I hope you are are up for two blog posts today. Why?? Well because I am doing my post here, and then I'll be doing one for Sandy over on the Heartwarming Vintage blog today also. You will want to check in over there, when your finished here, because I'll be posting great projects from the Design Team AND projects and a link to a tutorial by Lisa Zappa. Lisa was a Crafty Secrets DT member for a very long time, and is coming back this month as Guest Designer. For those of you who know Lisa.. you know , she does not disappoint! Great projects and a great tutorial ... so be sure to check it out. I'll post the link again at the bottom of this post.
Actually Lisa's tutorial is quite fitting for my project, as she is showing how to create "accordion fold pinwheels"! wow.. how well did that work out. And it wasn't even planned. lol
I have been making pinwheels alot lately also, so decided I'd try a little something I had rolling around in my head, as I was sitting on the plane coming home the other week. Making graduating sizes, with a mix of pattered papers. Adding them to a dowel and into a base to create a Christmas Tree. Okay.. sounds good.. now to try it.
Just like anything else, once you make one..you learn what works best, and what you would do differently next time. I think next time I would not take the easy way out and just "eye up" the sizes... I'd actually MEASURE. I know.. who would have thought?? ha Depending on how tall your tree will be, you can decide how many pinwheels you want and how far apart to make them. ( appox 1/2 difference between sizes will probably work best). You can also vary by how LONG your pieces are when you start folding, or how BIG your folds are. If you haven't made these pinwheels before, Lisa's tutorial will be REALLY helpful to you. There are actually a number of different ways to assemble the pinwheels. I'd say.. do what works best for you! Here is a link on ScrapScene to a tutorial I did also.
Here are a couple of other photos , so you can see how I put it together. I just used a towel for the center and a large empty ribbon spool for the base.
To make a more decorative base for the empty ribbon spool, I used a round scalloped die cut.
(all of it covered in silver Glitter of course). ha
To add the glitter edge to the pinwheels, I put some glue down on a piece of paper and basically roll them through it.... then through glitter on another piece of paper.
AccuCut Accordian fold
She chose the "God Bless" saying and the darling little singing children for her Christmas letter... and...
I think mom was pretty happy with her Christmas Cards when she dropped them in the mail. yay!
Oh.. and 25 years ago (Dec2) we were blessed with Jarad. I can not believe our baby is going to be 25!
Yes.. I did what my dad used to do to me... I called him our "baby". When I was a teenager I'd cringed every time my dad would introduce me as the baby. I'd say.. "Dad.. I'm not a baby", and he'd say .. "you'll aways be the baby". When you are the last born.. you "are"always the baby of the family.
I would tell you how proud I am of him but this momma gets teary just thinking about it. Lets just say.. I am SO lucky! Happy Birthday Jarad! We love you!
Don't forget to pop over and catch my post on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog. I cant wait to show you what the girls have been up to!