Tis the Season P.1
Studio Picks: This Month’s Faves P.2
Great Reading! Recommended Reads P.2 & 3
More Thoughts from the Blog P.3
Halloween Specials P.4
The Christmas Countdown Begins
"Never ask The Daylilies studio is a very busy place these gift idea list, but either way, I really can’t wait to
whether you can days! The website continues to be refined and get my ideas down on paper and try them out. And
do something. changed (for the better, we hope), the blog was just in case you have a busy life that doesn’t give
Say instead that recently moved and our Etsy shop will be up and you much time to make handmade gifts this year,
you are going to running soon. we promise to include good ideas that don’t take a
do it, then fasten If all that were not enough, somewhere in the lot of time, materials or new skills to learn.
your seat belt." middle of October, it was decided that a new Oh! And before I forget – the studio is really
Julia Cameron (creative) Christmas gift idea would be posted on excited about our Small Purse Challenge. We
the Daylilies blog every day until December 25 . hope you will join us! Just download the free
Our Christmas Countdown officially started pattern, make the purse (it would make a fantastic
October 26 , and, as I write this, we have posted Christmas gift too!), and email me the pictures of
6 ideas so far – all things that you can do to give your finished purse. When you do, I will send you
"The difference homemade and handmade this year. a gift certificate for 50% off any purchase of $25 or
between artists After the first post, I have to admit that there was more. More details of the Challenge can be found
and other people some panic at the thought that we would need 2 on the blog or on our Facebook discussions page.
is that artists months worth of ideas (by Christmas, we will have The Challenge is open until early January 2010
have a posted 45 things that you can make and give this I do hope that if any of the ideas on the blog
sketchbook." season – did I say 45???), but after the first week, inspire you, that you will pick up a pen, paintbrush,
Mary Bergs I have come to the conclusion that although we needle, pair of scissors, (or whatever it is you
might run out of time, we will not run out of ideas. need to pick up) and give it a try. And, along the
Our idea folders are bursting! And every idea that way, if you have any questions or comments about
is offered seems to breed yet another idea here in any of the ideas, visit our discussion group on
the studio. Facebook, add a comment to our blog, or email
Today, for example, work with paper cutting has me directly.
led to a great idea for t-shirt designs. I don’t know Debra O’Connor
if this will make our countdown to Christmas
This month, my Studio Picks:
This Month’s Faves!
great reading is not
just one book, but
There are a lot of are easy to cut with
rather a whole series
favourite products in the scissors or cookie cutters.
of magazines. This Important Changes
studio this past month, They come in great
month I picked up my
but the most favoured of colours, and they are just and
very first issue of
all is the Stockmar a great way to add a
Threads Magazine. I New Things
beeswax wax decorating personal touch to an
was hooked from the
strips. otherwise plain candle.
very first article. The
Why? These wax decorating
writers at Threads not Please make sure that
Well…we were in a really strips also easily stick to a
only know A LOT you have adjusted your
tight spot – out of time lot of other surfaces too –
about sewing, but RSS feeds and
and needing to do this is a great way to add
offer up the bookmarks – our new blog
something creative fast colour, shape and interest
information in an address is:
so that we could get the to boring storage tins.
easy-to-read format www.dayliliescreative.wor
day’s blog posted. Not And even though these
with clear and concise dpress.com
only that, but none of us strips aren’t specifically
were in the creative modelling wax, they still
It didn’t seem to Also! Make sure to watch
mood and nothing was warm up in your hands so
matter which issue I for big changes with our
going well. they are easy to form and
picked up – the website coming soon.
It was a very bad day. shape as you need for
But then Christopher your individual project.
timeless and the And… we are looking
mentioned that we hadn’t As with any Stockmar
articles were relevant forward to the opening of
worked with the product, the beeswax
– even when the our Etsy Shop mid
Stockmar beeswax decorating strips are
magazine issue itself November. Shop for our
decorating wax strips yet, harmless to health and to
was two years old! finished blog projects
so we grabbed the the environment.
