Monday, July 12, 2010

craft therapy

today i am going to post pics of recent and some not so recent gifts and crafts i have made...i always think about doing a how to tutorial...but never get around to taking pics step by step...that is another..some day....some day....



this is actually a little project i finished today...i started it last week from a similar idea i saw on Etsy..i just fell in heart with it.....and have always been drawn to clothespins!...i think those of you who have kept up with me..already KNOW this little obsession of mine...i love the old fashion plain ones too!...i have two containers full of those from Larry's mother...they are precious to me..i enjoy just displaying them in clear containers...but i would like to do some fun stuff with them too...
i have packaged these litle clothespinnies in a clear , flat package...with a header...actually this is a little baby gift for a sweet new baby girl...what are they for?  i don't know!...anything!...i am thinking baby socks..pictures..whatever your imagination tells you..got any ideas? if small magnets were added on the back with glue...they would be great note holders on a magnetic surface or magnet board...which would be cute in a baby room too!...
i painted the clothespins...(that gets a bit tricky, truthfully...but i did find that putting a small skewer in between the clip part...helps keep the painting simpler...after the paint dries i then covered only the top with modpodge...and sprinkled coarse glitter on top...let dry...
then i glued these darling little paper roses on the top...i purchased these...but they can be made...like the little gift tag...i made that one and glittered that too....i have seen many other ideas using clothespins..and am anxious to try more...




here is a birthday card i made for my bff, Diana when we traveled to Iowa in April...the flower on the front is a fabric flower...sooo sooo much fun to do!...lots of glitter and gems...in other words...Bling!...






here is the birthday card i did for Hope....it is a vintage image paper doll that i have collected , and i manipulate it on the computer to the size i want (in an artist program)...and print it off...i then back it with two to three layers of cardstock, with the back piece being something that coordinates with the color combo..i use a scrapbook glue to adhere these pieces...in this instance i made her clothes out of patterned scrapbook paper...and embellished with trim...she is holding our traditional coupon we give the kids...the second picture is the back..you see i have made a stand also..so she can stand on a table top..


and here are some herb pots i made for some birthday presents...i took a rose pot, purchased at Michael's..and painted with patio paint for endurance...(and the saucer)......i then took blackboard paint and painted a strip to title the seeds in the pot...i also took potting soil and packaged in a strong plastic bag..tying it with a bow..then i tucked the seed packets into the side...SIMPLE and INEXPENSIVE!


last, but not least..i have posted one of my first mixed media paintings...the little character is Dotty Jean...after my mom...she is my favorite character of all...i will show you another one some other day!!!...mixed media is a blast...i just wonder why i don't do it more??????????????....it is becuz i am divided into too many ways...i want to do a little of everything...and sometimes i don't get anything done...sound familiar???
well...happy crafting peeps...

2 comments:

  1. Love, love, love all your gifts and cards! You are soooo talented mom! Love you!

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  2. Sandi, you make me want to just let go and take time to craft and create! You know how I get involved in too many "have to do this" things and then I don't get any "fun stuff" done. I am trying to break out of that rut!! Keep the inspiration coming!! :o)

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