Turning 240 colored pencils into a vase.

I used 240 colored pencils and Artresin into a fun vase. I hope you like the video.

Check out the link here to watch.

https://youtu.be/3YpvmPkv5Lo

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Once lost but now I’ve been found.

So what’s been up with you? My life is pretty random. Some people are known for doing one thing. For some reason my brain can’t. I need to make things and learn new things.

I think I have artistic ADD!

Over the last year I have become engrossed in wood turning. While I love it, I have had the desire to make knives too. I have been watching YouTube and it looks so much fun!

So much fun I decided to buy some steel and with a grinder and a hell of a lot of hand sanding I finally made my own 8″ chef knives. I still plan on turning bowls but for now I plan on honing my knife making skills. Here are my first two knives. Thoughts?

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Until then,

Stay Random!

Turning a cherry wood bowl

Wow, I have started this post about 4 times. My goal was to say something clever and show my art project for tonight. I think I ran out of clever. Laziness is kicking in pretty hard. Ummmm soft bed is calling…. ok my next post will be clever. So here’s what I did tonight.  

Goodnight and stay Random 👾

Fun & Simple ways to Capture the Christmas Spirit All Month Long

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Cookies are baked and ready to decorate!

Christmas is my favorite time of year. The lights, the sounds, the smells, the season seems to be all around us. From the Peppermint Mochas in every coffee shop to the twinkling lights in our neighborhoods, it is a time to rejoice and reflect on not only the passing of the current year, but the hope for the year yet to come. It’s a time for families to come together and celebrate.

It’s also the time of year that is easiest to forget why we celebrate Christmas. In between stressing over finding the perfect Christmas gift for our loved ones and decking the halls just right, we often forget that Christmas is also about families, being thankful for what we have and finding ways to spread the love of Christ to others. We are pulled in a million different directions all year-long. And if your family is anything like ours, we tend to be connected to electronics more than we connect to each other. It can be hard to pull the kids away from their phones and computers to spend time together as a family.

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Teaching the kids how to make popcorn strings for the tree. (The birds also love this)

A couple of years ago we started a new family tradition, “25 Days of Christmas.” Starting December 1st, we have one activity a day to do as a family. It doesn’t have to be something big, but it has to be something that brings us together. Even something as simple as enjoying a cup of hot chocolate around the tree or visiting the community Train Garden, it’s a chance for us to reconnect as a family and to capture a little more of the holiday spirit. The kids enjoy having a new task to do every night and we have started a tradition that I hope they can pass on to their kids.

 

Take a look at some of our activities:

  1. Make paper snowflakes

  2. Watch a Christmas movie and eat popcorn

  3. Make a new Christmas decoration

  4. Go ice skating

  5. Make Christmas cards for the nursing home

  6. Make cookies

  7. Make gifts for teachers and friends

  8. Have a camp out in front of the Christmas tree

  9. Visit the Train Garden

  10. Go to 34th Street to see the Christmas lights if your in Baltimore. Or find a place that goes over the top with christmas lights.

  11. Go out for a Christmas treat

  12. Wrap Christmas gifts

  13. Celebrate the winter solstice by making solstice lanterns

  14. Make an ice wreath

  15. Do a service for someone in need

NOW YOUR TURN : )

See how many you can do and I challenge you to come up with some of your own.

Stay random!

Karen

Crocheting, from granny squares to amigurumi : ) (Guest post)

Crafting is something that I discovered at an early age and have developed over time. For me, crocheting has strong familial significance. My grandmother was my first teacher, showing me the most basic stitches. When I entered my teenage years, my mom took up the mantle, teaching me the more difficult stitches. This crafting time became very meaningful to me, because it was something special that my mom and I could share together. In between my crazy soccer schedule and her work schedule, we established “Melrose Mondays” (hello, 90’s!) We would order pizza, take up our projects, and watch the drama unfold between Amanda, Michael, and Kimberly. This was a time to grow my craft, to learn techniques and experiment with designs, and most importantly, to bond with my mom. We talked, laughed, shared our struggles, discussed my latest crushes, and really connected in this creative space.
Over the years I also expanded my craftwork to the art of cross-stitch and latch hook. And if I didn’t have a current yarn project, I would seek out something new to create, some new craft. Whether it be baking, cake decorating, or making party decorations, I was always trying to make something beautiful. Dom and I laugh about the fact that whenever we see something inspired, our initial reaction is not “Oh, let’s buy this,” but rather, “How can we make this?” Pinterest serves as both a blessing and a curse for the creative mind. There are so many wonderful ideas and projects, it’s hard to keep my board from getting full! There are so many more pinned ideas than I could ever make, or than my bank account could ever afford. We really should buy stock in Michael’s J

People often ask me why I don’t sell my art- and craftwork on Etsy. I’m sure I could, but for me it’s not about selling my pieces to make money. The value in my artwork centers on how much joy I might bring to someone through giving them something handmade, with love. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement of our kids when I present them with something I’ve just made, or when I see them show something to their friends and proudly announce that their mom made it for them. Crafting is more than just a hobby for me. When you can do something that you love and that also brings happiness to someone else, that is the ultimate reward. There is something thrilling about seeing an idea come to life. Taking something that starts as the seed of an idea in my head or a new pattern in my hands, and watching it grow into a finished project that I can hold and see, is something that few people can say that they have experienced. The sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing the final creation keeps me motivated to move on to my next project.

Now that I’m an adult and a mother of my own, I get to share my gifts with my kids. It is my hope and belief that they feel the same sense of joy I do when they complete a really cool project. I’m happy to do my part in making sure that the passion for crafting stays alive with each passing generation. By sharing your passion for crafting with your children, you can help instill in them a love of art as well as an appreciation for making things oneself. Yes, it is easier to go to the store and buy what you want, but think about how much fun you could be missing out on. Think about how many opportunities there are to build these lasting memories with your kids.As I have done, I want my kids to look back one day and be grateful for the time that we spent together and the memories we created. That’s precious time that you can’t get back.
What kind of things were you taught as a child that you still do or want to pass down? I’d love to hear your stories

Until then, Stay random