I wanted to share a new book by Erin Zamrzla, "At Home with Handmade Books".
It is such a lovely book, both in its organic style and in its substance.
Erin has a really fresh approach with her book designs as well as the materials she uses. Many of the books have been made from repurposed or common materials. The book gives direction both visually (my preference) and by text and the projects range from quick and simple to others that require a bit more time and effort.
My favorite thing about Erin's the book is it has inspired me to get out the paper and make more books.
I love paper garlands, they are a great way to make a space festive. These dotty flags were made with Paper Source http://www.paper-source.com/ paper.
The paper is double sided so it looks great from both sides. The paper was folded over about 1 1/2" and then glued down over string. Instead of putting the folded edge in the back I put it in front so a visable contrasting band can be seen.
Yesterday was the big day for Abdellah's pool and craft Birthday party. The plan was to keep it simple, knowing what kids like the most is just playing with each other, swimming was the main event. The kids also did some dinosaur cookie decorating as well as some face and tempera painting.
We made the kids favors out of crepe paper. The treats were rolled up in the crepe paper into tubes and then both ends were tied with twine & a little frog.
We made the silver trays a little more kid festive by decorating them with crepe paper that we cut, fringed and then attached to the top and sides of the tray.
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I made a flower for Detou's hair in the same fashion as the larger flowers from the previous post. The only difference is that the middle section is secured with a ribbon rather than a twist tie and then the layers are seperated. After that the ribbon can be used to tie onto the hair.
For our recent baby party I used tissue paper flowers for the decorations. They are wonderful because the materials are inexpensive,their easy to make and by attaching a ribbon you can cover a large spaces.
For the floral garland I tied two flowers back to back onto the ribbon.
Butterflies were attached to the ribbon between the flowers.
Cut tissue to the desired size, using 7 pieces of tissue per flower. The tissue for the flowers in the photos are 8" x 10"
Layer the 7 pieces of tissue on top of each other and the fold back and forth like an accordion all the way to the end.
Fold the tissue in half to find the center point and lightly crease. At the crease point use a twist tie to bind the tissue together.
We had a lovely party for the baby last night. It was a warm evening and the party was held on the back patio under the stars and a Mauritanian tent. Carpets and cushions were laid for seating and rounds of Mauritanian sweet mint tea was served. With the heat here parties start late, ours started about 9:00 PM and went till the wee hours of the morning.
These bon bon favors were created by cutting crepe paper into squares, adding green mango jelly beans and then rolling into a tube shape and tying them at the ends. They were finished by attaching wraps with the decorative paper. The favors were then stacked around paper flowers on large silver Moroccan trays.
The pretty paper used for the favor wraps is from Paper Source .