Monthly Archives: September 2017

Christmas Wrappings

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Wrapping 1In general, there are two approaches to Christmas prep. One approach is to buy gifts throughout the year, prepare early, and roll into Christmas with ease. The other approach is to freak out in mid-December about all the things you still need to do. I belong to the first camp. I have many of my gifts bought, I’ve made a number of them, and I’m working on using my crapsmanship skills to make one-of-a-kind Christmas wrappings. Read the rest of this entry

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Book-Inspired Pumpkin

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img_3114I won’t bore you with the how-to on this one — it’s a simple rip, rip, rip, glue, glue, glue.  But I do have some things I’ve learned in my attempt that may help you turn your own crappy pumpkin into better-than-crapsmanship.

  1. It helped to keep the torn book pieces fairly small — no bigger than 2″ x 2″.  But please don’t measure — that’s against the bylaws of the Crapsmanship Club!
  2. Plan to get sticky.  My hands were a mess with ModPodge.  Have a couple wet paper towels handy for an occasional quick clean-up.
  3. My hands were a mess because I had to press the the wet-with-glue paper onto the pumpkin to get it to conform to the shape of the pumpkin. You want to make sure the seams of the pumpkins show.
  4. I wish I had ripped off the page margins beforehand.  I prefer more text on my pumpkin and less white space.
  5. I used a very diluted brown watercolor to “age” the pumpkin. I’m not sure I like it.

This project was easy, and I like the pumpkin sitting amid books on my living room shelves. You may want to consider other things to ModPodge onto a cheap pumpkin (I have a friend who used map pages to good effect) such as wrapping paper, catalogs, or old letters. Have fun!

 

Stamp-Making with Wikki-Stix

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Stamp 9

Do you know about Wikki-Stix? They are small “sticks” created by coating strings of yarn with food-grade wax. When I was teaching little kids, we used Wikki-Stix all the time to mark spelling patterns, shape letters, and find important information in text. They’re bendable, removable, and reuseable. The perfect trifecta!

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