Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl. -- Tahar Ben Jelloun
Toony joined our family last fall when we adopted her from the local Humane Society. She is quite a character and brings us endless joy. As she is no ordinary pooch, she deserves a collar befitting her ladyship. Inspired by the history of the Pearly Kings and Queens of London, I made her this pearly collar using buttons from my stash.
“If you're afraid of butter, use cream.” ” - Julia Child
This kitchen canister was given by a colleague during a holiday gift exchange. I have since made many of my own, some which I've kept and others which I've given filled with homemade goodies. They make a great host(ess) gift!
"It is said that the present is pregnant with the future." -- Voltaire
This month's theme at Designer Crafts Connection is "wishes." I can't think of a better wish than for a better and brighter future for the children of our world. I designed this shooting star baby cap with them in mind.
Looking for some fun crochet projects? Favecrafts has published a free book of patterns for those of us who are yarn-obsessed. I've downloaded several of their previous publications and they are always fun and full of great patterns. Besides, how can you go wrong with free?
I love my bling and Cousin makes it so easy! Their new slide bracelet components are gorgeous and simple to use. I had to keep my daughter out of the studio as I worked. She kept trying to sneak off with the finished bracelets before I had a chance to photograph them! For each bracelet I was able to coordinate and add as I wanted. The slide beads come in pre-coordinated sets for all tastes from rock-n-roll to girly romantic. I rarely wear bracelets as they are generally too big for my skinny wrists, so I especially love that I can cut the leather bands to size.
"Creativity is the natural extension of our enthusiasm." -- Earl Nightengale
Have I mentioned that I'm now on the design team for Smoothfoam? Smoothfoam has a great surface for painting, sanding, collaging, marking and cutting. It comes in numerous shapes and sizes which makes it ideal for use in crafting. As a teacher, I've found endless uses for it in the classroom, whether for art lessons, math manipulatives or science fair projects (fabulous for solar system and DNA models).
Yesterday I spotted my first flower of the season! Wooohooo! Winter is over! In celebration, I wanted to add a bright jolt of color to my front door. I made this door decoration from recycled magazines and buttons from my stash.