Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcycle: Inspiration in Your Mail

Shortly before my daughter's birthday, an advertising packet of cards came in the mail from Piperlime.  I was pretty taken with their images and just couldn't throw the cards in the recycle bin.  The card stock they were printed on was really nice too.

I decided that cut up and "altered", they would make a fun birthday card for my second daughter.

She is certainly fond of clothes and accessories so it seemed a fit for her.

The card is like a flip book.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the pages.

  The cards I began with were two sided, but I didn't worry too much about what showed up on the back of the pages.

I used free form cutting to cut out all of the letters for my message pages.  Nothing Fancy, I'll call my hand cut font.

Free form cutting can work even for a flower. :)

The little girls thought this card really looked perfect for their big sister along with the "be happy" card.

I used rivets to finish off the holes and tied it all up with a black cord.  You could just punch a hole though if you didn't have rivets.

If you are interested in how I went about cutting out the pages, continue on:

First, I made myself a frame the size I wanted using a ruler and exacto knife.  The finished size of the page is the inside measurement of the frame.

Now, I could use the frame for seeing what part of the card I wanted to crop out.  This really works well for you to visualize the proposed page.

Also, with this method you can easily see how the image may look set at an angle.

Once you like your placement, trace the inside of the frame with a pencil.

I used a ruler and my rotary cutter to cut along the pencil lines.  You could of course just use a scissors.
(blurry cell phone picture here...)

If you are a maker of sorts, I would highly recommend a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and a clear ruler.  They sell them for quilters, but I use mine equally as much for cutting paper as I do fabric. And, those tools make projects much easier!

I made this out of a catalog this morning.  Only folding, a scissors, and a glue stick needed.

With all the Christmas catalogs and advertising that will be coming out now, you may want to keep your mail!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday Digest

►Have you heard of Newspaper Blackout Poetry? Kim from Art in Red Wagons does a lot of found poetry, so this is quite similar.  I stumbled across it through Instagram and thought that I had to try it.  The above image is my attempt while I was avoiding cleaning up in the house this morning. I was intrigued by the message I found in the paper.

►It's been a sorting/organizing week here.  Out with the old and in with the older.  That seems to be the motto around here. :)  I have ordered some new fibers though and am pretty excited about them. (The links are to Instagram pictures.)

►The harvest is complete for my husband and the little girls and I got to ride along in the truck and combine for the last bit.  It's really a wonderful time of year!

►Are you a lover of fabric?  Cotton and Steel is a new to me line and pretty new to the world too.  The videos at the bottom of the link are really fun to watch if you like to know about design and fabric. I'd recommend the Bespoke video.  I hope to think of a project so I can order a piece of their double gauze.  See what's happening?  After sorting and organizing....I'm thinking of the project BEFORE I order the supplies.  I hope this doesn't last, it's not as much fun, ha!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just For Fun: Andy Warhol Inspired Print

I've always wanted to do an Andy Warhol inspired print and today something made me think of it. It's a little "busier" than most copy cat prints and it could use more tweaking, but that's okay. I took this on my son's 20th birthday and we were missing my son in law so I'd love to try it again with another picture when he's in it.  

I hope your week is off to a good start!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Snip and Sew and Good to Go.

 You may remember these dresses from this post of my Friday Finds.  They were to be transformed into the girls' Halloween costumes, and it worked!  :)

The Barbie costume was pretty simple.  I just needed to sew it in and remove the extra room built into the bodice.  The shoes were picked up at an estate sale a week ago and although she's only 9, she wears a women's size 7 or in this case 8N.  The purse is a vintage one that I had in my stash. She wanted a black purse to put her treats in.

A little Barbie "B" helped to confirm who she was dressed up as.  We picked up this secret from our school cheerleaders doing face painting at a camp...use water color pencil colors for face painting.  It worked beautifully!  We already had these on hand for arts and crafting. Just dip in water often and draw.  It was bright, vivid, and easy to wipe away a mistake.

The blue dress required a lot more snipping and sewing to become Elsa, but worked out very well.  I cut off the entire upper bodice and then took the lining to make a new bodice.  I found snowflake stickers at our local Dollar General to help convey who she was dressed up as.

