Saturday, December 12, 2009
"Grouping" in Design Studio - Snowflakes in Circles
The decorations are coming down from the attic fast and furious now - I want to get most of them up before I go to pick up our younger son for his Winter Break next week. This stained glass Santa was a gift from my brother many years ago and always hangs in the kitchen window.
The next tree to go up is the "upside down" tree. It has a base and two sections and it takes two of us to put it together. This is the tree for all of the delicate glass ornaments - lots of room to dangle and out of reach for the smaller visitors!
I usually try to keep the lights on the top section and then rearrange them when the tree is assembled but this year I took them all off and started right from the top. For the next few days we will enjoy the tree with lights only and then I will start adding the ornaments - it takes a couple of days to finish!
I did make a quick video showing how to make the snowflakes in circles. These are what I call "adjustable" designs. You can do some grouping in Design Studio but you need to plan and have the patience to do a lot of nudging!
I hope you find this video helpful - I will try to make another one showing a more complicated grouped design soon. I am limited to five minutes on a video so I may need to do this in parts. I'd like to purchase some software that will make it possible for me to make longer videos but it is very expensive so that will have to wait a bit longer.
We have a lot of family plans for tomorrow but I want to try to get more holiday decorating done later in the day. I hope you don't mind me posting the stages of decorating our house - it helps to motivate me to get things finished. I know that many people put things up right after Thanksgiving, but we have always done it in gradual stages and then leave everything up well into January (the days are short, dark and cold and the lights just make things more cheery in the dead of winter).
I wonder how many of you are still decorating...