Friday, October 28, 2011

Jayn's Birthday

We had a fun birthday party for Jayn turning 12 this year. There were fewer folks, but that was something of a relief since the children are all so much bigger than they used to be, and alas our apartment is still the same small squish that it ever was.

The kids went swimming - yes it was warm enough in October for that - then ate tacos they filled, and then  decorated their own cupcakes as the birthday cake. By cupcake I do mean "cup" because my recipe literally fell in the middle instead of making a round topped cupcake. But that was OK because as everyone kindly agreed, the shape held more fillings. They were yummy gluten free gingerbread, btw.

Then after opening presents, everyone proceeded to design and decorate small vinyl figures to take home for Halloween.

Here's my figure - a Blossoming Frankie.

The last activity was a hunt all over the outside for the little Halloween themed goodie bags filled with stickers, pencils, an eraser, and a candy necklace kit.

Jayn was so delighted to see her Aunty Lisa, who makes amazing artisanal and custom all natural perfumes - so she herself always smells wonderful.

Now on to thank you cards to all the kind folk , both near and far, who remembered Jayn on her birthday.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Changes at Natural Life Magazine

Things are changing at Natural Life Magazine. My column, Crafting for a Greener World is going entirely digital, and will be available at the NL website.

So to celebrate this, we are changing the format some, and I plan to feature my creative answers to your crafting dilemmas in my new column. I hope to be able to include more photos than space allowed in the print mag. I have already received several juicy problems that folks have with their stash of trash, junk, fabulous recycled resources and art raw materials.

I'll continue to design crafting projects, and post footnotes and links here - but I need your help, dear readers!

Here again is the "blurb" that appeared in a recent issue:


Got Stuff? Need Projects?

Do you gaze forlornly at that stack of odd containers? Are you puzzled by those old rusty bits in that bucket in the garage? Is that stiff plastic packaging too cool to toss, but you just don't know what to do with it? Maybe you just can't bear to throw out those embroidered bell bottoms filled with memories, even though they haven't fit you in years. I bet you're not alone.

You have stuff you're collecting and need some plans and projects, and I would love the challenge of coming up with some new creative ideas especially for you and your stash of possibilities.

At last you will feel great about that cardboard you kept for years – maybe get a jump on your holiday gifts, or hand make some fun – cheap - kids' stuff. Finally your husband will stop grumbling and start seeing the potential of that pile of boxes. Well we can dream....

Tell me what you are saving, hoarding or wondering about. E-mail me your list, even send photos if you have 'em. And I will do my best to come up with a new crafty use for it, in a future article. It's like Dear Abby for junk!

Then once you have created your masterpiece, send along another picture or link, so that we can all applaud!

Oh and I still need Target prescription bottles - I'll reimburse your shipping if you can send them to me.