You know when people find gross things and just have to share with you? This is one of those moments. NSFW or those who are easily grossed out.
Today a fellow crafter invited me to the SF Bazaar a art and craft festival. The festival was great! It was nice to see what other crafters have created. Going to this fair really inspired me to make an early goal for 2014: to have a booth of my own at a crafting fair.
Here are some lovely booth owners that have some great websites:
Nisey Knits - Chunky knits for sale, gorgeous colors, and patterns available!
Kira K Designs- A local designer, knitter, and teacher around SF. This site also has patterns available. I loved this booth because there were gorgeous local wools for sale as well as pattern kits (kit includes project pattern, yarn, and needed accessories).
Need a gift? Here are some goodies I had to give a double take:
K.M. Knits- The lovely cowls. The yarn was like touching heaven.
Lady Alamo- Who loves totes? I do! I love this SF cityscape.
Cuppa Fog- Beautiful photo art mounted on wood. These would be great holiday, hostess, and/or wedding gifts.
- FO – Mystery Shawl 2013 (sageyarn.wordpress.com)
During the day I work as a speech therapist for preschool and elementary school students. One of the ways to keep students interested and developing language skills is surprisingly crafts. Rarely do I meet a kid who doesn’t love gluing and cutting and making a mess. However, I usually only have 30 minutes with them, therefore quick crafts are a must. As I was perusing Pintrest, I saw this Popsicle snowman. I remember making one of those! This quick craft is an oldie but a goodie. Plus he reminds me of my favorite Nickelodeon character Stick Stickly from back in the day.
How to make “Frosty the Stick Snowman”
You need: Craft Sticks, liquid glue, construction paper, gems or buttons, a marker, scissors
1)Use the scissors to cut the construction paper into a top hat , nose, and scarf.
2) Draw on the eyes and the mouth using a black marker.
3) Glue on the accessories. Gems or buttons can add a snazzier effect to the body.
How can I use Frosty?
- Attach a string to the top of the stick and make an ornament.
- Use as a gift tag. Write the “To” and “From” on the bottom portion of the craft stick.
- Teachers can use this as a turn taking tool. Have each student write their name on the back and stick them all in a jar. When it is time for turn taking activities pull out one snowman to see whose turn it is.
- Use them as a manipulative during circle time songs or stories. They would also be a great counting tool.
- Have your own snowman puppet show! Encourage the children to create their own winter stories and have the snowmen act them out.
As the Thanksgiving holiday comes to an end I feel a little bittersweet. I enjoyed visiting family and eating great food. I was also reminded of how beautiful New England is. On the other hand, the cold is too much for me. I much prefer the temperature to be above 50 degrees :).
Thanks to the boyfriend for the lovely shots.
I hope all those who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great time. My aunts hosted Thanksgiving and it was a wonderful night. The ambiance was gorgeous, the food was delish, and the company was enjoyable. As a gift to my aunts, I made a candle/ flower vase inspired by this one on Katalina Jewlery.
What you need: A Vase, a smaller vase, velum paper in 2-3 colors, scissors, metallic gel pens, clear packing tape, a leaf stencil, and a candle.
1) Use your stencil to trace the number of leaves you desire.
2) Cut the leaves out.
3) Have guests leave you a message. I used the metallic gel pens to add a festive touch to the overall work. My prompt: What are you thankful for?
4)Use a glass cleaner to ensure the vase surfaces are clean.
5) With the clear packing tape, place the leaves face up (the wrong side of the leaf should be on the sticky side of the tape. This ensures the writing will appear through the glass.)
6) Adhere the tape to the inside of the large vase.
7) Once all of the desired leaves are arranged on the large vase, place the smaller vase inside.
8) Place a candle or flowers into the smaller vase and display!
For other holidays change the decor inside:
Christmas: Leave and holly with berries
New Years: Metallic confetti or designs cut our of velum paper.