I made these lanterns for a great, very low budget Halloween decoration. I love Halloween, so I made these for the parties I am throwing this year.
I included this tutorial I made, so everyone can enjoy these
First the materials you will need are large paper lanterns like these:
Wide, satin, wire ribbon:
Green floral wire
Paints, Markers, paint brushes
So first, I made pumpkins and skulls
For the pumpkins, I painted the lanterns orange with two coats of thinned acrylic paint
While they dried, I drew on the faces for the skulls. I wanted to make them pirate skulls. I took blue card stock construction paper and measured a few inches on either side of the skulls for their hats.
I drew out two hat designs, one for each pirate
I painted the card stock black for the pirate hats because I didn’t have black paper. Then I painted a Jolly Roger on one, with googly eyes
I fitted the hat on the skull and attached them to the side with wire, using the wire supports inside the lantern to attach the wire to.
The orange ones were dried, so I drew and painted faces on them
Then I took about 5″ of the green ribbon and twisted it around to look like a stem for the pumpkins
I wrapped one end of the twisted ribbon around the lantern support on the top
Next, I cut 4-5 leaves for each pumpkin. I cut out a basic leaf shape
I cut about 4″ of wire. I stuck one end at the bottom of the leaf then twisted it around. I added 3-4 more leaves to the wire, wrapping them as I went
I wrapped the wire w/the leaves around the same place the stem was.
This is the final product!! Enjoy! Comments & crit welcome
This is my first spring in my new house and we have done some serious construction. We are almost done *tons of pictures to come on that*
but here is my hoop house and raised bed that I made for my garden. I will cover the bottom of the raised bed’s floor with ** moist newspaper to prevent weeds and I will close off the ends of the house with the same netting. I made it so one side stays put permently and the other side draws up like a Roman Shade.
enjoy! comments and crit welcome
My fiance and I are remodeling our foreclosure house and we finally got all drywall done and painted.. AND central HEAT =) **in these michigan winters, heat is sometimes important**
anyways, here is the mural I did in my craft room.. enjoy <3
Comment and Crit welcome
Since my last post, I gave birth to my beautiful son, Judah Loyd Goodman on January, 23rd 2010.
He’s the light of my life for sure. Nathan and I couldn’t be happier.
I am breast feeding and I really do enjoy it for many reasons: the bonding, the convenience, the health for Judah, its free & really easy! I would by far recommend breast feeding to every woman, its amazing. When I’m gone, I have expressed milk so Nathan can care for Judah if I’m out for a few hours. To make sure he’s getting enough food, even though I practice “on demand” feeding, I made a chart to keep us on track:
download the pdf for the feeding chart
download it and print it for a pregnant friend or have for your little one.
Got great news today at the Drs. Basically, I’m back to my original birth plan with my midwife, so to celebrate, here’s some art I have made recently. Enjoy!
Here is a list of ideas of things you can do while on bed rest. Since I am on bed rest (and have been since October 20th, I have contemplated the pros & cons of it a lot)
We’ll start with the CONS, since ending with the PROS makes things better =)
* can’t go anywhere besides the Dr. .. you’re life revolves around the Dr’s office.
* Not knowing what day it is because it doesn’t matter either way
* Not being able to get up to fix something I.E. : A burned out light bulb you’ve been staring at for weeks 0.0
* When you do get up, your feet tingle from a crazy sensation they haven’t felt in a while -( blood flow … )
* No sexual activity – that’s a no brainer in the CONS category.
* asking everyone for everything
(i’m sure I could think of more, but you get the idea)
* appreciating the outdoors more than ever before!
* not having to go out in freezing weather
* not having to run errands
* people expecting your house to be dirty
* if you have cable, you can veg in front of the TV all day and everyone is happy you’re doing it!
* people come to see you, which is awesome
* video games are pretty awesome
So i can think of more pros, too.. but I want to get to the point of new activities to do while on bed rest..
Since your bed is now your dining room, craft table, sleeping area, couch, entertainment area & personal grooming center, there are a few dos & don’t first.
DO- have these items by your bed side : an interesting book, a pair of scissors (trust me), water w/ a straw, your vitamins & nightly routine stuff, CHAPSTICK, a pen & some paper, & your wallet
DO – keep your sheets as CRUMB FREE as humanly possible
DO - shower as often as possible
DO – make your bed (if you can) every so often… giving a little fresh start
DEW - Move the bed into the most social area of the house
DO- Change your clothes every day, like a normal person =)
DONT – use paint in the bed…
DONT - call ppl everyday just to chat.. no one likes that
DONT – spill anything on the bed.. remember – its your WHOLE WORLD .. get spaghetti sauce everywhere? now your WHOLE WORLD is covered in a red, oily sauce .. get used to it
DONT- keep updating and refreshing Facebook every 2 minutes.. nothing is THAT interesting..
So recent activities I have found to keep occupied while on bed rest:
- reading magazines has become a great past time.
- reading informational books ( Fiction books make me really sleepy since I’m not learning anything)
- doing paper crafts
-admire a Christmas Tree and have all the interesting-looking ornaments hung where you can see them
- write out thank-you notes or any other tedious activity that you may have been putting off.
