Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pinterest Inspiration


Don't you just love a vintage globe? That map blue water, the green of areas with trees, the expanse of the desert, the way you can trace the course of a river and imagine how it all came to be. I have loved globes as long as I can recall.


When I came upon this photograph on the loveliest of blogs, The Tea Cozy, I knew my own beloved globe needed a makeover. A search for just the right Weekly Reader became my mission.


It is important to find a reader from the first or second grade as the images become too small to use as the child learns to read and there are more words on a page.  You want the ones that begin, "Spot." "See Spot." "See Spot Run."


Or in the case of my early 1950's reader, "Jip." "See Jip run, run, run." Choose both large and small sized images from your reader to create movement. Cut away all background by cutting into image along naturally drawn line divisions. This will make your figures truly seem as though they are galloping across your globe.


Look for figures that are performing an action, and then find a spot on your globe to mimic their behavior. These children were cutting out paper on their living room floor in their reader, and now they are examining Antarctica on my globe. Cute as Can Be!


The process of Modge Podge is a very fast one; so be prepared. Have a damp/dry cloth 1. Determine where your figure will go. 2. Using a square brush, apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to area of globe where figure will be placed. 3. Apply same thin layer to back of image, making sure your brush strokes are smooth. 4. Position figure and immediately apply same thin coat of Modge Podge to printed side of figure. Using a brush instead of a sponge allows you to bear down if wrinkles need to be removed. 5. Wipe away excess Modge Podge from globe, dry immediately with cloth. By the time you move on to your next image, this one will already be dry. It's that quick!


I must apologize for these very blurry images. The earth is a very difficult thing to photograph! It must be all the curvature. Regardless, I just had to share this little girl baking on the Tropic of Capricorn. Her table is just like my craft table!


I knew I wanted to put this sweet mother image near America. It just makes me smile!


Gosh, I feel as though I've got the world in my hands. (Couldn't resisit!)


My second idea from Pinterest, and I apologize I can't find again the original source, was a cute way to hang Christmas stockings, or for me, Valentines from the 1930's.  The original called for a regular sized wooden hanger that looped a length of string from side to side, clothes pins to hang items from.


I found this adorable child size wooden hanger in the loveliest shade of blue but found myself laughing to discover my hanging string would only hold two Valentines. Solution, I trimmed most, but NOT ALL, of the pointy part of vintage candle holders, leaving just enough of the narrow section for a wire hook to hang. I hot glued them in place. I also snipped the bulbous part of the back of a holder to allow a straight pin to be pushed through for the wall. What a great idea!


It has been such a rainy weekend here in the Heart of Ohio. All of our snow has melted away, more rain coming our way. No more Pinterest for me for the near future as I MUST make my paper clay ornaments for my swap. But come to think of it, with all that rain..... Maybe one more peek at Pinterest for another great idea!

PS Did you notice I placed the little children eating Animal Crackers on Africa. Oh, just one more look!


Now that's cute!

49 comments:

Lesa said...

Your globe is the most wonderful thing! I love it! And your design for hanging valentines certainly solves a problem for me. My old valentines are in an album, but very few people actually look it them. Your projects always have an appealing visibility. Thanks for all the beauty, stories and humor you share.

Lesa said...

PS. Thank you for stopping by. I could just tell, observing your wonderful blog, that Life is Art is a big direction in your life. I feel the same way, but I believe you must be a master at it!

Tammy's in Love said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! See E! See E make cute stuff! See E share. E is nice. Wish you could scan and share those reader graphics! PERFECT!!!!

Debby said...

I have never seen anything like what you have done with the globe. I love it. That's just what those globes are missing.....the people that live in the world. Anyway, I love it.

Denise said...

Perfect art! You've done it again Elizabeth. You just keep amazing Me.

A Little Creation said...

What sweet graphics. I've got a few, but none as cute as yours. I really like the hanger with the candle holders, I'm definitely going to make that.
Thanks, Chris =]

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

Oh Elizabeth! How sweet your crafts are! I don't seem to be able to reproduce the kinds of things you craft, but I do so enjoy seeing everything you make! Thank you for sharing with us!

Jewels said...

E I would love to get one of the sets of images to make my own globe - I just thrifted on recently and these would be great - my link should get you my email so I can send you my address...thanks so much - I love you are back posting....

Sonia Tatum said...

You are such a talented lady! Thank you for the smile.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Well it goes without saying that the Globe is totally cute and a great statement piece! But I'm loving that you showed me something to do with my birthday candle holders! I have boxes of them, but have never seen a project that uses them. Leave it to YOU to create such a cute piece that incorporates them!
Thanks E! :)

chris mckinley said...

Your globe is amazing! If I had only seen this when I taught Kindergarten, I will need to borrow this idea... Just too cute!!

Chris

obsessed scrapbooker said...

Wow! Your globe is fantastic! And the animal crackers are the perfect choice!!!!

HollyC said...

Hey Elizabeth, this is so adorable! I do have a globe that could use some sprucing up and if nobody else has spoken for the 2nd set, I would love to have them. Thank you so much! You always have such fun inspiration ideas! Have a wonderful night, Holly

Cindy said...

What a wonderful idea with the globe! I just love it. I don't have a large globe right now, but I'll sure be looking for one now.

Patti said...

Oh Elizabeth - I saw this same idea last year and went yard selling to find a globe. Then, when I found a globe, I chickened out. Ohhhhhh - I want one now! And, I just love, love, love the vintage images. OH MY GOSH! This is way too cute. I am going to HAVE to copy! :) And, I realy like the hanger, too. You are just sooooo creative!

Pieceful Bits said...

