Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 31

Quick Post tonight...I will add to this story tommorow.
OK...I would love to make a Day of the Dead bracelet more like the pin, but I had these skulls and this band (that has a story behind it)

So, work with what cha got!

and one more angle

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 20 Update....the birdcage

OK..well since my birdcage did not come out like a beautiful little cage...I decided to work with it.

It looked liked it fit this little skull more than a beautiful bird.
With a little ribbon it is a necklace or decoration.
No craft is a fail...it can always evolve (knock on wood)

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 30

OK...that mac n cheese was eating at me.  (no pun.yes..pun intended...)

so I had to make some, but a SLIGHTLY healthier version. Homemade with broccoli.

My girls LOVE broccoli and cheese. and it was yummy. I steamed the broccoli in the microwave then added it in. Cut up broccoli, put in a large microwave bowl add about 1/4 cup water to bowl, place a heavy lid on top...then 1-2 mins later...perfectly steamed broccoli. I also added garlic (of course)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 27 *out of order (catching up)

These were so beautiful, I had to try it.  I made painted Mason Jars on Day 23, but
loved how sheer the color was.
Taking pictures was not easy. I wanted enough light to see the color but not too bright..so forgive.
The pic with the paper behind it makes it look like the color is darker at the bend of the jars, but
it isn't. Keep in mind these can't be used to hold water.

The tutorial I used was at:

I didn't have strawberry baskets so I used a pizza screen.
We had no red food color, and two bottles of blue...so blue it was.
It will look cloudy and thick for hours until it is completely dry.
I did one thicker for a slightly more opaque look, but I like both.

I used a PLAIN jar for one

I twirled it a little while drying to keep some thinner areas covered, but
it all seemed to dry evenly so next time I won't worry so much.
When I took the final pics there was still a blog or two of the thicker one
that hadn't dried, but that's how it all looked before.

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 29

LOVE goat cheese and balsamic.

I didn't have any candied Pancetta, but here is what my salad had>

Baby greens and lettuce, craisins, almonds and my dressing

I dont have amounts because I never measure it and everyone will adjust to taste:
It has:
Goat cheese (room temp)
Balsamic vinegar
Olive Oil
salt, pepper, onion & garlic powder (I was out of fresh garlic today)
I place it all in a mason jar stir with a fork then shake

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 26 *out of order (catching up)

Well for this pin...you are only getting the pin.
My camera was having issues and the bread didn't last until it was fixed.
I made it to go in the bread machine, but the paddle was missing, so it ended up in the oven.

I used part whole wheat flour to make it a little healthier. It is a fun "healthy" bread.

I made cream cheese frosting to go on top, and I didn't have pumpkin seeds to add to the top but
it was mmmmmm  yummy. 

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 25 *out of order (catching up)

OK...I am going to be making some light bulb crafts, so I needed to clean out some bulbs.
I used the tutorial at:

It is a good tutorial, but I will add some comments, because it did not work as easily for me.

1. Glass pieces can fly...don't do this in your bedroom where you will have bare feet.
Everyone in my house knows that if you come in the craft room bare foot...it is at your own risk.

2. Ok the step where you "grab" the solder point...ummmm NOT.  the solder doesnt stick up enough,
or I don't have the right tool.  I went right into ...break the glass insulator which is the dark area inside the
metal piece.  I proceeded from there.

3. I used a metal file to smooth the glass pieces left on the inside of bulb.

4. Reveal bulbs have a beautiful blue/purple tint to them...Pretty happy with that.

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 24 *out of order (catching up)

For the shelves that I made on Day 18 I used the pop top hanger idea.  
I used a larger "pop top" off a veggie not a soda and was quite happy!

If you were worried about the tab coming off you could use a washer.
For me it worked out to have it loose as this was quite large to hang, it 
gave me some wiggle room.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 28

I am posting today's pin...then I will add back in the last couple of days.
This one includes sort of a little tutorial.

Supply List:

Adhesive: Beacon Adhesive "3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue," Glue Arts "Adhesive Squares: Perma Tac"
Ribbon: Doodlebug Design Inc.Twine: Valentine Assortment
Misc: Vintage Spool, Pin, Pearl bead

Vintage Ledger will be available in my Artfire Store on February 1st when the store reopens.

