Spring’s uprising has begun but winter isn’t ready to surrender yet. Winter continues its assault but it’s flaky. Winter’s stronghold is showing signs of weakness. It is literally melting because spring’s secret weapon (the sun) is closing in. Spring has asked me to deliver a message: Winter, you have until March 20th!
Palm Fronds are really beautiful I think. The fact that they look just like accordion folded paper makes me want to make some! Also this is a great time of year to accessorize with a little green with Saint Patrick’s Day, the spring equinox, and Easter. Of course this would be perfect for Palm Sunday (April 13th) too! You can use any kind of green paper you have. I used kite paper which is about the size of origami paper but translucent like tissue paper with a waxy, more durable surface. It is really the perfect paper for this! I folded my paper at 3/8 inch intervals which seems like a funny number but 1/2 was a little too wide and 1/4 too narrow. I do have a trick for folding though. Mark your paper once at 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom on both ends and fold to that line (you now have a 3/4 inch fold). Then continue to fold to that line in the same direction. Unroll and create the folds in the other direction (by matching up all the folds in the first direction). Once you have your accordion, carefully cut in half at a steep angle. Then staple and fan out the pointy ends.
Why not make a bunch and pass them out to your fronds!
This little penguin just loves the fort we built for him! And before you think I am a total coffee addict, it’s not just me, my husband is too. I have been saving these cartons for a while though. When we finish one I add a little hot water, shake, and leave the cap off to dry. Once it is dry, I add it to a shopping bag in my broom closet. After doing this for a while my collection of building blocks has grown and I have gotten to see just much money and calories I am wasting on half and half!
How about you? Do you have an addiction with packaging you could upcycle?
It was nice out then for like five minutes this past Thursday there was a blizzard. It happened just as I was driving my son to his doctor’s appointment. It was snowing so heavy that immediately after brushing off my car the windows were coated again (before I could even pull out my driveway). Luckily the doctor’s office is close by. My son had an uneventful checkup and by the time we were leaving it was nice out again. It reminded me of those loud downpours you get in spring only because it was snow it was perfectly quiet. It is probably not the case but it seems like it snows every day around here!
I spy geese playing follow the leader. Geese tend to fly in formation. Often you will see them flying in a V-shape. I have read they do this to conserve energy like athletes drafting. If they were ducks I could have said something about having my ducks in a row. But I almost never have all my ducks in a row. Just about the time I get them lined up something unplanned happens like one of my ducks has to use the bathroom.
I saw the best doctor yesterday! My primary care doctor wanted me to see a physiatrists after I mentioned I was now having trouble brushing my daughter’s hair and washing dishes. It was a little hard for me to find one that took my insurance. This doctor works at a pain center so he was a little confused when I told him I didn’t have pain. Continue reading →
I really can’t believe we got more snow! I haven’t been out in it yet but it looks like the heavy kind so I think I will get my exercise shoveling today! I love how the snow coats the trees and everything looks so white at least for a little while until it all starts plopping down to the ground.
Do you need a last minute idea for handmade Valentines? Do you like printmaking, strange psychological fads, and things that are easy? Well then do I have a craft for you!
All you need is a printer, card stock, and tempera paint (black adds a nice authentic Rorschach look but you can use red or pink or whatever). Just print out the following PDF on card stock: Inkblot Valentines (There are three messages but of course you can choice to just print the “Happy Valentine’s Day” page if the other two are too mushy for you). Next cut them out, fold, and open back up. Now paint half a heart on one side of the fold, refold, press to transfer paint to the other half, and reopen. You may want to experiment first with how much paint and pressure to use on scrap paper. Once the cards are dry address, sign, and staple shut. That’s easy, right?!
By the way you really have opened my heart (blush).
It was snowing yesterday, just a little, but the sun was shining. When it rains and it’s sunny we call it a sunshower but what is it called when it snows? I tried to look it up on my magic answer machine but didn’t find anything. I did find out that in a lot of places around the world clever animals like foxes get married during sunshowers. It must be good luck!