Sunday, February 28, 2010

How to make tabletop Martenici (Martenizi)

If you don't know what Martenici is, you should probably take a look at my previous postings about the tradition, the story etc.

Martenici 2009

Martenici 2008

I first made Martenici for my kids in 2008, because thanks to the Bulgarian Post Services, the martenici my mom sent me arrived at the end of April.
 I had no idea what to use, I haven't made any since I was a kid, but here is what I have used fro the last 2 years:
- red and white pom-poms( fuzz balls
-red and white yarn
- red and white pipe cleaners ( fuzzy sticks)
-red and white fabric,
red and white ribbons
- buttons, beads, artificial flowers etc.

You can use virtually anything you want!

This year I am going to participate in the " Turn off your TV night" at my son's school with "martenica-making" project. I am really excited that I can share this with the kids and I have plans on making it very special!
I wanted to bring to the school a large size Martenici, that can be a tabletop decoration, since I doubt there would be any place to hang ones that are for the wall.
Walking through the craft store I noticed the Styrofoam balls and cones that I  had an idea that would make wonderful tabletop decoration and even can be hanged on the wall.
I decided to try to make a tutorial on how you can make that too, so here is the result of my work yesterday.
The tabletop Martenici


The details 1

In a setting



Here is the VIDEO how to make these tabletop martenici!

I have made a lot of regular Martenici too, you'll see pictures and maybe video on that tomorrow. 

hope you like them and they inspire you to make yours! If you use any of the ideas, please let me know! I would love to see what you have made!
If you decide to use any of the pictures or video, please have the courtesy of providing a backlink to my site!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Get well, Krum!"- Workshop

Last Friday my friend's kids and my kids got together to do a little project called " Get well, Krum!".
The kids were age 2, 3, 6, 9 and 10 years old. Unfortuantely I have pictures only of the 3 cards that the 9 and 10 year old girls made, but the small kids did a pretty good job too!
We all wish Krum well and we hope he recovers completely! He is in surgery today for a second time and we all pray for him!
I thought this would be a good idea for the kids to express their wishes and will make them feel like they are doing something to get him better!




Thank you all for the support and thoughts!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Generation next

I am always happy to see my kids doing artsy stuff, but they've surprised me really nice with these 3 cards and I liked them so much, that I wanted to share them with you!

my son, age 6 first

my son, age 6 second card

my daughter, age 3 ( front)

My daughter age 3 ( back)

Do your kids make crafty things when you do too? 
Do you let them use your things or you buy them their own?

Friday, February 19, 2010

2 cards for 2 sisters

I am sorry I'll be very short today, but my dog is till not recovered from the surgery and all my time is devoted to him these couple of days. Thank you all for the good thoughts and support!
I hope he is going to be better tomorrow, so I can manage to post couple of things I've been planning on this weekend.

Here are 2 cards I did for 2 beautiful sisters that are my kids' friends.

Valentine's day cards0001

Valentine's day cards0002

Keep up the good thoughts for my puppy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Butterflies and flowers

Yes, that is the Crazy challenge theme this week- butterflies and flowers!
I didn't feel like doing a card today, so I made a mandala called Butterflies and flowers.

Here is what I came up with:

And here it is a little bit closer

It is difficult to see the details in this size picture, click on it to see it bigger, it would show the butterflies better. 
Unfortunately this is the largest size I can show on my website. 

What do you think?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ellie and her elephant- my Valentine's day surprise for my little girl

Đ•very girl has a stuffed animal, that at some point is special for her. My little girl's favorite toy is an elephant.
I was thinking since I drew a special cartoon character for Kalin - a black belt ladybug, I should do the same for Ellie too and the best way to make my little girl happy on this day I thought was to draw her with her best stuffed friend - the elephant Ellie ( yes, it has the same name! )
Here is what I came up with to to show this special relationship between a girl and her elephant!

1. The drawing, when I was still thinking what to put her to sit on, a bench sounded to trivial at the time.

2. Here is how the idea about the wall started taking shape

3. Here is the colored drawing, I used colored Prismacolor pencils. It would have been way better with Copics..I know. Sometime these days ....:-)

4. The card

5. The detail

6. The bling

7. Detail again


* If you decide to use this image, at least please have the courtesy to link back to my website! Thank you! 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Valentine's Day card for the love of my life!

It is difficult to make something that would show everything you feel about this person. It is even more difficult to put these feelings in words.
But somehow once I got the idea about the structure of the card ( thanks Bleshtuchka for the awesome idea!)the design just happened. I started working on it and things just clicked.
The original structural design( the shape of the card) is from here. Everything else is my idea.

Here is how it stared:

1. On a white and black piece of paper( 5 " tall) I scored on 3" and 8"

2. Here are the first basic shapes

3. Here it is put together before I glued it

4. Then I cut 2 black 5" by 4" pieces of paper for the cover

5. Here is the finished card outside with the bow


6. The front cover

7. The back cover

8. The first set of flap pages, on one is written " YOU" on the other one " Forever", it can be read both ways.

9. A different view of the same page

10. The second page

11. The second set of flap pages

12. The third set of flap pages, reading "Love.." and " Is"

13.The text on the left where the third flap pages are

14. The text on the right where the third flap pages are

15.The forth set of flap pages inside right

16. The forth set of flap pages inside left


17. The forth set of flap pages outside left

18. The forth set of flap pages outside right

19. The center page:


20. A top view

21. And the last one

This is by far the biggest card project I ever made. My husband couldn't believe that I made it at first. He said that this was the best card he had ever received in his life and by the look on his face I believed him! :-)

I am also participating with this card in the Crazy Challenge, an awesome new blog challenge that 2 of my virtual friends made couple of days ago! Come and see how much fun we are having!

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