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The Year of the White Tiger. Oh Yeah!!!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010


According to the Chinese Five Elements Astrology Calendar, 2010 is the Year of the White (Metal) Tiger. The color White is used to represent Metal in Chinese Astrology and often Gold is used as a related symbol as well.

The metal year should bode well for new financial endeavors and a rise in personal fortune but the White Tiger isn’t all fun and games. Many Chinese believe the White Tiger to be a symbol of the jinx and predict it to be a poor year for those born in the Year of the Tiger. It does look as though it’s going to be an especially fruitful year for those born in the Year of the Horse and Dragon, close friends of the Tiger.

In order to make this year as fruitful as possible you have to be vigilant and keep your temper to a minimum. Realize that this year is going to be full of unpredictability but I’ve always said, what’s wrong with that? Amazing things often come when you are least expecting them.

I am personally taking this opportunity to expand my endeavors and work hard on new projects. With a keen eye and direct focus we should be able to leave the toil of the Year of the Ox (2009) far behind us.

It’s a great time to blow the dust off those knitting needles, replace that dry bottle of glue or post some new items to Etsy. Who knows, maybe that White Tiger will roar some of that good gold luck in your direction.

Yours in Crafty Goodness,

Richard

Sticking with you, Valentine – tutorial

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Most of the time when you make a Valentine it ends up in a drawer some where.  I really like functional, useful art/crafts, so when I decided to make something for my son for Valentine’s Day, I decided I would like to make him heart shaped tacks for his bulletin board and a name plate to put on his bulletin board.  I chose this simple fast project, since Valentines day is only a few days away!

Below you will find step by step instructions with images of how I made this.

Here’s are the supplies I used:

wool felt
tacks (with a flat head)
fabric glue
card stock
felt marker
old small paint brush
scissors
corrugated cardboard
black thick marker

Cut out small heart shapes that are slightly larger than the size of the tack. Cut 5 small hearts. This is will be used inside the fabric heart to stabilize it.  Cut out a slightly larger shaped heart (maybe a ¼ to a 1/16 of an inch wider all the way around.) Cut one to use as a template for felt.

Trace larger heart onto felt fabric with a felt marker. Cut out 10 felt hearts or twice as many hearts as the number of felt tacks you want.

Push one of the small sized hearts onto the tack. Then put fabric glue on the back of the felt heart. Now push the tack through the felt heart with the glue side up.  Next take another felt heart and place it on top of the glued heart. Then trim up the two glued together hearts. Make 5 felt heart tacks or as many pins as you would to make.

Now using a piece of corrugated cardboard, cut out a rectangular piece to use as a name plate. Write a name in black marker. Then use felt hearts to embellish.  Here is the completed project in my son’s room.  I used one of the heart tacks to hang up a piece of his art work.

by: Jen Neitzel