Sunday, April 28, 2013

Eskimo Paper Doll

After a little bit of this, and a little bit of that:


It turns out I wanted to make a paper doll:


Cardstock, fabric, paper punches, ric-rack, ink, buttons, hot glue and a candy stick:



... and my cute little Eskimo is ready!

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The pink cardstock and floral fabric make up her parka~
The white cardstock is her ruff and fur trim~
The ric-rack and buttons are the qupaks, or fancy trim~

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Twenty-five years ago, this was my parka (look at my little sister rocking her pastel snow gear!):

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crafting Method

My crafting method for today:

Dump it out and see what happens.


Having pre-cut pennants and dots stockpiled came in handy today. 


Digi-camo, red checks and white stars on blue make wonderfully patriotic bunting, don't you think?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tulle Clips: Photo Tutorial

Who doesn't enjoy a quick craft?  Let's gussy up some wooden clothespins: they're prettier than plain ol' pins and using hot glue isn't nearly as time consuming as mod-podging all of their surfaces would be.


You'll need tulle, wooden clothespins, scissors, buttons, and a hot glue gun.



Cut a six inch length of tulle:


Fold it in half:


 Pinch together:


Find the middle and hold tightly:


Twist:


 Add a dollop of glue to the clothespin:


 Press twisted center of tulle into glue:


Add a button to conceal the twist:


Trim the edges:


... and there's your clip!




I'm using my clips to display my adopted ancestor photos:



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Don't get me wrong, I love to use Mod Podge!  Here's my post on making gift clips for valentine treats...

... and the star clips I made for my classroom over at Kindergarten's 3 R's.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer Project: Adopted Ancestors

I've mentioned before that I have a short window of opportunity each summer for immersing myself in creative pursuits.  Seeing so many art journals that feature altered vintage photographs, I've decided to put some of my collection of adopted ancestors to use once school is out.



This gentleman is The Husband.  He happens to have moonlighted as a Secret Santa before:



The beautiful lady is cast in the role of The Wife, and the child in the pram is of course, The Kid.



My sailor girl is The BFF, and the ladies in black are The Board, also known as The Hen Committee (and I suspect, The Coven).  Mr. 'Stache will be referred to as The Dandy, though now that I think about it, "Mr. 'Stache" seems to suit him just as well.

I haven't a clue what might be produced with these images.  Cards?  A sassy calendar? Ornaments?  Serious, romantic, or silly sentiments?


Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Not Always "Inspiration..."

... that makes for a productive day in the crafty nook.

Yesterday as I floated through varying states of alertness (oh thank you, allergy medication), I managed to complete most of the big chores to be found in the house, leaving today free for the crafting.

S-c-o-r-e.

A large coffee and two banana muffins later, I was downstairs flipping the lights on when I realized I had no idea what it was I wanted to make.  No clue what I'd like to work on.  Couldn't fathom what project might take me for a creative ride.  For the life of me, I was unable to find someplace to start.

I hate that.

So I plugged in the glue gun, turned on some music, shredded some junk mail and flipped through a crafty magazine.  

Pulled out some fabric.

Refolded it and stacked it neatly on the shelf.

Spun a wreath form around in my hands a few times.

Hung it back in the closet.

Changed the c.d.

Perused some blogs.

Pulled some pre-cut bunting pennants from a stash hidden in a dark corner of a cabinet.

Then POW: party bunting.  I need to make some party bunting.

Today it was all about finding the right trigger.



Whew.  Americana Bandanas and Blue Jeans bunting, School Days (teacher appreciation) bunting, and a perky Buttons and Blooms bunting.

How often do you draw a creative blank?




Sunday, April 14, 2013

Summer Crafting Goal

Away go the Easter bunnies (not the Bunnies by the Bay crew), chicks, eggs and pastels:

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... and in come the adopted ancestors:

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My goal this summer is to create altered art with copies of these images.  I came across all of them during walk-throughs of Kansas antique and thrift stores.

To keep myself on track, I've even changed up the blog header for the summer:

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Maybe it's strange that I set creative goals, but as I'm a kindergarten teacher from the end of July through the last week of May, my "me" time is short and precious.  As much as I might enjoy a laissez-faire summer, it's not going to happen anytime soon.

While others dream of traveling, living in hotels or motor homes all summer long, I'm away from my crafty nook enough as it is- bring on the sweet tea, gardening, grilling, and crafty adventures!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Snow Survivors



Of all of the trees we planted last summer, only one didn't survive.

Mother Nature must be trying to harden them, since it snowed today, after all of the sunshine and warmth we had last weekend.

Buds and blossoms are wonderful to see!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Where Women Create: Fabulous Feature

Excitement today: my chairs were shared with readers at Where Women Create!


Where Women Create has been one of my favorite publications and regular source of crafty and organizational inspiration since my crafty nook really was ~just~ a nook.

Thank you Jo and company, for sharing the story of my meant-to-be chairs.  


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When were my chairs featured?  On my mother's birthday!

Happy Birthday Mommy.

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And the end of the story? Where Women Create shared my "meant-to-be" chairs online *today.* My eldest, Nathaniel, met Jo, creator and Editor-in-Chief of Where Women Create in Alaska, t-o-d-a-y. Meant. To. Be.