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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Calendar Inspirational Wall Art for my Girl. on: March 13, 2011 08:35:27 AM
We just painted the entire interior of our home and are slowly decorating each room.  My 6 year old wants decorations that are "cool and not babyish" and on International Woman's Day I had the idea to honor the most fabulous woman in training that I know by making her this:

Sorry for the dark and glared photos.  Very gloomy here that day and even matte modge podge tends to catch a glare from a camera flash.  My daughters walls are actually a medium green color and not the grey that appears in the photos.

This was a big step for me as I have never had an art class and tend to work with textiles, sew, and refurb furniture.  I generally leave kind of stuff up to my more arty hubby.  My daughter loves it though and hugged me several times that day for it so I think it was a success.

The heart is layered calendar pages and though it doesn't show, has a ripple effect on the edges that makes it a bit 3-D.  The flowers are scrapbooking supplies, black marker is sharpie, and I used acrylic paints for the yellow on the background and the two outlines of the heart.  The whole things has two coats of modge podge on it and I used modge podge to adhere the recycled paper heart and my daughters photo as well.  I used a cheap canvas from Michael's and I used push pins and gross grain ribbon to cover the edges of it.  

The piece contains three quotes:

-There is no need to reach for the stars.  They are deep within you, just reach deep into yourself!

-Go confidently in the Direction of your dreams.

-If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it!  - William A. Ward
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My son's imaginative and crafty Valentine's box on: February 13, 2011 05:04:13 AM
My son's teacher challenged her class to make fun and creative Valentine's boxes this year.  My son came up with the thought of having an interactive box that spoke to you when you opened it and from that idea Verne the Valentine monster was born.  

He is made out of a Nike shoe box and is covered in red mylar.  His hair is a three pack of cork ribbon bows from the dollar store, his eyes are a foam ball cut in half, painted, and with large google eyes hot glued on.  His teeth are repurposed from a tag board poster my son had made.  His arms and legs are dollar store wired ribbon with hearts that my son cut out for his hands and feet.   To make the box interactive, he had the idea to tape a talking greeting card to the inside of the box.  Everytime it was opend the monster would talk to the person delivering the Valentine.  

My son and I loved making this project together and he won the most creative box award.  Smiley

3  COOKING / Dessert / Choc. dipped peanut butter cookies,choc. covered strawberries, and Cupcakes on: February 13, 2011 04:53:27 AM
Each year I make a homemade Valentine's gift for my kid's teachers.  This  year I chose to make peanut butter cookies that I dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts, and drizzled with more chocolate and chocolate dipped strawberries drizzled with white chocolate for most and then a lower sugar brownie for my son's teacher who has diabetes.  I also made Milky Way candy bar filled cupcakes for my son's school Valentine's Party.

Goodies before being wrapped.

Wrapped and unwrapped version of teacher's gifts.  I used heart shaped glass dish from the Dollar Tree and filled them with pink shredded paper.  Behind the homemade goodies is a hershey bar I put a custom label on.


Milky Way Center (or make that bottom).  Going to add the candy after filling instead of mid way through next time to see if it keeps them from sinking to the bottom.

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first paper cut project on: December 31, 2010 12:55:22 PM
I saw a project on this site where someone did a paper cut and used various colors of magazines behind the cut to give it interest.  I really liked the technique and decided to use it to make a Christmas gift for a friend.  She is often heard saying:  "love, love, love..." so I recreated it using the Kanji symbol for love, a heart, and a scrapbooking embellishment with brads.

Here is the finished product.  There is a weird shadow on the glass and not an imperfection in the piece.

Thanks for looking.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Memorial bears on: December 20, 2010 07:26:11 AM
My dad died at the age of 49 this April leaving a wife, three adult kids, and five young grandchildren.  To give the kids something tangible to remember him by, I used his old shirts to make teddy bears for them, one for my mom, and one for my brother and his wife who have yet to have their first child.  The squares on their necks now contain a photo of my father.

