My sister came back from Sweden the other day with an early Christmas present for her little sis, me! She went to a shop called Grandpa and picked me up a little DIY project—an odd three dimensional paper doll kit of santa and his elves. They are so quirky yet endearing that I had to share they with you.
Designed by Swede Simon Alexanderson, they come simply flatten out on a piece of paper. After some scissor action, a handy MS tape roller and bone folder, I whipped the little guys up. I love the way they look just printed on paper—of don't worry, I didn't cut up the original that came all the way from Sweden!
For other paper crafts visit Upon a fold for inspiration.
I loved when my mom read me the giant turnip story when I was a kid. I giggled as the old man pulls and tugs on the turnip stem and it just won't come up. With the help of his whole family, including the little mouse, the root finally pops out!
Everyone's help counts and can make a difference.
What are you passionate about? Give the most thoughtful gift this season instead of something material.
I have wanted to make this necklace for a while now and I finally did—my little mushroom necklace! It was carved out of a hard wax and then casted in metal. You can see in the picture below the real mushrooms in the background that hung out at my desk for inspiration.
I am debuting them this weekend at the MS craft fair. They are sterling silver, some plain and some with poisonous red dots! The are being sold on an 18" chain and in a little specimen tin of moss—sweet and whimsical.
After the fair, I will see how many are left and put them in my etsy shop, so keep your eye out if you are into shrooming :)
Since we don't craft enough, Hosanna, Kir, Figgy and I all stayed after work on Wednesday to continue to craft (and drink some vino). The others were putting together last minute touches on their projects for the fair and since I was kind of ahead of the gang, I developed a new craft! In a couple hours, I whipped up an army of polar bears, well about a dozen.
Each one is hand shaped from this awesome light-weight, air drying clay called DECO Clay. They all are holding a glittery snowball with a stack also beside them and are sitting on a little ice glacier.
I hope that these "cool" creatures influence people to think about the troubled arctic ecosystem and the effects it has on polar bears and their homes. To learn more about polar bears and see how you can help, slide over to Polar Bear International.
You start out melting beeswax in a pot that is in another pot of water—a double boiler.
Mix in a carrier oil, like an organic castor oil, vitamin E oil and the color. The color is the most interesting ingredient in this recipe. It is carmine. Carmine is the most natural of dyes, coming from a cochineal beetle! Nothing synthetic about that—kind of gross actually, but I like gross. I call it beetle juice!
You can get most of the ingredients to make lip gloss from tkb trading.