Monday, June 17, 2013

Owl Coasters in Plastic Canvas

Hi Crafty Friends!

One of the crafts that I have enjoyed for a long time is plastic canvas needlepoint.  It's so much fun and easy for all ages.  I've taught it to the kids in my craft group and they love it.  Right now, I've got seven different coaster designs on the Herrschners website.  There is quite a variety:  penguins, pansies, slices of pie, horseshoes, autumn leaves, roosters and owls. 

Here's my current favorite.  They were fun to design in all the different colors.  I think I'll give them names...sleepy, winky...kind of like the dwarves.
Any ideas?

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Baby Turtle

Hi Crafty Friends!

Looking for something fun to make this summer?  Try this cute little Baby Turtle made from Smoothfoam™

He's simple to make with just three Smoothfoam balls, paint, glue, wiggle eyes and some scraps of craft foam.  You can find the instructions on the Smoothfoam™ blog.

It's so much fun making little critters from Smoothfoam™.  Smoothfoam™ is easy to cut and the smooth surface makes painting a breeze. 

Enjoy some fun summer crafting!

(I am compensated for creating projects for Smoothfoam™, but if I don't like the product, I don't use it!)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Happiness is...creating every day!

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome to another round in the Designer Craft Connection blog hop.  Our theme for June is "Happiness is...", so you'll get to see what makes us happy. 

For me, just the act of creating and designing a project makes me happy.  I love taking an idea and trying to bring it into physical existance.  It's absorbing and calls on all my skills and imagination to come up with something new and original.  It's the best job I've ever had!

In addition to the creative process, I love to share and, hopefully, inspire, others to be creative.  There are a host of people who have inspired and encouraged me along the way, and I want to pass that along.  And, I want to thank all those who are a continuing inspiration to me, whether it's family, my friends who get together to knit and chat, the kids who craft in my kitchen, or this amazing group of designers.

Here's a romantic, vintage-style necklace that I designed.  You can find the instructions in the summer issue of Crafts n' things.

Happy Crafting!  (Because crafting does make you happy!)

Rose Garden Necklace
Design by Terry Ricioli