A project I tried from another blogger
One glance at Pinterest or Instagram will tell you that paper flowers are in right now.
Rolled paper flowers are the most popular, and everyone is offering their tutorials on them. I’ve referenced one version before, which I liked, but wasn’t sure I could commit to the entire project.
Another blogger (Jennifer Maker) has offered up a whole series of these, and with her encouragement (and her videos) I’ve been pretty successful in making some pretty flowers. I have a few project ideas in mind for spring decorating that will use those.
You know when you start looking at one thing on Pinterest it keeps on serving up more pins in that genre, so it wasn’t long before I saw a pin that landed me at Hey Let’s Make Stuff, on a post where she makes Tissue Paper Flowers four different ways. In it, she describes how she turned to paper crafting for decorations for her wedding. And she made 500 flowers for table pieces.
I have a vague memory of making these before. Maybe with a babysitter? Anyway – I searched the craft bags (I store my craft supplies under my desk in Chipotle paper bags), and turns out I do not have any tissue paper.
Bummer. But I do have a bunch of shoeboxes that I was getting ready to cut down into good cardboard squares. And inside? Tissue paper!
Cori’s post about making Tissue Paper flowers is easy to follow. The photos step you through the folding, and while it isn’t rocket science, it is a little tricky to get started. I really liked how she showed how changing the cutting on the edges totally changes the flowers. And I love a forgiving craft – if you pulled too hard and tore the sheets a little, the flowers just ended up a little more rustic.
I made three in about three minutes. And then made myself stop.
Because suddenly 500 didn’t seem that weird after all.
A door decoration to mark the new season
And we made it!
Seriously, Winter is a long one here in the Midwest.
It starts out as a minor change to the fall, and the beginning of it is caught up in the fun of the holidays. And then it gets colder. And darker.
The weathermen go crazy if it snows. And they go crazy if it doesn’t snow.
Spring-like weather teased us in February. And then Winter came back.
But today, it’s for reals. Even if it snows again (and history says it might), it still is Spring.
Time for a new door decoration!
Continue reading “Sparkly Spring Sign”
Legos, The Oxford Comma, and an outstanding photobomb video
- My sister and I had a Lego collection that was pretty impressive. I still have a small selection; she has a ton of old and even more new for her kids. While pursuing the weekly list at Shutterbean this weekend, I saw this – might be the first time I actually participate in a startup fund project.
- My first job out of college was copy editing at a newspaper. Back when newspapers were still thriving. This is the kind of thing copy editors used to debate while they waited for new stories to come in to edit.
- And this was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. The first kid is funny. The second kid is funnier. And the mom? Oh my goodness.
AKA That time Line Segment Overcut Saved The Day
This set out as an easy, quick craft.
Mr. SuzerSpace and I like to read.
So we need bookmarks! And of course they need to be personalized.
In my favorite font.
And that’s where things got a little complicated. Fortunately, by knowing a few tricks for cutting settings, I was able to get this one back on track pretty quickly.
Continue reading “Initial Letter Bookmarks”
Bicycle riding season is getting close, so I’m crafting to get ready.
In the Spring and Fall, I’m still wearing jeans when I ride, and even though my chain has a guard on it, I’m still pretty fearful my pant leg is going to get caught. I tend to have a more pant leg around my ankles than the average person, because I’m short.
I know how to hem jeans. I just don’t 😉 .
Continue reading “Bicycle Pant Leg Keeper”
Our version of the snack mix known as “Chex Mix”
I’ve previously admitted to my weakness for onion chip dip. The quick review – I love that stuff so much I have to put it on lock down and only eat it from Thanksgiving through New Year’s (with two exceptions – Super Bowl and Daytona 500 weekends).
I have a similar control issue with the snack mix that is universally called Chex Mix, whether or not it actually uses the brand name cereals.
Last year, we took a look at what we were actually eating in that mix, and changed up the recipe. I can’t realistically call it healthier, but I’d be willing to call it “betterfied.” And because it now packs more nutrition and way more fiber than most snacks, I’ve removed it from the quarantine calendar system.
