Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Yummy candy bracelets...

Do these look good enough to eat? These bracelets were made from beads that I got for a steal! A huge ziploc bag full of them for $1. I strung them on elastic and added some cute coordinating ribbon. They remind me of hard candy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Winged heart

This is another item I finished yesterday. Can you tell I love necklaces? This one has a hammered copper heart with nickel silver rings. I joined the two with rivets that I made by hand. I etched the wings and bent them to give them texture and dimension. If you click on the title to this post or my previous one it will take you right to my etsy shop.

Something sparkly!

Well it seems like ages since I have had a chance to add a post so today I'm happy I got one done. I have been so busy with work that there has just not been any time! I am showing off my latest creation. It's a necklace I made. The top heart is made of nickel silver with a crown etched onto it and then accented with swarovski rhinestones. The second heart is made of brass and has french script etched into it. I have already sold eight of them! I have one listed in my etsy shop just click on the link above. I have been up late every night after the kids are in bed making them but it's very therapeutic.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Well I am constantly on the lookout for theme ideas and spring and Easter are easy! I made these egg shaped soaps they are lightly scented and I tinted them to look sort of like robin's eggs. Then I used brown and cream colored crinkly paper to look like a nest and packaged them in cellophane bags tied with raffia. I am using them at Nordstrom which is my main store right now for work (fragrance rep). I am really happy with how they turned out. I will probably drop a couple off for my friends too. Here are the basic supplies needed and steps:

White glycerin melt and pour soap block
plastic microwave safe container
blue soap coloring
green soap coloring
desired soap scent
egg shaped mold, I used a plastic deviled egg serving tray that I got at Joann's they are on sale right now
baking pan spray (like PAM) to help your soaps release

break up your block to the amount you want to work with. Heat in microwave for about 30 seconds and then 15-30 seconds intervals after that until melted. Add blue coloring and green coloring and stir until desired color is achieved. Add soap scent.
Pour into the mold that has been lightly sprayed with pan spray. Let soaps cure about an hour so they are really hard. Pop out or use a thin knife to loosen around the sides and then pop out.

Package as desired.


Friday, February 22, 2008

Pretty Spring Purse

So I have had this tutorial printed for months and I finally got it together and decided to make a cute purse. I change purses all the time and I was getting frustrated that none we really working out so I finally realized I need to make one. Plus I have such a purse fetish I might as well be able to make my own or I would be tempted to spend a fortune. I developed the pattern myself and I plan on posting it as soon as I make another one which I promise will be soon. They whip up so quickly I was amazed and there is no complicated sewing just straight lines. It really couldn't be simpler. Here's a pic I hope you love it.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Coloring activity

Crayon holder & activity book

So this is a project that I completed this morning to use for church today and I am so happy with the results. My friend found a link to make this roll up crayon holder, I am adding the link above but will making more with a slight alteration to the pattern because I want it to be slightly larger because I want it to carry the larger sized crayons. Where the pattern directs you to cut 2 pieces of fabric 11x5 inches, I recommend cutting them 11x6 inches. Then on the felt piece cut it 11x 4 inches instead of 11x3 otherwise the instructions are the same this will just give you a slightly larger crayon holder. In addition to the crayon holder I printed some pictures of Transformers and some gospel related pictures and had them laminated. I then trimmed those down and put them on a key ring with some cute ribbon. Lastly, I added a piece of felt so that my son could wipe off the pictures and color them over and over again and everything stays together. To add the felt cloth put an eyelet in it so that it doesn't tear and add it to the key ring. This worked like a charm we had such a nice quiet Sacrament meeting. I will gradually add more pictures to keep it interesting. Just the paste this link into your web browser to get the full instructions and then make either size according to your preference.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Key holder

This is a project that was a Christmas present for my Mom's office. I took a large piece of wood 3/4 inches thick, sorry I forgot the other dimensions but you can size it to your needs. I painted it a nice neutral color and then added a sort of photo collage. I varied the sizes on the photos for interest but a row of all the same size could be really cute too especially if it's the same subject matter or event. I used antique looking mug hooks that have a threaded end, you will want to predrill the holes for those. Then I used the sawthooth hangers on the back. Since my piece was fairly large I used two so that it would be balanced and secure to the wall. Lastly I found this really pretty ribbon. It was somewhat sheer and then had fibers running through it of complimentary colors, so it had a little texture too. I added the keys for a decorative touch. I'm thinking of making one for my bedroom that uses some of my cute vintage clip art instead of photos and slightly bigger hooks so that I can hang purses from it. Maybe you'll see it in a future post...

Flash card round up...

My son received quite a few sets of flash cards from my Mom (a teacher) for Christmas and within maybe 30 seconds of opening they were strewn all over my house. Whose kids don't do that with flash cards? So I came up with a way for them to be usable but not "losable". I put them all in order and punched a hole in the corner. Then I used a one of those individual binder rings to hold them together and tied some ribbon scraps to make it cute. You can get the rings at Walmart or office supply stores and I recommend having them around because they can be very useful for organizing. Now the flashcards are more portable and not all over my house!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Valentine sweetheart ring

Well it's time to get down to the business of crafting. My etsy shop has not had anything added to it since October. My goal this week is to get some stuff listed. This is my newest item. It's a ring made from a vintage button, a new heart button and tarnish resistant jewelry wire. I love it! Of course I will have to have to make one for myself. I will be adding things hopefully all week so keep checking!

Reversible apron

I've had this made for ages ever since I went through my crazy for aprons phase. I had made some for Mystic Paper and some as gifts but I kept this one. It is reversible as you can see in the pics and the bottom section is a pocket divided into sections as well. I love it! I will be making a slightly longer version soon and will post a tutorial and pattern. Hopefully I will get it done soon!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Valentine Candy Dish Spoolie

Newest creation! This is a candy "dish" I made out of an empty cardboard ribbon spool. I will post a complete tutorial in the morning. Check back!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Housework burn out!

Okay, so I normally complain that with working I don't have enough time to get all my housework done. Well guess what I am in "let's take a nap" mode already. It could be because I had no sleep last night. One of my dogs was having nightmares and kept waking up yelping and barking. Well he shares his kennel with out other dog Peter who was terrified that he was going to be eaten at any moment. He's just a little dachsund so I don't blame him. So we took him into our room and then Clayton (my son) woke up and then I had to get up at 5:15 to get my older son up and take him to school early for basketball practice. Never the less I did get a lot accomplished already but I am tired now and I don't feel terribly motivated. However the Christmas tree and other decorations are not going to put themselves away and I am so sick of looking at them! Bah Humbug! I've already moved on to Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ribbon holder

I have been working like mad to organize my craft room. I have had this ribbon holder on my "to do" list for a while. I love the way it is so easily organizes my ribbon and creates some wall interest at the same time. I simply took a wooden frame and measured the space inside. My frame happened to be 19 1/2 by 15 1/2. I simply measured the diameter of some of my larger spools of ribbon to determine how much clearance each of the wood dowels would need. I needed to space my dowels 4 inches apart. I measured and marked my frame off accordingly. I allowed a top and bottom margin and then marked off every four inches on both sides of the frame. Then I drilled a hole on each of those points and screwed in the hooks. These are just mug hooks with a threaded screw type end. Then I measured and cut down my dowels to fit in the hooks. Lastly I added my ribbon. The dowels easily pull out of the hooks but are still secure even when they are full of ribbon spools. Once I get this room painted I may repaint the frame and dowels but until then it serves its purpose.