-play Catch Phrase!
- Instead of just zoning on the TV, play this game I made up – Go back and forth with someone going A-Z down the alphabet while watching tv. When you get to the next letter, you have no name something that is CURRENTLY on the screen with that letter.. GOOD LUCK WITH X & Z…
- learn which commercials annoy you so you can have MUTE on standby
- do some online shopping, or online Window Shopping..
- catch up on some movies you have been missing or meaning to watch
- draw!! everyone should draw
- play the tambourine
- invite people over for a sleepover (doesn’t matter how old you are)
- put a photo album together
- organize anything you can put in your lap.
- RESEARCH EVERYTHING YOU THINK ABOUT !! so much time on your hands, get a little smarter everyday..
- update your blog with stuff barely anyone will read
with anything you do, take your time and put care into it, even if its writing out a check to the power company because, let’s face it – what else do you have to do??
these are some semi-recent bed rest drawings I have done. Being on bed rest, you seem to find a lot of time on your hands
Some of the MANY breast feeding PERKS!!!! I love this.
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an excerpt from the bookÂ Raising Baby Green – The Earth Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
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Tuesday I went to the Dr. to have my regular ultrasound and they saw my cervix was thinning way too quickly.. 15 mm when it is supposed to be 30 mm. This would be totally fine if Iwas 35 weeks, but I am only 24 weeks. So I am now on bed rest until I deliver (which will hopefully be in February). I also have weekly appointments at the doctor for a check up to make sure I’m stable.
A big change of life – having to quit school 1/2 way through the semester, quit work, no cleaning, no walking around.. but the reward I get at the end is a beautiful baby. Having our baby is absolutely worth any sacrifice.
I get to sit here on the couch while Nathan takes care of my every need- to some women that may sound like a dream, but I really don’t like being waited on hand and foot. Nathan has been wonderful though. – couldn’t ask for a better partner.
I am going to start a sketchbook for the baby since I have so much time on my hands.
Why, in America, formula seems so “natural” and breastmilk seems so foreign…
“and we are drooling our stupid all over other countries” Steven Morris
This is a great, inspiring article. If you have kids or not, its a great one to read because you can always lead and influence by example- no matter what your age.
Autumn is in the air. Halloween is coming up, great time to be in Michigan.
Today I woke up and decided to make an Autumn wreath out of things from my back yard. This is what I came up with:
Using twigs, bark, floral wire and fun puffy weeds
step 1: the first layer is twigs. take long ones that are semi-dry and bend them together in an oval shape and twist wire around them. use only long ones for this, because it makes the frame stronger. layer as many twigs in an oval as you can, alternating where the “seam” (where two twigs come together) is so its not fragile. The key here is to get it as sturdy as possible.
step 2: the second layer is thin pieces of bark and some more twigs. add the bark around the twigs, making the seams stronger, and adding bulk, texture and depth- using the floral wire. This is really all up to you how to layer and add. Remember to twist smaller twigs and their fringe twigs into the piece to make it more interesting and for added strength.
step 3: add the most interesting items last, so you can feature them. I used walnuts that fell from a tree, fluffy weed things and a nice piece of bark. These items also helped hide some wire that was showing.
step 4: attach a loop of wire to the back for a hanger.
Many things have happened since my last post. In my last post, I didn’t know it yet, but I was about 2 weeks pregnant! Nathan and I got married on July 12th, 2009. It was more than magical!
I am 24 weeks pregnant and I am loving every moment (good and bad) . I feel like I am participating in the greatest miracle that I have ever experienced (besides myself being born).
These two websites have been so helpful and great resources:
I can feel the baby kicking (the technical term is “quickening”) as I type this
**A lot of things have come into focus in regards to real importance. I think the majority of things in life that bug us are self inflicted and are not key to life.
I wanted to share with ye bloggers what I cared about on October 12th, 2004 in my LiveJournal
…not too much I guess .. wow
Life has surely changed in the past 5 years. I have been increasingly happier year after year. I have been increasingly more confident year after year as well.. funny, I have the most confidence of my whole life, and I havn’t put on any makeup or gone to a hair salon in over a year.
and it feels great
I feel great. I hope more people can feel great very soon, that’s my hope.
Kimya Dawson’s livejournal post for Herbal Remedies:
Whether the swine flu is a real concern, or an attempt by the
pharmaceutical companies to make more money on vaccines, this might be
Forward this or post where-ever you like
Herbal Pandemic Preparedness
Sources: Farmacy Herbs, Karlo Berger, American Red Cross.
Step One Prevention:
If the flu hits your area the best practice is prevention
Sage, Skullcap, Oregano, Thyme, Elder Flower, Holy Basil, Nettle.
2-3 cups daily
Echinacea 2x daily; 2 dropperful (One week on, one week off)
Astragulus Tea (3 cups) or Tincture( 2 dropperful 3x daily)
Miso, raw garlic, veggie broths, Cayenne pepper, Turmeric, organic
veggies, meats and grains.
