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?
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
Step 3: Wrap the streamer around the hoop once.
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.
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.
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.
Stenciled runner by Lotta Jansdotter (Lotta Prints)
Running stitch napkins from the Purl Bee
DIY foxy rubber stamp by Zana
Table cloth from the Alabama Stitch Book
Linen napkins from the Purl Bee
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.
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!
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.
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.
I also made some regular pom poms.
Then I gave them to my favorite middle schoolers to live inside their desks.