Friday, May 30, 2008

Sex and the City

O.M.G.!!! We just got home from Tupelo...we went to the first showing of SEX AND THE CITY!!!

I will NOT spoil it since I know many of you are as excited to see it as my girls and I were....I will say this: IT WAS GREAT! I would so see it again!

I do realize that you would have to be a SATC fan to understand why any of us would absolutely fall over ourselves getting to a theater to see it but for those of us that are fans, it was absolutely worth twice the money to have seen it (although we got $5.00 matinée prices, you know what I mean lol).

Love.love.love it! And after y'all have seen it, we absolutely must talk about it but until then...*zip*, not another word about it from me.

Anyway, since I was gone all day, no work done today and the hubby and I are riding 4-wheelers in about 30 minutes so I won't be doing any this evening either but that's okay. I've had a great day with my daughters and I know I'll have a great evening with my honey, too.

I got so many goodies in the mail today and I can't wait to use some of them. YEA!!!

I just wanted to check in and say Hi...and a little na-na-na-na about having already seen SATC already. lol

Better go get the ice chest packed and change clothes. Y'all have a good Friday night.

(BTW, I've got all my pics taken and will write and post a tutorial on my shrink plastic bracelets in the morning...so be sure and check back.)


Peace & Love,

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lots of Goodness

***Crafty Blog of the Day: my half of the brain

You can never find enough tutorials
and she seems to have found them all,

keeping them in one handy place. I love it!
Check it out, and tell her I sent you. ***

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I have to get in the shower soon to take the hubby his lunch (it's the least I can do everyday since he works 12+ hours a day and I stay home and craft) so I don't want to get in the middle of a project only to have to stop mid-way through.

So I write.

I love getting mail. Email is good but real mail, the kind that comes in the mailbox outside the house, is just so life reaffirming for me. And the kind of mail that really makes me smile are these little padded envelopes that I get every so often these days.

Back a few weeks ago when RME (revolution money exchange) was giving away $25 to all new sign-ups, I signed up. Then I got as many people to sign up through my link (for my $10 bonuses) as I could beg into it which gave me a total of $110 in my RME account. Well, glory be, but I found numerous (and I mean a butt load) of Etsy shops that accept RME (and I do now, too, btw) so I bought a few supplies....okay, so I bought a BUNCH of supplies. Now they're trickling in, one every day or two...and those little envelopes just thrill me! (Don't you wish you'd have taken my advice and opened your RME account when I told ya to? You still can. Click over there <----- on the RME green button.)
Anyway, I checked the mail this morning when I took the grandboy to "school" (daycare to you and me) and found another little envelope of excitement waiting on me in there. I didn't check the mail yesterday because of the migraine (which is gone now, thank you). So, today's little envelope was from the sweet Rosemary at: www.rosemarybeads.etsy.com and look at the great goodies I found there!

Wowza!

Yep, those are some beautiful aged sterling findings that I am going to make some killer beautiful earrings and a necklace out of this afternoon. I have the idea all worked out in my head and can't wait to make it come to life. (Is this what it's like to be creative? lol)

But, I have to admit, the real eye catchers in the goodie-bag were the fabulous Swarovski crystal beads...in two different sizes! Oh my, I am in crafting heaven when I gaze at these beauties! Talk about dazzling!

Now I just have to figure out what I want to bestow this kind of beauty upon. A bracelet (probably), earrings (maybe), or spread them out over a couple or three different projects? Yea, I think that's the ticket..spread the beauty around. lol

Seriously, thought, don't you love Swarovskis? Yum!

Let's see, what else?

I've been finding numerous wonderful crafty blogs lately and I am having a great time reading and seeing all the great things that others are creating. I love creating things and seeing things others create, too. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing? lol

Well, because I realized that I'm just now finding so many of these awesome blogs, I should share them with you all. I'm steadily adding to my "Crafty Goodness" links but I like the idea of sharing a blog-a-day with y'all. Someone who I have found absolutely fascinating and feel that you MUST go and check out. I think I'll start it today...and I am going to make it the opening of each entry. *goes back up top to add today's Crafty Blog of the Day*

Enjoy!

Now, to take the hubs his lunch. It's Mexican today, yum!

Peace & Love,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Solitude

I actually got a little bit accomplished craft-wise this morning, even though I've been fighting migraines for the past two days.

