Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's All About Texture

1tex·ture noun \ˈteks-chər\

: the way that something feels when you touch it.

Straight from Merriam-Webster's Dictionary. 

As humans we love to touch and feel things. It heightens our sense of satisfaction whether it be fabric, food, nature. Our sense of touch is one of the things we were blessed with.

This month Miriam's Crafting Blog challenge is all about texture. We want to see you create things with different textures in a project. For my inspiration project for you, I created a no-sew glasses case complete with an outside pocket. Perfect to take to the beach or pool to hold your sunglasses, driver's license and a couple of dollars to buy a refreshing drink!

(sorry, a bit blurry, taken on my phone)

Burlap (in your desired size) - available through Miriam's Crafting Supplies
Chenille Fabric (large enough to create the pocket on one side of your project)
Wide Ribbon (for accent strip on pocket)
Seam Binding
Glue Gun
Glasses Charmavailable through Miriam's Crafting Supplies

Step 1. Fold your burlap in half and seal your edges, leaving the top open, with the glue gun. The nice thing about burlap is there is no wrong side to it!

Step 2. Create a braid of twine to serve as your pull string. Make sure it's long enough to go around the entire top of bag with extra to knot off a bit outside.

Step 3. Place your braid around the edge of your bag about 1/2" down from the top and glue the middle just on one seam.

Step 4. Fold over the top edge creating the drawstring area (about an 1" to an 1-1/2"fold) then carefully glue the edge down. Be careful not to get the braid caught in the glue.

Step 5. Turn it right side out and knot your braid ends together so it doesn't slip through.

Step 6. Cut your chenille to the size of the front of your bag leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance, for sides and 1/2" seam allowance for top and bottom.

Step 7. Glue the seam allowance down on the sides (1/4"). Repeat on top and bottom (1/2")

Step 8. Cut a strip of your wide ribbon about 1"longer than the width of your chenille piece. Fold over the front and glue the edges to the back side.

Step 9. Proceed to glue the entire chenille piece with attached ribbon to the bottom of your burlap bag. DO NOT GLUE THE TOP AREA DOWN. This creates your pocket.

Step 10. Glue your seam binding to the edges of the bag (folded over the front and back to actually cover the seam).

Step 11. Tie a little knot on each side of the glasses with twine (you could use pearls or rhinestones if you prefer). Glue to the front of your pocket.

I put my keys and the pen in just to show the pocket :)

That's it! Another quick and easy project but with lots of touchy-feely goodness to it. Come join us and create your idea of textured art. Enter to win this months challenge and win a prize from Miriam's Crafting Blog!

Love ya,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Etched Mirror Tutorial

I've created another project for the vintage vignette I'm displaying at the wedding. I think it's going to fit in so beautifully with the antique trunk, jewelry etc. I've done this as a written tutorial instead of a video this time as I just didn't have the time to spend editing one. It's easy to follow so you should have no problem recreating it or doing your own style if you follow this step by step. Feel free to copy and save in a document for later or book mark this page to come back to!

Vintage Etched Mirror Tutorial:

1. Remove your mirror from it's frame if desired and/or possible. (For me it makes the angle of writing easier so I recommend you do it if you can)

2. Wash the mirror with mild soapy water, dry well.

3. Clean the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any left over residue of soap or other things that could cause resisting of the etching cream.

4. Using the Etchall Designer Tip Kit, fill your bottle with Etchall Etching Crème, remove the white top that serves as the plug for the bottle when not in use, and attached your desired tip width for writing.

5. Write your sentiment, draw or whatever you like on your mirror front. Be sure to follow the directions to clean your tip so you can use it again and replace the whit top on the bottle.

6. Allow to sit for 15 minutes to process.

7. Rinse under warm running water using a sponge or soft cloth to quickly wipe the etched area. This must be done very quickly to avoid etching any other part of the mirror. Once completely rinsed, dry well with a soft cloth.

8. Place the mirror back in it's frame if you removed it.

9. Decorate to your liking.

Here you can see the definition of the etching.

