A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What I been doing over the last several months

Yes I admit it, I have not posted since October.  I will not apologize.  My blog ha ha.  Don't I sound snotty.  I don't understand why people apologize for not keeping up with their blog.  Shrugs.

Well anyway here is what has kept me away.  Be warned its a long one.  Mostly pictures and some text to explain some of the projects....



A Halloween card I colored with Prisma colored pencils for my secret Sister.  I was pretty sure this one might give me away.  They are my favorite material.   I think I used the cheaper brand and tried to pretend I did not have the more $$$ for the more expensive brand (I do have the good stuff but that's only because I saved a lot of gift cards that were given to me as gifts for amazon)
I waited to post it till we were revealed!

This next card might seem like an odd card to give to your boss for bosses day but she liked it LOL.  I found this awesome Marilyn Monroe color page and used my prisma pencils and well I liked how it turned out...

Altered Cigar Box

These are before photos of a cigar box I got at goodwill.  I personally thought they charged to
much for them.  They had about 10-15 of them but I wanted it so bad so I bought 1

It was for a gift and I altered it a bit...

I lined it with red upholstery and put gold doll heads on the bottom for feet. 
Nothing to fancy but I think it made it that much nicer

Faux Bubble Gum Machine

This was for my moms birthday.  It was kind of a challenge.  To make her something with out having to buy one item.  Well I did buy the dark chocolate M&Ms that I put in them.  Its the ones with peanuts.  DELICIOUS! 

So it inspired me to make four more for my co workers.  Lets break down the cost

1 bowl 1.00  (dollar tree, they have two sizes I got the larger one)
1 - 4 inch flower pot .78
1 - 4 inch saucer   .78
1 Wingnut .25 cents (home depot, in a package of 4 for a 1.00 ish)
1 doll head (already owned so I don't know the cost)
tube of E-6000 (already owned I think its 3.97 a tube not sure, it might be 2.97 at Walmart)
Craft paint (.50 cents at Walmart if you do not use metallic which I did for the work ones, I already owned that too btw)
Polyurethane about 6.50 per a small can which I already owned and you barely use any 
bottle cap free (I did not use it on my mothers I saw somebody use it on youtube and liked it better)

If you are an artist and a craft you already have the glue and paint and varnish so the other materials will cost you about 3.00ish.  Not a bad co worker gift.  Of course I had to add chocolate and bought a 9.00 back of Hershey kisses divide that by 4 .. about 2.25ish  So your about at 5.00

Here they are with out further ado

Note my mothers bowl did come from the dollar tree several years ago so hers is bigger...

another note... don't buy the candy ahead of time you will end up eating it and having to go buy another bag ha ha ha

I made two extra ones.  The one on the right I was experimenting with a different shape.  I had to use two more saucers so it makes it about 1.60 more

The one on the right I wanted a big one for me but the lid was to small so I glued another lid on it and now its to big.  I haven't finished painting it so maybe it will look better.  I think if I put silver candies in it, it willy really pop

I got the bigger bowl at hobby lobby when the glass was 50 percent off.  I used a 6 inch flower pot instead of a 4 inch.  Same with the saucer. 

 There are loads and loads of tutorials out there for it but its pretty simple to do glue stuff together...

 The lady is silly it wasn't hard to find, she wanted the from a dollar store which is silly because the pots are sold less then a dollar at home depot or lowes...

Ornaments for work and the gift bag

I made 5 different styles of ornaments.  I put two different styles in each bag.  One larger ornament and one smaller ornament.

I collected ornaments when they were on clearance and from thrift shops.

I removed the top loop.
I used half elmers glue and half water and made some diy decoupage medium
I tore up papers ...
the papers I used were
book text
archie comic books
music sheets

I dipped the paper into the mixture and glued it on the ornament.  I tried brushing it on but it was much easier to get messy

I stuck them on a skewer and stuck them in Styrofoam and let them dry. 

Before they were completely dry I did add more diy mixture over them to seal the papers down better and put them back to dry

After they were dry I used a varnish and varnished them except for some of the texted one.  I had  added soft snow like glitter to some of those before the glue mixture was dry and that made the 5th style
I let dry again

I cut ribbon and tied it to a tooth pick in half.  I decided to add a dab of hot glue so the ribbon will stay on the tooth pick.  I put the tooth pick into the ornament vertical and let it rest horizontal so it got stuck and would not come back out.
I put the top back on and decided it needed help to stay affixed so I used a bit of hot glue.

