Monday, January 31, 2011

Rabbit Trail

I know I'm a little early, but even though I "love" Valentine's Day (I have all my V-day decorations up to prove it), I still couldn't resist creating a little Easter fun while my friend Vicki was here.  We only had 6 days to try to cram in every craft we could.  She had never worked with paperclay before so thought this would be a great time to teach her.
Here she is working on covering her paper box.  
This is the beginnings of mine.
The creation of the rabbit's head just kind of evolved out of my head!
I didn't really know how it was going to turn out.  We started with an egg-shaped styrofoam form and a couple bent in half pipe cleaners for ears.  DON'T use pipe cleaners with paperclay.  It doesn't stick well.  But we forced it until it finally obeyed!
What a relief for me when the final product turned out so dang cute!
 I covered my rabbit head with fine glitter.
Vicki used mica.
Guess I better hurry and eat up the rest of the Valentine M&M's so I can get the Easter candy out soon!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Everything is coming up Valentines

Vintage music paper, pink thread, french ribbon and a little stuffing....and TA-DA: a sweet Valentine!  I made this up quick but it packs a big impression.  They look so cute nestled around my old camera. 
 You can create your own version of these hearts with any paper and ribbon.  Wouldn't these be cute in apothecary jars?  Hmmm, I may have to make a few more and do just that!
Tomorrow I return to work after several weeks off so I must head to bed.  You know, that beauty sleep thing and all.....even though when I wake up and look in the mirror I still don't see any new beauty.  Still can't figure out how that works!  Any-who, gotta run.  Have a great weekend.
Will be back in a couple days with another new creation!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Playing Hearts!

 My long-time, dear, dear friend, Vicki, is here visiting me this week from Washington.  She is my true creative soul sister.  I was so excited to have her come and planned several crafting sessions for us to do.  Last weekend we headed up to Mesa, AZ to take this Valentine wreath class at Mystic Paper from the talented Connie-K.
 We used a styrofoam heart-shaped wreath, vintage dictionary pages cut into scallop-edged circles, vintage sheet music and glittered chipboard letters covered in glitter.  She brought each of us an old painted picture frame. 
 We attached this cute crystal ball on the bottom of the frame with ribbon.
 The paper circles were attached with white corsage pins.
 Pretty cute, huh?
Now I'm trying to figure out where I'm going to hang it.  Sorry to make this so short, but this is our last full day to craft and I don't want to miss a minute of it.  Vicki's already sitting at the table ready to begin...mus-int keep her waiting!
Still have lots more to show you...stay tuned!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Burlap and More

 This is a continuation of the creations I made for the baby shower my daughter is putting on next month.  This burlap bag with dollar store doily embellishment and twine tie will probably be hung on her front door.  I just bought some artificial vines and twigs and stuck them in.  Wish I could say that I made that cute picture behind it!
 Burlap banner in baby's name.
These little bags will be used to hold the game prizes.
 Here's my first coffee filter wreath.  I added my handmade bookpage flowers and a glittered "H".  These wreaths are really fun to make.  I think they would be cute hanging all year long.
 We decided we needed to use this cute stork on something so I bought a small hat box at Michaels, covered it with the script scrapbook paper, topped it with some moss and bird's nest with eggs and feathers and stuck the stork on top.  I picked up a package of mini babies in the baby shower section, wrapped one with a little blue ribbon and glued it to the stork's beak.  
TA-DA....a cute table decoration!
Can't wait to see the table when it is all set and ready to go.  Wish I was going to be there for this fun party.  Meanwhile, I am back in AZ and my daughter is finally starting to feel better.  My dear, dear friend, Vicki, flew in two days ago from WA to spend 6 days with me.  We are crafting, shopping and eating out.  Basically having a blast together!
Wait until you see what we made's "LOVE"-erly!!!!
stay tuned

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Paper Play

 I've been in WA for the past 7 days taking care of my grandsons and daughter who is suffering with an MS flare-up.  Lucky for me, she has a party coming up and needed some decorations made for her food table.  I just love creating without boundaries. Since her theme is birds and nests here is a peek at some of what I have been making. 
 Trying to keep expenses down, I scavengered through her cupboards and found two old candles that were burnt down to the bottom....still trying to figure out why she had them stuffed in the cupboard!  So popped the candle wax out, washed off all the black junk on the sides and it was good as new.  Added some pretty script paper, moss, feather and an egg.
Then I moved on to make one of the coffee filter wreaths.  Now I know why everyone is blogging about them!  So easy and they look awesome.
 I picked up the fattest book I could find at the dollar store and came home and started ripping pages out of it.  This is what came of some of those pages.
 Next I attacked her awesome wire bird cage that she got as a gift from one of our favorite WA stores, The Rusty Chandelier.
 Next post, burlap.
Time for me to jump into my jammies and hit the hay.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'm Getting Organized

 So much clutter, accumulation, disorganization...UGH!  Had to finally get motivated to get things back in order by joining the "Gitter Done" challenge by Songbird's blog.  So out with all the outdated goods (geez, some cans actually had 2006 stamped on them).
I know...seriously out of hand!!  Do I qualify as a hoarder?  This is embarrassing!  I had to call in the "big guns" to get it completely cleaned out.  I won't tell you how many trips to the trash can he made for me.  I guess if I couldn't see it I figured we were out of it...WRONG!!
TA-DA!!!  Organized and feeling good.  
I found the black fabric baskets at Target and bought the mini
chalk board tags at World Market. 
 Used my label maker for these containers.
 After the pantry I was on a roll and cleaned out several cupboards and my closet.  
I had plans to continue but had to stop abruptly and fly to Washington to help take care of Bre and her family.  She is  suffering from a bad MS flare-up.  
Guess I'll work on her pantry this week!!