Stay away from processed foods, food coloring and sugar and alcohol
(sugars in the body feed bacteria and viruses) and coffee (coffee
dehydrates the body and depletes you of vitamins and minerals that will
help fight off pathogens).
Anti-Viral/ Anti-biotic Hand Wash:
10 drops grapefruit seed extract/ 10 drops tea tree essential oil extract
in 1 gallon water
Antiseptic Spray for surfaces:
Vodka, Water, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Essential oil. Disinfect door knobs
switches , handles, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched.
Simmer water on low heat in a pot with 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil or
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil
If you do come down with the flu, then focus on immunity!
Sage, Skullcap, Oregano, Thyme, Elder Flower, Holy Basil, Nettle.
(1 quart daily.)
add these tinctures 2 droperfull 3x daily
Meadowsweet, Japanese Knotweed, Turmeric
(keep up the echinacea and the astragulus)
Colloidal Silver: 2 squirts three times daily
Vitamin C 20000 mg daily
Grapefruit seed Extract: 1/4 teaspoon once daily.
Sleep Aids/ Pain Relief:
Valerian, Chammomile, White Willow Bark, Lemon Balm, St. Johns Wort
Take 1-2 squirts of tincture as needed or 1-2 cups of tea as needed
Stay home and avoid sharing items with household members (pens, papers,
computers, remote control. sheets, towels eating utensils, food.)
Wear a surgical mask when around others.
Clean sheets, bedding and clothes every day.
Take baths with 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops rosemary
essential oil and sea salt.
If your fever is high, use lukewarm water, if your fever is not high, hot
baths are okay.
(Remember fevers are our bodies way of heating up to kill pathogens. Very
high fevers are dangerous, but a low fever is actually good)
Drink veggie and chicken broths with miso and raw garlic (tons of it!) and
a pinch of Cayenne Pepper.
If you have an appetite eat only organic brown rice and greens/ steamed
veggies ( the simpler the better with food, if you put food that is hard
to digest in your body, your energy goes to digesting, rather than
Air sanitizer: Water steam with Eucalyptus Essential Oil or Tea Tree
Essential Oil or Lavender Oil (do this in the room every 5 hours)
Caregivers should wear disposable gloves and wearing a mask when giving care.
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I must remember to do this in the summer, when I my creative juices are not being forcefully squeezed out of me by demanding art teachers. I am excited for MY time with MY ideas and MY thoughts.. art school makes ya kinda despise art..Â
but i love this idea:Â
(tutorial follows the link)
Gosh I cannot wait to have my garden this year. I’ve become so enthralled with it. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty in the warm soil and see my plants come to life! Next week I am building my raised beds *weather permitting* and hoop house that will extend my growing season and keep my babies safe. I want to have a farm when I have all the time in the world to devote to it and educate people about how cool farming is and that growing your own food is as rewarding as it can get!!
Respect of our Earth.. we only get one.
Its important to know where your food comes from. Simply put: hormones and pesticides = bad Â . organic and fresh = good.Â
Is that so hard? I know mass produced foods need to exist for those who cannot grow their own foods… but can’t those foods be treated with respect and grown in a way that their genetics and original structures are not modified in a lab? And can’t we figure out a way to preserve our foods from insects without harmful chemicals and pesticides? There are other ways to make bugs and pests go away with natural elements instead of chemicals.
Examples are here:Â https://www.ghorganics.com/page9.htmlÂ
And hormones in food? do we realize what we put on and in our foods, go on and inside of our bodies ?? If we realize this, do most people even care? I am shocked to find when I bring this up to most people, they are not phased by it or even want to discuss it. I guess its a out of sight out of mind situation?
But if everything that was out of sight was out of mind, wouldn’t we be in a huge mess? I am thankful that there areÂ individualsÂ in the world who refuse, no matter how frustrated or beat down they get, to fight for change and keep up the up-hill struggle for what’s right.Â
I can’t ignore my feelings anymore about animal rights, the injection of hormones and genetic modifications . From being inspired by my friend Steve, Nathan and learning more and more about the treatment of animals and the production of food, I must also fight the good fight and educate people about the real harm that is coming from the lack of respect of all things.Â
We must respect all life forms around us by using common sense and the golden rule. Its not is a difficult thing to do.Read More
AMEN FOR BREASTFEEDING!!
I <3 NATURE too. Its TOTALLY NATURAL to breastfeed. its not for every woman, but I couldn’t imagine a better way to bond with your child than breastfeeding. Why is the majority of women today becoming so uninterested in being and embracing motherhood? Why are they becoming stones ? Why are they too self-involved to “inconvenience” themselves for their loved ones?Â
What is going Â on? Let’s rethink and get back to what’s important: love and happiness.. not selfishness and bitterness
This website is a great resource for organic planning, gardening, parenting, clothing etc. Just great to have sites like this to go to and find some many people in this world trying to make a difference.Â
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Michelle Obama is having a garden at the White House and the vegetables will be prepared in the White House kitchen and delivered to
the local homeless shelters. <3
The White House – Blog Post – Spring Gardening.Read More