Monthly Archives: June 2012

Toilet Paper Roll Sunflowers

As most of you know by now, I’m a lover of DIY projects.  My entire apartment is decorated with things I’ve made myself (or tried to make!) and this past week’s project was the bathroom.

I had a huge white space above my toilet that was just begging for some decor.  I wanted something a little more artsy and different than your average square frame, so I decided to make sunflowers out of toilet paper rolls (appropriate for the bathroom, right?)!

These sunflowers are so easy to make and are a great way to use up all those extra toilet paper and paper towel rolls that you have sitting in your recycle bin.  All you need is a pair of good scissors and some glue.

Toilet Paper Roll Sunflowers

Materials:

  • 7-10 toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • 2 coffee cups, knitting needle, and tape (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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Directions:

  1. Measure the space where you want your flower to be.  You’ll need to know how wide your space is so you know how large to make your flower.  For me, my flower has to fit in a 24” space.
  2. Next I’m going to cut up all my toilet paper rolls.  The amount you need will depend on how big your flower is.  For a flower about 24” wide, I used 7 toilet paper rolls and 1 paper towel roll.  One toilet paper roll should yield you anywhere from 14-16 petals.
  3. To make your petals, flatten your toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut slices about ½ inch wide.  It’s helpful to build your flower as you cut so you don’t cut extra toilet paper rolls that you can use later on!
  5. Here’s my flower so far.  I also have some extra petals just in case.  Make sure you take a picture of your design so you have something to refer to when it’s time to assemble your flower.
  6. I like to paint my petals after I’ve cut them…that way I can paint the cut part of the paper as well.  If you’d rather paint the rolls before you cut them, go right ahead.  Either way will work.
  7. To paint my petals, I turn 2 coffee cups upside down and tape a long knitting needle to the bottom of the cups.  After I paint a petal, I put it on the needle to dry.  The paint washes off the needle with soap and water, but if you’re worried about your needles, you could also use a stick, rod, or pencil to dry your petals.
  8. Once your petals are dry, you can start gluing them together.  With a hot glue gun, add a little dab of glue to one side of the petal and begin creating the inside of your flower.

  9. You can then begin gluing petals between the spaces of your starter flower until it’s as big as you want it to be.

  10. As I began gluing, I decided to make 5 different flowers rather than one large one.

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The Comfort of a Book

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Think Before You Speak

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The Fear of Suffering

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Stained Glass Crocheted Summer Scarf

This is a pattern for those who hate following crochet patterns.  This stained glass scarf is so easy to make, and if you can make a foundation chain and single crochet, you can make this project with ease.

The great thing about this scarf is that it works up so darn quickly…so you can have a fun lightweight accessory for summer in no more than a few days.

Stained Glass Summer Scarf

What You Need:

  • Yarn of your choice, 1 skein should be plenty
  • Crochet hook of your choice (whatever you have on hand will work for this)

Directions:

  1. Make a foundation chain of roughly 30-40 stitches.  This will be the width of your scarf, so you can add or decrease stitches as you see fit.
  2. Turn your work over and chain 5 stitches.  Single crochet into the 10th stitch from the hook.  Chain 5 stitches and single crochet into the 5th stitch from the hook.  Repeat chaining 5 and single crocheting into the 5th stitch until you’ve reached the end of row 2.
  3. Now you’re free to go crazy!  What I did was I’d chain 5 and single crochet into the middle of the loop.  I didn’t count stitches, I just did it at random.  I like the uneven look of the scarf…and not using a consistent pattern does give it a stained glass appearance.
  4. You can make the holes bigger or smaller by increasing or decreasing your chains.  Keep making loops until your scarf reaches the desired length.

This is a great project for beginners, too!  Believe it or not, it’s one of the first things I crocheted when I was learning!

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Ghosts Have Every Right to Fear the Light

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An Object of Beauty Book Review

If watching Antique Roadshow has taught me anything, it’s this:  Buy art at garage sales.  The tackier, the better.  If you come across a shaky painting of a cat toying with a ball of yarn, buy it.  If you stumble across a picture of a boy dressed in 1700’s attire, buy it.  If you find a painting of a naked woman feeding grapes to her dog, it’s probably worth something…at least travel on down to Texas and make an appearance on Roadshow with it, because I wanna see that painting!

While people like me have to limit our art buying to Posters.com and the garage sale next store, there are a few lucky individuals who trade and buy art in a very exclusive market.  It can be sleazy, buying and selling under the table, trading and borrowing on a wing and a prayer, and taking out insurance policies upwards of ten thousand dollars to secure the safe travel of a unique Monet or Pallock.

If you’ve ever been interested in the underworld of art dealings, you’ve got to check out An Object of Beauty, written by funny man (and art enthusiast) Steve Martin.

Lacey Yeager, Martin’s strong willed and sassy protagonist in An Object of Beauty, is a woman we all know.  Young, captivating, sexy, and ambitious, Lacey stops at nothing to secure her spot at the top of her trade…doing anything and everything possible to take the NYC art world by storm.  Through a mash up of successes and failures, Lacey works her way up the corporate ladder, charming men and women with her charisma and liveliness.

As Lacey continues to learn and grow, we begin to see the workings of this upper class society and come to learn that it may not be as glamorous as it seems.

Sprinkled with full color images of famous art pieces discussed in the book, An Object of Beauty is just that…a beautiful book to look at and read…and an interesting look into a way of life that, like most art, is never what it seems to be.

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