they great?
Back when I had a shop where I did picture framing I had a woman bring in a bag of items she had collected over the years from her son’s bedroom. She wanted them framed so she could give them to her new daughter-in-law. The customer trusted me enough to take the items and set it up whichever way I thought looked best. It was a fun project. While looking for some ideas I came across this shadow box loaded with childhood toys. I like the idea. So I kept looking and found a couple more, all easy enough to do at home. See what you think.
Creations By Christie
Love the picture inside the frame.