Saturday, May 23, 2009

Taking the Leap

Tonight is the night...the night I dive head first into the next 'new' thing I am trying on. Thanks to my friend for forwarding the invite to the craft social... where I met some really fabulous, smart, artistic and creative women. It was an amazing experience and the energy was incredible.... and it gave me the impetus to, as Nike would say, 'JUST DO IT'. I've been wanting to start a blog for some time... but have been waiting until I knew more, had 'something relevant' to say, knew HOW TO actually do a blog... lol... well, life's short. I'm taking the leap.... I will learn and grow as I go along... & hopefully you all will help me because I really do love to collaborate!

oh... and the craft project I did tonight was to make a decoupage bowl... although for my mind it was more a creating a papier mache bowl... either way it was fun. Guess who's coming to dinner and guess what they're getting for Christmas... Watch for pics and instructions to come... it's late, wayyyyyyyy past bedtime so off to bed I go.

Updated Saturday May 23rd... okay, so here's something I learned... Baxter (my sidekick pupster) will keep me company while I create or write til all hours (3am when I finally crawled between the sheets...) but still wants to get up @5:30am for our walk... lol (see the pic of him waiting patiently in the sidebar)

The bowl I created last night is still in the 'drying' stage which will take a few days.... the instructions follow below and are compliments of the lovely women who organized & hosted the craft social last night:

Supplies Needed: A bowl to use as a form, any size, smooth sides; mod-podge or paper glue; container to hold glue to coat paper strips; aluminum foil; thin papers, magazines, old books, etc; something to use as a stand for your bowl when turned upside down (I used a cup that was slightly taller than the bowl); wet rag for drips or spills.

This is a great project to do with friends... lots of laughs, giggles, and sharing.

1- Wrap the outside of the bowl with foil. Smooth is down as much as you can and fold the edges into the center of your bowl.

2- Tear the paper into pieces. (I actually used a bit heavier weight paper... needed to make it very wet with the mod-podge so that it was pliable and would stick)

3-Flip the foil-wrapped bowl upside down and set it on your 'stand'. Coat the paper pieces/strips with the glue mixture (mod-podge). Fingers work best. Smooth each piece to the outside of the bowl, overlapping the edges. More layers of paper will make for a sturdier bowl. (The bowl in the picture has 3 layers).

4- Allow your bowl to dry a minimum of 2 days

5- Once the glue completely dries, remove the 'real' bowl from the foil. Peel the foil off the paper bowl. (I have NOT done this yet... I'll let you know how it goes).

You can use sharp scissors to trim off the rough rim of the bowl if desired; Bowl can be painted if you like (I am thinking about layering the inside of the bowl after it dries... I'll let you know about that, too.)

Bowls cannot be used for food, but of course you knew that... loose change, keys, all those buttons that come attached to new clothes... *grin* And please, share your ideas and photos with me!

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  1. Can't wait to see it in use in person!

  2. I love the way this turned out! Especially the words. It seemed like the decoupage table was really having fun...I wish I could have spent more time there.
    -Megan Hall (Craft Social)

  3. Thanks for commenting...! I had such a great time at the craft social and it was a blast! I can't wait to do that again... I'll even be happy to help plan or support however I can.

  4. LINDY!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG ALREADY!!! It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and I cannot wait till our next get together!!! (I know I'll say all this in an email or such, but I wanted to say it here as well...)

    Your spirit and wit combined with your incredibly open personality makes you unforgettable in all the best ways possible! You have so many gifts and it's so wonderful that you are all about sharing them. YOU ROCK!

    Well done on the site!!! I've already book marked it!!! ;)


  5. Devin thanks so much for stopping by and checking it out... and you're wayyy too kind! I love the look and feel of yours and the soul*full way you write... ! and I am definitely looking forward to getting together soon!

  6. love your bowl, I haven't done papier mache in years!

    samuraijen - swap bot


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