Monday, October 29, 2012

Craft Fair Preparations

I have signed up to be in my first craft fair in a couple of years and have been busy creating things to sell. I have made a few poly mesh wreaths so far and have a few ideas for a couple more. These are the ones I have made.

Carolina Gamecock Wreath

Clemson Tiger Wreath

Gingerbread House and Candy Wreath

Snowman Wreath

Garland to match Snowman Wreath
I have so many other things that I want to get made before the craft fair. Wish me luck!!!

I'll keep you updated on how things go :)
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hello Special Delivery Card

I made this card for someone that I was becoming pen pals with, but it did not work out. I won't go into details about that, it wasn't a good experience. Sometimes you just have to be careful of who you try to befriend.
The card base is Bashful Blue, then a piece of designer paper layered on Crumb Cake. I added a strip of green designer paper and then stitched around the designer paper on the sewing machine. All the edges are distressed and inked. There is a piece of blue rick-rack and twine wrapped around the bottom and tied with a piece of Crumb Cake tulle. The flower is one that I made a while back that did not make it into another project. I stamped the hello from a little $1.oo stamp set in Real Red ink onto Crumb Cake card stock, punched with the oval scallop punch and inked the edges. The "special delivery" is an epoxy sticker.

I have so much on my plate this week, but just can't seem to get into gear. Do you have days like that? I am holding a Christmas card class at our monthly crop next Saturday. Haven't even started preparing for that. I am also in a swap for handmade postcards on the same day. Nope, haven't finished those, either. Procrastination is really setting in, lol. I must work great under pressure! or at least I better :) So I guess I should get off of here and get to working!
Hope ya'll have a great week!!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stronger Than You Think Card

I love the little round sticker on this card. It says "You are stronger than you think you are". Sometimes you need to here these words when you are feeling down and out of sorts. When I saw this one, I knew who I was making this card for. I have a sweet friend who has been feeling down and a little overwhelmed lately, so I thought a card would cheer her up.

Here is a list of everything I used for this card:
Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade cardstock, K&Company Best of Brenda Walton designer paper, Recollections trim embellishment, Melody Ross chipboard sticker, little paper flowers, Stampin' Up! Ice brad, Stampin' Up! button and twine.
I hope this card helps lift her spirits!
That's all from me tonight. Tomorrow is Friday, so happy about that! Hope ya'll have a great weekend :)
Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sweet Treats Christmas Tree

This little tree was so much fun to decorate!! The tree is 3 feet tall and skinny. I got it at Carolina Pottery for $12.99. Actually everything on the tree came from Carolina Pottery. That place is so awesome and they carry just about every color poly mesh that you can think of. I started by adding the lime green poly at the top and worked my way around making poufs in a spiral, then when I got to the bottom, I started back towards the top so that the spirals sort of interweave with each other. Next, I added the spiral colored balls and then the sweets ornaments. There are cake slices, little cakes, and two cute little birdhouses. I added the white and pink tubing that I looped together to fill in the gaps. The top is a bundle of the white and pink tubing to form a big "bow" and then I stuck in some green glitter balls on stems to add to the whimsy. Here are some close-ups of the ornaments.

Top of tree

Colorful spiral ball and little cake with candle ornaments

Little cupcake ornament . You can see how the tubing
is looped together here.

Cute little cake slice. These are made from styrofoam with
felt pieces and little glass bead accents on the top.

The one thing that I didn't add to the tree is lights. Yeah, I could kick myself for not even thinking about it until I was finished with it! I may try to figure out a way to add them without having to take the whole thing apart.
Last year, I made some little ribbon trees for my dining room table and decorated around it with some little cake slices like these and gum drop garland. I think this little tree will look really cute on a side table. I guess I am going with the sweet treats theme with my Christmas decorating. My biggest problem is that I love a lot of different styles that don't necessarily go together, so it's kind of hard to find a way to make it all look right together. Someone once told me that I have an eclectic style, which I guess would be true. What style do you like the best?
I hope you enjoyed seeing my little sweet treats tree! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

My First Christmas Wreath for 2012

I think I have a new obsession... poly mesh! When I first saw the wreaths that people were making a few months ago, I did not really care for them, but then I saw one that is called the "curly" style. It is very whimsical looking and so versitile. Then I discovered the tubing last week when making a wreath at work. This stuff just adds to the whimsy :) The poly mesh and the tubing comes in so many different colors, it makes the possibilities almost endless! The wreath forms that most people use for the poly mesh are called work wreaths. They are wire wreaths that look like a sparse artificial Christmas wreath. Even the wreaths come in several colors.
I got this wreath form and the red mesh from and the green/red mesh and tubing from Carolina Pottery. The wreath form is called a pencil wreath because the ties are much skinnier than the regular size ones. I like using the pencil wreaths better I think. The little elf is an Annalee collectable elf that I got at Tuesday Morning for $12.99, which is about 1/2 the normal price for them. I love Tuesday Morning, but you have to go back often, because they change things around so much. You just never know what you will find there :)
The same day I made this wreath, I also decorated a cute little Christmas tree. I will post pics of that tomorrow. Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sports Team Wreaths

I live in South Carolina and if you don't know anything about our state, here is one fact. South Carolinians love their football and they root for one of two teams, Carolina Gamecocks or Clemson Tigers. I don't think that there is any bigger rivalry than these two teams and their fans. I am not much of a sports fan, but my brother and sister-in-law are H-U-G-E Gamecock fans to say the least. My last post was about the lated fad, Poly Mesh wreaths. Today I would like to share a wreath that I made for my sister-in-law. It is Gamecock colors, garnet and black and I added some zebra print ribbon for some fun.

