learning a new craft :: pysanky eggs

There is a wonderful shop called Pinecones & Needles in Belmont, MA with the sweetest owner named Anne. She recently shared a photo similar to this one of beautifully decorated eggs on their Facebook page. I was immediately intrigued by her Pysanky eggs so my daughter and I popped into the shop one rainy morning to learn more about the process.  Anne was eager to walk us through each and every step (and had the utmost patience when working with our 5-year-old!), and kindly let me take as many photos to document our experience.  So are you ready to learn about this super cool technique or what?!

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card making :: popping in by waffle flower

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It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon.  I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our daughter made something to give to her teacher too.

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crafting :: easter themed felt board

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One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies.  Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting.  But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with.  In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.

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card making :: bloomin’ love

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I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.

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collaborative effort :: reindeer holiday cards

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Here’s a simple card to make for the upcoming holiday season that little humans can also help decorate.  It’s just one of the ways to dress up this adorable reindeer stamp.  Click here to learn eight other ways to embellish the reindeer stamp and for the step-by-step instructions.

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card making :: waterbrush + ink pads

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Watercolor painting can be applied to card making projects in a bunch of different ways.  To make a beautiful card like this, I’m going to tell you how to use an ink pad and my new favorite tool – the waterbrush – to achieve stunning cards in a small amount of time.  Not only do you achieve a uniquely created image, but the technique itself can be quite meditative and soothing too.

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sewing :: modified glass onion top

IMG_7805_ccLately my favorite way to spend free time has been sewing.  I love making things for our 3.5-year-old to wear, especially when she picks out a particular fabric that she likes at the fabric store.  She has this tendency to obsess over something once she realizes that she likes it, and lately this had been demonstrated by her discovery of Strawberry Shortcake.  Not the cute, little, frumpy hat version you and I had back in the 80’s – rather the modern, hip, taller, and cooler version that is so popular today.  While we were perusing through one of my favorite fabric stores, she insisted that I make her something out of this strawberry-covered fabric.  And the first pattern I immediately thought of?  Why, the Glass Onion Top of course.  It’s my go-to pattern for a simple, casual, and fun top because of the super cute back panels that overlap.  I love how there are no buttons or zippers so she can slip it right over her head.  And I can make one with less than a yard of fabric – bonus!

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another way to use washi tape

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This is what happened when I left some washi tape out and two little hands found a new use for them.

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toddler crafting :: painted puzzles

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In continuation of sharing our weekly craft dates, here’s a great project idea for little hands: paint your own puzzles!  Our friend bought these blank puzzles from a local craft store and they are sold in a variety of packs and sizes.  (I think the ones we used are this one listed on Amazon.)  The one we used are 5.5″ x 8″ in size and the large pieces are perfect for toddlers.

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The set up for this activity was quite simple and each kid painted two pictures.  We used Crayola tempera paints and poured little amounts in plastic trays, then let them do whatever they wanted!  It was interesting to watch and see what each kid ended up doing.

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I really liked how one mom created a masked area with some masking tape (the letter ‘A’) and then painted around it.  Once you lift the tape the unpainted area stays blank.  So cool!

This was a very simple, easy, and fun activity that little hands can manage on their own.  They would also make great gifts for grandparents and friends.

Happy crafting!

 

crafting lately

I have two reasons to be crafting lately: an upcoming show + a need to dwindle down my stash.  And one reason why that’s easier said than done: an adventurous toddler that can reach very high onto my work space.  Sigh.

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But I’m happy to say that I have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Somerville Open Studios event taking place the weekend of May 4+5.  SOS has always been my most favorite show to do because *so* many people come out to support local artists that weekend.  I’ll be at the Armory building on Highland Avenue this year with a ton of other great artists.  It’s from 12 to 6 pm each day that weekend, and there’s a parking lot behind the building.  It’s location #62 on the map, and it’s also a trolley stop (how convenient!).

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