Samantha had another birthday late last month and while she’s been a teen now for over a year and certainly doesn’t need me to take the lead in planning her celebrations I was able to sneak in a couple of ideas of my own for her party last weekend. This first one is definitely something you should know about because it’s a paper chalkboard table runner(!) that I found by accident at my local Orchard Supply Hardware store. I was […]
Are you familiar with Mats Gustafson’s watercolor fashion illustrations? If not, you should be. As near as I can tell he was the one that illustrated the Bemberg ads below that I tore out of sewing magazines in the 90s because I thought they were so cool. But I didn’t know who Mats Gustafson was until a couple of years ago when I learned about him from a Euromaxx story. That’s when I discovered more of his watercolor illustrations and […]
Following up on my last post, here are a few more ideas for putting your blog photos to work in the actual, material world. Calling Cards For Your Blog The idea for these cards came from a diy business card project in the book, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book. The book showed cards for the blog, A Beautiful Mess, with printed portraits and names of the authors on the front of the cards and handwritten information on the back […]
I was so excited to receive my very own My Material Life blog calendar from the Fed Ex delivery guy on Monday – he even had me sign for it. It turned out so well that I just had to share each month with you. Why not dust off some of those photos you took for your blog and put them to additional use? This is the second project I’ve had printed by Parabo Press. You see the photo for […]
Hello chickens. If I’m counting right today is the sixth day of Christmas. I hope the season has gone well for you and that you’ve gotten in a craft or two to help you celebrate (assuming you’re the kind of person who enjoys that kind of thing). My holiday workshop didn’t include everything on my list, but I got to a few of them and that’s good enough for me. After all, where does it leave you if you are […]
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 […]
Sometimes when I tell people about the knitting I do with stick looms (toilet paper roll, embroidery hoop, plastic water bottle or otherwise) I can tell they have no idea what I’m talking about. So I thought a little visual aid to keep in my purse might be useful and act as a first step to the book I keep telling myself I’m going to write. Now I could have used the same techniques I used to make Samantha’s When […]
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.