Snowman Polymer Clay Ornament Project!

December 16, 2012

Last Friday, the day of the horrific killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School I went to Noah, our grandson’s 1st grade class to teach them how to make this polymer clay ornament.  I thank God that I had errands to run before the class and that I did not know what had occurred until I returned home later that day.  I don’t know how I would have gotten through the class without tears and sobs.  The children killed were the same age as my grandson and his classmates. 

 Snowman Face Ornament
by Becky Meverden copyright 2012
 
Materials:
Polymer clay: white, orange and black
Toothpick
Plastic straw
Blush and cotton swab
Red ribbon
 
When working with children and especially white polymer clay, make sure their hands are clean.  The white clay picks up everything and will get quite dirty.  Luckily, I brought papertowels and waterless handcleaner.
 
Instructions:
1.  Flatten a 1″ white ball of clay into a circle.
2.  For eyes, roll two 1/8″ black balls and press onto face.
3.  For squint lines, use toothpick to indent two lines next to each eye.
4.  For nose, roll a 3/8″ orange ball into a oval.  Press onto face just under the eyes.
5.  Use toothpick to indent the mouth.  I start in the center of the nose and go out each side from there to insure that the mouth is even on both sides.
6.  Blush cheeks.
7.  Use straw to make hole for hanging.
8.  Bake in a 265 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool.
9.  String with ribbon.
 


Here are Noah’s classmates creations.  They all wanted to do the blush themselves and as you can see, a few really went crazy with it.  When I asked why they put it all over the face, they told me that it was because the snowman had been to the tanning salon and had a sunburn.  I had to giggle over that one.

Even Noah’s teacher made one and the kids really enjoyed themselves.  I love how unique and different each one is.

I can’t tell you how many hugs I got that day from the kids.  A couple of girls even told me that they wished I was their grandmother.

This is Noah’s.  He was over the moon to have me there.  As soon as I walked in, he ran over with a huge smile on his face and gave me a huge hug.  I treasure these days because I know how fast time goes.  It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was coming in to teach a clay class with his mother and his uncle.  I was also fortunate to have my sister live close so I continued the tradition with her children too. 

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Special K Bars

December 14, 2012

This is Rocketman’s and my children’s favorite bars. It has also become my grandchildren’s. It is very difficult to eat just one and they are so good for you, right? They have peanut butter in them. Enjoy!

Special K Bars
 
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo light corn syrup
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups Special K cereal
1/2 bag of Nestles chocolate chips (11 oz)
1/2 bag of Nesles butterscotch chips (11 oz)
 
Instructions:
1. Place sugar and corn syrup into saucepan and bring to a boil. 
2. Take off the burner and add peanut butter.
3. Add to a large bowl the Special K and peanut butter mixture.  Mix together well.
4. Pour into a 9×13 jellyroll pan.  Spread out and cover with wax paper.  Use rolling pin to smooth.  Remove wax paper when even.
5. In a double boiler, melt chips.  Spread over peanut butter mixture evenly.  Let cool.
6. I find it is easier to cut into squares when it cools to room temperature.  If you cool it in a refrigerator, it is more difficult to cut and the chocolate will crack.
 




Tis the Season….Pooping and Farting Edition

December 12, 2012

I don’t know what it is about this 2012 Christmas season but everywhere I go, I find this.  Toys that poo.  These were in my local Joann’s.

I found this pooping penguin at Macy’s of all place.  We were in South Korea last Christmas so maybe this is nothing new to anyone else.  Poo has always been a big thing in Korea.  There are tons of children’s books on it, poo stuffed animals (I have several) and even the old Korean mayor of Suwon built a “toilet house.”  We even went to see it and you can read about it here.

So I thought this would be the perfect post to show off my farting Korean dolls.  My Korean girlfriend, Hannah bought them for me and sent them over.  I did a little video on them.
Here is the original Korean commercial on the dolls.  Tis the Season!!!

Sparkly Words Christmas Ornament Project!