You've gone Global! I don't have a globe. Maybe I'll be lucky to pick one up this summer at a rummage sale. Spot has always been one of my favorite dogs. (~~) Julie

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Adorable with a capital "A"! the globe is amazing with those characters...antartica!

VintageBettys said...

I love your globe Elizabith! I need to get those graphics so I can do one! That little hanger is also precious!

Creative Breathing said...

THE TWO SETS OF IMAGES HAVE BEEN SPOKEN FOR NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ASKING! E

vintage grey said...

Elizabeth, I just adore your globe,and such a sweet idea!! I will definitely be on the look out for a globe now!! And, such a cute way to display those sweet Valentine's!! Always inspiring you are!! xo Heather

Jennifer Taylor said...

Elizabeth can I just say your logo and blog header are as captivating as your posts! Thanks for all the Valentine's.

Jennifer Taylor said...

Elizabeth can I just say your logo and blog header are as captivating as your posts! Thanks for all the Valentine's.

Jennifer Taylor said...

I really want to subscribe to your blog but I don't see anywhere to do so, nor anywhere to email you.

lynn said...

that is the most adorable globe and the pictures seem like they were meant to be on there..
thank you for sharing.. and have a wonderful week
big ladybug hugs
lynn

vivian said...

love the globe idea! how stinking cute Elizabeth and the hanger too. i have a large old wooden coat hanger. I have to try to remember to do this sometime.
well, its monday again... so have a great week!
xoxo

The Custards said...

Gosh - that is a really lovely idea - bittering wishing that I had not given my old globe to the charity shop....might have to buy it back now!
Keep warm if it is cold in your part of the world today
Best wishes
Jenny

ImagiMeri said...

Sandy bought me a globe last year for just that purpose and I've never gotten around to it. I guess she spied that globe at the same blog and immediately sent away for a vintage globe for me, isn't that sweet? I'm glad you've made yours, now I guess I'll have to make mine.

Love ya
Meri

LBP said...

That globe is the cutest thing ever! My globe is brown.. How in the world did I end up with an ugly brown globe???

Thanks for sharing your lovely crafts!

Blessings

Linda

craftyles said...

It's wonderful. I love all your cute and thoughtful touches. I love Pinterest for ideas too-just not enough time to complete them!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have never seen one of these embellished like this but it is brilliant! You did a great job..as always! I love it! I just joined Pinterest last week! I better get busy!

cheryl said...

OMG! I love the globe and the sweet little hanger you crafted! Dick and Jane are close to my heart also as they taught me to read in the 1960's.Everything you do is charming!! Thanks for sharing your time and talent! Cheryl in ND

cheryl said...

OMG! I love the globe and the sweet little hanger you crafted! Dick and Jane are close to my heart also as they taught me to read in the 1960's.Everything you do is charming!! Thanks for sharing your time and talent! Cheryl in ND

Pellie / Penny said...

Omg I just love the new look of your globe. I think I will borrow your idea - as soon as I can find a goor reader.

Your valentine hanger is so cute and cheery.

Hugs,
Penny

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

I love the globes!! That looks soooo awesome! And hanging sweet Valentine's from a hanger....adorable! :) :) Such perfection! xo Holly

Kim K. said...

Darling projects. The girls have a globe on a stand that sits next to a real classroom chalkboard in our downstairs family. They love to play school with it. Someday, I will steal that globe for this project. Love the hanger for displaying special Valentines.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

"E" inspiration!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh my goodness, Elizabeth! I adore this globe project! ♥

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I love what you did with your globe! It's adorable!! And the vintage hanger is such a cute way to display your valentines!
Michelle xoxo

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Blessed Serendipity said...

Now that is the CUTEST globe. I really really want to make one now. I would be forever grateful if you would share some of your graphics. I am on the lookout for a vintage globe now. You have inspired me. The hanger is cute too.

Danielle

Anne said...

Hello, Dear! This is just the most adorable thing I've ever seen! So glad I found you...♥ I've come to your blog from the blog of one of my sweet commenters ~ you know how that goes ~ :) ~ Now following you!
So nice to "meet" you!
Hugs,
Anne

Susan Clayton said...

Two more wonderful projects. I'd get a lot more done around here if I spent less time drooling over your pictures! Your blog is my favorite place to visit with my first cup of coffee. You are such gentle company and always put a smile on my face.

Jacqueline said...

I saw this too and did a little happy dance. So much CUTE out there! We are in a world of all time cute!
Stopping by before I'm out the door to work. I posted on a couple of crafts I also found on Pinterest for my senior ladies.
Happy week ahead, come rain or shine!

Celestial Charms said...

Love, love, love your globe. You did a fabulous job of picking out just the right images and sayings. Too cute! Must look fabulous in your craft room. Darling valentine's too.
Maureen

RetroSandie said...

Such a clever idea, E!! I love the looks of your globe and think that ALL globes should look like that, too!! I also love your Valentine hanger. Another cute idea skillfully executed by Elizabeth!!!!!

Hugs,
Sandie
PS-check my blog today!!

Lori said...

Your blog brightens even the cloudiest of Indiana days! Would love to see some of your creations on notecards!! Lori

tammy said...

Hi Elizabeth do u sell the images for your wonderful globe? In would love to make one, but having trouble finding the right images. Thanks Tammy creativity4you@msn.com

Liveandlearn78 said...

Elizabeth, Elizabeth how I love your globe. Pleaes tell me that you have scanned copies to share. Such wonderful expressions of happy childhoods...and that's why I love your blog...no sarcasm...just true unadulterated sweetness. The world needs you 1000 times over. I am a teacher and I love your enthusiasm...It is contagious...My world is a brighter place because you're in it! Blessings to you, sweet lady.

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