Palm Sunday

28/03/2010 at 5:23 pm (Paper Crafts) (, , )

It’s Palm Sunday at last… the beginning of the Holy week. Here’s how to make a cross using palm leaves/fronds…

Make a Palm Cross

And another set of instructions with photographs as instructions in “SILVERKEYS.WRITES“.

Click to go to tutorial

Click to go to tutorial

We place them on our windows and above the doors of our homes. Don’t forget to give them back to your church in time for next year’s Ash Wednesday…

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How to make Butterflies

22/03/2010 at 12:35 pm (Paper Crafts) (, , )

Here are some wonderful tutorials giving good instruction on how to make butterflies. Quite easy for any beginner and for anyone interested in sending handmade butterflies to the Holocaust Museum Houston – The Butterfly Project. (please see my earlier post)

The diagrams are from the tutorials themselves… none of the pictures are done by me.

For those quillers out there I’d like to share the blogpost where I read about this for the first time… There are beautiful and unusual quilled butterflies in “Quilling with Whimsiquills“. Following is a butterfly in that blog

An origami butterfly from the blog “Create With Me

Origami Resource Center” has several models of paper butterflies

Another beautiful butterfly and instructions from dadcando.com

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The Butterfly Project

21/03/2010 at 10:38 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I just came across this project by the Holocaust Museum Houston – The Butterfly Project. They’re collecting 1,500,000 paper butterflies to remember the children that suffered and died during Holocaust.  they already received about 400,000 and plan to reach the goal of 1,500,000 by June 30, 2012.

If you can, please send or deliver paper butterflies by June 30, 2012 to

Holocaust Museum Houston
Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
USA

I saw this in Quilling with Whimsiquills blog, which shows some of the quilled butterflies she’s planning to send.

Follow this on Facebook – Fairyland forum and The Fairy Sisterhood.

Here’s the content from HMH site:

The Butterfly Project
Butterfly Project
In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.

The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2013, for all to remember. The Museum has already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

Please facilitate the “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” activity and create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible. This project may be completed by all ages as individuals or groups.

  • Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
  • Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
  • Glitter should not be used.
  • Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.
  • If possible, e-mail a photograph of your butterflies, to butterflyproject@hmh.org.
Please send or bring your butterflies to the Museum
by June 30, 2012, with the following information included:

  • Your name,
  • Your organization or school,
  • Your address,
  • Your e-mail address, and
  • The total number of butterflies sent.

Mail or bring your butterflies to:
Holocaust Museum Houston
Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004
USA

For questions or additional information, please e-mail butterflyproject@hmh.org.

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Paper Bracelets and/or Recycling

21/03/2010 at 5:06 pm (Fashion, Paper Crafts) (, , )

Here’s the beginning of my new craze…. Handmade jewelery. Did you ever go shopping trying to find jewelery that’s the exact colour of your dress? Well… it’s one of the best sports in the world…. but it’s not the same to go shopping in an old haunt without my best buddies. So as usual I googled it…. making my own fancy accessories.

I  came across 2 types of paper bracelets. One in Inna’s Cerations and another in Fluffyland. The one in Fluffyland shows how to make them with wrappers…. the one I tried was Inna’s one because I already had the things needed for it.

First I fished out all the left over paper scraps from my Kusudama era. After cutting them to suit the size of my hand, I finished it in about 15 minutes. No glue was required and the end result had a very neat look.

Then I painted the whole thing with nail polish. It’s very easy to find nail polish of a colour to match a dress. I never use nail polish on my nails (ugh!) but it’s my favourite paint 🙂 You can find bottles Rs. 20 each in Pettah in all the glorious colours and textures. A third of a bottle is sufficient to cover the whole bracelet with 2 coats.

The nail polish will dry completely in a few minutes — but it stinks 😛 it’s best to leave it overnight. After using it you can easily paint it another colour to suit a new dress.

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Kanzashi

14/03/2010 at 6:37 pm (Paper Crafts) (, )

Here’s something I’ve heard for the first time today…. came across the word in CraftyPod, and thought it had something to do with Origami.

You will find everything you need to know about Kanzashi here.

I can’t wait to try this out. You can expect the result soon 🙂

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Aldebaran

02/03/2010 at 12:41 am (Astronomy) (, , , , , , )

The best way to welcome the month of March was by star gazing. It was a lovely night and a lot of stars were visible.

While I’m not an expert or even a beginner in the study of astronomy, I still love the stars – and capable of finding my favourites among them.

Here’s a picture of my favourite star — Aldebaran (also known as Alpha Tauri). Of course I love the sun, but it doesn’t look like a star. Aldebaran is very big (its  diameter 40 times that of our sun) and orange in colour. Can be easily identified because it lies between the Orion constellation and Pleiades (the seven Sisters star cluster) on the head of Taurus constellation. It’s the brightest star in Taurus constellation as well as one of the brightest stars in the sky (approx. 13th brightest) despite the distance of 65 light years.

Aldebaran - The most beautiful star

The Taurus Constellation - the very bright red star is Aldebaran. The blue cluster of stars is Pleiades.

Here’s another picture for people like me – lovers of stars but not really into the serious stuff.

Animated image showing the location of Taurus.

None of the images above are mine. The links are given with the images and provide more details of the beautiful star.

The Arabic name Aldebaran literally means “the follower”,  since it seems to be following the Pleiades. The role of Aldebaran changes from legend to legend. But in most of these Aldebaran is  “the follower”.

I first came across the name while watching Ben-Hur. One of the four chariot horses were named Aldebaran (other three are Rigel, Altair, Antares).

A big thank goes to my brother who is interested in astronomy. He taught me how to read the map and find the stars.

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