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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A different kind of coloring page

Tumbling block peace symbol

So today's coloring page is something different than usual. Instead of being a picture to color in, it's a geometric tiled pattern you can fill in with your own design. You can do something like my example above, or follow your own muse. There is empty block at the bottom, so you can sign it yourself when it's done.

I'd love to see examples if people do like it, you can post them on my Facebook page here.

Click the images below for a larger version to print and color.
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Print and color this geometric tiled pattern with your own design. Available in jpg and transparent PNG.

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Print and color this geometric tiled pattern with your own design. Available in jpg and transparent PNG.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book review- One Minute Paper Airplanes

Review- One Minute Paper Airplanes
This book and kit includes a book which has a good amount of information about making and launching paper airplanes, how to trouble shoot to get them to fly well and a bit about the dynamics of gliding flight in a fun way.

The include planes are printed in bright, smooth color on lightweight card stock, and can be popped out easily. They are not pre-scored, so you'll have to fold them yourself. Following the instructions in the book it's very easy. The book recommends using a ruler to fold, and I used a thin metal ruler and it made the straight folds. After doing the folds, I burnished them with a craft stick for very sharp folds, some parts are multilayered. There was an issue on the punch out of one of them where not all of the little V shaped areas to create the launching groove were punched, but a quick nip with small scissors fixed that. You can use either a stapler or glue to assemble them, but they are designed to be assembled using a stapler. Little lines indicate where the staples go.

The planes are all different shapes and themes. Some are very simple, some are a bit more complicated and might take longer than a minute to make. The big fun is in launching them. All the planes are designed to be launched using a rubber band launcher. You give the plane a light test throw which won't send it more than 10 feet to see if you need to adjust anything- tips in the book tell you how to adjust for drag and various other issues. After you have it ready, take it somewhere you have room and let it fly with the launcher!

So it's a bit of education, and a lot of fun. You get to make the planes, and some people will be inspired to design their own after trying the planes in the book. Then you get to launch them and see how far the different models fly and how well they fly.

My son and I had a lot of fun making and launching planes. It's a fun paper craft kit, the planes are well-designed for flight and appearance with a bold graphic appeal.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rainbow and umbrella box

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
-Maya Angelou
For some reason, the word bumbershoot got stuck in my head last night, which inspired this printable rainbow and umbrella gift box. If you like the quote above, you can share it from my Facebook page- Don't Eat the Paste.

Click the image below for a larger version to print on card stock. Print, cut out, score folds, fold, glue!

This is what I wrote on my personal Facebook page yesterday about the word bumbershoot-
Thinking of drawing a rainy day mandala because right now I'm really stuck on bumbershoot as a very fun word. Apparently it's American slang from UMBrella and paraCHUTE. It's a ridiculous word that always means a certain type of umbrella to me. 

Great big dark umbrellas. Umbrellas that won't fold, compact or ever fit into a purse or briefcase. It won't have ruffles or rainbows. This is a properumbrella, it's going to keep you and another person dry. On a rainy day, braver souls will come to be sheltered under your large umbrella. Other people will be too timid of the seriousness of it. This is an umbrella for the person who really doesn't want to be wet, and wishes they wore galoshes to protect their feet. They will step carefully to keep their feet dry. When it's not raining, these large umbrellas wind neatly, and the stick is long enough to be used as a walking cane. Nobody would dare attack a person holding a bumbershoot because they know it can be used as a weapon.

So a bumbershoot is the most serious of umbrellas, but with a very silly name. To me at least.


The umbrella mandala that I'm working on will hopefully be in my next coloring book, but I may do one here as well. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hand Sanitizer Backpack Clip crochet pattern

Hand Sanitizer Backpack Clip crochet pattern #backtoschool
Time for back to school, or you might be like me and find it sometimes helpful to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer available. This was designed for a store brand sanitizer- Kroger to be specific. This crochet pattern might need modification for other bottles to make it fit, but since the only shaping is in the neck area, it should be easy to adjust.

Hand Santizer Backpack Clip Crochet Pattern

You will need:

  • 2 colors of worsted weight yarn- I used Caron Simply Soft 
  • Size G or H hook
  • Carabiner clip with split ring
  • 5/8th inch button
  • Embroidery floss
  • yarn needle to weave in ends
  • tapestry needle to sew on button
  • hand sanitizer- mine is a Kroger brand 2 oz bottle


Stitches:

  • sc=single crochet
  • dc=double crochet
  • sl st=slip stitch
  • ch=chain
  • st or sts= stitch or stitches


Gauge- 3.5 single crochet stitches per inch, 4 rows per inch

Take the ring off your carabiner and slide it on to the main color yarn, push it up out of the way.

Chain 12 loosely, sl st to join being careful not to twist chain

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in same stitch, sc in each st around, sl st to join (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in same stitch,sc in next stitch, 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sl st to join (16 sts) - this round makes the increases and the shoulders of the bottle
Rnds 3-12: Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in same stitch, sc in each st around, sl st to join (16 sts)
Round 13: Ch 3 (counts as first stitch), dc in next stitch, slide the ring down and around the hook and stitches so it's hanging freely from the ch and dc, sc in next st, sc in each st around, sl st to top chain to join.
Round 14: Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in same stitch, sc in each st around, sl st to join (16 sts)
Break off yarn and weave in ends

Flap:
Join in accent color 2 stitches before the last stitch of the previous round.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch), sc in same stitch,sc in next 5 stitches
Row 2-9: Ch 1 to turn (does not count as first stich),sc in same stitch, sc in each stitch across (6 sts)
Row 10:  Ch 1 to turn (does not count as first stich),sc in same stitch, sc in next st, ch 2 loosely, skip 2 sts, sc in next st, sc in next st.
Row 11-12:Ch 1 to turn (does not count as first stich),sc in same stitch, sc in each stitch across (6 sts)
Break off yarn, weave in ends.

Put the bottle in the pouch, and pull flap over the bottle, mark where the button will go, and stitch button into place.

Put carabiner on split ring and attach to backpack.

The nice thing about this is that it's easy to take the bottle out to refill or replace it, and you can make it in any colors. So you can match for school spirit, or you can use your favorite colors. Acrylic yarn makes it washable.

This is the bottle I used.

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