Better tones for seeing the variegation in the frame.

And close up of the detail in the gorgeous buttons from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.

For my piece, I brushed the entire frame with burnt umber acrylic paint let it dry literally about 1 minute, then wiped, just the surface, with a baby wipe so that the paint would stay in most of the crevices. I let it dry completely then.

Next I used Metallic Peridot paint and just dabbed it here and there to give it a patina of sorts. Because it was a metallic paint it blended well with the original gold surface. When that was dry I lightly, and I mean VERY lightly, sanded some areas off.

Then I just added a few embellishments on the front (love those buttons!) and I was done. Quick and simple, less than an hour including the etching time.

How simple was that! A stunning piece for display that says EXACTLY what YOU want it to say! Not a store bought saying that everybody and their brother can purchase. That's the best thing about Etchall products, the result is all you baby! 

Pop on over to Etchall's website and take a look at all the fabulous products available and check out their Facebook page for inspiration. They have some GORGEOUS ideas! 

And don't forget to visit Miriam's Crafting Supplies for embellishments. She has the best stuff at great prices!

I also have to give a little shout out to my new favorite second hand shop Darling Decor' & More. If you live in the central Texas area you have to come to Temple and see them! They have the CUTEST stuff for REALLY REASONABLE prices! I have gotten so much for the wedding from them. I think this little mirror was like $6 or some crazy cheap amount like that. You'll see lots more of their stuff when I show the wedding pictures but they have been the best to work with! If they didn't have what I needed they tried to find it for me and so far they've found every single thing I asked for and still didn't charge me a ton. I so love that place!!! I'm going to have to visit them every time I come back from Florida to visit my kids!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and it inspires you to create something unique for yourself.

Love ya,

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lucky Leprechaun Magic Chunky Jewelry Set

My second project for Miriam's Crafting Blog Challenge Green Theme this month is a chunky necklace. I hope whoever where's this has tons of lucky as it contains a 4 leaf clover, the number 7 twice, an beautiful butterfly, and some leprechaun Magic Dust among lots of other elements. This necklace is just in time for St. Patrick's Day on Monday March 17th!

So here we go...

Right click on the picture to enlarge it, there's a description of the pieces I used from Miriam's Crafting Supplies. In addition I used an Industrial Chic number charm, a vintage type writer key, some silver money charms, and a green metal tag that says lucky on one side and leprechaun magic dust on the other. I attached it all to 4 strand of chain tied together in a knot, two silver, two bronze. This was fun to make and I hope it inspires you to do something similar!

Thanks for hanging out with me today and don't forget to check out Miriam's blog for more inspiration from other DT members!

Love ya,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March is Green Themed!

Miriam's Crafting Blog's 10th monthly challenge is green themed. Well no wonder! St. Patrick's day, spring peeking out, yes it's a good color to represent this month. So I decided to do a green flower for my first project this month. I have three by the way and they will be scattered through the month.

I couldn't JUST do a flower, that would have been to simple and boring so I attached it to a card. A very special card.

The flower is made from two metal embellishments found at Miriam's.The description is in the final picture of the project below.

I used nail polish to paint green onto the 5 petal flower and dabbed i off quickly with a baby wipe so it just had a hint of the color. Then I took the 6 petal and cut the outer petals so I could twist and shape them how I wanted. I layered the two, added a small lavender flat back pearl in the center.

So that's my challenge project for the DT every member post over on the blog
(Miriam's Crafting Blog ). Hop on over and see what my DT sisters have come up with, They are all such fabulous artists and they never fail to wow me!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Love ya,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Liebster Blog Awards

I've been nominated for another Liebster Award!!! I'm so honored, not totally sure that it's a great thing because that means my blog isn't growing much but I am still touched that Deborah liked my blog enough to give me this award You should totally check her out! She's so sweet and has some great creations on her blog.

Go here -----> Deborah Adams A Creative Life  and give her some cyber hugs!