Pinterest Update to Day 22

Ok...I may be coming out of the computer ick that I was in.
Here is the shirt from Day 22
I took in the sides and added the Oscar graphic from the other shirt.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinterest Update

Per yesterday's post, I am not adding new pics to my computer until I clean some off later....
so I am going to do some pin clean up on the boards.
Some are in the wrong section...some just need updates.

I have found that when a board starts getting full it becomes hard to find things,
so I am going to add some tags to the descriptions and maybe break some boards up.

HOPEFULLY- this won't give any of you following me on Pinterest TOOO many update notifications.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 22 1/2

Here is some more of the t-shirt redo...
First thing was that horrible neck...it had to go.

There will probably be a day or two with no pins.  I am having some computer issues....OVERLOAD...
I have filled memory with THOUSAND of pics that MUST come off.  My memory shows in the red.
Last thing I need is a crash.

I have several pins to put up when I have this cleared....which could potentially early tomorrow depending on my schedule.  I am honestly afraid to upload one more.

Please don't give up...check back!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 23

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these mason jars all painted up.  I am going to get some spray paint and do some more.
For today I used Gesso and paint to make jars for my craft room bathroom.  It was a storage area and sink for rinsing brushes.
I have decided that I want to utilize it more and make it more presentable.These cute jar look great!

I hung the shelves that I made.  I added cup hooks to hang a few necklaces.  I am going to get some chicken wire and add to the bottom sections for earrings...which I plan to post in a few days. I used this old vanity case to keep make-up in. More update pics soon!

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 22

This is a t-shirt make-over pin.  I thought for sure I would get it done in no time flat...but life got in the way.
I do have part done....

I am starting with an unflattering shapeless t-shirt with a strangling neck and a t-shirt too small to wear.  I love the Oscar pic and hate throwing it away!

The first thing I did was to get rid of that horrible neck.  So I removed the banding at the neck of the grey shirt from the shoulder seams forward.  Then I removed the entire neck off the black t-shirt.  I cut a comfy v-neck on the grey shirt and re-edged it with the black binding.

Next I will be appliqueing the Oscar pick and words on....but not today.

I will show my progress over the next couple of days.

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 21

OK...computer issues and time constraints have kept me from posting regularly the last few days.
Hopefully I will be all caught up tonight.

Saturday my pin was a little different.  It was not a craft pin.  I was off to make scrapbooks for Let There Be Mom. lettherebemom.org/ Think about how you might be able to use your crafting skills to help someone else. Need a suggestions read the "Dare To Care" articles at Scrap n' Art Magazine scrapnart.com/

This was a pin that I had added awhile ago. It's true.  There is something good you get..its a feeling in your heart that you can't get from anything else. It was a difficult day knowing that we had to hurry to get these books done.  We wanted to make sure that we got the books done while she can still share it with her children. A lot of her friends were there...usually it is just scrapbookers that don't know the family.  So it was difficult dealing with all the sadness. I can only hope that knowing what a wonderful thing they were doing for this family helped to take some of the burden from their heart.

Scrap n' Art projects - last winter

I have been designing for Scrap n' Art Magazine now for over a year.
I couldn't be any happier!! It's an amazing team of people.
I thought I would take today to show off some of my previous projects for Scrap n' Art Magazine.
These are from 1 year ago for the Winter Issue.
Hopefully if you like some of these you will consider subscribing and checking out of the other
FABULOUS designers.  
We have scrapbooking, mixed media, digital and more.  
Always great digital freebies too!

3D - altered tin Christmas Card

The following projects are all using Bo-Bunny's Olivia Collection.
There is a 12x12 layout and a card

Altered Clock Book using Paper Dreams Factory German scraps

Decoupage gift soap using Paper Dreams Factory German scraps

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 20

OK, way behind posting ...had a crazy weekend.
This is from day 20.

Obviously not all pins are going to be perfect.  I learned a FEW things from this one.

The wire gauge for upward bars needs to be heavier, and I would place a thin bottle of some sort inside the cap to keep wires straight.  These I had to keep bending.

BUT, in a couple of days (maybe later) you will see that I have turned a mistake INTO something that is quite fitting.
So..in the end...it all works out.

I owe two more posts..hoping to have them up a little later.  It's all a matter of getting the pics edited on my breaks

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 19

I will be making some of the adorable version for Christmas, but for some reason when I went to look for "cute" things in my craft drawers I was greeted by this little guy.

I can add him onto window curtains, or he can just help me keep track of my bills.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 18

This is posting a day late because of a computer hiccup last night... I will be taking new pics with it hanging on the wall and switch these out.  We may have some SUNSHINE in the next couple of days!!

