Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Post (11): Library Crafts and Photos


Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I hope you all had a fantastic week and that those of us who got snow didn't get battered too much! As I write this (Friday night), it's snowing but we aren't supposed to get too much. I know other states are getting tons and tons of snow though, so if that's you, stay safe!!

Last week I mentioned that I love going to library events where we get to make crafts and I wanted to share a couple things I made from the past couple weeks.


A few weeks ago my sister and I made these Flower Pine cones. The three in the above photo are mine - I didn't get a photo of my sister's. These are scented pine cones so that's a nice addition to your decor, but they are super easy to make. The librarian had a whole bag of pine cones and we all figured out the three we wanted and then you could decorate them how you wished. I went with the style my librarian did by making the bottom or "center" yellow and using another color around the top "petals" of the flower. I think they turned out really well! I know one lady stood hers up (you would flip mine upside down for that) and turned them into rainbow styled trees. They were really pretty as well.


This past Monday, my mom and I made these Winterland dioramas. I'm sure a lot of you remember making dioramas for projects in school, usually with the help of a shoe box. These were made with smaller boxes (both my mom's and I came from Birchbox- supplied by the library) and when we arrived, the whole background was painted black already so we just used the various supplies we were given to decorate. These are sitting on a shelf in our kitchen!


The photo above is my mom's creation. On the left, she has a plastic bear standing in the snow and she glued a deer for the background. The pine cone (left over from the previous craft) was placed in the box as a tree. You can't really see in the photo, but my mom used white glitter glue on the "leaves" of the pine cone to make it look like snow.


This box is mine! I added little additions to my cut out trees, and I think they turned out well. I cut the moose in half (right side of the box) so it looked like it was walking into the frame. I also made the deer titled a bit in the middle so it kind of looks like it's leaping. I thought it was cute. My favorite part was probably the stars - the blue are cut outs and then I used sticky gems to place in the middle. The rest of the sky is blue and gold glitter glue dots.

And that's it! I hope you enjoy seeing these photos, because I think it will be fun to share more on Sunday. My mom and I (and often my sister) attend a lot of library events and I think more people should check them out. See what libraries are around you and sign up for something that looks fun! It's not always crafts.

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Last Week on Let's Get Beyond Tolerance:

Monday: Review of Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

Wednesday: Celebrate Kindness - No Name-Calling Week 

Friday: LGBT Book Reviews from ShootingStarsMag

This Week on ShootingStarsMag:

Alicia has a post scheduled
A review of the non-fiction/DIY book A Hot Glue Gun Mess
Review of the non-fiction book Someone Could Get Hurt

Etc.

24 comments:

Diva Booknerd said...

These are fabulous Lauren! I love getting into anything creative during the winter months and these are something that most of us could make from stuff around the house too. I love the little deer's, so so cute! Will you be making these again at home? Thanks for sharing Lauren and Lauren's mum <3 loved it!

Lexxie Lin said...

I love the scented pine cone idea, Lauren! They look really good as well, and I'm glad you had fun making them!
The diaporamas are great, too, and what a good idea your mom had with the white glitter glue!
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading :)
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Trish Hannon said...

Love that your library holds events like that, it sounds like a lot of fun. I think crafting is a lovely creative way of having some time out. And the diaporamas look cute.

theereaderjunkie said...

I can see how you had fun making those, and your mom too, I love the idea of scented cones ! In my library, we don't have these events. We had someone showing how to make notepads, once, but that was it. I think it's too expensive for the library, we don't have enough budgets to pay for the furnitures for all our readers. Crazy, but true. Otherwise, we have exhibitions, conferences, and a library close to mine has those "apéro polars" : they invite an author who writes suspense/mystery/thriller novels and the author sells and dedicates books and chats about how he/she came to write them. Then readers and author have some snacks and fruit juice :) Have a great sunday !

Laura Greenwood said...

Oh I love the dioramas! I might need to use that idea for my Brownies! Hope you have a good week!

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

Getting out the library in the winter months is an awesome way to spend time with your mom or sister!! Unfortunately for me my son isn't into crafts but I'll have to suggest to our branch that they see about adult crafting programming!! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!

Stay warm!!

Katherine P said...

Oh what fun! I love both crafts but I'm especially interested in the dioramas. I have about 20 Birchboxes piled up because they're too nice to toss but I don't know what to do with them. I love this idea! Have a great week!

samantha.1020 said...

These all turned out so nice! I'm always hoping my library will host a how to crochet class or something similar because I really want to learn. It sounds like your library has some great ideas!! Have a great week!

Michelle P said...

Those came out really cute. I wish our library did something like that, I know my daughter would love it. We are planning to do crafts once a month just need to get to the store to get some stuff.

Have a great week! Happy Reading!

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

Those are so pretty! I love library craft events, too! Though I haven't gone to any in a few years. I love those boxes you and your mom did. I want to try and decorate one! I have a bunch of birchbox boxes lying around, I should try it one of these days. :)

Lola R said...

That's nice you didn't got too much snow. I think snow is pretty, but it's annoying when you have to go somewhere and those power outages and heaps of snow I heard about in the USA does sound bad.

Those crafts you made at the library events look awesome! Those pine cones really look like flowers and I was wondering there for a second what they were made of. The winerland diaoramas look pretty too and like they add a nice wintery touch to your home. I hope you'll have a great week!

Library Huntress said...

Love the crafts, library's are so awesome! Have a great week :)

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

I love crafts and that is great your library holds programs like that. I have to check into mine and see what they offer! Your projects came out awesome. Have a great week!

Adriana Garcia said...

I wish there were crafts for adults at my library. The pinecone flower is actually a really cute idea even to do with kids.
I remember dioramas well. It's cool that you got into your creative side.

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Those are cute!

Joyous Reads said...

You are one crafty lady! Fantastic job, Lauren. :D

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

How how cute. I want to try the flower pinecones. I have a lot of nice full one I can play with.

Karen Alderman said...

So cute!!

Karen @For What It's Worth

Midnight Cowgirl said...

What fun projects! I love the flower pine cones :)

Jennifer Humphries said...

Those pine cones are adorable! I need to get my hands on some and get to painting! I love simple crafts like that.

Aylee said...

Oh my!! I am impressed that you made something so lovely and cute out of simple items. I think you and your mum did a marvellous job! I've honestly never heard of a library hosting craft nights... but now I think I need to look into it to be sure.

Claudia Arroyo said...

We're sort of in a creative mode here at my abode too, what with all the rain we've been getting and all. I love your dioramas! My daughter and I just made one for a Native American tribe project :)

Naomi Hop said...

Wow! Look at you being all creative! Well done! I don't have the patience, I tell ya!
No snow here... but it's summer in Australia. *wink*

Clara said...

Those look amazing! I especially love the pine cone flowers, but I don't think I'd have the patience to make them myself. I know some people do crafts while listening to audiobooks, so I've been thinking of trying that.

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