Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Crafty Friends

It must be a prerequisite to be crafty when an Expat in Brussels. I have been blessed with friends who are Martha Stewarts-in-the-Making!

Last week Dallas came over to try out a new craft she hoped to replicate with her Girl Scouts. She is a new leader for one of the local troops. I was a happy arts and crafts guinea pig to test her creative idea.
The upcoming troop meeting theme is Hunger and Poverty in developing nations. So the project needs to pertain to handicrafts in a poor country. Dallas' concept of making paper beads out of rolled magazine strips was genius.
We rolled strips around a toothpick and covered the roll with decoupage glue to hold it together. And let them dry...Then we strung our paper beads off the toothpicks and onto a necklace.
Connor napped while we crafted, but oh when she awoke to the paper bead necklace surprise. She loved it, but was more interested in putting it on her feet and ankles than around her neck?
What tops off a super craft of necklace-making? How about some American-imported Shortbread Girl Scout cookies?!? Yeah Dallas!
Karen also had a few crafts up her sleeves during the cold, winter weather (thank goodness!) One afternoon she prepared this darling snowman sock activity for Brady and Connor.
We stuffed cotton in bleached baby socks and tied them off to make the snowballs. Then we gave our Frosties faces!
They are fun winter buddies in this freezing weather!Thanks Dallas! Thanks Karen! Marthas in the Making!


Dallas said...

Thanks, it was a lot of fun to make crafts with you. Unfortunately, it looks like we're not going to even use the bead activity after all with the hunger/poverty meeting, but maybe we can incorporate it into another meeting in the future. The sock snowmen that Karen made are really cute. What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I remember making those bead necklaces when I was a girl scout 20 years ago. They were so much fun and actually pretty with all of the colors of the magazine pictures. I even made them for my grandmother and aunts for Christmas. not sure if they were actually worn, but they were fun to make!