Saturday, April 22, 2017

Plants for the Planet

Once again my local library presented an interesting class in honor of Earth Day. It was called "Plants for the Planet." The library provided all of the materials to make this recycled vase with a Sweet William plant inside.

The materials we used were a heavy piece of cardboard tubing, a tin can, little rocks, glue, an old CD, magazines and a dowel rod.

The magazine papers were cut to the length of the cardboard tube.

We rolled the paper around the dowel rod and glued the edge of the paper to make "straws".

We rolled 38 straws - that took some time! It was fun talking to the other attendees and we exchanged ideas about other classes that are available in the community. Some of the ladies have children in school who shared how busy they were with sports and other activities. It made me reminisce back to the time when our children were younger, and realize how quickly time flies. 

We went to the glue table and adhered the tin can inside the cardboard tube. Then we attached the straws to the outside of the cardboard tube. And finally, we glued the CD to the bottom.

We poured the little rocks into the tin can, added dirt and the Sweet William plant, then tied a ribbon around it.

Another fun class at the library. I'm signed up for more!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Leathercraft Bracelet Class

My local library offers many kinds of classes each month. I attended an Excel class in January and some craft classes too. The craft classes are free and include all of the materials needed. Isn't that amazing? The classes are normally very simple but I always learn something new. This month I attended the "Make Your Own Leathercraft Bracelets" class. I had never worked with leather before and probably never would if it hadn't been for the generosity of my library.

When I arrived, these tools were waiting for me at my work space. A mallet, a block for hammering, water with sponges, and a piece of leather for practice. I went to another table and chose my leather bracelet with snaps and some steel stamps.

There was a large assortment of steel stamps from which to choose.

After soaking the leather with a sponge, we practiced stamping on the practice piece of leather. We had to hammer really hard, just one blow, hoping to not miss the stamp while doing so!

I chose a flower, leaves and a decorative square shape to emboss my leather bracelet. After we stamped our bracelets, we dyed them, counted to 20, and then rubbed them with a soft cloth.

It didn't take long to make! I always enjoy visiting the library because it inspires me to learn new things and meet new people. Have you ever worked with leather?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

February Art Class - Tissue Paper Transfer

I'm really late in publishing this post, but later is better than never, right?! I think I procrastinated in creating this blog post because it is very detailed and it took me awhile to organize my thoughts. If you can hang in there with me, I think you will learn some neat things...I sure did!

In our February art class, we created a little book with a sliding cover, and decorated an egg and peat pot with printed tissue paper. The technique we used was called tissue paper transfer.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Completed Circle Journal

Last year I shared with you the circle journal I was working on each month with my friends in my Not Your Ordinary Art Class. Each month we created a page in each other's journal based on the theme each member chose for her journal.

My journal, which has the theme "Green," is now complete.  I wanted to share it with you to possibly offer some ideas in case you would like to do this with your own group. 

The printed and cut cover images of Irish kids came from The Graphics Fairy blog. I've made gift tags, die cuts and greeting cards with these cuties before.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Once Upon A Christmas

I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous art retreat called Once Upon A Christmas.  It was held at the historic Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November Art Class

This month I drew on a patriotic theme for my artist trading cards. I used one of my favorite graphics from The Graphics Fairy blog of this little patriotic girl, put a die cut star behind her and sponged the edges with blue ink.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sewing Ashleigh's Wedding Dress

When Ashleigh asked me to sew her wedding dress, I experienced a mix of emotions. First of all, I felt honored that she trusted in me so much that I could do the job. Secondly, fearful in that I could potentially make her look bad on her wedding day. And lastly, overwhelmed imagining the steps it would take to make her dream a reality. 

The Bridal Shop

The first thing we did was to visit a bridal shop. We wanted the experience of her trying on bridal gowns to see if the style she liked looked good on her. (I also wanted to make sure that she wanted me to sew the dress - wouldn't it be easier to purchase one?) She immediately gravitated to this dress. This is what she wanted, a simple A line dress. Well, it looked simple enough, right?! No frilly lace to work around. "Why can't we purchase this one?" I asked. She said that she wanted the skirt to be another color, like beige or blush. "No store will have what I want," she said. "So you need to sew it for me." Well, ok then.

Friday, October 28, 2016

October Art Class

My October art class was kind of a blur because it took place just a few days before our daughter's wedding. Each month I share with you our artist trading cards, our circle journals and our monthly project.

I didn't get my artist trading cards completed to share this time, but these lovely trading cards were generously given to me.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Art Class

Gosh, September is almost over and I am just getting this month's art class blog post published! I have been very busy getting ready for our daughter's upcoming wedding. I missed posting last month because we were out of town. Well, here is what I have...artist trading cards from my pals for July's lesson which was on watercolor.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dan's Trip to Xi'An, Suzhou, and Shanghai, China

I always enjoy the photos my husband, Dan, brings back from his trips to China. This time there were three categories of photos I would like to share with you: the city, the decor and the food.

The City

A model of the ancient city of Xi'An at the entrance to a restaurant in the hotel where Dan stayed.