Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My husband bought me for Christmas a Drimmel tool, which I am very stoked about. There are so many possibilities. From carving wood to cutting tile...well, you name it and the Drimmel can probably get the job done.
My first project was a tree house for The Beatles. I bought these Beatles figurines when I was 14 or 15 years old and they have traveled with me to each and every place I have ever lived. I have been planning this shelf for months now and very excited to have it complete and up in the my craft room. I plan to make a rope ladder that will hang down from the shelf, and add some drift wood decoration. As always a work in progress.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
These are very simple gifts to make. All you need is a jar, ingredients, small amount of fabric, and ribbon. I used a recipe book specific to Soups and Chilies in a Jar, but I am sure you could do the same with your favorite recipe. Measure, layer, seal and decorate with fabric on the lid and Ta Da, your done! I hope the receivers of these love them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A good friend of mine invited me out the other night to attend a Reverse Print Making class. We were told to draw a design that would include three colors. You start by drawing your design on the rubber thingy...(she didn't tell us what any of the tools or materials were so thingy is what I will call it) and carve out only the parts that you want to stay white. You then apply the first color of ink, which will be your lightest color, mine was the pink and "stamp" as many prints as you'd like. Once you have made enough prints of the first color, the thingy is washed off and you carve more away from your design, anything that you want to stay the first color is now taken away. You repeat this process till all three colors have been applied. My first color was pink, then green, and then black.
I had a very hard time carving away at my design. The whole time I kept thinking why can't I just create three of the same design, each with a different part carved out. The teacher also in my opinion did not teach the process very well. She just kept saying you'll just have to see, I can't explain it you will see when you do it. Print making reminds me of stamping and I will say, I prefer stamping to print making...print making is just not my cup of tea, but learning a new skill and spending time with friends is alway fun.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
In only two nights this lovely hat was born.....
The pattern is, Swirls Cap by by Sophia Kessinger. I found the pattern on Raverly. It was easy to follow and the pattern was written perfectly. I added one row to the increase rows and one row to the decrease rows. I really like how it turned out...a great new addition to my hat collection.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
All last week I worked myself to the max, crocheting, cutting, tie dyeing and sewing...and all this happened after long 8 hour workdays at the office. The night before the show, I stayed up till 3:00am to get the final touches on some of the product. Like I said I worked myself to the max! My alarm clock screamed at 6:30am the morning of the show. I got ready, packed the van, and picked up my friend I was sharing the booth with. We arrive at the show with an hour and a half to set up...plenty of time. We both were very excited.
Within an hour of the show opening up to the public, the place started to get packed. Looking good I thought, should be a good show....then....no sells. Lots of people but no bags in their arms. What is going on I thought?
The 6 hour show went on forever! Our booth wasn't a total bust, we did have a total of 8 customers buy. But 8 customers in 6 hours is just not enough. For the biggest bazaar of the season, it was just not what I expected, and quite frankly not worth it.
After asking around to a couple vendors, we weren't the only ones. Most people said that they were down from last year. We both went home feeling very much defeated. All that work for practically nothing in return and for our first show, very disappointing......
Friday, November 6, 2009
I am really excited, but then again really nervous about the bazaar. Maybe because I am a shy person, don't like being judged...I am not sure. I think that is where the indecision and procrastination came from. I am pushing thru it though, especially since this is what I really want to do, sell my crafts.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- One 4' x 4" piece of wood, cut in half
- Craft Paint
- 14 nails
Friday, October 16, 2009
I have definitely come to the conclusion, even though I love doing all different kinds of crafts my favorite by far is crochet.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The holiday season is approaching and that means holiday craft fairs by the dozen. I am ready to jump in with both feet and have ideas as to what I want to sell but need input from my fellow readers.
What crochet items are you more likely to buy?
Would you spend $15 - $20 on a handmade journal?
Email or leave a comment here.....all will be appreciated. Peace.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The final product....all I can say is........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Two boxes of vanilla cake mix.
Two Cream Cheese frosting.
One Red frosting for decorating.
One Black frosting for decorating.
