Mason Jars

6 Jan

I love gifts in a jar.  This year my jar was filled with huckleberries, yum. So now to do something with that jar and maybe gift it back.  Here are a few ideas that I gathered.
R2D2 and Yoda Mason Jar craft idea @clubchicacircle
Star Wars jars by Chica Circle

Football Party Mason Jar Crafts -- simple ideas to use at your next football party!
For the next big game from The Country Chic Cottage

Mason Jar Sewing Kits @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Makes a great gift for anyone that loves to sew! #sewing #masonjar #gift
I would like this next to my chair to keep everything within easy reach. From Wait ’til Your Father gets Home.


So cheery by My So Called Crafty Life.

Make beautiful doily luminaries using recycled jars, doilies and a little burlap and twine. These doily luminaries are perfect for weddings, holidays, or just for some added beauty. Such an easy craft project!
Pretty lace jars from Crafts by Amanda

Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Christmas reindeer graphicsWishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you get time to visit with family and friends.  We are having a white Christmas and it is very beautiful.
After the holidays it’s clean the craft room and start new projects.
My sons are helping me with some videos, hope to have those up and running soon.
Nice to have live-in technical support.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

8 Dec

OK right up front I have not tried this product yet or even gone looking for it. (though it is available on amazon)  I just thought I would highlight it, because if any of you are making mugs as Christmas gifts it might be a great product to try.  It is dishwasher safe mod podge.  You use it like regular mod podge, but can wash items in the top rack of your dishwasher.  Would love to hear a product review if anyone has tried it yet.modpodgePS Did a little more reading: People like the product, but it does take 28 days to cure.

Christmas Dioramas

1 Dec

Recently of a trip to my home town to visit my family my sister and I went to a crafting night at the local art center.  We made dioramas, it was a terrific evening.

My home town took their old library and made it into an art center for the town to enjoy.  They have different artists work on display and offer many  classes and workshops through the year.  It is a wonderful place to go, have fun and meet people.  Nice to see this build put to use.

To make the dioramas, there were tea cups to choose from, a wide assortment of small decorations, and glue.  We used both Tacky glue and hot glue. Add glitter, pompoms and little snow flakes and with in an hours time you have made a diorama or two.
diorama

Webster definition of diorama is: a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background. Not sure that is really what I achieved, but it was fun and I am doing more of these little projects. You can use lids, match boxes, cookie cutters pretty much anything that will hold your display.  I have been collecting old Christmas cards to add as background.  Here are a few more diorama ideas: Click on picture to follow to link.

Holiday Ornament

Birds in clay pots ornaments 1

Pattern Fitting

23 Nov

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know I like Nancy Zieman. (Sewing with Nancy)  One of my major sewing problems is getting a pattern to fit.  On Nancy’s latest show “Solving the Pattern Fitting Puzzle” she gives some great tips.  This is the first part of two and I have already learned some simple tips that I can put to use.  I hope this helps you too.
Free Mini Pattern Pieces from Solving the Pattern Fitting Puzzle by Nancy Zieman

Weaving Paper

10 Nov

Do you like to weave?  I find it enjoyable if it is just in and out type of weaving.  If you start a pattern where I really have to concentrate then I can get lost.  It’s that left brain fighting the right brain sort of thing.  I found some wonderful examples of paper weaving.  I am starting out with There’s a Dragon in My Artroom. Phyl is an art teacher and she explains the basics very well on her blog.

dragon

Here is another example from Atostraddle.  Their weaving is in a pattern using pages from books.
weaving
I like how Can’t Stop Making Things made their paper for their weaving.
can't stop making things

And from Blazer Designs I enjoy the heart embellishment.
woven heart

Art Teacher’s Journal

2 Nov

This is a great idea for keep track of art ideas either for students or just some things you may want to try on your own.  It gives you a source to come back to and samples of the ideas. Once you have tried the idea you can keep notes on what worked or what you might do different next time.  I wish I could credit the person who did these art journal pages, but I can not find the source.

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