Friday, December 25, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Map Ornaments: A Tutorial

Every year I like to make an ornament (or 2) for my Christmas tree. This year, since I've been really into cartography and maps, I made two ornaments using maps. Not only did they turn out awesome but they really fit with the sort of travel/global theme of my tree. I made two, one with a map of my home town and the other from a map of the town where my husband is from--though you could use any map, really. Now I want to do a whole series of everyplace we've lived!

First, I got plain round ornaments at my local craft store. Then, I sent away for state maps from the states were my husband and I are from.

When they arrived, I cut them into thin strips and pieced the map back together on the ornament (I had to cut them into strips so they would lay nicely on the round ornament). I used Modge-Podge and glue to adhere the map-strips I glued the strips from the top of the ornament all the way around until both ends met.

After it was covered by the map, I glued a little sequin to mark the town or street that was most important. I also added a thin dusting a glitter to add some holiday sparkle (and because I'm partial to glitter). I also sprayed the ornaments with a clear gloss to add shine and protection.

I love these because they include my love of maps and travel and are also really personal (can you say that about the generic tube of glass bulbs you got at Target?)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Totally Awesome Paper Sculpture Kit!!!

Need a gift idea for the crafty-kid in your life? My friend, Christine of The Firefly Jar blog came up with this totally awesome (and inexpensively fun) idea: The Totally Awesome Paper Sculpture Kit!!!

You could make this with your child or for her/him. Paper Sculpture is a great activity for kids. It "gives children the opportunity to problem solve and create 3-d forms by using staples and tape (which the the kids "totally" love)." There are no lines to color in or models to follow, it's all up to the child's imagination. This homemade kit contains a variety of colored card stock, tape, scissors, a stapler and staples, and some fun little extras like pipe cleaners and puff balls.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this project is the "totally radical" box design, inspired by those "run and tell your mom to buy you this awesome and expensive piece of plastic" Saturday morning cartoon commercials.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Holiday Shopping:

Getting ready for the holidays? I am!
Here is a little something that may help you with your holiday shopping: 20% off! use code 09HOLIDAY at checkout from Pinkbird Creations and you will save 20%! WooHoo!

There are also quite a few items on clearance right now which you can check out HERE. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

First Snowfall....

Today I did a little Christmas shopping...had my iPod full of holiday songs, was uber-friendly to every store clerk, and watched our first snowfall this season while drinking some yummy hot chocolate. Winter's coming!