My darling 13 year old daughter, who very fortunately takes after mom just a bit in the crafting department, whipped up these sweet little decorations as a surprise for my birthday last week, and I have to say, sometimes when the apple doesn't fall so far from the tree it can truly be a pleasure!
As you may know, computers while created to be perfect, can in fact be far from perfect over time, especially when there are influences from the outside world, and can suffer from illnesses both mild and severe. As it turns out, last Sunday my trusty iMac suffered a total and complete breakdown, meaning that when I turned it on nothing came up on the screen, double triple quadruple YIKES. So rather than freak out entirely, I went to go lie down in my bed to fight all the thoughts of what if, mainly because while I do have a back-up service on a cloud, just my photos alone had already exceeded the amount of space I'd paid too much for, so I wasn't entirely sure what was backed up and what was not. ( As it turns out, my cloud program wasn't exactly working on account of my computer not working properly, and I could have been more aware of what actually was backed up, so you can certainly have a cloud back up and just back up your precious photos.)
Rather than drag this post on, I did want to share with you all some things that happened during my unplanned week of computer abstinence:
1. I found that my thoughts were more independent as opposed to being driven by something I'd seen or read online
2. I had some ideas that I wanted to record, so I found a little journal to write them in, yes, you know like the old fashioned way of planning with pen and paper!
3. I did a lot of crafting that I might not have done, but that I need to do with the Jewish holidays and especially succot quickly approaching.
4. The kitchen was generally so much neater, and there weren't piles of dishes in the sink, whaddayaknow.
5. I actually took down an old cookbook from a high up shelf and enjoyed looking at all the recipes, and discovered a bunch of ideas to implement in my kitchen. What a concept, you mean actually open up a cookbook instead of searching for a recipe online?
6. I went to bed or at least retired to my room at the same time as my kids (who now go to bed starting at around 9:30pm) and revisited the lovely idea of sort of winding down before actually going to sleep.
7. When I finally did get my computer back home safe and sound from a reliable Mac repair center an hour plus away from my home I didn't run to plug it in, as I still wanted to savor the simpler unplugged life, ahhhhh.
8. Now that I am back, I am resolved to spend less time on the computer, especially during the evening hours, and to try and limit computer use that may have in the past taken place in the very late night hours, unless it is for a job that can't wait.
9. Since nothing happens by chance, I do believe that this computer malfunction was perfectly timed to occur just before the Jewish New Year, when we take stock of our actions during the past year and resolve to infuse the new year with choices that are better for ourselves and our families.
Wishing you all a Shanah Tovah (a good year) and a new year filled with sweet moments, good health and really truly being present in the moment. I will be back with more crafting shortly, but right now I must run to pack suitcases for my husband and two youngest sons who are traveling to the Ukraine for Rosh HaShana, where as spiritual warriors (together with about 50,000 others from around the world) they will strengthen themselves and gather tools to make thjs coming new year a truly good year for themselves, for our family and for the entire world.
I have no computer at the moment and am typing on an iPad, but wanted to share this recycled materials Apple craft with you. fortunately I had uploaded the photos to my blog before my computer got very sick and had to be sent to the hospital an hour and a half drive from home, yikes. so please excuse this very basic description which I,will surely fix once my computer is back home next week. This craft is truly a quick one,and uses only scraps that you will hopefully find hanging around waiting to be used!
I am using these apples as fun decorations for Rosh HaShana, and have also made some tiny ones as well. And of course in addition to being symbols of fall, they can also be great succah decorations. So let's get crafting!
You'll Need: red or green fabric scraps (in my case a faded pillowcase) A cardboard tube, like those from aluminum foil some rags for padding Hot glue gun A piece of recycled cardboard for the leaf a stick for the stem How To: cut tube the height you'd like apple to be wrap rags around tube to create width of Apple Glue tube to piece of fabric Carefully bring fabric up and tuck into top of tube. Pleat fabric where needed for a neat finish. Tuck all fabric in to tube, and arrange it so it is symmetrical. glue stick into center and add leaf. that is it, now make a bushel!
Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday, a little international get together of talented crafters from around the world! Last week's party was full of great projects as always, and it is such a pleasure to present the features to you here;
Summer is coming to an end, and while I didn't have a chance to actually crochet or knit with rags, as I have in past years, I did spend some time making yarn from old sheets and pillowcases, so now I have some supplies on hand! I have showed you examples of my rag balls quite a few times in the past, but I figured I can't share this one enough, as it is one of my favorites!
Once you start painting with watercolors, it is hard to stop, so I thought I'd practice trying to paint loosely with this idea for a sweet card for Rosh HaShana — tiny watercolors in rainbow colors do look cute, and you certainly don't have to be perfect, in fact the less perfect the better, I'm still working on that!
Isn't this watercolor strawberry portrait just the greatest? While I though at the time that she wasn't really putting her mind to this little painting session, in the end her unstudied strawberry turned out to be the best of all. Isn't it great when your kids out do you?
watercolors, palette or tubes
Lightly draw the outline of the fruit you'd like to paint with a pencil. Alternately, give this a try with some circles or squares, which could look great too!
Wet your brush, and then apply small amounts of different colored paint to the shape. If your fruit is very large, you can wet the paper in the middle, but otherwise, wetting the paper before applying color results in too much bleed for a project like this with defined edges.
Sprinkle kosher salt over the wet areas of the painting. The salt picks up colors and leaves little dots which look amazing and give the painting texture.
Paint the stem or leaves.
Set aside to dry.
Only when totally dry, shake off kosher salt and enjoy!
Note: Traditionally, water color paper is taped down to a surface with masking tape before starting to paint, this keeps the artwork from buckling.
We were inspired to paint these fruit after I saw a wonderful post over at grow creative.
Okay gotta run, and by the way, these photos were taken in manual in a spot on my front porch where I could never take photos in the afternoon when I didn't use the manual setting! Progress!
Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday! With the heat of summer still in full force, at least here in Northern Israel, crafting indoors sure seems like a great idea right about now! So, since a little inspiration is always a great thing, you've in the right spot, as last week's party was full of great crafts from contributors from around the world, with something for everyone. And now, for the features from last week's party:
If you don't mind working small, how about a pixel crochet blanket like this one from my world of crochet (Germany) or give some little crochet beads made into a bracelet from Anne Marie (The Netherlands) a try!
Love these little knitted friends (made by mom) with a little bag embroidered by the daughter from Ginx crafts (United Kingdom) and these heart shaped lotion bars from my home is my castle (Sweden) are just adorable.
Want to sew something? Give this DIY bib with a fantastic tutorial from bugaboo city (Australia), or if felting is more up your alley, get inspired by this sweet little felted bunny from artistic endeavors (USA.)
Some crayon discs from engineer mommy (USA) are always a great thing to make, or get out some paper and make an origami lotus flower from Anu rainy drops (India.)
For some really colorful treats, how about these sandwich cookies from Winnie (Israel) or a cherry pie from simply stacie (Canada.)
For a super decadent treat, give this peanut butter cheesecake a try from olives and okra (USA) or for something a bit lighter how about some ice cream cupcakes from momma d jane (USA), which sounds great! That is it for the features, what have you been up to?
When we were picking up school supplies last week I just couldn't resist these colorful paperclips as I was quite sure they could be used for something, but what other than a chain? Well, here you have it, my first paper clip craft, mini mobiles made using just paperclips and recycled plastic bottles! I know, you didn't expect this one to be a recycling craft, but yippee it truly is!
Now, these little paper clip mobiles, modeled after my idea of a cute chandelier, aren't very large, but they sure are adorable, and if you make just a few to hang over a child's desk or even over a baby's crib (way out of reach of course) the results could be just fantastic!
colored paper clips in 2 sizes (small and large)
a recycled clear plastic bottle
I used the middle section of a recycled soda bottle, which I first pierced with a knife and then cut with scissors. One of the mobiles uses a slice of bottle that is just the height of the large paper clips, while the other one, top photo, uses a slice that is higher than the height of the paper clips. If you choose the later you could try running a stripe of washi tape around your mobile, or even punching holes in it to hang more paper clips.
Have fun coming up with all sorts of variations, and of course one can hang little notes or drawings from them too......imagine the possibilities!