Thursday, October 29, 2015

Celtic Knot Rings... so much fun!

This celtic knot ring is so beautiful, and with the tutorial given here is probably not that difficult to make if you follow the directions on it.

I can not wait to try this project and will post the results once I have them.

The meaning of the celtic knot is a spiritual one.  When we look at the celtic knot, we can see there is no beginning or end, which in my own particular frame of reference, means that we are the divine and infinite creations of God (you can substitute another word here based on your own beliefs).

Wire jewelry is all the rage.  The rings in the tutorial below are fashionable, and really very simple to make.  I made about three of them in less than an hour!  Not bad if you need a fun gift to give a friend, or if you need a piece of jewelry in a flash to go with a new outfit..

This project is great for beginners.  Check it out below...

 Just get creative, look for beads that sing to you, buy some wire and some wire tools and get going!  The tutorial will explain to you what supplies you need to make these stylish rings.

  You can make some gorgeous, homemade jewelry gifts to give to friends and family, so stunning, so beautiful, and each one a conversation piece...

Be creative, and be happy!

Here is a nice set of jewelry tools, it's probably more cost effective to buy them in a kit
this way you'll always have the right tool on hand.

Jewelry wire to make the rings in the above video

Pretty Celtic Knot Ring

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How I Started Painting on Rocks

Do you remember painting on rocks as a child?  I do.

My first painted rock looked similar to, but not exactly like the one pictured here...

Back in the summer of 1972 in the mountains of upstate New York I painted my first rock on summer vacation with my best friends. 

Their family owned 117 acres of land there and they took me with them quite often. We loved to spend the days exploring, climbing mountains, picking strawberries and playing in the creek. It was always fun, we had no place to go and all day to get there.

My best friends happened to be sisters and only 13 months apart in their ages. My age was right in between so we were great friends (well, being sisters I guess they didn't always get along, but when it was the three of us together we had great fun, lol!)

Their mom, Mrs. "P", was like my second mother. She was very creative and loved anything crafty, in addition to being an avid seamstress.  While upstate on one particular day she told us to go down to the creek and find a rock or a piece of slate, wash it off and dry it. When we got back from the creek she had a little picnic table set up for us.

On the table were some paint brushes and acrylic paints that she brought from home (there were no Michaels and A.C. Moores in upstate New York in 1972!) and suggested ideas to us as to what we could paint on them.

I made a basket of blue and yellow flowers with white centers on a piece of slate - not perfect by any means - but when I got home and showed my parents, they loved it. They bought a picture stand and put there to display in the living room.  It is still there today in 2015. (I guess they really did like it)!

I didn't realize it at the time how something like that would inspire me to love art and painting in my adult life as I didn't really do any more painting until I needed a creative outlet when my kids were little and I started dabbling in it again

Kids love to color, so I guess in some ways that kid is still in me, because I still love to color and I'm not afraid to admit it, lol!  I like to use paint pens in my work because it allows me to paint on my rock creations in any room of my house without water and brushes.

Painting on  rocks is inexpensive, fun to do, and something the whole family can enjoy... why not try it?  Your kids will love it, and you will too!

Below is a video showing you how you can use a stencil to decorate a rock with flowers.  You can use stencils of any size and shape purchased on line or at a local craft store, the sky is the limit!  So don't think you can't paint flowers, because anyone can paint with a stencil!

In my opinion, the more realistic the flower, the better.  Martha Stewarts'
flower stencil collection rocks!

What a great assortment of colors to get started with your rock painting!

It's best to purchase a stencil brush set to have all sizes on hand


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Art of Decoupage

Decoupage has been around for centuries.  It may seem like a new craft,
 but it actually dates back to twelfth century China and gained popularity
 in Italy and France during the seventeenth century.

With the supplies and graphics available today, it is easier than 
ever to create beautiful items with the art of decoupage.

Pretty decoupaged tray!

Decoupage is the art of cutting out images and gluing them onto another surface,
 then sealing the item with a finish to enjoy for many years.

