Sunday, November 24, 2013

DIY Fair 2013

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Yesterday was amazing!  I went to the DIY Fair at the Imago Dei church.  It was super cool.  It was about 20 to 25 tables that showed you how to make a gift for the holidays.  I was in heaven.
At each of the tables they had printed out tutorials that you could take home with you.  I grabbed quite a lot and so I will share some of the ideas and crafts in a few blog posts.

The first craft I would like to share with you is handmade wrapping paper.

The next craft is cookie boxes or gift boxes:

There was also this cool table next to the cookie boxes that made silhouette pictures.
Next up is handmade envelopes:

There was also a band fun.
And last, but not least for this post are Holiday Cards:

There was a table where kids were making holiday cards.
 I went with my friend, Gabby.
And finally, there was an adorable dog.
I hope this inspires you to have your own DIY Christmas, and don't worry, there's more to come!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Centerpiece on the Cheap

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Everyone has been posting their favorite Thanksgiving decor ideas and so I thought I would join in on the fun.  Actually I love to make flower arrangements using Rosemary.  Now rosemary is pretty ubiquitous in Portland, Oregon.  It's hard to walk down a street and not see a hardy rosemary bush growing from which you can more than likely procure a few stalks and be on your way, so it makes for a very cheap resource.
Imagine my delight on Saturday when I came home to find my neighbor was cutting back her plants for the winter and there was tons of rosemary and marigolds and golden oregano and regular oregano and fennel just lying there on the sidewalk waiting to be composted.  I grabbed up an armful of various plants and headed home.
Here's the outcome.
As you all know I have been merrily making terrariums for the past couple of months, so I would like to add that a terrarium perhaps decorated with some fall themed figurines or objects would make the perfect centerpiece as well.
Here's my latest terrariums.  They are not fall themed and I am up to 10 terrariums now.  I bet everyone knows what they are getting for Christmas!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Matchbox Shrine Crafternoon

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This past Sunday I hosted a matchbox shrine making party, which felt great.  I haven't hosted a craft day in quite a while.  It was long overdue.  Myself and five other lovely ladies attended and we all dived wholeheartedly into making our shrines.  It was wonderful.  Here are some of the results.

Cory made two amazing shrines.  They are very different from each other, but I love them both:

This one is entitled:  the Key to my Qi

There's a rusty bullet on the bottom of this one that I collected the day before.

Meghan made an adorable shrine for her twin nieces.  I can't remember their names, but their initials are E and F.
I love the winter theme.

Judy and Meghan working hard on their shrines.
Judy made a larger box.  Her daughter will be graduating from High School this year, so this is a shrine dedicated to her.  Judy said she will continue to add to this shrine throughout the year.

Gabby made two amazing and adorable shrines.

 I love it.

Carye made a simple and adorable shrine of an elephant that she is going to give to her sweetie.

And I made three shrines that will become a larger project involving a large diorama or shrine dedicated to my walk across Spain this past summer, aka the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which I met Judy on by the way, and it turned out she only lives approximately 10 blocks away from me.   I had not met her before the Camino I should add.
I made copies of the stamps from my Pilgrim passport.

I collected these shells off the beach at Finisterre.

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