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Fun At The Library and Flowers

We are participating in the Adventure Pass at the public library.

They have activities and give away prizes and awesome coupons.

Jeremia read one of his favorite books while we made books.

And flowers, because…well why not.

I love the little cross that sticks out of the center.

Happy Friday!

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Easy Homemade Stickers

Due to my old broken book fetish, and general love of all things paper, I have accumulated quite the collection of paper.  As you all know I have made beads, bowls, jewelry, creatures, and more with my abundant paper supply.  I am always on the lookout for what else I can make with my medium of choice.  Recently I came upon someone with handmade stickers made using vintage maps.  I got to thinking how I could make my own.

Here’s what I used:

Cute, fun, or interesting paper

Full sheet sticker labels-These can be pricey.  I luckily had some leftover from fundraising projects we did years ago.

Die punches- These can also be spendy.  To save fundage on these I waited until they went on sale at Michael’s for 50% off.

A glue stick *Edit*  I have discovered that rubber cement is much more reliable.  With the glue stick there is a 50/50 chance it will give out.  No matter what glue you use, it is imperative to peel the sticker away from the backing slowly and carefully.

First, I cut the sticker paper to size with my chosen paper.

Next, I thoroughly coated the back of my paper with glue, being careful to cover the entire thing.

Then, I slowly smoothed the glued side of the paper onto the label, pressing firmly.

Finally, I punched out my shape.

Voila!  A one of a kind, super cute sticker was born!

And then I kept going…

and going…

and going.

I was unstoppable.

These are going to go on the summer craft list for the boys.  I know we have some chewed up Dr. Suess books, courtesy of a certain rotten dog named Bug, that would lend themselves nicely to fun stickers for the boys.

If you like the stickers, but don’t want to fuss with making them, check out my Etsy shop and buy some for yourself.  Each sticker is guaranteed to be a one of a kind.  They would be great for letter seals, scrapbooking or just adding cuteness to any old thing.

AND, because I love you, I will be giving away 30 stickers to a random commenter.  So leave a comment and you could be 30 stickers richer by the end of the week!  Don’t be shy, you know you want them!

You have until midnight Wednesday, May 9th to enter.  I will use a random number generator to choose the winner and announce it on Thursday.

Good luck and “may the odds be ever in your favor”.

Shout out to the “Hunger Games” for being a good read and super quotable.

** Update 5/9/12 

I’ve decided to extend the timeline for the sticker giveaway.  You now have until midnight, May 14th to enter.  This will allow late readers time to enter.  I’ll announce the wiener (snort, snort) Tuesday the 15th.   Don’t think that you can’t enter to win just because we know each other.  So far I know at least 50% of my readers on some level.  Some of you are old friends from school, some are cancer world friends, some are family-don’t let that stop you.  The winner will be chosen at random.   Oh and don’t worry, commenting doesn’t sign you up for mailing lists or any other such nonsense.  And free stuff is always awesome, soooo enter, enter, enter!

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Tucson Festival of Books…sort of

Last weekend we went to the giant Festival of Books here in Tucson.  We had never been before, but heard wonderful things about it.  I brought my camera but only snapped 2 shots and they were while we were walking to the festival.  Once there, we were so busy visiting the booths and maneuvering through the crowds that I didn’t even think about my camera.

I don’t generally care for crowd bathing.   I usually steer clear when confronted with a sea of people, but my curiosity was peaked so we braved the throng.  I am glad we did.  The boys had so much fun and learned a ton of cool stuff.  They got to pet snakes and a tortoise, spin wheels for prizes, make DNA strands from licorice and marshmallows, plant seeds, got free books, learned how stars (the ones in the sky) are born and a ton of other cool stuff.

We will go back next year, but probably first thing in the morning.

Here are the two photos I took.

I love his little smirk.  He has since had a haircut and hates me for it.

Conrad has more ham and cheese than a delicatessen and Ami is just sweet.

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