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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vintage canisters

I just finished painting these fun canisters that I found on clearance. They are marked not for food on the bottom of them. BOO! Of course I didn't see that until I got them home but I think they'd be perfect for keeping chocolate chips, or coconut, macaroni, or any of those things that come in bags. Great on a countertop but since they don't match my decor...they'd be in my pantry.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Framed by a book

Isn't this an amazing picture? It's of my oldest daughter. She's reading...not sleeping but I love it, especially in black and white. My first idea was to modge podge it on to a thick block of wood. But seeing as how I didn't have one of those. I chose a thick black book. (And yes, I checked to make sure my hubby was done reading it. I would never use one of my books :D). I just stuck a piece of wax paper between the cover and pages and used modge podge to stick the pages together. Then some more modge podge to attach it to the cover. When it was dry, I added a couple more coats to the top. What a great addition to my library!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

All Wrapped UP!

I've always loved brown kraft paper for wrapping gifts or anything else, but this is the first time that I've used masking tape as ribbon. I just taped it down and added some red dashed lines. The bows were made by twisting a piece of tape and then trimming the ends. Simple and sweet!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sometimes you like it and sometimes....

So what do you do when I project doesn't turn out like you had pictured it? Sometimes, I mess with it until I like it. Sometimes, I let it sit for a bit to see if I get inspired and sometimes...I just GET OVER IT! This card is a case in point. I love the idea and wanted to share it...because of the potential. But the card itself, not so much. So what makes this card even worthy of sharing? The front of the card is fabric.

The inside is paper. To get paper to match the fabric on the front, I just used my printer and made a color copy! Tons of potential for all kinds of projects...even if I don't care for the card! (The inside of the card is from the Beyond Birthdays cartridge.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Canvas Bag

I LOVE fabric but since I don't play well with sewing machines it's often hard to me to find projects where I can successfully use fabric. Altering canvas bags and a cash apron seem to fill the bill. I used fabric glue to adhere the fabric pieces. Buttons I can sew on myself! I'll probably sell the bag on my etsy site but the apron is for me!
(photo of apron)

(back of the bag)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Latest find

While we were in Lake Tahoe for a little R&R, I convinced my husband that we needed to do a little junkin'. Lucky me, he really doesn't mind. We checked out a flea market that was really nasty. So then we headed for some antique stores to see what we could score. I know, I know, I pay more when I go to antique stores but the finds are worth it! This is my latest find; a cobblers stand. Or at least that's what I call it. My hubby couldn't figure out why I was so fascinated with it or where we would even put it. I've tried it several places and can't decide. I like having it by the front door with my bag and a hat (not mine, but cute).

The remote control holder is a joke! I can't even get everyone to throw it on a 3ft. ottoman, so there's no chance of anyone balancing it here.

I guess it could hold neccessities! :)

For some reason it looks messy with myy scarves on it, and I don't need any help making my closet look messy, so that idea is probably out.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Craft Room

I'm always surprised and a bit disappointed when I see other people's craft spaces and they are so ordinary and predictable. Maybe they like the matching, clean spaces that always seem to be white on white, but for me I want to be surrounded with things that I've made or found. My craft room is my favorite room so I've cleaned it up to share with you.

The chairs are some old ones that I had. I added grunge letters and painted them. Then added new pads.

I use this old milk crate to keep most of my fabric. Can you tell that I don't sew?

My memo board is an old folding game table that I found in Vegas.

I painted this old dresser and took the legs off to fend off the dust bunnies. I added some vinyl letters to try to add some organizational possibilities. ( it's my little fantasy world...come join me!)

The glass on top of this table creates a perfect space for my rubber stamps. I can't say that I use them more but maybe! I made the table from an old gate and some legs that I got from Ikea. It's my favorite part of the whole room.

My old card catalog holds paints. Some more drawers hold everything else. I love the mason jars because it makes it easy to see what I have. Yes, it looks better when every jar is full...but that's just not 'real'.

The only thing that is actually made for craft storage is this slot board that I got from a scrapping store that was going out of business...sniff...sniff.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday Box

My oldest daughter was away from home again this year for her birthday. I made her the pendants which say happy "bri" day. No, that's not a spelling mistake...just her name and I thought it was close enough to birthday to use the play on names. Then I made a matching card with her favorite word, 'frolic" and added some cupcakes. Rather than wrapping the entire box, I just embossed a band to put around it . Then I added her presents and candles. I don't usually wrap in shopping bags but I loved the graphics on this bag. It wasn't as good as having her at home but at least I could do something to make it a special day.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wire Basket

I made this simple wire basket by folding it and then tying the sides with twine. Sorry the picture isn't better...all those little criss crosses with wire make it hard to photograph. I folded over the top and ran a little twine through it too. It's the perfect size for mail or paperwork.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wedding gift

My "wombmate" (twin sister) and I were wandering around Michael's last weekend and found a cool frame with flowers on it. Knowing that she had a couple of weddings to go to this summer, I suggested we put one together that was a bit more personalized. After making 45 circles around the frame department, we came up with this. The heart shaped frame has a floating picture so we just added the scrapbooking paper...looks like velum but feels more like a place mat to get the scrolly (yep, making up my own words now)
look. Then we put the sticker in for the photo until it gets replaced with a wedding photo. Then we tied the whole thing on to a big white frame and glued on some flowers.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fiesta Days

Here are some pictures of my booth from Fiesta Days. Sales were slow but I had a great time!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A New love (and appreciation) for Placemats

I saw this idea on another blog, and if I was a good blogger I could provide you a link to it. But no such luck. This pillow was a placemat. (My computer thinks place mat is 2 it really?) I could have just unstitched one end and filled it with fluff, but I decided to add this fun graphic. Do you shop Duluth Trading? I love it! And when your shopping comes, it's in this cool fabric bag. I had the bag stuffed and pretended like it was a pillow before I made this one. Since I don't play well with sewing machines, I used fabric glue to attach it. Then stuffed the placemat with fluff and hand stitched up the end.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

And speaking of babies....

We have a new little 'buckaroo' at the Ranch! (The school where I teach.) So I put together this little welcome gift. I started with a child's cowboy hat (Party City). Then I found this adorable work shirt, leggings and socks (Target). I added a bandana...because he wouldn't be a real Rancher without one. And made a card with these fun western brads and stickers(Oriental Trading). It turned out really cute..but not a cute as he is! OH MY!! What a sweetie!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

from candy bars to pickle jars

I figured if I could make a new wrapper for a candy bar, there was no reason that I couldn't make a new label for a pickle jar for a friend who is expecting at school. It was more fun and not a lot more work than making a card. The hardest part was finding baby paper that wasn't 'boy' or 'girl'. Sorry that the picture of the lid didn't turn out. The camera kept focusing on my hand. If I had to do it all over again, I would have made the pendants smaller so that you could read baby without moving the jar. Just my hang up!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SWeeeeeet Graduation Gift

Here's a sweet and easy idea when you need a little something to tell someone that they've done a great job. I made this one for my brother-in-law who was honored as middle school teacher of the year. How cool is that?I bought a big candy bar, then used the wrapper as a pattern and made a new wrapper from scrap booking paper. I happened to have some Dr. Seuss paper from Oh! The Places You'll Go. I added a strip of black paper and some sticker letters. These would be easy to personalize and perfect for those graduations when a card isn't quite enough.