Tuesday, December 29, 2009

White Paper For Any Occasion

Painting by Eleanor Polen

This white paper fan can be easily made with any white paper, a pair of scissors, a whole punch, and some curling ribbon.

Cut on the folded line, and fold in half several times until you cannot fold it anymore and it looks like this:
 Hold it together tightly and
cut little hearts and squares on both folds.

Cut out shapes free-hand on both the folded edges,
or use the pattern and draw the outlines, on the folds,
with a pencil. Cut out the pieces, and unfold the
paper. Punch a hole at the very end of the folded fan, and string a ribbon through it. This can also be glitterized, if you like.

Here is another interesting card or ornament. It can be a window, or a door if you add a round door knob.

You can give the door a bit of dimension by making two pieces. Cut out the windows and trace around then on another piece the same size. Paint glitter glue on the windows, and add extra glitter. I used prisma glitter here.  On the wrong side of the cut-out window piece, roll tape . Set that side onto the glittered square.
The bird is just cut out and painted with glitter glue in various areas. To make the candle, copy the pattern and roll the piece around and tape it in the back. With a tube of glitter glue, draw some dripping wax, and paint the flame. Add extra prisma if you like. Golds and other metallics might look great.

It even fits in this old candle holder, and twinkles in the light, which is great for day time candle light.

In the previous post I tried to demonstrate a way to make the garland paper dolls. Try this in other shapes, like tea pots, houses, sheep, cupcakes, trees, or anything you like.

Here is the pattern. If it will not respond to your print button, highlight it then cut and paste (ctrl plus c) and bring up a blank page and click ctrl plus v.

The glove has a straight edge and can be placed on the fold of cardstock, to be used as a card.  I sprinkled it with mica flakes after painting the cuff with clear glitter glue and dotted glue down the center of each finger. The bird and the door can be used as cards if you place one edge on the fold.

These simple white paper things can be used for napkin rings, if you make a circle of paper to attach them to.  The candle would work as a napkin ring too, and would be especially dramatic and pretty if the napkin was a bold colour.

Click on any picture for a clearer view.

Here is that glittered bird in a tree.

In the works:  slide show, sewing tutorials, home education, the social unit of the family, and more.

Monday, December 28, 2009

White Paper

by Helene Coriveau (Quebec, Canada)

An easy white paper ornament,  suitable for any occasion, and a delight for children: a spiral or icicle.

Just wind a long strip of white paper tightly around a pencil. Hold it firmly while you paint it with glitter glue or glue. Then sprinkle with, or roll in prisma glitter (crystal or white fairy dust). Prisma tends to have more brightness. Try this in other colours of paper or glitter.

Before it dries, slip the pencil out.  A collection of these in a dish might be a nice centerpiece for January.

Print this pattern and instructions. The strip at the lower edge is for the spiral.

Cut out the pattern and place the hand on the edge of the paper. Then, draw a pencil line on the other edge. Use that line for your folding line. Fold the entire paper, accordian style. On that stack of folded paper, place the shape, trace around it with pencil, and cut through all layers. Be sure not to cut through the fold, where the hand, or the skirt is. 

Open it up and it should look like this. Rmember that the girl doll is joined at the fold in two places: the hand and the skirt.  Make several sheets of these and tape the hands together  in the back, to make a long garland.

Here are some white paper ornaments together: paper doll garlands, skates, icicle, snow ball, snow flake, and paper dolls.  The mitten pattern will also look great in white.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sparkle Cards and Tags

by David Doss

This is an easy activity for a child (or for some of the rest of us). You can also use it for a card, if you place the outside of the mitten on the folded edge.  Just use the pattern I have provided, and paint the cuff with glitter glue, and then sprinkle some glitter on it. I used pink, here, but you can use whatever colour cardstock you wish, and add your choice of glitter colour, or use mica flakes for a special effect.

Cut these snowflakes from regular paper and paint with glitter glue, adding extra glitter if you like. This is crystal glitter, but it would look great in other colours. One is plain, and another is plain with glitter; the third one is a lacy snowflake.

