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Photo Transfer Craft Class November 27, 2012

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When: THIS Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 pm
Where: Martin Fire Station – 998 Templeton; Martin, MI 49070

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Katie and Korene are holding an instructional photo transfer craft class. Photo transferring is the process of transferring an inkjet printout onto a piece of wood. We’ll show you step by step how to achieve this rustic technique. You’ll leave the session with one fully completed project and one to finish at home. Even if you don’t consider yourself a crafter, don’t fret – we’ll help you along the way.

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What we need from you:

  1. Email 2 high resolution images to: craftredo@aol.com. Photos MUST be high resolution. If it doesn’t look pretty on your screen, it’s NOT going to get any better when we print it out. Not sure if it’s high enough res, send it and we’ll check it out. We need to receive the emailed photos no later than Thursday, November 29th.
  2. Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class.
  3. Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please. The facility won’t allow alcoholic beverages.
  4. We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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We also want to add that this is a very rustic technique. Imagery will NOT be 100% photographic.

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There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, writer of a magazine, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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If all goes well, we would like to host other craft sessions. We are entertaining the idea of our next session pertaining to bottle cap art. Which would entail creating bottle cap magnets and/or necklace. Let us know if this sounds neat to you.

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Any questions, feel free to email Katie and Korene at: craftredo@aol.com.

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We are very pumped up! Can’t wait to see you all 🙂

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Let’s Eat Together November 22, 2012

It’s hard to take in the fact that the ‘kids’ on both sides of my family are getting older. Last year, on my side, many of the kids were not able to make it home for Thanksgiving. I went to work and created care packages that I mailed out. The main contents of the package were picture cut-outs of the entire family. I tried to get most of us eating. In the package I also included a paper fold out turkey and placemats for them to color. One of my niece’s took this picture in her dorm room. It wasn’t the same as us all together, but it was the closest thing to it.

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You will need:

  • Photos
  • Card stock
  • Scissors

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Directions:

  1. Compile photos of family members eating.
  2. Add a little rectangle at the bottom of each photo to act as a base. Cut half circles from card stock. Cut a slit on the half-way mark of the circle, do not cut all the way through. This can be done on the computer or you could do it by hand. Print out photos onto card stock, trim out photos.

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Here’s the letter I sent:

11/21/2010

Dear:

Boy-oh-boy I sure do hope this got to you all on time!!! We miss you all terribly. Since you were unable to come ‘home’ for Thanksgiving, we thought we would send the family your way.

Now, you’ll need to assemble each family member. You simply take the little half circle shape and fit it into the slit at the bottom of each white box, it will create an ‘X’ shape so you can place everyone on the table when you are having your Thanksgiving dinner. So, we will all be eating together all over the country. I’ve also sent a marvelous center piece and handsome place mats (be sure to fill it out).

Hope to see you soon. We’ll be thinking of you all.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hugs and kisses,
Auntie Kor

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Fix A Short-Stemmed Flower November 14, 2012

We have fantastic dahlias and hydrangeas in our gardens. When it comes time to harvest these beauties for bouquets, I’m not always guaranteed a nice long stem. Using a straw to compensate for a short stem, allows for better flower arranging (the flower won’t tip out of the vase) and the flower appears to get water. I’m sure there’s something scientific going on.

All you need is a straw. Clear straws look best. Fit the straw over the stem. Arrange bouquet.

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Fall Letter Craft November 4, 2012

We were thankfully given another wonderful opportunity to feature a craft project in the Fall issue of ‘Praise and Coffee the Magazine’. So . . . . if you want to learn how to do this craft, you’ll have to check out this amazing magazine.

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Click on the magazine icon below to link to the craft directions.

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Jack-O-Lantern

The boys and I had grand plans to make jack-o-lantern, lanterns for our Halloween camping weekend. It was so windy and rainy that weekend, we couldn’t even put out our awning on our camper to hang the lanterns from. The weather has been so crummy here lately. I had to chuckle when Katie and I were recapping our Halloween experiences. She actually said ‘The weather was pretty good at our place. It only drizzled a little bit.’ Ha! We think it’s GREAT when it drizzles a little bit!!! Thaaaaat’s Michigan for ya, but I wouldn’t want to be any other place.

I also realize this post is a bit late, but you could look at it as either a bit late or way early for next year 🙂

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You will need:

  • Orange balloons or punch balls
  • Smaller glow sticks (preferably orange)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Black markers (permanent markers works best, washable markers tend to make a mess) or black paper/foam (for pumpkin face)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Optional – wire tie

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  1. Attach ribbon to glow stick, break glow stick so it illuminates. When cutting your ribbon, make sure you allow for enough ribbon to have the glow stick on the inside of the balloon and also have enough ribbon to hang your lantern. So make your ribbon pretty long.
  2. Fit balloon over glow stick.
  3. Blow up balloon. You’ll look really funny trying to position your lips around the string – the kids will get a laugh.
  4. Suspend glow stick inside balloon so it hangs in the center.
  5. Tie off balloon or use a twist tie to close balloon. Note: by using a twist tie, this can allow you to insert a new glow stick the next night.
  6. Decorate balloon with black markers or black paper/foam to create your jack-o-lantern face. We did both (markers and paper) and they both turned out well. My youngest liked the marker technique best. I think he just liked the idea that I let him color with a permanent black marker.
  7. Hang lantern from ribbon.

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I also thought this lantern techique would be fun to do for other occassions like 4th of July or a summer bar-b-que (minus the jack-o-lantern face). For 4th of July – red, white and blue balloons would work well. Brightly colored balloons could be used for a summer bar-b-que or red and white to go along with a picnic theme.

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