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Creative Kismet is having a Birds of Change exchange. There are so many of us signed up, and we all love birdies. A perfect swap for me, since I am a nature and bird-a-holic. Here is what we are swapping:
Handmade birds only. Made to hang, all year long. They can be sewn, embroidered, felted, painted, stamped, decoupaged, beaded, recycled, stuffed, knitted, crocheted, or made from paper, etc.
I have made some upcycled bird mini-collages for the swap.
I cannot wait to see what everyone else comes up with. There is a flickr group here. Check back on the Creative Kismet blog for a list of others participating in a bird giveaway on Jan 20. Here is a tiny peek of what I am giving away that day, come back here on the 20th to enter.
Transform fuzzy yellow pom-poms into charming chicks, then display your brand-new brood in a cozy yarn nest set in the crook of a cut branch. Via link
2 small bowls Plastic wrap Concentrated liquid laundry starch Lightweight fuzzy yarn, cut into 3-foot lengths Tweezers Black seed beads Tacky glue 2-inch yellow pom-poms Orange felt Scissors Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. Cover a small bowl in plastic wrap. Fill a second bowl with liquid starch, then dip in a length of yarn. Wind the wet yarn in a random crisscross pattern around the wrapped bowl's exterior. Repeat this with more yarn until you've covered the bowl's bottom and partway up the sides.
2. Let the nest dry in a warm spot overnight (or as long as it takes for it to dry completely). Once it's dry, peel it away from the bowl. Peel off the plastic if it stuck.
3. To make each chick, use tweezers to dip bead eyes into a dab of glue and then affix them to a pom-pom. For a beak, fold the felt, then snip a triangle from the fold. Run a line of glue along the outside of the crease. Press the beak in place. Arrange the chicks in the nest.
Earth day seems to have morphed into a whole month of commercials, billboards, ads, contests. There is even a goverment portal for youth and and International Earth Day. I have seen the Project Switch all about switching from Incandescent bulbs to energy effieicient bulbs. I even picked up a coupon for a GE CFL bulb. But what about all those leftover and discarded Incandescent bulbs? Here are some arty ideas!