1. Dip a chair.
2. Paint more popsicles.
3. Make more matchbox art!
4. Finish the quilt I began two years ago? Hmmm. Perhaps.
(I’d rather persuade my super-talented modern-quilting friend Brigit to fly in for a weekend and complete it for me. Hint, hint, Brig.)
Happy 2015, friends!
Is it over?
My favorite part of Christmas is the next day. The morning when no one is motivated to get up at 5 a.m., when instead everyone is slow and sleepy, and drowsy pleasure takes the place of excitement and package-tearing fever.
At our house a few presents remain unopened, waiting for visitors.
This year, I wrapped gifts in brown craft paper and decorated with stamping, pom poms and neon dots. One of my sons helped with stamping but mostly my kids cheered me on, always bemused by my crafty antics. (Maybe next year I’ll post before the holiday, but probably not.)
By the way, this is what has become of my project table. Portable ping pong, anyone?
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