Sunday, August 28, 2011

Paper Yoyos

Making Yoyos using paper is quite simple.  Cut out a circle shape.  Place a smaller circular shape inside the circle.  I used a glass pebble [not perfectly circular]  Make folds to cover up the smaller circular shape.  I made a smaller yoyo and glued a button to the center.  Glue the small yoyo to the larger yoyo using glue.

I used the yoyos to decorate my favorite Manila tags.  I am fascinated by the look achieved using graph and yellow notebook paper.  I used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to secure the first layer of paper, the ribbon and lace.  Just use what you like [no rules here].  Amazing things happen when you get paper wet.  I sprayed with water the leaf shape, wrinkled and after it dries you can glue to the tag.

Recognize the business reply postcard which can be found in magazines.  
You can't go wrong using stuff you already have around your house.
Lace and fabric go really well together.  This yoyo was made from scrapbook paper.  Make small pleats as you sew the lace to the tag.  A stapler is also very helpful to secure other layers.

Have fun creating from materials you already have in hand.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cool Driver

Caleb looking cool behind the wheel.

Birthday Card from President Obama

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My father in law who turns 90 tomorrow received a birthday card from the White House.

He served the United States during World War 2. He loved receiving this special greeting.

My Father in Law's 90th Birthday

Today we will be gathering with family to celebrate Markell's 90th birthday.

I remember when I first met him during his visit to Panama and that was more than 30 years ago. I can see where my husband gets his gentle temperament. He has not changed and remains a very kind and sweet man. You have heard some people get grumpy.,,,well not Markell.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

T Shirt Tutorial

Finally got to work on embellishing a very inexpensive T-shirt I found at Hobby Lobby.  The instructions I followed are from Blue Cricket Design.

I cut the pieces in two sizes: 4-1/2" and 3-1/2" square.
Fold each piece twice and cut on the fold
Your pieces should look like this:
On the wrong side of the knit material stitch wide apart to gather each square.  Tie off each end.  Sew smaller piece on top of the larger piece.
Cut some pieces in leaf shape and pin to your shirt planning where you will put your flowers.
Then sew using your sewing machine from one end of the leaf to the other.
  I found it easier to stitch by hand just taking each flower using 2 stitches. As you can see mine came out really ruffly.   Plan on stitching some single flowers if your like less ruffle drama.  The next one I make will have fewer flowers.
Wow! these pictures really show my natural hair color (gray) I had stopped coloring a few months ago and now the hair color is gone. I decided to stop coloring after reading about dark color dyes. What can I's life and I'm already used to this new look.
Have a blessed week.


Saturday, August 06, 2011

Andrea Turns 28

My beautiful daughter Andrea turns 28 today!  As the saying goes: "Time Flies"  Happy Birthday special one and may you continue to celebrate many many more surrounded by your boys {Caleb, Taite and Owen} and Travis.  Here she is doing what she does so well - taking pictures.  

The summer Andrea was six and growing some new teeth.

Andrea looking cute during the summer of 1987.  She was 4.

Keep smiling - You are a blessing.