ok, so in this case it's fern arranging. my parents wanted a fern to go in their bathroom on the little dividing wall between the shower and bath tub. they had found others that they liked already assembled/arranged at Michaels for in the kitchen, but they just couldn't find one they liked for this area. so, I went to Hobby Lobby with my dad to look at some completed ferns, but again, he couldn't find anything he liked. then he thought maybe we could make one. find the right container, buy some fake ferns, a little moss and some floral foam and we'd be set. he found the perfect basket, we grabbed some chartreuse moss, pins, a fern, and an extra frond. sat down today to put it all together. he had to cut a little off the shaft of the fern since I'm so weak, and the center piece of the fern was way too tall, so he cut that down too. then, I stuffed it all in the foam and it looked perfect. it took it back out so I could add the moss with pins and a little glue, put the fern back in, added the frond, and ta-da! a new, one-of-a-kind potted fern! and it only cost $29.03!!! SMALLER ones were upwards of $100, on sale at 50% off. doing it this way, they got what they wanted and saved over $70!!! actually, I had a coupon for the fern and the basket was 50% off, so even if they were full price, we still would have saved about $65.
click the picture if you want to see a bigger view.
whatcha think? I'm pretty happy with it and I now want to make more!!! maybe even make something with flowers this time!
cackling. or maniacal laughter. you choose what you feel sounds best when it comes to the sound I'm making just thinking about this project.
back in September, my neighbors and I went to see "Resident Evil: Retribution" in 3D. I loved it. then again, I love the whole franchise and can't wait for the next installment. anyway, I wanted to make a showdowbox to show my love for RE and the fun I had with my neighbors. I even wanted to include the 3D glasses. I was only inspired though when I FINALLY got a hold of some spent bullet cases. I bought the shadowbox one day when it was sale at 50% off and I had a coupon for an additional 25% off (I should have bought more!!! I have at least 2 more clambering around in my head, dying to get out), but then it just sat around for all of November. finally tonight...excuse me, this morning I decided to at least look around for an image I could use for the background. the ideas in inspiration just EXPLODED from there. I'll show you what ended up happening.
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you can still see a couple of spots where the paint is still a tad wet, and some of the glue was still a little tacky, so I made quick with the picture taking since I had to lay it down to get a good shot. if you're familiar with the movie franchise, you'll know what the "A" means in my mind. in reality, I'm not sure what it stands for. but anyway, I just LOVE how it turned out. oh, and here's a picture I took in my bathroom after I played around with paint splatters for a bit:
I see there is a lack of Silent Hill jewelry on Craftster (and I'm kinda sad. I'd love to have more inspiration here!!), so I figured I better show this set off.
my neighbor and I have become really good friends since I moved here, and yesterday we decided to go see the new Silent Hill: Revelation 3D movie. I really enjoyed it, by the way. anyhow, I am OBSESSED with the Silent Hill franchise and I thoroughly enjoy wearing clothing and jewelry inspired by the movie I'm about to go see (had it not been 90 degrees that day, I would have worn my house robes to see the final Harry Potter movie) or just to walk out of the house. I was so sad because I had nothing for Silent Hill. I looked around Deviantart for a while and listened to some music from the game trying to be inspired...when it hit me! Heather's pendant! but I didn't have the kind of pendant I could put a jewel in (all of mine are the type you put pictures in). then I remembered I had a pocket watch my dad got somewhere that had a lame fish on the front, so he gave it to me to use in my jewelry. the pieces began to fall into place as I looked through the strategy guide. I had everything I needed (or at least good replacements), and started putting things together. I had to pop off the cover of the watch so you could see inside at all times, and used the empty hinge area to add a pendant.
ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry if I rambled) on to the picture!!!!!!!!!!!!! and yes, I used the strategy guide as my background.
keys - you find them and need them in every Silent Hill game. trying to find them and running into so many locked doors will make you wish your character could pick locks red shoe - solves the Cinderella puzzle at Lakeside Amusement Park doll head - solves the Snow White puzzle at Lakeside Amusement Park Otherworld Laws (book) - contains info on cult symbolism in Silent Hill silver coin - solves the soda machine puzzle at Hilltop Center moonstone - unlocks the door engraved with a moon in Reverse Side Mall Corridor Aglaophotis (red jewel) - use it or die
so my neighbor bought me 3 funkins (on sale of course) in exchange for some jewelry. I've made a couple of pieces so far and even fixed another set, but I still have more to make. we've decided to do Halloween crafting together, so I've been going over there to decorate stuff. so far I've done 2 of my 3 funkins.
