DIY simple star garland

Basically a super simple DIY. You need a heavy weight thread (I used quilting thread), some paper stars (mine are punched but you can just cut them out too) and Coffee Stirrer straws (I cut mine into thirds). I was inspired to make some garlands to decorate after making the strands for my pajaki. This was one of my favorite parts. I doubled my thread up so it would be extra sturdy, tie a double knot and alternate star, straw, star, straw. Then tie off at a star once you are at a length you like.



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my pajaki




I didn’t get any finished photos of my chandelier during crafternoon, but took a few photos the next day. I love how cheerful and festive they are! I am going to move mine up to the studio and hang it over my workspace. I am very tempted to make another even larger one some time soon.

August Crafternoon






For August’s crafternoon we made pajaki paper chandeliers. You can find some interesting history on the pajaki here, as well as links to instructions. I didn’t get photos of everyone’s creation, but it was so much fun to see how very different they all turned out! We used food color dyed coffee filters (these were so much fun to make ahead of time!), tissue paper, coffee stirrers, quilting thread, wire and paper.
We did white elephant as always, but this time there was just four of us with gifts so it went by very quickly!

Embroidery & Bugs



I’ve been spending some of my down time in the evenings working on some embroidery. I have had the Aunt Martha Busy Bee iron-on patterns for quite awhile, and it felt great to finally use them! I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with cute bugs & insects with little faces lately. Once I finished my favorite bees I felt like I needed to draw a little bug to join them. I tried the red iron on pencil first, and felt it didn’t really leave a great pattern on my fabric, so in the end I traced it with a washable embroidery pen instead. I hope to get stitching on her soon.
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