Scraphappy at the Library: Winter Display

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Fall and Winter, my favorite seasons! So double fun making a winter display. Not over the front desk this time, but in the rather big display case at the entrance.

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Magical White Winter Wonderland is the theme. I re-used the boats I made for the summer display (pattern by the fabulous Ann Wood) Painted branches white and my colleague and I used up all discarded white felt we could find from previous displays and programs.

I made a trip to all my favorite thrift stores to find white Christmas ‘stuff’ , little white baby clothes and more white fabric. Selected all the white buttons out of my button jars and white leftover beads from too many projects. Taking glue, foil, thrift store, etc into consideration, the total costs are between $25.- and $30.-.

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The glass doors are permanently stained with little children’s finger prints…which is an excellent sign in my opinion. But I glowed with joy with the compliment of one of our senior regulars, an 85+ Veteran who always takes a rest on the bench at the entrance before continuing his walk to the car park on his way out. He told me he loved the display and used the words “Adorable and Cute”. How cool is that!!!!

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And it was a while since a made a Waldorf doll. It took a few retries and a lot of grumbling. But he turned out quite OK and he was great company in the car. Just as the little overexcited bears with their new knitted blankets (white leftover yarn indeed, I used the Margaret Tulip 9” Dishcloth Afghan Block Square by Margaret Mcinnis.  The teddy bear patterns is from The Knitted Teddy Bear” by Sandra Polley

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And may I wish you all Happy Holidays and a very healthy, wealthy, crafty New Year!!!!

Ha, winter in de Bieb dus ook een magisch winterwonderland. Dit keer niet bij de balie maar in de grote vitrine bij de ingang. Een behoorlijke klus waar ik zelfs mijn cursus van ‘het zelf maken van antroposofische poppen’ van lang geleden weer kon gebruiken. Wederom, alles is hergebruikt en ‘gevonden’ materiaal en de kosten waren dan ook niet meer dan $30.-. De kindertjes staan permanent met de neusjes tegen t raam, wat heerlijk is. Maar een zeer bejaarde gespioneerde militair (vaste gast hier in de bieb) noemde het “ Lieflijk en Schattig”. Nou daar we worden toch wel heel blij van!!!

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En laat ik gelijk iedereen Fantastische Feestdagen toewensen en een heel Gelukkig, Gezond en Creatief Nieuw Jaar!

Love and Liefs,

Johanna

 

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Scraphappy: Little Fun Project!

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No library displays this time! I am busily working on the winter 
display but worried that I don’t have enough time and too much 
ambition = not the only one in the craft world with this problem 
right??

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So I did this little cute project. And you can see my Ravelry notes 
here:https://www.ravelry.com/projects/likeflora/lil-pumpkin-2.  

Now this little pumpkin was not only a joy to knit on a cold Sunday 
afternoon but it tells me so much more. The stem is brown Merino 
bought when we still lived in Canada, the leave is 100% USA wool 
bought somewhere in the Rocky Mountains at an incredibly cute 
handcrafts store that seemed to appear out of nothing and I cannot 
find back on the map. (Shame on me, I know...)
And the golden orange/brown 100% Scottish wool was bought at the 
Harris Tweed Company in the Hebrides when Mr. Walker and I where 
there in August and September this year to celebrate our wedding 
anniversary...30 years ago we had our honeymoon in Scotland 💫
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So you can understand how I love looking at this little pumpkin. 

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Ha, een lollig klein  pompoentje denk jij! Maar als je weet dat t 
gebreid is met restjes van wol gekocht in Canada, de Rocky Mountains,
 USA en Schotland...dan snap je wel dat dit pompoentje toch heel 
wat verhalen te vertellen heeft. Je kan mijn Ravelry aantekeningen 
hier bekijken:https://www.ravelry.com/projects/likeflora/lil-pumpkin-2. 

Love and Liefs,

Johanna

Scraphappy at the Library: Fall Display!

