Friday, December 12, 2014

Cornstarch Packing Peanut Snow Crafts

You know those cornstarch packing peanuts? The ones that are used for protecting fragile things people send in the mail? Well, guess what. I have a giant bag of them... Uh huh. Yet another thing I collect. Sigh... 'Bout time I use the darn things, don't ya think? 

Yeah, me too.

Ok, so here's what you do...

And what you get when you're done is a snowy packing peanut Christmas tree! Seriously, this is so easy and all you need is a tiny bit of water. NO glue, man! Amazing.

Nice, eh? Almost as pretty as the real thing if I do say so myself.

Okay so... what else can you make with these packing-peanutty things? Hmm, well The Boy made this Hill of Snow Lantern with his packing peanuts.

Here it is, all lit up with a Sylvania DOT-it LED light. I love his so much I tried to make one of my own.

My attempt at the Hill of Snow Lantern was less successful than his. Mine kinda looks a giant baby bottle nipple. Not exactly what I was going for... But you know what they say...

No two hills of snow are exactly the same. That's right my friend.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Three Bottle Junk Mail Collage

Once completed, I like to run my hands gently over the surface of a junk mail collage. Why? Why, you ask? Well, if you must know, it's because the texture of a junk mail collage is, in a word, irresistible. I would describe it as "smooth yet nubbly". I know I probably shouldn't be manhandling the thing but it cannot be helped.

Don't worry. Very soon this sweet one will be in a new home. Safely away from my groping little hands.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Small Cousteau's Calypso Quilt Block

You got 'em too, don't ya? Fabric scraps, I mean? Yeah, me too... So I thought I'd gradually try to put a dent in the pile by rustling up a collection of small 3-1/2 inch (3-inch finished) quilt blocks. Slowly. Here and there. Now and again...

I've got a few made so far. They're cute, eh?

In a clockwise direction, I've got a blue and white shoo-fly block, and then a new-to-me block called Cousteau's Calypso in purply-pink 'n yellow. Had to paper-piece that one. Then there's a navy blue and white Patience block, and finally a pink and grey Cracker block.

What will I make with them? Heaven only knows... Got any ideas? I'm all ears.



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