Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
It is an altered version of the crimped and quilled paisley mobile project in my book. Made with 3/8" wide paper strips, two paisley shapes are glued together back to back. A single strip is glued completely around the paisley to hide the seam. I added the green vintage sequins and Austrian rhinestones.
I used 33 feet (10 meters) of paper strips. It hangs so nicely on a tree because it weighs only 1/4 ounce (7 grams). The ornament measures 2.5" (6.35cm) long, 1.5" (3.8cm) tall and .75" (1.9cm) wide.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
permanent tape runner
To make the box, start by scoring vertically at 2, 5, 7, and 10 inches. Turn (either way) and score horizontally at 1.5 inches. Refer to the template; fold on the solid lines and cut on the dash lines. I fold in all bottom flaps except the piece closest to the side flap and add my tape runner to those two pieces only. Line up, adhere and presto! you have a tote box! Attach a handle and embellish a bit if you like.
I embellished with Distress Ink (brushed corduroy), pink rhinestones, clear sticker, quilled flower, word stamp, brass brads.
If you need to put something in the box taller than the handle, attach the handle with brads so you can move it back and forth out of the way. And below, I used a piece of the handle for a matching tag.
Have a safe, delicious and wonderful Thanksgiving Day and long weekend!
Friday, November 20, 2009
These quilled snowflake ornaments were featured last year in Today’s Creative Home Arts magazine. It is a subscription only publication with over 300k subscribers [actually a membership club where you get more for your money].
I hate that the rating is low because the picture is too small for readers to see the details. Click on the Project Photo at the right on the web page and it will be enlarged. Or click on my picture for a gigantic close up.
And Whimsiquills is having a Pre Christmas Sale with 20% Off Storewide 11/19/2009 through 11/29/09. This is a great time to stock up on supplies!
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Starbucks is not a favorite. Too many years of having to go buy it (this was before there was a store on every corner and no drive-through), get it freshly ground and bring it back to the office. We finally got a coffee service and they delivered it in cute little one-pot packages. Much more convenient but I swear that was not Starbucks regular coffee in those packets. Another reason is I can't afford it ... (except for the Vanilla Starbucks Doubleshot Energy Coffee for my four hour road trips :o)
I went through a stage of loving chicory coffee by the truck load. Knowing now that chicory is bad for you, I hope it was a chicory blend. I drink very strong coffee, so I believe that was when I started adding a bit of milk to it.
The flavored coffee was short lived too, along with coffee after supper, flavored creamers and coffee with Baileys. Oh, I still love all of these but in moderation now. And I like the free bottles of hazelnut and cinnamon syrup they have at the convenience store coffee stations. Guess was Starbucks charges for a splash of that in your cup?!?
The following are related Real Simple links.
The Best Coffee
Keeping Tabs on your Caffeine Intake
9 Energy Boosters
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~ Erma Bombeck
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Taking time to honor the more than 19 million living war veterans who have served our country and fought for our freedom. My Dad served in World War II and my husband fought in Vietnam.
I did several Veterans Day quiz's last night. This is the best and shortest one if you want to spend a few minutes with your family (to see who knows what :o)
Happy Veterans Day to all of our brave men and women and to their families. You are the best of America!!
(Tweet by Senator John McCain, 11.11.09)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
My talented friend and designer, Phyllis Dobbs, had a lot to do with the whimsical and fun design of the game board. Read Phyllis' take on it here.
Google for locations to buy, check your local quilt, needlework or craft store or you can get it directly from the creator DMC, here.
Happy November! :o)