Archive | September, 2012


27 Sep

Right now we are still in the 70’s temp wise, but it won’t be long before that thermometer takes a noise dive and we will be reaching for the winter clothes.  I came across several nice scarf designs to share with you today.  My favorite is the one with the pompom trim, but all are great and would stop the cold from going down the back of your neck.

This pompom scarf is by Crown Hill.How to up-cycle an old sweater from Fab You Bliss.Purple, ruffles, and very feminine what more could you ask?  I have seen this fabric in the stores and just didn’t know what to do with it.  Thanks to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom now I do.Mallory Paige has a great tutorial for sewing this cowl scarf.Hope I didn’t disappoint you knitters or crocheters, but sewing is what I do best.



26 Sep


I don’t do scary or ghoulish decorating for Halloween.  I lean toward the cute and vintage.  I am going to let pictures tell my story for this post, just click the name under the picture to be taken to the creators site.Martha StewartMartha StewartEighteen 25Better Homes and Garden Everyday is a Crafting Day The House of Smiths The Swell Life That Artist Women

Art From Old Books

25 Sep


What is it that is so attractive about a picture painted on a page from a book?  Or sculpture designed using old books?  There are many techniques that can be applied and the results are fabulous.  Here are just a few for you to check out.  This first one is found at Inspiration Green.Look at this wonder paper carving by Su BlackwellThe artwork of Rachael Ashe has several pictures of her altered books.

So get out your scissors, glue, paints, inks and give it a try. Ready to try one on your own, but don’t know where to start?  How about this wreath from Alisa Burke?

Beauty of Pen and Water

22 Sep

I really enjoy Alisa Burke’s artwork.  I have mention her site before, she has a great way of explaining her art techniques.  She makes this one look so easy.  It turns out very beautiful.  Hope you get a chance to give it a try.

Watercolor Portrait

21 Sep

This is a watercolor portrait most of us can do.  I have seen this on Craftgawker and Pinterest.  The DIY is by Grow Creative.  She uses an online photo editor called picmonkey, it works quiet well.  Her tutorial is laid out very well and is easy to follow.  


20 Sep

I don’t know if you can call what I do journaling, but I always have a notebook at hand.  And if you are going to carry something around with you it should reflex your personality.  I like composition books, they are sturdy and easy to alter.  Here is a cute cover from Wild Olive that will fit a composition book.This one from Creme de la Craft could easily fit in a purse or pocket and made from recycled cereal boxes.  Win win.Sometimes we journal art, not words. Here is one from Creative With Kids you can do with the kids (or for yourself) by altering a board book.  They are so sturdy, made to take a beating and easy to find a thrift stores, so why not give it a go.

Painting on Fabric

19 Sep


Painting of fabric is a lot of fun.  If you are a painter it is a great way to display your talent and if you just don’t have that gift you can still change a fabric piece using a stencil and some textile paint.  Here are a few examples:  This one is from A Splendid Assemblage.Oleander and Palm gets great results using freezer paper stencils and mixing a fabric medium into their craft paint.  The medium works very well and gives the paint a softer feel after it dries.100 Directions has a new product that they tested,  DecoArt Ink Effects.  You can draw on paper with these special inks and transfer it to fabric.  I haven’t tried it yet, but will be looking for it in my crafts stores.  Lot easier to throw away a mistake on paper than to through the fabric piece away.

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