Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here's a piece I consider priceless. I found it stuck between some papers that were in a box that had been moved at least twice without being sorted out. It's got to be 12 years old.
This is a kitchen-table creation, or maybe a doctor's-waiting-room or back-seat-of-the-car time killer. I love it because it reminds me of my little girl who is a star, who is full of love, and has never stopped drawing. Now her pictures are a little moodier, use a lot more black and red, and contain symbolism that's often lost on us adults. However, it's still priceless.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I finally freed myself by letting all my subscriptions expire. The hardest to let go was Martha, because I've been a fan for so long. And I was quite worried I couldn't live my best life (or even aspire to it) without my monthly pep talk from Oprah. But I did it... I let them go. And all of a sudden, I had time on my hands and nothing to read. When the band-trip fundraising form came home from school I was an easy sale ..."oh, all right. It's for a good cause, after all." I carefully made my choices, looking for good content and refreshing ideas. Home Companion, Cottage Living, Domino, O at Home ... and one by one I got the thanks-but-no-thanks notes. They've all gone under. The irony is that one consolation prize is a subscription to MSL. I guess it's a good thing, after all.
That's my personal story. Professionally, I wouldn't be where I am today were it not for hobby publications -- both magazines and books. That's why I found Jennifer Perkin's recent post so interesting. Do you think the blog-o-sphere is undoing the print world? Do you read blogs or other online content more or less than print magazines? What about when you want to do a craft project? Do you do a quick online search, or flip through back issues? What about books? I'd love to hear your opinions.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
PS this means an extra day for the glue give-away. Just tell me what you're "stuck on" and you'll be entered.
Friday, February 13, 2009
2 pieces of 11″ x 3″ fabric (with edges that fray are the best)
Faux flowers & leaves
Amazing E-6000 Craft Adhesive
Different colors of thread
Sewing machine with zigzag stitch capabilities
1. Place your fabric pieces on top of each other and zigzag stitch them all around, about 1/2 inch in from all four sides. One piece of fabric is the outside and the other is the inside. Kind of like a fat watchband with a button closure instead of a buckle.
2. Arrange your leaves and zig zag stitch them onto the cuff.
3. Take your faux flower apart and zig zag stitch it to the center.
4. Cut out hearts, stars, random shapes and zig zag stitch them around your flower.
5. Stitch three buttons to one side of your flower (for different wrist sizes)
6. Wrap the cuff around your wrist to figure out where the button holes should go and mark the placement. If your sewing machine has a button hole setting, stitch one in. If it doesn’t you can cut a slit and stitch the edges of the cut.
7. Using E-6000, add rhinestones to the center of the flower and the cuff.
Accessorize with your favorite jeans and t-shirt and show it off!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Today, some Valentines for you. These are my favorites, and I bring them out every year. If you do nothing else this week, get out the crayons, construction paper, and glitter and make a Valentine for someone you love.
The pink Valentine with the bow and the red and white Valentine are from my friend Susan. She made the pink one in 1996. It folds together and is latched with a small heart that shows on the back.
The red valentine isn't signed, but I distinctly remember her making this during our monthly craft night. I thought she was crazy at the time, but I'm thrilled to have one for myself! It's a fine example of Scherenschnitte, a traditional German paper cutting craft.
The others are examples of cards I made to send to friends and family. I learned how to make most of them in a paper cutting and folding class taught by Barbara Griffeth Galley.
When my kids were little, I always felt a little overwhelmed around Christmas time, so when I thought I hadn't done a good job of personal Christmas cards, I tried to make up for it around Valentines Day. This large red Valentine cleverly folds into a self-mailer, requiring the recipient to finish the task by folding it back into the Valentine.
And now for the giveaway. Thanks to the fine folks at Eclectic Products, I have some glue for you. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you're "stuck on." I'll draw a random number next Monday, and you'll get some terrific craft glue to work with.
Here's my list ('cause I can't keep it to just one...)
1. I'm stuck on my husband of nearly 19 years, and our dear, dear daughters.
2. I'm stuck on 2% plain Greek yogurt.
3. I'm stuck on the color blue.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Did I mention that my mom’s been cleaning out a lot lately? She came across this photo,
1. No wonder swinging was (and is) my favorite playground activity.
2. “Glee” and “delight” are two emotions often associated with children (especially when swinging) but much too rarely with older teens and adults.
3. How cool is it that my parents set up a real swing in the laundry room!
4. Blue Keds are the best.