Monday, May 20, 2013
A little crafting here, a little tea drinking there, with a couple of fun mail packages and a wee road trip up to the bay area for the Maker Faire. Fun stuff! This week is a heavy work week, if I'm lucky I may get some laundry done...among other things.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I think I might just keep a bowl full of painted doilies hanging around as they make me that happy! Have fun!
Friday, May 17, 2013
|aren't they gorgeous?|
|wine bottle slides for the canjos...|
|our neighbors...freakin' sweet knots!|
|the nephew a-go-go made this!|
|mister, keeping it fun...|
|he needed no instruction...|
|using the slide...|
|hummingbird play puppet theater|
|our first visitor took a turn...|
|our youngest fan...|
|he got into the groove...|
|I got to play this wee washboard...|
From cookie tin ukes to knot tying to robot making to puppet shows, there was a lot to make and do at our fine mini event. We can't wait until next year, I'm going to join in the fun a well, what shall I teach people to make?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I think I can officially be called a garland-maker. Maybe it's my calling. Stringing up bits of arted up paper makes me very, very, happy. For Cinco de Mayo, I created three different garlands. I am a big fan of the beautiful papel picados that hang all over Olvera St. in Los Angeles and wantd to infuse that kind of happy into the tiny casa.
To create this garland, you will need a few different colors of crepe paper which can be found in the party aisle at most supermarkets, drugstores, big box stores, party stores, etsy, and online. I used a large sheet of white paper to start (you tend to have these things when you teach kiddos art) but I think this could translate onto index cards as well. Truth told, the large sheet of paper will create four flags quicker than using index cards but any type of paper will work...even old magazine pages will suffice.
*11 1/2" X 17" paper or other large/scratch paper
*5-6 colors of crepe paper streamers
Roll up a length of streamer so that is about two to three inches across. Use your scissors to scallop, fringe or zig-zag the bottom edge. When you unroll it, the whole length of streamer will be happily festive. Repeat for each color and vary your trimming. I made a few scalloped, a couple trimmed and one was left alone.
Working from the bottom up, apply a line of glue about an inch from the bootom that travels from one end of your paper to the other. Gently press down your first choice of streamer. Next ,add another line of glue in the same manner about half and inch from the top of the first streamer and press your next layer down. Repeat for all of your colors. If your paper is too tall, simply trim the top blank edge. Set aside to dry.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
mini maker faire (more about that later)and Mother's Day, this week was BUSY! I had grand plans (of course) for a week's worth of Mother's Day projects but ultimately there just wasn't any time. I'll get them done eventually and I still have to post all the Cinco de Mayo fun I put together...better late than never, right?
The week was packed with preschool work, doctor's appointments and one happy long overdue visit with a friend. And then came the weekend which was full, full, full! Mister was selling his ukuleles at the faire (if yer on intasgram you can search for SLOMMF# and see his stuff) and we had friends visiting from L.A. so there was a lot of busy, a lot of fun, a lot of chatty-chatty, food, and laughter! We did dinner at Jocko's which was hysterically surprising and then breakfast at Kreuzberg which lasted for hours...
Mother's Day was spent hanging out with the family a-go-go and enjoying fresh baked brownies a la mode. The sister-ago-go's garden is in crazy bloom and I had a grand time wandering around and photographing the roses (including armies of spotted green cucumber beetles).
This week will be full of laundry and cleaning and hopefully getting those darn Cinco de Mayo posts up! Happy May!