Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happiness Is a Warm Glue Gun and a Hot Cup of Tea Printable

I can't believe I forgot to share this amazing life event with all of you: We bought our first house! Yippie! Along with this crazy adult decision came something I've always wanted: My own craft room! I'm loving my new sanctuary, and have found there is nothing like drinking a hot cup of tea in your very own space. This is what inspired my latest printable: Happiness is a warm glue gun and a hot cup of tea. It's available in a dark and bright colors to match your special space. Just click and save the image, and print onto sturdy cardstock.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Doctor Who Inspired Play Signs

Hello Crafty Confessors and fellow Whovians! Today I'm posting a free Doctor Who inspired printable to let the neighborhood kids know when your little Whovians can and cannot play. This is especially useful on days when you're all still in your pajamas binge watching Netflix. Don't give me look. You know you've been there.
Click HERE to download

Download the door sign or click and save the image. Print onto sturdy cardstock, fold along the dotted line, and glue together. I used my paper trimmer to trim the sides and bottom. You can place the sign in your window, or add some ribbon and hang from your doorknob.

50 days until the series 9 premier!

"Hang" in there, and check out my Countdown to Doctor Who printable.

I do not own any part of Doctor Who, BBC, or anything even remotely affiliated. I'm just a rabid fan girl. Thank you. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mini Cup Pin Cushion and DIY Pins

Say hello to my newest pin cushion.

This little thing started out as a decorative candle from Dollar Tree, but had a higher destiny: To keep my straight pins off my craft room floor, and out of the bottoms of my feet. Here's how to make your own:

Let the candle burn for a few hours, and pour the wax out. Don't worry if some wax gets left behind since the cushion will cover it anyway. If you can't find one of these cute candles you can use an espresso cup, or even a piece of a miniature tea set.

To make the cushion cut a circle from your desired fabric. Mine was around 6 inches across. Hand sew a running stitch around the circle, fill with stuffing (or steel wool to keep your pins sharp), and cinch it shut. Sew through it a few times to secure.

Put a few circles of hot glue around the inside of the cup rim and press the cushion in place. You'll only get one shot at this, so make sure it is where you want it.

That's it! Now you've got an adorable new pin cushion. But, wait! You need some equally adorable pins! If you are like me you've got dozens of random beads lying around. Give them some new life by placing a dab of E-6000 on and slightly below the pin head. Slide your bead to the top, and hold in place for a few minutes.
If you don't have the time or patience to hold the beads in place simply slide them into a piece of styrofoam or a soda cup lid and let them sit for at least an hour before removing.

For another easy pin makeover use Sculpy clay to cover the pin heads and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Both the pins and the cushion would make a lovely gift for any seamstress.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art Lessons for Kids: Picasso Faces

Today the kids learned about Cubism and Pablo Picasso!
We Googled the definition of Cubism:

  1. An early 20th-century style and movement in art, especially painting, in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned and use was made of simple geometric shapes, interlocking planes, and, later, collage.

Once we learned the definition of Cubism we learned about the most famous of the Cubists: Pablo Picasso. has a great biography on Picasso that is geared toward children. Check it out HERE.  After our Art History lesson it was time for the kids to create some Picasso faces.

Materials used:
Printer paper
Glue sticks
Old Magazines

The kids started out by drawing the layout of their faces in black crayon. To begin a Picasso face draw an oval, or a large U that is rounded out at the top. Draw a zigzag line down the middle of the face, so it looks as if half the face is looking to the side. Add a neck and hair if desired. We expanded on our previous warm/cool lesson by coloring each side of the face either warm or cool. From there the kids cut facial features from magazines and glued them to their faces. They got a little wacky and even used kitty features from a cat food advertisement.

I love this project for several reasons:
It's inexpensive.
It reuses old magazines.
It's doable for almost all ages.
There is no right or wrong way to do it.

If you've done this project with your kids let me know how they liked it! :)

Art Lessons for the Kids: Warm and Cool Colors

I have been blessed with talented, brilliant children who ooze creativity. I want to encourage that creativity as much as possible, but HOLY COW are art lessons expensive! If we only had one child it would be doable, but with 4 children it just isn't in the cards right now.

Though I am not a teacher, or a professional artist, I have taken it upon myself to be my childrens' art teacher. While I have a few ideas of my own, Pinterest is my greatest ally for lesson plans and printables. If you'd like to follow me on this new creative endeavour I'll be sharing my resources and ideas.
This is what I currently have planned-in no particular order. 

You can also follow my Art Lessons for Kids board on Pinterest. 

The first lesson with my little art students was on Warm and Cool colors. I found a great blog post from Laura Spector on HubPages and used her circle template for the hand tracings. I also used an awesome printable from I Love You Because to teach the kids about warm/cool on the color wheel.

The hands turned out great and it was a fun and easy introduction for the kids.
You'll have to pardon the lack of awesome pictures until I get a new camera.
 Check back for our next lesson on Picasso!