Sunday, February 26, 2012
I have been avoiding it....but I can't deny it any longer. I am turning in to one of those crazy cat ladies. My family and I love our cat Suza (my 2 year old named her) She had to be the ugliest kitten at the Shelter, and now she is gorgeous but I might be bias. The white fur under her neck is super soft. But she seemed to be the sweetest during our visits to the shelter. We made 2 visits just to make sure. The shelter I went to had a bonding room where you can sit with potential pets. Suza LOVES everyone in the house giving us equal love. However she loves my daughter who is now almost 5 the most. She sleeps at the foot of her bed every night...and she was so excited when my daughter moved out of the toddler bed. She loves to lay on a window seat near a window. We don't have a cushion on the bench because it tends to get full of cat hair. I have put a towel on the bench but it looks funny. I have also purchased a CAT BED from pet stores but she never really likes them. I think she can smell that they are from china. LOL.
SO on to the quilt. My favorite spot in my craft store is the fabric remnant bin. I have found some of the best deals.
I found this cat fabric for .70 cents for just a little shy of a yard.
I then found the weird teal green from the back for $1.30
I took both fabrics cutting the teal green down to the size of the cat fabric, sandwiching some batting I had left over in the middle. I pined the edges and a few pins in the middle and just sewed the quilt inside out. So when i turned it to the correct side you could not see a seam.
The quilt was just a bit shy of 1 yard by 1 yard.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Do you remember making these Gumball Machines in the 80's. Well after lots of thought I was and trying to think of a teacher gift idea for Valentine's day I decide to revive this craft. It is still as cheap to make as it was in the 1980's.
This is my personal gumball machine. I will post the teachers gifts later... I used the Trueblood stencils by the talented Andy Swist. Please see Andy's webpage, his stensils are for personal use. I love his paper dolls as well...you have to check them out.... He is so talented! And so funny...if you get a chance check out his videos.
Materials for this craft.
clay pot (cost about $1.50)
clay pot tray ($.75cents)
glass bowl ($1.00 at the $1 store)
E600 glue (I already had from several other projects)
Acrilic paint( I already had from other projects but they are super cheap about .50-$1 a color)
Clear sealer (I already had)
Paint brushes (already had)
Wooden bead for the top...$.79 cents
CANDY....I am using lindor truffles because I love chocolate.
This craft was about less than $4
1. Paint your clay pot. For this one I painted the bottom black and the top white. watch your paint strokes. I went in an up and down brush strokes...the brush strokes show up.
I used a pair of sharp small scissors but it would have been easier to cut with a craft knife. This stensil was only 3x3. I used some painters tape to keep the stencil in place.
Once the tracing was done I began to paint. I painted the red lips, and tongue first. Let that dry and began the rest of the painting. I am not a talented painter....but this was pretty easy....I had to go back and touch up some shaking lines with white paint but I was really happy with how this came out...
4. Once your paint has dried add a clear acrylic gloss over you work to preserve it....Once that was dry I used the E6000 glue to attach the little globe at the top of the clay pot. I then attached the painted wooden bead to the top of the clay tray to make a handle and added a drop of red paint to look like blood. I then added a clear gloss to the lid as well.
This project was really easy. It was just time consuming, because of the time it took for everything to dry. I painted the pot on the inside and outside....and the tray once day and let it dry... The stencil I did the next dry allowing an hour to dry between the red and black. I then added the clear overcoat and then let that dry. The good news Is I am doing 5 gumball machines at the same time. I am doing 2 teachers gifts, and 2 other Vampire or Gothic Inspired Gumball machines. It was alot easier to more at once...than one at a time...I am still working on the others.... I will post the rest soon.
I love how you can really VAMP out any craft....These things usually look cheesy. Stuck in the 1980's
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
For the past 8 years I have been completely spoiled with a large walk in closet in a spare room as a craft storage space. The entire closet was all mine. I am not sure of the exact demientions...but It is the same size as my laundry room. Almost Five years ago my daugher was born and again I have been spoiled. She didn't really need to much of the closet space. Now she is soon to be 5 and she needs the closet for her clothes, and toys. I am also expecting a baby boy in May and most of his items will be in the closet as well. I am so excited to have the room needed for my littleones. BUT.......
I needed a storage solution for my scrapbooking and craft supplies. I have open floor plan in my living room I guess the area could be used for a dinning table but we are not really formal dining people. So I decided to look for a Cabinet for my crafts. I love the idea of closeing the cabinet so no one can see what is inside.. I found a great cabinet at the goodwill for only $30. It had a space for a keyboard and I removed that sliding shelf out of the cabinet completely...
I then sanded and cleaned the entire cabinet and painted it black...I then took shelving paper and added it to the entire inside of the cabinet. The reason is because I would be removeing and placing items in the cabnets often....so I didn't want to scratch the paint...My plan is to replace the back with a white beat board from the hardware store. I haven spent the entire day organizing and trying ton purge my scrapbooking supplies. It is a really difficult process. I will post photos of the ORGANIZED cabinet in another post with extra information on how to organize when I figure it out myself. As you can see from the photos....The cat wants her own cabinet as well.