The first step was tracing the bottle (sorry , forgot to take a photo of that!) next was pulling out some very cute pink wool that had given it's life for a felting experiment and cutting out the pattern with the top of the bottle oriented on the bottom ribbing to take advantage of it being a nice finish.
In the photo you can see the ribbing and it worked out just perfectly.
Of course since I can't leave well enough alone a little rick rack never hurts! I did hand sew this on since I love to hand sew, but did use some liquid stitch to hold it in place.
And there I must let you use your imagination since my camera ran out of batteries. But never fear!.. I have actually drafted a pattern which I will have up to give away to anyone else who gets all hot and bothered that they must too have their own water bottle cover. .. sit tight, it might take a week or so for me to get it posted.
One thing oflate that has been fun has been exploring different artists and their mediums of expression. Today we looked at those who do carving from the famous to the funky. Our project was to design and carve their own stamp making something not only beautiful but useful. Gregory drew a gift box with balloons attached to be used as a stamp on his B-day invites that we will be sending out next week. It was so fun to watch his intense nature as he carved and I have to say that I think for a first totally original drawing and carving it came out pretty dang well! He went on after this to carve a tiki stamp as part of his luau theme party. It was amazing and I will share it tomorrow.
And as a note, I could give you some bullsh*t line about how my kitchen table looks in that photo of Greg carving but honestly during really active and engaged homeschooling that is how it looks. I try to clean it off each night and get stuff back into place but you can pretty much count on it looking just like that by three o-clock the next day. If you look close you can see the Leapster which was being used to drill spelling, the very cool History book ( thanks Kay!) the phone book where we were looking up recorder lessons, flash cards, knitting needles and a labeling machine.. all part of a pretty average homeschooling day here a Chez Anarchy!
Short on space for books? or maybe bottles of beads and glue with no place to call home? Try the VERY inexpensive but sturdy option of installing gutter-shelving! There is tons of research showing that books displayed this way increase reading in children of all ages and I am thinking that given how strong the gutters are that they might be just perfect for holding the growing number of odd shaped containers of craft supplies that I have been accumulating. I see a trip to the home improvment store in my near future!
Interested in doing this yourself?.. if so look here!
Currently we are having lots of fun creating story disks for each book we read and enjoy. These disks take the place of the all too typical book report since just one look at the different disks bring back floods of memories and stories from my kids.
Story disks are easy to make; all you need is, one thin wooden craft shape per title, some glue and a color copy or scan from the cover or other meaningful art work from your book of choice. I pre-drill the hole at the top for hanging but this can also be done afterwards.
Center your image for cutting by holding the wooden shape and photocopied image up to the light to line up for best use. Then hold steady, flip copy down to table top with wooden piece still in place and trace the piece and cut out your image just to the inside of your tracing line. Glue the image onto the shape and then seal with some spray sealer is you like. One the back note the title of the book, the author and the year you read the book.
Our disks are being hung one by one on a curtain rod in our kitchen window but at the end of the school year they will be packed aways and then pulled back out and used as Christmas ornaments on the tree. It's a great way to hi-light and remember some of the wonderful books of childhood, not to mention that they make super cute, very personal ornaments.
The prints are part of a collection of 12 prints ( most with doubles) that are from a Nursery School in England. Most all were used at some point as evidenced by the corner wear and tack holes. To some this would make them less valuable but to me this makes them all the more charming and in fact the ones I framed had frank aged tape marks on them showing just how long they had been hung in some nursery-classroom. I have framed a total of 6 of the prints and will be putting many of the unframed duplicates up for sale in my new Domestic Anarchy-Anex @Etsy.. Don't go looking for it yet.. it's not up or running but soon.. oh so soon.
I love the play between the little girl's gingham dress and my gingham kitchen wallpaper.. it was obviously a match that was meant to be!
Next is a very quick but very dimly lit craft project that I wanted to share ( night photos really suck). I ran into these heavy little paper-weights at my local dollar store and scooped up a few to do a craft with the small children's crafting class I teach once a month but could not help but make a up a few in advance, all in the name of science you know! In the end these two weights went to two wonderful ladies who came to help me work on a big event at church. I used a rather damaged copy of an old Richard Scarry ( pre-Busy Town) book. Most of the pages have severe wanted damage or markings so I don't feel bad about giving what is left of it a new life.
In other news.. I got the most AMAZING box of wool/rayon felt from Wool-felt Central. My hands shook as I opened it since I knew that the colors were just going to knock me over and they did! Between the colors and the cute color names ( how could anybody not love a green with a color name having to do with pickles?) it was like Spring in a box. In the next week I will have the first wool work pattern ready to go as a free PDF download to accompany an article I have written on the subject for THE LINK . In addition Wool-felt central will have a color kit package ready so you can order the felt you need for the project.
To celebrate my first project with Wool-felt Central I will be having a give away of one of the kits with everything you need to make it. I will also be sending a made up project to Indiependence's monthly give away so you will have two.. yes two chances to win some very cool stuff.