Nothing to it...a piece of cake!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After a while searching for something else, I found some yarn in the van and decided to search the forest for "knitting needles" aka sticks that were the same size. I used my husbands knife to trim down the nubs and create a point at the tip and a rock to smooth things out. Piece of cake and they work great too!
Spade didn't do much running around, mainly just slept in the van. Her age is really showing these days.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The flowers on the fabric are my pounded flowers. I decided that if I hand wash in cold with mild detergent, it shouldn't fade that much.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I grabbed my rolls of duct tape, put on an old t-shirt and stood in front of my sliding mirror closet doors. All by myself I wrapped the duct tape around my midsection and up my torso. I flung the tape over my shoulders, reached and grabbed and wrapped and taped myself up. This was no easy task, I highly recommend getting someone to help you with the duct taping of yourself!
The finished product...I cut off my duct tape mold, reinforced everywhere it needed it and stuffed it with shredded paper I grabbed from work, and ta da....Sexy Sadie is born.
Now looking at Sexy Sadie, she is not sexy, but magnificent none the less, (I definitely need to start working out), and she will make designing and sewing my clothes much easier.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I like the shape of these lamps and the holes. Also they are big lamps, they sit about 3 feet tall. I decided to give them an updated makeover. All I needed was some spray paint, foil and masking tape.
My first step was masking off the area for the green. I used foil, because it molds to the surface which makes it easier to block off the area. The blue tape is just painter edging tape. Then spray away!
And here is the final product!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We will be doing this again!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
So the other night I am sitting with my husband watching TV, talking and trying to cool down when I hear the most beautiful music, the ice cream lady. "Do you have any cash? Where is she? I hear her!" We paused the TV, sat very quiet, and tried to figure out what street she was on. I step out on the porch to look for her. Unfortunately the sound disappeared. She went down a different street. I grabbed $10 and sat it on the coffee table just in case she came back.
About 5 minutes later I hear her, in the time it takes me to grab my money and open my front door there she is. I ran out and flagged her down! She stops, gets out, looks at me and giggles to herself (and continues to giggle at me). She laughs at me for wanting ice cream!
I get inside the house with my two $4.50 (each) ice cream cookie sandwiches. Look at my husband and start laughing uncontrollably. "She was laughing at me....I feel so ashamed." Is it wrong for a 29 year old to run after the ice cream lady on a hot day??
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The goal is to start making money selling crafts, but at this rate I will never get up off the ground.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The craft department is already fairly scarce. They are only carrying two brands of yarn, the fake flower section is made up of a few leaves and two or three different flowers, and everything else seems to only give you a few selections. The fabric section wasn't' the greatest, but was a nice alternative when you didn't want to spend $10.00 a yard for fabric at the locally owned fabric store. (yes I typed that price correctly) When I think about sewing, I think of making my own clothes, curtains, bags, blankets, and doing all of this for less money than I could buy these things. If I am going to spend $30 (or more) and my time to make one shirt, is it worth it when I can buy something already made for less? I still believe it may be for the uniqueness, but other than that I am not sure.
WalMart what have you done to me!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I took off Friday and Monday to finish up and get settled, so I had a full four day weekend. (too bad it wasn't lounging drinking margaritas in the sun). All day Friday was spend packing and moving out every last bit of our stuff we could. We left our mattress, TV, kennel, clean clothes, vacuum, cleaning supplies and bathroom stuff in the master bedroom, since they are remodeling it they told us we didn't need to shampoo that carpet. This would be our place to sleep and unwind till we moved. Saturday was spent cleaning every last inch of the place....window and window sills, carpet, fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, oven (we even pulled it out to clean around it)...the place looked as it did the first day we moved in. We did such a good job that we treated ourselves to a couple "liquor" drinks and Taco Bell that night.
The plan for the big move-in day......my husband would meet "the landlord" at 10:00am at the house, to help haul things in his pickup truck. I would stay at the trailer consolidate our stuff and finish cleaning the bedroom and bathroom since we've been using it. Swap houses!
20 minutes till 10:00am Saturday morning there is a knock on our front door, I am in my pj's, my husband is getting in the shower. It's "the landlords" wife.
