Mom and I did manage to do a little crafty stuff on Wednesday (something we'd planned for Christmas but run out of time because of the massive cookie baking project) and again today. We made (but of course, I forgot to take photos of) tissue paper stained glass windows from this book:
Rose Windows and How to Make them
But, like any paper folding endeavor, the instructions ALWAYS end up being more confusing than you think they are. our tips:
- you don't have to put the 'white' background in, and sometimes it's prettier if you don't
- plan on ironing patterns after you've cut them so they lay flatter
- use glue sticks
- the 'ring' frames are the hardest part to cut out and would probably look better if we'd bought colored cardboard to cut them out of
- when you're creating the pattern you're going to cut out of the tissue paper, make sure to fill in the part you're going to cut out
all in all it was a really good visit with my mom, though probably a little too short. I feel like I had a longer break last year, but I suppose part of it was that I didn't have to proctor an exam or grade for my undergraduates, so I was done before finals week was over.
Now though I'm back in sacto overnight, then heading up to visit my nephew tomorrow, then down to Brentwood to visit friends for New Years, then back home.
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