Archive | December, 2012

Happy New Year

31 Dec

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration.  We celebrate early in the evening around here as my husband and I just can’t make it to midnight anymore.  Being cold and snowy outside it is nice to have a little family celebration and call it good.  That doesn’t mean a few decorations aren’t in order.  Here is a cute idea from Jellyfish Jelly, it is for the Chinese New Year, but would work for ours as well.  Most of you crafters will all ready have all the supplies.Chinese-Lanterns-a15-682x1024

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Getting Organized(again)

30 Dec

Hi:  I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  We spent our time with finger foods, board games, movies and family.  Something we should do more than once a year.  So now to get ready for the new year.  I always feel like organizing this time of year.  Maybe it has something to do with the state of my work space.  I get carried away making things for Christmas and it also is a dumping ground for that quick clean-up when guest are coming over.  Here are a couple of storage ideas that have caught my eye.

This first one is by Noodle Head, love the fabric choices.  You could add a couple of c-hooks to the bottom for keys.mailorganizertutorial

Tired of searching for those school papers and for the missing backpack?  Here is a great ideas from Delightful Order.16

Lowes has instructions for this very handy cart.lowes cart
This next one is from A Pretty Cool Life, you could make this easy project from any cute little box or tin.tin
A couple of thoughts to organizing are look for something you are attracted to and think how you could use a small collection for storage.  Baskets are always a good choice, but so are glass jars, crates, buckets and the list goes on.  Color is great for getting items to look like they should go together. For example: binders, boxes and baskets all in coordinating colors make a bookshelf look neat and tidy.

Merry Christmas

22 Dec

Wishing you a Merry Christmas with a little help from the Muppets.   Muppets Christmas

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Jewelry Stand

19 Dec

Back to crafting today.  I found the jewelry stand on Craftgawker, posted by Home and Away by Lisa.  I have just the place for this type of stand, awkward little corner they built in my bathroom that has been a waste of space until now.  If you don’t have the building skills or tools, this can be done with pre-cut frames from your craft store, big box store or frame shop.  You could also use window screen or plastic canvas instead of the metal mesh.  Remember to finish the back off nice.  It is my belief that things should look just as good from the back as from the front.  Again if you don’t have the tools to cut the wood you could use ribbon, or some of the pretty duct tape.  JewelryStand_02

Winnie the Pooh

18 Dec

How many of us grew up with Winnie the Pooh.  I remember reading the books by A.A. Milne.  These books were illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.  In later years Disney gained the rights to Winnie the Pooh and made several cartoon movies with the characters.  I know those movies came in handy when my children were little.  It made my mother-in-law laugh when she came to visit our home and my husband (who is not one to break out in song) was singing a song from Winnie the Pooh to sooth our son.  I think she was amazed he even knew the words.  Oh, the wonderful things we do for our children.  Back to Pooh…what is it that endears that little bear to us?  Since 1926 this little bear has been touching our lives.

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Pooh-isms

Piglet: “how do you spell love?”Pooh:”you don’t spell it, you feel it.”

“If you live to be 100.
I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day.
So I never have to live without you.”-Winnie the Pooh

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” -Winnie the Pooh

Crafting with Pooh
Remember Winne the Pooh is copyrighted , with that said here are some fun crafts that remind me of Pooh bear.

The first is by Pretty Toys, it is in Russian so you will have to translate, she has made a pattern for sewing a little bear for someone special. prettytoys
I like this cute little hunny pots from Disney Family.hunny-pots-photo-260-MB-hunnypotsbeauty2

The Coloring Book has some printable coloring pages for you to printout of Pooh and his friends.winnie-pooh-100

Knife Block re-done

16 Dec

Just a quick thought today:  Do you have a knife block sitting on your kitchen counter?  Has the outside of it seen better days?  Mine sure has.  Why did I not think of this myself?  I don’t know but sure glad Roaming Rolfes did and posted it on her blog.  A few coats of paint and we can do away with all ugly knife blocks!roamingrolfes

Art Quilts

14 Dec

Two phrases that drive me nuts are “I don’t like art” and “I am not an artist, I can’t even draw a straight line.”  When art is all around you it is hard to believe there is not something you like.  It could be the lines of a building, the movement of a garment, the song of a bird, or one of God’s sunsets, there is art all around.  And as for the second phrase, everyone can do art; it’s just a matter of finding the art form you are good at.  What are the things that make you stop and take a second look?  For me it is often color, I like bright colors that stand out, and then you notice the picture they make.  That is why I picked out these art quilts to share today.  It was color first and then amazement that they could do all the wonderful shading and highlights with fabric.  Hope you enjoy the work and find your creative path.KTaroma ktteapot

Art quilts by Kate Themel. Aroma and Teapot.

CurtainCall2Curtain Call by Elaine Quehl

purple pumpkinPostcard size quilt The Purple Pumpkin is by Sara Kelly.

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