Spring

Embellishing your beautiful punched "tin" butterflies!

Thank you for all your comments on the Butterfly post!!! I am so pleased that many of you are going to make punched "tin" butterflies!  I hope you will send me pictures -  PLEASE!  Or post them on Flicker and send me a link!

Before I begin talking about embellishing butterflies, I want to share a couple tips that were left as comments on my tutorial for making punched "tin" butterflies.  These are very useful tips and I wanted to make sure no one missed them.

 ~ Rubbing alcohol will easily remove Sharpie ink from any metal you are working with.

How to Make Punched "Tin" Butterflies

Butterfly tree

Punched "tin" butterflies are almost always fluttering about somewhere in my home or garden!  I never tire of making them and my enthusiasm has resulted in a rather large collection. (Huge - actually!)  So consider this fair warning - they are addictive!

In addition to the instructions below, it may be helpful to review the tutorial for making Punched "Tin" Light shields posted last November as the techniques are quite similar. 

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Generations - Mother's Day Memories



Great grandmother:
Grammie

Grandmother: Gwen

Mother: Julieanne

Me!

Children:  Diane and Mike

How to Make a Simple Weaving Loom and Basic Weaving Techniques: part 1

I hadn't even finished the first piece of weaving on my new table loom before I began thinking about a weaving project that anyone could weave without owning a traditional loom or any weaving tools. I also wanted the project to be a "work in progress" that could be left on the "loom" as wall art.

 

And here it is...

A Week of Contrasts

 

Trilliums are blooming!

We just returned from spending a few days in central Oregon along the John Day River looking for basalt flows containing pockets filled with zeolites. As you can readily see from this photo of the river, there is very little in that part of Oregon except...

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