This simple tutorial for a magic bottle is like snow globe without the miniature scene at the bottom. It's lovely to look at and works well for helping children to calm down and focus. Details at Artsy Ants.
Hi everyone, I apologize for things being a bit quiet here for the past
month. Although I had posts scheduled for most of December, behind the
scenes I was occupied with family health problems. My father had a small stroke while he was away from home and there was a lot of traveling, doctor appointments and an emergency room visit before we could get back home. We finished making all of our gifts, squeezed in Christmas, looked forward to a new year and then everyone started getting sick. I have found it hard to get back in the swing of posting daily but I am doing my best so I hope you will understand.
I've never been big on resolutions, I'd rather make changes when I feel a change needs to be made, but I have given myself a motto for the year as a result of our dark December, and here it is: Make the life you want now. Not very poetic I know, but I tend to put off things until everything is just right - I have the money, the time, the inspiration... but then it seems like that time never comes. So, what do I want in my life now? Well, lots of things, but I'm going to start with a dedicated craft room. I've decided to convert our garage to my craft space and hopefully a place where I can teach classes too. It's a huge job because our garage is full of "other" stuff but I'm determined, and excited about the possibility. I also need a good place to read - good lighting, comfortable chair - so I am scouting out that spot as well. I have already started working on spiffing up our downstairs bathroom that bugs me to death and I'll have to figure out how to build a shelf that I have designed. I'm planning to post again regularly on Bella Dia so if you want to keep up with me there I'd love to see you.
The Crafty Crow will be five years old in a couple of months so I am putting a lot of thought into where I want it to go. I have had a book on the back burner for a couple of years now so I'm planning to spend more time on that too. I'm also teaching a few classes for our local college that I'm very excited about so, if you're a local, take a look at the CSI Spring Catalog :)
The Crafty Crow received well over 2 million page views and half a million visitors last month and that was really exciting for me! It is always such a pleasure seeing the amazing ideas you have and being able to share them with everyone. I can't wait to see what you have planned for this year!
If you've read this far I really appreciate it. I know I'm a little
spare with the words because I figure you're here for the crafts but your continued support means everything to me. Maybe you have something you've been putting off waiting for the right time? I'd love to hear about it! Wishing you all a happy new year!