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  Made By Nicole Add a little edge to your wardrobe with these easy to craft punk pins. Moore (Gourd)Whimsies Creative Paperclay Design Team!!!   Beading Arts Don't miss your chance to win giveaway package #2 from Cherry Tree Beads!   Chicken Rotini With Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce An easy healthier meal to throw together on hectic week nights.   Creative Dreamer Last week June showed you how to create a woven "gum wrapper" photo frame... this week she's giving it away!   Eileen - The Artful Crafter Celebrate spring by making a pressed flower card.   Kim- Flowers and Art Kim makes butterfly wings for a toddler out of fun foam!!   Laura - Taz's Corner Laura shares some Free Mother's Day Designs and more.   Technorati Tags: mixed media , collage , assemblage , digital art , photography , altered books , art journals

Artsy blogging round-up!

  About Family Crafts Do you want to learn how to make mosaics? Sherri can help! Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi's big Fairyopolis card making post is over on the Crafter's Companion site this week.   Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world This week at Craftside we have a Royal wedding post by Natalie from the UK, a fun way to display your mixed-media inspiration elements, a shadow crazy quilt piecing technique and a fun bunny cake decorating idea.   Crafty Princess Diaries How the heck do you make holes so you can add some fashionable crochet trim?   Eileen - The Artful Crafter Check out the Mother’s Day Parade of Crafts on The Artful Crafter. You’re sure to find something to make that will put a smile on mom’s face. Kid-friendly projects are indicated by our little Miss SmArty icon.   Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery Book Review: Knits That Fit from Potter Craft   Technorati Tags: mixed media , collage ,

What we brought back from Guatemala

Although we spent the majority of our time at the orphanage, we did take an hour or so to go shopping in Santiago Atitlan.  Here are some fabrics that I purchased.  Since I left my clothes at the orphanage when we departed, our suitcase was no heavier than before!    Hand Embroidery   Lightweight scarves   Heavier shawls Hand embroidered table runner Copyright 2011 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact. Technorati Tags: mixed media , collage , assemblage , digital art , photography , altered books , art journals

Guatemala - day seven

Friday was our last full day in Guatemala; we've got an early early wake up call for the trip into Guatemala City tomorrow morning and our flights to get home.  After the exhausting day yesterday traveling and visiting the Auto Safari, we were happy that Friday was going to just be hangout time for us. There were actually quite a number of things that went on that last day.  Deborah and Dave had taken Lucia to Coccia to testify against her father in his trial, Micah had taxied a couple of the kids into Santiago to see the doctor, and everyone was excited about the local wedding that was planned for the evening.  I helped Lizzie prepare lunch, and everyone kind of showed up and ate in shifts as they returned to the home. I spent most of the afternoon taking pictures of the kids and the grounds.  Many of these children have already been profiled on the orphanage website, so if you are interested in their stories, you can read about them either on their facebook page , or on th

Recent publications: April 2011

  Adventures in Mixed Media: Collage, Stitch, Fuse, and Journal Your Way to a More Creative Life by Jane Davies At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (Make Good: Crafts + Life) by Erin Zamrzla The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 by Molly Peacock Inpsiritu Jewelry: Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces for the Mind, Body and Spirit by Marie French Purses, Bags & More by Pearl Louise Krush Natural Patchwork: 26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric, and Home (Make Good: Crafts + Life) by Suzuko Koseki Technorati Tags: mixed media , collage , assemblage , digital art , photography , altered books , art journals

Quote of the week

A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine. Image: WikimediaCommons

Guatemala - day six

Thursday was a big adventure day for the orphanage!  Everyone packed up and left to go visit the Auto Safari in Taxisco, Escuintla, Guatemala.  Nate came out to pick us up at 5:30 am for a 6 am departure from the home.  It's really risky to have the home completely deserted for the day since robberies are so common, but Dave asked the nearest neighbor to come over and have a look around if possible.  Sometimes it's just necessary to take the chance. So, another Mr Toad's wild ride for 2 1/2 hours to get down to the flatlands nearer to the coast.  Dave drove the van with Deborah and most of the kids.  Micah drove the smaller vehicle with Nate up front and Mike, Lizzie, and I in the back, each with a child on our laps.  Seat belts?  Naaahhh.  I tried really hard not to think too much about it. It is always much hotter in that region, so we were a little concerned about it.  Fortunately for me, the one who burns, there was available shade for most of the day.  We