Here are the rules of the nomination:

  1. Be sure to Thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 of your favourite blogs with under 500 followers and ask your own 11 questions.
  4. Make sure to let each blogger know about your Liebster Blog nomination on their blog (leave a comment and link back to your Liebster Blog post).
Be sure to thank the blog that nominated you and be sure to link back to their blog.

Here are the 11 questions for my chosen blogs:

1.      How did you get started in Crafting? My mom started us at a very young age so I've crafted my whole life.
2.      Out of your supply which Die Cut, do you like and use the most? I use my Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Tattered Banners (by TH) it's so versatile for adding sentiments.

3.      Do you prefer to make cards, mixed media, or scrapbook pages? I started out making cards and I still enjoy that but my heart is in Mixed Media, I've never been a scrapbooker.
4.      What is your favorite color to use when designing a project? (card, scrapbook pg, mixed media) Ivory is my favorite base color and Turquoise my favorite add in.
5.      What movie is you’re all time favorite? Oh that's a tough one...I think No Way Out with Kevin Costner
6.      Where are you from? Ummmm...I was an Air Force Brat...I have no long time roosts per se. I've lived the longest length of time In Central Texas, 21 years now but getting ready to move to Florida...wanderlust I guess :)
7.      Did you do/did crafts with your kids when they are still little? Always, I tried to instill the love of art in both my children and they both enjoy it thankfully.
8.      What is your favorite fruit to eat? Another tough one...if I have to pick just one I'd say Pomegranates. 
9.      Do you have any pets or kids? Two grown kids and two dogs, although technically one of the dogs is my sons but it lives with me for now.
10.   Where do you like to go to eat? Where don't I like to go to eat would be a better question LOL...If I'm not cooking it I love it!
11.   Do you have other hobbies or interests? I love to read, walk the beach (and lay on it too!), travel, and play games (board, internet doesn't matter).

So here is my list of Blogs that i would like to share this award no particular order:

1. Sue Ann Thomason sue ann thomason creations

2. Nicky Wilcox Lady Jasmine Crafts

3. Laurie Moore moore art from the heart

4. Madison Meadows Card Blessings

5. Itza Gomez Itza Thoughts

6. Marfa Otano Crafting Marfa

7. Gladys Moreno Heart of a Gipssy

8. Liza Cobdono Liza's Paper Passion

9. Miriam Meserve Miram's Crafting Blog

10. Madge Gillen Scrappin Madge

11. Rhonda Bewley Ratliff Flowers by Rhonda

And here's your questions:
1. What got you to or why did you start blogging?
2. What's your favorite medium?
3. Do you have an artists that inspire you?
4. How often do you craft?
5. Where do you currently live?
6. Are you on any design teams or special groups that you'd like to highlight?
7. What are your future crafting plans?
8. Married, kids, animals?
9. Do you have other hobbies that help you relax?
10. Have you ever traveled outside of your country? If so where?
11. If you could go on a vacation all expenses paid where would you go?

I could have nominated so many more but I only get to choose 11. I hope I chose the right 11 and they all participate and proudly share the award on their blog. Here's to you all! You deserve kudos for great blogging.

Love ya,

A Simple and Cheap Ring

A very quick project to show you today. A cute ring made from Miriam's Crafting Supply Products.

Filigreed ring base $.75


Antique copper tone beautiful filigreed ring base that has space for a 10mm, or slightly larger pearl, rhinestone, or other item.

10 - 15mm butterfly buttons $1.00

You receive 10 buttons per order. These are painted and glazed wooden buttons.

A little glue and a couple of small crystal gems.

Total cost? Under $1.00... not bad for a cute accessory.
Hope you enjoyed this simple project.
Love ya!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Try This at Home Friday Tutorial: Print Directly to a Tag

This week for Miriam's Crafting Supplies DT project, I was to do a TRY THIS at HOME Tutorial. I decided to show everyone how to print directly to a tag using the ephemera set that accompanies the paper that I used in my Mini Album. So with out further ado, here's the video. Enjoy and I hope you find it helpful!

Love ya,