If you have any there!
opportunity to give them Choose wax decorator
interest in sewing, I www.dayliliescreative.etsy
a try. strips for a quick creative
highly recommend this
And things couldn’t have project with your kids this
magazine. It certainly
turned out better. These holiday season. A candle
is worth the read (and
wax strips are quick and makes for a fantastic
sometimes it even has
easy to use. The wax teacher’s gift, especially
strips when made especially for
More Thoughts from the Blog:
Digging Deeper into October’s Ideas… Candles Great Reading!
It may seem that we have late in October. ‘Paper Cutting’ Wax
spent a lot of time focused Although we have largely Early this month, we posted
on candles in this issue of ignored the humble candle, a paper cutting project on
This month, a good
the Daylilies newsletter – in the spirit of the season of the blog. When we thought
friend let me borrow her
and maybe we have – but candle light, we thought that more about making plain
copy of The Little
we feel that candles and we would offer some more candles great, we couldn’t
Hands Art Book by Judy
candlelight play an ideas for fabulous updates help but think that the same
Press. Written for
important part of the festive to a basic candle here. techniques could work well
children aged 2-6, this
season. Not only do they The Painted Candle with candles. While the
book offers great ideas
look beautiful as a Did you know that it doesn’t obvious (and easiest)
to get young children
centerpiece, but candles take special candle paint to answer is to cut wax strips
embody the light and paint on a candle? All you as you would paper and
This is 156 pages of
warmth and celebration of need is a good paintbrush wrap the candle with these
creative fun and
all things Fall and Winter. (the right size for your ‘paper cut’ wax strips, there
The funny part of spending project) and acrylic paint. are also other ways to get
from glue projects,
so much time in talking Any brand will do – as long the same look. Once you
about candles here, in the as it is acrylic. choose your pattern and
Cardboard Shirt’ and
newsletter, is that we really There is no need for transfer it onto your candle,
Paint projects, ‘Paper
didn’t spend all that much anything else – use your this design can be painted
Bag Pumpkin’ and clay
time talking about them on own design, grab a on, or carved into the face
projects, ‘Meatballs and
the blog in October. copyright free design off the of the candle. Or – transfer
Spaghetti’ – and more!
Although we did spend internet, or buy a copy-able your design onto foil instead
There are certainly
some time making a candle image from one of your – cut out the design as you
more than enough
wrap at the end of favourite artists, transfer it would cut the paper, and
ideas here to keep you
September, we didn’t even to your candle and get wrap your candle! Simply
and your children busy
look at a candle again until painting. beautiful!
for many rainy days.
we tried the Stockmar
And – just in case the
beeswax decorating strips
projects aren’t enough,
this book also includes
an appendix filled to the
brim with clay, dough,
and paint recipes… and
10 Ways to Make Mid-Week Supper
Fun & Creative
1. Eat dessert first (or at least make it seem that way)!
Serve up a beef & potato pie (or chicken and rice or
veggies) with a side dish of baked apples.
2. Make it an all fingers meal – no forks here! Or, for a
real change, make it an all spoon meal.
3. Make your own pizzas.
4. Switch it up - Use red or green pasta instead.
5. Don’t settle for Alphabet noodles – grab some
Christmas shapes or other shapes and make up
stories as each spoonful brings different shapes and
groups of shapes.
6. Make the table a living sculpture – put fruits and
veggies on pedestals for an interesting centerpiece.
7. Pack the picnic basket and throw out the blanket. Who
says you can’t have an indoor picnic on a Tuesday?
Grilled cheese never tasted better!
8. Serve soup from vintage tea cups.
9. Cover the table with paper and hand out crayons.
An impromptu after dinner cartoon drawing
competition can take the doldrums out of mid week.
10. Add some flowers for a beautiful table. Especially if
supper is just quick and routine.
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