Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter Decorations from Egg Cartons

It’s only right that a holiday so celebrated with eggs should have special decorations made from the empty cartons.
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After being cut, sealed with gesso, painted, and embellished with all sorts of fun little vintage Easter elements, these look nothing like cardboard cartons!
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Last month when my Ya-Yas got together, we made some real beauties together and now I want to spread my wings and teach a small group.
Here’s the plan: I figure I can easily put together kits of materials for several crafters. The skill level is pretty basic, anyone who knows her way around a glue gun should be able to learn the steps. We will make a couple of the easier round style…
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Before taking on the taller Fairy Castle look.
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The taller tower looking style isn’t any harder, it just uses different cuts.
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The finished ornaments are between six and eight inches tall. They are decorated all around and are pretty when viewed from  any side. Crafters won’t need to bring a thing. We will use my stash of  paints, flowers, lace, and other trims along with vintage Easter  “characters” to create three  very special one of a kind ornaments.
I’ll do the “heavy lifting” by cutting the cartons and  doing the prep work with the coats of gesso. They will be ready and waiting for the fun part. Since we will have to spend some time waiting for paint or glue to dry, the project will take several hours. If we start at 9:00-ish, we can be finished by 1:00-ish. I’ll provide mid-morning tea and a little snack and then at noon, I’ll offer a light lunch.
All tools and materials will be provided along with a take home kit of egg carton cuts and copies of the original 1970’s Woman’s Day magazine article where my mother and I first learned to make these. Once the basic techniques are demonstrated, it’s easy to create these tiny treasures for different seasons.The class fee is $50.00. We will complete three ornaments in class and three more will be included in the Take Home Kit.    …You can message me on Facebook or e-mail me at lbjonriver@satx.rr.com

UPDATED INFORMATION  Check back with me in the fall when I will offer Seasonal Projects using the same techniques.  For now there are no openings on Friday 4-11 or Saturday 4-12.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Everything Old Is New Again.

A couple of years ago I posted pictures of Christmas decorations my mother and I had made during the very late 60’s or very early 70’s. I still even had the original instruction pages  from Woman’s Day. Since then I have shared the instructions with several readers who wanted to make some for themselves.

This February when my Ya-Yas and I were “wintered out”, we needed a Spring Forward project. And so we gathered supplies for  these special ornaments. First, a pink one, of course.

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I think Patty made this beauty. With all the lace and beads it’s difficult to tell that underneath is an egg carton. That’s right, an upcycled, reclaimed, recycled cardboard egg carton. We started with sections cut from the formed gray cardboard grocery store cartons!

Here’s another cut from a different style carton…

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It had a scrap from an old crocheted doily along with tiny flowers. Mind you, nothing was purchased for these creations. Everything came from our combined crafts supplies!  And another Pink ornament…And a sweet little bunny in her bonnet dangles from another.

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Nancy of My Crafty Little Page made this cute basket using only one section of carton .

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We loaded them up with vintage Easter grass and wooden miniatures and tiny eggs. I came home and made a couple of my own pinks…

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Loads of lace on this one with  baby little vintage flowers and woodland grass.

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Don’t they remind you of a jack-in-the-box with the little Easter critters popping out? Most are about 6 or 7 inches tall depending on the way they are cut.This one is one of my favorites…

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Or maybe this one is my favorite…

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Look at this funny little bird singing his heart out…

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I wish I had a picture of them lined up…but I was in a hurry to share them this beautiful Pink Saturday.

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They were so much fun to make, I may just offer to teach a class!

While I ponder that decision, let’s head over to Beverly’s always beautiful gathering of everything Pink at How Sweet the Sound.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cold All Over the World Pink Saturday

It seems as if all my blog buddies and FaceBook friends are suffering the ill effects of a very cold winter.  Jack Frost brought along a cold hearted hag who has long since worn out her welcome. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always the first to welcome fall and I look forward to making our first batch of simmering chili. We love kettles of steaming soup and I’m a huge fan of hot cocoa. Within moderation! We reached the “all right already” stage three cold fronts back.

