Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I've been perfecting my technique on these bronze-beaded Trees of Life, so I can teach a class this fall on it...  I like playing with the wire gauge and nuggety beads so that every tree is different- Tutorial to come!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fan Blade Dragonflies w/ mini tutorial

This is my take on the dragonflies that I saw on Pinterest, and here's how I did it!

You will need 4 ceiling fan blades (both pairs don't have to match), a stair-rail spindle, paint and wood to attach.

1. Assemble your wings as desired and paint (I left mine the "natural" wood color and painted swirls with gold paint).

2. Have your husband attach the wings & spindle(as the body) to a backing wood piece with screws, the have hubby attach to the back fence- see, EASY!

This was a fun project, and I think these 3 need more friends!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Glass Donut Windchimes

At my new glass job, we played with making glass donuts with glass frit.  I turned my samples into a windchime/mobilewith some beads, because they looked best with sunlight shining through...  Fun on my back porch!

Valentine's Hedgehogs

Last year I bought a Valentine hedgehog after Valentine's Day on clearance, and my kids love her, so I thought I'd make the kids their own this year!               has a great tutorial, so here's Henry and Henrietta!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mirrored Mosaic Star

One of the perks of working at a local glass store is that I have access to cool scrap glass, like the antiqued mirror that I used to mosaic this tin star from my OTHER job...!  This was a fun project using a $3 star and scrap glass!

Vogue Kid's Socks

I finished my two-at-a-time pair of socks for my daughter in less than a week, the only problem is, is that I now need to make a matching pair!  This technique rocks!  It's quick and satisfying, and as any sockmaker knows, that means alot!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Vogue Knitting- New York City!

Last weekend I had the luck to be in NYC again for Vogue Knitting's NYC Confererence.  I love mingling with the knitting world's celebrities!  I took Melissa Leapman's Celtic Cables class and Melissa Morgan Oakes's Two-at-a-time Socks class, which now changes how I knit socks!  If you ever get the chance to attend these conferences, TRY!, because it's an amazing experience!  They will be in Chicago in October, hmmmmmm......

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jewelry Porn Birdcage

I found this birdcage waiting to be adorned with my pretties...   Sorry about the crooked pic, guess i was distracted by the goodies!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bird Painting- Still Catching up!

Here is my grandmother's Xmas present, a bird painting to liven up her room at the Nursing Home.  It's made with acrylics, which I now remember that I HATE to work with, but at least it turned out OK...  Now I really want to get back into painting (but in oils!)

Catching Up - Virginia Tech socks!

Here's photos of my dad's christmas present- VT socks!  They took forever because I've been busy with my 3 jobs over the Xmas season.  They are just tube socks, since his foot is too huge to guess fitting...

Catching up! - Candy Cane door wreath

I'm sorry for the delay, but now I can finally catch up with all of my recent projects to share with you!

Here is a door hanging I made for my grandmother's door at the Nursing Home, made from fake candy canes and real mints- fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Companion Bird Frames

Here are 3 more bird frames from the same bird window series, I think they all complement each other well!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Swirl Window

Here's my latest window- This one inspired by Van Gogh's swirls.  I glued marbles of all shapes, and cut glass to create the swirls, then filled each pane with resin to soften the lines.  I like this technique, it makes it look like fused glass instead!  I'm now working at a glass shop part-time, so let the madness continue!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Knit Wire Bracelets

I've been feverishly making stock for Christmas and for my upcoming Craft Shows, so here's some of the latest goodies- some knit wire bracelets, that are VERY hard on the hands to make!  Fun, but tedious...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bird Window

Here is my latest creation, a bird window scene.  It was much easier and quicker than the others, yet I wonder if it's too simple?  Anyway, hopefully someone will love it and buy it!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I have been VERY busy this past month since both kids now go to school, so we are all getting used to our new schedules! I have been working on a new mosaic window, and hope to have pics up soon! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Needle Felted Doll

I made this needle felted doll for my daughter's 7th birthday.  I loosely based it on a fairy pattern from Spin-off magazine.  Her name is Seraphina, and her body is needlefelted, along with her "clothes", and she has a tulle skirt, maribou hair and a rhinestone necklace!  She was fun to make and my daughter loves her! (Which is all that matters!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Recon dresses

I made these dresses for my daughter using old too-small t-shirts and sewing them to peasant skirts.  I could have made the placement more empire-waisted, but they are still cute, and she'll get a ton of wear outta them!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Glitter Shoes

In searching Pinterest (my new favorite website), I came across this idea of making glitter shoes that don't flake.  I love this technique!!  Mix your glitter into a small amount of Mod Podge, the paint on 5-6 layers to fill in all spots with glitter!  Now I also have leftovers in case they get scuffed!  These were $1 sneakers turned glam!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

T-Shirt Rugs

As you can see I'm busy with lots of different projects at the same time- now I've finished 3 woven T-Shirt rugs for my son's room.  This was taken from Family Fun's pattern woven on a hula hoop.  Fun and fast!  I took my husband's old tshirts, dyed them all briefly for the colors to blend, cut into strips and woven together on the round hoop...  This is a great technique, and the cats approve!

Progress on Rug

I'm still not there, I want BIGGER!  Guess another 30 yards and a few more months to go!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beach Themed Painted Window

This piece was a commission for a friend, and it's finally finished!  She's a true Parrothead, loving all things beachy, so we designed this window around those ideas!  Painted with glass window paint, and now I think I'll incorporate this paint along with my other mosaics in my next window!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Hubby's Birthday Socks

I've been working feverishly and secretly on my hubby's birthday pair of socks, and they are done!  I've found that it takes me a month of working solidly to make a pair...  The pattern is from the Socks a la Carte book again, the yarn is the Rosemary Rocks colorway from Sox That Rock, and I love this wavy pattern!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Silverware Windchimes

I made a few of these windchimes from some old pieces of my grandmother's for my craft shows, they are easy to make and fun to hear!  I couldn't bear to get rid of the last one, so here it is on my back porch!    I used aluminum wire to wrap the pieces and fishing line to attach it all together, this one is hanging from a potato masher...  I'll make more soon with items from the thrift store, then I won't need to keep them all for sentimental reasons!