Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jar Lid Ornaments

October 23rd 2012
Jar lids come in all shapes, sizes. They are found on jars from spaghetti sauce, pimentos, pickles, salsa etc. Since they are so perfectly round, I thought they would be great for ornaments and crafts; so I started keeping them instead of throwing them away. I even have my students bringing them in for a seasonal craft.

It started when I decided to piggy back on a magazine idea for “repurposing” Christmas Card photos to give as mementos back to the families. But the possibilities are really endless; once I started working with them, new ideas keep coming and I haven’t preserved any Christmas Card photos yet.

And I guess great minds think alike because I also saw them used on the ornament girl blog, if you google it, ornament jar lids, you will get hers and a ton more! I just did it! See no idea is really new!! 

DISCLAIMER: I generally like to come up with my own crafts and use my own brain and devices. I  prefer not to copy and don’t use Pinterest to get ideas, what’s fun about that? I like to think of them myself! If I don’t, I will share the magazine or resource I saw them in, ok?! So whatever came up on google I just learned right now and got out right away!  As I said, there is nothing new under the sun, well actually Solomon said that in Ecclesiastes….

 

 

 
This is my first attempt. It is extremely simple, great for kids to do:
cardstock, stickers, ribbon and Modge Podge.
My other jar lids ideas coming very soon, and a guest crafter post too!
 
P.S. If you know me, and live near me : )  save a me a lid or two, ok?
We will be using them for a kids church craft in December.
 

 

 

Define JOY

October 14th 2012
Merriam-Webster.com says this:

1a: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight  check

b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety  (no witnesses)

2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss  check
3: a source or cause of delight check
Yea, yea, yea, that’s all fine and dandy.
Today, JOY is staying home from work, (even if it’s a sick day) and crafting or sitting out in the yard, on what feels like the first day of fall, reading a new Christmas Craft Magazine. Oh! And listening to Josh Groban sing “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” And I did a little blogging. ; )
And making this almost entirely before lunchtime!
1930s prints cut into 2 1/2 inch squares
It always happens that when I start assembling the squares, I just don’t like the patterns or colors or the combination of square pairs.
But once the simple border is put together, then I think it looks great.
Fused Applique letters
Crafting Snack : )
Satin stitched
Almost done…
TADA!!!!

Being Content

October 8th 2012

I love my ribbon cabinet. I designed it myself. You know boxes and 2 rods don’t quite work.  The idea is to be able to have total access to your ribbons!  Open. Pull. Cut. Close. Done! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Why so many? Abstinence is the key.

It’s much easier NOT to enter into temptation, than to resist it once you are there. This is a biblical truth that applies to all situations in life.  You can apply it to the Thanksgiving table with all its trimmings, (thanks for the abundance) to what will soon be sitting under the Christmas tree, or personal encounters that are better left unexplored, choose your battle.  Mine? Well, besides fabric, of course, there is the ribbon aisle.

I’ll be darned if those colorful wound up satin strands don’t shout my name everytime I enter a craft store! And with all the discounts and coupons, hello 70% off?   I succomb once again, to the extent that they no longer fit in my cabinet. The problem lies in that I know every ribbon I have,  which one I need to buy more of, and which one, I definitely, have never seen before. It’s like the person who has a wine cellar and knows every vintage he has in there (aka husband). Or the person who loves movies and can recall everyone (nephew). Or the librarian who can tell you where every book is on the shelf (me).

What’s your vice?