Monday, November 9, 2009

Wooly Yarn Wreaths

I never gave much thought about wreaths and how differently they can be made until my visit to Bugs and Fishes blog.  Three very resourceful and talented artists are featured here. Their use of yarn and wool is unique and inspiring.   

Although I don't knit or crochet, I do incorporate yarn into my work because some are exceptionally beautiful.  They also give unusual textures to the pieces; but, I would like to see what else I can do with them. 

Take a look-see.  You won't be disappointed.

Tutorial: Gorgeous Recycled Swirl Ornaments! Gotta See!

WAIT! Before you go, believe me on this one.  I know the toilet paper roll isn't the most pleasing site in the world; but, honestly, take a moment to look at the tutorial from the link below.  It's only 3 minutes long.  The ornament was made by recycling empty toilet paper rolls.  The end result is beautiful and gorgeous.  I was blown away.

As I was watching the tutorial, I was very skeptical, thinking, "C'mon, now! How nice can this really be?  It's probably a little crafty looking thing you can do with the kids."  While you can do it with children, it really is a WOW piece.  I never would have thought it was made from toilet paper rolls.

Make "Tie-On" Charms from Recycled Cards

Happy Bird's Crafting Haven has a lot of cute ideas for making ornaments and some very yummy-looking recipes, too. One idea talks about recycling cards and making little charms from them to use for other projects.  Cut out the images you want and tie them onto thin ribbon, twine, yarn, or fibers.  If you don't want to tie them, attach them with glue or brads you find in the memory making aisles at your craft store. You can also glue a series of the charms onto thick ribbon. Imagine these snowmen on a midnight-blue, wire-edged ribbon covered in sparkly snowflakes.  It's a little snow scene to use as garland, collages, trim on a doll's dress, or anything else you can dream of.

You can also embellish the charms further with glitter, fabric scraps, paint, anything.

Friday, November 6, 2009

And Your Elf Name Is...

Hi! I'm Spicy Blinking Bum; and, it's my job at Santa's Headquarters to make sure you receive your elf name.  Let's see if you have already been listed.  Yup, here you are. Right here on my list.  See?!

It's also going to be officially entered in Christmastown's Official Big Book of Elf Names. You can read yours here. . Click on "What's Your Elf Name" under the big green box. Don't worry about the scary pictures on the next page.  That's just Freckles Snow Bunny and Giggles Mince Meat all dressed up for Halloween.  They're always playing jokes on us!  Wonder when they snuck these in here...