I made the welcome plaque below using decoupage techniques that I have
 outlined here on my webpage.  There you will also find specific instructions
on how to print the images to cut out for the use in the art of decoupage.

I used images from Dover Publications.  I love flowers and I bought a book of floral images from them.  However, they offer a wide variety of images you can use for decoupage arts and crafts, almost too many to pick from.

Here is the book I used to get my images, a CD rom is included

You can decoupage onto many surfaces, among them:
  wood, glass, metal, ceramics, paper, or rocks.

You can also use images to decorate gorgeous picture frames, vases, candles, candleholders, boxes, plaques, and furniture, Christmas ornaments,
and Easter eggs toname only a few - the ideas in my mind are endless...

 How about using images to decorate wooden letters that you can purchase in any craft store.  Just imagine the possibilities!

Choose scrapbook paper, pick out letters, trace the letter on the opposite side of paper,
glue the paper to the letter with Mod Podge, and seal, what a beautiful baby shower gift...
You can find a huge selection of pre-cut letters on line in many different sizes

Wouldn't this paper look gorgeous on the letters spelling out a baby girl's name?

You can either purchase images from a place like Dover Publications, or you might
 already have images on hand like wrapping paper, wallpaper, greeting cards, fabric pieces, or pictures from magazines that you can cut pictures from...

  Hey,what about a free catalog like Burpee Seed that you might have 
laying around the housewith pictures of gorgeous flowers in it???

I can see the wheels in your head starting to turn right now.

Watch the video below of how to decoupage images onto wax paper
and how you can transfer those images to make a 
stunning glass candleholder.

Fantastic book for learning more about decoupage

What a beautiful gift this would make for a teenage girl

Decoupaged tissue box, lovely!!!

Fall and winter essentials! Hundreds of women's sweaters and cardigans at bottom prices at dresslily, warm up your life with all styles!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fabric Covered Button Earrings Tutorial

These fabric covered button earrings are so stylish and they are easy to
make too.  I've made almost 100 pair of my own, I guess
you could say I became addicted to it for a while!

All you need are a button cover kit, they come in quite a few different sizes 
(you can click on the picture below to learn more)

Everything you need to make 50 pairs of button earrings is included

fabric of your choice, you can buy pieces of fabric at any A.C. Moore store as they
now sell packages of small fabric pieces.  I think they cost $9.99 but don't forget your
40% coupon (click on 'Coupon', then click Print Preview to get the coupon with the bar code).
  You can also find many fabulousfabric selections on Amazon, too (you can
click the picture below to see some samples)

Almost too many to choose from!

Earring posts and backs to glue onto the back of the button earring
This package contains enough to make 50 pair of earrings

I would choose the largest size mm if possible, but they all work

In the video above, there are instructions to use hot glue to secure your earring post to the back of your fabric covered button, however, I will recommend using E6000 glue for this because while hot
glue will work initially, it somehow does not keep the post on very long and it will
end up popping off.  E6000 glue is much better for gluing metal to metal.  You can purchase
E6000 glue at any craft store, but you can also buy it on Amazon.

While you can use a hot glue gun, it's best to use E6000 glue to adhere the posts

Here are some pictures of the earrings I made with this kit

My daughter is modeling the 1.5" button earring I made with this kit

Be creative & be happy!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Decorative Monogrammed Pillows

click here to learn more

I saw this adorable pillow on Amazon and thought what an easy gift this would be
to make for friends and family for Christmas gifts.

All you need is two pieces of burlap (enough to make a 16" pillow),
a letter stencil (or you could just draw freehand), fabric paint,
 a bird stencil, a needle and thread, and of course a pillow filler.

Just too cute!

Click the pictures
to learn more about these products and
where you can purchase them already made.

Here are some more ideas...

and this one is just too beautiful to ignore... a simple dragonfly painted onto a pillow
would give any room a stunning effect...

I'm definitely making this one!

But don't sell yourself short, you can make this too!

Be creative & be happy!