Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bows from Recycled Magazine Pages

 Making Bows from Recycled Magazine Pages. 

I remember making these when I was a little girl. My mom and my Oma taught me how to make them. We would paint the tips or add glitter. I loved them. You can use old magazines, new or used wrapping paper etc.
 I decided to try making some...and again....I love it!! : )

You can use brads but....
..... I used glue because ( thats the way I learned how to do it) I dont like the way the bow feels with the brads...just my opinion.
(You can try the brads. If you do you need to use a small hole punch and punch in the center of the folded paper. Put the brad inside and then fold and thread each peice.)

To use glue...
depending on size of bow cut magazine page into strips. I cut one inch strips

Then take one end fold towards center and glue

Do the same thing with the other end
(Use small amount of glue)

Continue with all the strips of paper. Then take each folded strip and glue them on top of each other until you have the bow complete, let dry

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Artfire Crazy Train Rider

Todays Artfire Crazy Train Rider is Positively Charming Things

Her shop

In her bio she says
"I have this need to work with my hands, creating. It doesn't matter if it's a hand made card, a hairbow for my daughter, a knitted blanket, or a nice bracelet or something sculpted out of polymer clay - I'm simply not happy unless I'm creating something."
There are some lovely items in her shop.
This is pretty! Made from Polymer clay!

and this... a beautiful bracelet
Soft Romance - lucite and Czech glass flower antiqued brass bracelet

She also has a web site

Positively Charming Things  a very pleasant shop to browse in...go and take a look!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


  • I love gourds! There are so many things you can do/make with gourds.

Start with seeds, then water,watch them grow, dry them, then clean, decorate, and....
From this

To this!

...... the process starts all over again!

love it!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My New CD

I was watching the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics.
To my surprise.. there she was... k.d. Lang singing one of my favorite songs "Hallelujah". Not only do I like the song but I like k.d.Lang. She can sing anything! Such a beautiful voice.So then and there I decided I was going to buy her CD with her version of Hallelujah.

I had a hard time finding her CD! Not one store carried it.
For the next few days I listened to it on you tube. ( I dont have an ipod)

My husband and I planned to go to Santa Maria....surely I will find her CD! Santa Maria is a big town,lots of Stores,Shopping Centers.

Not one store had the k.d.Lang CD I wanted! We went to quite a few stores. One clerk said they could order it for me but I live 30 miles away so I said no.

After hours of searching I told my husband I need a cup of coffee. He said "there's a StarBucks over there". I normally dont drink their coffee but I do like their Cafe Mocha so I said "yeah...ok". My husband doesnt like drive thrus so we went inside.

I ordered my mocha, paid and then waited.
I was quietly standing there ,waiting for my Mocha....then... I noticed this small picture...I looked at it, then I got right up to it and...its k.d.Lang! I am thinking to myself "Is this a CD? Its in a very small package". I pick it up look at it and very loudly and excitedly asked the clerk (my husband said I was yelling!!) Is this a CD???? The clerk looked at me and very slowly (LOL) said "yes mam, that is a CD".  : )

It was the last one!

I bought it!

 It has all her hit songs and my song... Hallelujah!!!


Who would have thought! Star Bucks! I bought my CD at Star Bucks!