More Crayola ideas

Now that you may have seen some “adult” fun with Crayolas in my last post, check this out.  You can use the same Crayolas that the kids use to make quilts.  There are several tecniques, but this one seems to be the simplest.  I’ve seen a youtube video that teaches melting the crayons & painting the fabric, but I’m not that artistic.  I think I could do some simple designs with this idea, though.  http://www.mesew.com/crayonart.html

I have some coloring books that I got at Hobby Lobby that would be perfect for this type art.  They are from Dover publishing, but are also available at Amazon.com.  Some such as these would work up to look like stained glass.  http://www.amazon.com/Decorative-Designs-Coloring-Dover-Design/dp/048645195X/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345832053&sr=8-8&keywords=coloring+books

I would love to know what you think about this idea.  Oh yeah, get your own box of crayons & don’t pilfer from the kids.  😀

Crayola Artist

Normally, when I think of crayon art, I think of kids.  I was cleaning out some old email & ran across a note someone sent me with some work of a guy named Don Marco.  If you think about it, it makes sense to paint with Crayolas, considering they are similar to oil pastels in theory.  They are a lot less messy to work with, while having more colors & shades to work with.  Hope you enjoy looking at his work.  http://www.themastercrayonartist.com/shop/custItems.aspx?catID=8

I was looking t…

I was looking through the mail yesterday & saw an advertisement from Harbor Freight tools.  Being the tomboy that I am, I had to look.  I found this tool chest & thought about how pretty it is, as well as functional.  I can totally see my sewing & quilting tools in this.http://www.harborfreight.com/eight-drawer-wood-tool-chest-94538.html.

How about you?  Do you have some really cool storage solutions to share?

Grandma’s quilt

Grandma's quilt

I just love old quilts, don’t you? There’s just something about them that warms you from the inside out. To me, there is nothing as warm as an old hand made quilt.

This is a closeup of one that belonged to one of my grandmothers. These were made before we had rotary cutters, die cutters & the wonderful fabrics we now have. Can you imagine cutting each piece for a quilt like this, using scissors & a pencil?

Buying fabric for the sole purpose of making a pretty quilt wasn’t an option for many. The fabric was either made from clothing remnants or flour sacks. Things have changed so much, & each era has its advantages & disadvantages. I just wish the fabrics & quilts could tell their stories.

Do you have a favorite quilt? I would love to hear about it.

Family history

Family history

Mom & I are working on our family history. We have a lot of neat photos & artifacts from our history. I’ve scanned over 2000 photos & am trying to compile everything so it’s easily organized, & some of it displayed on the wall. I have so much work left to do before any of it is presentable, or even remotely organized. It’s a bit overwhelming, but maybe some day, I will have it organized enough to put into a book or 2 or 3.

There were a lot of military people in my lineage. This is a photo of my Grandfather’s certificate from when he was awarded a Purple Heart.

I have a lot of stories to put on paper before they are lost to memory. I’m already seeing a problem with remembering details of some stories. Mom recorded some onto cassette tapes, but she recorded a lot of stuff & I need to go through the tapes & see what is actually geneaology related & transcribe the conversations. I wish I had a way to preserve some of the sounds, like voices of the people who have shared their stories.

I have so many things I want to do, but a lifetime isn’t long enough to get it all done. I’m hoping to have a family reunion next summer, but need to get photos & history organized better so we can get identification of some photos that aren’t labeled. I also want to be able to make a family heritage quilt. I think that would be so neat to have at the reunion. Another thing I’d like to do is build a huge family tree printout. I’d lay it out at the reunion so everyone could help fill in the blanks. Maybe, after I get info next year, I can make a presentation one to give as awards for future events.

I haven’t been to a family reunion since I was old enough to remember it. That is, unless you call a funeral a reunion. Our lives get so busy that we tend to lose track of time & only get together for funerals. With that in mind, I would love to hear your ideas for what to have & do for a family reunion. Do you play games? What kind of games? Do you make a weekend of it, or just an all day Saturday? Do you have any tips or ideas to share for organizing family photos in digital format, or on paper?