These little origami boxes are so easy to make. They are a perfect and thoughtful way to wrap a small gift this holiday season. All that you need are 2 pieces of square paper one a little bigger than the other and a dab of glue. Here is a link to a simple step by step of how to make them ORIGAMI BOXES. To keep things environmentally conscious use grocery bags or old holiday bags or one side good paper.
In my opinion there is nothing quite like body heat to keep you warm in the winter. But all of the layers of clothes can get between you and your sweetheart. When I first heard of "smittens" "love gloves",which are gloves for you and your love so you can hold hands in the winter, I must admit I rolled my eyes. But I have since come around to them and I see them as a cute silly and actually quite practical winter item. I wanted to buy them for Pedar for Valentines day last year but they cost a little more than what I was willing to spend and I got the idea that I could just make my own. So I bought a hat and made a split down the middle all I did was sew up the inside and make two hand entrances. I think what really makes this hat work for this purpose is the fact that it has the fold up brim at the bottom in a different color. If you are looking for a cute silly gift to give your significant other this this could be a fun project for you!
Pedar and I are spending Christmas in Vermont acting in "A Christmas Carol" at
Northern Stage. We are staying in this cute little cottage on a hill (AKA Grandma's house) with some cast mates and we are doing our best to make it feel like home for Christmas. On our day off last week we went up to Bethlehem New Hampshire and cut down our own frasier fir tree at this beautiful tree farm, The Rocks. It was the perfect day to get a tree, 65 degrees outside! We brought our tree decorations along with us from New York but somehow misplaced our old tree topper. A few years ago I made a Snowy Owl out of some craft foam and feathers to top our tree.
When we realized we didn't have our "Hedwig" I decided to make something as an ode to Vermont to top our tree. What better exemplifies Vermont than a moose! I have yet to see a moose and I know people who have lived here their whole lives and have never seen one, but that doesn't stop me from constantly scanning fields and searching through the woods for one. I dream.
I made the moose's body out of a sock. I stuffed his face with cotton and a piece of foam. I cut his antlers out of a plaid fabric and sewed them stuffed them and ran a wire hanger through them that goes straight through the head. I nipped and tucked at his nose and mouth with a needle and thread until I was pleased with the shape. Then I defined the nostrils and mouth with pieces of felt. I made his ears out of scraps from the other sock in the pair. His eyes I made out of 3 buttons stacked on top of one another. It was a fun festive project and I am happy with our new addition to the tree! Happy Christmas!
I love Thanksgiving! It is a cozy family and food filled holiday, and often my favorite game night of the year. Despite it's beloved nature it is forgotten year after year in the world of decorations. Stores just love to jump right from "Monster Mash" to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Here are a few things that we made to celebrate.
This "thankful" banner I made out of scrap fabrics and hand sewed each letter. That was a time consuming decision but I am pleased with the way that it looks. A simpler option which would also look good would be to use a little fabric glue.
Ariel made this cute cornocopia out of pieces of construction paper.
I made this garland of puffball acorns by going to central park and collecting acorn tops. I really like the ones that are twins or triplets the conjoined part makes it easier to attach them to a ribbon. I hot glued the puffballs into the acorn tops and sewed them on to this green ribbon. These could be a nice thing to put on top of a Christmas present this year!
Lastly I brought a little fall to the living room by collecting leaves and ironing them between pieces of wax paper, I then I collaged them onto a window. Happy Belated Thanksgiving!