 

IMG_4903Even in in the Cincinnati Area Fall is finally over! Not being a summer person…it makes me very happy. Cold windy walks, hearty stews and soups, winter clothes and candles everywhere:it’s invigorating!

Fall at the library means “ Back to School” and the Summer Adventure programs are over. So time for a new display.

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I made fall dioramas. The Glass containers are bought in thrift stores etc. Collected Mother Nature’s gifts during my walks and made the lovely mushrooms with scrap fabric. I used an Ann Wood pattern. Her patterns are fabulous!!!

And Fall means falling leaves and migratory birds. I folded all these birds from wallpaper, this paper was left in our house by the previous owners. I used this free pattern.

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The leaves are cut out of the leaves of discarded books and painted with leftover paints from the children’s programs. You can see the lettering coming through, which I thought was very appropriate ;o)

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The only thing bought new is air conditioner coil that I used to make the swirls to attach the leaves to and hang the birds from. It’s playable, re-usable for other displays and costs only $10.-.

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Ha, een nieuwe herfst en nieuwe decoraties. Ik ben altijd zo ongelooflijk blij als de lange hete zomer voorbij is in Cincinnati! Heerlijk met rode neus en wangen verwaaid  weer thuiskomen van t wandelen , stevige soepen en stoofschotels, warme truien en knusse kaarsen. Dus ik heb me natuurlijk laten inspireren door vallende bladeren (gemaakt van kapotte boeken) en trekvogels gevouwen uit overgebleven behang. De herfst diorama’s zijn gemaakt met vondsten uit de natuur en de paddestoelen met restjes stof en t patroon komt van Ann Wood. De glazen schalen waren voor een prikje uit de kringloop. Het enigste wat ik nieuw kocht, zijn de koperen buizen voor ‘verwaaide bladeren’. T is eigenlijk een onderdeel voor een airco, kost een tientje en ze zijn herbruikbaar.

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Happy Fall and Love and Liefs,

Johanna

Scraphappy At The Library

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I am so fortunate, to have to read picture books for a living! It is wonderful on a daily base…and sometimes I come across a book that is just has it all.

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“There Is a Bear on My Chair” by Ross Collins is one of them. To my mind a perfect children’s books: the illustrations are simple and beautiful, the story exciting and witty for both children and adults ( really, it’s beyond me how to achieve that!). The illustrations and storylines are inviting for children to use their imagination and add to the story. I keep on reading it and whenever I can put it in a story time or teacher collection. It is perfect.

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And than that feisty little mouse with his beautiful knitted jumper!!!! I had to knit it. Luckily I had the perfect leftover yarns to do so. 

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I did not write up a pattern, that’s a skill I respect too much to dabble with. The experienced knitter can see I used sock and yoke techniques. It did make for some eerie knitting from time to time…

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My colleagues played with him for a day and than the little mouse was so happy to make friends with the daughter of one them and he has found a warm and welcome home with his own chair and bed and no sassy bears!!!

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Wat een mazzel om leuke kinderboeken voor je werk te moeten lezen! En soms kom je een boek tegen dat zo perfect is: “There Is a Bear on My Chair” by Ross Collins is grappig en spannend voor voorlezers en kinderen. En dan dat muisje met zijn mooie truitje…dat moest ik toch even nabreien hoor! Ik had toevallig de juiste restjes wol. En dat muisje heeft wel een heel goed thuis gevonden bij een lief dochtertje van een collega. 

Ps some of you were so kind to inquire after my dog Charley. My lovely Princess is still going strong in her growing years. Despite the fact she is totally blind now, she still enjoys long walks, proper naps , good food and lots of cuddles. 

She sends love to you all.

Love and Liefs,

Johanna

Scraphappy At The Library

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Well…it’s been a while. March last year, I was absolutely pleasantly surprised and delighted to be able to work at the library again, right here in Cincinnati! And since that day, life has become very busy in a wonderful way.

