Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Annie's Attic Crochet Patterns Update

I've sold most of the Annie's Attic afghan crochet patterns I had listed.  Those that don't sell won't be relisted at this time because I just don't think it's worth the relisting fee.  And honestly, I wouldn't mind keeping them.  They're beautiful patterns.  But I'm happy with the outcome.  These were my first sales at Etsy and now I've got ideas about other patterns and also craft magazines that I may list.  Vintage patterns seem to be a good seller there.

Besides delving into my own collection and deciding on what I'm willing to part with, this gives me an excuse to do one of my favorite pastimes—thrift store shopping.  Oh the drudgery!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Love Birds Original ACEO Collage

Sometimes I just like to play with paper.  I do like mixed techniques like adding paint or pencil or something else.  But once I get an idea in my head about how certain papers are going to look together, it's fun to just go with it.

In this ACEO, I actually started out knowing that I wanted to put the love and trust stickers on the same piece and the process just flowed from there.  I remembered that I had two little birdie buttons and "Love Birds" was finished.



Monday, October 29, 2012

Last Minute Halloween Kid's Costumes and Crafts

Hi Folks,

I don't have Halloween crafts to share this year but I found some cute last minute costume and craft videos over at YouTube I thought I'd share, especially for you parents who've been procrastinating.

This one is ingenious.  A T-shirt, adhesive craft foam and a bit of elastic is all you need to make up a last minute costume.  The mom made a pumpkin outfit but I can imagine all sorts of characters that would work.





Last minute goodie bags made from toilet paper rolls and toilet paper.




Ninja!  This has got to be one of the quickest costume ideas I've seen so far.



Have fun and have a happy and safe Halloween.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Polymer Clay Cameos

I have a write-up over at PubWages about my first polymer clay cameo.  I love cameos and plan on making a couple more for holiday gifts and for the shop.  Here's the finished piece.


I give a quick rundown on the process I used and ideas for variations in the article.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wood Craft Book Box Ideas Part 3

This is the final post in a three-part series on crafting with wood book boxes.  Here are parts one and two.
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The first two photos are of a box used for holding gaming dice.  My husband used pigskin dyed black here and sealed with Mod Podge.  He added embellishments and on the right side you can see a leather strap he added for a closure and used a nail as the hook.


He lined one side of the interior with Victorian themed scrapbook paper and the other with felt.  He painted the edges in burgundy.


Here is another lined with brown pigskin and topped with embellishments.


He hasn't finished the interior of this one yet.  He did make three compartments by gluing in pieces of craft plywood.


I hope this series has helped give you ideas for crafting your own boxes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wood Craft Book Box Ideas Part 2

This is part two of a three-part series on crafting ideas with unfinished wood craft boxes.  See part one here and part three here.
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In this post, I'm showing you one of the boxes my husband decorated.  He does bookbinding and uses pigskin leather in some of his projects that he bought from Tandy Leather.  He used that to cover his book box.  He then stained it with tea and sealed with Mod Podge and added metal embellishments.


Before he did all that, he glued strips of cardboard down to imitate the look of old fashioned book spines.  Pretty creative eh?


He added nails on the sides and a clasp where the box opens.  I believe he used a cream color to paint the sides and inside.


He lined one side with Victorian themed scrapbook paper and the other with leather.  He glued in pieces of plywood to separate the inside into three compartments.


I think he does beautiful work.  You should see some of his books.  Maybe he will let me post pictures in the future.  Actually, he's taught me some techniques, so I'll be posting my bookbinding projects.  I hope this gives you some more ideas for wood box crafting.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wood Craft Book Box Ideas Part 1

Decorating wood craft boxes is an easy way to personalize gifts for others and storage items for yourself.  I love the boxes that look like books.  My husband decorated a few of his own to store sundries and inspired me to create my own.  I thought I would share some of our creations.  Since this would be photo heavy, I'm creating three different posts.  This is just to give you a few ideas and get you thinking about how you'd like to create your own.

We bought our boxes at Michael's.  You may also be able to find these or some variation at craft stores or online.

First up is my creation.  I wanted a cottage theme and I found these prints in my scrap collection.  I sanded the box a bit and then painted a base coat and antiqued it.


I layered three pieces of paper on each side.  I had scrapbook paper with a stone background which I used for my base piece.  The glue I used throughout was Mod Podge.  I then used a smaller piece of black scrapbook paper to showcase the prints.  After all three pieces were glued down, I sealed the box with Mod Podge.


I did the same painting and sealing technique on the interior.  There are tiny magnets that seem to be working well so far.




The antiquing really took nicely on the ridged areas.  I used antiquing fluid I had left from the days I used to do ceramics but you could easily water down some craft paint, paint it on and quickly rub it off with a sponge or paper towel to create the same effect.


This was a quick and frugal craft.  You could easily make it more frilly or more minimalist.  I left the interior as it but in the next couple of posts I'll show you how my husband altered it to create compartments.  See part two here and part three here.

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