I got two blisters over the process.
This was one of the longest projects because I had to do 60 ornaments and make the bags..

For most of the bags I ran them thru my laser jet printer and printed coloring book pages
I used my prisma colored pencils to color them.  Prisma pencils do well on colored paper as you can see

Some I did use color pages like the reindeer I used a hand made pom pom for the nose and the snowman I just free hand him and same for the santa coat.  I used quilting batting for the fur.

Those came from this video...

I punch holes and slid in a candy cane with a punched tag.

The ugly Christmas Sweater contest

Ha ha my star went wonky on me

fixing the star

Explaining the sweater

I kind of went to town on this puppy LOL  I did win though LOL

Crayon art work

This was for my cousins baby birthday gift yes her birthday was in July and I was a wee bit late.  She lives in Atlanta and when I went to do it the one time it snowed (first day of November go figure LOL) and the internet went down so I could not get the images

It went with the Simba stuffed animal and book I got from Khols

Personalized Monopoly Jr Game

digital file
I scoured the thrift stores for monopoly jr games so I could have the board and the pieces
For the box I painted the bottom blue.  I mod podged with the same diy mixture as the ornaments monopoly money on the cover.  I covered in the craft varnish.
I made personal chance cards.  I renamed them the Conner Chance Lucas Owen cards because they were called Chance cards and one of the cousins were named Chance and I didn't want the other three to feel like I was leaving them out LOL. I covered them in contact paper
I printed monopoly money I Felt like a real forger LOL.  If you want the word doc for the money let me know.  Just print with pastel color papers and cut out.
Oh I almost forgot about the board.  I created the file in paint shop pro pretty easy to do actually.  I had it printed at office depot.  Printing two was more economical then printing one.  Because they do it by the square footage and 1 takes two square footages while two only takes three. 
I messed one up by putting varnish on it and you could see the board underneath.
So I had to redo.  I had an extra board to use hanging on my wall so I used that.  Later I found the board at goodwill to replace the one I used off the wall

Altered cork board
 This was another altered goodwill find. I took a cork board, it was in pretty bad shape
I painted it black then varnished it
My mother saves me all her wine corks and I glued them on with e 6000
How easy is that?

Well first before you glue set the corks up so you make sure you have enough and pick the pattern you want and place the wording how you want it and place the different brands of corks on how you like it. I used the same brands for the vertical and mixed the brands horizontal.

Knitted Scarf

I got really sick during the middle of the month of December and it prevented me from doing a lot of projects.  I couldn't stand cause I had no energy but when I was sitting I was fine.  This enabled me to knit.  I knitted four scarves in that time.

Unfortunately I do don't have pictures of two of them.

The other one I did take a picture of was for my nephew he wanted a red and white one so I made him a candy cane striped scarf.  I then got him a pete the cat stuffed animal and made pete a scarf to match.  I also got him a 4 pete the cat books for his birthday.  You can see one in the background

A link to the pattern is below.  You will need to sign up on their www site...

If that does not work go to www.lionbrand.com and do a search for Candy Cane Scarf

I uses homespun yarn.  The white is discontinued but I happened to have some.  You can use any white color really, you don't really have to use homespun.  If you do not use homespun you can use traditional fringe.  You have to knit the fringe for homespun because it unravels.

Altered Jewelry box
oh this is one of my fav projects I kept it for myself!

I started off by taking off the hardware
I basically sanded it some.  I thought I would be on a time crunch because I wanted it done by Christmas but then I ended up keeping it ha ha.

I would have sanded it more or I would have tried to remove some of the varnish off.

Anyway I still loved how it came out.

I primed it with a couple coats of paint
I painted it blue
I used crackle medium over the blue following the directions on the bottle
I painted it cream

the magic happened

I lined the box with a floral blue material instead of the yuckie pink that was in it
I glued on flowers on the top and added the key which made me want to change the knobs.
I was going to put the original knobs back on but I remembered Walmart had knobs that would match the key.

