Garage Sale Find

I found this chair for $5 and just had to have it.  I needed a new one for the small desk in my bedroom.  Just touched this up with some Old English for dark wood and

recovered the seat with a $3 remnant.  I must admit – the before is gross, but I stripped it down to the bare wood and replaced the padding with some batting I already had left over from a quilt I made.  You can’t see it, but the new fabric is a pale tan and white pinstripe.  Love it.

Grandma’s Mother’s Day Present

Grandma's Mother's Day Present

Used Porcelaine 150 to create this one of kind plate for Grandma Bertram! What I loved about this project – I wiped that plate clean 100 times before I was satisfied. I love a craft that allows for mistakes!

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Tshirt necklace…or scarf…no, necklace!

So I made this out of a recycled tshirt.  Well, two tshirts.  I cut the tshirts into thin strips, stretched them, looped them, then tied the loops together.  Sounds easy, right?   I wore this to school today and I got lots and lots of compliments on it…only half were for my “necklace” and half were for my “scarf”.  They didn’t know what to call it either!

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Paper Bag Albums…and then some

I have been asked by a colleague to make an album for a wedding shower.  I love being asked by others to make things for them – just another way I get to share my craft, my joy!  sounds corny, I know. Anyway, I have already made an album out of paper bags for this person…to give as a gift.  I was Safari themed for a friend going to Africa for a mission trip.  It turned out very cute.  I have made many paper bag albums and chipboard books and sold them at my etsy shop, given as gifts, sold at craft shows.  Above is a chipboard book – it was a special order for a little girl.   Below that are a few more I’ve made.

So now my colleague wants an album for a wedding shower and I have this urge to truly surpass the already adorable paper bag album project.  I decided to make an album out of 5″x7″ envleopes and cover a wooden photo box to match to use as a keepsake box for the event, as well as store the album.

I have also challenged myself to make this my  first tutorial.  I need to gather all of the supplies and decide which papers I am going to use.  I   also have to go buy the wooden photo box.  I     am very excited about this project.

In fact, I am so excited, I think I am also going to make that combination for a wedding gift for another colleague’s daughter.  She is getting married in May, honeymooning in Montego Bay. An album and a keepsake box to match for honeymoon memories sounds fun.

The next photo is another past custom order from my shop on etsy.   The one on the right is the paper bag album and the one on the left  is to an original creation…a chip board album with card stock pages – simple o-rings keep that together.  The photos really do not do justice for these little beauties – but that’s half the trick, now isn’t it?

Finally, the last photo on this post is the paper bag album I made for my daughter a few years ago.  She filled it immediately.  Almost as joyful as creating it – watching her go crazy for it.  This might have been the first one I ever made.  I don’t even remember where I learned this from.  I know I borrowed the idea from somewhere – see, that’s why we write these things down!!!  Now, I would like to put my final thoughts for this post under the last image, but I don’t know how to get down there after I have already put this picture into my post – I will put that on the list of things to learn about blogging.

Fun Rosette Necklace

This necklace, also made from recycled tshirts  and a strip of fabric from the sheet I used to back  a quilt (I will show that one later).  The rosettes are different sizes and I used my handy, dandy hot glue gun to attach them together in a slight “u” form and then to the simple ball chain.  I would have liked to have used a nicer chain, but without traveling to the store – this was on hand.  I absolutely love these rosettes and I am simply addicted to making them.  They are simple and fun and can be hot glued onto just about anything.  If you plan on washing them, though, you will want to skip the hot glue and use needle and thread.

Flower Necklace

Flower Necklace

I made 3 flowers out of recycled tshirts and backed them with felt – then hot glued them to a piece of chain from Lowe’s. I attached ribbon to either end of the chain so I could change the length of the necklace, depending on what I was wearing it with. I tuck the ribbon under my collar, or sweater. Not the prettiest finish – but no one sees it but me!  One of the first Pinterest projects I have completed.  I did not take any pictures of the Christmas presents I made – most Pinterest inspired.  I will definitely photo them all from now on!  I would like to  work on some tutorials, as well as learn how to link to the tutorials that teach me how to do some of the projects I want to blog about.  I love my hot glue gun!!

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Embellished Clipboard

il_430xN.78232688[1]Embellished clipboard….bright and cheery for the spring!!  So this is one of the many clipboards that I made and sold on ETSY.  I really enjoyed selling on ETSY, but my full time job got in the way – and motherhood, and wifedom, and volunteerism and LIFE.  My ETSY shop name is/was Miss Elaineous.  Full of decoupaged items and scrapbooks.  I would love to make a full time living out of crafting and phtotography – anything creative really.  I am not there yet.  Too scared, perhaps – or too realistic…health insurance is expensive!

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