Have you ever played with paperclay?
Maria and I had our first experience with PaperClay, by Creative,
and we are utterly, craftily smitten. I like the expression "seriously fun."
It's also easy to use, and highly addictive to play with. Our inspiration? Another great discovery on Pinterest, and a wonderful blog, too: Pixie Hill.
The first day we made our forms... the mushrooms, which can be learned from the tutorial at Pixie Hill,
and then we added fir trees, and houses, and wee elves. The next day, when our creations were dry, we painted them with satin acrylic paints. I've had these tiny baskets since forever, and we used them to assemble our little forest scenes. The last touch was some moss, and sprinkles of glitter. Oh-yeah, we let our crafty flags fly!
If you are wondering about the patience and skill it takes to enjoy this activity... consider, Maria is nine, and she thought this was great fun. The clay is soft, and can be shaped with small tools. Being soft can make it a bit of a challenge too, because the clay tends to move and take impressions with the slightest pressure. Anything she didn't like, though, was easy to just roll-up and start over on. Painting takes a steady hand with such tiny forms, so we used our smallest brushes, and sometimes just the tip of a toothpick. Acrylics dry fast, and any mistakes can simply be painted over.
Maria had fun, and I had an absolute paperclay fiesta!
I can hardly put the stuff down.
Somehow, I made it to church, and I fixed a really delicious dinner. I can't be sure if I got much else accomplished. But I am wholly satisfied, because, clearly, the world needs more teeny red capped mushrooms, and glittered moss.
I am forcing myself to step away... to think about the week ahead, and a certain list of chores and duties that must not be neglected!
Wouldn't they look dear in a tree? But oh dear, not our tree!
1. Making dinner with friends, and sharing dinner with friends.
2. Having AAA
... especially when stuck with a flat tire!
3. Bloggers who share ideas, tutorials, tips, recipes, and inspiration, for all kinds of activities!
4. Children's Christmas pageants.
5. Green eggs,
and sweet, big, fat hens.
What's good with you?