BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Something Out of Nothing
I love when I can dream up an idea that doesn't cost much money but is fun to make. For the past few years, I've been making Christmas decorations out of nothing. Well not exactly nothing - I usually stock up on glitter and Elmer's glue and find everything else around the house or outside in the woods. Every year when we bring the handmade decorations out, it reminds me of the time spent making it, the incredible mess on the kitchen table that stays for days, and the glitter that remains forever! Last year's Holiday Birch House project was lots of fun. My friends and I got together the other day during the snowstorm to make some more.
This year, I made these sheep for our holiday display. I used toilet paper rolls, newspaper, an egg carton, paper mache paste (made out of 1 part flour to 2 parts water), cardboard, lichen I found in the woods, pine cones, branches, Elmer's glue, and crystal glitter. Maybe next year I'll do a tutorial on them if the cats don't destroy them first. (FYI - cats and kittens love destroying anything with lichen on it!)
The Very Merriest Christmas 2008 to you and yours.