Here is your newest party trick — cutting a snowman paper snowflake! Perfect for holiday decorating, winter decor, and just simply surprising someone with your newfound skill.Read More
Snip snowflakes with me! :) I have a limited quantity of pattern packs and Blizzard Kits left that I would love to have under your tree instead of in my office! I am offering a 20% SALE on pattern packs and Blizzard Kits through this Sunday, December 17th. All final shipments for the season will go in the mail Monday morning so they will be there in time for Christmas.
25 Days of Snowflakes Pattern Pack: https://goo.gl/cUhVfY
Blizzard Kit (w/ scissors, hole punch, patterns): https://goo.gl/bceu59
'Tis the season for snowflakes, and I am bustling around leaving a trail of paper scraps in my wake! :) I have a number of upcoming shows, I hope you can stop by and see me at one of these events:
November 24 - December 17, 2017: Earlville Opera House's 20th Annual Holiday Sale (Earlville, NY) My items will be on display at the beautiful and historic opera house in Earlville, NY! There are more than 70 vendors from central New York represented at the sale.
December 1, 2017: Gallery Night Ithaca Exhibit at Benjamin Peters (Ithaca, NY) I am excited and honored to have my second exhibit at Benjamin Peters in the Ithaca Commons! I will have 20+ large framed works on display, and will be there from 5-8p.m. to meet visitors, talk about my process, and share some wine and appetizers. I have a new collection of endangered species snowflakes that will be featured, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the World Wildlife Fund.
December 2, 2017: Sparkle Festival (Corning, NY) When I heard there would be an outdoor, holiday-themed, December festival filled with twinkling lights, I knew I had to be part of it! This is my first year at Sparkle, and I'm thrilled to be part of the fun. I will be cutting snowflakes on the scene, demonstrating some of my patterns, and taking in all the merriment. :)
December 2 & 3, 2017: Trumansburg Holiday Craft Sale (Trumansburg, NY) The Trumansburg Holiday Craft Sale is held at Trumansburg Elementary School. I will have a small batch of hand-picked items for sale, and I'll be there to volunteer for part of the weekend.
ALSO! December 1st kicks off #25DaysofSnowflakes - my annual celebration of all things snowflakes! I will count down the days until Christmas by featuring a new snowflake each day, and would love to see your own creations. Just tag me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to show off your snowflakes, and use the hashtag #25DaysofSnowflakes. I look forward to seeing all your fun designs! If you need any inspiration, you can always download some Print-N-Cuts to help you out ;)
Get in the Halloween spirit with this super easy spider web decoration! It's made of aluminum foil and construction paper, so chances are you have everything you need on hand. Let's get snippin'!
At our house, we LOVE to decorate for fall. I'll admit that we carved our first pumpkins on September 1st, and are now on our 3rd batch of carvings. We've made spooky banners, ghosts and zombies, leaf rubbings, pumpkin faces... the walls are covered with construction paper at this point. BUT we haven't made anything snowflake-related until this morning (shocking, I know!) when I woke up with the inspiration for this spider web snowflake.
I like this craft because it's very quick, pretty easy, and the materials are probably already in your house somewhere. There are a couple tricky parts relating to the folding & unfolding of the aluminum foil, but otherwise this is a very kid-friendly craft.
You will need:
- A square of aluminum foil
- Blue and black construction paper
- Sharp scissors
- Glue stick
1) First cut your aluminum foil square so it is slightly smaller than your construction paper.
2) Fold the aluminum foil in 1/2 (short sides together), and then in 1/2 again (creating a rectangle). Fold the two folded sides of the paper together, creating a sharp point (your paper will now look like a triangle). Finally, fold this triangle in 1/3s - creating a long, skinny triangle with a sharp point. Press down on the creases so it's nice & flat. Folding can be tricky and you will want to help out your kids the first time.
3) Cutting the foil is very easy, but it is helpful to have scissors with a sharp tip. You will cut from the side where you can see the layers of folds, toward the side that has the single fold. Cut out little rectangles that swoop up slightly. Be careful to leave enough space along the fold that you won't cut all the way through the foil. Trim the top of the snowflake so it follows the swoops and makes a nice point (higher on the side with the single fold).
4) To make the spider, cut out a small square of black construction paper and fold it in 1/2, then in 1/2 again. Cut a rounded little spider body with two legs. When you unfold the paper, you'll have a spooky eight-legged spider friend!
5) The trickiest part of this craft is unfolding the aluminum foil! Go SLOWWWWWWWWLY and work from the top points down toward the middle. The foil can rip easily if you are too eager. The first folds will come apart easily, and the final fold is where the foil will tend to stick together. Once you have completely unfolded the spider web snowflake, gently press it flat and smooth out any stuck spots.
6) Using your glue stick, glue the foil spider web (shiniest side up!) onto your blue construction paper. Glue your spider on the web and give him some eyeballs if you'd like (I used a metallic silver marker for the eyes).
7) Trim the excess paper from around the spider web and VOILA! You have another adorable crafty project to tape to the walls :) Plus this one is shiny, and who doesn't love a little bling?