"You need to move your vehicles! I have people here with pickup trucks full of stuff and your in the way!" *picture mega witch voice*
So we move the vehicles, explain that her husband told us to meet at the house at 10am so we were unprepared for her to be there so early. She didn't care! While I drive to McDonald's to get breakfast, my husband hops into the shower. In the time I am gone, "the landlords" wife yells at my husband for being there....
"Why is there stuff in the fridge and freezer, you guys were suppose to be gone, why are you here? You still have stuff here, why aren't you gone!!! I have stuff to move in and my cat is in the car, and you guys just need to get your stuff out!"
My husband takes everything out of the fridge and freezer and puts it in a box (which sits in the bedroom for an hour and a half). We load up what we can which include our animals. He takes off to the house while I stay and clean. When he gets to the house, there is no place to put the food in the refrigerator, and my poor animals get stuck in a bedroom by themselves. It will take us only one more truckload to move the last little bit of stuff out of the trailer, time 12:30pm. "The landlord" tells us he need till 6pm to finish moving out and cleaning, so we go to the parents house and hang out......
6:30pm we show up at our house...everything is out! It is our house!
Unfortunately cleaning was not a priority, the fridge was so gross I had to scrape things off of the shelve to clean it, the toilet hadn't been wiped down after he used it last, the tub was dirty, the stove top was dirty, the pantry had crumbs on the shelves, there was cat hair embedded in the curtains...and I could go on, but I won't bore you with that, it was just gross. Why did I spend 14 hours cleaning the trailer if this is what I was left with here?
The positive...it is just dirt and I know how to clean.
Monday we settled in, unpacked the kitchen, master bedroom and living room. Still lots to do but for now we are happy home owners. Next project....CRAFT ROOM!!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I pounded five flowers into the fabric, and also used some of the leaves. I didn't try to create any kind of pattern, because I wanted the final result to look very organic. I am also not sure what I will do with the fabric, maybe a table runner...maybe a scarf...maybe it will sit in my craft room and collect dust, who cares it was fun to do and I will definitely do this craft again.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
So, what you have been waiting for....my art hung up proudly on the walls!
Mine is the the fourth one from the left, circular sun, with a black border...
Mine is the second one from the left, circular sun made out of a crushed cd...Mine is the second one from the left, needle felted sun....
Friday, May 29, 2009
I have know about the Solstice Art show for a month now and today is the deadline, although she said Saturday would be ok as well. I finally finished up the needle felted sun last night and started (almost finished) a sun Mosaic. The sun Mosaic just needs a clear coat over the entire piece, then I will call it finished.
I believe I intentionally procrastinated, so I wouldn't have to go forward with entering my art into the show. I hate the judging eyes on my work and know that is something I have to get over if I want to be successful in the crafting/art business.And now here is the Needle Felted Sun....
I am going back and forth as to whether or not I like the Needle Felted Sun. It certainly did not turn out the way I thought it would, but I still kind of like it.
And here is the Mosaic......
I am really happy with the way this one turned out. I was going to use the silver side of the Cd's but when I saw how the colors looked I just had to use them this way. The picture doesn't show the light glitter background on the yellow as well.
And by the way it is a cat nip plant in case you were wondering!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Last Sunday I decided I was too tired or unmotivated to cook dinner so off to KFC/Taco Bell I went. I pulled into the drive thru and made my order....
"6 piece grilled chicken family meal, with mash potatoes...."
"2 Chalupa supreme's, no meat, sub beans...."
"1 Mexican pizza, no meat, sub beans..."
I look at the screen to confirm he got my order correct and drive forward.
I get home with my quick and easy dinner, put my PJ's on and then hear my husband complain that only 2 of the pieces of chicken is grilled....but will eat the extra crispy anyway. Which was nice because I really did not want to go back out. I sat down with my yummy Taco Bell, opened the Mexican Pizza box and checked to make sure there wasn't any meat on it (habit)...and low and behold, ALL meat no beans. What's wrong with that you may ask...I am a Vegetarian. So I go change my clothes, hop in the van, drive back to KFC/Taco Bell, go inside wait in a long line and re-order my food.....