Fold your paper into fourths, and cut out one of the fourths. Then square it, and fold into triangles three times.

This is how you make a square (above) by folding the point of the paper up to the edge and cutting off the excess.

You can see the 4 steps to make your snowflake here, folding the triangle smaller each time. Lay the pattern on the smallest triangle and trace it. Cut along the lines you drew and open up your pretty snowflake.  One pattern is for a plain snowflake, and another one has the holes cut out so it will have a lace effect.

I have included a few other patterns to fill up the paper. One is a hat box gift tag or ornament or card. Just leave off the fold-down portion of the lid if you do not want a card.  Decorate and glitter, as you wish.  Another is a gift shaped card or ornament, and can be coloured or painted or used with glitter paints, such as polymer.

Those smaller pieces are the snowflake patterns, which have to be placed on the folded edges of your triangles. The one on the right is the plain one, with no holes.

As usual, some people say they have trouble getting my patterns to print. If this does not respond to "print", try highlighting and pasting, as I explained in the previous post.

Greetings to you all and blessings abundant!

Merry Christmas

Winter Memories

 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end... Isaiah 9:2, 6,7

Those who obey the gospel keep the teachings of Christ uppermost in their minds and whose lives reflect his glory, will experience the peace of knowing they are within his will.

Randy Van Beek is one of the few artists today who paints the kind of Victorian houses I like. I will be showing  some of these houses in future posts, with a link where you can get prints of these.

In the meantime, I discovered I had a "Randy Van Beek" in my home.  A print of his winter scene was on a gift bag I got at the Dollar Tree. This came in a package of two bags for a dollar, so I got the print for fifty cents.  Here you see it displayed on a table-top easel.  The ribbons could be tied in a neat bow, to hide the holes at the top of the bag. I have seen people frame these gift-bag pictures, and, to hide the holes, they just glue a decal or a fabric embroidered rose on them.  You can find a lot of good art on these gift bags if you will look. The bottem of the bag will tell you who the artist is, and then you can go home and look it up on the web.


Here is a closer view of this wonderful painting. The horse and carriage are mounted on the bag to give it a dimensional look. You cannot really see it here.

So far, I have been enjoying a "pink Christmas" , but today I have been puttering around my house, changing it to white. Here is a glittered candle, which is very easy to make. I showed the step-by step directions a few years ago.

This is the same silver bowl in a previous post. I wanted to share what you could do without buying special decorations for different seasons. Just use a bowl and insert a glass jar, even a used jelly jar, and put one of those led-lights in it, surrounding it with a garland or ring of some kind, and laying it on an antique doily.

I had seen pictures of round ornaments in candle holders, but discovered icicle ornaments look more like candles, when turned upside down and inserted in the
candle holder.  Someone gave me this wrought iron candleabra, but I could not
burn candles, even in the little votive jars, because it was too close to the wall, and it got the wall so hot.  These icicle ornaments are perfect, and they came in a package of 8 for a dollar at the dollar store, a few years ago.

This room looks light and white today, but it could be red or blue tomorrow. For today, I am enjoying the calmness of the lighter decor. I use a clear shiny plastic on my table cloths to protect them.  In fact, I use it on every end table and every dresser top and every fireplace mantel, if I am using laces and doilies that I want to protect from damage. It does not detract from the warmth of the home, at all. It makes it more functional.

A lighted greeting from outside the front window,

and the little skates I made in the previous post, hanging up.

Please have a cup of tea and be at peace in the knowledge that as a homemaker, you have something very precious: freedom, and the blessings of the Lord, who makes it possible.

(Tea to follow, along with a craft for the children)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gift Tag or Ornament

Cardstock ornament or tag, displayed on a piece of silver-flecked fleece fabric that I got from the fabric store.

If you like, you can enlarge this drawing and make a bigger ornament.

Here are the instructions for this tag or ornament. You can also enlarge it and use it as a card.

