31 December 2008
29 December 2008
In the spirit of trying to keep things simple this Christmas, I made little thought jars for my sisters and Mom. I took text from the talk "Unleashing the Dormant Spirit" by F. Enzio Busche and printed it on the white side of different decorative papers in a fairly large font. Then I cut the pieces up, folded them accordion style and piled them up in a jar. I tied on a matching decorative bow and placed them in a gift bag with a bag of Hershey's Kisses and a label that said "Warm thoughts and kisses this Merry Christmas!"
04 October 2008
A detailed tutorial is here but I had to post a couple pictures of the pink and black beaded flowers I made for another wristlet. Too cute!
I also figured out how to wire the flowers fairly easily. I used a large safety pin, poked a hole in the center and then just made a cute loopy twist in the wire as a decorative way to hold the wire in place without having to poke it back through. It also eliminated some of the bulk underneath in the structure of the corsage.
12 July 2008
We wanted the girls at church to have some fun decorating their own shirts this year, but we also wanted to have our ward name on the shirts. (Inexpensively due to rising fuel costs cutting into our budgets.) The theme for camp was "Building 101" about building your house of faith. Each ward was a different trade. Our ward was the Christy Meadows Architects.
We got shirts for a great deal, less than $2.50 each and bought some "Simply Spray" to decorate them. If you haven't worked with Simply Spray, it can be a little bit tricky. My first can was great, my second can's nozzle had a mind of it's own and it was a little gloppy but we made it work. We bought black for the stencil and lots of multi colors for the girls to decorate their own shirts.
28 May 2008
P.S. If you want your photos to have the black frame around them like mine have, go to Picnik's photo editor, upload your photo and choose "Frames" from the "Create" section. There you can adjust the color and size of the frames around the pictures. Then save them and send them for processing like normal. I have mine printed in wallet size, depending on the picture, so they are small enough for the boxes. My Germany box, however, just used normal old photos I had lying around in boxes, no online cropping, no editing, no wallet sizes, etc, just pictures that I could cut down with good old fashioned scissors.
Going through photos on my computer I came across these pictures from a project I did awhile back. I was asked to paint a "log cabin" from Nauvoo for a church activity. I painted the Family Living Center of Historic Nauvoo, in two sections on brown contractor's paper (same stuff I used for the Fiesta decorations). I used the color of the paper to my advantage. Not bad...I didn't remember to get a photo of it finished, up on the wall at the church. Oh well. You get the idea.
17 May 2008
08 May 2008
Fold The wire into a long U shape...
...and add the beads while holding both strands of wire.
I used 18 seed beads, 9 white, 9 black. Let the beads slide down into the center of the U bend.
Tightly twist 2 or 3 times to make your first petal.
Now you only need to hold 1 strand of wire to add 18 more beads. Let them slide down to the first petal.
And twist tightly, again 2 or 3 times, close to the first petal.
Now take the other strand of wire and make the third petal the same way.
Keep doing this until you have 5 flower petals. Then twist the two wires on the bottom side of the flower tightly 2 or 3 times.
Gently grasping under the flower, twist the remaining wires on themselves to creat one single stem. This only needs to be "pretty" if you are leaving the wire bare. Trim the ends of the wire to make even.
Pictured here is a flower on the left without floral tape and on the right with floral tape.
To wrap the floral tape, I find it to be easier to start at the base of the stem and work back up towards to flower. Wrap tightly, but don't worry too much about perfection. These aren't stand alone type flowers and the stem will most likely be covered up by greenery or ribbon or something else. These are just accent flowers.
When you get to the flower, tear the tape and wrap tightly as close to the base of the flower as possible. Smooth well.
For my wristlet I think I will need three flowers. These go pretty fast once you get the hang of it. Hope the photos aren't too blurry... :)