Inspiration Struck

Last night we got a creative streak and here are the results:

A picture with a pattern…details for another post. 😉

After searching, with no results,  for finger paints that I am sure the girls received for Christmas I decided to just make our own. Here is what you need.

2cups of water
1/4 cornstarch
food coloring

Mix water and cornstarch together in a pot. Heat on the stove until boiling and mixture becomes thick. Be sure to keep stirring. You can add food coloring now. If you want multiple colors  divide the thick mixture into different bowls and add your choice of colors. Let it cool and voila! you have finger paint. The recipe is not mine. I found it online somewhere and can’t for the life of me remember where or I would give them credit.

The girls wanted multiple colors

SiSi was even bitten by the creative bug. She found directions online for duct tape flowers and made four of them. One is displayed below.

I have been wanting to make some draw string bags for a while now. I find that with a small house floor space is at a premium. Our living room doubles as a playroom so I am trying to use the walls for storage as much as possible. I found a tutorial at The Purl Bee After completing one for our wayward puzzle pieces I fell in love! It is easy and it sews up so quickly.

The one on the left is Emi’s. She wanted me to make a bag for her flower fairies but when she saw the size she decided it would be better suited for a bunch of these.  The other one on the right is the one holding the puzzle pieces.

(and yes, I created a backdrop for photographing the bags. lol)

I am trying very hard to make projects from my fabric stash. I have a decent fabric stash thanks to a great garage sale find last year, my mom who buys boxes at estate sales and sends it to me, my friend Carol who does the same and others who have thinned their stashes and donated to mine! I think it would be a cool challenge to see if I can make all my projects from what I already have. I think the only thing I would really need to buy would be thread. I don’t have a big thread stash just yet.

Oh and next week Thursday is the official kick off of the Sewing Bee with Juls here. If you are sewing something share what you are doing with others! I think it will be a lot of fun to see what others are up to.

On the Needles and in the Works*

 

So, what have you got on the needles or in your crafting line up? Right now I have a Gryffindor scarf on the needles and am about to cast on for a hat (scroll down and click on “cabled” on the left margin) for my friend Rhonda. I also have one bowl of a set of felted nesting bowls just about finished. Once those are done I am going to turn my attention to a shawl for my grandmother. I cast on for a shawl weeks ago but couldn’t figure out how to follow the pattern after line 22 and was not liking how the yarn was working up.

I firmly believe that you can choose a yarn and start knitting with it only to find that it wasn’t intended to be what you started knitting. Are you following me? I imagine it is similar to what a potter or sculptor might experience when they begin working with their medium. They may have one thing in mind but the clay or marble may have something completely different that it wants to be. The same goes for yarn I believe.

Then there are my sewing projects. Tomorrow night Emi and I will go to the library to start on these http://www.purlbee.com/fabric-window-valentines/. We are having a mommy daughter date and she wants to work on sewing. The library is the perfect place to go because it is first and foremost free, warm and who doesn’t like to work on cool projects while surrounded by thousands of books??

I also have a knitting needle case in the works which , if it is going to get finished, is going to require that I find a hidden sewing room supplied similarly to Anna Maria Horner’s where I can sprawl everything out(yes I said sprawl) and get it all done. I am actually anxious for it to be completed because the outer cover is a pieced quilt square that my great grandmother made years ago. As well as having a few or her sewn and crocheted pieces I am also blessed to own her sewing machine, a 1950s singer that sews beautifully and is in desperate need for a room all its own. I must confess that in the years that I have had it it has not produced the same flawless garments that my Nana made. From the stories my grandmother has shared I know she was an excellent seamstress. Her talent helped to take care of her six children, that she raised on her own, in a time that was not really kind to divorced women.

Then there is my small canvas and fabric artwork that is in process. I have one canvas done and the other is 90% there.

I also finished a scrapbook project last night as well but am not able to share any photos just yet. Once the recipient of the gift has seen it then I will share.

So, how about you? What creative things are you working on now?

 

*Just to make things clear…..while I have all of these going I don’t get to work on them everyday and when I do my house falls apart and that is just fine. Life is too short to not be creative. I promise that a clean house is not what gets you into heaven. If it was I would be SOL!

 

Help from afar

I’m sure by now everyone knows about the horrible catastrophe in the gulf.

I have to stay away from the pictures.

I’m from Mississippi.

I want to help but funds are not abundant right now.

I do however, have extra cotton yarn, cotton flannel, two able hands the ability to knit and sew.

Care to join me?

Project 8 

‘Allo

I’m still here and I wish with all my heart that I could say that I have been away making wonderful cool things but alas I have not.

Ok that isn’t totally true, I did finish making skirts for the dynamic disaster duo from this tutorial that I found on Soule Mama’s Blog

Matching while creating havoc is all the rage these days, dontcha know!

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My garden is growing thanks to rain,tender loving care and sea bird guano! Who would have ever guessed that this former cheerleader turned hippy would get excited about disolving sea bird guano! My how things change! LOL

Oh and guess what I found on one of my favorite blogs?

http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/01/free-printable-o-rama-herbs-fall-and.html

Sooo cool! I printed out the Fall Garden Planner and can’t wait to check the calendar for our first frost date.

Now, please don’t think that I’m wanting the summer to pass by quickly…oh no! I am loving the long evenings where we sit outside and watch the littles ride their bikes on the side walk until they can no longer pedal. I love nursing Zoe under the shade of the tree and having to get up 100 times to bring her back to the safety of the grass instead of the harshness of the concrete drive way.

We do not have a formal job, as in someone else employing my husband. We have however, had some side jobs and for those we have been very grateful. We are doing fine and I know things will be ok. There are resumes out and applications in and we are praying.

Now I will have to end here because the littles are begging to go splash in the pool.

Much Love!!

Jo-