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The Whimsy of Color

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I recently rediscovered the sheer delight and whimsy of coloring.  Did you know there is an entire line of coloring books aimed at adults?  I have found it to be a calming activity that allows me to explore colors and de-stress from the troubles of life.  I highly recommend buying yourself a coloring book and taking a walk down memory lane…..

the start

blank page

select colors

1aqua

2pink

3orange

4peach

5peach

6ltaqua

7brown

8turquoise

9apink

9aturq

9bbrown

9corange

9dpeach

complete

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Coaster Reuse Take 2 – Christmas Ornaments

As the holiday season begins, the onslaught of catalogs also begins.  I was thumbing through a “Land of Nod” catalog and came across these cute ornaments.

inspiration

The inspiration

It made me think about those cardboard coasters that I have lying around.  So I set to work assembling Christmas-looking papers and accents.  I dug into my button supply (I have thousands of buttons that I have inherited through the years from grandmothers and great aunts).  Then I started assembling the ornaments.  I used glue to set the papers to each side – one side at a time in order to trim the edges neatly around the coaster.  And the embellishments followed.  Here are the results:

supplies ready to go

Assembling the supplies

painted wooden pieces

Painted wooden pieces

buttons

One of my 10 button drawers (the metallics)

setting one side

Setting paper to the first side

side one cut

First side cut out

setting side two

Setting the second side

both sides ready

Both sides finished- ready for embellishments

20 19 18 17 16 15 14frt 14bk 13 11frt 11bk 10 9frt 9bk 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

The finished ornaments

Animal Frames

Friends of mine are having a baby very soon.  I wanted to make something special for them.  I looked through my arsenal of crafty supplies and decided to make some framed artwork.  I had a metal giraffe and turtle that I wanted to integrate into the design.  Using 2 frames, I selected some wood laminate scraps to use for the backdrop.  I painted the frames – the one for the giraffe got a coat of metallic copper and the turtle’s got a coat of dark espresso brown.  From there, I selected fabrics from my decorator sample books from SCRAP (still keeping me crafty!).  Cutting them into squares, I placed them around the frame and started gluing.  I added yarn around some of the pieces on the giraffe frame to accent the colors.  After trimming all the excess edges around the frame, I glued the animals in place.  I really like how they turned out.  I only wish I had a few more animals so I could make some more!

giraffe comboturtle combo

Giraffe and turtle materials ready to go

painting frames

Painting the frames

measuring and cutting squares

Measuring and cutting the fabric squares

laying out the giraffe laying out the turtle

Laying out the fabric on frames

giraffe frame ready turtle frame ready

Frames complete – ready for their animals

finished giraffe finished turtle

The final products