... and trying to get some of them finished! I haven't blogged that much about the various projects going on in the house right now, partly because I've been so busy going from one to the other, and partly because I haven't stopped to clear a space to photograph anything! Time to catch you up a little on what's been going on around here.
Let's start with the charm bracelets. I've been trying to craft a decent variety and quantity so I can submit them to sell at the Putnam Arts Council's annual holiday craft sale. I've made at least two with a red and green Christmas theme, two with a pale blue and white winter/snow theme, and two of the retro 70s Bohemian denim and copper style. I also have one with a spring "flowers and birds" theme and one of the ocean themed turquoise and silver. I'd like to make one more of each of those and then take some great photos of everything, which I'll post. Meanwhile, here's a group shot of some of the jewelry on a display rack with two cluster necklaces (which you can't see in the photo - I'll rephotograph them all individually soon!)
In addition to my ongoing projects, my daughters have also been taking their turns at the craft table. One recently finished a large batik project using Elmer's glue gel and acrylic inks, but she gave it away before I had the chance to photograph it! My younger daughter painted the black t-shirt below with the symbol of her zodiac sign, Libra. We used freezer paper as a stencil and sponge-painted on acrylic paints. It looks great and she's so proud to have made it herself! She also created a cool sculpture of a dragon head using paper clay, and designed felt horns for a sweatshirt hood, which I stitched in place. I'm so glad the girls see the value and pride in making things with your own two hands!
Friday after school they had a friend over for a pumpkin carving session. Our town hosted a Pumpkin Fest this weekend and gave free pumpkins to any school-age child who promised to carve or decorate it and bring it back to the town park for display. I'll post pictures of those another time, but meanwhile, here are the pumpkin spice cupcakes I baked in honor of the occasion. The recipe is very simple: pretty much just stir a whole can of pumpkin into a carrot or spice cake mix. Add 3 eggs and 1/4 cup each of water and oil. Mix and bake for 16-20 minutes, then frost with cream cheese frosting. Delish!
I managed to get the worktable cleaned off just in time for my DH to begin building a new wall in order to enlarge my daughter's bedroom. Here are the studs going up...
Now all that is going on indoors, of course there are all the outdoor chores coming up. I just cleared off this deck on Saturday, but the winds from approaching hurricane Sandy have already shaken enough oak leaves down to cover it up again! If that's the worst we get from the storm, I'll take it!
Have a safe week and see you on the other side!