Continue reading “Couch Mix”
Very often when I craft I just want to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut one or two small things from a sheet of self adhesive vinyl.
I always draw a box around the item to be cut. I weed that first, which gives me a safe area to then weed the actual artwork. No big pieces of vinyl get caught up in my actual work.
I then save the file the same name as the color of the sheet of vinyl (so, in this case, I’ve called it “Silver” because that’s the color I was working with).
I turn the previous artwork’s cut lines to “No Cut” in the cut settings window.
This gives me a guide for a good location of new art on the sheet each time.
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A Silhouette Studio Print & Cut Craft
For several years, we’ve been walking for exercise, and one of the many benefits is the bird watching.
We’re also lucky to live in an older neighborhood with established trees, which also brings in the birds.
Some time back, we bought a field guide for birds and used the illustrations to figure out what we were looking at. The inside cover has a couple of pages for recording when and where you’ve seen a bird, and we’ve noted quote a few. I’m sure there’s an app for that now, but we like to do this old school.
One bird that we could hear, but never quite see really interested us. We’d hear it in Spring mostly, early in the morning, and to us, it sounded like it was calling “Sue Za Zee” which is pretty close to “Suzy” which is what my family calls me. (Suzer is my work nickname). We’ve heard this bird for several years, while living in several states.
Naturally, we started calling it the Suzy Bird.
Recently, we finally saw the bird that was making that call, and it turns out he’s the Black Capped Chickadee. Oh sure, the bird scientists think he’s calling out “Chicadee”, but what do they know?
Of course, this calls for a craft!
I’ve made a print & cut project to create a garland of Black Capped Chickadees to adorn my wall. To make this one more nature-inspired, I used a dried day-lily stem to hang them from.
Click the arrow below to see how I made this. At the end of the post, I’ve also included the files as a free download if you’d like to make your own.
New recipes, a cool bike and Daylight Saving Time
- Food subscription services aren’t really in my budget, but I’ve been the beneficiary of some great coupons from a co-worker. This one just recently came across our radar, and I always like it when they publish their recipes so you can DIY if you wish.
- Everything at IKEA is so neat. I wish this had more than two gears though – too many hills here to deal with.
- Hopefully you either remembered to change your clocks, or all your clocks set themselves, because today is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The good news for us is that the clock in the car that is impossible to set is now right again (we just leave it and it’s right half of the year).
None of the links in this post are affiliate links – they are just things I found interesting this week.
A simple vinyl cut upgrades a basic pill bottle
I am very late to the shopping at Aldi Party.
If somehow you haven’t heard about this, Aldi is a chain of discount grocery stores. They originated in Germany, and have brought their shopping strategy to the US. The stores are purposely small, with limited offerings in smaller categories than the big US chains. Most of the brands are their own private label. There are no frills – the stores are mostly warehouse style with items stacked in boxes or on basic metal racks. There are no staff roaming the aisles – they are all either at the cash registers or are unloading items. You bring your own bags, and bag your own items.
We’ve found Aldi a great way to stretch our food dollar. We had previously been doing that by couponing and leaving expensive treats (like good blue cheese, nuts and olives) off our list. But Aldi lets us have all that back, plus better pricing on many basic items.
If you google “what’s good at Aldi” you will be presented with pages and pages of bloggers views on what to buy there.
And of course I’m going to add in my top 5:
- Cheese. Sliced, block, shredded or specialty. All good.
- Flatbread. Better and cheaper than the name brand.
- Produce. Especially 50 cent avocados and the multi-color peppers
- Garlic Flatbread Pizza. It’s in the frozen section. And it rivals Papa Murphy’s Garlic Bread.
- Eggplant Parmesan. Also in the frozen section. Comes in single serve or family size portions.
The good thing about waiting so long to shop at Aldi is they used to not take credit cards. But now they do.
There is one big trick though – you have to bring a quarter. You use it to unlock a shopping cart at the front of the store. You get it back when you lock your cart back in.
I can’t be trusted to keep a quarter in my wallet. What if the Cheez-Its start calling me from the candy machine when I’m at work?
It’s better to craft a quarter keeper!
Click the arrow below to see how I made mine.