Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
For so many years I have gone to craft show after craft show and walked around thinking I should sell the things that I have made. Well now I am finally going to do it instead of just thinking about it. I am asking for all the help I can get to make our first experience as successful as possible.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The combination of dry ice and water in a witch's cauldron is an inexpensive way to create an air of other-worldly magic.
What to Do
To create the spooky scene, purchase dry ice from your local grocery store's seafood department or ice supplier. Using tongs or thick gloves, place the dry ice in a watertight container; cover with water. Warm water will create more smoke, but it will disappear quickly. Cooler water will produce less dense smoke but it will last longer. If the amount of smoke decreases during you party, add more dry ice and water.
These were the most adorable little cats:
Guard your windowsill with a Cat Patrol of acorn squash. All you need is some black paint, cardboard scraps, felt markers, and glitter glue. Children will love to make their own. You could also arrange them on a mantel or scatter them around the house in unexpected places -- peering out of a cupboard, looking down from atop a bureau, behind a door, or even on a coat closet shelf.
You Will Need
Acorn squash in assorted sizes
Black acrylic paint
Scraps of cardboard for ears, eyes, mouths, and whiskers
Glitter glue for whiskers and mouths
Colored markers: yellow, green, blue, and black
Tacky glue or a glue gun to attach ears, whiskers, etc.
Optional: Scraps of foil to line inside of ears (we used purple)
What to Do
1. Paint each squash black and allow to dry thoroughly. It may take two or three coats.
2. Turn the squash so the stem end becomes the nose.
3. From cardboard, draw and cut the following shapes for each: two elongated triangles for ears; two elliptical ovals for eyes; two small ovals for the center of each eye; optional small circles or strips to fit with eye centers as shown in photo; four whiskers, approximately 3 inches x 1/8 inch; an anchor-like shape for the mouth.
4. With markers, color ears black and other features blue, green, yellow or black as desired.
5. Add glitter glue to the whiskers and mouths.
6. Optional: Cut two smaller triangles for each ear (to fit inside the first pair) from purple foil and glue in place.
7. Secure all features to the painted squash with tacky glue or a glue gun.
To set up this suitably spooky scene for partygoers or trick-or-treaters, invite a few of our fiendishly clever spirits. They're easy to make ... glow sticks power these unique ghouls for up to 8 hours, so there's no need for power cords. And they go together in only three short steps ... almost as fast as you can say, "Boo!"
All you need are round, white balloons, cheesecloth cut to lengths of about a yard, and glow sticks. We used green, 4-inch glow sticks, found in party supply stores or on-line.
What to Do
1. Activate a glow stick and insert it into a balloon.
2. Position the knot at the top of the balloon, and use an indelible black marker to draw the eyes and a mouth. .
3. Drape the cheesecloth over the balloon, cut a small hole and push the knot through the fabric. Secure with string and hang in the breeze.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is the wedding album that I made for my sisters wedding gift.
at work is getting married this weekend.
I went to the dollar store tonight and bought
a $3 photo album and tada! It's a last
minute gift and only cost me
$3 plus scraps of material, batting
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thank you craftymug, I hope I can continue to live up to the award.
This award is called the "ProximidadeAward" or "Friendship Around The World Award". Originally this award was written in spanish, but it translates to highlight blogs that are pleasing or special in some way, and also to extend the hand of friendship around the world. And now I have to pass this award on to 8 blogs.
I would like to pass this award onto the following:
Monday, October 13, 2008
I made this for my little
sister when she was
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Crochet for Dummies
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here are today's links. When the weather starts getting colder is when I usually pull out my yarn and crochet hooks. So it looks like it is getting to be that time of year again.
I thought these were the neatest little things.
They can be found on the above link for purplekittyyarns.com.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I was trying to decide what to post for crafts today and I figured you know what...with the holidays coming making jewelry would be my best bet. Here are some more great links for making your own jewelry:
Monday, October 6, 2008
Ok well onto some great tips and tricks for today:
Let's organize our craft supplies:
1. Use a 3 ring binder for your patterns. Just punch holes in each one and place in binder. Dividers can be used to separate the patterns into categories.
2. Use stackable drawers to store fabric and yarn.
3. Use over the door shoe racks to store ribbon, scraps, and whatever you can't find a spot for.
4. Tackle boxes work well for all those little pieces such as pins, needles, crochet hooks, safety pins and so much more.
5. The bags that you buy at Christmas time to store wrapping paper work well for storing yarn and fabric.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Now that I got that out here are some great ideas for Halloween:
Saturday, October 4, 2008