"I asked for no meat, sub beans on this Mexican Pizza, and all that's on it is meat. I am a Vegetarian, I only want beans.....they leave me standing there in mid thought, because of course my bucket of chicken is wrong as well. They finally come back to me and I explain the next item..."I asked for grilled chicken and this box of chicken only had two grilled pieces of chicken......".
Then I wait.....and wait......and wait.....oh and wait some more. Finally a guy waves me over with a bucket of chicken, all grilled! But my Mexican pizza is no where to be found, and at this point I have two Chalupa Supreme's sitting at home going cold and soggy. I ask about my Mexican Pizza and it is still not made, "No meat, Sub Beans" I tell them again and I wait...and wait some more.
After about 20 minutes I am on my way home, hungry and ready for my "easy" dinner. I sit down again on my couch in my PJ's, open the box to the Mexican Pizza and peek in between the two crunchy tortillas........MEAT!!!! I did not go back, just sat and ate my luke warm, going soggy Chalupa's, way to frustrated to wait again.
This is a small town, with only one taco bell, and I order from there at least once every two weeks, the same thing, the same way every time...and it is wrong 4 out of 5 times.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The theme of the my first entry is "Summer of Love 1967". You can find a description HERE! And here is the starting of the piece......
Yes there is still a lot to do but the most time consuming part is complete. The background is going to be tie dye, possibly the material it is sitting on now and the lyrics to "Here Comes the Sun" (the beatles), maybe. All I know for sure is this sun is the focal point.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The thing I am the most excited about is my new craft room. Not a craft storage room, closet or shelves...an actual room completely dedicated to me and my crafts. Some things I plan to do with my craft room.....
- The bean bag will definitely occupy one corner.
- I want to create a cork board border on one or two walls.
- There will be a large sturdy work table with the sewing machine and rotary mat always set up.
- To Do board.
That is just a few things I have thought of. I am getting so very excited, yet very scared at the same time. This will be the first time I will live in a place where I can do with it what I please, if I decide to take an ax to the side of the house, well I can because it will be mine. It's so weird growing up, and then again I may be 29, but I still feel 14.
Monday, May 11, 2009
1) Cut the t-shirt into a very long 1/2" strip of material
2) Tug on the strip so that the material curls onto itself creating a tube. I pass the yarn thru this second process twice to make sure I get the maximum length out of the yarn.
I did decide that the solid colors don't suit my style so I decide to use bleach and make a tie-dye yarn with all the colors. Now I just need more T-Shirts and to decide what I will knit up with all this fabulous yarn.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
As far as crafting goes, I seem to be stuck. I pulled out the knitting basket last night, grabbed the self striping Supersock yarn, casted on and knit one row...then realized I didn't want to make what I was starting to make...out came the stitches. So I picked up a ball of green variegated cotton yarn and started a leaf dish cloth...which wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to so again I pulled out the stitches....I sat there looking at my basket full of yarn and couldn't think of anything to do with any of it. The basket went back in it's place and I sat twiddling my thumbs.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
My husband and I spent a grueling day last Saturday driving around looking at homes, all of which we can't afford. Who can afford a $745,000 home these days?? We saw everything from a run down 3 bedroom that smelled like cat pee to a nice three bed room with an integrated Television system...the TV's came with the home. We then looked at the home our landlord is selling.....it is perfect!! It is just the right size for us, a corner lot so it's a little more private, nice shop with stainless steel sink and peg board throughout, big kitchen, a little yard for the dogs and much more.
We plan to buy this house!!!!!
Friday, May 1, 2009
One good thing that is coming out of this is the push in myself to start making a little extra money selling my crafts. It is what I really want to do and I am just going to have to make the leap.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In this picture they are using the Cold Boxes to start or harden their plants. I will use the Cold Box as a greenhouse. My place gets too much wind and rain...and well the weather is just too unpredictable for plants to grow. (and I am too poor to invest in a greenhouse) I tried to grow plants last year only to have their growth stunted by a cold spell. Not this year!!!