Usually on a Tuesday night my husband will do some opera study while I do some painting, and we regroup for a cup of tea before bed. Last night, I sat at the table and sorted some buttons instead from a huge bag bought yesterday for $5 .
I LOVE buttons. 🙂
One of my favourite things to do at my grandma’s house as a little girl, was to sit on the floor of her kitchen with the button tin (such a great clanky, jangly sound when you shook it), and sort out the buttons into groups, amazed at the delicacy of the tiny small ones, absorbed by the pearly ones, fascinated by the patterns and aware of the preciousness of the ‘gold’ ones. It was a treasure tin. It was treasure, and precious and fabulous. I can’t pass a button stall at a market without sorting through and coming home with something to add to the collection.
Last night’s effort yielded some great little finds amongst a lot of very average but functional little bits, and it will be so much fun to make shirts in the near future and have new little rows of colourful disks to add to them.
I had a ball! Sorry, but there it is. My idea of a fun night is sorting buttons.
Apparently all issued of Mixtape have been sold, so I figure if you’d like to see my article, unless you pre-ordered, this is the only way you’ll be able to do that. So here it is:
Birds on a washing line – kids art project.
Here’s an activity you can do collectively as a family – or just with one child. It doesn’t matter how the birds turn out – they will be great when put together, and the little crazy bits just add to the whole picture.
An older child would have more control for this project, but my helper was 2.5, and she was able to handle colouring in, sticking, and arranging. She was deliciously proud of herself and it’s now hanging on her wall.
You will need:
1 sheet of Stiff Card – cut to right size for your ready-made frame
Coloured or plain paper (old wrapping paper, newspaper, magazine)
Cotton (sewing thread)
Hole Puncher (optional)
Ready-made picture frame
Trace the template on to some blank paper – do enough so that you can pick the best ones.
Colour them in.
Cut out some (or all) of the coloured in birds, and use one of your cutouts as a template to cut coloured and patterned paper for the rest of the birds.
Using the scissors – cut a small slit on the sides of the stiff card for the cotton to rest in.
Wind the cotton (we did 2 strands) across the paper from slit to slit to make your washing lines
Using a hole puncher (we used what we had already in the bottom of the hole puncher) – make small round eyes for the birds, and stick them on with glue. Some of our dots were on the body instead of the eye area – it still looked fine. You could also cut small yellow triangles for beaks and glue them on if patience allowed.
Put a dab on glue on the back of each bird and place them on top of the cotton ‘lines’
Once dry – place inside your ready-made frame and proudly display.