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September Craft Class – Fall Burlap Board w/ Burlap Flower Embellishments September 24, 2013

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Crafters will learn many new and exciting techniques during the session. Techniques include:

  • Rustic crackle paint technique (using a household item that most everyone has on hand)
  • Transferring letters onto burlap
  • Creating burlap flowers (they are amazingly fun to make)

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Craft class is THIS Sunday, September 29th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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Register no later than Thursday night, September 26th (we will be shopping for supplies on Friday).

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.GLAM FLOWERS 012

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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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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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: 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, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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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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Colored flowers to dye for August 20, 2012

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I feel like a kid again when we have dyed Queen Anne’s lace at my house or I stop at Katie’s and she has them on her window sill. Katie and I did this all the time when we were younger. It’s a beautiful flower (actually it’s an uncultivated form of a carrot), very intricate and delicate. My kids enjoy playing ‘scientist’ as they concoct colorful potions to transform the flowers.

 

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You will need:

  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Jars (I use pickle and pasta sauce jars)
  • Food coloring
  • Water

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  1. Fill jars with water.
  2. Drop in a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Submerge stems of Queen Anne’s lace into colored water. Let soak for a few days and marvel at the colorful transformation.

This also works well with carnations.

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Pickle Jar = One Fancy Flower Container July 4, 2012

I hate to brag, but I have one amazing hydrangea bush in my yard. This bush is enormous and full of color. It’s a Kaleidoscopic Hydrangea, which is a firework display of bursting colors embracing many shades of blue, pink, purple and green blossoms. My mom was a bit jealous of my growing techniques pertaining to this garden marvel and she would often tease me about this bush. I would claim to be a fantastic gardener, and she would simply state that I just had really good dirt. So I would gladly share my blue ribbon blossoms with her (and many of my friends). I wanted the containers to sparkle as well, so I came up with this little ditty. My mom would have really enjoyed this craft, I miss her so.

You will need:

  • A clean jar – pickle, spaghetti, salsa any reusable jar
  • Ribbon
  • Colored paper that coordinates with the ribbon you’ve chosen
  • Scrapbooking embellishments (I have a ton of these. I pick them up whenever I see them on sale. I’ve never used them in an actual scrapbook project, but I use them in many of my other projects. Hopefully someday I’ll have a chance to scrapbook)
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares or I bet a glue gun would work good too
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Colored rubber bands (string or ribbon would work well also)
  1. First, wash and dry your jar. Remove all the labels from it.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the jar, cut to fit. Place scrapbooking mounting squares on the backside of the ribbon (in many areas) so the ribbon won’t slip. Adhere the ribbon to the jar.
  3. Using our template (flowertags), print the template on coordinating paper stock. Cut out the tag and circle. Adhere the circle to the jar (with mounting squares), add scrapbooking embellishments (I used these amazing little self-adhesive gems. I also have found self-adhesive pearls that work nice too). Hole punch the tag and slip a rubber band through the hole, attach it to the mouth of the jar.
  4. Fill jar with water and your prized posies. When filling your jar, be careful not to get water on your decorations.

Your recipient will be thinking how clever and environmentally thoughtful you are.

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