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VALENTINE’S DAY DIY NECKLACE

Today I’m going to share an easy way of making cute Valentine’s day accessory, right for all ages, without breaking the bank, and having fun at the same time.

 

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Materials List: Valentine Erasers - http://www.classroomsupply.com/VALENTINE-ERASERS-36-UNIT/productinfo/852762/
You can buy these erasers from dollar store also and that would be much cheaper.

 

Ribbon or lace: http://www.joann.com/crafts/ribbons/

 

Needle: http://www.joann.com/dritz-looped-needle-threader-6-pkg/prd17573/

 

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Use the needed to make a hole in each eraser, preferably on the top-upper edge of the eraser.

 

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Run the string through the hole.

 

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Now tie a knot to keep the lace from twisting, this will help to keep the eraser stay upright also.

 

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You can make single pendant necklace or make multi-pendant necklace with the same thread  (see the picture below). You can use different erasers for different occasions also. The picture below is an example of a necklace made with multiple halloween themed erasers.

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With this simple technique you can make your Valentine’s day memories permanent with few cheap erasers.

 

Super Bowl Party Decor DIY

Are you ready for some football? We are almost there. Packed with action, entertainment, concerts, band and ice sculpting performances, variety of foods, ice cream and a whole lot more. With so much going on how can I sit still and do nothing. Everybody at your Super Bowl party will be asking you the recipe for this one of a kind, original DIY Super Bowl  mega event party banner.

Ingredients you will need for the banner -

  1. Football ball color fabric
  2. Iron on backing
  3. Football shaped paper cutout
  4. Satin ribbon
  5. White fabric paint, brush, fabric knife

Most of the material list item you will get it from your local craft store or from Joann.

 

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It’s no brainer that the color of this banner has to be the same as the color of football. So I chose the fabric accordingly. Also each flag also has to be shaped like a football ball i.e. “Prolate Spheroid” (isn’t that cool?).
Step 1: Apply Iron-on backing on the back side of the fabric to strengthen it.

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Step 2: Check procedure for using Pellon iron on backing from the picture given below.

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Step 3: Write on the flags with washable marker and pre-cut stencil.

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Step 4: Paint the cut out stencil with fabric paint

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Step 5: Thread the Satin ribbon through needle, then poke lightly with the fabric knife near the top of the flag to make a small cut. Pass the Satin ribbon through the cut and repeat the same for all other flags.

 

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Our Super Bowl  banner is ready, so let’s get ready for the game and party!!

 

Magnificent Menagerie – Circus, Art & Magic

Today I attended a local event “Magnificent Menagerie” at the University Galleries at Illinois State University campus in Normal, IL. It was very nice of Tony Preston whom I know from McLean County Arts Center (where I have given few Batik and Tie & Die classes from time to time) to bring this wonderful event to my attention. Thank you Tony.

It was a fun-fun event with world famous mime artist T. Daniel and Laurie Willets performing live. The mime performances I remember are from the circuses I saw when I was a little girl in India and later as an adult in San Francisco when I went to see the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus with family. However to see a mime performer up close is a different experience, it’s fun but at the same time a realization that it’s an extremely skilled art. Everybody at the event – young, old, kids had a great time watching the mime masters perform.

“Doc” Barth’s performance was a pure treat. I thoroughly enjoyed his story telling, humor and short history trips to the era of miracle cures and Vaudevillian magic of late 18th & early 19th century, when side-shows and circuses were the “heart of American show business”.

The artwork in the gallery from legendary artist Glen C Davies took me down the childhood memory lanes of childhood when circus was the most wonderful thing and people in the circus were most amazing. I am glad I went to this event today. What a wonderful day!

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