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Huichol Inspired Day of the Dead Beaded Paper Mache Skull


“Wherever I walk, wherever I sing, there is a blossoming of flowers, a rapture of song.
And there my heart is alive.” - - Huichol saying

I've long admired the handwork of the Huichols, a Native American group living in western central Mexico.  They are well known for their art, in particular their yarn paintings and beaded objects.

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How to Draw an Owl


Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -- Pablo Picasso

I have to share this set of charming directions on how to draw an owl.  Written and illustrated by my 9 year old neighbor, you will hoot with delight as you draw your own.

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Googly Eyes Halloween Topiary


Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
--  Joel Benton

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you?

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but for some reason I am totally getting into the spooky, creepy spirit.  I tend to lean toward the benevolent scary creatures of Monsters Inc. rather than the hair raising likes of the Exorcism.  Did you know that the Exorcism is based on the true story of 13 year old boy here in St. Louis?  Yikes!   My hometown is also the location of several haunted mansions.   Anyway, you get the gist.  I'm having fun getting in the mood and preparing the decorations.

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Disco Lives! - glittery disco ball earrings with Smoothfoam

Disco lives!  Oh yeah!  Make these glittery earrings and you will soon be strutting your stuff across the dance floor.  They are super lightweight as the core is Smoothfoam.  They are a snap to make. For the full directions, check out my post on the Smoothfoam blog.  Don't forget to post a picture of your version on my Facebook page

Designer Crafts Challenge :: Vacation Memory - Beaded Coin Necklace


Laughter is an instant vacation -- Milton Berle

This month's Designer Crafts Connection theme is vacation memories.  I didn't take a vacation this year, but I have a jar full of coins from my travels around the world.  This particular coin is an Australian dollar that I saved from a vacation 14 years ago.  I've been itching to get back to Australia, so I figured a little talisman around my neck may bring the funds required.

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