Monthly Archives: November 2011

L is for Sister

November 26th 2011

No matter how large or small the craft or project, how complicated or involved it is, how much or little time it takes, how much planning or spontaneity it requires; making it still gives me a warm feeling. 1) I am feeding my soul doing what makes me happy & using my talents and 2) Giving/making something for someone else also lends to having “warm fuzzies.” It’s a  double whammy of goodness for all!! These happen to be 2 of the Laws of Happiness, found in the book by Dr.Henry Cloud. He was the only male speaker at the Women of Faith conference last month and he really spoke volumes to my heart as did the extraordinary women who shared the word of God and their testimonies. WOW!

Here is a 10 minute craft. Get a large pre-painted white letter (or any color you fancy). This letter is about 9 inches tall. Wrap two ribbons (wide & narrow) around it and accent it with buttons, jewels, felt or paper flower, anything at all!! See mine?

These are the supplies you’ll need.
TIP: Lay everything out before you glue.  Play with it until you are totally happy with how you want it set up.

First wrap the widest ribbon around the letter. Dot the hot glue in the center and on the back side as seen below. DO this with each ribbon you use.   I added a white ribbon because the green ribbon was too light, I didn’t want the flowers to show through.

This is how it looks on the back. over lap 1 1/2 to 2 inches.

Done!

The After Thanks

November 25th 2011

1 Thessalonians 5:18
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Since we can’t see what’s on the other side of our problem, give thanks to God for what he is working in you and for you and keep moving forward. This too shall pass! He already knows how it ends…

As for me, I am thankful for the abundant blessings in my life, of which I have nothing to gripe or moan about; the simple pleasures. 

And, I am happy to have an extra couple of days to craft, I mean, put up the tree, which is crafty right?  My crafting for Thanksgiving is cooking, since the Monday before! I always want to make place cards, but they are generally disregarded. I think about decorating, but after eating, everything gets trashed. What really irks me is after days and hours of cooking and preparing, it’s all over in 20 minutes. So there you go! If I make a craft, at least I can look at for as long as I want and don’t have to suffer the discarding!! So that’s why I don’t fuss over party planning and that type of decor. I say make it quick and simple and inexpensive!

So, I am ready to continue crafting for Christmas…I could probably do that year round! There’s a challenge. 365 of Christmas crafting but realistically, I can hardly craft weekly, much less daily! And don’t think for a minute that I am joking, that list of Christmas crafts has been growing for years now–crafts on the brain and in books.

Clever Letters: Finishing touches

November 21st 2011
These pictures are no fun to look at, simply mechanics, but the best is saved for last!!
Here are some of the little details. I do not have pictures of how long it took me to assemble, but of course as you play with your letters, you will figure it out. It doesn’t have to be straight!  Don’t forget to paint the back of the letters first, makes things easier! Here is a great place to buy letters online, if the craft store doesn’t have the amount or the kind you want.
The assembling of the letters is the trickiest part. Overlapping the letters depends on the design of each and which one should be showcased, (in my case the Rag Doll letters.) I assembled the letters and hot glued the ones that went in the center, top to bottom and reinforced them with miniature popsicle sticks on the back. Once I laid them out how I wanted, I traced the part of the letter that went “over” so I could put hot glue in the right place.
Then I marked the 2 places in the middle of the sign and I screwed in an eye hook and tied a ribbon for hanging.
Here is the finished product when Andy’s shirt was plain! I used red/white checked ribbon. Perfect!
Here it is when I made Andy’s outfit more “authentic.” Eh? Sometimes finished products should be left alone?
One reason this sign was a joy to make and a success is that the teacher has a constant theme in her room, not to mention what an absolute doll she is already. It’s really no fun for me, to make the same of everything. I always have to challenge myself to create something new, different, out of the ordinary in some way. I like to figure out how it HASN”T been done. This notion really drives me. I ask “why not?” and “who said?”  You know that kind of thinking could really get someone in trouble…
So, really, tell me what you think? Which letter is your favorite?

Clever Letters: The Rag Doll and the Sailor

November 20th 2011
First you take the R and you paint it, (paint it). Remember to do back and sides first! Two coats for best coverage.
Trace the letter on paper, I used tracing paper. I “presented” the head on the paper letter and drew out her apron dress. I had to add a neck to her head. I cut out the apron and traced it onto the back of textured white cardstock so it would look like linen or fabric.

Next, after laying it out how I liked it, I hot glued the head onto the letter and I used Mod Podge to stick the apron to the R. If you’ll notice on the final photo, I left the “skirted” look short so you could still tell it was the letter “R.”
Details!! The Original Raggedy Ann, has a flower pattern on her blue blouse. So I dipped the point of a pencil in pink acrylic paint and dotted these little flowers on the “blouse” part of the letter.

In the final picture I re-did her apron and left the full skirt,  but you can still see the “R” legs.
Still, she was missing something…..a little sash around her waist. 
For Andy, I did the same idea tracing using blue cardstock for his overalls. I used a white gel pen to draw the stitches around them and a little red rope to finish him off. His outfit did not resemble the “original.” so…
Here is Andy in his signature black tie and blue & red plaid shirt & buttons on his pants.

Clever Letters: The Faces

November 19th 2011
This was so much fun to make. Take a look. I took the rings off of these key tags and cut circle shapes in peach to make little faces. For hair, I split the yarn so it would look like wavy hair.
Then I glued the eyes and drew their faces, guess who?