Oh how I hate migraines! I get this aura that affects my vision, kind of a warning system if you will, then I slowly go completely blind for 10 minutes to as long as an hour. It used to be scary now I've gotten used to the temporary blindness thing after 12 years of dealing with them. The headache that comes with it isn't fun but oh well, we deal with what life gives us.

Lucky for me, I already had some resin pieces that I had made and cured but just hadn't finished into jewelry, giving me something fun to work on without having to deal with the odor that the resin puts off (which would have just exacerbated my already throbbing head.)

Like this one, Solitude. I love its simplicity. I already have it listed on my Etsy but it will be a hard one to let go.

I have a thing for trees. I always have. Especially lone trees, sitting atop a hill, whether full of green leaves or barren in the dead of winter, I just love trees. I tease my kids that I must have been a tree in a previous life. I find them so beautiful, in whatever state they might be in.

Well, I guess I should get back to it. I'd like to get a few t-shirts stenciled today but I'm not sure if that's going to happen. It all depends on how the head feels and if I can focus long enough to finish anything.

Maybe.

Peace & Love,

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Coveting the Dyson

I NEVER, repeat NEVER do the whole contest on the net thing. I have friends that love entering contests and trying to win things on the net but I know my luck (none) so I've never gotten into it. To be honest, I feel lucky if I win an Ebay auction and that's for crap I'm paying for, so you can see why I don't do the contest thing.

Until now.

Yep, one finally caught my attention.

It happened when I was working on my lightboxes yesterday. Did I mention that I ended up making two of them...one for small pieces like jewelry and another for handbags and purses? Anyway, got off track for a moment there....

So, after getting the lightboxes built, photos made and posted on Etsy, I began scouring the net for ways to get my site traffic up here. Afterall, if we have a blog we're looking to reach a readership, right? And if I have enough readers, surely some will make it into my Etsy and I'll wind up with sales, too. A win-win situation. So that's how I signed up for Entrecards. It's free and I've found some cool sites through it plus it's given me traffic here. Most are just click throughs for the points but there have been a few people who have been nice enough to notice what I write about and to actually leave comments. (Thank you!!!)

It's through Entrecard that I found a cool contest....for a friggin' DYSON vacuum cleaner. OMG, what I wouldn't give for this badboy.

It's the Dyson DC25, the one with the rollerball. I've priced them and they're $500! Wowza! But I soooo want one. Bad. I mean, I don't usually covet home cleaning appliances but just look at how sleek that baby is...and if you've read anything about the Dyson technology, it could suck a bowling ball through a 50 ft garden hose...surely it can help tame this house. LOL (Sorry, I kill me sometimes. *grin*)

So yea, I had to get in on the possibility of winning this ultimate suction machine. *rubs hands together* Mine, mine, allllll mine!!! LOL

So, who's the crazy person sponsoring this fantabulous giveaway? Why, it's the wonderful (and oh so thoughtful) Kristin at An Ordinary Life. You must go visit her. Besides having a great contest going (hey, keep your sticky fingers off my Dyson!), she's got a great blog about life, motherhood and just everyday life. Things so many of us can relate to, right?

In crafty news, I've got sooooo many beads on order, the FexEx dude is going to be sick of coming to my house. YEA! I hope to actually get to do some crafty goodness tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. And for those of you in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Peace & Love,

Friday, May 23, 2008

Believe, Peace & Love

I actually got some good crafting time in today...finally! The grandboy was at daycare, my daughter left me in peace & quiet all day. Talk about heavenly!

Well, first things first, I had to work on making a lightbox. My pictures of my items on Etsy have looked like crap, I know this fact...but I've been working on it. I found some online instructions on how to build a lightbox for nothing, just using a cardboard box, some tissue paper and a clamp on light. Viola`...a lightbox was born. YEA!

So, after I had the lightbox taken care of, I finally got to try out a new idea I had come up with and they turned out pretty well, I think.We all need a little peace in our lives so this is very appropriate for me to make first off. For years I have signed everything I write with "Peace" or "Peace & Love" ...it's basically my signature thought.

Everyone loves "Love", don't they? Gotta have some love. *smile*


And this was a thought I had when I was about to call myself finished up. I have seen signs and wall hangings with "Believe" on the all over the place lately so I decided that I should do a bracelet with the sentiment on it, too. I think it turned out best of all.

