Treasure Tuesdays: Halloween Paper Ornaments

Paper Pumpkin Ornaments

PAPER PUMPKIN ORNAMENTS

Materials:
• 1-2 pieces of orange construction paper
• 1 piece of green construction paper
• 1 piece of brown construction paper
• scissors
• paper cutter (optional)
• paper clips and/or stapler
• string

Directions:
Cut the orange pieces of construction paper into 1″ wide strips (each strip will be 1″ x 11″). Then, shorten some of the strips so that you have (1) 6″, (2) 7″, (2) 9″, and (2) 11″ long pieces.

Gather the strips of paper together (with the ends flush) and place the smallest one in the middle. Order them by size so that the largest strip is on the outside. Secure with a paper clip or staple (I prefer the paper clip so that I can keep adding more elements). Line up the opposite ends so that they are together like the top.

Cut a brown strip of paper 1/4″ by 3″ long for the stem. To make it curl, wrap the paper around a pencil and hold it in place while you count to 20 (or sing the ABC song).
Cut out two leaf shapes from the green paper (ours were sort of like pairs of bunny ears).

Add the stem, leaves, and a piece of string to the paper clip at the top.

Hang up and enjoy!

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Paper Bat Ornaments

Bat
(Wing) 1×6″
1×6.75″
1×8″
Fold the above into thirds, join and glue at each fold.
Top of wing – 1×5.5″ glue the ends together with the inside part of the wing.
Repeat for second wing.
(Head/Body) 1×7″ Roll it into two circles
(Ears) 1×0.75+a bit Fold into triangles, you’ll need two.

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Treasure Tuesdays: Handbag Planet

For all you fahionista women out there, here’s something you might like. 

Handbag Planet is a new website launching October 15th that will offer fabulous handbags at a fraction of the cost.  In honor of this launch, they are giving away a free handbag every hour for 24 hours the day of the launch.  So, why not give it a shot?  =) 

Here’s are a few of my favorite handbags they are giving away:

Treasure Tuesdays: VistaPrint

VistaPrint is currently offering quite a few ‘free’ products right now.  All you have to do is pay shipping.  I just ordered some business cards, rubber stamp, checks, pen, window decal, car magnet, sticky notes, etc. for $15.00.

Just thought I would pass it along to you in case you wanted to get a head start on those Christmas cards!

Treasure Tuesdays: Post Secret

*starts singing* “I’ll keep you my dirty little secret…”

My friend, Ali, told me about this website over a year ago.  And each week, I visit the site and read people’s secrets to see what they are going through…and to see if I can relate.  I find courage in these people who despite their anonymosity are still able to reveal their darkest and deepest secret to the world through this site.  By doing this and finding acceptance and others like them, it gives me hope that perhaps they will find even more courage to open up and tell their secret to those they love. 

This is one that I can see myself going back to school to do. 

A few weeks ago, I ran across this one…it was titled “Heroine”…I love it.

If you’ve got a secret…perhaps you should send it in.  You’re not alone.

Treasure Tuesdays: Children’s Books

Looking for some new great books for your children?  Or need Christmas gifts for nieces and nephews?  Here are three suggestions for you.  (Heck…they’re great for grown-ups too.)  =)

 

Pre-order yours by September 23rd and receive an autographed copy by Sister Hazel’s Jett Beres.  For those that love the song “Starfish” by Sister Hazel, this is a great way to now share  “Starfish:  a bedtime story” with your children.  It even comes with a Starfish Lullaby CD.  Also, a portion of proceeds goes to Lyrics For Life.  What’s cooler than that?

 

 

SNACKTIME is Barenaked Ladies first collection of original children’s songs. The album was produced and mixed by Michael Phillip Wojewoda, who also worked with the band on their debut Gordon.  There is a SNACKTIME book available also.

 

 

 

Be Hospitable by Todd Park was printed in celebration of the Olympic Spirit.  This book teaches children to accept others’ differences through messages of thoughtfulness, dedication and teamwork.  Proceeds benefit the U.S. Paralympics Team.

Treasure Tuesdays: Sketch Books

Today, I signed up for a “No Fear” Drawing Class.  It is an 8-week class that I am taking with my brother at a local art center, and I am really excited to get back into something like this.  I usually forget to make time for myself.  However, because of this class and new opportunity, I have been admiring other people’s work and drawing inspiration from their techniques and unique executions. 

To me, drawing is a way for me to de-stress.  I usually end up sketching ideas out whenever I can, otherwise, I end up losing them.  The only problem for me is that most of my ideas come to me late at night.  So much for sleeping.  =)

While searching for a new sketch book for myself, I ran across some on Etsy that I absolutely love.  So, I thought I would share them with you.  Enjoy!

 

Treasure Tuesdays: Hope

Hope.  It’s a powerful word, isn’t it?  Powerful in the sense of something bigger than ourselves.  We all strive to achieve it, and we all need it to get through the hard times.  Quite often, we find ourselves grasping for something more, something better.  We’re searching for it…sometimes desperately.  But what I love most about hope is that it comes in all forms.  I wanted to share a few with you today.

1)  HOPE Worldwide (Bringing hope. Changing Lives.)

HOPE Worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.

2)  Project Hope

For fifty years, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe – especially children. It’s in our name: Health Opportunities for People Everywhere. From the beginning, when we sent medical volunteers onboard the world’s first peacetime Hospital Ship, the SS HOPE, to our land-based programs today, Project HOPE has been committed to long-term sustainable health care. Our work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, providing medicines and supplies, strengthening health facilities, and fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and Diabetes.

You can also send a free e-card to your friends and family through Project Hope.  Just click on the picture below.

3)  Hope Items from sellers on Etsy.  (Click on image to visit the seller’s store.)

Sumiko

Treasure hope.  For it is not overrated.  We all need it in our lives.

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