Monthly Archives: March 2011

Baby Shower No. 8

I think that’s how many baby showers I’ve helped plan in the last 5 years. I love baby showers! There are a few ideas I wanted to share from the most recent one I threw for a friend.

Watercolor BABY sign. It’s easy. Just print out this template I created, cut out the letters, trace them onto watercolor paper. Paint your traced letters with watercolors. Doesn’t have to expensive paint, I just used my 2-year olds! Cut them in circles and hang onto ribbon. It’s pretty for the shower, but it’s also a great keepsake for the mom to take home!

Paint Splat backdrop. This was fun just for some added color and festivity. I took a roll of white kraft paper, hung it up and just went crazy splattering it with my cheapo watercolor paints outside.

This would be a fun activity with the littles too.

Invitation. I’m offering this as a free download if you’d like to use it! Just free for personal use, no selling please. :)

Survey Results and Winner

Thanks to everyone who filled out the 2011 Reader Survey. It really was insightful! And to everyone who posted kind thoughts about what they like about this blog – thank you. It was very encouraging to read. I did pick a winner today, using the random number generator, and it was comment #10 – Muireann! What a pretty name. Congratulations girl, I’m sending you a box of note cards from my shop (your choice) and I will be in contact soon!

Auction for Japan

I’m auctioning off this beautiful scarf I made to the ongoing relief efforts in Japan. To bid, leave your bid amount in the comment section below. NOTE: It must be higher than the last bid that was made. If you get outbid, simply leave a comment with a higher bid. Make sense? If you have any questions, you can email me (info at evie-s.com) that way the comments won’t get muddied up with questions.

The scarf is made up of 100% peruvian wool. The yarn alone is worth $26 if you purchased it alone. It’s big and bulky and so soft.

The auction ends March 29th. The highest bidder gets the scarf and the money goes to World Vision through A Beautiful Idea. OK, start bidding!

Note Cards Sets for $5

I’m selling pretty note cards I’ve designed in my etsy shop! So if you want to snatch some up, I’m selling them for a super price…5 bucks each (for a set of 6 cards/6 envelopes). They make great gifts too!

Check them all out in my etsy shop to see all the designs. I’ll be adding more if these sell well.

One Flower, Many Ways

First of all, I’ve got to say I’m just floored by all the amazingly kind comments from my last blog post. You guys inspire me! Thank you. I was just shaking my head reading them just because I couldn’t believe how kind they were. You made my month year.

So on to the good stuff. This shape has been reappearing alot in my designs lately and I’ve been slowly working on things that incorporate it. So here’s a little tutorial on how to make your own and run with it! You can really do so much with it. Below I made the larger one with paper in 1″ size circles. The tiny one is made with hole-punched dots. If you make the flower shape large enough, it would also make great paper coasters if you coat it with mod podge.

Here’s how to make em.

Loved this excerpt from one of Robert Frost’s poems. Seemed to fit the photo so well. But isn’t it lovely! Let me show you what else you can do with it!

Hanging Decor.
How to make it: this is a large dimensional piece I made by interlocking two flower shapes together (see below photo for example on how to do this). They’d be great for party decorations!

A necklace.
How to make it: Use fabric stiffener (make sure you coat both sides of the fabric to make it really stiff) to stiffen the fabric so you can punch through it with a craft punch. I used a 1″ craft punch. Then I created a second flower (no stiffener) and hot glued it on top of my stiffened flower. You can see I just used some hemp cord to make a necklace out of it. But you could also use a pretty chain. These would also make beautiful earrings!

Hairpin.
How to make it: See above tutorial on how to make the large flower. The tiny center is made of hole punched dots. Just hot glue or sew onto a hair clip or bobby pin. This would also make a great pin for your coat!

Whew! Sorry that was so lengthy. Hope you enjoyed it though. Happy creating!

A Wee Survey

My site has been blowing up with traffic lately (thanks you guys!) I’m curious to learn a little bit more about the readers of this blog of mine, so I would appreciate it so very much if you could take just 2 minutes to fill out a quick survey for me. When you are done, leave me a comment on what you like best (or worst) about this blog and I’ll pick one winner for a special prize next week. Thanks a million!

::: SURVEY CLOSED – THANK YOU! :::

More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

During a rare date with my husband to Barnes & Noble one evening, I meandered to (where else!) the craft section and pulled out a few knitting books. Most of them were pretty ho-hum, until I picked up More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, written by Purl Soho owner, Joelle Hoverson. I  oohed and aahed over every beautiful page. The projects use colorful yarns and they are fantastic (and easy) patterns that any modern knitter would appreciate. The photos are fresh, vibrant, and really makes you want to knit every single project. So I was extremely excited when the publisher said she would send me a copy.

{ Stay tuned because I will be auctioning off this beautiful scarf to raise money for the victims affected by the earthquake in Japan. }

Cascade Yarns was generous enough to send me a skein of their beautiful Magnum yarn (which the book referenced) and I used it to knit up the Big Lace Scarf. I’ve never knitted a full-length scarf before. I always thought the repetition would deaden me with boredom and I’d never want to knit again. But, the chunky yarn, chunky needles and breezy openwork pattern made this such a quick easy knit.