 

This library is completely different from the little rural libraries I used to work at in Canada, the Cincinnati Public Library is considered one of the busiest in the USA. To work here is pretty intense, I am part of a fantastic team and it makes me very happy.

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Although I have little time for drawing, blogging ,etc I still do have plenty of creative outlets..even at work. One of the things I do, is making displays for the front desk. And these photos are from the current summer displays, relating to the summer reading programs. (This is at the Symmes Branch, if you are in the neighborhood and want to have a closer look.)

 


The reason I post about this one is because of posts I see about Scrap Happy. I told Kerry what I had been working on and she encouraged me to post about it. I cold not resist.

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Everything here is made from recycled or leftover or even found materials. For instance : all the butterflies are made from lovely silky flowered wall paper I bought for 2 dollars in a thrift store, the creatures I knitted with leftover yarn, I re-used fabric from my husbands shirts.

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Taking glue, wallpaper paste, paint etc into account , this entire display cost no more than $25.- and can be re-used over and again…as already happened in a way: the rabbit I made years ago for Easter. The little hat a thrift find of 25 cents and how appropriate with all the travel images etc.

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The patterns for the boats I bought from Ann Woods beautiful website and are made from cereal boxes, newspapers and leftover fabric. The teddy bears in the boat and on the flying bed are from ‘The Knitted Teddy Bear” by Sandra PolleyThe origami butterfly pattern you can find here.

All other knitted creatures, come from my head and knitting needles and leftover yarns, some are already quite a few years old and very dear to me ;o) I have no patterns for them since it is more of an intuitive zen knitting process and writing a pattern is a skill and an art of which I do not think lightly!

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Och hemel, t is wat lang geleden. Vorig jaar, kon ik tot mijn verrassing zomaar weer aan de slag bij de bieb hier in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wel een van de drukste bibliotheken in Amerika. De baan maak me superblij maar er blijft weinig tijd over voor illustreren en bloggen. Gelukkig kan ik zelfs mijn creatieve kant ontwikkelen op t werk: 1 van mijn taken is t verzorgen van de decoraties bij de balie en deze heb ik gemaakt in t kader van de zomer programma’s. Ik heb vrijwel alleen maar rest en hergebruikte materialen toegepast. Onnodig te zeggen dat t een ongelooflijk leuk project was om te doen.

 



Love and Liefs,

Johanna

 

Thank You All & Cincinnati City Walk: Part I

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Thank you all so much for leaving kind and encouraging comments on my previous post. I am a 100% sure it sped up the healing process, it felt like a warm blanket, friends!!!

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But enough with the indulging in a little pampering! Sore backs don’t heal themselves, work needs to be done: exercises, rowing, swimming and above all walking.

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Hilly nature walks are a step too far at the moment. So a nice walk through the city centre in the vicinity of Findlay Market it was and we brought the camera this time. In Spring weather the light is perfect for street photography.

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So images from Cincinnati on a Saturday morning. This is our brand new street car!

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Cincinnati with its history with the meat industry, has a fondness of (flying) pigs. You find them everywhere.This is a window display at a butcher…I don’t think those pigs entirely agree ;o)

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That costume of the tour guide of this guided tour is too beautiful for words!!!

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Cincinati is climbing out of recession and many building are done up beautifully at the moment. The contrast on what is and is not done yet, is clearly visible…

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And than a perfect ending in one of our favorite restaurant for a proper BBQ meal.

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Nou wat een lieve, leuke berichtjes kreeg op mijn vorige post. Daar knapt een mens van op hoor. Ik ben alweer aan de wandel en druk met oefeningen. In de modder ploeteren, op de heuvels in de wilde natuur is wat veel gevraagd nog maar een knusse stadswandeling met de camera in de aanslag zit er alweer in. Dit is Cincinnati op een zaterdag morgen met lekker lente weer.

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Love and Liefs, Johanna