Saturday, March 7, 2009

Being tied up...

With school finals and classes gettting tougher as I move through them, it leaves little time for crafting. Although I have come across some groovy things to try and just can't help but testing them out.

I found some very cool image transfer techniques here that I wanted to try out. Being in a pinch and not getting out and about much lately, I didn't have any gel medium or caulking around, so I tried Modge Podge... it worked, but you have to be extremely careful not to rub the modge podge off - or you will rub your image all of the way off.

You also need to be aware that if you rub with your fingers and it is a large area, you will get friction blisters or just rub the skin off of your finger - I found this out the hard way. Ouch.

But it was worth it:

It's a wooden box shaped like a book, about 13" x 13". It isn't finished yet. I will be putting a velvet "binding" on it and making the "pages" look more papery by decoupaging it. I'll post when I am done.

The box will end up holding my BPAL perfume collection... yay! But I plan on making more to put in my Etsy shop. Well, after my fingers heal...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Perfume and Trinket Boxes

So, life's been a little hectic lately. I have had a sick baby and school is KILLING me. BUT I did manage to accomplish a couple thing I have been meaning to. First is a box for a friend of mine. She has a collection of Imp's Ears (sample vials) from the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, so I made her this box to keep them in (instead of shoving them in a drawer). I made an insert with holes to fit the vials so they stand upright to eliminate the chance of them leaking.

I also completed a trinket box of my own. I have had the box aged (which I do byhand, no commercial staining) with the ephemera tucked away inside for some time. The outside has a layer of vintage sewing patterns over it to give it more texture.

That's it for now. Hopefully I'll get a little bit of crafting time in a couple weeks when the new school term starts. For now, I will stress about finals next week. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Nothing to Report

I really have nothing to report on right now. My school work has taken prioity over any craftiness that I have waiting to explode.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Blogging is not my forte...

I really try to at least post once a week... it's just so hard! Not to mention, when I have been crafty, I have SO much to catch up on!

So the fabric flower adventure has gotten a teensy bit out of hand! Fabric flowers have ended up on everything from my everlasting corsages to jewelry to gift tags.

Blue Everlasting corsage with ribbon wristband

Black and Red Everlasting Corsage with Red satin Wristband
The wristband for this was repurposed from my old High School Military Ball gown. The flower is attached to a button which holds it onto the wristband. The flaower cn be removed and plced in a lapel or where ever else you want!

Twilight inspired collage necklace with gift tin. Tin reads "If I could dream at all, it would be of you..." and the charm on the bottom of the pendant reads "And so, the lion fell in love with the lamb." The satin cord neclace was handmade by me!

The Key to my Soul Brooch with gift tin
Another collaged item, except in broch/ pin form. Charm reads "Soul."

Gift Tags

Gift Tags

I also worked a bit on some more traditional (if you could call my work that, at all) jewelry:

Bella Necklace
Another one inspired by Twilight.

Here, The Vampires Sparkle
Yet another Twilight inspired jewelry piece. ;)

Fallen Leaves
Copper toned brass leaves carefully formed into loops and danlge from copper earwires.
Seed Pods:
Brass seed pods, one closed and one open. Green bead "seed."

And last but certainly not least, sewing. I have done more, but they were just prototypes. This is the only one that I like enought to make more and sell. The fabric was from fabric scraps someone gave me. The lining was from an old jacket that just so happened to match perfectly!
I call it:
Just cause it kinda reminds me of a Ren Fest!

That's it for now... hopefully I won't wait so long to overwhelm you next time!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Late night forray into fabric flowers...

Bored, yet again, on another late night (when I was supposed to be doing homework) I started making fabric flowers from stuff I found around my craft room. The fabric is all repurposed, either from manufactured items that I had cut up already or from stuff that I had made but didn't like. The beads I used were all from old broken jewelry that I have hoarded like there was going to be a shortage.The only thing new on these was the thread I used to sew the beads on.

I then became aware that I have 20 or so fabric flowers and NOTHING to do with them. So, I started dreaming up ways to use them... here's what I came up with:

These ar just the blue ones... I have purple and black too.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Years Resolutions, My "First" Etsy Sale, and a few things I am working on...

Well, I am off to a new year with a slightly slow start. I don't normally make resolutions on New Years, but as for my creative side, I do have a few goals to reach for. So, here goes:
1. I will make something everyday.
2. I will not procrastinate. Posting listings in my Etsy shop and posts on my blog will be like eating breakfast.
3. I will donate at least 52 items this year to non-profit orginizations. (I already have a head start on this. In Feb. I will be donating 10 Pixie Clutches already gift-wrapped to Operation Showers of Appreciation. Check it out here:
These are just my goals for the seeling of the stuff I make... my personal list is much longer!

I made my "first" sale on Etsy! Yay!

I use quotes because I used to have a shop a LOOOONG time ago, but it fizzled because I was wrapped up in my son being a baby and I got behind on things.
But Yay! I am so happy. I loved trying out new wrapping and getting that first rush!

I am working on some jewelry right now. Collaged acrylic charm necklaces. They are quite pretty, if I do say so myself! I used quotes and words printed on walnut ink stained paper, antique music pages and text, and reproduction vintage photos. They were all applied to a clear acrylic shape and then varnished SERVERAL times on the back to make it water resistant.

The bottom charm was inspired by the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer. I was sucked into the series just like most other people I know! This charm was the first one I did when I was trying to figure out what worked and what didn't.

The "SOUL" charm did not make it to be a sellable necklace. The edge of it broke when I was trying to put the jumpring in... oops!

Below is the back of the "LIVE" charm. I really like this quote!

Here is the back of the "SOUL" charm and the "A kiss", and "LIVE" charms along with their necklaces. All of them are asymetrical necklaces... I think it adds to the charm and ensures that they will be one of a kind - even I can't exactly reproduce these!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Starting out...

Hello all! I have been meaning to get down to business for a LONG time, and now I have FINALLY started! My Etsy shop is set up, although empty until tomorrow when I can start posting things. I will be working hard all weekend to get pictures up and posted. At first it will be baby clutches of all colors, and as I finish crafting I will post. I eventually want to add my jewelry and maybe even clothing to the mix!

Keep checking in on me at; you might just find something you didn't know you had to have!!