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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Paper Rock Scissors ~ Etc!

Hey there ~ What's Up ~ Buttercups~! 
Crossing the Marias River, 20 miles south of Chester ~

We've had a super fun weekend, traveling to up north to visit my Mom at Wheat Country Assisted Living where she lives.  We had a wonderful meal, musical entertainment, Santa,  & a sweet time at their Annual Christmas Party!  The weather was frightful... but the fire is absolutely delightful!  
Bob Antonich plays the accordian and lots of lovely polka music {Sam and I danced, even!}
they really know how to entertain, don't they?  (Sam and Adam)
And we took in a ball game, where my sweet niece Abbie, played.  A good time, for sure!

Abbie workin' hard! {Valier Panther's #22!}
and some of Abbie's fan club:
Three of my favorite people:  son Adam, Nieces Sam and Katie (Abbie's older sisters)
Yes, paper, fabric, scissors and more; the faux etched glass votive counts as my rock!  Here's a sampling of some of my latest Christmas Creations:

A sweet little mug rug, quilted in a rosey shape...
These are 'flat' styled red wool ornaments, layered with knitted lacey fabric, book paper and another fabric heart, and silver metallic heart on top... all of which were buffed with some silver paint, too.
Just like I do with my postcards, I added cardstock paper to the backs, for stability.
and some wooly heart ornaments have been stuffed with batting and stitched together.  I stitched the top two layers onto the front heart, and then layered with a back piece, stitched part-way, and then stuffed it, and closed the opening with more stitching, added a button and a ribbon.  What a wonderful beginner sewing project for a youngster who has interest in sewing, but this doesn't really take more than 30 minutes or a bit longer:

And this is easy, too.  Drawing shapes on paper...drawings from children of any age, cut into shapes, and glued together... {I drew this one} but this is truly a simple shape... anyone can do this I am sure:
And I'm just watercoloring on the book paper, sometimes adding gesso... sometimes not.  Then black sharpie, and white sharpie accents... but the kid's crayon drawings would be perfect, too!

These are just cut out with the scissors after drying, and hot-glued together (use the low temp on this project); leave an opening, stuff a little fiberfil in them, and add a button and a satin ribbon hanger, also with the glue gun.  These are super cute sewn... but I ruined four needles as the glue gummed it up real bad.  So they no longer get that treatment.  You would just have to be more careful with placing the glue, and leave yourself enough border space so you could sew without hitting any of the glue.


I've enjoyed cutting them into lots of different shapes, and stuffing them with a little bit of batting for dimension and poofyness.

 I give credit to Alisa Burke who featured this in her online class "Create Daily {for 30 days}.  Some aren't my cup of tea, but they truly are very creative, and I have had lots of fun experimenting, especially with things I already have on hand.  Gotta love that!

 

Happy Christmas Crafting, Sewing or Cutting!  It's just going by so fast, now, isn't it?
Georgia and Brian enjoying their Sunday Naptime together!

Hope you have a great week ~ and EnJOY! 
XO
Leslie

7 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

what happy happy pictures. i love the beautiful card you sent. i'm afraid my crafting and sewing will be on the shelf for a while. the surgery on my hand was more extensive then the Dr thought it would be. so i won't be crafting and quilting til all is healed and perhaps relearning movements. thank you ever so much for your prayers.

Val said...

I really like your paper and painted ornaments. I made a lot of paper things year before last. I reused some last year. This year I want to make some more felt ones. I like your mix of paper and fabric too. The party looks like it was fun.

Donna@soakinginmustard.com said...

Sounds like you had a wonderfully busy weekend with family. I can understand why your husband naps. ;)
Your wool and paper ornaments are lovely and I may have to face my sewing machine phobia to try your idea out.
Thanks for sharing all of your precious talents.
Donna

Barb said...

You have been a busy bee! I think your husband is taking a nap for you :)

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! There is just nothing like a good Polka! We listened to Polka music every Sunday at my grandparents. Such a great memory. Love all the hearts you have created! :)

Amy said...

Sure looks like you've been enJOYing the season! Keep all the Marveles-ness coming.

HollyM said...

I love your paper ornaments , Leslie! I really like working on old book paper. And how sweet is that, the two of them asleep together!

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