I used the sleeves to make her sparkly train. (I forgot to take pictures of this while it was still light outside.)  She wore vintage shoes I had for dress up but opted to trick or treat in tennis shoes. Some stitching came undone while at school with her costume, but a safety pin held it back in place.  I love sewing costumes, no fancy sewing or finishing of seams, you're just good to go.

They had a lot of fun in the costumes and now they'll go in the dress up tub.  Barbie wore her high heels throughout all of trick or treating!

And, because it was so cold that night, I dug out two of my vintage coats for them to wear while we were out and about.  A little big, but warm! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Frosty Dandelion: Black and White Wednesday

A few weeks ago after one of the first light frosts, I stopped and took pictures of the frosty dandelions by our lane.

I love dandelions that have gone to seed and covered in frost, they are even prettier.

As I was taking pictures, this guy crawled out.

I know so little of the small life that exists around us.

 I guess he decided to show off.

I like the sun flare bokeh on this one.

Looks like the snow we will be looking at in the months ahead.

Happy Wednesday!

I'm linking up again this Wednesday with Adrienne.

My Memory Art

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weaving Makes a Comeback

I associate weaving with yarn with the 1970s.  Have you noticed it making a comeback now?  I'm loving it where I've seen it!

This is one of my daughter's weaving projects at the state fair.  She was very pleased to see that purple ribbon hanging there!

While she was weaving she wanted me to weave along.  It doesn't take much to convince me leave work behind and make something.  Mostly, she wanted company down in the sewing room I think.

Well, mine ended up a kind of multimedia weaving and there will be more weavings in my future!  I was hooked. I don't have any instuctions for you as we read many tutorials around the web, looked at some vintage craft books, then just did our own thing using what we had learned.  We used a foam core board for our looms where most use cardboard.   The foam core held up really well.

Rusty washer goodness.

You can see my piece is hanging from a broken spindle and my daughters used branches.

The girls used all yarn and I used a combination of yarn and torn strips of fabric.  The strips came from rag balls made many years ago from an unknown to me woman who was weaving rugs.  I have quite a few vintage rag balls. And, sometimes take pieces from them for projects. That key was blue for some reason; I suppose someone color coded it many years ago as it's old.

A religious medal.

When I added this old blue clip, my oldest daughter happened to be around. We walked around my sewing room looking for something to clip to it.  I had this typed out and hanging on my inspiration board.  She grabbed it and it was perfect.  Just because.

And, yes, above I did say daughters.  My nine year old thought this looked like fun too and made her own for the fair.

She made hers in one day and spent hours on it.  She was so focused (well she was watched tv while weaving too....)

She chose the yarns she wanted from my stash and then just began weaving away.  She need some help with tying off the ends and weaving them in, but other than that once she got going she was on her own.

Links you may enjoy:
View Pam Garrison's weaving here.
My pin board here.
Mollie Makes talks weaving here.

I'm linking up this week again with Thoughts from Alice.  My daughter's scarf was featured there last week!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

When Life Gives You Ugly Pumpkins....

This is a sampling of my fall produce from the garden....over the years I've had some funky looking gourds, but this year was the worst.  I think I had one normal Jack-Be-Little pumpkin and the rest seemed to have cross pollinated with the many volunteer gourd plants that I let grow.  The ones you think are a bit normal all have green gourd bottoms on them.  And, the color is more yellow than orange.  

That being said...when life gives you ugly pumpkins, glitter them!

It started out as a project with the kids and we started painting the pumpkins all white. 

It would have been fine if we would have done just a few, but they each had a pile of at least eight and I did a bigger pile. 

The pumpkins needed two coats to cover completely which meant drying time.  So in the mean time we built a scare crow type of guy for our front porch. (which turned out kind of goofy looking)

By the time it came to glittering it was getting late. I started without them and realized how long and messy the process would be with them doing theirs.  So...

I bribed them with a movie if they would let me glitter their pumpkins if they chose their colors.  They went for it, thankfully!  Or we would have been glittering until late hours!
These are my 9 year old choices of colors.

My 8 year old's choices.

So, yes a good kids project, but with your help painting and glittering!  

FYI: I painted the white glue on with a paint brush to adhere the glitter.  Our house will be sparkling for weeks.  Glitter is everywhere!

We also used some of the better looking little pumpkins for baby shower decorations last week.  I will post a picture of them next week. 


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