Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Girly Barrettes!

I didn't mean for these to be Halloweened-themed, I promise! I started on this pair a month ago and just got around to finishing them tonight. Post a msg on my FB Paper & Twine Crafty Design page before Tues and be entered to win a pair of free barrettes!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'm going to my first sewing class on Saturday! YAY!!!

My daughter is still deciding on whether or not she's coming along...She's thinking of joining me so she can use the TINY LITTLE sewing machine I bought her to make Barbie skirts with. It doesn't work great, but she is just using it for simple's super small. This is what it look like:

Here's info on my first sewing class! Join us, if you can! They are providing sewing machines for us, so that's awesome. It's this Saturday in Cincinnati! Here's the 411:

Beginners Sewing Workshop 10am - 2pm, Saturday 10/23

Monday, October 11, 2010

How to Make a Pop Tab Bracelet

All you need is 20-25 pop tabs and a ribbon or elastic string and scissors. It's super easy. I never post hard craft things - NEVER!!! If I don't have the time to make them myself, I don't post about them. I got this tutorial off Lolly Jane Boutique's blog....Just click on the instructions and zoom in on them in your browser. Happy weaving!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Boats Recycled into Sheds

I found this off The PHOTOGRAPH itself is just GEORGEOUS, much less the awesomeness of recycyling/reusing something like this. How cool!!!

The fishing community on the English tidal island of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, has found a wonderful channel of employment for their once seaworthy vessels. By simply turning them upside down and adding doors they are upcycled into sheds! So cool I wish they were converted into little studios instead. Photo by Kevin Wakelam. [via Teagan Tall]

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I thought this looked easy and very beautiful, so I had to share!

Easy Tutorial - Inspirational!

I found this on Looked pretty easy & inspirational!


•12" x 12" piece of chipboard, or a page from a blank board book
•Assorted colors of mulberry tissue
•Assorted lightweight handmade papers
•Matte Gel Medium
•Die-cut letters and desired embellishments
•Paint brush, wax paper, brayer


1.Tear your tissues and papers into random sized pieces. Trim out any interesting shapes and images too. I like collaging with torn lightweight papers because they layer and blend together nice and smooth.

2.Choose an inspirational word and spell it out with die-cut letters. My letters were white plastic that I painted with alcohol inks.

3.Arrange your tissues, papers, images and letters however you like on your board BEFORE adhering them.

4.Move your arrangement aside carefully, and brush a thin coat of medium to your blank board. Do one small area at a time.

5.Apply the first piece of paper immediately on top and smooth it down slowly with your brayer. Place wax paper in between to prevent the tissue or paper from tearing and to keep the medium off your brayer. Roll the brayer from the middle of the paper outward toward the edges.

6.Continue with each piece of your arrangement until your board is covered. Allow pieces to hang off the edges of your board, then trim it flush to the edges later. Layer pieces on top of each other for different colors and transparent effects.

7.When the board is dry, gently brush a light layer of medium over the whole top. Start where you want to place your letters - use this coating of medium just like glue and press your letters into place.

8.While the medium is still wet, adhere other embellishments as desired, such as rhinestones, glitter, or mica flakes.

9.Trim the edges and display your inspiration board where you can see it all the time!

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