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Monday, January 30, 2012

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4: Gift for My Grams

Some of the Abes I'm making for 2012 are going to have to move out of the house.  I made one like this last year, but this one was made with a different picture and is moving to my Grandma's house in Colorado as we speak.  I know it's a bit late for Christmas, but I'm always late.  I blame my mother for this as she carried me for ten months, setting me up to be late for life.
Anyway, this bookmark is going to my Grandma with a book that I loved by Muhammad Yunnis called Banker to the Poor.  This book was life changing for me, I think my Grams is going to love it.  I can't wait to pick her brain about it. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 3: Cross Stitched Abe

Okay, so I've been doing my Abes, but I've been getting lazy already about the text.  I need to get on that! 
I found this cross stitch pattern online, I'll provide a link for it later.  I changed a bunch of it, and if I were to do it again I would change even more of it because right now his forehead is so big he looks like a Klingon.
This was an Abe I had started last year and never got around to finishing.  He was about 100 stitches away from completion when I got to him this morning.  Just to let everyone know, in case you want to pick this craft up, it's SOOO time consuming.  I love making these projects, but there are many hours in a simple little piece. Think about that before you start dissing on your grandma's art next time you are at her house. 


Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2: Quilled Abe

I can't say that today was my most productive day.  I think I watched the entire first season of The League while I made my Abe for project for January 2.
Today's project involves quilling, which is something I've seen on various craft blogs and have always wanted to try.  The only materials you need for the project are strips of paper, a needle and some glue.  I just twirled tiny strips of paper around the needle and glued them down to get these swirly effects. My favorite part is his beard.
This piece is going to go onto a card for my mother for Valentine's/President's Day/Lincoln's Birthday, since they are all within days of each other.  Unfortunately for people in my family, they don't make cards that encompass those three things, so I've made my own.  I'm sure my Mom doesn't read this, so we'll see if I catch her by suprise. Although, I'm worried on how to send this without it getting crushed.  I guess it's going to have to go in a box.  Anyway, here's my quilled Abe.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1: Abe's 72 Cents

Here we go again!

 It's 2012! You know what that means? Of course it means I'm going to be restarting my Abe-A-Day project.  Although last year's attempt didn't get farther than day 85 or something, I hope to at least break last year's record.  Let's see how far I can make it into the 366 days of 2012.  It's a fun personal challenge with my favorite guy of all time, Mr. Lincoln. For anyone new to the project, there's an explanation on December 31, 2010 : Why Abraham Lincoln.

My first project this year was an easy, but necessary one.  My family had gone on an extensive Lincoln vacation in the summer, visiting places Lincoln related such as his boyhood cabin, his tomb in Illinois,  Gettysburg, Ford's Theater and so many more I can't even remember them all.  When they returned home they had with them tons of Lincoln loot.  One of the items my Mom bought me was a parchment of "Golden Sayings of Abraham Lincoln" with some quotes.  I've been meaning to frame it and do something cool with it for a few months now and today was the perfect time to do it. I went on an adventure to the craft store with my good friend Garett where I bought this pretty neat frame and some additional supplies for upcoming Abes.  I took my cool parchment, put it in the frame and hot-glued pennies all around it, 72 little Lincoln's in all.  Here is the final result.

I have this memorial in my room that I've set up for all things Lincoln, as well as deceased loved ones.  While it could be a great way to display my love for theses people, it's kind of lackluster right now. I'm going to document its transformation here for all of you to see as I add more Lincolns, arrange them better by adding height with fabric covered boxes, hang more on the walls, etc.  What I'm trying to say is that I've got some ideas for the area.  The first thing I did to the altar was adding the big 72 Cents Lincoln to hang over the whole area.  It can only get better from here!