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A Thanksgiving Craft Project ~ Fun & Easy .

A Thanksgiving Craft Project ~ Fun & Easy .

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Thanksgiving Craft Project

Sometimes it can be fun to work outside your usual crafting arena. It’s always good to include kids to expand their little minds (while taxing or losing yours). So I thought I’d do a Thanksgiving Craft Project with our 4 year old grandson.. Something we’d never done before. Something he’d like and be able to participate in. It would be colorful and messy but create a good memory for both of us. I wanted to use simple supplies; mostly items we already had on hand. The reason for this was to emphasize that it’s possible to scrape together a good craft without forking out lots of money for random parts and pieces you might not use in another project..ever. Sooo~ what we needed for our family get-together was a colorful Thanksgiving Craft project that would contribute to the dining room table for our meal together.
I chose to decorate a pumpkin. To really make it show up better, a white pumpkin would be preferable. So I began the hunt for the perfect small, white pumpkin. This was harder than I thought it should be. What I found were those little white (gourd) mini-pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market. This wouldn’t be enough surface to decorate for our Thanksgiving Craft Project. I really wanted something bigger than that. Then I found some heirloom-type “Ghost” pumpkins at a farm stand; but they were odd dimensions (flat ones or mis-shapen; what I call, “Oops”) and strangely colored (greenish/orange, brownish/cream, orange/grey). Finally, at Walmart I found an old-fashioned, round, clean, white pumpkin to use :)

Thanksgiving Craft Project
Here are the supplies needed to decorate a white pumpkin (our grandson calls this list a “menu”):
one pumpkin; your choice of size, shape and color
assorted crayons (great for using those broken, odd leftover ones)
glue gun with glue stick
hair dryer

Directions:
1~ glue crayon pieces to the top edge of pumpkin
2~ aim hair dryer at them til they melt/drip down
That’s it ! Simple, right ? Easy enough for a 4 year old. The perfect Thanksgiving Craft project.

Here is my helper, ready to go. We have covered the coffee table with white butcher paper (because you just never know..). We gathered our supplies and everything is in place to begin. (Yes, for safety reasons, he decided he needed to wear a fireman hat..)

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Firstly, in order to glue crayons onto the crown of the pumpkin, they must be unwrapped from their paper labels. This set us back several minutes but allowed the glue gun to warm up nicely. Our grandson made neat little piles of shredded paper. On finding a sharpener in the crayon box, he decided to sharpen a few of the crayons before glue-ing.. IMG_20171117_165030395

Sharpening crayon nubs takes skill..

Sharpening crayon nubs takes skill..

He talked about each step as we did it. It was difficult for him to start tearing the papers so I had to assist but he really got into the ‘demo’ idea and worked hard. IMG_20171117_165055959

Next, we glued pieces to the top of the pumpkin. No particular pattern; random colors and sizes, randomly placed. I applied glue and we took turns putting on crayons. Basically, make a puddle with glue, then hold a crayon in it til it sticks. Don’t worry; you won’t see the excess glue after the melting is done :)IMG_20171117_165450164

Another angle: IMG_20171117_165502843

Next step: turn on the hair dryer and point it at the crayons. HOWEVER: just a gentle warning, you probably want to remove the torn paper label bits and pieces of crayon sharpenings FIRST. We did not. When I pointed the hair dryer at the pumpkin, all the trash detritus was instantly blown off the table and under the couch. We had a chuckle over that. Good way to clear the table. Also, if you look carefully, you can see tiny splash spots (photo below). These were splattered off the pumpkin onto the table covering. It got messy quickly. Suggestion: either do this outside or place the pumpkin in a box at this stage of the project !
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We placed the pumpkin in a box and continued with the hair dryer. It took a long time (maybe 15 minutes ?) to get these crayons to really melt ! Later I was told my hair dryer doesn’t get that hot :( But it’s still possible if you keep going.. IMG_20171117_225551438

Notice the increased splatters~ I took a break so the Hubby could help as well. IMG_20171117_225504281

And finally it was melt-y enough ! IMG_20171118_014720491

Of course you could choose a narrower color scheme: Fall shades or just Orange and Black, etc. But I let our grandson pick colors he wanted to use and we carefully placed them to his preference. I love CoLoR so this was fine with me !  And here’s a few pics of the table decor… IMG_20171128_232324834IMG_20171126_093527933IMG_20171128_232203128

I was happy with the process and our grandson was thrilled to create a mess lovely decor item for the Thanksgiving meal. Would I do it again ? Yes !  I love working with kids and crafts; this was a good Thanksgiving craft project, even for a 4 year old. He loved doing every step. It was fun to see him recognize his finished project on the dining room table a couple days later.
Total Cost: $2 for the grocery store pumpkin.
Total Time: about an hour, start to finish (plus another 15 minutes sweeping crayon bits out from under the couch).

