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Crafting

Disney Dance Party

I carved my first pumpkin this year! And learned that it is quite the laborious process.

First, Elianna drew our chosen design on the pumpkin.DSC_0398

Chelsea made the first cut to take the top off.

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And then I started scooping out the insides:DSC_0401

It was quite disgusting:DSC_0402

And required serious focus power:DSC_0404

But in the end, I’m really proud of what we did! Elianna said, “If you have to use the term ‘negative space’, the design is complicated.” And I totally agree with her! (The arrow at the bottom shows up much better in person…….something to work on with next year’s pumpkin!)DSC_0414

We were actually getting ready for a Disney Dance Party. I decided to teach the dance we learned at the Disney audition. And, of course, we had to dress up for it.

Katniss made an appearance (with her mockingjay, mind you 🙂 ):DSC_0416

And Cinderella took time out of her busy schedule to join us (with her pre-coach pumpkin!):DSC_0417

Also, this random fairy princess made an appearance. Her skirt consisted of 12 yards of tulle and kept tripping her up, but she still managed to dance:DSC_0427

It was was SUCH a fun night! And I’m so excited with all that we accomplished!

Also, now I am REALLY excited for Catching Fire to come out!

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I like crafts

That really should not be a surprise. I love paint crafts and knitting crafts and clay crafts and coloring crafts and glue crafts. Suffice it to say that the DIY Board and Pinterest and I get along REALLY well. 

I also really enjoy crocheting crafts. When I found out that I was going to be an aunt again, I just knew that I was getting a niece. So I went out and bought girly crochet thread and began to work. I was determined to get this blanket done before she came. Apparently she found out about my plan so she staged a protest and arrived earlier than I expected.

But, at last, I was able to present her with her gift over Easter and now that she has it, I thought I’d share it with you.

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I find it much more satisfying to work on small squares than a large project.

There’s nothing fancy about it, but there was a lot of love poured into it.

Sometimes It Just Hits You

You know how sometimes you can read something a hundred times and then the hundred and first it hits you like a ton of bricks. That happened to me a few weeks ago.

I know I’ve read Jeremiah 29:11 at least a hundred times. Just so you don’t have to run and look it up it says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” But a few weeks ago I read it again with new eyes and grabbed it and clung to it. It has become my new favorite verse.

So last week I showed you the wreath I had made from some clay and watercolors.

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Well, as those were drying and almost ready to paint, I realized I really wanted that verse on my wall. So I painted the shapes and pulled out the clay. And the result is this:photo copy 2

To give you a closer look at the words:
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Unfortunately the “P” broke in transport.

I really like the huge reminder while I work of God’s plans and direction in my life.

Craftiness

This weekend I got out my clay and began playing with it.

Dealing with clay is actually very new to me. I discovered that I really enjoy the medium when I was teaching in New Zealand. The boy I worked with at school had an amazing art teacher who let me get involved with the projects the students were doing.

I was nervous when she plopped down a bunch of clay in front of me. I had never really touched the stuff. I mean I played with play-dough when I was young, but nothing like this. But I was trying to be a role model to my student so I gamely started making a head out of my lump of clay. When it was done, the students around me told me enthusiastically that it looked like Dobby from Harry Potter. Hmmmmm, I wasn’t really going for that look, but hey, they at least recognized that it was a head……so that was something.

It was in the middle of using my fingers and tools to shape something that I realized I was having fun. I mean really having fun. 

When I got back to the States, JoAnns was having a half-off sale on their Sculpey clay, so I bought some and made some fun mushroom houses for fairies. Then I put the clay away and made my way to Indiana.

Then a friend mentioned an idea in passing about some watercolours I had done. And then my mind started spinning and then I got out my clay and paints again and after a weekend of sculpting, waiting impatiently for it to dry (note you self: you are much better suited to the baking kind of clay), and then painting I now have this hanging in my office:

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Actually this is only part one of the design. See in the middle of waiting for the clay to dry, I came up with an idea that I’m really excited about and will totally rearrange the above design.

So stay tuned for Part 2 later on!

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