I realized now I probably should not have painted the inside because it does stick a bit so lesson learned there. 
I wish I could find a picture of the original box.  Its a different sort of box.  The top is bigger then the bottom.  There is enough room to hold note cards and in the drawers the plan was to put stamps and a fancy pen.
I put the note card, stamps and fancy pen in a photo box and gave that as the gift instead.  I couldn't give this one away!

Snowman from glass bowls

I made this for my mom for her birthday.  I saw it at Michaels between 50-100 dollars depending on the size.  Really?  Its quite obvious what it is and how to make it was SOOO simple. 

The two bottom bowls I got from Hobby lobby.  Guess what Michaels was out of bowls go figure LOLOL

The smaller one was the larger size at the dollar tree.  The size at hobby lobby was to small.

I stuck batting in each bowl.
I did not want to have to glue the bowls together but I did because they kept falling over.  I used e 6000.  This would be the one time I think a hot glue gun would be ok so you can pop them off and store them better if you would like.

I used my Martha stewart  paper button punch and punched out the black buttons.  Its probably my favorite punch ever

I made the nose from air dry clay. I painted it orange and glued it on with e 600  The nephew that was sporting the new scarf "accidently" popped his nose off so my moms husband used a yellow glue (rolling my eyes LOL) to glue it back on

I knitted him a scarf

I used google eyes for his eyeballs

The hardest part was the hat.  It was an empty tape roll painted black... nope that is not right I glued on black card stock and I glued a piece of black card on the top.  I cut notches around the circle and glued them inside the tape roll so it would stay.  I think the base is a piece of matt board that hobby lobby use to sell as scrap.  They stop selling scrap matt board which is a same.  I really like using that stuff.

stuffed owl Pillow

Yes I sewed a pillow ha ha

I used this as inspiration...

The new owner of the Pillow checking it out... she is the same recipient of the crayon Lion King artwork. 

Mind Craft Pillows

I made one each for my nephews.  Due to the lack of interest and gratitude for getting a hand made gift from the oldest nephew the youngest nephew got both of them.

The oldest nephew is in the back ground. 
I will not go into detail on how I made them, you can watch the video below.  I sewed them because my nephews are harsh on stuff and it would not of lasted that hot glue method. 
One other note... don't let you dog get sick on the sewing machine pedal.  It shorts it out and the machine starts sewing on its own.  It eventually fixed itself but it made for some interesting late night adventures....

Art Journal Page Textured Hearts

Ok so this is not a gift at all, this was a swap long over due...

I used white card stock as a base.  I should have used a cereal box.  I think I ended up stapling a cereal box on it.

I glued down tim holtz tissue paper

I used gelatos red and smeared it on the background

I cut out shapes of hearts from denim.  Different sizes I used both the right and wrong side of the fabric

I stamped some wings onto music paper and glued them underneath the wings

I punched out the quote on that old dynamo label maker
I want to Touch the Heart of the world and make it smile.


1. Scarf knitted in read and blue like the candy stripped on with yellow fringe for Kansas colors

2. Scarf knitted in fun fur for Sue C. Secret Sister swap

3. Dum Dum Bouquet

similar to this one... I am trying to get a picture of it

4. Snow ball fight kit I used a box instead of a tin bucket and glued a handle on it and a door knob...

both 3 and 4 tutorials can be seen in this video

5. family calendar I made that via Walmart www site since it was only 12.00 oh what a nightmare  At the time I ordered them you could only select two walmarts.  So I selected the one closest to me.  They were suppose to be done that day but I went to pick them up the next day.  The photo person did not have them nor could she find them in her system and that was that.  She literally ignored me standing there from that moment on.  I pushed it to talk to a manager.  He said I had to cancel online and I may or may not get my money back.  So we went over his head to another manager and she was even worse then the lady at the photo department.    They suggested we call the 1800 number there was only a 30 minute wait and they wouldn't do it.  My mother took over the issue and called the next day.  They had resubmit the order and then they paid me back. 
The sad thing is a week later I had to completely close that account because it was hacked.  I lost all the projects I had made.

If I ever get a color laser jet printer I will be printing them at home again. 

6. My sisters photo book for her wedding. It was actually her birthday gift but I never got it done.  I used this tutorial. 

I made it larger with 12x12 paper.  I mimicked her guest book which can be seen here...

I am trying to get photos of the guest book and sucker bouquet but my sister is getting old and must have already gone to bed LOL

She is 11 years younger then me ha ha

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