Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I cut watercolor paper 1 1/2" wide x 6" tall, glued a piece of fabric to the back with fabric glue, then I glued smaller pieces on the front, overlapping a little. I didn't use a lot of glue, I was just using it to tack the fabric down so the pieces didn't slip when I went to sew them. The first few I made I didn't glue the front fabrics down (just the back), and they slipped all over the place and looked yucky. So glue 'em down, then sew all the way around and over the bottom of each little piece. Then punch a hole near the top, add an eyelet if you want, and thread yarn or ribbon through the top. The edges will fray a bit, but I think it adds to it, don't you?
Another cute fabric bookmark tutorial can be found here on Anna Maria Horner's blog.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Banana Blueberry Smoothie
-1 banana (fresh or frozen, depending on what I have on hand. If I use frozen I don't add any ice)
-a couple handfuls of blueberries (frozen)
-vanilla yogurt (maybe 1/3c.? It really doesn't matter!)
-a little pour of milk (juice works too, you just need a little liquid to help everything blend together)
-1/2 c. crushed ice (if using fresh banana)
-1/2 tsp. - 1 tps. bee pollen (this is the wonderful key ingredient! Sooooo good. I found mine at a health food store)
Blend it all together and enjoy! Add a couple oatmeal cookies and I think it's a great lunch.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A lady I work with at the nature center had told me about this place up north where a woman named Gwen Frostic made and sold her block prints. So last summer when we were camping up that way, we found the shop to see what it was all about. Oh my, the place was so magical. It was like a little hobbit house. The floor was all uneven, there were rock walls here and there, there was a little waterfall and a pond, and a couple chipmunks were even running around, going in and out of little hidden cracks. You couldn't tell if you were inside or outside. So cool. The photo below is the entrance.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Fabric (little scraps are perfect for this)
Selvage (or just strips) of matching fabric or ribbon (for the sides of the tin)
Spread Fabric glue onto one side of the tin.
Lay it face down onto wrong side of fabric. Flip it all over, smooth out any bumps or wrinkles. (not pictured)
When slightly dry, trim extra fabric off of tin.
Now starting in the back, apply glue to edge of bottom half of tin, attaching the fabric as you go around. (I used the selvage along here because it doesn't fray, but I'm sure regular fabric strips would work just as well.) It's ok if the strips are wider than the area, just let it hang off the bottom and trim it later like you did with the top and bottom pieces.
After you've trimmed off any over hang fabric, the outside is finished. All you have to do now is cut two pieces of felt (I used pinking shears) to fit inside your tin, glue them in with the fabric glue, and you're done!