Sunday, September 30, 2012

sick

Baby Monkey and I are sick today, so I have neither a tutorial nor a giveaway to share.  Isn't that how it always works?  I'm so sorry... hopefully we'll be better tomorrow or the next day, and can get on with the crafting fun.

Meanwhile. . . .

I visited this thrift shop near our home a couple of weeks ago.  It was a bizarre hoarder-style shop with extremely narrow passages throughout the shop, with stuff stacked floor to ceiling.  It felt very suffocating!   My kids went with me, and I was so nervous the entire time of an avalanche of junk falling down upon us.  (They won't be going back, IF I ever go back.)  Anyway, I found this large oil painting tucked away under a table stacked to the ceiling with boxes of cheap prints and empty frames. . . .


Friday, September 28, 2012

And a DIY for you: dollar store leaf garland tutorial (seriously easy!)


We are on a garland-making roll around here!  After the boys made these sweet paper leaf garlands the other day, I decided to make a leaf garland, too.  Mine was even easier, quicker, and cheaper than theirs.  This cute leaf garland used about $2 in supplies sourced from a dollar store and some scrap ribbon I had on hand, and 10 minutes of my time.  And it only took 10 whole minutes because I had "help" and sewed most of it with one hand.  I simply used the same chain sewing technique that I taught the boys


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kid craft: watercolor leaf garland tutorial


I LOVE FALL.  I look forward to it allll year long.  And since my kids love autumn as much as I do, today we made a quick paper autumn leaf garland to hang in our classroom, and in the windows. . . 


Honestly, these leaf garlands may be the only fall color we get in West Texas!  Our autumns tend to be very... abrupt.  First, our trees start to look a little dry, then the leaves will shrivel a bit, maybe turn brown around the edges.  And then one good thunderstorm comes along and suddenly all the leaves are on the ground!  That's it!  In one fell swoop, the trees are bare.  *sigh*  But I digress. . .