Panorama Egg Tutorial: Swans


I played :).

I pierced a jumbo egg on top & in the front,
used tiny embroidery scissors to cut an oval in front & a circle on top,
& dumped out the egg.

Then I soaked it in dilute blue food coloring with a splash of vinegar
until I got the color blue I wanted for the sky inside the egg
(I hadn’t been planning on coloring the outside of the egg,
but some of the coloring spilled, so I made it all match. I like it :).
I removed the egg from the coloring solution & let it dry.

I cut a piece of the cotton from a medicine bottle & glued (white school glue) it into the egg,
then cut a rounded piece of dark green terrycloth ~1 1/2″ around to simulate grass
& glued that over the cotton.

I brushed dilute green acrylic paint over some dried Sweet Annie pieces
to make them look like bushes/trees
& let them dry.

I glued together paper swans (left over from the miniature landscape box card).
I cut an oval of aluminum foil to fit inside the front of the egg,
colored it with a light blue marker &
covered it with Glossy Accents to simulate a pond.
While the Glossy Accents was still sticky, I added the swans to the pond.
I glued tiny stones & bits of fuzz from the edge of the green terry cloth
around the edge of the “pond” to hide the edges.
I glued a tiny butterfly (cut with the Silhouette) to one of the stones.

I made a bench out of strips of cardstock, cut by my Silhouette Portrait.
Two long strips, folded at right angles, form the edges of the seat & back.
Smaller strips are glued across those for the seat
& more small strips radiate from the center for the back.
The legs are a strip each, glued across the bottom of the seat front to back,
bent down at right angles,
then coiled (quilling) & glued to each other in the middle under the bench.
The arms are one small strip each,
glued to the back with a tiny right angle,
then coiled (quilled) & glued to the seat.
I made a “straw hat” from golden brown paper punched with a standard paper punch.
I cut one punched piece smaller & cupped it with a stylus,
then glued it in the center of a full-sized punch.
A thread tied around it for a ribbon would’ve been nice, but only occurred to me after the fact!
I glued a tiny butterfly (cut with the Silhouette) to the bench.

With tweezers & a quilling needle,
I glued the painted Sweet Annie into the eggshell around the back.
I glued in flowers & painted some of the Sweet Annie seed balls
with white & pink acrylic paint & a tiny brush to look like flowers
then added “flying birds” cut freehand from scrap cardstock (colored with black marker).

I glued in the bench, then glued in the pond with the swans (all with white school glue).

To finish the outside, I glued punched leaves & a paper rose
(which I made some time ago with punched 5-petal flowers)
at the center bottom, covering the rest of the edge of the opening
with 1/8″ white nylon cording from Hobby Lobby.
I glued a paper butterfly (also cut with the Silhouette) next to the cording.
I used the same cording to cover the edges of the hole on top.

The hole on top serves as a “skylight” to help illuminate the scene inside.
I saw the idea online & am very pleased with the way it turned out,
although I think I will cut it a little farther back next time.

The stand is cardstock punched with the “Marta” Multi-shaper punch from Blue hills Studio
& glued into a cylinder.

Father’s Day Wallet Card


This came out too well not to share!

I liked the wallet cards I was seeing online
& bore in mind that my dad’s second wife said that he smiled
over the pictures I’d sent in the previous letter.
Those came together in this card…

The wallet is all one piece,
folded up to make the inner pocket,
cut to round the corners,
& glued on the very edges.
The leather-look came from here.
The “stitching” is the dashed line of a Word-drawn rounded-corner box.
For a place for my Prince to sign one for his dad,
I cut out a piece of paper roughly the size of one of the photos.
For mine, I wrote a letter, folded it in half the long way,
& tucked it in the wallet like a dollar bill.

Interchangeable, Personalizeable Picture Pendant


Years ago, I startedImagePartwayIn making my own pendants out of bread/white glue dough, so I could attach my own images. One pendant per image. Now I can wear any image I want in one necklace just by trading pieces of paper/card stock in the back of it!


I started with a 1″x11/16″ oval glass cabochon from the craft store (part of a “Bead Landing” “Found Objects” package), although any size or shape of cabochon should work. With jewelry pliers, I formed a double loop (for hanging) in gold 18 gauge jewelry wire, then wrapped the wire twice around the edge of the cabochon, once a little more toward the front and once a little more more toward the back, ending by wrapping the wire once around the original loop and then bringing it down the back of the cabochon. I took the cabochon out and bent the last bit of wire toward the front a little, so it would put pressure on the cabochon when I put it back in. I secured the cabochon to the front wrap of wire with a line of “Glossy Accents” (any clear adhesive suitable for glass should work).



Empty Pendant, Front



Empty Pendant, Side

Empty Pendant, Back

Empty Pendant, Back


Then I just printed the images I wanted on card stock, cut them out and slipped them under the wire on the back of the charm!


Pendant with St. Agnes Image



Same pendant with Our Lady, Untier of Knots



Back of pendant with image


This design isn’t as secure as I’d like. The images have stayed in for me when I wore them, but they could get knocked out. I have ideas for improving the design, but for now I’m pretty excited about the possibilities!

Eucharistic Rosary

I love the Eucharist.
I owe my faith (and what sanity I have!) to Jesus’ abiding Presence in the Tabernacle.
So it was no real surprise that when we visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help this summer
(the only approved apparition of Our Lady in the U.S.),
I was taken by the Eucharistic rosary made by the Fathers of Mercy
(who serve the spiritual needs of the shrine)
sold in their gift shop…
except I wanted it reversed–for the “Our Father” beads to be larger than the “Hail Mary” beads.

I didn’t find quite the same “Precious Blood” beads,
but 5x8mm teardrop bamboo coral beads serve the purpose.
The “Hosts” are mother-of-pearl.
I can see why the Fathers of Mercy charge as much as they do–the supplies aren’t cheap!

The wire I had was either too thick (broke a couple beads trying to get it through)
or too thin to hold up to normal use, so I did a quick study on wire wrapping.
I’m still pretty clumsy at it, but it did the job.
Tweezers are a big help in tucking in the last ends (I don’t have bent-nose pliers).
I wasn’t fussy about doing three wraps–
I figured one’s enough to secure the wire & any extra are a bonus.
For the connecting loops I curled the thicker wire into figure 8’s.

The crucifix is one I had from a broken rosary (I spray-painted it gold).

The centerpiece came from Madonna Catholic Supply Company (my photo doesn’t do it justice).

I love praying with this!
Holding a representation of the Precious Blood while meditating on any of the mysteries
gives a whole new perspective to the life of Christ…
and to Holy Communion and Eucharistic Adoration.
At the Annunciation, Mary became the first Tabernacle,
containing Jesus within her womb.
Within weeks, the Precious Blood flowed for the first time
through Jesus’ tiny Sacred Heart.
The Visitation was the first Eucharistic Procession.
The birth of Jesus inaugurated the first Eucharistic Adoration (and so on).

I’ve already made a second one for a fellow parishioner and have beads for 2 more…