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Journal Cover

27 Aug

Here is my journal cover.  I used wool felt for the outside.  The flower is three-dimensional with beads in the middle. Most of the stitching is done by machine except for the blanket stitching around the edges.  If the holes for the rings look a little off-center to you, that is because they are. I wanted to use my three-ring punch (yes I only using two holes) to punch my paper for the journal.  It was a hard battle between balance and ease.  Ease won.  I still have a few more ideas for adding decoration, but for right now it is ready to start adding journal pages.
journal outsidejournal inside

 

Art Journal cover part 1

12 Aug

It has been a very busy summer.  My parents have been in need of extra help so I have been traveling between their home and mine most of the summer.  On top of that my husband and I are trying to get our home ready to sell.  Lots of painting going on.  Even with all of that I have found a little time to work on my art journal.  Here is my plan for the cover.  Still: Living came up with this idea for a soft cover book.  I took that idea and I am in the process of making the cover for my art journal.  I have the basics done, I am now doing the handwork. I wanted a cover that I could add the pages to, that way I have the freedom to use paper or fabric or anything I can put holes in. I will post pictures when completed.  These pictures are from Still: Living.

Still: Living

Art Journal

20 Jul

Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work.  I will not be teaching in the fall.  So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal.  I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure.  Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.

December Daily 2009 | Cover

From The Nerd’s Nest

From Amy Powers’ Inspire Co

Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..

Sharks

1 Jul

Shark week is coming July 5th.  Are you ready?  Cute craft from JDaniels4 Mom to make for your shark enthusiast.
Arts and Crafts for Kids- Pool Noodle Shark (Fin)

Tree Change Dolls by Sonia

26 Feb

Here is an interesting video by Sonia Singh Tree Change Dolls by Sonia.  She takes dolls that are over the top and makes them into ones that young girls can relate too.  I like her story and the idea of changing these dolls for the better.  Hope you enjoy it too.  You can check out Sonia’s website here. Below Sonia shows the before and after results.tumblr_nk9yfusrJy1u8oyeuo4_540I found three dolls in the second-hand shop and took off their make-up.  I used straight acetone which works very well. (placed a little in a throw away cup and used cotton pad and q tips)  I will post pictures after I get mine all done.

 

Jewelry Making

16 Dec

If you enjoy making jewelry head on over to Beading Times for some great ideas and tutorials on how to get the best look out of your work.  I find the tutorials very easy to follow with pictures for us visual learners.

finished
wrap around earrings

finished (1)
crisscross beaded earrings

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multi-strand bracelet

Last Minute gifts

11 Dec

Sometimes it is nice to be able to pull something together at the last-minute.  I will confess to not being able to think that quickly, so having a few ideas thought out ahead of time works for me and to keep it simple. Here are a few that I like.

Mason jars are handy for gift giving and I always have a few stashed away. I like The Gunny Sack {Everything} In a Jar ideas.  She also has the labels that you can print for the jars.

the gunny sack

 

One Good Thing by Jillee comes to the rescue and shows you how to make a quick bought grocery store item into a nice little gift.  She has prints out labels too.
stocking-stuffers
Too Stinkin’ Cute has a wonderful idea for an ice cream kit.  Yum
icecreamkit

One Crafty Home shows you how to make a quick coffee cozy out of fabric.  These are super quick, go good with a mug or gift card to local coffee shop.  cs finished2

KoJo Designs has a pretty ideas for a Tea Lovers Wreath. (you could use Washi tape for the clothes pins and it would be even faster)
teawreath

 

 

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