Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recycled Flower Wall Art - REVAMPED!

So I've had my Recycled Flower Wall Art hanging on my wall for some time now and everytime I looked at it, it just looked like it was missing something.  So off the wall it went and back into my craft room.  Did some thinking and came up with this...

Here's the before.  So plain looking, right?

As you can see, I painted the outer chain and part of the inner chain, as well as the flower bloom in the middle.  I also added some butterflies - which I punched out from the cover of the college catalog.

I've entered this at the Spotted Canary March Green Contest.  Keep your fingers crossed.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Wet Shoe Stone Tray

Friends of mine have a very small foyer that is covered in ceramic tile.  But 2 steps in, you're on wood floors.  Well when it's raining, water gets tracked onto the wood floor from wet shoes laying on the floor and I'm afraid the floor could get ruined.  April is around the corner and you know that means April Showers!

So I created a Wet Shoe Stone Tray to hold all their wet shoes.  The tray will catch and hold the water and dry the shoes.  I even personalized the stone with their family name.

This is a dollar store project because most of the material I purchased from the Dollar Store.  I bought a boot tray and 5 bags of large rocks.  I cut out letters using my Sizzix and Modge Podge'd that onto 7 of the largest rocks I could find.  Once dry, I applied the lettered rocks in the middle of the tray and then from there added the rest of the rocks.

Now let me tell you that it took me some time to find just the right glue to hold the rocks to the plastic.  But after several trials, I found one that worked - easily and non-toxically!  It's called Liquid Fusion.  I am in love with that glue.  It's a bit pricey - I bought it at Michael's.  But if you have a 40% coupon, then you've got a great deal.  I didn't have to clamp the stone down or wait a few minutes before adhering.  I just applied the glue and plopped it on the plastic.  2 hours later it was stuck...and best of all there was no cancer causing smell.  Love it!  Now let's see what else I can glue with Liquid Fusion.

Hope you enjoyed!


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Recycled Flower Wall Art from a college catalog

This is what I have been working on for the past week.  It's a large flower wall hanging made from a college catalog using the candy wrapper linking style.  I had 5 of the catalogs and didn't want to just throw them away.  I was inspired by Michele at MicheleMadeMe.
I started with this catalog...

Here's the inside...

After hours of folding, cutting, and linking...

Then I started gluing them around a round cardboard.  Yes... it's the same round cardboard that I used for the Valentine's Heart Project.  It's the famous Aldi's pizza board.

I kept winding and gluing but as the circle got smaller, I had to manipulate the links more.  By the time it was really a small circle opening, I either took links apart or folded them over to try and make them fit. 

Once it was all wrapped around, here's the result...

I covered the back with felt this time for a more finished look and put a little hook on the back so it can hang.

A recycled project all around.

Hope you enjoyed!


Sunday, March 6, 2011

I just got a Stylish Blogger Award

A special thanks to Angela of BingeCrafters for awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award.  Woo-hoo!

Now as an award winner, there are a few rules I have to abide by so here it goes...

Rule #1: Link back to the person who gave you the award  - Done, please see above.

Rule #2: Share seven random things about yourself.   OK, here it goes...
1.  I have a chihuahua that I absolutely love but incredibly hate his hair sheddings.  Sometimes I want to shave him bald.
2.  I love to bite my lil' mans big toe.
3.  I have a large collection of scrapbook supplies but haven't done any scrapbooking yet.  It's been 9 years and still going.
4.  I want - no... need my craft room to be larger than my living room.
5.  My mom and I love thrift shopping and looking at random things to see what we can do with them craft wise.
6.  My bedroom is filled with craft supplies too - for night time crafting cuz I sometimes get scared in the basement all by myself.
7.  I try to eat healthy but damn the chocolate - it's a weakness.

Rule # 3 Award seven newly discovered bloggers with this award and inform them.  I am awarding the following blogs that I recently discovered the Styish Blogger Award...

For the above blogger award recipients, congrats and let's keep the award going.

Much crafty love,


I received my prize n it's awesome!

Sorry I've been MIA but I've had some sick children to tend to but not to worry, I was still trying to work on some crafty projects. 

Anyway, my first prize finally came in the mail.  Woo-hoo!  I am so happy!!  It's absolutely beautiful and it's green - perfect for St. Patty's Day.    Here's a closer look at the bracelet...

My camera doesn't do it justice but just trust's gorgeous.  Cheryl from Cafe Mom's "Crafters in need of a 12 Step Program" group created this piece of jewelry for me.  She was my prize fairy.  She did a great job - Thanks Cheryl!!!

Hope everyone's feeling healthy!