December 9, 2012
Sparkly Words Christmas Ornament
by Becky Meverden Copyright 2012
 
Materials
Twine
Elmer’s Glue
Glitter
Lame or ribbon for hanging
Scissors
Small bowl and plastic wrap
Wax paper
 
Instructions
1.  Choose the word you want to make.  You can make anything.
2.  I wrote the word in my cursive handwriting style.  You will notice that doing a word like “Hope,” I write the “H,” lift my pen and write the rest of the word.  This means that I cut the pieces for the “H” first.  Decide how large you want the word and cut the three pieces of twine for the “H.”  If you use a word like “Love,” you won’t need this step.
3.  Using the twine, write out the rest or entire word.  Use your fingers to mark the end of the word and and add an extra inch or two and cut.
4.  Take a small bowl and cover with two layers of plastic wrap so that when you are finished you just remove the wrap and throw it away.
5.  Fill the bowl with some glue.
6.  Take the twine for the first letter (if doing a word like “Hope”) and place into glue.  Make sure it is thoroughly covered and soaked.  Remove each piece and use your fingers to remove excess glue and position on a piece of wax paper in the shape of the letter needed.  It’s messy so don’t worry.
7.  Place the rest of the word (or the whole word if you are doing a word like “Love”) into the glue and shape into the rest of the word making.
8.  Sprinkle glitter all over letters and let  dry.
9.  Carefully peal from the wax paper.  Reglue any areas that how come apart.  String with lame or ribbon and it’s ready for the tree.

 

This is what happened over the weekend.  We went from no snow to 14 inches!  Thankfully Rocketman is home and not traveling right now and the snow blower worked. 

Cookie Cutter Ornament Project!

December 8, 2012
Cookie Cutter Ornament Project
by Becky Meverden  Copyright 2012 
Materials:
Christmas tree cookie cutter
Fabric scrap
Rick rack
Buttons (I switched out the rhinestones at the last minute
Adhesive
Thin lined marker
Scissors
Cording or string

1. Place a line of glue around the back perimeter of the cookie cutter and place onto fabric.  Let dry.
2.  Cut excess fabric around entire cookie cutter.  Don’t worry if fabric pulls away from the cutter, you can reapply the glue when you are finished.

 3.  Place a line of glue around the entire side of the cookie cutter.  Follow with the rick rack, starting at the bottom of the cutter.  Cut off excess.

 4.  Glue buttons on each side.
5.  Press the top fabric out to allow a hole for the cording. 
6.  String with cording.

The Front Page!

December 6, 2012

I was contacted a few weeks ago by an editor at our local newspaper wanting to do a feature on me.  I was really excited to talk about Korea and all the things I did there.  We did the interview over the phone and I followed up by sending her some photos. 

I had not restarted our subscription to the Press so when I found out it was in this week’s paper I drove to the Press to restart our subscription and to pick up a few copies for me and the extended family.

                Only when I arrived home did I unfold the paper to find ME on the front page.

         The article continued on the back page of the newspaper along with a few more pictures.

You can also find the article online here.  It was really a thrill to see it and Kristine did a wonderful job of taking a hour long conversation and condensing it into wonderful story.  I hope you all enjoy it.

My Favorite Things – Part 2

December 5, 2012

watercolor journal - silk
Sue Bleiweiss creates the most amazing journals and books.  I bought one of her journals before our move to South Korea and filled it with memories. 

Amethyst Earrings, Cascade, 14K Gold-Filled, February Birthstone
I found Rae’s jewelry while living in South Korea in 2007.  She also was living in Korea at the time and I love her style.  She is now living in the States just like myself.

Dragonfly Fairy Door Kids Wall Art Room Decor
Have you ever heard of fairy doors?  I have one of Kim’s in my craftroom to the delight of Noah, my grandson.  They truly are magical.

Bichon Frise and Snowman Handsculpted Clay Figurine
Ginny makes the cutest polymer clay figurines.  Years ago, I bought a bichon frise pen which reminded me of our bichon, Daisy.  I still have the pen although sweet Daisy crossed the rainbow bridge in 2007.
Holiday star - Thin maple stripe wood christmas ornament
Love, love, love this.  Lucie also makes gorgeous jewelry.

White Kitten in a Stocking Cat ACEO Christmas Mini Paper Sculpture M Ross
Can you believe this is made from paper?  Simply amazing by Matthew Ross

.Teddy Bear Plushie Kawaii Style Creamy Cuddle Sherpa Fur Bear Small JACK
I just want to cuddle him.  I love Bijoukitty!

