Feb 17, 2011
Feb 3, 2011
Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Time to start thinking about cards and mailboxes so I'll be ready for the big day at school! Here are my favorite valentine mailboxes. Click on the links below each box for instructions.
Alien Chews a Card - Instructions Here
Cat Chews a Card - Instructions Here
Valentine Mailbox - Instructions Here
Finding it difficult to throw away the hundreds of my children's and grandchildren's art paper's I've collected over the years I came up with a way to enjoy their drawings throughout my day.
First I took a photo of the art I wanted to preserve. Then using my computer reduced them to the size I wanted and printed them in black and white on regular copy paper.
Then I transfered the drawing onto prewashed and dried, white cotton muslin simply by placing the fabric on top of the drawing and tracing it lightly with a pencil. Holding the fabric and paper up to a window so the light shines through may be necessary if you can't see the print through the fabric.
Then I used embroidery stitches to fill in the artwork. If you haven't done embroidery and would like to try this wonderful craft click here for a link with easy to follow embroidery instructions by video.
I used strips of colored cotton material to boarder each piece of white artwork and then sewed them all together to make a quilt top. After machine quilting and binding - they were finished.
Here are some photo's of the finished quilts.
I love the children's artwork and the quilt will become even more valuable as they grow older.
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
An easy pattern to make, great for using up the odds and ends of yarn.
Jan 26, 2011
Folk Art, papier mache dolls from the 1700's and 1800's are fascinating to me. I love the forgiveness of the process. The paperclay as well as the painting of the doll head can be reworked, changed, redone over and over again. If you are interested in the process of this wonderful art here is a list of resources.
CLICK HERE for the Resource Link to Papier Mache Doll Making.
Labels: Doll Crafts
Jan 25, 2011
Nothing's sweeter than preparing for a new little one's arrival. Including older children in the preparation and celebration makes it extra fun! Mama's Doodles has this simple idea that's super easy for kids. All you need is fine grit sandpaper, crayons and a baby T-shirt.