Saturday, March 28, 2015

Craft Room Remodel

Spring is in the air!   I finally got my craft room finished.  It only took almost two whole weeks to totally paint, refinish all cabinets, clean out my inventory and upholster all of my stools and desk chair.    I am very happy with the results.

My cupboards were all a dark wood finish.  I took all of the doors off and removed all of the drawers then sanded everything.  Next primer was applied then two finish coats of paint.   I built the shelves between the top cabinets so I could display some of my creations.  Also added a bracket to hold my camera for future videos.  

I use to have all of my punches  where the new shelves are.  I  made all of the shelving for all of my punches a few years ago along with a box for my Copics and holder for all of my Distress Inks  but they were also stained a cherry finish.  Needless  to say I also painted them all white.
I even painted my ATG gun!   I'll be dazzling it up soon!

All new hardware was applied to the cupboards.   Love it!!   I found the old wedding dress at the Salvation Army.  It had a long train but I cut it up for the appliques.  
My desk chair is leather but the arms were getting pretty worn.  So I covered all of the stools and my desk chair with the same fabric.  Due to the fact that the top of my chair indented  I applied a large ribbon with a bow from the same fabric.  

I'll even show you how packed my closet is but it is organized.
Got to have a chandelier too!
This is my favorite place to craft along with my Espresso!
 All of the ring binders contain many of my die cuts and the folders on the bottom shelf contain my Magnolia stamps.  The rings  hanging are my collection of Cricuit  cartridge's information, embossing folders, Sizzix dies and Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders.  Makes a great reference for me and I have everything stored in alphabetical order.  Some punches are displayed using rods and baskets that I found in Ikea. 

This is where my son usually sits when he stops in after work almost every day.   I love it!  This was a major make over .   Now you know what I've been up to.  Happy Crafting!!! 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Looks Like Pink is a New Favorite Color!

Hi everyone!   On a positive note I managed to created two new projects this past week due to being stuck inside.  Yes this has been a brutal winter and I can not wait for warmer weather.   Patience, patience I know....
 You will never guess what I altered to make this.    Give up?   Yep a toilet paper roll.  Who knew something so simple could turn into beauty!  I belong to a closed group on Facebook "All things Marie Antoinette".  They had a swap involving altered tp rolls.  I missed the swap however; I did give it a try.  I covered the paper roll with Design paper then a doily.
  If you notice the top of the doily looks like a crown.  How fitting!!   Next I applied lace, trims and of course my main image and used a Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die for the framing.  Here are my results with a side view, close up and back view.

I found the image on Google.    Marie Antoinette Queen of France.   I totally love her style!

 Yes I made it a pin cushion with homemade stick pins.  

Also I made another Victorian shoe.  Margaret is right.  This are addicting to make!

Back view:

Thanks so much for stopping by.   If you have any questions please email me.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Victorian Boots

The sun is shining and I hope that spring is on it's way!  I made my very first Victorian boots.  I was inspired by Margaret  on You Tube who is so very creative (Thanks Margaret!!).   I found some Victorian boot images on the web so I made a pattern. 

I placed the pattern on folded fabric, drew around the pattern with fabric chalk then cut out the image by adding 1/4 inch.  Next I sewed the two pieces of fabric with the right sides facing each other, then sewed on the chalk line.  I left the very top unsewn so I could stuff it with fiberfill.  So easy peasy!!
Next time to add laces to the top and embellish each boot.  Each boot is about 8 inches tall (including the standing lace) and about 6 inches  from toe to heel.  

I'm so happy with the results!  Now  a view of the backs:


Monday, February 23, 2015

Sisterhood of the Traveling Suitcase

The sun is shining brightly and I'm so happy to share with you my version of an altered train case.  Warning this is loaded with pictures so you might want to grab a favorite drink!

I belong to a group  (J'Adore Ooh-la-la) on FaceBook that currently has a little challenge to decorate a suitcase.  The whole purpose is that if we ever meet each other in person, we will bring our altered suitcase along.    I must say this bugger took me a good week to complete.  Here's what I started with:

I applied Gesso to the entire case inside and out.   (I really did not have an immediate plan)   Next I applied wall paper inside and out.   The wall paper was like a dusty rose color  that looked marbled.  Still I wanted something with more design so I searched my stash and found a fabulous Paper Studio Kirby Teesdale  Paper pack.   These papers are beautiful.   I applied wide strips of the paper with Mod Podge . I really started to get  motivated and my Mojo was churning!   Some handmade flowers, lots of decorative lace, gems, feathers and pearls and I was on a roll!
Side view:

Next back view
And now a peak of the inside:
More pictures:
I completely lined the interior with fabric....yes over the wallpaper.  ???  That's how a mind can change while in crafting mode.   No wonder it took me a week to complete this but I am satisfied with the results.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you might get inspired to craft something!!!
Have fun!!



Monday, February 16, 2015

An Altered Gum Ball Machine

Here's some simple math for today.   Snow + Bitter Cold = Quality crafting time
That's my solution anyway!   I watched two fantastic tutorials by Angela Holt on You Tube. She altered a gumball machine and I immediately wanted to give her techniques a try.  I did not have the same chalk paints or Prima  Embellishments that she used, so I made do with what I did have in my stash.  Plus I also made a You Tube Video

I purchased my gum ball machine at Toys R Us and it was 25% off.  What a bargain.   The total height of the gumball machine before altering is 11".  
Paints I used were  Gesso, Folk Art Home Décor Sheepskin, Tea Die Distress Stain and Mushroom Adirondack Alcohol Ink.  Also used  Viva Décor Inka Gold in various shades, Rosen Quartz, Mint green, Old Silver, Old Gold and Silver metallic rub. 
Embellishments are by Prima Marketing, Spare Parts, Recollections and Graphic 45.    Flowers and leaves are From Wild Orchid Crafts. (Except I handmade the very top flower.)
Picture of lights off:
Now  lights on:
A few other views:

Thanks so much for stopping by.   I hope you keep warm and Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Decorated Box and a Birthday Wish for my Son!

Howdy crafting friends, visitors and followers!   Today I'm excited to show you a wooden box that was given to me by a very dear friend, (Thanks Sandy!!) 

 I pondered for some time what I was going to do with this box after I applied a coat of Gesso to it inside and out.  Finally the Mojo kicked in and look what I came up with!

I applied Modeling paste over some stencils and TH tissue paper all over this box.  Then I sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang spray paints in  various colors all over.   Next Lace and burlap trims were applied. More paints too!   My stash was investigated for a variety of embellishments.   All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
More views: The pearls dangling are also from sweet Sandy!!  Thanks dear friend!!


Also I want to wish my oldest son a very Happy Birthday!  I even made him a card!  I was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest.
I've had a Money Embossing folder that I purchased some time ago and I finally used it.  I cut the picture part out and applied an old picture of my hubby and me along with some Distress Inks.  When I showed Mike this we couldn't stop laughing.  The pocket on the other side will contain the real stuff!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!   Hope you are inspired to Craft Something!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Shabby Chic Needle Book

Hello fellow crafters, friends, followers and visitors.   I have just completed a brand new project.  I purchased a kit from Doreen of J'adore  Ooh-la-la On Facebook.  Her store is here.  This  was very easy peasy to create.  I also made a You Tube video!!

I used a combination of the contents of the kit and stuff from my own personal stash to create this.  A small piece of vintage fabric is what I used for the focal point of my book.  I cut it into pieces to use on front and back covers. The adore trinket is by Prima.

Another close up picture:
Now a peak of the inside: I handmade the tassel and larger flowers.
Stickpins now on the outside of pockets

And a back view:
Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Happy Crafting!