Valentine Crafts, Part Two

The Superbowl was last weekend, and I decided to host a Super-crafty Bowl party for a couple of friends, their husbands & PB’s baby friend, Opie.  There was food, football, and about 4 sweet hours of playing with art supplies.  It was so fun, and we decided that since each of us has a different artistic background (painter, jewelry designer, knitter) we should take turns hosting and teaching the others what we know.  Good idea, right?!

Anyway, I spent my time working on some more love day decorations.  I started out with these little coffee filter hearts, a project inspired by Jean over at Artful Parent.  It looked like a good introduction to watercolors for PB, and I wanted to play with them, too!  The coffee filter paper cuts easily and just soaks up the watercolors.  They look like a hybrid of stained glass and ty-dye.  Just swipe a bit of glue stick onto the glass and arrange the hearts. PB’s is the spotty one in the lower left corner.

I’m just beginning to discover the beautiful possibilities of paper.  The whole scrapbook bug never bit me, but I have always been drawn to the beautiful papers and stickers.  With the help and inspiration of these artful friends, I  decided to collect some heart-themed papers and try my hand at making a little garland.  Circle meets hearts, with a little glitter glue and ribbon.  Simple and fun.

And toward the end of the evening, while I was waiting for my glitter glue to dry (because you can never have too much glitter glue!) I found the stack of paint chips leftover from this project.  I pulled out the pinks and reds and started tracing hearts onto them for no other reason than my hands wanted to keep playing.  Stacks of hearts later, I threaded them onto some monofilament (fancy for fishing line) and hung them around the house.

That’s all the crafty love for this year!  It’s fun to take a break from knitting once in a while and try myhand at something new.  Working with new materials engages your brain in a different way than knitting. These simple projects were all colorful and tactile, something important to me with knitting, and yet so different from knitting, too.  I love cutting things out of paper; the way a paintbrush, heavy with paint, glides across paper; the smell of tape and glue.  And let’s not underestimate the satisfaction of starting and finishing a project in one sitting; that rarely happens with knitting!

Speaking of finishing things: the knitting on my green sweater is complete!  This weekend will be spent weaving in ends, blocking, and trying to figure out how to seam it all together.  Or maybe I’ll cast on a new, quick project instead.  Hmmm.  Hope you have a lovely weekend and Valentine’s Day!

A Week of Crafts

Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes!  We are saving the big celebration for this weekend, but I can say PB had a nice, simple birthday on Tuesday.  The best part of which was a little impromptu crafting.  More on that later…

First up this week is a little project having nothing to do with knitting.  Rachel and I had been talking about playing around with paint samples and on Monday decided to do it.  She and her hubby came over with food, and while we cut up tiny pieces of colored paper and munched on homemade egg rolls, he and Sweetie watched the game.  It was a lot of fun to play with scissors and glue!  My first inclination was to keep everything very orderly and methodical.  When that proved to be more frustration than fun, I mixed up all my shades and just randomly started gluing.  So fun!

Rachel's piece in progress


And mine.

I had some empty frames that were just begging for colorful art, and so I was able to display my work immediately.  Talk about instant gratification!  We have more than enough color cards leftover, and I can see myself employing this technique in a variety of ways.  Apparently there is a whole paint chip-crafting underworld to gain inspiration from.

The next day, Impromptu Craft Day, came about after I mentioned I was going to make a birthday crown for Peaceful Baby.  My friend Liz’s daughter has her 1st birthday next month, and so she decided to see what she could come up with as well.  Felt and embroidery floss is almost as fun as knitting.  And I don’t say that lightly!  As with knitting, is immensely satisfying to see a project take shape before your eyes.  It just seemed to happen so much faster with this project!

I’m still working on the finishing touches for my little lady’s crown, but I really like where it’s headed.  If you’re in the crown-making mood, I got some of my inspiration here and here.

What non-knitting crafts have you been inspired by lately?