I made my granny a beaded glasses chain. They loop over the arms of the glasses, so when she's not wearing them they hang around her neck so she won't lose them. You can get the little rubber loops to go at each end from most craft shops I think.
I recently started volunteering with a local charity. I run an art class every week for groups of up to 20 adults with disabilities. I see 2 groups every week, spending about an hour with each group.
I am trying to think of ideas for easy art projects that aren't too childish. The adults I am working with need varying levels of support. Some are quite independent, others have limited speech and need more help with new things. I think art is great for everyone because you can't get it wrong - it's up to you what you make. I want to give people a chance to experiment with different colors and textures, create something new, build their confidence and give them another way to express themselves.
Does anyone have any ideas for projects we could try?
We got married on October 6th 2007 and I just finished editing our photos. Our friend took our photos for us, and I asked all our guests to take plenty of candids all day too. I'm so happy with how they all turned out.
We bought all the wedding flowers at the local supermarket, because I couldn't end up finding bright enough ones at any of the local florists. Here are the boutonnières and corsages, waiting in the fridge. We kept the centerpieces really simple, and I got all the bubble bowls for 50% off during Hobby Lobby's lovely sale. The votive holders were from Walmart and the candles smelled of pumpkin pie. Yum!
Sitting in the chapel after the wedding, waiting for people to get ready for boring formal photos. I made my bouquet and my maid of honor's. I also made my veil. It was two layers of tulle, and I attached seed beads along the edge of each layer. I was pretty proud of myself
Groom's cake, made by my extremely talented husband and his best man. Arsenal is the English football (soccer) team that he supports. My friend arranged the chrysanthemums on my cake.
Last pic doesn't have much to do with craftiness, but I love it even if it looks like some bizarre ritual. I couldn't believe how much everyone danced. We had so much fun, I'm already thinking of the next excuse to have a party
I tied string to the stick, then used tape and staples to attach the string to the paper. He would have tried to attack the paper if i'd hung it on string around his neck, but he enjoyed waving the paper around on the stick.
He's really into sticks - they're his hobby. He keeps his collection in the middle of our back yard. He's very proud of it.
I saw sarahlotfi's photobooth style save the date's ages ago and stored the idea away in my head. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66606.0) Now I'm finally getting round to making my own, but my fiance wasn't keen on posing for pictures, so I had to adapt the idea a little bit...
We got Ollie from the Humane Society last year and he was more than happy to hold up the signs for me, as long as they were tied to a stick.
They're not as photobooth-y as I was originally intending, but I had to give up trying to get Ollie to pose in any kind of structured way. I'm going to be sending them out in an email, with a little note alongside about how it's taken us so long to get anything wedding related sorted out that Ollie decided to just get on with the save the date's himself.
The Minwax worked out ok. I just used two coats and it dried with a very slight amber tint to it, but I'm happy with it. On the back of the tin it says that light coloured surfaces might be better with Minwax polycrylic protective finish... so I might look for that if I do another project like this.
I'll put more books on it eventually... for now I'm still enjoying being able to see evidence of my hard work!
I was given a long cord with these beads strung on at random intervals. It was meant to be worn casually slung around your neck. I knew I'd never wear it like that, but I really loved the beads, so I picked it apart, then restrung the beads on wire. Each bead it on its own individual piece of wire, which I curled into a loop on each end so that they would connect together.
The earrings it came with almost touched my shoulders and were destined to a wasted life at the bottom of a jewellery box. So I redesigned those too. Hurray!