I have been saving several old windows for sooo long now.  I had them hanging in a tree outside.
The shelves are the fronts of old dresser drawers. I am going to add some chicken wire to one of the top squares and a mirror from the other.
Then this will hang in my bathroom for jewelry and make-up.

I am pretty excited to get it hung.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 17

This was a good project for today...cold windy and rainy.
I had an old pair of PINK flannel pj pants

and a great flannel pant re-do pin !!

I love the original red plaid, but you work with what you have.
I am really afraid that this one is going to get borrowed too often in our house of girls!

I think that old flannel shirt sleeves would work, you would just have a thinner scarf.  You could
add to it with strips cut from the back and front though.

Here is mine.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 16

I am busy today...so super short post.
Here is the original PIN

Here is the pic

I like the design so I did a similar one with different colors.  This shirt had some paint on the front and sleeve, but it is so soft and comfy.  I did mine a little differently than the original pin.

My directions.
Use a thick piece of cardboard between front and back or you will have the same design on back.  draw design with bleach marker
***word of caution, shake bleach pen and then squirt some into sink or container.  Liquid comes out first and can make a mess.  make sure the gel is coming out before you mark your shirt.  Let sit a few minutes rinse REALLY well then dry.
I pinned a throw away piece from another T-shirt under the bleach area and stitched around each leaf then like a reverse applique I cut away the insides. 
***another word of caution, make sure you are only cutting the top layer and not both...or you will be sewing on MORE fabric.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 15

This is a two-fold sort of Pin.

I found a shirt at the thrift store that was soooo decorated that I knew I had to get it.

So part of this is re-using old found clothing.... and this will be my first project from this shirt.

I was inspired by this PIN and this is no where NEAR as bejeweled, but its the same feel.

The band on the sleeve reminded me of that pin.  Mine is more beach in Mexico looking which is
why I added the sea glass and pink shell pieces.

Its fun and I always wear BIG bracelets or LOTS of smaller ones on my left hand.  The right hand has a tattoo bracelet, so it always has one.... these are pics from when it was new.  So the "new"bracelet is actually a good match up.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 14

I had something else ready to go for today....but I wanted to post this while the taste was still fresh and
there was enough left to take a picture of.

Yes, there were 5 donut holes to go with the 5 donuts, but I wanted to make sure they were OK before photographing them......and they were.  I got this post from Michelle Sanders Pinterest board and I am glad I did!!

mmmm  Looking to clean off ...I mean clean up that plate....

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 13

OK...today is easy schmeasy......but I was out getting supplies after work....
Which means I went to Goodwill.  I have something better started for tomorrow.

A few weeks ago I found a CASE of new pant hangers at a Goodwill that is for furniture and industrial items.
I obviously did not need 200 pant hangers, but it was cheaper that buying 25 at the store.
(oh by the way I will be putting some up in my artfire store for sale...)

So...no more cereal spilling no more chips throughout the cupboard.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 12

OK...Here is my Pin inspiration. I wanted to keep using that sweater....
I was lucky (and I wish I would have taken a picture of the sweater ..pre-chop)
but it had a great design around the neck...so I used that.

I used the collar for the band around the edge of the hat.  It did have a re-do.  I originally just cut a circle basically around the whole sweater neck and then a circle of the back panel for the top of the hat.  It was cute but
looked more like a "rastafari" type of cool hipster hang hat. It was not the look that I was going for though.
so I cut "darts" and tightened up the main part, cut the circle much smaller and Bella was quite happy with it then.

I still have pieces of the sweater left.  They are sort of small but I have a feeling they will resurface soon....hint hint.

Thanks for joining me and taking the time to read this.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 11

OK, here is some more of that sweater I used Day 6

 The original pin is HERE on my DIY Jewelry board.

*Hint - this sweater was part angora.....it shed A LOT during cutting. The fuzz will fly - keep your mouth shut while cutting.  I used a machine to stich the top.  I am going to go back in and add some decorative stitching on edges and the top, but my daughter took them before I could do it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pinterest Promise 2012 - Day 10

My daughter and I were checking out Pinterest together and were looking at foods...and got hungry.
We came across this quick recipe...and it was GOOD!!!  It was VERY quick and the kitchen smelled wonderful

Here is a quick pic...right before it disappeared !!

I have also decided to put the original pic and my pic together on my "Made-it board"

so here are the last few days in review.....