1. Print the pattern on cardstock, or, print it on regular paper and glue the paper to cardboard from a cereal box, for a template.
2. Cut out the pattern from the cardboard, and trace around it on the desired paper.  The various types of heavy scrapbook papers work well with this. I used a cardboard insert from a package of socks, because it was white. There is a use for everything.
3.  After tracing around the shape on the kind of cardstock you like, draw in the lines at the sole and the blade of the skate. Use a hole-punch for the eyelets to lace through.
4.  Paint the shoe area  only, with a glitter glue of some kind, or a glitter paint, or just plain glue. The glue in the stick does not work on this. It has to be more of a liquid. 
5. Lay the piece on a page torn from a magazine and sprinkle white glitter on the shoe area. I used crystal glitter that is characterised by the round flakes, made in USA, from Walmart, but you may be able to find it elsewhere. Other white glitters might work just fine.  If you want a pair of pink skates, just use pink glitter.
6. Shake off the glitter on to the paper and make a funnel by folding the paper and pouring it back into the bottle.
7.Now paint the blade area with glitter glue or plain glue, and shake silver glitter all over it and shake off the glitter onto the paper. Then pour it back into the bottle.

8. With Polymer glitter paint, outline the eyelets where you will lace the shoe, and outline the sole of the shoe and the heel. I used  bright-silver -glitter for the eyelets, and pink (with glitter in it) for the sole.
9. Place both pieces on cardboard and lay in front of a heater for awhile until it is dry and clear.
10. Wind narrow silver wired ribbon through the holes and around to the next shoe.

When you hang the skates, position them so that one is slightly lower than the other.  That is the way a pair of skates look when you hang them up.

Use your creative ideas and find other things to make this craft with: curly ribbon, children's glitter paints, (the kind that has silver stars in it is fun), or sparkly eyelash yarn for the laces. Try using pink shiny paper and adding the white glitter, or just cut the whole thing out in glitter-paper.

Sometimes there is a problem in getting these patterns to print. It might work if you darken or highlight the skate pattern, and then push your ctrl button at the same time as the "c" and then go to a blank page and click ctrl and "v" at the same time.  For most computers, you should be able to right click on the skate and then click "print."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Festive Ideas


 Dollar Tree ornaments

The birdbath idea would work even in a warm climate. Just float flowers in the water, and place it on your porch. It is a way to decorate without spending. If you need a front porch decoration and do not want to spend money or have  no time to do any thing elaborate, just fill your birdbath in winter and add greenery and shiny balls or bells. Let it freeze overnight or snow on top of it. The next day its a lovely greeting for your guest.

The ornaments on this tree came in packages of 3 for a dollar. They are glittered styrofoam shapes, and can be used in a bowl or basket, if you dont use a tree. (The flowers are hand made, from a friend). The butterfly topper also came from the dollar store, and comes in other colors.

I am currently working on some cardstock ornaments that anyone can make with the simplest materials.    I want to tell how we used to make glitter, when we didn't have any. Has anyone else done this?  We would take aluminum foil,  and clip it into tiny pieces. Then we would use hand made glue from flour and water or flour and cornstarch, and paint it thickly on an area and sprinkle the chopped up foil. It was not as convenient , but we did not have the dollar stores where you could get it so easily.  It just shows you that where there is a will, there is a way. We could find foil papers from the linings of boxes or wrappers around sticks of chewing gum. Just about any kind of packaging was scoured for signs of useful artsy materials.  Sometimes the most interesting art comes from people who had to "make-do."

Hopefully I will have a page of templates for an ornament, a card, and a tag, and maybe more.

I wanted to tell a little bit about cannisters, because I have noticed that in most decorating magazines and kitchen decor sites, the decorators are not displaying cannisters anymore. I think the graduated sizes of storage containers like this, give a kitchen a look of order. When you have a set of them, you can use  them like a theme for your kitchen. There have been some cottage shaped cannisters out there, too, but they were quite expensive. In spite of the fact that cannisters are not on display in pictures of kitchens like they used to be, you can still find sets all over the place, and they are quite pretty and in all imaginable themes. 

