Remember this fad, if you want to call it that? ....a watch face with multiple bands made of ribbon, leather....you could change the band to match your outfit?
Well, I came across a box of these at the local craft store for $0.10 a piece and I knew I would eventually do something with them. I dove into my button stash and decided to add some to the bands to make bracelets.
My 3 year old son went to a Preschool Summer Camp. He had the most caring, patient teachers ever! There are 6 teachers and 1 director. Since they really helped him and helped my husband and I, I thought I would make each of them a little thank you gift.
I am not deciding who gets what. I thought they could blind pick out of a bag or they can duke each other out for what they want. I thought cute little snap wallets were functional gift wrap. Each snap wallet has simple white lining.
While cruising different websites, I came across a fun calendar. The original is made of fabric and used velcro on the labels. It also had machine embroidered pictures and wording. It shows the day, year, month, season, weather, holiday, event... I knew I wanted something like this but would never be able to recreate it in that medium.
My brother is a sheel metal worker, he took a sheet of metal and crimped the ends. Instant magnetic board! To attach to the fridge, I used extra 3M removable stickers that are for the hooks you can add and take off the walls. Very strong! I already had card stock and adhesive backed magnets so the cost was nothing. I love it and it covers up the crappy beige fridge underneath, at least the upper half! My son's alphabet magnets cover the lower half!
I still need to add more decorative elements. I used ribbon with the magnet strips on back to frame it out, good enough for the time being.
(Kind of hard to take a picture of a mirror-like surface!)
In high school, I took Vocational Commercial Art classes. In both my junior year and senior years I spent 3 hours a day off in art lala land. I absolutely loved it. After putting my portfolio together, I ended up never using it. I wasn't ready to go to college and leave home. It has been tucked away for a few years and has finally surfaced. (My husband and I are revamping the basement, that in of itself will be another post... )
These are two of my favorites. Both will be re-matted and framed, and will be hung in the basement.
Photography is not one of my strong suits. I always blame the camera but in this case, it is the camera. I need a new one!
I remember writing words to songs in the shell piece! Ask me what songs and where are they located? I have no clue. It is done on mechanical board with several Design Ebony pencils, razor blades and a kneaded eraser, a few of those as well. approximately 70+ hours to complete.
Up close shots...
This one is done on the same board with gesso, acrylic paints, drafting curves, Prismacolor colored pencils and Design Ebony pencils.
In an effort to use everything back in the old days, my paternal Grandmother used to make lemon sugar for desserts and teas. My Mother adopted this and we always had it growing up.
Very simple yet rewarding!
All you need is one lemon and it goes a long way. Peel the lemon to just get the rind. If you get the white, it will turn horribly bitter. At this point put the rind in the chopper or, I like to mince it myself. I use approximately 1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar to one lemon. Really it is up to you. I also add a 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon juice to help mix. At first it will be really crumbly. After a few hours it will become more mushy. Store the mixture in a small air tight container and refridgerate. This will last for at least 7-10 days.
Some of my favorite uses are; iced/hot tea, pancakes, cookies, toast with butter, frosting, muffins, cocktails .....
I forgot to take an after shot! But in the lower left hand corner is the sugar with the lemon rind. (not mixed yet! )
I finally got around to making a table runner for the dining room table. Anything to cover up the hand-me-down table that I hope to replace someday. I have 18 panels. I repeated the same color pattern 3 times in sizes that mirror the halves. I backed it with brown fabric that I added interfacing to. After looking at it, I would like to add beaded fringe to ends. This will help keep the sides down.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I purchased a set of corn hole boards for $60 at Pat Catan's, (a local craft/art supply store). Since we love The Ohio State University and the Cleveland Browns, I couldn't choose just one. Each board is painted like the helmets, gray, white & scarlet, brown, white & orange. Still need to take pictures of those. I purchasing the coordinating corn bags from a friend because I could not get a hold of the corn for the bags. (I ended up finding the corn after the fact, ) I thought, how do you carry these? In a old grocery bag? I decided to get creative and ended up making a bag out of the corn hole fabric, duck cloth, and lined it with Cleveland Browns fabric. For stability, I placed chipboard in the 2 sides and the bottom. I really like the way it turned out. Plus I received a few compliments! A couple of the guys thought this would make a good man purse!
My son turned 3 and he wanted a "barn/farm" theme. I thought I would take a stab at making a barn out of rice cereal. Great idea but not executed well! It ended up leaning like the Tower of Pisa!!! More like the Barn of Seven Hills!!! I learned with this experiment including the do's and do not's of barn "raising". ( ) I should have made the barn, froze it, frosted it, froze it and THEN add it to the cake. Live and learn. I did receive compliments on it and some laughs too! At least he enjoyed it!
I live in a ranch home where the living room and the dining room are in an "L" shape. There was really no definition of the two spaces and it drove me nuts. I didn't want to paint the whole space the same color. To me that would be an overload of one color. So after 7.5 years of begging my husband to paint, we finally did it. I decided to separate the two rooms with paint and some artwork.
Here is the final result. The two colors are close to a rich pumpkin and an deep olive color. The pictures really do not do it justice. Plus my camera is not the best.
The in process photos...
The three mini paintings I did with the same paint on cheap canvases I bought at Walmart, 3 for $3.50??
And I had to throw in the light switch cover. It was old and nasty and stood out like a sore thumb on the olive wall. So a few sprays of contact adhesive with some left over matching fabric laying around and voila, a new cover. I am so anal that I had to color the screws with my Primsacolor markers! I need serious help!
Thanks for looking! ~ As always, C & C appreciated!
My godson's preschool has an annual fundraiser; Wine Tasting ( ) and a Chinese Auction. My friend asked me to donate something for it. I decided to make a purse/bag gift set. I also plan on adding in a mini umbrella and whatever else I can think of... This will all be put together in a basket to make it look appealing! I only had a fat quarter of the two print fabrics so I had to stretch it out. After taking the pics, everything looks wonky but it is not, I hate that!
The inside (with fabric covered cardboard bottom to keep the bag bottom squared)
Wristlet/Snap wallet front
Wristlet/Snap wallet inside
Bookmark and Sunglass holder (with super stiff interfacing for cushion and stability)