With You Still

a visual journal by kristin sjaarda

October Craft

I am going to admit two things that I did that I’m not super proud of. First, I’m a bit embarrassed to do crafty things; the recovering Calvinist in me believes crafting is for the idle. But it’s so fun! And secondly, I hate it when I get all teen-age-girl-at-a-Bieber-concert when I see a famous person. Celebrities are just like us and needn’t cause a stir when they just walk around their own neighborhoods. It’s silly to get excited about sighing a famous person.

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It always starts like this; a beautiful piece of paper or cloth brings out the latent crafter in me. In this case it was a leftover pack of vintage wallpaper that my sister-in-law gave to me on a recent trip to New York. She had used some to make laminated cards for her baby to play with. The baby loves the patterns and sorts thru the slippery plastic cards faster than I could replace them in front of her.

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There are similar packs of vintage wallpaper from Fondly Vintage on Etsy.

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I spray-glued the vintage paper to card stock with the wrong kind of glue. This is permanently repositionable spray glue here but permanent would work better. A real crafter would have known that. I’m just a middle-of-the-night binge crafter. The wallpaper is peeling up from the card stock on a few of the leaves.

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Paper leaf templates from lia griffith  sprayed on with the (correctly used) repositionable glue made the cutting out easier. I cut out the leaves over 3 episodes of “Game of Thrones” with a brand new, very sharp scissors. ( I just googled “paper leaf garland” for the templates). After I cut out the shapes, I peeled off the white paper and had leaf shapes in vintage wallpaper and card stock left.

Hey, guess what! I was having dinner near the High Line in New York City with some friends. While they were finishing dinner I offered to take their 11 month old out for a walk. On the sidewalk, out walking his old dog was Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister from “Game of Thrones”. I didn’t ask for his autograph or take pictures with my phone because I was holding a baby and my phone was inside on the restaurant table. And he is just a regular guy, right?

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I used a hole-punch to hang the leaves on a length of twine. Sewing the leaves together or punching holes in the paper leaves with a big needle would work as well.

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The mystery squash is from my mom’s garden.

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I hung the garland on my bannister but it looks good on the mantel, too.

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