Some other ideas to think about if you have the supplies:
- Give the spider spooky eyes with glow in the dark paint or googly eyes
- Use glitter glue to create sparkly dew drops on the spider web
- Mount the spider web on a glittery background paper, or on a painted starry night background
- Make a bunch of spider webs and hang them in the corners of your doorways (in my house you'd have to remove the real spider webs first! :)
Hope you enjoy this craft and have a happy Halloween!
The bees are officially back. They're everywhere! And so are the blossoms -- it seems like every tree is loaded with them. It's currently snowing pink petals in my driveway, and everything's buzzing with spring energy (pun intended!). I LOVE it.
Something I don't love: The rusty patched bumblebee was recently added to the endangered species list in the U.S. I'm in the brainstorming process of creating a bee snowflake for my Endangered Species collection, so stay tuned for that! Also, consider sponsoring a hive, and buying local honey (my personal favorite if you're in the Ithaca area: Gil's Honey!).
As a tribute to bees (and butterflies), and spring, and blossoms, and sun, here is a beautiful poem by one of my favorites, Mary Oliver.
What is this dark hum among the roses?
The bees have gone simple, sipping,
that’s all. What did you expect? Sophistication?
They’re small creatures and they are
filling their bodies with sweetness, how could they not
moan in happiness? The little
worker bee lives, I have read, about three weeks.
Is that long? Long enough, I suppose, to understand
that life is a blessing. I have found them-haven’t you?—
stopped in the very cups of the flowers, their wings
a little tattered-so much flying about, to the hive,
then out into the world, then back, and perhaps dancing,
should the task be to be a scout-sweet, dancing bee.
I think there isn’t anything in this world I don’t
admire. If there is, I don’t know what it is. I
haven’t met it yet. Nor expect to. The bee is small,
and since I wear glasses, so I can see the traffic and
read books, I have to
take them off and bend close to study and
understand what is happening. It’s not hard, it’s in fact
as instructive as anything I have ever studied. Plus, too,
it’s love almost too fierce to endure, the bee
nuzzling like that into the blouse
of the rose. And the fragrance, and the honey, and of course
the sun, the purely pure sun, shining, all the while, over
all of us.
~ Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems: Volume Two
Every Monday, I sneak out of the house before dinner and teach two yoga classes downtown: Yoga for New Moms and Prenatal Yoga. I've been teaching prenatal yoga for almost five years, and I've had over 130 moms come through my class! Quite often, my new students are taking a yoga class for the first time, and they are also first-time mothers. There is so much to be uncertain about, and you can see it on their faces. It's an honor to watch these women grow in their motherhood journey, and to see them return after birth with babies on the outside to Yoga for New Moms.
Last Mother's Day, I woke up thinking about the mothers in my life: my own mom, my grandmothers, my great-grandmothers (I was lucky enough to know two of them well), my fairy godmothers (my aunts!), the mothers in my yoga classes, and my friends who are mothers. I have counted on all of them for support many times in my own motherhood journey. I suddenly had a vision for a snowflake!
I wasn't sure how to cut out a snowflake that wasn't symmetrical, so I needed some quiet alone time (not easy in a house with two young kids!) Luckily, it was Mother's Day, so I could do whatever I wanted, haha. ;) I went downstairs and cut out this snowflake in a whirlwind of inspiration. I cut the symmetrical aspects first - the heart, legs, backs, and heads - and then unfolded the snowflake once to cut the two mothers. This was my way of showing how grateful I am to have so many other mothers to lean on, and how proud I am of all the mothers I see in class every week.
Five years ago tomorrow, I went into the hospital for what I thought would be a "routine test" during pregnancy and I was told my son was going to be born 6 weeks premature. We were SO not ready. We didn't even own one diaper, didn't have a changing table, didn't own baby clothes (I hadn't had my baby shower yet, and I was convinced my son would be born late!).
Luckily, my mom was with me. She was the perfect person to be there for support, because she delivered my brother at 34 weeks, too. Mom & my fairy godmothers whipped our house into shape while I tried to wrap my head around becoming a mom 6 weeks earlier than expected. I delivered my son exactly 30 years after my mom delivered my brother - they share the same birthday!
Motherhood is a crazy, wonderful, exhausting, hilarious, frustrating, empowering journey. (And my kids are both under 5... the teenage years are easy, right?) I am so grateful for the other moms in my life who help me see the wonderful, hilarious, empowering parts, and keep me together during the crazy, exhausting, frustrating parts.
It's officially spring, but the snowflakes are still flying! I just added some spring templates to the shop: Easter Bunny, Carrot, Chick & Egg, and Sunflower. These make very cute Easter decorations, or you could surprise someone with some springtime cheer!
The Carrot template only requires scissors, but the other 3 use both scissors and a hole punch. You could use either a 1/8" or 1/16" hole punch for the templates. I really like the look of the sunflower if you use both!
Check out my YouTube page for videos on how to fold & cut the templates. Happy snipping! :)
I'm very excited to announce that I'll be back at the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival this September 9th & 10th in Norwich, NY! This is a very selective, juried festival of artisans, and I am so proud to be part of such a wonderful weekend. Each booth is a treat for the eyes! This year I will have a demo table, so you can stop by and see how I create my art. Mark your calendars and come stop by! :)