Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

needle and thread

hand stitching is a meditative practice
needle and thread move up and down
breath moves in and out
thoughts cease spinning
ideas begin to flow

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

pink flamingos

I like to play with bottle brush trees every year.
This year Lucy McGillicuddy had some input.

The super easy how to:
(kids love this project too)
Darice Sisal Trees from the craft store
Wooden spool or some other base
Acrylic paint
mod podge

First, I dilute the bleach (about 1T bleach to 12 oz water). Then I soak the trees in the diluted bleach, one at a time, about 5 minutes. They come out a pale green - which is nice too. I give them a good rinse and let them dry. Once they're dry, I paint them with watered down acrylic paint. Thinning your paint will give you better coverage without clumping. When the paint is dry, you're ready for glittering. I just brush on some mod podge and then shake on some glitter. Ultra fine glitter is a what is a like to use, but chunky glitter would look great too. Last step is painting the wooden base under the tree a fun bright color and when that's dried, gluing it onto a base if you want to.

I hope you liked this little how to ... chances are you've already been there and done that ... and I'd love to hear your own twist on the tale. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

from the car

I love taking pictures from the car
the motion adds a dreamlike quality
I usually am the passenger
I never really know what I captured until I get to the editing stage
only 1 out of 10 shots is any good
but when there's a good one ....
it takes my breath away

Friday, November 28, 2014

as promised a few weeks ago

book cover boxes
(a how to)

a few weeks ago I posted about pocket poems - which are actually a by-product of my book cover boxes

Any hardcover book covers will do.
I get my books on the free shelf at my local thrift store.
They're mostly business books or textbooks
(nothing to fret about sacrificing)

I first mark out lines on the back side. 
For this example I marked a line 1 1/4" inside from each edge.

Next, I cut out the corners.
I use scissors for this.

Then I flip it over and using my ruler and an xacto knife,  I score each side that will be folded.

This is how it looks after folding

I like to finish the edges with paper.
These are 1 1/2" inch strip of paper that I will fold in half and glue over the edges.

Sobo glue works the best for paper to paper gluing. 

Then I tie a ribbon to hold all the sides firmly in place. Voila - a cool box for pencils, paintbrushes, oddments, or a sweet gift.
With the left over squares I make the pocket poems

I back these with home made marble paper and line the edges with copper foil tape.

I hope you enjoyed this how-to ...