In Christmases past, I’ve spent lots of care and time decorating cheap and plain gift bags and boxes from Dollar Tree. This year, I simply don’t have the inclination. But I also don’t want a bunch of boring gifts under the tree. So my stash of old Christmas cards have come in handy. I’ve trimmed the card fronts, used glue or double-sides tape to adhere, and now I have colorful packages for under the tree. Easy peasy, and no crapsmanship at all! Read the rest of this entry
A sweet couple asked me to do a small art piece for one of their mothers. Adrian’s mom has a refrigerator magnet with the quote by C.S. Lewis — “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Don’t you love it? Read the rest of this entry
I have a sweet friend whose divorce was finalized last Monday, and I made this card especially for her. Read the rest of this entry
Dan the Man and I have a favorite local brewery, and when Dan was there several weeks ago, one of our favorite bartenders was ready to discard some custom-made beer coasters that contained old info. Being the good husband, Dan brought two big stacks home to me. Read the rest of this entry
Yes, I know the photograph is poor, but I wanted to show you the Halloween wreath I made for my BFF. I used an old black-ish frame, some stretchy cotton yarn from my stash, and $2 worth of big spiders from Dollar Tree. I tied one end of the yarn to the frame and then just randomly wrapped and wrapped, finishing with a knot on the back. A little hot glue for the spiders, and easy peasy, a spooky accessory for BFF’s house.
My friend Joanie turned 81 years old yesterday, and I wanted to make her a special birthday card for her party today. The resulting card is the culmination of several different craft projects. After watching a video on how to create faux postage stamps from Maremi’s Small Art, I became addicted to the fun process (https://binged.it/2mvot5r). Here’s a collection of ones I have made:
I won’t go into the process since you can watch the video, except to explain how I made the aged paper. I simply took white cardstock and some very dark coffee I made with warm water and instant coffee granules. I painted the paper with the coffee mixture, and when it was plenty wet, I sprinkled on some dry granules. Voila!Here are a few close-ups of some faux stamps:
I envision many more cards in my future containing faux stamps and “sending” messages: Sending best wishes, sending birthday greetings, sending good thoughts, sending congratulations, …. You get the idea!
It was too damn hot to work in the studio, but my crafting peeps weren’t discouraged. Martha brought a game to Karen’s house, and we were able to craft, laugh, and enjoy some sweet strawberry wine. Read the rest of this entry
For a Christmas gift to Princess M last year, I made her a pair of glitter shoes. I followed the directions from Amy Latta (see https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570268371565340317/), and they were easy peasy. The only two tricks were using the right paints and taping off the rubber bits well. Read the rest of this entry
My BFF has recently finished repairing her screened-in porch, and I surprised her with a little crapsmanship and redecorating. BFF is a rabid recycler and repurposer, so I knew she wouldn’t want sparkling new items in this room. (If you look closely at the furniture with the fabric, you can see the rips in the seat. BFF and I found these curbside the evening before trash day, and with her recycling spirit, BFF plans to replace the seats but save the frames.)
These are 18″x24″ pix I collaged for my BFF’s new sunroom. ❤️❤️❤️