A crafty holiday season

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I made this wreath out of cardboard, wrapping paper, and lots of staples. It even looks lovely in the glow of christmas lights. It was fun to make and only took an hour or so. Here’s a similar project from MarthaStewart.com but the one I used as a guide is here.

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Back in the saddle

After a lovely weekend of fun with Rooms C, and professional meanderings at the ARLIS/NA conference in Boston, life is back to normal…watching hockey, making soups….whooo the Canadiens just beat Washington!!! Anyways, what I wanted to post is an image of the first papercutting I’ve made in a long time. It is/was for a friend’s birthday, which is good motivation to make any crafty item. I think part of what kept me from making new cuttings for awhile is a feeling that I’d exhausted the easily accessible patterns, and was daunted by the thought of making my own (though I’d done it a couple times, with minimal success). Well, this cutting is the result of me morphing together 3 traditional Polish patterns from the book Folk Art Designs From Polish Wycinanki and Swiss and German Scherenschnitte. (or they might be from this book, I can’t remember). I wonder if this counts as a derivative work?!

p.s. See also this lovely blog about papercutting.