Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog Deux

Why here at Twigs and Tulle, why now?

Over seven hundred posts at my other blog, many years of teaching, not so many years of crafting (unless crocheting all of those granny squares decades ago counts... yes, after some reflection... it does), and Life's inevitable changes, and I've found another facet of my personality that is nudging, nodding, clearing its throat to be at the forefront.

The me who loves prettiness.  The me who adores typography.  The me, who more and more, finds excitement and anticipation and I-can-do-that confidence opening her eyes to new crafty interests... so nice to have the anxious, nervous, doubtful me putting herself in Time Out.  

The diamonds, the glitter, the shine; the rubies and jewel tones and curvy pearls.  The soldered window pendants, the ting-ting of the charm bracelets... The velvet, the fur, the silk, lace and denim.  The Bohemian print papers, the weight of the brown packaging paper roll and the crisp cuts of the old schoolhouse paper cutter.  The smell of scented candles, pumpkin in the fall, Christmas greens and cinnamon in the winter.  Long hair clipped up, "artsy fartsy" tendrils framing my Eskimo happy face.  Music in the background, acoustic, instrumental, holiday.

I went to college to become the teacher.  I learned crocheting and sewing from my mother and enjoyed the pairing of creation and conversation over her dining room table at tea.  I should have known ~this~ me would emerge again, asserting her value and importance, friendly but spirited.

Carpets from the Middle East.  Mismatched furniture from here, there, and everywhere.  Cubbies, drawers, nooks and crannies.  Collections, treasures, stories.  Photos.  Magazines, clippings, web bookmarks. 

Rambling.  An easy meander.  No rush.  No deadlines.  No rules to follow.  Here, I'm enough.  And I'll play with earthy twigs, and delicate tulle... and any other inspiring, curious or interesting materials I encounter, or to which friends introduce me.  


Christmas "Ornies..."

... are available in my Etsy shop!

Set of 8 pink snowflake ornaments:

And 8 "traditional" Christmas ornaments:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Time for a New Hobby...

... since lifelong learning shouldn't just be a goal for my students!

I've admitted to having a more-than-mild paper addiction, and regular readers know it takes a lot for me to step away from my hot glue gun.  With a sheepish smile on my face however, I have to share the following:

Soldering intimidates me.  Amazes me.  Scares me even.  Makes me fear for my fingertips and any other exposed skin I might be sporting in my crafty nook.

Odd, considering I wield a curling or straightening iron each morning (taming my mane into something presentable for work), and ~those~ things can leave the *worst* burns ever!

Deep breath in, cleansing breath out, deep breath in, and relax, Sheila is here to help:

First, I chose a domino with two 6's on the back for my birth month, December:
... and after trimming the edges with adhesive backed copper strips (I didn't forget to burnish the strips against the domino), Sheila instructed me to paint on some flux, and pick up some lead with the soldering wand:
It wasn't quite like applying nail polish.  Nor was it anything like curling one's hair.  But it was fun, and awkward, and intriguing.

I think I'm going to ask Santa Claus for soldering goodies this Christmas.  Oh yes.

(Sheila provided domino-sized images that could be cut out and Mod Podged onto the face of the domino- I chose a vintage-y little girl with a jack-o-lantern.)
W-A-Y  fun!

Thank you Sheila!

Would YOU like to take a class from Sheila?  

She'll be at Farmstead on November 20th:
 ~ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Found Treasures Charm Bracelet (wire wrapping techniques) $45
 ~ 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.  A Crown Fit for a Queen (paper/fabric/millinery/bling)$45
 ~ 2:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Let it Snow Banner (sewing on paper and using embellishments)$40

Call 816-858-0120 to register by November 17, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Who Says Halloween Can't be Pretty?

One set of the glitter bat ornies sold yesterday, so I've added another set today! Visit my Etsy shop to take a closer look.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Etsy Shop Re-Opened!



The flood may have destroyed a year's worth of banners and other crafty goodness, but it certainly didn't damage my paper addiction or my love of crafting!

"Boo" banners and autumn paper ornies are available in my Etsy shop- go take a peek!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Going Batty


... but can you blame me?

I'm not the only one!
~ Teaching Heart Mom created a downloadable pretzel bat and pumpkin sorting activity...
~ Handprint bats can be done by painting students' hands or by tracing them...
~ Colored paper bags (or let your students paint or color white or tan paper sacks) make bat puppetry simple and fun...