Valentines for my loves

I got started early this year on my Valentine’s Day creations–hearts are indeed one of my favorites. So excited to finally share with you!

This batch of hearts are for my friends. I painted pinks and purples onto card stock and cut heart shapes from the dried piece. Then I outlined with glitter glue and wrote a message on the front. I wrote them each a short line on the back.

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This next card I made for my not-quite 2-year-old nephew who loves balloons to give to his parents.

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The heart balloons on the front are made of construction paper and outlined with glitter glue. The clouds are drawn with white crayon and its resistance to watercolor creates a neat effect.

My heart soars for you all!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Xoxo

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Beading-A Little Detour from Cards

I’ve always found beading to be therapeutic–something about planning a pattern and mindlessly string beads along leaves me feeling peaceful. Post-Holiday beading is especially relaxing.

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This bracelet was made from glass beads and stretch cord. For someone like me with tiny wrists, handmade bracelets are the only kind I can wear without having to push them up constantly.

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In D.C. It’s been particularly bone-chilling cold recently–perfect time to sit inside and work on a beading project! Stay warm dear readers!

Merry Christmas!

The Holidays are usually stressful for me because no matter how early I start to think about presents for everyone on my list, I always wait to shop till Christmas Eve. Now that the gifts are wrapped, here are the best of my Holiday card creations.

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These cards are all made with card stock, acrylic paint and my Holiday favorite- glitter glue!

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Thanks for looking–maybe I should start shopping now for next Christmas!

Here’s me enjoying a handmade card I received as a sweet gift today!

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Let the Holiday Card-Making Frenzy Begin!

Last week I purchased some high-shine and glittery paint to experiment with my Holiday card creation.

This is the first of many more cards I’ll be making for my family and friends.

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I outlined the petals and center of the poinsettia flower with glitter and created a gentle mint green border.

Here’s to many more Holiday cards to come!

Slippery Fish

Last night we celebrated my nephew’s second birthday! My other nephew (birthday baby’s cousin) helped me make a card but we didn’t capture a good picture.

I also tried my hand at making a felt board like I had when I was a child. I

spent hours arranging animals on the board and thought he might enjoy one, too.

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The fish I cut out of felt and glued the background piece to a larger cardboard frame. The accompanying song is called Slippery Fish and can be found here: http://bussongs.com/songs/slippery-fish.php

Happy 2nd birthday, A!

On Being Crafty

Sometimes you have a great idea about something you’d like to create. You think about the materials you’ll need, the colors you’ll use and have it all planned out in your head.

Then you’ll gather your supplies and begin your project. Somehow though, your scissors make a detour and that golden heart you imagined turns into a shiny flower. So you think, oh, maybe I’ll make more of those pretty flowers. And soon enough you have bouquet.

In the corner where you planned to glue a cluster of hearts now sits a bunch of flowers. Now that you have flowers, maybe you’ll make some green grass, too.

All of a sudden you have a happy spring day on the cover of your card.

I think it’s nice to have a planĀ but it’s also fun to be open to new twists that maybe you hadn’t planned on. That’s what being crafty means to me.

Welcoming a Dear Friend

Last week, I was beyond delighted to welcome one of my best friends to DC. She and I met in college but this super-talentedĀ friend of mine earned a Fulbright after graduating so I hadn’t seen her in well over a year.

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If you didn’t know, the white building I created out of construction paper is a replica of the Washington Monument. The grass was created out of a strip of green construction paper and attached only from the bottom so that it pops out.

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And just for fun, here we are on our first dinner together in DC. I also made a gift bag of some useful and fun things one might need after moving to a new city and presented it with the card. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot of it but I think she put it to good use!

Welcome to DC, L! Here’s to many adventures together in the big city!