Interesting ribbons can be found at paper stores and fabric stores.
Fabric Glue or Weldbond Glue
A cute trim for under the neck or just tie a bow with small ribbon.
1) Cut the cardboard as shown above.
2) Then look at your chickpea and find the nose and draw a little pink circle under the nose.
Now draw another about an 1/8 of an inch lower down for the mouth. Then draw the eyes on the sides in black and glue your head to the cardboard. (Note how the mouth is facing upwards.)
3) Glue the cardboard with the head on it to the top of the ribbon about an 1/8" down.
4) Now fold over both corners to hide the cardboard.
5) Take the excess at the top of the ribbon and with glue on your fingers
twist it into little horns.
6) Add a little trim detail under the chin.
7) Finish by pulling some threads from the bottom in order to make a nice
fringe or cut with a pinking shear.
Each year after the holiday lights are down the winter gets very dark for me. One of the ways I brighten my days is by building a winter garden in my kitchen. Each time I go grocery shopping I buy a primrose, daffodil or hyacinth. I keep them by my kitchen sink. I enjoy their cheerful shapes and colors. When they are done blooming I move them to my garden where they then bloom for years to come.
Have you ever heard of Ted Talks? It's a great website that has many wonderful speakers talking about lots of different topics.
This one is "The Happy Secret to Better Work." The speaker is Shawn Achor. He studies happiness and how to achieve it. Did you know your brain can be tricked into feeling happy by just smiling, the act of smiling sends a message to the brain and tells it your happy. He talks about that in his Happiness Advantage series. If you have 12 minutes this video could make a difference in your life.
I took a beautiful walk last fall in Manhattan. It's such a fun city with so much diversity, color, shape and texture.
Bryant Park has changed so much since I lived and worked in Manhattan. When I worked in the garment district in the 1980's you couldn't walk past it for fear of getting mugged or being hit by a stray bullet. Now it has games, places to eat, and a carousel. It's lots of fun. And, of course, Fashion Week is set up here.
It's so relaxing and beautiful now. People are really enjoying this metamorphosis.
This park is on the actual street. It is lined with heavy pots to keep the traffic in line.
Seasons of Love, a song from the Broadway show Rent, is one
of my favorite songs. I think of it often because the theme in the song is “how
do you count a lifetime?” Is it by sunsets or by cups of
coffee or is it by love.
How do you count a life time? What do you value?
For me its:
Hugs and kisses
I love yous
Special moments with friends, family, and strangers
I’m sure we all have a similar list. I think the truth comes
into our lives when we make our choices, how much effort we put into making
these moments happen, how well we live these moments when they arrive. How
often do we step back and reanalyze our lives to make sure we are living the life
we want and not the one that just seems to develop?
Life moves so fast and gets
so full that sometimes we just forget to take the time to stop and see what we
can remove in order to make more time for what we want, to just be present with
the ones we love. I’m always thankful when something wakes me up and makes me
once again take notice so I can reevaluate. A New Year for me is one of these
I had a jeweler friend of mine named Anne Poulson make this necklace for me out of old watches I have gathered through out my life and the watches I inherited from my grandmothers. All of the watches were broken. (I had tried to get them fixed but the watch maker couldn't do it) and I didn't want to toss them away.
I love how the necklace turned out and every time I wear it, it is a hit.
If you'd like to have one made you can contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.