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Paper Dolls: Hope Solo (version 2014)

 Download Paper Dolls / Kit Expansion Pack

Back in 2012 I was inspired by some sassy Downton Abbey paper dolls enough to try my hand at making my own. At the time Hope Solo had just done Dancing With the Stars so it seems obvious who I’d use as my muse. Kits? Costumes? What is not to love?

One thing led to another and it has progressed to this 2014 Seattle Reign version. This includes the new goalkeeper kit this year, supporters shield tshirt, gucci bag, Reign scarf, a jar of “hater’s tears” (quite full you will notice), and of course Twitter. Feel free to print this and try it out. Card stock works best I’ve found.

Hope Solo Paper Dolls

Included in the expansion pack are kit changes of the 2012 Olympic kit, 2011 World Cup kit, and 2012 Sounders Women kit.

Clothesline Wall Art

Here is an easily updatable wall feature for your home. You’ll need scissors, mini clothes line clips, twine, four nails, and your favorite cards/handkerchiefs or if you are really excitable – birds and softies.

There isn’t any science to this. (1) Figure out how high up the wall you want your first row to reach and nail in your first nail. I chose my eye height. I made the nail on the left to be a little lower than the nail to the right. (2) Once you take the plunge and get those first two nails in, run a line of twine loosely across them being sure to leave some sag to create a pleasant curve. We want a relaxing clothes line. Nothing taunt or tense. (3) When you get that first line up you can start on the lower line. I chose to make the nail on the left be a little higher than the one on the right, but it is really up to you how you want it to work. You need to leave a good two feet between the two rows since you’ll be having stuff hang off them and want to give them room to breathe.

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(4) Next we have the fun part. Take your clips and the items you have selected and string them up. You might at first think this would only look nice with Christmas cards, but hopefully as the seasons change you’ll find other items to hang out to dry. Obviously you can’t put up anything that weighs too much or anything that has the tendency to curl in heat. I’ve typically stuck with card stock and fabric, but experiment to see what suites you the best.

 

 

 

 

Pebble Magnet Tutorial

Pebble magnets happen to be my blog’s most searched for phrase so I thought I’d put up a tutorial here for those of you looking into doing this easy and quick craft. I find that it can be fun to make four in a set. You can either take four from the same image, take a few similar images and a few fun words and match those, or go by color theme. These work great as gifts and I like putting together a number of different crafting projects that match in theme and color and send a whole box of cute things to people. That’s how I roll.

Materials needed:

  • Glue (Elmers or another clear drying glue.)
  • Glass pebbles
  • Magnetic buttons
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Source material (Magazines work great, but avoid things like newspapers or stuff out of your ink jet printer…the glue reacts with the ink and bad stuff happens. Also avoid any paper that is too thick and ridged)

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Lay out your source material and use a pebble like a view finder over it. Once you locate something you think looks cool trace around it with a pen. Don’t worry about the black circle. When you cut it out cut just inside off the line so it will go away.

So here you have your pebble, picture, and magnet button. So far so good. If you are doing a whole bunch of these at once make sure you keep the cut out circle with its matching pebble. Not all pebbles are created equal in this case and you want your picture and pebble to fit each other.

Put a small dollop of glue on the image side of  your cut out. This might seem wrong at first, but it must be done. A good image (non newspaper or ink jet printer type thing) won’t be hurt by a little glue. Lay the pebble on top of the picture and glue dot and press it firmly into your palm for a minute.

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Once it seems firmly in place turn it over and use your thumb to press out any glue bubbles. There might be too much glue in some places and not enough in others so you can move the blobs around or expel excessive amounts of glue out the sides. If you get some glue on the front of the pebble you can scrape it off later with your finger nail.

Let it dry for a good half hour. Make sure you don’t lay it near anything that would interact with the magnet. Even a nail under the carpet or another drying pebble magnet set too close could cause the magnet to migrate off center. Once it is dry you’re done.