It’s no secret. I’m a girly girl. Bring out the pink, the ruffly, the doilies, the garland, I’m a sucker. I saw Rhonna’s paper lolly tutorial back in December and finally got an afternoon to try them out. While the little girls napped, Olivia and I tag-teamed the lolly craft. I made the large lollies from 12×12″ scrapbook paper (3 sheets each) and each smaller lolly by cutting one sheet of 12×12 paper in half and then halves again to get 3- 6×6″ squares (plus an extra). Score each sheet and then pass off to your kiddo to fold accordian style. I was actually surprised that Olivia caught on so easily and she folded away while I finished up the scoring. Fold each accordian in half and hot glue together to create your circular base. Glue to dowels and add whatever your little heart desires to dress it up. I just love the doilies, don’t you? And, I added a gorgeous silk ruffle flower to the center of one of the big lollies – it was another thing I made at Spark and it’s been lying around waiting to be used. I don’t know how my husband feels about Olivia and I dressing up the kitchen table with some very girly Valentine’s sweets, but I sure like them!
Last November, I had the opportunity to play at the best event ever for crafty girls such as myself. Spark was so incredible – two full days surrounded by others who create! And the ladies who put this event together – Lizzy, Rhonna, and Margie – just announced that there will be a Spark no. 2. Woohoo! Very exciting, right? I so hope I can go again this year, perhaps without three children and a superhero husband waiting in the hotel room…..
Anyway…..on the second day of Spark, we were treated to specialized classes from some very talented ladies. This included a very cool jewelry class where I made the fun necklace in the picture above. Along with Margie, the jewelry class was taught by April Meeker. If you aren’t familiar with her jewelry, check it out! She is truly amazing! I especially love the bird pieces she has recently posted on her blog. I also envy the ladies who get to wear those gorgeous silk flower necklaces. Her work is just so unique and brave and cool!! At Spark, she was wearing these incredible earrings that she had made – they were birdcages and so eye-catching. If you have a piece of jewelry by this woman, it is sure to be special! April just launched her new website and is, get this, giving away a blog makeover. Well, I could SURE use a blog makeover. Crafty, I am. Techy, I am not. You can always enter for a chance to win, too. Head on over and get in on the fun! (Or just soak in all the delicious pictures.)
btw, did you see this paper flower wreath that April made? Yep, added that to my to-do list!
This chair is my favorite thing in my kitchen. It was my grandmother’s chair – the one that we all fought over at Thanksgiving dinner. The one that sat next to Granny’s kitchen counter for easy resting during phone conversations on her green rotary phone. The one that mom brought home to me after “winning” the random drawing held between the sisters and brothers to divvy up all the special memories after Granny was gone. The one that sat in my garage for several years – old and weathered, the faded aqua oilcloth split open to reveal the worn and yellowed cushion. When I finally found the perfect cloth for its new home, I began the process of taking apart the chair. I spray-painted the aqua metal bands and steps and carefully rebuilt the chair back and the seat. Being the first project using my hand-stapler, I think I became instantly hooked on upholstering possibilities. The oilcloth stretched so nicely and the tacks added just the right vintage touch. It makes me so happy to have Granny’s chair in my home. I like to look at the paint splatters still on the treads of the steps and imagine her touching up a worn patch on the wall. Or reaching up into a high cupboard to get down ingredients to prepare a pie. I like to think about what it might have been like to be her, raising seven children, taking care of her family and her home. I am so grateful to have this piece of her everyday life.
I’m in denial. I just put away my Halloween decorations this afternoon. And since the trick’o’treat bags are still overflowing with sugar, I see no reason not to share just a few more tricks from this year’s festivities.
The girls helped me make these CREEPY, but delicious spiders. If only you could have seen mom’s face when she tried to bring herself to bite into one of these furry little guys. I used crushed pretzels for the fur and halved cherry jellybeans for the eyes – you can find the original recipe here. Yumminess!