19 December 2012

Snowmen, Stars, Some other Things and Cookies

Hello Readers!
Settle in with a cup of something...I'm drinking hot tea myself. I have a lot to say today.

It's been a few days since I was here. I don't have a whole lot to show for all those days but you all know me, I have to make something on a regular basis!

There was talk of marbling paper over at AFA in the altered envie group.  I showed off the papers I marbled months ago with chalk pastels.

I don't think I ever showed them off here on the blog though.  My aim is to make some marbled papers in a larger size so I can use them for end papers in handmade books that need end papers. 

I'm all for experimentation. The envelope above is made from a cereal bag. It would be great if I could remember just how I did it but I'd have to go watch that video again to remember just how it was done. Acrylics on plastic...this I know for sure, but there's more to it than that!

I put together a couple of little polish stars. I still have enough rounds made to put together a couple more of these. 
I have put lots of polish stars on my Christmas Tree this year. 
I'll do a picture post of my tree and show off all my ornaments. 

I made this little tassel from the leftover ends of the strings I used to put together the greeting card book from the last post. It isn't the best tassel I've ever made but it is a useful one nonetheless. It will end up on a chunky page or some such.

I learned how to make a six pointed snowflake.

All three are cut from a sheet of copy paper.
There should be REAL snowflakes falling on my space sometime today. The furnace has been working steadily as the temps drop outside. The weather gurus are predicting 3 to 4 inches of the white stuff today.
I'm not sure what will happen with three snowflakes. They're quite large and rather useless for anything I can think of at the moment. I might just tape them on the wall and call it good. 
I'm going to experiment with some tissue paper and making the snowflakes a tad smaller than the seven inches these are.

I made a couple of baubles.

These two pictures are of the same ball. I only made one beaded bauble. It was a pain in the patooty! Took me three days to glue all those beads to one styrofoam ball! It has a lot of empty spots that need filled in still. I believe this one is still a work in progress.

The day I started the baubles, you'll see the other one below, my sons came to see me. Both boys! :) In the middle of the night! The eldest got here just after midnight and the youngest showed up a few minutes after his brother. Neither one of them knew what the heck I was talking about when told them I had been making baubles. I thought those boys were smarter than that! :) They gave me a good laugh and learned what baubles are! It was great to see them both! The youngest was on his way home from work and stopped by cause his brother had said he was headed to my house when they spoke on the phone earlier. The eldest was coming to retrieve his bass guitar and amp so he could give it to his 10yr old boy for Christmas.
Bonus of it all? They made my day!

I've been working on some collaged envelopes. Some have been zentangled, some painted, none of them finished as of yet. 

Cats were requested.

Back on the top, front on the bottom.
Plain white envelope with acrylics, sharpie and silver marker.

The other bauble.
Yes, those are googly eyes! I love it!
2 inch styrofoam ball with googly eyes glued all over it and satin ribbon for hanging. Truth be told, this one isn't done yet either. The bottom of the ball still need some eyeballs. That's on my list for today.

My list for today is quite long. I hope I can finish all that's on it!

I played around with the duct tape a few nights ago and came up with this 3x3x1.5 inch box. It's two pieces, top and bottom. It isn't the prettiest, nor the sturdiest little box I've ever made but I did learn that duct tape will make a box if you want it to.

I found my crop o dile behind the cabinet where the scanner sits while trying to figure out why the scanner doesn't work anymore. I'd been looking for that thing for a week! I hunted high and low for it, in every room in the house! Should of known those kittens had something to do with its disappearance. They knocked it on the floor behind the cabinet when they cleared themselves a spot in front of the window in the deskroom. I'm glad to have found the crop o dile though! I need it to finish the grandkids' books for Christmas!

I also dragged out the quilling paper. Can't say I made anything out of the quilling paper because I did not. I just dragged it out, admired the pretty colors and put it back in the bag it came in and there it lays on the table by desk along with a heap of other stuff I've dragged out and did little with.

A work in progress. These are cancelled stamps glued to glass tiles with glossy gel medium. I intend to put a magnet on the backsides after the stamps are trimmed to fit the glass tiles. Like I said, a work in progress. I really don't know what will become of these. Magnets sounded like a good idea though. 

Last night while baking cookies, I made these four little snowmen from a felt santa hat. There's enough of that santa hat left to make another dozen or so of these little guys. I don't need a dozen or so of them though. They're about 2 inches tall, sewn together with crochet cotton. Their eyes are just drawn on with sharpie marker. Their little scarfs are felt tied around their necks. They are really cute and really easy to make!

Speaking of cookies.

I don't know what gets into me this time of year but I always have to make a boatload of cookies for Christmas.


Carrot Cookies
5 dozen

Coconut cookies on the bottom.
Peppermint Sugar Cookies behind.
3 dozen
Peanut butter cookies on top.
7 dozen

No Bake Chocolate Cookies on the left bottom.
5 dozen
Walnut Sugar Cookies on top left.
3 dozen
Peanut Butter Monster Cookies center.
7 dozen
Chocolate Nugguts (aka turd cookies) on right.
4 dozen
Nine different kinds and counting. Cookies are on my list for today as well. I couldn't tell you how many sheets of cookies have gone in the oven over the last three days. I can tell you however that only once I neglected to set the timer and burnt the things to a crisp! And it had to be the peanut butter monster cookies that happened to. 

I've been sorting things.

While baking cookies I decided to sort my junk. I have many jars full of junk. I thought it high time I sorted it into similar junk in each jar instead of it all just jumbled into many jars. This is the junk used in junk magnets, bottle cap kids and other art endeavors. I really don't know why one person needs all this junk....but one person has it. If I weren't disgusted with the E6000, I'd make some junk magnets while baking cookies this afternoon. I am disgusted with the E6000 so that probably won't happen. I'm on bad terms with the E6000 because the last 2 tubes I've opened of it dried up before I was even finished with the entire tube. The only way to get the rest of the glue out of the tube is to cut the tube open. To do that will ensure I'm never going to use that half a tube of glue that will be left open to the elements if I cut the tube open. I don't know why it won't just come out the end of the tube. It isn't like I haven't tried to unclog the tip...I've jabbed every pokey tool I own down that hole only to get it flowing for a bit and then it's clogged up again. I simply don't have the patience to fight the E6000 today.

Behave yourselves as best you can! Remember Santa is watching!
Thanks for reading today!
Be good to one another!
It matters!


Unknown said...

I love this post! Great idea about the googly eyes. I have a ton of them from some long ago project and don't know what to do with them.

And Pfefferneusse! I don't know anyone else that makes it! I made 30 batches of cookies this year. Biscotti, Gingersnap and Pfefferneusse. I have no idea how many dozen that is. A lot! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Hello there! This may seem like a real silly question, but how did you make those little snowman ornaments? Been looking to do a few of these myself!
Thanks, Kathy