This was meant as a prototype, but it’s a worthy idea in its own right if you ask me. Certainly an easy way to construct a woodsy getaway for your dolls (or your miniatures if you prefer). It’s constructed from three pieces of cardboard that each measure 15″ x 9.5″. I cut a window into one piece and taped that piece to another piece to form the “A”. I left the bottom piece unattached and covered it with a piece […]
Hello again dear reader. I’m still here, I just haven’t been making things lately. But as it’s still the 4th of July I thought I’d share this little hand sewn pin cushion from May. This is a project I put together for the fifth grade students at Samantha’s school for their Colonial Day. We needed a Betsy Ross-inspired sewing activity, so I paired an image of the flag we associate with Betsy with a red, white and blue plaid backing. […]
This is what got me into the enchanted May Day celebration I wrote about in my last post – my agreeing to create a maypole for a festival at Samantha’s school that happened on May Day this year. As I was talking with the festival’s organizer about my love of maypoles and all things May Day, I found out that her husband was a former kindergarten student of the hostess of the May Day celebration and one thing lead to […]
This was the May Day celebration of my dreams. I still can’t believe the good fortune that allowed Samantha and me to attend. This is put on every year by a local woman in her nineties, a former kindergarten teacher known for her creativity and her close connection with nature. The last time I saw her was maybe six or seven years ago at a town Arbor Day celebration where she read some of her poetry. I’ve often read about […]
We celebrated an eleventh birthday this week. Birthdays provide such great opportunities for playing with paper. I made my own photo book (with charms!) … taped eleven tissue paper flowers to her door … and finally made a paper lantern for a flameless votive from the book, Silhouette Style by Nanetta Bananto. But it wasn’t all about paper – there was cake of course! I’ll share more about the how-to’s soon.
There are two things I remember about the fifth grade: the stuff they taught us about our bodies (which I learned from my friend Jacquie G. first) and that I still liked to play with dolls. This last fact, however, was a secret kept between me and my friend Suzanne G., who also still liked to play with dolls. Now I’m not ashamed to tell the world that I still like to play with dolls (or maybe I just want […]
Aliana started ballet class today. She was a little nervous about it. But her teacher was impressed with her flexibility … and her form. The teacher did, however, tell Aliana that she needs to point her toes. And that though her outfit was very cute, she’ll need to wear the proper attire for her class level – pink tights, pink leotard, pink slippers, and no leg warmers. Aliana wasn’t happy about this. Let’s hope she can find another studio without […]
1. You can embellish your driveway with a chalk rug, complete with fringe. 2. You get to call it whatever you like. 3. Another excuse to make a new bunting – yay! 4. Your family’s beloved old toys can get a new lease on life without having to travel far – maybe just across the street. 5. You may get a new appreciation for a few awesome items that you can’t believe nobody wanted or that you realize you should […]