Printable: Guitar Valentine Cards

Guitar ValentineBack by popular demand, Printable Guitar Valentines!

Over the past week, I’ve been receiving emails for this guitar valentine.  I’m sorry if I haven’t returned your email, I’ve just been really busy with life.  Last weekend I was in Carmel with my husband.  It was the first time in over 12 years that we were away from our children for more than one night! Crazy. I’ve also been shuttling children to school, practices, etc.  I’m heading up Art Night at our school again.  And last, I’m leading a Divorce Care 4 Kids class at our church.  But enough about me, here’s the directions to the guitar valentines:

Supplies:

Heart Shaped Lollipops

White Card Stock

Scissors

Hole Punch

Double Stick Tape

Guitar Valentine 5Click here for Guitar Valentine Printable.

Guitar Valentine 6Cut out the cards and punch a hole in the center of them, refer to picture.

Guitar Valentine 2Fold in the packaging of the lollipop and tape down. This will prevent it from showing once the card is attached.

Guitar Valentine 3Place the card onto the lollipop stick. Using double stick tape, attach the bottom corners of the guitar together. Rock out.

Guitar Valentine 4

Time for a Change

Christmas pictures on instagramIt’s time for me to take a break from this blog.  Most likely it will be a permanent one.  The truth is my heart  just isn’t in it anymore.  I think I’ve known that for a while now.  I think many of you have known that too.  So thank you for all the comments, the kind words,  the shares, the likes and everything in between.  These past eight years have been a blast!

That said, I’ll still be around on Instagram (photos above) and sharing what I’ve been up to. If you want to keep in touch on Instagram, click here.

A Visit from St NickI also started writing a web comic for fun.  It’s called Lilly the Pug and you can find it on Tumblr (click here).

Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays.

With Love,
Jessica

Printable: Origami Frankenstein Doll

Printable Frankenstein Origami DollToday’s printable is an origami Frankenstein.  And for the Mary Shelley fans, today’s printable is an origami Adam.  This Frankenstein monster was created to fold up the same way as the origami kokeshi doll.  This doll can stand on its own and be used for a decoration, bookmark, etc.

Printable Frankenstein Origami Doll 2Click here for the origami Frankenstein printable.

Kokeshi doll origami instructions

Frankenstein Origami Directions

1.  Start with print side facing down.

2.  Fold edges to the center of the paper. Flip paper over.

3.  Using the bottom of the white rectangle as a guide, fold the paper down (refer to fig. 3).

4.  Your paper should look something like fig. 4.  Fold the paper up using the bottom of the white rectangle as your guide.

5.  You should now be able to see just the face and body (no white).  Refer to fig 5.  Flip paper over.

6.  Fold flaps in and unfold.  Refer to fig 6.

7.  Begin to fold flap over to the right.  Refer to fig 7.

8.  Continue to fold until the flap meets at the center.  Refer to fig 8.

9.  Your paper should now look like fig 9.

10.  Repeat on right side.  Refer to fig 10.

11.  Skip step 11

12.  Fold left and right sides in.  Refer to fig 12.

13.  The back of your doll should look like fig 13 minus the corners folded in from step 11.  Flip the image over and you’re done.

Curious, what do you refer to the monster as: Frankenstein, Adam, or Frankenstein’s monster?

Coloring Book Review: The Time Garden

The Time Garden BookThe Time Garden by Daria Song

Everywhere I look, The Time Garden seems to show up.  During a stroll down 4th street in Berkley, I saw it in the window of Nest and on a shelf in Papyrus.  It came through my Instagram feed more than one might expect.  The book just keeps popping up in all my favorite places.  And when something keeps crossing my path like this, that’s my cue to take notice.

The Time Garden Book 4The Time Garden by Daria Song is a coloring book designed for children and adults.  The beginning of the book shares a short story (two pages) about a girl who enters a magical world through a cuckoo clock.  The rest of the book (70 pages) is filled will intricate ink illustrations by Daria Song.  Below are a couple:

The Time Garden Book 3Floating Lanterns

The Time Garden Book 2Ghiradelli Square

After looking through The Time Garden, I can see why it graces the shelves of some of my favorite shops.  It’s really an upscale coloring book.  The subject matter is appealing with cuckoo clocks, owls and city roof tops.  The illustrations are magical. The pages are thick.  Overall, the book is well designed.

I would recommend this book to children and adults who enjoy creative activities.  This book would make a lovely gift accompanied by some metallic colored pencils.

To learn more about the book and artist, I suggest checking out Daria’s Facebook page.  There she shares colored photos of her illustrations.  It will give you a new perspective on coloring and may even inspire you.  You can also find out more about The Time Garden at Penguin Random House.

I received The Time Garden through Blogging for Books.

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