Hello Friends, thanks so much for stopping by! We are now in a very somber period on the Jewish calender, the week in which the holiday of Tisha B'Av falls. We have been following many restrictions during the past week (no eating meat, no hair cuts, no lavish bathing, no swimming, no laundry, no sewing new clothes, amongst other things) and now we are preparing for the major 24 hour fast of mourning (For the destruction of the Beit haMikdash/The Holy Temple in Jerusalem) which starts on Tuesday night.
So, this week's party isn't a festive one with music and refreshments, but rather a simple get together of like-minded creative individuals from around the world, sharing hope for a peaceful future through crafting! Thanks so much for coming, I appreciate each and every one of you!
Last week's party brought us some really nice projects, and a great assortment too! Take a look:
Rosi Jo from Italy made this simple yet lovely window decor using a cardboard tube and pieces of gourd shell, no kidding! I've never seen a gourd like the one she shows in her blog, and in fact I thought maybe it was a sponge, but she called it a pumpkin, so there you have it! And I just love these crocheted coasters from through the loops, a great project to practice your crocheting skills and a quick hostess gift! If you start making these, I'm quite certain you'll have some invitations!
And if you love the idea of re-purposing wood, so here's two great projects to keep you busy! Make this beautiful garden bench from an old bed frame with pretty handy girl, and Alisa Burke shows you how to make an artful driftwood city! No drift wood on your beach? No beach nearby? (Don't worry, me neither...) You could use this same idea on some wood scraps!
And speaking of wood, Sumi, from India, did a great job of adding just the right touch to this green t shirt, with wooden beads. Amy from modge-podge rocks made these great stenciled fabric wall decorations. I just love the colors!
Now, for some kid-specific crafting, look at what's happening over at Crafts by Amanda — some sea creatures are being made from plastic bottles, and at Meni's in Spain they are painting sea shells! You could combine these two projects for an afternoon of fun!
I just love this reversed stitch appliqued pillow which was made by combining freezer paper stencilling with actual applique. Artsy crafty babe has a great tutorial. Really nice! And I can't wait to help my kids make bouquet of flowers like this from Lilla A Design of Sweden, punched paper circles painted with abstract flowers and strung on wire. Of course the interesting glass bottles give this project just the right touch!
Feeling inspired? Me too! I think the main question here is which would you rather do, sleep or craft? And while you are thinking about that, let the crafty get-together begin!