Friday, December 14th, 2012
1. Abby Glassenberg’s adorable mice softies make me smile! She posted this sweet design on her blog few years ago where she offers a free pattern for all to enjoy. Awesome, right?
2. Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you’ll feel realllllly good about it. Visit author Ben Zackheim’s blog for more details and information.
3. Oooooh! A Book Page Star Garland! I have a thing for crafts made from dilapidated books.
4. This lovely wreath ornament uses left-over bits of yarn and fiber. Easy and beautiful! via craftycrow
5. LOVE these prints. (love, love, love)
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Monday, December 3rd, 2012
This simple star garland will make your home quietly sparkle. It is easy to make and can be saved and hung year after year. Children can help paint, cut, and thread (wear a thimble!), and they’ll feel extra proud to be a part of making the house fancy for the holidays. For me, the combination of package paper and gold glitter paint produces nice, subdued, DIY cheer.
Brown paper bag
Gold or silver glitter paint (I used FolkArt Extreme Glitter)
Star template (hand-drawn is fine)
1. Cut open the paper bag and paint the plain side with the glitter. For this garland, I used paint that is just gold glitter rather than paint that was an actual gold color with glitter. This makes the stars a bit more subtle. If you are looking for something a bit more punchy, then I think gold paint with a coating of glitter paint would be great. I was inspired by my friend Catherine’s garland, and she used gold paint.
2. Once it is dry, draw stars on the non-painted side, and then cut them out.
3. Gather pompoms, stars, thread and needle in preparation for stringing.
4. Thread the needle with thread (no need for a knot). First thread a pompom, then a star, then another pompom…in that order until all are threaded and you’ve ended with a pompom.
*Notes on threading the stars: So they won’t flip forward, thread a little bit above the center of the star. Place the needle into the front of the star and then out through the back in order to hide the thread behind the star.
5. Spread the garland on the floor, glitter side down, and space the stars and pompoms as you’d like them to hang. Place tape or little dots of glue on the backsides of the stars to keep the thread in place. Be sure to leave 12 inches on each end for hanging.
We hung ours on the bricks, high over our wood stove. If you hang it near a string of twinkle lights, the gold stars will shimmer in the glow of the twinkles.
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