I have tons of other ideas but these are the ones that came into fruition today. I love productive days. I hope y'all are having productive days, too.

Have a great weekend!!!

Peace & Love,

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Love & Dragonflies

I haven't had much time to post in the past 10 days due to the daughter's move back home, helping her with all that moving entails, and trying to get my Etsy site up and running...not to mention trying to fit some craft therapy in here and there to soothe my rattled nerves.

Ugh!

I'm really liking the Etsy thing. I've bought from Etsy sellers and it is just so cool to see things I've made (and my youngest daughter's photography and my MIL's sewing goods) listed there for sale. Very cool! Now I just have to find ways to bring shoppers into my/our "store". I think I need to research that part for a while today.

Anyway, creative-wise, what have I accomplished lately? Hmmm...
First there is a resin piece that I absolutely adore! "Eternal Love":
Then some other resin pieces that I finally finished off. I poured and cured them a while back but they've been sitting and waiting for inspiration and I finally got it...at about 4am yesterday. LOL

I have tons of other things to finish up so I can list them on Etsy, too but for today I think I will spend some time relaxing and just doing some crafting for fun instead of "For Sale."

Peace & Love,

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pete the Purple Piranha

It's been a rough week.

Savannah, my oldest daughter, and her son, the grandboy, Noah, are moving back home and that move has stressed me to the max. Instead of spending my week crafting and refinishing the bench I really wanted to work on, I've been moving boxes and furniture, unpacking and wading through their mess...everywhere in the house.

Ugh!

About all I've managed to accomplish was one pair of earrings in a stolen hour when I hid, early one morning. lol

So, here's Pete the Purple Piranha.

He's cute and fun and summery. I've come to the conclusion that I'm hung up on fish for the time being. lol But they're cute and original so they're not a bad thing to be hung up on, I suppose.

I have also decided to face my addiction...I am addicted to bead shopping. I am seriously shopping for beads and findings constantly lately. It's a serious obsession, I tell ya. I just hope the Fed-Ex truck runs today before my husband gets home from work or I am so busted. Uh oh. LOL

Well, I guess I should get up and get ready since I promised Savannah I'd help her go clean her old house so she can be done...but I will NOT help her do anymore unpacking. That's her job!

Peace & Love,

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Weekend Away

After a wonderful weekend away at the Sheraton Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, we're back home and I'm excited about some projects I have planned for the week ahead.

Lot's of jewelry to be made, a bench that I'm going to start refinishing, some curtains for my craft room and some for the grandboy's room....just lots of crafty goodness coming up.

Be sure to check in and see what I'm up to.

Peace & Love,

Friday, May 9, 2008

More Stenciling

Freezer paper stenciling is what got me back into doing crafts again. I've always had a crafty-artsy side but working full time, raising kids, keeping house, cooking, and all of the other things that life entails all seemed to get me away from my love of creating for years.

In February of this year I became ill (more ill than I already was with diabetes, panic/anxiety disorder and chronic depression) and I was taken off work for a while. Well, that "while" has lasted and lasted. I returned to the doctor yesterday and remain off work until, at least, June 10th...possibly later.

Anyway, the point of all of that was that having time on my hands and needing a way to feel productive got me back into the creative mode. I set up a craft studio in one of the empty bedrooms of our home and began with freezer paper stenciling on t-shirts and little sewing projects like washable menstrual pads (which I LOVE) and progressed from there.

I did these shirts a while back, when first becoming my old creative self, but thought I'd share them here.









This one is a bit different in that I cut the image out and ironed the image instead of the stencil onto the shirt and used a solution of 50% bleach/50% water and sprayed it over the image. After I had obtained almost the color I wanted, immersed the shirt in cold water and peeled the image off, leaving me with my tree shirt.

It is probably the one I get the most comments, kudos and questions about.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave me a note.

I love sharing.

Peace & Love,

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ruby Red Lips

We have a large house (5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on two floors) and our oldest daughter, Savannah, is moving home in a couple of weeks so that we can help her with the grandboy, Noah, and financially while she finishes nursing school. Needless to say, my craft studio was situated downstairs...in what will be the Noah's room in a couple of weeks.

