Get out your watercolor paints and join me in some fun. Here are two different techniques to try, the first is from Susie Short’s watercolor tips. I like the scratch technique. And at The Postman’s Knock You will learn how to paint flowers from Anna.Then here is a fun one to do with kids. You can use paper cups, cans, tubes to make circles them come back in and paint. This is a study of artist Kandinsky form Art at Herod.
When I want to relax and just craft I get out one of two things, polymer clay or paint ceramic houses. (I use them in my Christmas village) Over the weekend I got out my clay and made a cute little snowman. (My pictures didn’t turn out and I all ready gave him away.) Polymer clay is easy to work with, you can use paint, ink, rubber stamps, build canes, sand, polish or varnish the clay. You don’t need very many tools, most things you can find around the house. Though if you use a pan or knife for clay don’t use it for food again. It’s not something you want in your mouth. Also if you sand the clay wear a mask. So I found a couple of ideas for you to get inspiration.Country Woman Magazine
Who doesn’t love reindeer? They can be whimsical, elegant, funny, cute and they help Santa fly through the sky. When we lived in Alaska one of our favorite places to take visiting friends was the reindeer farm in Palmer. You get to walk among the reindeer and give them feed, and they really like to get fed. So my way of thinking you have to honor them with a few reindeer decorations around the house.From Craft Goodies
Candy wrapper by Bo Bunny
Clay pot reindeer by Plaid
From Cut Out and Keep
I thought this photo collection would make a cute Christmas gift. This would be a pretty easy project and a sure it with grandparents. You could even use wood instead of the canvases to change it up a bit. Check it out at Clean Scentsible.
What do you do when it is time to wrap a gift? Love those gift bags, a little bit of tissue and place it in the bag, Done! Will maybe I should put a little more effort or at least thought into it. Here are some great ideas, most of them simple and cost affective. The gift wrap should not cost more than the gift. Hope you enjoy them.
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33 Shades of Green
One other thing I do as many of my gifts get taken to different homes, I color coordinate them. So all for family A gets gifts wrapped in red with santas on it, family B gets gold with snowflakes etc… That way I am not so likely to leave a present behind when it is time to visit.
I like having items in my home at Thanksgiving that let us write down the things we are thankful for. I found two ideas for this year. The cute little turkey box is from I Heart Crafty Things and is very kid friendly. The thankful tree is from Simply Vintagegirl and would add elegance to any home decor. Both are fairly easy crafts to create. Today is Veterans Day. I am thankful for the job our military has done to keep this country free. Your dedication to our country is greatly appreciated.
When I saw these pretty little snow scenes in bell jars I wonder where in the world do you find small bell jars. Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life came up with a great idea she found at the dollar store. They are the tops to plastic wine glasses, so clever. It would be really easy to get carried away with making this cute ornament.Pasta, glue gun and paint can get your creative juices flowing. Here are a few examples.
I am sure it comes as no surprise that many of the decoration on my tree are handmade. It just feels like my family is there with me when I look at those decorations and I can’t part with them. So in the next few weeks I will post different decorations that you can make for your tree or home.
Scrapper Girl took a few things from around the house (or craft store if you aren’t a saver) and made this charming Noel display. I think this is a craft that you could easily take and make your own and fun for the kids to help too.Rosy Posy has an idea for a star made from cinnamon sticks. Won’t that make your home smell wonderful?This would be a nice one for those with a fabric stash from Sofie Legarth. It is in french but if you take the address and drop it into Google, press search, it will take you to a translated site. The strips of fabric are 8 x 30cm which is about 3 1/8 x 12 1/2 inches. I love the colors she selected.
I was looking for something to make a young boy and thought this little garage box from Master Class would make a great gift. The blog is in Russian but here is a link for a translation. There are great pictures to follow. She makes her own box, but I think you could use a per-made box.And from Scribbit I found the game of Quatro. This would be a nice family gift. We always like getting new games. (OK didn’t like the year we got Risk, but I was the only one who didn’t like the game) This one looks like fun for everyone.
So cute I had to share. I love making dolls, but sewing the doll isn’t much fun in my book. A Beautiful Mess started with a blank plush doll they picked up from the craft store. Then went to work to make it look like her niece. The niece and doll have matching outfits made by aunt. What a great gift. (matching shoes too)