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Archive for the month “November, 2013”

Thanksgiving Decor

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

I love decorating my front porch for the seasons and the holidays!  It is a blank canvas with the potted ficus tree and rustic chair that are always present throughout the year.  The pumpkin is left over from Halloween and the chair begged for another wreath.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

  • wire wreath form
  • assorted patterned paper in beiges, creams and browns
  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Preserves cartridge
  • hot glue gun

Cut out many grapevine leaves using the Cricut machine.  Adhering in rows and two at a time, attach the leaves to the form using a glue gun.  Pinch the leaves at the base before you attaching to the form.  Stagger the leaves as you work around the wreath.

Thanksgiving wreath detail

Thanksgiving wreath detail

The beauty of this project is that I used scraps of paper that I have collected over the years.  I don’t use much browns and beiges in my projects and this was a great way to put them to good use.  I love using what I have on hand and it came together beautifully.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Crafted

Yesterday, we visited Crafted, a permanent craft marketplace located in San Pedro.  It is a craft fair every weekend and it occupies part of a very large warehouse along the waterfront.  You can browse and shop and not worry about the weather.  What a genius idea!

Each day a different food truck provides much needed snacks and sustenance.

Each day a different food truck provides much needed snacks and sustenance.

Fabulous signage located throughout the large space.

Fabulous signage located throughout the large space.

Even with the high ceilings the space was warm and inviting.

Even with the high ceilings the space was warm and inviting.

Lots of photo opportunities!

Lots of photo opportunities!

A former colleague is part owner of this space.

A former colleague is part owner of this space.

I wholeheartedly agree!

I wholeheartedly agree!

While we were strolling through the marketplace, we stopped in the Wood Brain booth to admire the woodwork and exceptional layout of the booth.  Come to find out it is owned by a former colleague that shares the space with two other artists.  What a small world!  We had a lovely chat and it made the visit all the more worthwhile.

You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.  -Maya Angelou

*Tina

P.S. If you want to support the handmade, you can visit my Etsy shop here.

Cricut Friday: Lion Birthday Card

Have a roaring birthday!

Have a roaring birthday!

My nephew, who loves the turtle cards I have created, is celebrating his birthday this weekend.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the orange cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the lion at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the lion together.  Run the orange cardstock and red hat through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the googly eyes to the lion and then the lion to the embossed cardstock.

It was time to change up the animal theme and I thought the lion card would be perfect for him.  I hope he has a great birthday!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #6

A colorful gift for you!

A colorful gift for you!

A dear friend pinned this card on Pinterest and I wanted to make my own version.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Cuttlebug machine and embossing folder
  • Colored twine
  • adhesive and foam tape

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut another piece of white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut five pieces of patterned paper to 5/8″ x 3 1/4″.  Adhere to a scrap piece of white cardstock and trim to fit.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Create and print out happy birthday on a scrap piece of white cardstock.  Trim up to give it a banner feel.  Adhere the gift box to the embossed cardstock and adhere the banner to the gift with foam tape.  Tie the colored twine in a bow and adhere to the top of the gift.

Such a fun, festive card and a great way to use those scraps.  I love the possibilities!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Photography Monday: South Pasadena Library

South Pasadena’s original Carnegie Library was built in 1907.  That building was expanded in 1916, with the aid of Carnegie funds, and in 1930 remodeled in Mediterranean Revival style with classic elements, without Carnegie funding.  Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation provided funding for 1,681 public library buildings in 1,412 U.S communities between 1889 and 1923.  This internationally famous celebrity chose libraries as one of the primary sources for his philanthropy. He also attached two conditions to his offer of money for a public library building–the local community had to provide a suitable site and formally agree to continuously support the library through local tax funds.  The South Pasadena Library was one of the few visited by Carnegie on his 1910 trip to California.  The 1930 remodeling, changing it to Mediterranean style, was by Norman Marsh, the original architect.

A grand entrance to a magnificent library!

A grand entrance to a magnificent library!

Several plaques are inset into the brick on both side of the entrance.

Several plaques are inset into the brick on both sides of the entrance.

The details on the façade bring the library to life.

The details on the façade bring the library to life.

This gorgeous tile is inset into the concrete outside the entrance.

This gorgeous tile is inset into the concrete outside the entrance.

A beautiful column detail.

A fantastic column detail.

This massive tree is set beautifully next to the library.

This massive tree is set beautifully next to the library.

This entrance to the library is now used as a Community Room, which is a setting for many cultural events including a poll location.  The exterior is continually utilized for film, commercial and tv shoots.  This library is a vital part of our community and will continue to be so.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.  -Henry Ward Beecher

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Gift Mouse Birthday Card

Surprise!

Surprise!

Time to create a birthday card for my husband’s sister.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • googly eyes

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the yellow cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the mouse at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the mouse together.  Run the yellow cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the mouse to the embossed cardstock.

The googly eyes add to the cuteness of the gift mouse and I am sure my husband will come up with a clever sentiment to write in the card.  We hope it makes her smile and she has a fantastic birthday too.

*Tina

Cricut Today: Skating Bison Birthday Card

Goofy and unexpected!

Goofy and unexpected!

My husband wanted to give his brother an outrageous and downright silly birthday card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • googly eyes

Fold the teal cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the yellow cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the bison at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the bison together.  Run the yellow cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bison to the embossed cardstock.

What was the designer thinking when this image was created?  I think that is why it is a successful creation because it makes you laugh due to its absurdity.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Oaklawn Portals

Designed by Greene & Greene in 1904-5, these portals were designed to flank the entrance to a private development, Oaklawn.  The gates provided prestige to the subdivision and help establish the ambiance wanted by the developer, S. W. Ferguson.  The entrance gate is composed of two tile roofed towers made of large boulders at the base and progressively smaller cobblestones toward the top that stand on each side of the entranceway.  The tower and the column together support a roof over each pedestrian gate.

A beautiful entrance to this charming neighborhood.

A beautiful entrance to this charming neighborhood.

The towers were meant to support lanterns that would hang over the roadway.

The towers were meant to support lanterns that would hang over the roadway.

The gate design is spectacular and typical of the Craftsman style.

The gate design is spectacular and typical of the Craftsman style.

What an unexpected treat to find at the portal!

What an unexpected treat to find at the portal!

Greene & Greene structures are designed to be a part of the landscape.

Greene & Greene structures are designed to be a part of the landscape.

A very important landmark in South Pasadena.

A very important landmark in South Pasadena.

Preserving our architectural history is important and we must continue the fight.  I am fortunate to live in an area where it is celebrated and access to these architectural gems is easy.  I have been a fan of Greene and Greene architecture for many years so don’t be surprised if they appear again on my blog.

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.  -Frank Lloyd Wright

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #5

It is always cupcake time!

It is always cupcake time!

November is a busy month for us with many birthdays to celebrate including my own.  My dear friend and fellow card maker was the recipient of this card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the raspberry cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the cupcake at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the cupcake together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cupcake to the embossed cardstock.

The frosting was cut from a metallic silver cardstock.  She loves the Cricut as much as I do so I know this card will be a hit.  Happy card making!
*Tina

Cricut Today: Milestone Birthday Card #2

To be 21 again.

To be 21 again.

A dear friend’s son turned 21 and we were invited to his birthday dinner.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the red cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the 21 at 2.5″ and flags at 3″.  Adhere the flags together.  Run the red cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the 21 to the embossed cardstock.

I felt a simple approach was best considering his age and gender.  He loved his gift, which turned into a topic of conversation at the party.  Win, win!

*Tina

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