So, on Tuesday after finishing up with her semester finals, Savannah spent the entire day painting what will be her room downstairs with her best friend from nursing school, Keisha, while I moved my craft room stuff all upstairs. Whew! I didn't realize I had so much stuff. I must have made 30 trips up and down the stairs and was wiped out by the time I finished.

I think I'd rather have painted. lol

Anyway, I finally got everything situated in my new craft room, I actually got to use it for a little while yesterday. I'm really getting into jewelry making lately. As much as I know it's the latest "fad" in crafting, it is quite soothing to me to create something wearable and beautiful out of bits and pieces that someone else would probably never have put together the same way as I do.

I'm still learning the basics of wire working (and it's getting better but still not great) and hope to one day be able to make my own "findings" instead of paying out the butt for them here and there.

Here's one of my creations from yesterday...I like to call her "Ruby Red Lips":
The red beads look kinda flat in the photo but they actually have a beautiful iridescent quality to them. Even though I'm not a fish person and really don't do rainbowish colors, I really do like these...I think they're my favorites.

For now. lol

Peace & Love,

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Freezer Paper Stenciling

I love freezer paper stenciling. Making my own original shirts and things for myself, family and friends is quite an addicting craft.

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, look for Reynolds Freezer Paper in your local grocery store near the aluminum foil and wax papers. It comes in different widths and various size rolls, too. One side is paper and the other is, well, a plastic/wax coated paper and looks like this:

How does this kitchen paper make stencils, you ask? Well, once cut to size (A4 or 8 1/2" x 11") the paper side can be fed through your plain old inkjet printer then you have a stencil printed to cut out with an X-acto knife.


Once you've gotten that part done, the plastic/waxy side can be ironed onto your fabric/shirt/jeans/etc. Don't worry that the freezer paper will damage your fabric (although I wouldn't venture into silks or delicate fabrics), it's never failed to come right off for me. I use a hot iron and work slowly, making sure all my edges are stuck down well.

You can see a Gandhi that I cut out and have ironed onto a gray tank top here. Be sure to line the inside of your shirt (or whatever you're stenciling) so the paints don't bleed through to the other side. I use cardboard for this most of the time but have resorted to using up junk-mail when no cardboard is available. Also be sure you're on a flat surface that will remain undisturbed for an hour or so after you're done painting so that your work of art will have time to dry.

Now it's time to get to painting in the cut out parts of your beautimous stencil.

I use regular acrylic paints (the cheapest kind I can find) mixed with equal parts textile medium (found in your craft store near the acrylic paints) and I have shirts that have been washed 40-50 times that still look great. But if you have screen printing ink or fabric paints on hand, those work great, too....I just tend to go about things the cheapest way possible (and often recycling as much as possible, too.)

I use a regular small sponge brush and make sure the entire cut out area is covered well, often times doing a second coat for evenness.

You can see here how goopy it looks in process but don't worry...as long as you cut it out right and ironed it down good and tight, it will turn out fabulously. Trust me.

Now, drying times can vary depending on the type of paint/ink you've chosen and the humidity in the area your piece is drying in.

Often I will grab the handy-dandy blowdryer and hit my painted areas with a minute or two of warm air which aids in the drying process (I have no patience at all!)

Once the painted fabric feels fairly dry to the touch (I don't let mine get completely dry because I've found that the stencil is harder to peel off if you do), start at a corner and carefully peel away the freezer paper stencil.

You'll be amazed at what you find underneath the goopy mess you thought you had made.

Here's my finished Gandhi, in all his glory....

Pretty crazy how much detail you can get out of some freezer paper and acrylic paints on a boring old Saturday afternoon, huh?

Go ahead...give it a go. What have you got to lose but a little time and an old, stained up t-shirt. Who knows? It might turn out to be a work of art!

Peace & Love,

Introduction

I've had another blog around Blogger.com for quite sometime but it just didn't seem to fit me anymore. I've always been into crafting and sewing and I've been devoting much more of my time to those pursuits lately.

There are tons of crafty blogs out there and I figure mine will be no worse than many and maybe even better than a few. Who knows? We shall see.

I will be giving you some great links to cool crafty goodness, pics of some of my own creations, and I plan on offering a few tutorials here and there as I do some of my better projects.

I also plan on doing some contests for a few of my creations, so be sure to bookmark my blog and be patient with me (I may not post daily)...you never know, it could pay off for you eventually. *wink*

Peace & Love,
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