Friday, August 27, 2010

the paint chip challenge!

I stumbled upon this challenge yesterday, and it got my mind working.  My eldest has a birthday in the fall, and we need to be thrifty with the party this year, so I am pondering an "art party."  This kiddo LOVES art projects, drawing, painting, play-doh, you name it.  She gets positively giddy over paint samples, so they would be perfect for the goody bags!

Supply list:

paint samples - the large single-color kind
cellophane bags
stickers, erasers, and other small goodies
hole punch

I used Better Homes & Gardens paint samples from Wal-mart, which, due to incredible luck, fit perfectly into these 6" x 3.75" cellophane bags that I already had on hand.

Write your message on the paint sample, slide it into the baggie, and slide in a page of stickers facing the other way so you cover up the ugly backside of the sample.  Incidentally, I'm the world's WORST note-writer, so I try to say "thank you" in the goodie bags.  It's not how Emily Post would do it, but it's better than never getting around to it.

Now punch two holes in the top of the bag and slide a pencil through the holes.  Ta-da!  For only pennies you have a cute party favor!

We also picked up a few of the paint samples with the hole in them.  I think these make terrific gift tags!

This is a little bucket with holes already in the sides for tying a ribbon.  Full of art supplies, it would make another inexpensive yet fun gift for a creative kiddo!

By the way, immediately after these pictures were taken, the kids appropriated the paint samples for their own creative uses.  They will probably end up being placemats for the next stuffed animal tea party!

And don't tell my husband, but while I was at Wal-mart I picked up a few extra samples that would look nice on the living room wall...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

this is a test of the emergency broadcast system

Hi to you all, just wanted to let you know what is going on.

First, thanks to everyone for the kind comments and attention regarding my recent Moda Bake Shop project!  I've got lots of ideas brimming for the next big thing!

But I have to put my ideas aside for a little while.

You see, my husband's grandmother passed away yesterday.  And my oldest starts kindergarten Tuesday.  And my dad is close to passing away as well, no one knows for sure, but we're talking days and weeks.

That's a lot to process.

My family needs my full attention for a little while.  I've got some Cascade Alpaca Lace Paints to keep me company, too.

Thanks to all my new followers.  There will be new content soon.

love, Amy
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

my first moda bake shop project!

So here's what I have been hiding from you:

It's my very first Moda Bake Shop project, a skirt!  If you sew, and you don't know about Moda Bake Shop, get on over there right away.  It is a fantastic blog full of imaginative projects using Moda pre-cut fabrics.  I have had so much fun with this.  My awesome friend Jen took me down to the Mayfield Nature Preserve here in Austin and we had our own little photo shoot. 

It's so wonderful having a friend like Jen!  She is a crafty kindred spirit for sure -- she helped me learn how to knit, and we love doing all kinds of crafty things together.  One time we even conquered the yarn shop hop with two fussy nursing infants in tow!  So if you live anywhere from San Antonio to Dallas, she's your girl for portraits and weddings.  Her blog has more samples so check it out.  Here's some shots from our fun morning in the park:

I am not a professional model by any means, but I can read a book.

And walk through a door.

And stand still on high heels!  Not bad for someone who wears flip flops all the time.

But someone else wanted their picture taken, too.

Jen was laying on the ground all twisted up like a pretzel, shooting away, and he just wandered into the frame.  Not that I'm complaining.  Look at those colors!  Nothing I could make could compare to God's creativity in making this guy. 

I also did a few poses in front of this cool rock wall.

And in front of this cute door.  You can't even tell that I'm gagging from the smell -- this is the peahen house.  My modeling skills are amazing.

All joking aside, I do really love how this skirt turned out, and if you know me in person you can expect to see me wearing it a lot.  With my flip flops.

If you want to make one too, head on over to the tutorial here.
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