To see what might be available at your local Dollar Tree, go here http://www.dollartree.com/home.jsp   This site also shows some creative ideas of things you can do with cheap stuff. I made a wreath, using one of their styrofoam circles, and two of their pink  scarves.

From the dollar store, You will need two scarves and a styrofoam wreath in white, and a roll of pink wired ribbon, with a silver edge. The total cost is three dollars. You can add ornaments to this, also. I used it for a little girl's room. Total cost: two dollars and fifty cents.

close-ups of the pink wired ribbon from the dollar store

Female Identity

Do you think the subject of this painting is a woman, or a man?  What things in the painting provide evidence of this person being male, or female?  Does it matter to you, whether someone is male or female, when you are talking to them?  What would you think, if you could not tell the difference between men and women?  Would you call them "sir" or "ma'am" or "it"?

by Gyorgyi Giergl Alajos, Hungarian 1821-1863

for a detailed view of this magnificent painting, click here and then click on the painting there.

please click on the title and go to see a larger views of these paintings. Once you click on the titles at Lovely Whatevers, you will go to Allposters. Click on the picture again, and see a full size page view on your screen.

A great deal can be learned from the records of the past, especially the paintings and photographs which I am showcasing on this blog.  In the first painting, for example, there are several things which show femininity in clothing:  the tiered layers of cloth, with stitched tucks, that make up the skirt, and the delicateness of the fabric, the fullness and length of the dress, the soft fringe on the shawl, the shoes (more delicate than mens shoes)  and the hat with a ribbon on it.   These things generally are still considered to give a female appearance.

In your own family album, you may have photographs simlar to this, from the same era (middle or late 1800's). This is my great grandmother, Margaret Adelaide, and her husband, who lived in Texas.  Notice how femininely different her garment is from that of her husband's.  Most women dressed like this, and I think they rarely were confused about who was a man and who was a woman (unlike today).   In this photograph, how can you tell the difference between the father and the mother?

 Can you tell which is the man, and which is the woman, in this 19th century painting by Abbott Fuller Graves?

 Women look best in feminine clothing, and it affects their confidence, their self-worth as women, and their mood.  Men respond differently to women who are dressed like women, than they do to women who are dressed like men.  When you dress like a man, you tend to behave less femininely and take on a masculine posture and attitude. Men do not want women to look like men.  The paintings here show that the 18th and 19th century men and women were not as confused as they are today. That is why we should learn from them, and in particular, see what the artists of the times portrayed as male and female attire.

Edouard Jean Marie Hostein, French,  1804-1889

You can see a much larger view of this wonderful painting if you will click on the title, to the site where it is posted, and follow the links to find an even bigger view. 

When you click on the full size painting, can you tell the difference between the male and female figures in this scene?  Do you you think the clothing was distinct enough in the 19th century, to recognize the women, even from a distance?

by Louise Abemma, French, 1858-1927

In this scene, the men and women are opposites in appearance, because of their clothing.  What do you think is wrong with the scene today? Do you think the entire look of the beautiful dresses would have been spoiled by the modern sports shoe?

Epic Heroes, by Victor Vasnetsov (Russian, 1848-1926)
Is the artists intention to portray men, or women, in this painting? How can you tell if they are men?

To see more beautiful paintings, click on "older posts" at the end of the articles on this page.

One of the dangers of not being able to tell male from female, is that it breaks down manners and chivalry.  It seems like a deliberate attempt to prevent people from saying "sir," or ma'am" out of respect. It is designed to humiliate those who believe in honoring a person by addressing them as "sir" or "ma'am."  Unless you are Marcy, addressing Peppermint Patty from a Charles Schutlze cartoon,  you should address men as "sir," and women as "ma'am."

Those who love God and use His Word as their standard for life, know that God has put distinctive, visual differences between male and female. He expects us to glorify Him with those differences. We are authorized to blend the sexes or erase the differences.  Today, women's clothing , for the most part, erases the difference between male and female. We should, as women, try to look different than men. Since it is harder to find role models for this, today, we can look into the past. That is why I have posted these paintings and photographs of a time when men and women were not so confused about which they were.


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