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Merry Thriftmas!

17 Nov

My daughter with autism has 27 teachers, aides, therapists and bus drivers who interact with her on a daily basis. My son has 16 teachers from school, church and various activities. With Christmas around the corner, I’m trying to think of creative ways to stretchy my giving dollars so that everyone feels the appreciation they truly deserve.

Last week, I caught my dad chucking a bunch of old sheet music; his mother was a piano teacher and church organist. I snatched the weighty stack out of the recycle bin.

“What are you going to do with these?” he asked.

“I’ll think of something,” I said with a slight shrug.

Here’s the something thanks to google and the design guru behind the blog “Primp,” I have inspiration! Behold!!

Vintage Sheet Music Wreath Tutorial

I thought a vintage sheet music wreath would be a perfect addition to my evolving piano room. This one turned out similar to my first book page wreath. It was a very fun and addicting project, made with supplies purchased from either the dollar or thrift store. Total cost= $5!

Here’s what you need:

  • foam wreath
  • cream ribbon
  • glue gun
  • vintage sheet music
  • masking tape
  • a small cup

Let’s get started.

You could use any size foam wreath but the only one the dollar store had the day I went was this really wide one, so…

I just cut it right in half with a knife.

If you buy a thick one like me, just save the other half for when you want to make another book page wreath. Trust me you will–they’re addicting.

Wrap the wreath with a wide ribbon, glueing occasionally as you go. Or you could skip this whole step, especially if your wreath is white or cream.

This one was made out of florist foam and flaked every time I touched it so I definitely wanted to wrap it.

Now tear out about 50 pages of vintage sheet music. This is where it gets really fun. Once you get the idea of how to form each sheet into a cone shape it goes really quick.

This is how you do it:
Take a sheet and place your fingers on the two corners on the long side of the paper.

Keep your left hand still and with only your right hand wrap that corner around.

Continue to wrap in a forward motion.

Twist.

Twist.

Twist.

Keep twisting.

Now twist your left and right hands in opposite directions to tighten the cone.

You can twist a lot to make a skinnier cone or twist less and leave the cone opening bigger. Then secure with a small piece of masking tape.  I used a combination of skinny and big ones.

Once you have a big pile of these you are ready to glue.

Put your cup right in the middle.  This will help you get a nice size circle opening in the center.  You can vary the cup size depending on how big or small you want the opening to be.

Go all around the wreath hot gluing a single layer of cones to the wreath form.  Don’t worry if there are spaces or if it doesn’t look perfect, this layer will be covered up.  Continue with a second layer.

Hang using a piece of ribbon or fabric threaded around the back of the wreath form.  Right now my wreath hangs simply from a small nail but I envision it one day hanging in the middle of a shabby door or gate hung just above the piano.

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Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games

3 Jun

The 25th Annual Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held this weekend, June 3-5, at UTA’s Maverick Stadium.

Come and enjoy music, Scottish athletic competitions, fireworks, kids’ games and activities, dancing, art, and plenty of Scottish food!  Hours are 5 pm to midnight Friday, 9 am to midnight on Saturday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday.  Click here for more information.

Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – Free Summer Concert Series

26 May

Join the fun at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington for the FREE summer concert series!  All shows begin at 8 pm, except for the children’s shows on Wednesdays in June, which are at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm.  All shows are FREE, except for the Charlie Daniels Band on June 4 –  proceeds from the ticket sales for that show fund the rest of the summer’s concerts, and it is the ONLY show for which a ticket is required.

Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic food, coolers, and insect repellant.  Parking is free around the amphitheater.

Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram Street in Arlington.  To visit their website, visit www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

May 27:  Ambrosia

May 28:  The Quebe Sisters Band

May 29:  The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

June 1:  Eddie Coker (children’s show)

June 2:  Grupo Fantasma

June 3:  Soul Track Mind

June 4:  The Charlie Daniels Band (benefit concert, tickets required)

June 5:  Austin Lounge Lizards

June 8:  Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (children’s show)

June 9:  Cas Haley

June 10:  Carrie Rodriquez

June 11:  Turnpike Troubadours

June 12:  The Spring Standards

June 15:  Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (children’s show)

June 16:  The Orbans

June 17:  Terri Hendrix

June 18:  Rick Trevino

June 19:  Blame Sally

June 22:  Aaron Nigel Smith (children’s show)

June 23:  Katsuk

June 24:  Josh Weathers & the True Endeavors

June 25:  Sonny Burgess

June 26:  The Lee Boys

June 29:  The Biscuit Brothers (children’s show)

June 30:  Del Castillo

July 1:  The Killdares

July 2:  Mingo Fishtrap

July 3:  Radney Foster (Arlington Independence Day celebration with fireworks)

Jazz Under the Stars at the DMA

24 May

Thursdays, May 12–June 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m., Ross Avenue Plaza, Dallas Museum of Art, FREE

Summer nights sizzle with cool jazz under the stars. Bring a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverages on-site. (*NO glass containers allowed.)

May 19:  UNT One O’Clock Lab Band

May 26:  Sharel Cassity Quintet

June 2:  Natural Change featuring Tony Blaine and Paul Rogers

June 9:  Tim Ries and The Rolling Stones Project

June 16:  Rosana Eckert

Late Nights at the DMA

19 May

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Friday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–midnight; admission $10; members are free

Join us for an evening of music, performances, tours, and family experiences celebrating the exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Enjoy special performances by Native Spirit Productions featuring Brian Hammill, the 2009 and 2011 Hoop Dance World Champion. Meet North American animals from the Dallas Zoo, and stay late for Showdown at the Space Bar and our After Hours Music Showcase featuring Seryn.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Taste Addison

17 May

Taste Addison 2011
May 20 – 22, 2011

Taste Addison offers a tasty weekend blend of food, music and family fun.  This three-day festival features over 60 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices, national musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine tasting seminars, carnival rides, midway games, award-winning children’s entertainment, and more.

Fri., May 20 – 6 pm to midnight
Sat., May 21 – Noon to midnight
Sun., May 22 – Noon to 5 pm

For more information, click here.

Mayfest at Trinity Park in Fort Worth

6 May

Dates and Times

  • May 5th – May 8th in beautiful Trinity Park
  • Thursday and Friday 3:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

7 Stages of Live Music and Entertainment

  • 3 Stages of Live Music to please every taste
  • 4 Stages of Dance and Performing Arts

Special Shows and Attractions for 2011

  • Great American Duck Races
  • Fun House
  • All American Lumberjack Show
  • Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
  • Stiltwalkers
  • Cowtown Wakeboarding on the Trinity River
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife’s “Life’s Better Outdoors Experience”
  • FLIPPENOUT Extreme Trampoline Show
  • Schedule of Shows and Stages

The Zone

  • Everything with the teenager in mind! Including the Giant Human Maze!

Art & Gift Market Area

  • Over 40 booths of handmade craftsmanship and wonderful gift items
  • Youth Art Contest with cash prizes awarded

Tom Thumb Children’s Area

  • FREE activity booths for children ages 3-12
  • Click Here for Complete List

Festival Food

  • All your old favorites and new ones to savor!
  • Click here for Complete List

Admittance:

At the Gate
$8.00 Adults
$5.00 Children 6-12
Children 5 and under are Free

Visit www.mayfest.org for more information.

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