Thanks for looking.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Memorial quilt for my mom on: December 20, 2010 07:23:29 AM
My dad died of a massive heart attack on April 5th of this year.  Took us all by complete surprise as he was only 49 with no prior health history indicating heart issues.  I asked my mom for all of my dad's jeans and button down type shirts.  I made this for my mom from them and also made 7 teddy bears that will go to grand kids and my mom.

Disregard the haggard look of me.  I spent 8 hours with a horrible headache finishing this and the bears up on Sunday.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Rendition of the Tooth Fairy. Halloween 2010 on: November 10, 2010 04:22:33 PM
Not as much sewing and crafting went into this as I would normally do for a costume but since I found this dress NWT at the Goodwill for $1.29 and adored it, dh and I decided to use it as the base for our couples costume and decided that going as the Tooth Fairy and a Dentist would be fun.

Crafting for this consisted of making my jewelry, wand, and wings.  For the jewelry Dh made the teeth out of polymer clay and we worked together on stringing the glass beads.  My wand was made out of a vintage button, ribbon, and felt and was glued onto a glow in the dark blue stick that I got at the dollar store.  The only wings we could find were neon green so I spray painted them with black Krylon.  I did not want to wear the wing straps so we took a wreath hanger (the over the door ones) bent it straight and then bent it around the wing mid section to hold it tight and then shaped the rest of the hanger to fit with the curve of my back.  I wore both a long (think bridal) and normal strapless bra and we shoved the wreath hanger down between the bras and my back to hold it in place.  The wings stayed tight to my back all night and really looked attached to my body.  To hide the hanger on the wings, I made a big tooth out of felt and tacked it onto the wings.  I also glued swarvski crystals on my face to round out the look.

Only sewing done to the dress was to put two darts in the back as I have lost a bunch of weight since I bought it and it was falling down.  Luckily the wings hide the darts.  

Thanks for looking.

My dentist and I.  

My fav. photo from our impromptu photo shoot.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Holy Damask Jigsawing Batman! Or, look at the wall art dh and I made. on: July 25, 2010 03:03:52 PM
We are doing a bedroom remodel on the cheap and needed a big piece of art to go above our bed.  Everything we looked at to buy was pretty pricey but fortunately, I ran across a blog with this project on it a couple weeks ago.  Our piece is 4 foot wide by 33 inches tall.  It has brown felt for the backing to match our 99 cent Goodwill bedskirt and the Ikea shelves which are a deep chocolate brown.  The project cost about $30. There are about 8 hours of our life into this project.  5.5 alone just to do the jigsawing.

Blog I found the project on.  It is an awesome blog with great projects and tons of refurb hints.


Thanks for looking. 
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / A whole lotta dyeing going on. Fast and Electric LWI on: July 08, 2010 04:39:06 AM
Spent last weekend in a dyeing frenzy.  It has been a couple of years since I had my dyes out of their boxes and it felt good to put them to use again.  Most of what is dyed are hand me down clothing given to my kids that had minor staining on it plus a few clearance t-shirts.  

My three in their new duds.  Boy's requested Kanji iron ons for their shirts.  Tallest boy's kanji means "fast" and my other boy's kanji means "wind"

Long sleeved dye for fall (kids were troopers as it was 95 degrees when these pics were taken.  The blue/ black combo in my son's shirt is my fave of the dye that I did this go around.  I love how it sets off his blue eyes.  DD wants me to add some type of fall silhouette to her shirt.

Hand me down white polo that had seen better days.  Kanji iron on for the front with the meaning of the kanji displayed on the back.

Thanks for looking. Smiley

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / 3 Wee Owls Sitting in a Tree on: December 25, 2009 02:48:10 PM
I have been lurking here forever.  I am an avid sewer and crafter but this is my first post.

Hand stitched wool felt owl ornaments.  It was a fun little project that only took a couple hours total to complete all three.  The kiddos love them.

Made from this tutorial:

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