Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's Snowing on My Friend's Tree

My friend got her present in the mail, so I can finally show it off here.

The color is a little off in the photo

The back
These customizable clear, plastic photo ornament balls from Michaels are great. As usual, I went heavy on the Modge Podge. Believe it or not, simply using printer paper for the photo is fine. With Modge Podge, it turns out great.

Take a look at the snow flakes in the upper picture. If you flip the ornament upside down, they fall to the top. So, now, it should be snowing on my friend's tree, whatever the temperature.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

At the Risk of Encouraging Hoarding...

One day I'm going to get a good camera so I can take clearer pics..
 Until then... 

Save everything–my latest creation was inspired by the leftover scraps of a doily. I kid you not.

 I stared at the gold foil doilies for weeks at the craft store. There was just something which made them call out to me. I knew ideas were sure to pop up.

Cut to last week. I was finally inspired. I used a doily in a project which will be revealed after my friend receives her gift (I just hate to ruin a surprise). There was enough left that I could not bring myself to throw it out. I was sure there was something I could use the scraps for later. If not, I resolved I would throw them out.

A couple of days passed. I looked at the leftover doily and ideas flowed. I cut out a small circle from the pattern. It all came together from there. 

Filling your room with 1980s collectables, like a swimming pool with water, is probably not a great idea. But, if you have a significant enough amount of material left, hang onto it. You never know where it may lead you. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crafty Last Minute DIY Gift

Here’s a DIY which is so simple it is embarrassing. I have made several bracelets as gifts in this fashion. If you need a quick, last-minute (and perhaps economical) gift, read on for your perfect DIY.

Craft stores sell beads already strung, or sometimes even on chains. These are nearly readymade bracelets. If the strand is the right length, you can simply add a clasp. I made one for my mom for Chanukah. I had to remove a bead for hers. I also chose a magnetic clasp. They are so much easier for the wearer than lobster clasps. 

That is all. Now, should your gifting plans suddenly change–as they do this time of year–you have a quick fix.

With one bead removed and clasp added. 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Jar for Chanukah; No Oil

Today was the first day of Chanukah, which meant a party with the extended family. Here’s a fun and simple craft I made for my cousins. 

I found this placemat with dreidels cut out of it at Bed Bath and Beyond and was instantly inspired. 
          1.          Cut the placemat to size.
          2.          Cut silver metallic tissue paper to size. 
          3.          Set on both on jar lid. (I got a nice looking square jar from Michaels).
          4.          Cover with Modge Podge Dimensional Magic,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
That is all. The picture is a little misleading since I used my ancient cell phone, but it gives you an idea.

A note on Chanukah merchandise: 
In the last decade or so, Chanukah product availability has really expanded. (Hence the placemat at Bed Bath and Beyond). I am amazed by how much exists compared to in my childhood. In the last 5 or 6 years, even Passover goods have started appearing. It is funny, because I know that many Christians are saddened by the commercialization of Christmas, which I understand. Nonetheless, the commercialization of Jewish holidays feels like recognition. Besides, if a walking, wind-up dreidel is wrong, I don’t want to be right.          

Off the Cuff

With Chanukah looming just ahead of me, I have been wondering what to make for my dad. He’s easier to buy for than most dads, but what on earth could I make for him as a gift?  

Meanwhile... a pair of cufflinks was shining like justice in the findings aisle at Michaels. Inspiration! I am excited about how well they turned out. 

Is my 65-year old father a comic book fan? That would be a negatory. He knows The Flash, since Flash Gordon has been part of the zeitgeist for decades. However, he does not know what the other symbol (Green Lantern) is at all. 

Why would I make him these DC decorations? Dad's current favorite show is Big Bang Theory. He falls into a frenzy over Sheldon's shirts. Now to figure out to get cufflinks to work with the Flash t-shirt I got him for his birthday....

Happy Chanukah, everyone!