Crafted Living

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Micro Library #16

Always room for one more.

Always room for one more.

This micro library popped up a few months ago in front of the two Ronald McDonald houses in Pasadena.  The Craftsman style houses are located across the street from Huntington Hospital so it is the perfect location for a library.  The architectural style is appropriate as it nicely complements its surroundings and gives a wink and a nod to its mother and father in the background.  I am sure it will be loved and used regularly.

*Tina

Utility Box Art #7

Utility Box Art #7

This utility box occupies a very busy street corner in South Pasadena.  It is colorful and interesting to look at tucked under a shady mature tree.  This box has a collection of images that as a viewer, I am not sure what they represent.
Utility Box Art #7

This panel reminds me of the iconic image from the Great Escape with Steve McQueen and James Garner.  But, it is also peppered with iconic South Pasadena images of flying parrots and a baby ostrich.
Utility Box Art #7

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and maybe the artist wants us to be confused. Maybe he or she doesn’t want this artistic rendering to be obvious to the viewer.  All in all, it is fun to look at and definitely is welcome as opposed to a plain utility box.

*Tina

P.S. I am on Instagram if you want to follow my musings as I have been posting more daily life and travel photos there than here on the blog.  Follow me @crafted.living

Crafty Today: Butterfly Card

Butterfly card

I fell in love with this die cut so I had to have it.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Stampin’ Up butterfly die cut
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock, plain and glittered
  • pearl gem stickers
  • adhesive

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the butterfly die cut.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the butterfly to the embossed cardstock and add the pearl gem stickers to the butterfly.

I have used this card on several occasions for various recipients.  It is simple and beautiful and begs to be made over and over again.

*Tina

Utility Box Art #6

Utility Box Art #6

The art on this box definitely has an anime feel to it.  Her persona changes depending on her mood as evidenced by the different hair color, skin color and outfit on each panel.

Utility Box Art #6

I love art for this reason as it is your interpretation of what you are seeing.  The artist can explain what it truly means, but ultimately it is your reaction and view of it that really matters.

Utility Box Art #6

It is a nice colorful addition to this busy street corner along one of the main drags in town.

Utility Box Art #6

Last week, an article was published in the local paper, the South Pasadena Review, that the city has approved ten more boxes to be painted.  This is fabulous news as it brings more public art for the masses to see on a daily basis.  It also sparks conversations about art and how it should be an integral part of the community.  I can’t wait to see what will be on display in the next phase, but I have four more boxes to share with you to complete this series.  Stay tuned!

*Tina

 

Front Door Series #9

Front Door Series #9

Love the mail slot in the door.

This charming period Craftsman home is in my immediate neighborhood and we pass by often.  The slim panels with beveled glass adds some interest to the substantial wood door, which is most probably original to the house.  This home faces east so the front porch is in deep shade in the late afternoon with a lovely view of their drought tolerant garden filled with amazing colors and textures.  Divine!

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #36

Remember, it is all about the frosting.

Remember, it is all about the frosting.

It was time to revisit this image and make it bigger and more current with today’s cupcake trends.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut/Creative Memories Tiny Treasures cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • adhesive

Fold the pink cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the cupcake at 4.5″..  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cupcake to the embossed cardstock.

The addition of the glittered cherry and metallic frosting adds the glitz factor needed to make this one trendy cupcake.  My co-worker was the recipient of this birthday card and she loved it.

*Tina

Front Door Series #8

The tile surround is a winner.

The tile surround is a winner.

A few weeks ago we were touring the gardens for the 46th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour and came across this lovely door that I had to share with you.  The tile surround is a stunning complement to this understated wood door.  It provides that much needed pop of color and pattern against the simple facade.

*Tina

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Crafty Today: Spring Curly Paper Wreath

Time for spring!

Springtime!

I really enjoyed making the Valentine Curly Paper Wreath so I made one for the spring.  It is a perfect complement to my spring door mat.  I followed the same steps as noted in this tutorial, but made the following changes:

  • Used 7 sheets of patterned paper instead of 6
  • Made all of the curls while watching tv (in my case, watching the Super Bowl)
  • Used a fingertip thimble by Dritz which gave me the control to accurately push the pins into the foam without damaging the other paper curls (it will save your fingertip from being too sore)

    Love those curls!

    Love those curls!

This wreath would make a great gift as my mother has already put in a request for one.  I urge you to try it and you won’t be disappointed.

*Tina

 

 

Utility Box Art #5

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These red-crowned parrots are native to Eastern Mexico.

This box documents our everyday life in South Pasadena with our feathered friends, the wild parrots.  The parrots have been entrenched in our city for years and they traditionally roost in Altadena, Temple City and South Pasadena.

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They commonly roost in many types of trees in our community plus hang out on the telephone wires that dot the city.

During the fall and winter months, the parrots tend to roost more than any other time of year.  They are very good at finding and exploiting food sources.  This is why they roost in one area for a short time and then move on.

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Their behavior is to roost and flock together.

Years ago, my mother had a parrot get stuck in the grill of her car while she was driving in town.  She had to call our city animal control officer to extricate the parrot.  That was one dopey parrot.

*Tina

Kauai Tranquility

The glorious pool at the St Regis Princeville.

The glorious pool at the St Regis Princeville.

I recently returned from a business trip to Maui and Kauai.  Lucky me!  I wanted to share the above postcard money shot taken at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai.  I toured this property on a drizzly Sunday morning.  It was stunningly beautiful!  You need to scrap together your pennies to stay here, but worth every cent.  Enjoy the view!

*Tina

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