While on the trip to Nebraska I was able to get started on gift bag goodies for my Bird Song event in the Spring. The theme is nature and birds, so I thought these nest brooches made from felted sweaters and beads would be ideal to pin onto the gift bags that dearest Beth is helping me make.
Yesterday, she brought some examples of ones she made over here but, silly me, I forgot to get photos of them. We are having another craft day next week to make the bags and do taxes. There is nothing better than a BBF who is an accountant when tax season comes along. I'm not asking her to actually do the taxes themselves, but she is invaluable in helping me sort numbers and get stuff ready.
I didn't get to do much shopping while in Nebraska, but I did make a side trip to 2nd Chance in Omaha and scored a couple of hats covered in blooms. The other is small, white velvet flowers, just what I needed for the kits I am making for my class project for Bird Song. I'm making up overstuffed kits filled with vintage goods, enough so that no one will have to bring anything at all for the project, and they will have plenty of choices to personalize what they are making.
The students will have many options for making my project their own. I'm giving them plenty of ephemera and extra tid bits so that no two people will have the exact same creation.
No, this isn't our project for the weekend. This was my funeral craft project. Doesn't everyone have the family make crafts at funeral gatherings?
For Christmas, I'd made up a bunch of paper clay snowmen heads for all of us to work on while dinner cooks. But the day was hectic and most people were running late, so we never got around to making them. Instead of saving them for next year, I thought we'd make the heads into fairies and pixies.
So, while the house was filled with family staying with us for the funeral, some of us decorated these paper clay guys. For pixies or gnomes, we left the carrot noses as they were originally on the snowmen. For fairies, I snipped off and sanded the noses down smaller.
Most of the heads were sat on boxes that we decorated, some on spools. This one is just a decapitated head so far. I might build a paper clay body for her. Or maybe she'll just get a decorated spool.
Or maybe she'll just sit on my desk like this for a while. As a reminder of all the things I need to get done and can't quite catch up on. Oh, no, that would be depressing. I'd better finish her instead and let her be a good luck charm!