Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pin collection on hoopla!

I have been accumulating pins over the years... I'm pretty sure I have more kicking around, but there were still plenty to do something with today. I wanted to display them in the craft room, but have been futzing around with the best way to do that. Finally, it came to me -- stick them on a hoopla! This way, I can use up a hoop, some fabric and trim too. Win-win.

I painted the hoop white, and used this lime green fabric I have had forever. (The lime doesn't show up well in these photos, but trust me, it's very green.) The trim is a dark, bright blue with beaded balls on it. Very kitschy.

The Bea Arthur button is my favorite. Obviously.

Here it is on the wall with its crafty friends. I'm digging it!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Steampunk Tin as Featured Project on

My steampunk tin is officially a "Featured Project" on! Exciting stuff for a girl from the 'burbs. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Quacking up

This isn't Craft-related, per se, but I love when statues get altered a bit. Make way for Irish ducklings on this St. Paddy's Day!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy National Craft Month!

Is it March Madness already? And by madness, I am referring to the frenzy going on in your craft room. March is National Craft Month -- let's get craftin'!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Steampunk tea tin

Well, it's been a while. I think that I mentally post here, and then in reality -- nothing. So here I am, back on the bandwagon. I have lots to post about right now, so I'll try to keep the proverbial momentum going.

I recently completed another Craftster swap, this one for an altered tea tin. This isn't the original idea that I was planning on using, but it ended up being the one that worked the best! (Funny how that happens.) It was also one of my first forays into steampunk. I'm pleased as punch.

This project was a great stash buster. I have about 4,000 tea tins (mild over exaggeration) and was glad to get rid of one of those. The outside patterning was created with metal sticker paper that I ran through my Sizzix Big Shot with brick and clock embossing folders. I then went to work on the color with alcohol inks and patina paints.

The gears and such were in my stash, but I did end up buying the feet new from Alpha Stamps.

It took a few days to complete, considering that I also have a day job and things have to dry. This is one of my favorite things that I've made in some time though! I have several other tins lined up for experimentation. Good times ahead.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A hot mess

While most other aspects of my daily life tend to appear normal, my craft room often reflects the state of my brain. As you can see, that state is called Messachusetts. 

I am starting to stuff things into tubs with the intention of giving this place an overhaul. Furniture shall be moved, storage labeled, stuff I no longer use gotten rid of -- it's going to be epic! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Spinning a yarn

I really can't even tell you when I last used my drop spindle. But I found it this weekend with a half-finished round of yarn on it and decided it was past time to finish it up. Of course by now, the remaining fleece was out of control, so I ended up with three widths of yarn: thin, chunky and super-chunky-frizzy-like-my-hair-in-Florida. I'm loving the colors though. Reminds me of Florida water.