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Friday, October 19, 2018

Autumn Earrings



I just have a little time left to participate in this month's blog hop over on the Earrings Everyday: We're All Ears site.  The inspiration from Erin is fall and she provided this wonderful set of fall leaves in all the glorious splendor that is autumn.

Three weeks later, and I missed the chance to participate in the fall leaves earring hop above.  But, no matter, I finally have a chance to create some new fall earrings and that's what is important.  Create when you can!

Here's one pair that I created with some copper wire - an abstract kind of leaf.
Abstract Leaves Earrings
Here's the link to take a peek at the other fall earrings that were created!  And, here's the reveal for the plaid inspiration earrings for this month.  I've still got time, maybe I can get another pair made!

Here's another pair that I made:
Hammered Leaf Earrings
For these, I cut leaves, hammered them, oxidized them and added Ranger antique copper patina over the top.  Serpentine and faceted glass rondelles are strung on copper wire.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Shirt Sleeve Pumpkins

Hi crafty friends!

Nothing makes me happier than re-using something old and worn out.  Lately, I have been using some of my hubby's old shirts in my designs.  I have a lot of plaids and pumpkins have been on my mind, so I thought I'd make some plaid shirt sleeve pumpkins.  

The shirt sleeves are perfect for a quick and easy stuffed pumpkin, since they are already a tube.  I cut two from this plaid shirt - one a little shorter than the other.  Then, I turn the sleeve piece inside out.  On one end, sew a running stitch around one edge with a heavy thread.  Draw it up and tie it.  Turn it inside out and stuff with polyester stuffing.  Then, sew another running stitch around the top edge.  Draw it up and tie the ends.  Push the center down along with the ends of the thread.  Find a short piece of stick for the stem, add glue to the end and push into the center.

Shirt Sleeve Pumpkins
Set them among the rest of your fall décor or place them in a grapevine wreath.  These are so easy even the kids and grandkids can make them.  

So save your old plaid shirts or check out your local re-use stores and make some shirt sleeve pumpkins!  






Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall Y'all!

I love fall!  It adds a lot more color to the world - yellow and red leaves among the green, orange pumpkins, and ripe apples and tomatoes in shades of red.  The fragrances of fall add to the rich ambience - damp earth from an early shower, homemade jams and pies, and the rich odors of ripening grapes.

And, I love creating things to celebrate the season -

Here's a little sign for fall that I created for JOY Iron-on letters.



You can find all the details to make your own sign on the Creating with Joy blog.  Want to add a little more to this sign?  Add two more pumpkins - one with an "I" and one with a heart - to make "I heart fall".

These are small wood slices, so they will fit anywhere among the fall décor you already have on a windowsill or shelf.   And, the tiny leaves are die cuts made with a die from Spellbinders.

These leaves were part of the Wreath Elements in the Four Seasons set and were the perfect size for my pumpkins.  I love that die cuts work for so many crafts besides cardmaking!

Stop by the Creating with Joy blog for more fun fall and Halloween ideas.  Happy fall creating and decorating!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Painting with a Palette Knife

Hi!

While the baby was napping, I took the time to try out a new painting style.  I saw this recently on Make it Artsy, which is a fun show that hightlights all sorts of creative styles.  You can watch episodes free online.

This is my first attempt at painting with a palette knife.  The acrylic paint is thickened with modeling paste.  I started with one of my favorite subjects:  Sunflowers!


To get the texture in the centers, I used a straw!  Can't wait until my next creative 15 minutes or half hour to try this again, but, for now, the baby is awake!

Hope this inspires you to get out there and get creative.  Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect!

Monday, August 20, 2018

We're All Ears: Fabric-Inspired Earrings

Hi folks,

Today I'm taking the time to create some new earrings.  I love them; they are one piece of jewelry that I always wear.  And, they are quick and easy to create compared to other more extensive pieces of jewelry like a necklace.

The inspiration comes from the Earrings Everyday blog.  This month, Erin chose fabrics from Spoonflower.


So much fun!  Now, to pick one or two and create some earrings to go with the fabric.  Lots of fun ones, but I decided on the fabric on the bottom row, second from the left.  There are a lot of interesting mandala-type circles there and I thought I'd try to imitate that in an earring.

I found some buttons that were perfect to work with and used embroidery thread to sew a pattern in the buttons.
Mandala Earrings
These were a lot of fun to make.  I've got to try more of this on other filigrees.

Thanks for the inspiration, Erin!  Take a look at all the other lovely designs on Earrings Everyday.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summertime Projects with Joy Iron-on Letters

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Here are my projects for the last three months using the iron-on letters from Joy.  All the instructions can be found on the Creating with Joy blog , where you will find my projects and those from the rest of the fabulous design team.

We spend a lot of time outside around the barbecue during the summer, so I created projects for the patio.  This is a quick and easy burlap pillow that is great for any of the patriotic holidays or just everyday.  It's so easy even the kids will enjoy it.  Make it patriotic or use their names or any short word.


This silverware caddy uses chalk paint on the canning jars as well as distressing over the letters and the caddy and tags.  I love the distressed look on the letters.

Upcycled Gift Box
This last project is an upcycled cheese box that I did for May, but you could use it for any occasion.  It would be a great box for a small gift such as jewelry.  Joy letters are great for any occasion, and you can color them in so many ways.  Here, I used ColoriQue inks to color them.

Drop by the Creating with Joy blog and see all the other wonderful creations from our design team!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Faux Sea Glass Mobile

Hi all!

I'm here today for etchall® to show you another way to use their amazing products.  Today I'm using etchall® dip 'n etch.  It's one of my favorites because it's so easy to use.

I'm etching some interesting glass beads that I found at JoAnn's.
Such interesting shapes and sizes, aren't they?

I put them in a plastic cup and covered them with etchall® dip 'n etch.
I swirled the cup a couple of times to make sure the beads were exposed to the solution evenly and waited for 15 minutes.  Then, I poured the excess back into the bottle to use next time.  I rinsed the beads, then washed them is dish soap, rinsed again and dried them on a paper towel.

Now, these beads have the softened look of sea glass.

These would make some fun jewelry, but I love the look of a sea glass mobile, so that is what I decided to create.

I didn't have a piece of driftwood, but I did have some commercial driftwood pieces.  You can find them in the floral section of your favorite craft store.

I tied on lengths of C-lon cord to the wood piece with overhand knots and ladder-stitched the pieces of glass down the lengths of cord.  Ladder stitching is just putting the cords into the bead from opposite directions.  In between the glass beads, make overhand knots.  Then, on the ends, I tied on silver fish beads.

Here's my mobile hanging in my herb garden:
Faux Sea Glass Mobile
And, here against a fence:

So, if you have a yearning for a bit of the sea in your life, but can't make it to the beach to gather some sea glass, make your own with etchall® dip 'n etch.  It's so easy!


(As a member of the Etchall Design Team, I received product with which to work.  But, I wouldn't be a part of it, if I didn't love the product.  Hope you'll try it!)