I HAD to have this first one because it looks like a candy corn, and I'm obsessed with the stuff. I just used some black puffy paint to add the swirled dots and glued some golden rhinestones on it, being careful not to take away from the candy cornness of it.
then about a week ago, she was finally able to find a couple of black pumpkins, and I made that thing sparkle! I loved the color of the big green ones on the top, but I was running out of them and they didn't come any smaller, but I thought the blue ones worked well with them. but then I decided I didn't want so much blue and asked for my friend's opinion. together we agreed that adding the dark pink rhinestones would make it all pop. I LOVE how it turned out.
I still have a little white one to decorate, but I'm stuck on it's design. I want to cut it though. I still have other things to decorate while I mull over some ideas. whatcha think?
I've been on a bit of a roll! more jewelry for you to look at.
inspired by my idea to paint my findings for this set (it's the last set. the one with turquoise findings), and seeing that I had 2 white roses like the black one used on that ring, I got the idea in my head to make partially painted red roses for an Alice in Wonderland set! I wasn't sure what to do for a necklace, so when I was in Hobby Lobby the other day looking for black jumprings, I came across a new line of jewelry bits and bobs called "Fairy Tale" by Bead Treasures (a Hobby Lobby brand. and unfortunately, their website doesn't show much of the collection if you just search for "Fairy Tale"). they have so many cute things to choose from! and I chose a Queen of Hearts card and card suit charms!! look!!!
the necklace is on the longer side and I like choker style too, so I made a "Drink Me" bottle necklace too that's short enough to hang above the QoH one. I filled the bottle with pretty little blue crystals since I really didn't want to put a liquid in it.
I love this set and I can't wait to wear it! hope you like it too!!!
first we'll start with 2 sets that I made from some new beads I got the other day from a neat little bead store not far from me:
the last one was made with all crystal clear drops, but since I didn't have any other way to display it, it's on a red background and the beads don't look crystal clear. and the red one looks even more red thanks to the background too.
then we have a set that I made all from stuff I already had:
where did I get those awesome turquoise findings, you ask? from a bottle of nail polish! that's the cool new thing I'm seeing; bringing new life to old, ugly, or tarnished pieces, or making findings in any color you need with nail polish! so I painted the ring (it's hard to see but it's there!), the earring drops, and the bead on the necklace. I think it looks pretty cool if you ask me. the black rose come from a swap a while back. she had also sent some white roses and when I got the idea to paint those findings, I came up with a BRILLIANT idea for the white roses too! I just don't have the color nail polish I need, but I have to go out later today, so I'll pick it up then.
I swore I posted these, but I can't seem to find them. so I'll post my originals first, then my new ones with their story.
first up, we have the red and black sets that I made last year after finding these pretty flowers on Etsy:
I have now become SO obsessed with flowers like this that I've pinned about a hundred different kinds from Etsy. lol.
so on to the story. after moving to Arizona about 2 months ago, my aunt became friends with a woman who works at a bead store. she asked if the store was hiring and was given information on who to contact. my aunt then sent me the info and I have been e-mailing back and forth with the owner of the store. I was hoping to meet with her today since I was going to be in the area, but no such luck. oh well. I did get to meet the manager on duty as well as my aunt's friend. we all talked (and it seems like a great place to work since all you do is play with beads all day and talk to people about beads) and they invited me to have a look around the store. I found 2 deadly (for my wallet) tubs full of beads I HAD to have. $10 later I wound up with some turquoise size 15/0 Miyuki seed beads (the tiniest they make), a little zip baggie of Czech glass drops, daggers and leaves, 2 adorable Mahjong red dragon tile beads (I needed one more but I couldn't find another), and 4 lucite/acrylic turquoise flowers. since these were bigger, I only used 3 of them rather than 4, so I'll have to buy a few more next time I'm there so I can make something else. here's what I came up with:
oh, and the drops on these ones are some frosted clear ones I got from the store.
I still have to talk to the owner, but hopefully I can get some work there. wish me luck!
so about a week ago, I went out to lunch with my friend and neighbor, and I wanted to wear some HP jewelry since she's also a fan (though not as much as I am ). I chose my winged key necklace, but then I realized I didn't really have any earrings that would really go with it. so I whipped up these little cuties!
they're made out of tiny bells and feather charms. I just love them! I hope you do too!