Google+ House Revivals: November 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Make a Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages, Part Two

Finally!  The second Scandinavian Star tutorial is here!


**Important Note:  The woven star is a very old traditional pattern that goes by many names.  Here is a picture of a Swedish Window Star that has been in my friend's family for nearly one hundred years!  Isn't it stunning?


People have been weaving similar versions of the woven star for a long time.  Most commonly, I see it called a Finnish Star. You may also see them called Advent Stars or Window Stars or Poinsettias.  The woven star concept is an idea and ideas cannot be copyrighted in the US.  A person can only copyright their own expression of an idea.  For more information, see this important post about copyrights and why I refuse to be bullied and intimidated into removing my own expression of the process for creating this star.  If you have created your own tutorial of a traditional craft, and are receiving threatening, bullying, or intimidating emails to remove your tutorial, I would urge you to know your rights and to seek the advice of an attorney.   Let's not allow the bullies to win. I am not an attorney, and nothing I have said should be construed as legal advice.


Do you all remember the first woven star tutorial found here?  I love these traditional stars!


Here is the star we will make today:


This star has more strips woven together than the previous star, creating a fuller looking ornament.


Basically, you need to follow the instructions for the original star, but instead of using six strips per ornament side (for a total of twelve strips per ornament), you will use ten strips per side, for a total of twenty strips per ornament. When you weave your sides together, they should look like this.  You will needs two "sides" like this to make one star.

Secure each intersection with a tiny drop of clear drying glue just like you did for the original star.  Next, you will create the star's "points".

Do this by gluing together the ends of adjacent corner strips.  Remember to put a twist in each strip before gluing, just like I showed you in the first tutorial.  In the original star, you just glued one set of strips per corner, but for this star you will glue two sets per corner, as shown.  Use clips to secure the points until the adhesive cures.

Do all four corners, or "points" the same way. *note:  I have seen some people doing their corners a bit differently, gluing all four strips of each corner together.  It really turns out pretty!  Get creative and have fun with it.

Once the glue has cured, and you remove the clips, you should have two "sides" that look like this.

Now, you will put the two sides together just as you did for the original star, rotating the top side 45 degrees, so that the "points" from the two sides are offset, to form what will be an eight-pointed star.

Weave the remaining strip on each side through the points on the other side, as shown.  Glue and clip.

Continue until all the points have been secured.  When the glue has dried, remove the clips.  Create a hanger, as shown in the original tutorial.  Embellish as desired, or leave your star plain.


I chose to add a bit of glitter and tinsel to mine, as well as a fringed rosette for the top of the star -- this helps camouflage where the hanger was secured.




Watch for the third star!  If you are not already a follower, you may want to to click on follow in my side bar, so you're sure not to miss the third installment.


In the third installment, we will be making this delicate looking star.


Enjoy your Christmas crafting!


Beach Currency

We're going to be rich!  On our trip down to check on the beach house progress this weekend, and to search for color inspiration we got stuck in the sand.  It happens.  We were actually only a stone's throw from our house when we got stuck (we had decided to try a new approach). 


While the guys were busy deflating tires, so we could drive out of there, the dog and I went exploring. 


And we found this!


And this!

There were gazillions of sand dollars!  I adore sand dollars, so naturally I filled my pockets.


With all this riches, why do we bother with jobs?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Beach Inspired

We're back from our beach color safari!  We were looking for color inspiration for the beach house remodel.


I think we found some. We love the gray of the winter sky, with golden ribbons of reflected sunlight.


Still intrigued by the pearly lavenders and grays of the abundant razor clam shells.


Not sure if I've mentioned how we love the winter sky....


... and the sea... and the beach.


The blues and grays and whites and browns, all working perfectly together....


The yellows and greens of the dune grass against the gray-blue sky...


... the silver of the driftwood against the gray-beige sand...


Even the color of fungus is inspirational, when it looks like amber on this silvery weathered log!


And a bit more ambery goodness....


We'll continue to collect color inspiration on our trips to the shore.  Already, a palette is forming in my mind, but we have a little time before we need to make our color choices....

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Combing the Beach for Color Inspiration

We are running away from Black Friday today!  We will be heading out to the shore to do a different kind of "hunting and gathering".


I'm not actually talking about beach combing, although we may do a little of that...



If we get really lucky, maybe the tides and storms will bring some really cool treasures. 


But mostly, I'll be collecting color inspiration for the beach house remodel.


Don't you just love the bit of lavender and pearly gray on the inside of the razor clam shell?
 

Of course, color inspiration can be found among the dune grass, as well!


This deep eggplant color is pretty scrumptious..,


... as are the warmer tones of this clam shell.  The dark gray of the sand really sets the colors off, don't you think?


Maybe we'll look to the gray-blue of the winter sky for inspiration.


And maybe, just maybe, the sun will peak out and show us something like this.


I was hoping to get another tutorial up before leaving town, but that may not happen, in our rush to get out the door.   Hopefully, we'll have a remodeling update for you when we get back!

Have a wonderful weekend!