Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Flower Petals Frame - In Memory of my baby

So, a little over 4 years ago, I lost my little girl.  She passed while still in my womb.  She was my last one.  I never saw her, just a picture, but we named her Olivia.  In her memory, I had made a frame for the only picture I had of her.

I took a regular frame and covered it with yellow petals.  I used yellow because I  always heard that yellow represents "I'm Sorry".  Well, I am so sorry that she didn't make it.  I don't know if it's something I did or didn't do (since the doctor's never did say), but it's my way of saying I'm sorry.  Anyway, I trimmed the inside part of the frame (to hide the petal edges) with a black ribbon and added black ribbon on three corners.  On the one corner I placed a full flower bloom and put her name in a bottlecap in the middle of the flower.

Tah-dah!  Here's where the picture sits, next to the ashes of my baby.

 "Wish I could have met you Olivia.  One day I'll see you and get to hold you.. I Love You! ~ Mommy"

Eggshell Pendant - Faux Stained Glass

I recently saw a post on Happybird's blog with a tutorial on how to create a necklace pendant using eggshells to make it look like mosaic or stained glass.  She used alcohol inks, which I didn't have, so I just used plain ol' acrylic paint and I think they turned out pretty good.

My little man helped me make some of them - painting the pieces black, applying the eggshell, and painting it too.  I applied the Glossy Accents and the bail.  Here's the one he painted...

And here I am wearing his beautiful creation!

To see the tutorial for this craft,  visit Happybird's Crafting Haven.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Diaper Cake - Last Minute

Today, my MIL calls me and asks me if I could make a diaper cake for her sister and that she needs it by Tuesday.  Wow!  As if I don't have anything else to do but roll diapers all day.  LOL!  It's family so how could I say no.  Her sister bought the supplies, dropped it off, and here is what I made from what she gave me.

Personally, I think it's really plain.  It doesn't have enough "umphh" to me but this is what she gave me to work with.  I don't have time to run out and get more things to decorate it as I have some studying to do for my class.  Yes... I'm taking night courses now to get my state certification to teach preschool again.  I'm so excited!  I've missed teaching preschoolers.

Anyway, back to the diaper cake... As I said, I think it's plain.  I would have loved to add some ruffles or even tule around each layer, maybe have ribbons streaming out the sides more.  Oh well.  It didn't really take me too long to make this.  Makes me think that maybe I could offer this kind of service where people just buy the items and I'll put it all together for them for a small fee.  This way they have some control of the type of diapers used and the ribbon colors and toys they want to give.  It's a thought I might just follow on.  Will let you know.  In the meantime, here's another diaper cake that I created previously.  I love this one!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Raven's Flameless Candle

What a game!  It's too bad we didn't make it to the SuperBowl but that's ok.  Next year!

Here's a Raven's flameless candle that I created using Dollar Store flameless candle, tissue paper, Raven's graphic, modge podge, black ribbon, and my printer.

All I did was create a graphic design on my computer, printed it on white tissue paper, cut it out, pasted it on with modge podge and allowed it to dry.  Then decorated (actually hid uneven cuts) with a black ribbon.  Tah-dah!  Here it is lit at night.

Not too bad, right?  I'm actually a fan of this.  It does have some wrinkles because ... my is that modge podge super tacky!  The second I put the tissue print on it, it was stuck.  Oh well.  I still like it.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dr. Who - "Bowties Are Cool" Shirt

My oldest son and I are HUGE fans of Dr. Who.  I have a few projects in mind to make with Dr. Who but my son beat me to it with his design of a Dr. Who 11th Doctor Logo with a bowtie.  Why?  Because ... "Bowties are Cool."

Isn't it just adorable?  My son is an amazing artist and is currently studying graphic design in college.  He designed the whole shirt himself using (I think) Illustrator and Photoshop.  For Christmas, I gave him a screenprinting kit and finally he used it.

 This was his test shirt.  What do you think?  Personally, I love it and I want one also.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recycled Logo Wall Art

I used to be a representative for Lemongrass Spa but due to my lack of effort to push to have spa parties, I couldn't keep up with the quarterly monetary requirements.  So I had to say goodbye even though I loved their products.  Now I am just a customer.

Anyway, to show them my thanks and appreciation, I took their logo and created a wall art using a cereal box and their old catalogs.

I drew and cut out their logo from a large size cereal box - the ones from like Costco and Sam's Club since those boxes are sturdier.  Then I painted it green to give it a base color.  I then took their catalog and punched flower shapes in 2 different sizes.  Meticulously, I curled each flower petal then glued down each flower shape onto the painted cardboard logo and put a small hanger on the back so it can be hung.

An easy project, just time consuming but very rewarding.  I hope they like it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Snowman Socks - All Dressed Up

Inspired by Then She Made, I first created these little guys...

But then I came across some teddy bear dress up accessories at the Dollar Store and made these guys...

My policeman and army man snowmen (sorry no noses here yet).

My rock out snowman!

My fireman snowman!

Aren't they adorable?  It was hard selling some of them as I got attached.  I just love snowmen!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Calendar Craft - I won't sell again!

I enjoyed making the desktop calendars and a lot of it did sell but not enough - which is crazy since I was only selling them for $3.00 each.  I sold them cheap because I wanted them to move but even at that cheap they all didn't sell.  I had a lot leftover so they became teacher and family presents.

These were larger sized calendars which I placed on blank coasters 
and had them held up by large binder clips.

These were mini calendars which I attached to a 
mini acrylic photo frame turned upside down.

I sold most of the calendars that were attached to the coasters, but the ones on the acrylic frames I probably only sold half of it.  It was my first (and last) year trying these out.  I've seen them around on the net before and fell in love with them.  I finally decided to make them but now realize these are only good for gift giving (in my area).  I can't really sell these at spring craft shows.  Too bad because I think they are really cute.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year - New Resolution

Happy New Year!  I can't believe it is now 2012.  Where did the time go?  My last post was back in September because I was slammed with one craft show after another.  I had a couple of shows that were a bust and others that were fantastic.  Here's a few pictures of my craft show set-up.

Hope you liked my set up.  I'm still working out some kinks as to my display.  I want something quick, easy, portable, and catchy.  This is one seemed to work out but to me didn't look too professional.  It looked more kiddish and so I'm thinking people won't take my work seriously and expect cheapy stuff - which a lot of my items were.  I want to change that.  Still brainstorming.  It doesn't help that I don't have a big car so I'm limited.

Anyway, besides getting healthier, one of my other resolutions for this new year is to post more often.  So until next time...