Thursday, August 13, 2015

Foxy Friend Printable

Old craft books are so fun to peruse. Whether they suggest making a train out of cardboard oatmeal containers or animals from wooden spools and pipe cleaners, it's fun to imagine my mom and dad working diligently on projects from the past. The colorful graphics are a great bonus, too. I'm planning to frame this dapper fox and hang him on my gallery wall. The original project suggests making a puppet with a painted paper plate for a head.

Thrift and antique stores are great places to find books like the "Do-It Book" from McCall and Golden shown below. I'm often surprised at the advanced level of crafts considered appropriate for young kids. Tools like carving knives, saws, sewing machines, etc. are shown as a perfectly normal thing for a kid to be using, but I don't know many parents who let their kids use sharp objects. I let my son carry a pocket knife and use saws around age 10 with supervision, and he was very responsible. We only had one injury, to a picnic table bench he was using as a saw horse. But that was a great opportunity to teach him about wood putty and paint!

What is a favorite craft from your childhood you passed on to kids in your life? We had a lot of fun with pipe cleaner animals around ages 5-6, which were a great road trip activity.

Thanks for stopping by and keep living the cute life!

~Susie Qute

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blown Glass Class

Karen and I recently took a class at Glass Axis in Columbus, OH. We've both wanted to try it for ages, and when they offered a Groupon I knew it was time. Plus I was looking for a fun activity to say thanks for being so supportive during finals. I recently graduated from nursing school and got my RN license!
Melting on the "grist" (small bits of colored glass).

I love how our pieces turned out. Since it was our first time working with glass we didn't really know what kind of techniques to use, so we just messed around. I think we got very lucky, but I'm sure part of that was because Jackie, the instructor, gave us great advice. We plan to return in the future to try out the class to make glass flowers or beads. So fun!

The hardest part was the heat! Even with water and fans we were dripping with sweat. This is definitely something for us to do in the winter when we can't take the cold. The next hardest part was waiting to pick up our glass. We were out of town so had to wait over a week! Normally they're ready a couple of days later.

Thanks for stopping by and keep living the qute life!

~Susie Qute
Karen puffs some air into her ornament.
Shaping the paperweight.
Finished paperweight with deep purple and gray.