Can we talk about the yarn? I’ve honestly never bought premium yarn – I just stick with the fairly cheap stuff from the craft store or estate sale finds. But this was a treat. It’s soo soft. So beautiful. Made from 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, it’s very fun to work with. It’s giant! One skein was all I needed to create this big bulky scarf. Isn’t the color so pretty?

A few more projects I’d like to try right away:  Linen stitch bookmark // soft baskets

Sideways fingerless gloves // Seed Stitch bracelet

With 30 different patterns to choose from, this book is a must for any knitters library. It also includes inspiring gift wrapping ideas, finishing techniques, and templates.

Can Art Change the World?

I happened upon this TED talk on hulu by artist, JR.  Intrigued by the title, “Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out,” I watched the short video and was so utterly inspired by it I just had to share. JR is an artist that got his start writing his name everywhere in the cities of Paris as a graffiti artist. After finding a camera in the Paris subway, he started taking portraits of people with interesting stories and pasting them on walls, buildings, roofs and just about everywhere else. In the talk he poses the question, “Could art change the world?”

In 2007, he did a project called Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal art exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities, and on the both sides of the Security fence / Separation wall. The experts said it would be impossible. Still, he did it. And people realized in the midst of their conflict, that these people were not so different.

In 2008, he embarked on a long international trip for women, a project in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts called, Women Are Heroes. The men in the community would pay tribute to the women in their society by posting their photos on houses.

This is a picture of the Women are Heroes project in Kibera, Kenya installed in February 2009.

When you look at Kibera now, they look back. (Photo from Google Earth)

I particularly love this idea that they created in India. Instead of pasting a photo, they just made the art white and sticky. It looks like just a blank white wall until…

dust from a crowded market blows in the air, or in the case of the photo above, the Holi festival of colors is celebrated, then the art is revealed.

JR remains anonymous  for the most part and doesn’t explain his portraits in detail – he leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. This is what JR is working on…raising questions.

Behind each image is a story. JR is essentially a storyteller. The portraits in and of themselves aren’t the point, but it’s what you do with the images and the statement it makes when it’s pasted. In the talk, JR says,

“In some way art can change the world. Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things. But to change the perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create energy. Actually, the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions, and then enables you to change the world. What we see changes who we are.”

So what do you think? Can art change the world? I think it can. And I’m passionate about finding ways to do it.

Intrigued by the title, “Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out.”

Will Work for…Non-Profit

I’m currently looking for some design work to raise money for a non-profit that my husband and I are working on. Most everything you see on this blog is designed by me, including the blog itself. So if you need:

  • Logos
  • Custom invitations
  • Blog or website design
  • Etsy graphics
  • Party Decor
  • Anything else you can think of!

I’d love to be your girl for the job. Just email me at info at evie-s.com with the details of your project!

DIY Confetti Earrings

I’ve been asked a few times where I get my ideas from. While creative ideas can be sometimes be elusive, sometimes they hit me instantly. The other night I was actually working on another project involving a hole puncher – the kind that has a little reservoir to catch the punched paper. When I opened the plastic hatch and dumped out the dots, they formed a really fantastic linear shape – random, but still linear. Instead of instantly sweeping them aside, I paused and stared at them for a bit. The arrangement just looked really pretty. Then the idea hit me that it would make a beautiful piece of jewelry if I could do it. So I did it! And I thought I’d share this with you because it was a great lesson in how a creative idea is formed. It wasn’t just a pile of confetti. It’s art that can be used, transformed, or manipulated into something else.

Can you believe it’s just paper? They are delicate, no doubt. I wouldn’t jump into a swimming pool with them on, but if you baby them, they should hold up decently. But who cares if they only last one wearing. They are awesome and practically free.

It’s like a party on your ears!

All you need is a hole punch, some pretty paper (the thicker the better, as long as your hole punch will go through it), hot glue, really thin wire (I used 32 gauge) and some earring hooks.

Step 1: Punch out your circles. I used 9-10 circles for mine. (A friend of mine suggested using shellac or spray varnish on the dots to make them for longer wear.)

Step 2: Using just tiny dabs of hot glue, start arranging and glueing your dots together in a random, but linear fashion. You want them to look like they are falling.

Step 3: Clip a small piece of wire and hot glue onto your bottom circle. This is what will connect the final dangling circle to give it the illusion of falling.

Step 4: Hot glue the final dot to the other end of the wire.

Step 5: Attach your earring hooks by punching a tiny hole in your finished piece with a straight pin. I’m not a jeweler, so there may be a better way to do it, but I just latched mine directly onto the hook.

That’s it! Sorry I don’t have any step-by-step photos of the process. But if you have questions, just leave them in the comments!

On a side note, I will be extending my Art from Everyday Objects Challenge as a regular part of my posting every month. But to add some closure to February’s challenge, here is a wrap up of the projects:

Mini Matchstick Arrows // Snow Cake // Paperclip Earrings // Flowers from Paper Napkins