Thanks for your patience in awaiting this week's Four Ways Friday! This Four Ways Friday focuses on how to use your alphabet sets! It was hard to not turn this into an Eight Ways Friday since there are so many ways to use your letters! I used the Contempo Alphabet set, but you could use these ideas for any alphabet set that you have.
I hope you like these fun projects! How else can you use your alphabet sets? I already have more ideas...maybe we'll have to revisit alphabets in a future Four Ways Friday! :)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Sometimes You've Gotta Do What You've Gotta Do!
I remember a little notepad I had when I was younger. I don't remember where I got it, but I definitely remember the image and the saying at the top. There was a little cartoon guy who was being squeezed and squished by a clamp/vice that was around him - both on his head and his feet. His expression was priceless - his face all mushed and sweat coming off his forehead. And then the saying, "Oy the pressure!!!!" Too funny...and sometimes it is exactly how we feel. This blog can make me feel that way sometimes - I so want to connect with all of you even if sometimes I don't even know if you are there. I feel a responsibility to you and to your creativity. I also feel a responsibility to myself and sometimes those 2 things come into conflict with one another. Maybe "conflict" is a strong word - sometimes I so want to get my posts done and my samples posted and, at the same time, sometimes all I want to do is sit in the yard and stare at the seedlings that are starting to sprout in the garden...especially when I have been traveling and am worn out. Ahh, the ultimate question - how to take care of yourself, while at the same time taking care of and looking after others. The best answer I've been able to find so far is "sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do" to take care of yourself - if not, you can't be there for others and, even worse, you start to resent them even though the choices are yours to make. So, this morning, I have done what I had to do - I rested, went for a run and decided to write to you to let you know that Four Ways Friday is going to be here later today. However, this morning, I just had to do what I had to do :) Hope to see you later today!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It is far too easy to eat on the run these days. You look at the car next to you and the person driving is munching on some fast food snack. You walk through an airport and people are walking, eating and talking all at the same time! Today, as I sat outside on the patio and ate breakfast with friends and family, I realized how pleasant it is to sit down and eat. To stop all other activity and focus on nourishing your body and giving your mind a rest. If you're eating while reading this, that doesn't count! Turn away from the computer and head for the kitchen, dining room or patio table, and enjoy the taste of what you are eating. I'll be here when you get back :)
Today I wanted to share side 2 of my soldered slide jewelry. My mind is racing with all of the collage ideas I can make with this technique! If you aren't into soldering that is GREAT - you can create the same effect with Stampin' Up's! wonderful Simply Adorned jewelry line! You can create a small collage to wear for every day of the week! To see the line and purchase some of these great jewelry items, shop HERE now! :)
Monday, June 07, 2010
I have been reading an incredibly inspiring craft book by Giuseppina Cirincione called Collage Lost and Found. She is so talented and provides step-by-step instructions for making some great projects. Of course I fell in love with a project that involved having to solder - something I hadn't done before. What did I learn? That patience is definitely a virtue! Trying to solder something well on my first try was a bit optimistic...although the good thing is that solder melts when heated, so you can go back over mistakes and try to correct them. I thought I would share with you the first soldered creation I made - this is one side of the pendant. I'll show you the other side tomorrow :) I hope you like it - I used a variety of stamps, papers, ephemera, fibers...see if you can tell which Stampin' Up! products I used :)