Monthly Archives: November 2010

Snatching a peaceful moment to relay a recent inspiration:


Twisted Felt Garland, from The Purl Bee.

On the tree?  On the mantle?  Across the wide living room door frame?  On the front door?  I have some felt on hand, although my color selection might not fit this holiday time of year.

Coincidentally, I made a really great Purl Bee felt craft this past weekend.  My co-worker organized a Crafty Christmas Extravaganza and this was one of the projects available:

I’d like to make a ton more of them, but I might adapt the pattern a bit.  First, I’d be sure to use thicker embroidery thread than the type I used; you can’t see my stitches from more than a couple feet away.  Also, I might put something in the middle to stuff them up a bit.  For some reason, mine looks pretty flat.

All photos courtesy of The Purl Bee:


Project Fail

I turned to The Artful Parent for activity advice today.  We had tempura paint on hand and not much else, so I took an idea from her “Thirteen fun art activities with tempura paint” that looked great to me, puffy paint made of tempura, salt, flour and water.    Kiddo hated it; he just wanted to straight up paint another “car garage,” aka, a Costco box, which he never actually uses to house his cars.

I think the biggest problem was that I improvised with frosting bags instead of using the squeezy things, but the paint came out so quickly, which I would think would also be a problem with the squeezy things.  I would like to try the project again with the proper materials, but maybe I’d try to make the paint thicker.



Image from The Artful Parent.

Of Pinterest

I’m really excited to start using Pinterest.   I’ll probably use it most, at least initially, for my perpetual decorating ideas.  I don’t know photoshop, although I hope to learn, say sometime in the next five years; crude word doc cut and pastes aren’t doin’ it for me.  I hope Pinterest will be energizing and artful to put together, fun in and of itself since all of my pinned dreams may not become reality.

I read about Pinterest first on Making it Lovely, a terrific design blog out of Oak Park.   Here’s how Making it Lovely recently used Pinterest to catalog items for her basement remodel:

Image belongs to Making it Lovely

Anticipating holidays

I’m not excited about winter, but I’m ready for the festivity of holidays.  As we drove home from church today, N commented on how the air felt like winter, and I became fearful at the prospect of winter days cooped up with kids.

Here’s a project I found through Better Homes and Gardens100 Days of Holidays:

Super cute, eh?  It’s pieces of felt strung onto wire and tied into a wreath shape.  Since Kiddo and I threaded fall leaves with needle and sewing thread, I’m certain he could handle this project.  Babycakes might even like to take a crack at it.  Depending on their size when completed, they might look nice on our fireplace.

Why You Could Make That:


A craft that uses materials which would otherwise be trash is totally up my alley.  Even as folks who endeavor to conserve, we have so much stuff; I love an opportunity to put rubbish to use in an unexpected or transformative way.  (I’m just gonna risk sounding pretentious and leave it at that.)  I have tons of old sweaters and felt from previous projects that we can use for this project.


We happen to be low on our usual arts-n-craft staples, so a new-to-us-material, fabric, will be fun for the kids and me.   I realize fabric is not an unconventional material, but I’m not an efficient sewer, so I’ve avoided fabric crafts that require sewing.


I’m not a neat freak or super organized, but creative projects win big affection from me when they don’t require lots of clean up.  In fact, it’s because I’m not a neat freak or super organized that I value neat projects, otherwise we’d be walking on our scraps for weeks.   Plus, I need quick turn around for our “craft table” to transform into our dining table.  I plan to have most of the sweater/felt pieces cut out beforehand, so the kiddos can jump right in, and clean-up will be efficient.