This was so much fun to make! My sister-in-law loves it and my brother called me to tell me that he really liked it to. My ex-husband saw it and asked me to make one for him in Ohio State Buckeyes colors, red and gray. So this is the one I made for him.

I used red poly mesh and a silver gray mesh ribbon on this wreath.
This weekend I was super busy in the art house!! I made these two wreaths, a Christmas wreath and decorated a little Christmas tree. I will share the Christmas wreath and tree in my next post.
That's all from me tonight. Hope ya'll have a good Monday! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jumping on the Poly Deco Mesh Bandwagon

Poly Deco Mesh has been around a while and has become a big craze in the wreath making world. I haven't been a big fan of the poofy look that most people create, but when I saw the curly style, I got excited! I love the quirky and whimsical look of this style. We have been making the poofy kind of wreaths at work for the boss' wife and just finished up 3 Halloween ones. Here is one of them...

sorry the pic is not the greatest, I took it with my phone
in our office that has poor lighting.
Then we started on Christmas wreaths this past week. Our boss's wife wanted whimsical, so we decided to go with the curly style. And here is the first wreath we made...

It is not quite complete, but I really love the way it is turning out. We have eight of these to make.

The first picture and the one above is of the wreath I made at home today. This thing is huge! I did not have a Poly Deco Mesh Work wreath form, just this large wire wreath. I attached each piece with a white pipe cleaner and then curled the ends with a pencil. I alternated white and blue pieces and on every other white piece, I added a piece of blue and hot pink sheer wired ribbon.

I think this wreath would be perfect for a girly birthday party or a baby's room or even a funky Christmas wreath. It may be a gift for a special someone, depending on the outcome of an ultrasound.
I have ordered some more supplies to make more of these :)

I must go now and get ready for bed. It will be a long week of wreath making at work!!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Distressed Shutters

I told ya'll a while back that I was working on a shutter project and I finally finished it! I live in a mobile home and we have done a lot of changes over the years. But one thing I have always hated is this weird window between the front foyer and the dining area. You can see in the picture above that the window has a "wheat flower" design etched on it. (It is actually a very faint white, but for some reason it shows dark in the pic.) This window screams 1980's decor and is just horible. I have no idea why I never changed it. I want to replace it with something unique, I just haven't figured out what yet. I thought about making a cute little curtain for the window, but not sure what to make it out of. Burlap? Canvas? But in the mean time, I had these "shutters" that was actually a bi-fold door that I cut in half. I removed the hinges and painted them the same cobalt blue that I painted my art house door. Then I sanded in some places and dry brushed Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint randomly. I applied dark wax in some places and clear wax all over. I left the backs of them the blue color with a little distressing so that they can be reversable. In the little window sill, I have some old bottles and a little plaque of my Granddaughter's foot print. The red barn star above the window came from Hobby Lobby on clearance. I love red, it is my usual go to color. I think it has something to do with my Coca-Cola collection obsession, lol. Red paired with blue is kind of a no brainer. The walls in my dining/living room are a bright yellow called Jonquil. I painted the rooms this color more than 10 years ago and I am contemplating painting a different color. I am leaning toward a light sage green, but not sure yet.

Here is a close up of one of the shutters. I love the distressing on them. It was hard getting good pictures this afternoon because it's starting to get darker here earlier. I have several other changes I want to make to my dining area, starting with a new dining room table. I am on the hunt for the perfect one! I also want a bench, preferably an old church pew and mismatched chairs. That seems to be really popular right now and I love the look!!
Well, I am done babbling, lol. Hope ya'll have a great Monday and I'll post again soon!
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Basket Door Hanger

Yesterday I said that I would post the newest fall floral arrangement that I made over the weekend and here it is! I knew the second I saw this basket at AC Moore, that it would look so cute with the scare-a-crow sitting in it with flowers surrounding him and the little fat bird perched in the flowers.
I was right, wasn't I?! There is also a pumpkin, leaves, berries and an orange canvas ribbon bow. My Mom was the happy recipient of this basket. She wasn't home when I took it to her house to surprise her, so I left it on the little table next to her back door. I got a phone call a little later asking if I left it. I almost played dumb and said no, but I couldn't, I just can't lie to my Momma, lol.
Here is a close up of the cute bird and scare-a-crow.

Over the weekend, I ran across a lady on YouTube who is so very talented and I really want to try some of the projects that she posted videos on.  Her name is Martica and she is one talented lady. This is the video that I first saw and while she is not the greatest in her presentation, her projects turn out beautifully. Go check out her YouTube channel, you won't be sorry!!

That's all from me tonight. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!