Kids Bright Orange Bird Stuffed Animal Childrens Handmade Plush Toy
I bought one of these for our grandson, Ezra.  Soooo cute!  You can buy them in all sorts of colors here.
Little Red Riding Hood hand made polymer clay brooch. Made to order piece of wearable art
                                                I want this so badly!

Miniature Cottage on Hill with Toadstools Teapot OOAK by C. Rohal
                                        and ANYTHING from here

My Favorite Things – Part 1

December 5, 2012

I thought I would share some of my favorite Etsy vendors. I LOVE Etsy! Cardinal in a Birch Forest Polymer Clay Pendant
These beads are made by Humblebeads.  Heather works in polymer clay and I have bought from her countless times over the years.  Her work is gorgeous.

Mr. Rudolph reindeer earrings
These were just too cute to pass up.  They are so lightweight and I can’t wait to wear them. You can find her Etsy site here.

Dragonfly Fern Porcelain Pendant
Another place I’ve done a lot of shopping through the years, Joan Miller Porcelain.  I adore her!

Comfy mittens in the shades of autumn
Even though I’m a knitter, I couldn’t pass up these darling gloves.  The color and the price was all it took.  I love them.  You can find them here.

Alphabet A-Z Children Of The World With Their National Costume 8x10 Wall Art Poster
I love this and it’s perfect for a child’s room.  You can find it here.

Standing Bracelet Holder Organizer Storage Display Oak
I love this bracelet holder. Now to fill mine up with bracelets!  You can find it here
Soap - Goldfish in a Bag  Soap - Glycerin Soap - Handmade Soap -
I bought this for our grandson, Noah.  I thought it was the coolest thing I had seen in a long time.  You can find them here.

SALE 6 Mrs Claus Cookies Votive Candles Vanilla Scent

I love the candles of Woodcrafts and Candles!!  I’ve bought lots of the votive sets and they are fantastic.  The fragrances and how long they last plus the price keeps me coming back again and again.

remarkable
The polymer clay pendants of Heather Wynn Millican just make me smile!

Wooden Hand Painted Snowman Ornament

Handpainted and soooo cute, I love these.  Steph’s Keepsakes has the cutest ornaments along with other items. 

Kid’s Art Hankerchief Wall Quilt

December 4, 2012
This was such a fun project to do with my grandson, Noah.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.  You could also just use one hankerchief and make a pillow.  I Love To Create provided the fabric markers and I bought the hankerchiefs from Walmart.  I used fabric from my stash.
 

Materials:
Tulip Fabric Markers
6 hankerchiefs
2 1/2 yds. white fabric
2 yards fabric for sashing
1 5/8 yards for the border
Sewing machine, needles, thread, and ruler
Foamboard and masking tape – optional

1. Prewash the hankerchiefs and fabric before you begin.
2. The hankerchiefs are very thin so to prevent bleeding onto your surface I used a piece of foam board, cut slightly larger than the hankerchief.  Then use the masking tape to tape the hankerchief to the foamboard.

3. Next the fun part, coloring the hankerchiefs.  Noah worked really hard and did a great job.  Try to color at least 1/2 inch from the borders.

 4.  After all six hankerchiefs are colored, use the white fabric to cut out six squares the size of the hankerchiefs.  This will reinforce the hankerchiefs because of how thin they are.
5. Pin wrong sides together and baste a 1/4″ seam around the entire hankerchief.
6.  Remove pins and repeat for all six hankerchiefs.

 7. Lay out the hankerchiefs to determine how you want them to look.

 8.  I used a 2″ sashing and a 1″ border.  You can do whatever you wish.  I used cotton batting and my walking foot on my sewing machine to quilt.  I sewed around each hankerchief and around the entire border to quilt.

9.  I also used this method to make tabs at the top of the quilt to make it easy to hang.

And Noah for all his incredible hard work was able to pick out a Legos set of his choice within reason.

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Riveting Metal Class

December 2, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my second metal class.  We learned how to rivet and I am hooked!  I had so much fun and learned a lot.  My friend Denise let me know about beaducation where I placed an order for more supples.  Even Rocketman was impressed with what I had made.

I also stopped by a local gift shop that features local crafters, The Farmer’s Daughter.  It was started by the mother of one of my daughter’s high school friends.  I hadn’t stopped by in years and I’m so glad I did.  I picked up a few ornaments, my guilty pleasure.