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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mumford & Sons Lyrics Via Wood Burning on: July 25, 2014 04:43:18 PM

I made this for Mr. 'Boo for our anniversary this year in May. (We get that they are overplayed -- we just can't deny our love for them! Ha.) Anyway, I picked up the wooden piece at Michaels and then had at it with my wood burning tool. I designed it myself, and made up the fonts and all that. It was really fun to play around with lettering!

It's currently hanging above our fireplace, which I guess feels appropriate for a wood burning piece. Cheesy Here's a dark shot of it.

Thanks for looking!

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2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hey Bert Hoopla on: March 13, 2014 01:20:46 PM
This isn't as fancy as the other hooplas and needlework in this gallery, but he was pretty fun to make. I stitched Bert up for silentblair in the Box of Sunshine swap. (Which, btw, was a blast!)

The background is a yellow fleece, and his face bits are made from felt. (Much like the actual Muppet, I guess!)

Thanks for looking! (insert Bert laugh here.)  Grin
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media canvases inspired by writing... and doodling on: January 24, 2014 06:20:49 AM
I have a New Year's resolution to actually use up some of the many, many, many craft supplies I have been hoarding over the years. I was lucky enough to score a bunch of canvases last summer, and have set out on a mission to make myself some art. Here are two mixed media pieces that I recently completed.

The black flower started out as a doodle that got very involved -- I was playing with gel pens. Then I figured I put so much time into the doodle, I should make it into something more permanent. (I should note though -- gel pens did not appreciate the gel medium that I put on top to seal things. They smeared a little. Ah well.) To make the background, I layered on some old sewing patterns, slopped on some purple paint and had a bunch of fun stenciling some stars all around. (They go over on the edges too.) Then I used a black pen to just make some random dots here and there.

I'm a writer by profession and wanted something to spruce up my cubicle -- I have had this typewriter image for at least two years, so it was definitely time to put it to use. The background of this canvas is scrapbook paper, and I used a section of the dictionary (the "writer" section) to add some more interest. I had some paper circles with German text on them that I received in a paper swap a few years ago that I have been "saving" for just the right project, so they got added in too. (They really juxtapose the circles with English writing on them from the scrapbook paper.) Then there's lots of paint, more star stenciling, some washi tape wiht French writing, and some water color pencils for interest.

It was really fun trying to use up some of my stash... though I have enough stuff to make about a thousand more of these. Grin They're so fun to make though!
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Trick or treat! Two-headed cat on: October 05, 2013 10:59:02 AM
I made this little guy (these little guys?) for CDEeeek in the Vintage Halloween swap. In its first life, it was an old mirror that I picked up at a yard sale. I removed the mirror and spray painted the frame. Then I painted the backing and made the little cats out of  paper clay. I painted them with craft paint, and then glued on the letters.

(I'm holding them while my hubby took a pic):

On the counter for their photo shoot:

Thanks for looking! Grin
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Halloween owl on: October 05, 2013 10:29:50 AM
I made this owl recently for CDEeeek in the Vintage Halloween swap. It's one of two wooden owls that I snagged at a yard sale, and this is the first to have his makeover. I did a base coat of gesso, followed by craft paints and then a spray sealant.

And a close up:

I'm going to start the other one this week for my husband and will post a pic if my idea is successful! Grin
Thanks for looking!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Vintage Valentine frames -- from trash to treasure on: February 24, 2013 12:26:55 PM
I have been holding onto these frames since I found them for about $1 at a yard sale this summer -- I knew they had potential, but had no idea what I was going to do with them. (Scroll down for the "before" shot.) At first, I had envisioned some collage piece here, but then felt simple was better. And, I have been searching for a great place to display some of my favorite vintage Valentines!

A few close ups:

And the before -- the frames were a very dark forest green, and the pictures inside were generic chickadee illustrations. I went to the yard sale with a friend who looked at me like I had two heads when I bought them.  

Thanks for looking! Grin
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mossy spring heart on: February 24, 2013 12:19:25 PM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm pretty sick of winter. With that in mind, I decided to convert a little paper mache heart into a spring decoration.

It feels a little "Secret Garden"-ish to me. (One of my favorite books!) You have to look hard, but there's a lock hidden in the moss, being protected by a bee.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkins for sale! on: November 06, 2012 04:56:15 AM

I've been wanting to try my hand at creating one of those fantastic altered doll houses, but it just feels like such an overwhelming project to dig into! So I decided to work a bit smaller, and made a little pumpkin stand for Halloween.

I did my fair share of yard saleing this summer, looking for treasures to craft with. My pumpkin stand started out as this discarded, hideous pile of pink:

I think it's much happier now!

It has gotten a bit overgrown, but that's what happens when pumpkins are left to their own devices.

I have had that stained glass embellishment for years, and finally found a place to use it. It fit in there perfectly!

I hope you like my pumpkin stand! It was so fun to make -- though I'm still deciding if I want to tackle a bigger house... maybe there needs to be a pumpkin farm some day. Grin
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thank you for being a friend! Golden Girls CCS on: September 10, 2012 12:16:58 PM
I stitched these gals up a few weeks ago as a gift for a friend who loves the Golden Girls as much as I do! I used a super awesome pattern from weelittlestitches on Etsy, and changed the colors up a bit. 

Hipstamatic shot taken right after I finished:

Framed and ready for gift giving:

This was a fun project because it really didn't take that long to make -- I love instant gratification when it comes to embroidery. Grin  C&C welcome!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A shrine to the Bowling Queen of Oklahoma on: February 22, 2012 06:55:09 PM
Another project that I made during a swap with grasshopper -- I have been itching to make a shrine, and knew exactly what to make when I learned that she coaches a high school bowling team! 

Just so the kids know who is in charge...  Grin

The base of this shrine is from a kit, and I painted it with gold ink, used some images I had on hand, and blinged it up around the edges.  The letters are each stamped on paper and cut out, then glued onto the shrine -- I wanted it to definitely have an aged look. It was super fun to make and swap!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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