Monday, January 31, 2011

Creative Quotes

Saturday afternoon I was looking on the Internet for creative quotes. I needed some inspiration. I found this quote by Henry David Thoreau, "The world is but a canvas to the imagination". My creative world is very small, I want to try new things. I am getting too comfortable and bored with my creations.
Sunday I found the same quote in a bag of cut outs I bought last week. Is it a sign? I'm not sure but I did have fun putting this card together. However, after I made this I tried something new. It took a long time to make and when it was finished, I did not like it at all. Maybe, I should stick with what I know. I sat at the kitchen counter all afternoon and had only this to show for it, not a great feeling. I am not sure if I will change all that much, but I do love the quote!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tucked here and there

I love burning candles. I especially love little votives. I have them tucked all over the house. They are on the fireplace mantle, the dining room table, coffee tables, in the bathroom around the sink and tub and on the kitchen window sill. They are everywhere!
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dollar Store Finds

This past Wednesday I hoped to make it to Jo Ann's to buy a package of glue sticks before the snow started. It was suppose to start snowing around 3 in the afternoon. I left the house at 10:30 thinking I would beat the snowflakes. But, oh no. It began snowing as soon as I started my car. I had enough time to run a few errands and stop at The Dollar Tree to see if they had any glue sticks. I did not find any glue sticks but I did find all this!
I had the tissue paper in my basket before I found the tall candles. But I knew as soon as I saw the candles I was going to glue the tissue paper to the glass candle jars.

The tissue paper is so pretty. They had a few other colors. I am pretty sure I need them, too.

I cut a piece of tissue to fit around the jar. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the jar.
I lit the candles and they looked very pretty. Not a bad craft for $3.00. I really have to go back and buy a few more candles and paper!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shirt to bag in an afternoon

Monday I made this bag from of one of my husband's button down work shirts. It is a another project from the Green Craft magazine. I was hoping that I could find a plaid shirt that I could use but I had to settle for this solid blue oxford instead. This shirt had a ink spot on the pocket. I couldn't use a shirt that was still good to wear. However, it would be a shame if one of those nice plaid shirts happen to get a mysterious tear or a bleach spot.

This is the bag that inspired me to make mine. I love plaid or checked shirts.

I did not know where to begin so I just made the first cut and started sewing. I had a piece of iron on interfacing that I cut to fit the front piece of the bag. I thought the fabric was a little thin and the interfacing did help give it a little more body.

I found a piece of leftover fabric for a new pocket. I thought about changing the buttons but when it was almost finished I decided to stay with the white buttons instead.

I added a piece of red ribbon and a red heart to the pocket. I am not sure when I am going to use it. It looks like a summer bag to me. I do know I want to make another one.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Green Craft

I wish I could take better pictures of food. If that is all I have to complain about, then I consider this a good day. That is a chocolate cupcake in there!
The four key pieces of my project. A chocolate cupcake, a grocery bag, a pair of scissors and a small plastic food container. I have been thinking about different ideas for green crafting. I can not tell you how many of these containers I have thrown away. Well, not anymore. I will be using them for cookies and brownies.

I bought these scissors to shred the important mail we receive. I have used, abused and tossed two electric shredders. These scissors shred just fine and I can use them for crafting. Bonus!

Notice all the pretty shredded paper! The paper, under the chocolate cupcake!

I added a heart made from the brown bag and a piece of ribbon from a gift I received for Christmas. Now, who will get this little package?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More pretty paper

Last week I mentioned that I liked the colors green, blue and yellow together. That is whyI did not hesitate to buy this pad of paper on Saturday. It is what I call "a meant to be". The fact that it was $3.99 didn't hurt either.

What is unusul about this is that I bought it at Marshall's. It also has a few images that can be cut out on the back of the pad.

I love polka dotted paper. This one is very pretty.

I felt like doing an easy project yesterday. That means I did not want a big mess!

My card supply is getting low and these can be used for any occasion.

The papers are so pretty and different from what I always seem to buy.
Now, what will I do with this pretty paper?

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Weekend Baking

I found these cute pink cupcake papers at Jo Ann's last week. I had to buy them, they were calling my name! It's true! I already had the Paula Deen cupcake mix at home so let's give them a try.

While the cupcakes were baking I made a few of these, I have no idea what to call them. Let's call them cupcake toppers! I see them on a lot of the baking blogs.

The waiting game! They have to be completely cooled before frosting.

I am still learning how to use the cake decorating kit I bought a few months ago. How bad can it be? If I mess it up, I just scrape the frosting off and start all over again.

This one was mine and it was pretty good!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thank you cards

I am on a paper roll! I made a few thank you cards for my daughter. Nothing that special, a simple thank you will do.
I really like these colors together! They are so different from the colors I always use.
This is my daughter's favorite.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Hearts Hearts Hearts

We had another snowstorm today, somewhere between 2 - 4 inches. It might be more but, really after 16 inches of snow last week, this is nothing. I had planned to stay home and home I will stay. I want to fit in as much crafting as I can! Here is the first project! A heart shaped bookmark.
They were very easy and fun to make! Maybe next week I can show you all how easy they really are to make! I am not too sure how I will be at giving directions. But I will give it a try.

Here is what inspired me to make them in the first place. It is from Martha Stewart.

I just added a button and ribbon to mine.

Remember I said you will be seeing hearts everywhere!

It is a wonderful world, most days! Except when your favorite team loses, but I am feeling better about that! Okay, I am still in denial!

This is the book I am reading right now. It is about an interior decorator that lives in Georgia. I love decorating and for some reason I love to read about the south!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hearts are everywhere!

It is that time of year again. The special day that is tucked neatly in between the dull days of winter and the green days of spring, Valentine's Day. It is the time when everywhere you look you see red hearts! I made this card two years ago. I am glad I found it, I am using it to make a few more this year. I think it is alright to copy my own things. I will check into that.

But why not change up the colors a a little, live on the edge!

Replace a few hearts with a few birds!

I will do a little sewing around the edges of this piece. It will then become a gift card holder that I will tuck into the card.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stepping out of the box just a bit!

I was watching a craft show on television yesterday. So far the two episodes I have watched are all about paper! That is my kind of show. Where did all the craft shows go? I think it was called the "Spotted Canary". It is on PBS.

The host made cards that opened like this. I had never made cards like that before. I usually buy plain white cards and cover them. It was not hard to do, very easy in fact.

I could not make just one, what would be the fun in that?

The cards are very cheery! I am not, my favorite team lost this weekend! That is all I will say on this matter!

I think I will look for some real seed packets. That would be a cute look. The packets are always so bright and cheerful!
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Still papering, no end in sight!

I had a lot of fun making these! They are the pocketbook calenders that you can find almost anywhere at the end of the year.

They all started off looking like this one. Very nice, but I just can not stop myself from covering things with paper. I bought six of them at Michael's craft store, they were 50 cents a piece.
I agree "There is beauty to be found in every corner". However, if I look around my house I see dust and a few leftover pine needles from the Christmas tree. I'll tend to that later.

I made this one at nighttime. I guess that could be the reason for my color choices. Owls do come out at night. I am quite sure that I have never seen a real owl. Paper ones, yes. A real one, no.

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