Popsicle Pop Art

Popsicle Painting by homemadecity.com

 

How to explain this pink popsicle painting? First, a confession: I’ve spent an evening or two watching sitcoms with my teenage son. OK, that’s an understatement. Maybe we’ve binged on a few seasons of New Girl, and even though it’s an amusing enough show, sometimes the mind wanders . . . hey, what’s that on the wall behind Zooey Deschanel’s bed?

Jess's room from New Girl

I’m also a fan of Maira Kalman, master of the Hostess cupcake still life (among many other beautiful paintings, all of which are painted with a frosting of delicious color).

Maira Kalman

 

It couldn’t be too hard to do, right? Well, it’s been a while since I’ve painted anything, and I was a little stiff about moving paint around. Also, how exactly does Maira make her paint look so edible?

I used acrylic paint (a practical option when painting where you live and breathe) but lacking in gloss. So, I’m going to apply some varnish and hope that gives it a little sparkle and shine . . . that is, when I get around to it.

DIY Crepe Paper Chandelier

 

I made this for my school library (where I’m a cardigan- & cat glasses-garbed librarian). The room has high ceilings and big windows so I’m always looking for tall, colorful projects. This one is easy and whimsical. The kids tell me that it looks like a jelly fish.

Materials:

Crepe paper streamers

String, preferably clear nylon (I only had baker’s twine on hand, so I used that!)

2 embroidery hoops–one big and one small

scissors

masking tape

Step 1: Cut lengths of crepe paper in various colors (I left my lengths super long)

Step 2: Open small embroidery hoop. Tape one end of streamer to the inside embroidery hoop.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

 

Step 3: Wrap the streamer around the hoop once.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

 

Step 4: Repeat until you’ve covered the hoop with streamers. Re-attach the outside hoop and tighten. This will secure the streamers in place.

Crepe Paper Chandelier by homemadecity.com

Step 5: Cut 4 equal lengths (about 16-18″) of fishing line/string and tie one, hanging down, to each quadrant of the small embroidery hoop. (These will attach to the large embroidery hoop.)

Step 6: Cut four lengths of fishing line/string and gather together to hang the chandelier. (At this point, there’s a lot of streamer and string and whatnot. Take a moment to hang up the whole shebang before you try to attach the large embroidery hoop.)

Step 7: Now tie the fishing line/string to each quadrant of the large embroidery hoop. I had to play around with the lengths to make sure the second hoop wasn’t too crooked.

Step 8: Finally, drape the crepe paper streamers over the large hoop.

 

 

Pinterest Round-up: Setting the Table

Thanksgiving approaches, and with it, thoughts of a long, sumptuous meal set on a beautiful table.

Notice I didn’t say, “thoughts of planning and preparing a meal.” Are you kidding? I wouldn’t be rhapsodizing if work were involved. But if you’re up to it, here are some great projects to inspire your Thanksgiving table.

Top row:

Stenciled runner by Lotta Jansdotter (Lotta Prints)

Running stitch napkins from the Purl Bee

Middle row:

DIY foxy rubber stamp by Zana

Table cloth from the Alabama Stitch Book

Bottom image:

Linen napkins from the Purl Bee

Little Ghastly Peg People

 

 

Boo. These miniature spookies aren’t going to scare anyone, but they were fun to paint and a good workout for my fine motor skills/eyesight.

Little ghastlies by homemadecity.com

I bought the unfinished peg dolls at my local craft store and used acrylic paint plus a coat of high gloss Mod Podge to cover.

Here is a list of some of my online inspirations:

Abby Jacobs’s peg vampire on etsy

This monster mash on Craftster

Pegged etsy shop–Halloween and Day of the Dead peg dolls (plus very sweet pilgrim peg dolls)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Tried It: Strawberry Pompom!

I had to try. Pom poms are the perfect combination of uselessness and frivolity that I look for in a craft (time-waster). Plus, pom poms evoke the sweetness of sixth grade when my friends and I twirled yarn on forks and glued on google eyes to make pom pom creatures that lived inside our desks.

strawberry pom pom by homemadecity.com

I followed the instructions at the Mr. Printables blog. But make sure to review the Mr. P instructions for making flower pom poms first–they include the basic steps you’ll need.

pom poms by homemadecity.com

I also made some regular pom poms.

pom poms by homemadecity.com

Then I gave them to my favorite middle schoolers to live inside their desks.

pom poms by homemadecity.com