Showing posts with label Crafty Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafty Ideas. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Recycle Christmas Cards and Photos

     I keep saying I am going to start posting again...  well, I guess today is the day to just get back to it.  My husband and I both have new computers so maybe now there won't be so many mistakes - isn't that the way it's supposed to work?  We will see how it goes.

    Today I want to share a little craft project I did for a gift to one of our sons and one I did for myself.  Every year we are given new photos of grandkids, along with new frames.  Also, I have been a crafter for years and my stashes of nearly every imaginable thing has kept some businesses in business.  I have years and years of Christmas cards that I wanted to keep and use for something, some day!  We have photos of memories that we have nearly forgotten.  I saw something that sparked an idea for me.  I hope you like my interpretation...

     This is a cut out Christmas card that I really liked.  The quilted fabric is from one of my stashes.  I used a brown colored pencil around all the edges so the cut card did not show white edges.  A simple glue stick around the edges and a big X on the back stuck the card where I wanted it.  A heavy book on top kept it in place until well dried.  I did not put the glass into the frame because it was already a bit bulky.  Our son and his family seem to like their new decoration.

     This is a photo of a dear friend who has worked as a professional Santa for years.  This frame came from our local dollar store.  The quilted fabric is from my stash.  I used my simple glue stick around the edges and a big X across the back, I used a heavy book to help it dry in place and put the glass back on this one.  The 'Noel' is cut from an old card and glued on the outside of the glass.  I added the red bow and now, Santa hangs on my wall for all Christmas's to come.

     I hope you enjoy my little craft project and the instructions make sense to you...  sometimes it's not easy to give instructions, when you know what you mean!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Roses, How To Dry Them Grammy's Way

I have always loved all colors and sizes of roses.  However, I always told Hubby John to not buy them for me because it breaks my heart to see them die.  Well, I was clued in a few years ago  about drying them and I now have quite a collection of the dried beauties and I very willingly accept new ones  whenever I can.  My sweetie (Hubby John, of course) just gave me red roses for Valentine's Day.  I am going to share my tips on how to dry and display the flowers of love.

These are my beautiful gift this year.  I will keep them in water and on display in my Grandmother's antique vase for about 3 days and I will enjoy every minute.  I like to begin the drying process as soon as the roses begin to open.  I like for the blooms to still be fairly tight.  I begin by removing the roses from the water and arranging them in a pleasant way.  I also like to have a display vase in mind when I start the drying.  At this point it is still easy to adjust their length and move the roses around.  Once they are dry, they are very brittle and you take the chance of them crumbling.  I put a rubber band tightly around the bottom of the arrangement and take them to the garage or any place where they will not be in direct sunshine.  I hang them upside down so that the stems dry with the heads of the flowers hanging down. I let them hang until they are completely dry.  Depending on how warm your hanging room is, this takes a week or two.  If you hold them up and their little heads droop, hang them back up and wait longer.  Once they are dry, I spray them very lightly with  hairspray. You can buy dry flower fixatives at hobby stores, but hairspray is easy and I always have it on hand.  Now, you place them in your vase of choice and put them on display.  I have found that roses usually dry darker than their original color and they take on a bit of an antique look.  They will always be fragile so keep them where they aren't moved around much or bumped against.  Oh, I also want to say that not all of the filler flowers and greenery will dry well so I usually only do the roses.  

This is a bouquet of variegated roses that I have had dried for 3 or 4 years now.  I keep them away from direct sunshine so they have faded very little.  I love them!