I'm changing things up here at "We Will Always Have Paris". In an effort to, oh, I don't know... actually do some paper crafting, I'm changing my "Friday's Favorite Five" posting to a "Finish It Friday" posting. I have a lengthy laundry list (see the right column of my main page) of things that I have half-assed worked on over the past few years. My goal is to focus on cranking out some of these projects this year. I can free up the space being taken up by these half-completed works & actually feel good about finishing something! Plus, my girlfriend Amy might actually get the graduation book I started for her when she received her doctorate in 2003. 2003, people. Seriously.
Instead of my "Friday's Favorite Five" postings, I'm going to start writing a "Two For Tuesday" post. Same idea, just fewer things on a different day. So, without further ado, here are the two things I don't think you can live without this week:
1. MudPuddles Sandcastle Book Kit: I first heard about MudPuddles on the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast. MudPuddles creates a sand paste that you can apply to most anything. Once it dries, it feels just like sand. Those of you who are familiar with embossing paste are gonna love this! Unfortunately, the stuff is just plain hard to find. You can find the paste at www.scrapbook.com (most of it is backordered) or you can buy a kit directly from MudPuddles via E-Bay. The full $25 kit has a ClearScraps sand castle album, one applicator and five jars of your choice of paste.
If this hasn't sold you, take a look at this:
This was made using the MudPuddles sand paste and a ClearScraps album. I saw this & thought of you Larcy! If you're interested, you can order custom made (up to 8 letters) chipboard books for $2.99/page. Suni, I think we should order albums that say "Rohoboth" and make them together one weekend!
2. Purlbee's Felt Rose Tutorial: I stumbled upon this website a couple of weeks ago & I am obsessed with these little roses. Her amazing tutorial includes step by step photos and a printable pattern. I whipped up my first rose a week & a half ago and I even convinced my little tomboy, Baby G. to wear one in her hair:
Now, if you're going to invest the time in making these beauties, please invest the money in some decent felt. Don't buy the craft felt you find at Michaels or Wal-Mart. You'll want good quality felt. I buy mine from Etsy seller FeltCraftStudio. Once you order, it takes a while to get your stuff (the orders are shipped from Australia), but it is well worth the wait.
Let me know if you've been inspired to use the sand paste or make one of these roses (I'm thinking of putting them on a nice sweater)!