I can’t hurry spring no mater how many seed catalogs and planting guides I look at, but what I can do is surround myself with PINK!!!

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A PINK tree in the dining room is all decked out for Valentine’s Day. It adds such a warm, happy glow to the house that I’m shaking off some of the cold weather “blahs” that have had me by the big toe. I’m still looking forward to warmer weather, but the PINK hearts and cherubs have put a smile on my face…

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Vintage looking fans are nestled among the branches…

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Now, isn’t that better? No wonder we all love PINK! Beverly is a genius for inventing this weekly celebration!!

Then my collection of handmade Valentines was scattered on a lighted lace draped display cabinet.

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Look at the beautiful details and all the PINK! Many were made by Pink Saturday ladies who spent a year creating pages for each other in our Circle of Friends Journals.

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We can spend the day with our favorite hot tea visiting everyone who is posting this weekend. Thanks for stopping by and thanks again, Beverly  .http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/pink-saturday/

I’m in a much better mood now.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Ready for a New Year…Welcome 2014

Well, the Elf on the Shelf group has been packed up and put away for another year…

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The lighted Dickens Village is off the counter…

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and back in the boxes…  Christmas 2013 is over, done, finished. But after all those colors and lights and all that shimmer, I have a hard time letting it all go. I could wait for take down until Epiphany like my mother used to do. But that’s just putting off the inevitable for a week. the house will seem so bland and plain. I could jump the gun and put out Vallentine’s Day and my card collection, but I’ve come up with an interim  holiday that suits my purposes…Chinese New Year!!!. It’s celebrated on January 31 this year so that will be perfect…IMG_0405

The vintage ornament tree in the dining room is transformed…I got a dozen of these cute silk little Oriental monks from my sister-in-law many years ago. They go on first.

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I add some sparkle grass and

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a few estate sale finds…

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And some dragons from Chinatown in Vancouver…

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And cute little shoes…

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And an ornament or two from Kohl’s

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They may not have a story, but they were probably made in China. Now I won’t go into total sparkle withdrawal and I’ll only have the one little tree to put away at the end of the month.

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Then on  January 31st when we usher in the Year of the Horse…more specifically, The Year of the Green Horse, I’ll probably be way tired of trying to remember to turn it off every time I leave the house.

I’ve been away from Pink Saturday for a bit and this is my first post trying to use phone pictures…not too keen on the format…even with the improved camera, they just don’t have the same qualities as a real camera.

It’s time for me to visit Beverly and the ladies of Pink Saturday to see who is posting pretty seasonal things. Hope Beverly is warm and toasty this weekend.http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pink Saturday Back to School…Old School

It’s time for our little ones to head to school…the Tuesday after Labor Day had been the traditional starting day for generations, but not any more. Texas schools open anywhere from mid-August to late August…by September, everyone already has a couple of weeks of classes behind them. I was listing  books for my Etsy shop when I found one titled, My School.  For Pink Saturday I’m sharing a children’s book from 1958 that reminds us of school days before standardized test became the focus and the measure of success. 

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Look at those happy pink cheeks and that sweet smile… Now let’s look at his first day of school.

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A sit-down breakfast…then car pool.

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And when he gets to school…

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They PLAY! In fact the entire book is about playing!

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Not one picture of learning to count or read, or spell.

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In fact, the only appearance of the teacher is at the end when the caption reads, “Cookies and fruit juice, we have every day. the teachers all tell us, “It’s hard work to play!”

And when he heads home to his June Cleaver mom in her crisp shirtwaist dress, what does he say?

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“I’ll be back tomorrow ‘cause school is such fun!”

I hope all our children still think School is Such Fun!

I hope they still can take lots of time to play!

We all certainly recognize the value of play as we visit our Pink Saturday playmates. Beverly has the group all rounded up at How Sweet the Sound so swing back ther to see the list of who is playing today.  Hope your week is Pink and your Labor Day holiday is restful.

Limping Deer and the Twins

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They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

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I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.