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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

 

 

5 Sewing Gifts

6 Dec

I have been busy at my sewing machine, putting on finishing touches and getting small things made.  Christmas is less than three weeks away.  Here are a few things I have been working on.

I love these microwave fabric bowls from Tamarack Shack.  I have made a few different styles and for me this one works the best.  They help keep the mess out of the microwave and give you something to grab ahold of to get a hot bowl out without burning your fingers.  I keep a few stacked on top of the oven and wash when messy.  You should use all cotton fabric, thread and batting.
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Apostrophy Designs has a great tutorial for making a baby blanket.  You can use this idea for other flat fabric ideas like a table runner, table cloth or, napkins I sure you can come up with more ideas.
Chicka

I have posted this one before, but it is such a neat way to make a pillow case that I am posting it again.  It is from Twiddletails.
pillowcase

Sew a sleeping bag for a special stuff animal following the directions at Parents.com.
sleeping bag

I have made two of these for myself, one for business cards and the other for all those plastic store cards.  Doesn’t take much fabric and really comes in handy.  Tutorial is from The Crafty Cupboard.
Business Card Holders

Planter Box

26 Nov

I have this beautiful Christmas cactus that belonged to my Grandmother.  My Grandma passed away in 1991 to give you an idea on the age of this plant. Pieces of it have been shared over the years so it is not as big as it could be, but still quit large.  It is in a ceramic pot that is tan, pink and blue.  Not my colors, never were my colors.  I don’t want to transplant it especial this close to when it blooms, but I hate the planter.  So with all that said I came across this post today.  I have nothing but a little time to lose as the supplies are simple and in my home. (cardboard, glue and brown paper)  Love how Useful DIY’s turned out.
planter

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