Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Panoramic Sugar Eggs

Today on Studio 5, I am sharing Panoramic Sugar Eggs. These are an easy and fun Easter tradition you can start with your family, using only a few ingredients that can all be found at the grocery store.




And, let me just share my instagram post form this morning with you.


It was so crazy, I was like, "Is this really happening?" Thank you Brooke for being amazing! I love you.


Come back later for the link to my segment!

Thanks for stopping by. Have happy and creative day!

Risa

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Celebrate Sochi

Last week on Studio 5, I had the opportunity to share some Russian themed crafts for kids. This is a link to my segment.


Click on the photos below to link to my posts.

St. Basil's Cathedral


Nesting Dolls


Faberge Eggs


Russian Fairytales


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Russian Fairytales online

When I was researching Russian Fairytales, I kept coming across the most beautiful illustrations. They all came from the same book. It's called, The Russian Storybook. I started looking for the book online, and it is not in print. It was written almost 100 years ago. I was so sad not to be able to see the book for myself, but got so excited when I found a link to be able to read the book, for free online!!! The site is called archive.org, and the link to the book is HERE. The thing that is so great about the site, is they scan old books, and let anyone who visits their site, read them! Squeal!!! This one was donated by the New York public library, and is not under copyright. So, I am able to share pictures! I read through a bunch of the stories, and these are a few of my favorites.

WHIRLWIND THE WHISTLER
page 197 

Whirlwind the Whistler carried away the beautiful princess, and imprisons her high in the mountains. Her sons go to look for her. Her youngest son finds her, and rescues her. They come down the mountain by tying sheets together, and sliding down them. All go down except the youngest. At that point, the older brothers pull the sheet rope down, and leave the youngest stranded on the mountain top.


The youngest is left to figure out how to get home on his own. He gets magical powers, and helps a cobbler make shoes for his mother at night. When the shoes are presented to her, she knows that they were made by her son, because they are in the style of the clothing on the mountaintop where she was held captive. Ahh, so sweet. Aren't these pictures gorgeous?!?



PEERLESS BEAUTY THE CAKEBAKER
page 291

A baby who doesn't like to sleep at night is promised by his father The Czar, that if he will behave, he will marry Peerless Beauty, the most beautiful in all the land.


These stories are fun, and the pictures are gorgeous! Visit the site, and read them for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Faberge Egg Craft


Faberge style eggs have been popular for over 100 years, and now you can have the look at home for next to nothing.


I got my Easter box out of the garage, and pulled a few eggs out that looked metallic. Next, I went to my craft supplies, and got out my beads, jewels, and small fake flowers. I used a hot glue gun for this project.


It was fun to see each one come together. I can't decide which one I like the best.


The thing that really makes them is the base.


SMALL SHORT  BASE

Cut two pipe cleaners in half.

Make one of the halves into a circle that will hold your egg. You can use a whole pipe cleaner, if your egg is heavy and you feel like you need extra support or have a large egg. Wrap the ends around the circle to secure.

For the legs, fold each of the three remaining pipe cleaners in half and in half again.

Insert the circle at the fold.

Separate the legs, and twist the open ends together. Bend legs to desired shape. Secure with hot glue if it needs it.


TALL LARGE BASE

You will need 3 pipe cleaners. Cut two pipe cleaners in half.

Make the large pipe cleaner into the circle that will hold your egg. Wrap the ends around each other to secure.

For the legs, fold three of the short pipe cleaners in half. 

Insert the circle to the fold, and twist the legs at the circle to secure.

Divide the legs, and twist around each other. Pull the legs apart, and twist where the legs meet. You can see in the picture above, how the pipe cleaners meet at the bottom, and have been twisted together. I had the silver base meet up again, and left the gold, "feet," open.

Bend into your preferred shape, and set your egg on top. Hot glue in place if you feel like you need to. I hot glued all my eggs.


When I arrived at Studio 5 yesterday, Tiffany was helping me get my bins out of the car, and was worried about damaging the eggs because they look so lifelike! Haha. Just goes to show what old Easter eggs, jewels, pipe cleaners and hot glue can do!

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Russian Craft (St. Basil's Cathedral)


When you think of Russian architecture, chances you probably think of St. Basil's cathedral. Located in Red Square, it was errected between 1555 and 1561, and commissioned by Ivan the Terrible. Topped with colorful "onion domes," it is known for it's beauty and uniqueness. It was the first of it's kind built to that date.


My challenge was to create a replica easy enough for anyone to complete. 

You will need:
Containers of any type, empty or full.
Tissue Paper, like for wrapping presents.
Tape
Paper and markers, crayons, etc. (optional)


Give your container a "skirt," by wrapping it with finger gathered tissue paper and tape. I use half a piece, and fold over about 2 inches next to where I tape. It is easiest if you tape the back, followed by the middle, then the sides equally measured, and then gather what's left with your fingers, and add the tape.

After you have finished the gathering, flip the "skirt," up. The tape will now be on the inside. Twist the top, and tape it shut. I will demo it on Studio 5 today, and update this post with the link in a few hours.

If you want to,  you can color on paper, and wrap the bottoms of the buildings with it, so the buildings look finished off.

I don't think it could be any easier.


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa

Paper Cup Nesting Dolls

Nesting dolls are easy to make, inexpensive, and not fragile, when you make them out of paper cups! 

                           

I have had a love of nesting dolls from time I was a small girl. I don't know if it was my, "mother instinct," but something about them charmed me from a very young age.

I shared some ideas for making these little cuties easily and inexpensively today on Studio 5.


Do you want to see a little more of my collection pictured above?
These posts are from my early days of blogging (be patient, wink), but here you go:


These are pillows I made for my porch. LINK HERE


I also made one for my mom, with a free pattern! LINK HERE


These are the most favorite dishes I own. LINK HERE with more photos. (Again, early blogging photos, haha.)

As promised on the show today, I am offering free nesting doll printables! I got the adorable Russian Doll clipart from the Etsy shop WinchesterLambourne. I scoured the internet for the most darling dolls, and I do believe I found them! I love the personality they show with their lips and eyes. I added the hearts to the ladies, because it is almost Valentines Day.

Feel free to download to your computer and print (for personal use only). They are sized to 5x7.



Here's the whole spread. I have some more fun kids crafts, and will be breaking down the other projects, including Onion dome cathedral dioramas and easy Faberge eggs next.


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nuts For You Valentine

A healthy, clever and adorable Valentine? I've got you covered. Woodland themed everything is so popular these days. I knew I had to work it into a darling little valentine. It's perfect for that health-nut on your love-list!




The thing that makes this Valentine extra special is the nut filled capsule. I love these fabulous capsules by Bake it Pretty. They are only $2.50 for a 12 pack. They also have local pickup for any of you that live on the Wasatch front. I can only imagine the things you could fill them with!

Here's the free 4x6 printable for you to download to your computer and print (personal use only).


This is an 8x10 that you can download and frame (for personal use only).


I hope you like it as much as I do!

The squirrel and acorn clipart came from HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa




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