Leaf Rubbings

My brother recently moved back to the states from Brazil with his wife and two kids.  He came ahead of his wife with the kids, Gabriella and Matthew, a day before Hurricane Sandy hit Jersey, and stayed with me while they sorted out their living arrangements.  But while they were living with me, I was Super Aunt (but, really, I always am) keeping them as busy as possible with NO POWER for 10 days while also juggling work and crafting.  The first day or two was rough on the kids: no TV or DVDs, no heat and (duh) no lights.  But we took adventures up to the jungle (attic) and found hundreds of exotic animals (Beanie Babies).  We also colored,played with dolls and cars, and put together jigsaw puzzles.

I thought it would be a good idea to go out and walk around because aside from being inside for days, because everything was closed AND we needed to save our gas, this was the first time Gabriella and Matthew had never seen Fall leaves. (Never mind the SNOW that fell days later!!) So I took Gabriella outside to collect things, leaves in particular, to make something with.  She immediately got into it and was curious as to what we were going to make.  A forest, she thought. Perhaps.  Or maybe some beautiful Leaf Rubbings!

I began by showing Gabriella (7) how it works and explained how to do it.  I mentioned composition, pattern texture as things to keep in mind when making her picture.  At first, she had a bit of trouble getting the texture of the leaf because she was either pressing too hard or too soft.

So, we played with different ways of doing it at first, and found that rubbing the crayon over the leaf horizontally (leaf vertical) was most successful in capturing the fine detail of the leaf textures.  Overall, it was a success!  It was fun to see what was going to happen with each leaf, it was relaxing and our pictures came out beautifully.

Get out and get some leaves before they’re all gone!


Craft Marathon

There was a time when I was still in school that I had the time to do things besides homework and thesis projects; a time when I hosted a weekly craft night for friends.  But the ratio of free time to school time was far too little to allot time for craft night.  The weight of school work also impacted my friends as well, leaving us with mustered up creativity and no time to let it out. By the beginning of our last semester in college we began to become irritable due to lack of crafting happening in our lives. Maddy and I felt we needed to do something about it, so we planned a party.  We had to hold out for 5 more months of school, but everyone worked hard to get it all done.  And after our hard work, we let loose all of our creativity at my place for a CRAFT MARATHON.

    -Photos by Joe Scordo

I sent out an invitation via facebook explaining my intentions of the Craft Marathon. I made a list of materials I would supply and things I recommend bringing.

Basic supplies:

Limited supply of:
patterned/oragami paper

Items you should bring:
x-acto knife
embroidery floss
knitting needles
found objects

I encouraged everyone to bring their own craft idea, so that they had all the materials they needed.  I also made a list of ideas incase they had makers-block.  I provided a description and project list for each project. I had originally planned it in the park, so we can do group activities such as sun-prints and paper making. It ended up being in my apartment, which worked out well because all of my supplies were all there.

Project ideas:
-BRAIDED RUG FROM OLD SHIRTS/FABRIC-google search diy braided rug.
They're really cool and super easy to make. so if you think you 
might want to make one *BRING OLD SHIRTS* 

-SOAP CARVING- some of you have made them before, they are fun, 
easy and decorative. *BRING A BAR OF SOAP AND A CARVING TOOL 

-SCULPEY CLAY DECORATED OBJECTS-*link below* you can make a design 
with sculpey clay then stick it onto a heat resistant object and 
bake it for a long lasting decoration. (BAKING MUST BE DONE IN A 
TOASTER OVEN i have one or you can bring it home and do it, 
instructions will be given later) *BRING AN OBJECT(able to fit in a 
toaster oven), and 1 OR 2 OR 5 PACKS OF SCULPEY CLAY (found at any 
craft or art supply store.) I will have SOME but not enough for 
** Objects you may want to bring:
BIC pen (basic white body only
mason jar
glass jars
salt shakers
plastic light switch plate

-WEAVING-weaving is very relaxing and mindless. unless you want to 
make a design with it. I will have a limited supply of yarn/ 
string. there are various different ways of weaving (ie: on a loom
 orweaving into burlap) I have tons of burlap and 2 cardboard 

And finally, after many hours of crafting, here is everyone hard at work and some projects they created!

I hope you enjoyed this post and it helps you in planning your own craft marathon!  Let me know how it goes, please.
xxx Mi5s G