I’d love to see photos of your holiday projects ! You can email them to me at: Cheri@OodlesofPincushions.com
When I receive enough photos, I will feature them in Reader-enhanced blog post :)
~~~ Happy Crafting to You ~~~

Blog trials and tribulations…and a Call to Crafters !

Blog trials and tribulations…and a Call to Crafters !

I just want to be left in peace to sew..and then to write about what I sew or to write about what I read about sewing. I like sewing. I think there are other people who also like sewing and reading about sewing. It’s who we are, what we do :)

So imagine my surprise when I started blogging and receiving messages from people who don’t care about sewing. They spam me with info that will “change your life” and “make your blog profitable”. They offer amazing writing help with low-cost options such as the services of a proof-reader (I already have spell-check for free, Thanks). They want me to sign up with their bot-service so it will ‘beef up’ my readership (real people actually read this already). I’m offered tips on how to improve my writing with messages full of typos and broken English (I’m fluent in English). I get promises of time-saving apps I should be using (and spend precious time deleting the spam). Web builders push their services (our son, who builds websites, created our amazing business website).

Anytime you put yourself out in public, you open yourself up to the trials and tribulations of the public. If you are timid, this will startle and scare you. If you are a seasoned Grandma-lady, you know you must let it roll of your back and move on :) Lots of people want to tell you what you’re doing wrong. They will attempt to show you/share their opinion about what you need to improve. You can try to remain your usual polite-self and spend time responding to those who ‘know better’ or you can ignore them and push forward, doing your own thing :)

Yes, I put spam filters in place. And no, I don’t get bogged down by bots. Nor do I spend a lot of time on spam-mail and bogus comments.

I just want to say, I’ve met the nicest people online. Real kindred spirits. People who create awesome things with their bare hands. I’m awed and impressed. THAT’S who I respond to :) Those are the folks I connect with and enjoy. They are inspiring to me ! I love to read about what they are up to and see what sparks their creativity. I’m in awe to read about moms of young kids who carve out enough time daily/weekly to run a business while donating time to their favorite charity. You go, Girl ! I don’t know how you manage it, but Kudos to you for doing it :)

So now that you’ve read thus far, here’s my “Call to Crafters“… I know you’re out there, toiling away on your projects. ~Making messes and creating crafty things. I’d love to hear from you ! I’d be honored to share some stories of crafters; what inspires you, what frustrates you, what challenges you to continue. Do you have any tips of the trade to share with others ? Do you like what you do or is it simply what helps pay bills ? How do you store your supplies ? Where do you show or sell items ? Does your family understand or are you alone in your passion ? I’d love to see some photos of your creations :) Please leave a message here or email me some info and let’s schedule a time to chat ! Cheri@OodlesofPincushions.com    Thank you.

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Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

Finger Pincushion; smallest item, biggest seller

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   My husband and I create literally OODLES of pincushions, selling to quilt shops across the U.S. We have our own wholesale website and work with another distributor as well. In addition, we sell them in our crafty Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/OodlesOfWhimsy) and at the local Farmer’s Market. We offer a variety of shapes and sizes in every color of the rainbow :) Without a doubt, our smallest item is definitely our biggest seller !
So what is a Finger Pincushion ? And what’s the big deal about it ? Well, it’s a mini pincushion that you wear on your finger or thumb while hand sewing. It’s tiny and portable; doesn’t take up much room so you can tuck one in your travel sewing kit, car glove box, purse or overnight bag. You can keep one stashed in your office drawer for those little emergencies like repairing a sagging hem or replacing a popped-off button. You can hem curtains while they are hanging and this little pincushion moves along with you so you aren’t tempted to stick a pin or needle in a nearby chair cushion or (heaven forbid~) in your mouth. When the phone or doorbell rings, your pincushion stays safely with you keeping pets and toddlers away from pointy pins and needles while your attention is elsewhere.
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‘Tis the Season for Squirrels …sewing & car trouble.

‘Tis the Season for Squirrels …sewing & car trouble.

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Q: Can you name that photo ?

A: $700

Car trouble, squirrels and sewing; what do they have in common ? Well, at first glance, nothing. One is a motorized vehicle, one is a small mammal and one is a hobby.  Up until today, I would have sworn they were totally unrelated objects; separate entities; having nothing to do with each other; “and never the twain shall meet”. Today, I am proved wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Are you familiar with Etsy ?

Are you familiar with Etsy ?

Dear Readers,

  Do you enjoy online window shopping ? Are you a creative person or one who enjoys creativity in general ? Do you get stumped on buying a gift for that hard-to-please relative in the family ? Do you need a place to get craft supplies ? Are you a Vintage-lover ?  All these queries and more are addressed at Etsy. This is a selling venue with individuals shops. The three selling categories there are:          

1~ Handmade (by the seller)

2~ Supplies (components to make or ship a craft)

3~ Vintage (at least 20 years old)

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